What happens when more than 55 international artists perform within the confines of a photobooth? The results: Fluxus, humor, Dada, statements, jokes, and performance photos some dialog with b and w plus color imagery. 68 pages; 6x9 inches; paperback; includes A Brief Photobooth History by Mark Bloch.
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January 24, 2012 - My retrospective series of articles on the Asemics 16 collaborative book project that was headquartered here at the IUOMA will end with this third volume of selections; otherwise, I risk becoming lost in incredible work by the nearly 70 artists who participated. We have an exciting new visual poetry book in production that also deserves close attention.
Ginny Lloyd is a well-known Fluxus artist. Project Co-coordinator Cheryl Penn (South Africa) and I were thrilled when she signed on to contribute a chapter to Edition #3. Ginny Lloyd's finely produced and digitally composed chapter has been blogged and documented by others. Personally, I am not sure it has received as much attention as it deserves. These are beautiful and provocative asemics.
While the means of production she used expresses the digital age in comparison to earlier visual and concrete poetry that was an expression of the industrial era, I think Ginny Lloyd's work fulfills the vision of organic structures (literally) in asemic writing and explores the concept of biopoetry, avoiding well "exercises in formalism." For instance, I think it is wonderfully creative, and it might strike some as a bit of humor, that teeth are used for asemic characters (top scan, right side). And teeth do have an undeniable and key role in spoken language. Here is another two-page spread from Ginny Llloyd's chapter:
For me, each page of the chapter holds new wonder, an unexpected possibility for asemics. While some of the pages evoke scientific or medical images (an anti-art aesthetic?) the organic qualities are very pronounced. The melding symbols (above left) are a prime example - it is not hard to see why so many visual poets are also making videos; these forms want to move. These next pages, far more subtle, are my personal favorites:
These are pages that will pleasethe Symbolist School of Subtle Aesthetic Obscurity. The right-hand page is particularly subtle and complex; indeed, the amazing use of color is hard to capture in a scan. I believe these pages would satisfy even the most "asemically correct" purist.
Many, many thanks to Ginny Lloyd for this incredible chapter and for her involvement in Asemics 16. Check out her artistamps blog and other projects.
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Los Angeles Center For Digital Art (LACDA) is located in the Gallery Row area of downtown Los Angeles, CA
The show represents a snapshot of a current moment in art history when digital imaging has reached the hands of the many, an age where culture belongs to the "mobblogers" around the globe. From Thailand to Texas, amateur to academic, beautiful to banal and beyond the monumental quantity and variety of "Snap to Grid" becomes an aesthetic experience where each individual piece adds to an agglomerative effect that has a life of its own.
NY Art Book Fair 2012: Interview by Jennie Hinchcliff
Videos of My Scores Performed
Published on Jun 3, 2016
score by Ginny Lloyd
performed by Viv de Dada and Bibiana Padilla Maltos
video Mary Campbell
C. Mehrl Bennett performs Ginny Lloyd's Fluxus Direction Score at the Roanoke Marginal Arts Festival in Roanoke, Virginia during March of 2013. Video courtesy of Kala Ladenheim at firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance artist, Jennifer Weigel performed the Real News score at the Nature of Experience conference. Salem, Mass August 15 - 19, 2015
Write Your Own Score (advance to 15:13) - Mary Campbell performing my score at Fluxfest in Chicago, February, 2012.
Screw Head performed by Melissa McCarthy with Reed Altemus at the Knaus Biennale in Lithuania October 2011
Write Your Own Score - Keith A. Buchholz performing at Stampland in Chicago, Saturday Afternoon July 31, 2010.
Fluxus Meets Futurists - September 2009 performed at Chromospores opening with Ginny Lloyd and Jennifer Zoellner
Fluxus Sonata - September 2010 at the Jaffe Center of Book Arts with Lloyd, Wood, Altemus, Maltos, Buchholz, Coutrone, Seth and Jonas.
Pick Out A Book and Read - September 2010 performed at the Jaffe Center of Book Arts.
Score for Dali Museum - September 2010 performed at the Jaffe Center of Book Arts with Reid Wood.