For anyone in or near Omaha during the next month, I recommend checking out this show:
WHAT: A site-specific, interactive installation, curated by Lydia Diemer
WHEN: June 23 – July 21, 2007
OPENING NIGHT: Saturday, June 23rd, 2007, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
WHO: Lydia Diemer, Jeremy Chen, Maggie Booth, Katherine Parker, David Bendernagel, Neva Sills, Nadija Mustapic, Heather Foster, Lee Running, Daniel Luchman, Matt Stults, Christina McClelland, Daniel Maw, Ryan Standfest, Kim Ambriz, Adam Wolpa, Aurora De Armendi, and more
WHERE: The bemisUNDERGROUND, lower level of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th Street
Calling all landowners, pleasure cruisers, refugees, conquistadors, settlers, and nomads! New realms available now! Stake claim! Pursue vocations! Speculate!
Territory has opened in the bemis UNDERGROUND. Millions of idle inches, finely timbered and watered, the most fertile in the continent, and if reports are true, cardboard resources in lavish abundance, all awaiting the subduing hand of civilization. The Moving Crew has already begun development, establishing a town site, port, newspaper, general store, and saloon. Now is the time to secure a home on the finest land ever offered by The Moving Crew. Considering the unprecedented rush already in this direction, in this direction, you are advised to set at once.
The entire tract has been surveyed by The Moving Crew and recorded. The boundaries of this land will be clearly given by our Superintendent of Locations when you arrive at the bemisUNDERGROUND during opening hours, June 23rd, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The Moving Crew insures territory immigrants the lowest of prices in outfitting them (local currencies provided, bartering optional). Most trips abroad are trouble free, however you should take sensible precautions and ensure that you are adequately prepared. Passports available upon entrance (for a nominal fee)! Sectional maps GRATIS! This tide will continue until every vestige of the public domain is taken (each Saturday, noon – 5:00 p.m. or by July 21st, 2007, whichever comes first).
About the Artist:
The Moving Crew is an amorphous art collective working to enlarge and enliven the public sphere. An ever expanding and contracting group of civil servants, students, former elementary school teachers, and crisis line volunteers form The Moving Crew’s ranks, a collection of bodies and art objects, as well as a gathering of ideas, thoughts and relationships. Cultural animation drives our projects; we investigate the implications of a society in motion, its people migrating through space and time, simultaneously rooted and displaced, forever wandering and on the way home. By examining both humorous and serious issues on local and global scales, The Moving Crew hopes to engage the public in playful, interactive art activities that loosely surround ideas of community, movement and transformation with a sensibility of profound absurdity. Through the use of inexpensive or found objects and materials, The Moving Crew invites people into a new space where the normal rules of the world do not quite apply and where the public is welcome to collaborate.
For more info:
bemisUNDERGROUND Phone: 402.408.2397