From the 90’s chat room to the 00’s social network, the internet has been revered for its unprecedented potential for connectivity and reviled for offering an impoverished and false substitute for face-to-face interaction. But the virtual need not exclude the physical. Ad Hoc Vox was reminded of this one night this spring when we watched hundreds of kids descend on Washington Square park, interrupting our business meeting to clobber one another with foam fun noodles. They arrived from all directions — individually, in pairs, and in small groups — and their sudden assembly was so mysterious that we were compelled to ask one fleeing boy what was going on. He explained that they were a flashmob responding to a call posted on facebook to act out a Star Wars-inspired battle.
Ad Hoc Vox, too, has put out a call, asking artists — several of whom we have worked with before — to respond performatively to the internet as source. The results will comprise I’m Feeling Lucky. This evening of performances serves as a companion to Image Search, a group show at P.P.O.W. Gallery that presents the work of thirteen artists who use the internet as the primary source for reference and research in their image-making process.
Featuring Derrick Adams, Tyler Coburn, Dynasty Handbag, Justin Lieberman, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, and Mariah Robertson.
DERRICK ADAMS is currently represented by Collette Blanchard Gallery and has recently performed works at Participant for PERFORMA as well as Momenta Art. His performances and work have also been included in P.S.1/MoMA's Greater New York and Triple Candie.
TYLER COBURN is an artist and critic based in New York. Coburn is a contributing editor of ArtReview and has recently written texts for Rhizome, The Highlights, Metropolis M, and Vitamin 3-D. He has recently exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, Queens; Renwick Gallery, New York; EFA Project Space, New York; and John Connelly Presents, New York. Coburn previously worked with Ad Hoc Vox on the De-centered Practice, for CAA in Los Angeles in February. No Bees, No Blueberries, a group exhibition Coburn co-curated with Sarina Basta, is currently on view at Harris Lieberman through July 30, 2009.
JIBZ CAMERON is a performance and video artist who lives and works in New York. In 2002 she began to develop Dynasty Handbag, a one-woman show combining music, audio, video and live performance. She has been dubbed a "crackpot genius" by the Village Voice and the New York Times has said of her work "the most funniest and most pitch perfect piece of performance art seen in years." Her work has been presented at, among other sites, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, The Kitchen, Yerba Buena Center for The Arts, SF and at Performa 07. She is a 2007 recipient of the Fresh Tracks Artistin Residency Program at Dance Theater Workshop, and a 2008 recipient of the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performing Arts.
JUSTIN LIEBERMAN was born in 1977 in Gainsville, FL. He obtained a diploma from the Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston. He has exhibited his work at various venues in the US and Europe. His recording, Object Lessons made in collaboration with C. Spencer Yeh, was released on "What The..." Records earlier this year.
SARA GREENBERGER RAFFERTY has had solo exhibitions at The Kitchen, New York and Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College earlier this year; Sandroni Rey Gallery, Los Angeles and P.S.1 Contemporary Arts Center, New York in 2006. Her first large-scale commission, realized by the Public Art Fund, is currently on view through September 2009 at the MetroTech Center in Brooklyn. Rafferty previously worked with Ad Hoc Vox on the De-centered Practice, for CAA in Los Angeles in February. She will have a solo exhibition at the Rachel Uffner Gallery in September.
MARIAH ROBERTSON is originally from Northern California where she attended several classes in the photography department of City College of San Francisco during the 1999-2000 academic year. She now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.