Manor of Art 2009 organized by Chris Haberman was an epic endeavor. 100 rooms, 100 artists and 20 bands over 10 days with the mayor himself presiding over closing ceremonies. The opening party was remarkable with a few thousand people in attendance. There were multiple bands including one of my favorites from the pennyjam videos- World’s Greatest Ghosts. People were genuinely excited about exploring the expansive compound. Honestly, it was the most fun art show Ive ever been to.
Lisa Kuhnhausen designed yet another sweet chaboo installation. I met with her on the site and explained to her my concepts for chaboo2 that I wanted represented. We decided to not showcase any of the chaboos from the first show at all and instead highlighted the web of connections from chaboo1. The red dots have all the artists names on them and Emily Knudsen connected the dots with her steady hand. Somehow people tended to be connected to someone on the other side of the room, making Emily very agitated with me since I made the list. Ha
Each artists has a red string connecting them with the original chaboo. Disclaimer: It was entirely Lisa’s decision to use red. Although Im obsessed with it right now I dont force others to share my own values. ;) And no, they are not laser beams Joe….. Its string.
Chaboo2 is going to be all about people connecting with each other, not just with me. The project will be stronger IF people step it up and take up the void left by my absense. I believe!