Crimestoppers: Hello, this is L.A. Crime Stoppers. How may I help you?
Caller: I’d like to report a suspicious loitering person.
Crimestoppers: Ok. How long has the person been loitering?
Caller: They’ve been there for hours.
Crimestoppers: And is there anything in particular suspicious about their behavior?
Caller: Well, they’re dressed in all black, they have this shiny bling around their necks, and they seem to be waiting for something…I’m not sure, but they might have a gun.
Crimestoppers: OK. We’ll send a car around to check it out. What’s the address?
Caller: 347 Prospect.
Crimestoppers: OK, a car has been dispatched and should be there shortly Can you give me a physical description of the person?
Caller: Yeah. They’re about average height, average build…maybe a little on the muscular side. Regular, brown hair…he’s also very white.
Crimestoppers: Could you hold a minute?
Crimestoppers: OK, yes, we have a report of officers on the scene. Is the suspicious person still present?
Caller: Let me look. [Pause] Yeah, he is and…oh shit, now there are three of them!
Crimestoppers: Three of who?
Caller: Three suspicious white guys hanging around, all in black with the bling, just shooting the breeze.
Crimestoppers: [Pause] Are the men you are watching in uniforms?
Caller: Yeah, it kinda looks like uniforms.
Crimestoppers: Those aren’t criminals. Those are police.
Caller: Well, I knew he was a police, but this is L.A. we’re in, man.
[This entry is a work of fiction by RTS, inspired by the assignment ]
We’ll be posting some of our first entries to mission one later this week. For now, here’s a recent news article about a man who recorded his traffic stop by the police and was charged with “wiretapping.” Unfortunately, the police react very negatively to photography or videography, so if you are planning on anything it’s important to keep in mind how much the watchers hate to be watched. Article from the Baltimore Sun.
Welcome to “Art, Art, Revolution”, a worldwide movement devoted to creative thinking, public art, and challenging the accepted norm.
If you want to know more about us, check out our mission statement and our FAQ on the top menu.
As part of our launch we’re bringing you our first two public art
“missions” and soliciting your help in accomplishing them. After
you’ve completed a mission, email us documentation of your efforts at firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the next two weeks we’ll be
accepting submissions for these first two missions and posting them here.
Good luck and good art!
Dash off a work of art, that is. Restaurant servers often have a
thankless, low paying job, and the same goes for the bus-people who clean your spot. This mission has you leave behind something nice, besides your tip. Go to a restaurant and make a drawing or write something while you eat your meal. Leave it behind for your server, but take a picture of it first and e-mail it to us.
Think about how what you’ve chosen to draw or write informs the fact that you’re leaving it in a restaurant for your server to find.
MISSION DEADLINE: October 4th
Our first mission is going to require a bit of courage and a bit of
discretion, but we selected it because it highlights some great
aspects of “revolutionary” public art, in that it both plays against
the status quo and participates in the world outside the artist’s
Here’s the mission: Find someone in a position of power such as a
police officer, company president, or university dean. Make him or
her the subject of an artistic study that makes him or her
uncomfortable. Keep in mind, you too may feel uncomfortable doing
this. You should think carefully about whether or not you want to ask
your subject for permission–great options exist whether you want to
or not. You could:
1. Find a cop standing around and stand about ten feet from him and sketch him. Let him notice you.
2. Tell your boss or academic adviser that you have to draw someone
for an art class you are taking and ask if you can quickly sketch them.
3. Eavesdrop on an authority figure having a conversation in a public
place and write something or make a work of art inspired by what was said.
4. Think of your own way to fulfill the assignment.
Part of this assignment is to get you thinking about how context is
*key* in public art. “The best public artist is aware of the unusual
nature of the site he’s chosen or the task he’s performing and seeks
to inform it through the artistic content.” – Jon Paul Nakatamo
Once you have completed the assignment, respond to the following
questions (feel free to share with us your answers or keep them to
1) How did this exercise make you feel? Uncomfortable? Guilty? Empowered?
2) How did the authority figure react to being the subject of your study?
2) How did the stretching of social norms in this assignment come
through in your art, either consciously or subconsciously?
MISSION DEADLINE: October 4th
We’ve spent a long time coming up with ideas for this blog, and now we’re a week away from launch! Join us on September 20th as we inaugurate the blog with our first mission!