The Art of TRUMP L’oeil

TRUMP l’oeil is the technique of reimagining reality as illusion and fakery. It is a forced perspective intended to deprive public perception of the means to differentiate between that which is real and that which is not. With the art of TRUMP l’oeil, the optical illusion of a post-real, fantastical world of deception and deceit is manifested in three-dimensions.

A new movement is born: TRUMP L’oeilism. Actually, it is an old idea derived from the great masters, who developed techniques of visual perspective that altered our perception of reality through illusionary depictions of three-dimensional space.

The Exquisite Disorder of Live Simultaneity from the Stage to the Network

“Moments are not merely consequents of what precedes them, rather the concentration on the Now, on every Now.” – Karlheinz Stockhausen

For those who dare take the plunge into the live arts, it is both a curse and a blessing. There is nothing quite like the collective state of emergency and sheer terror that comes from being part of an ensemble of artists who take the risk of total failure. Yet, it is in this realm of the live that we might discover something ecstatic, which can only reveal itself in the present tense of the Now.

On Becoming a Meta-Narrator and Aggregation Machine in the #NeWWWorlDisorder

As a Meta-Narrator of the #NeWWWorlDisorder, information FLOWS in and out of my open src studio and in and out of me. My narrative feeds on the aggregation of the feed: sampled and resampled, fed back through and out again. In the #NeWWWorlDisorder, everything is meta: captured & processed & remixed & connected & re-connected. All is system, all is FLOW, I am just a conduit of the medium of exchange & transfer.

The Presidential Family Crime Syndicate

Everything we’ve ever done, we’ve done as a family. Every project we’ve ever built, we’ve built as a family. ‘The Apprentice’ we did as a family.” – Don TRUMP, Jr

It is what it is, let’s face it: America is run by the Mob. This is the most powerful corporate structure, where blood runs thicker than water, the Family Syndicate. It emulates and embraces feudal hierarchy, the Kings and Queens, Princes and Dukes, the Ruling Family. It is why there was an American revolution, separation from the blood lineages of royalty and monarchy… a utopic move towards a free and open democratic system, governed by representation and the ideals of social participation.

The Hyper-Participatory Juxtapositions of Social Broadcasting

As we approach the unveiling of the #NeWWWorlDisorder social broadcasting performance experiment on July 29th, along with my co-host Michael Borras A.K.A. Systaime, the artist-broadcasters are testing and activating their systems and ideas over Facebook Live. This project, like so many other collaborative efforts I have undertaken, is a highly charged participatory group effort. While some artists prefer to work in a hermetically sealed studio environment, I have always believed in the power of the social, a process where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

The Collective Simultaneity of the Distributed #NeWWWorlDisorder

It is presently advantageous to experiment by gradually widening the distances between the events within a Happening. First along several points on a heavily trafficked avenue; then in several rooms and floors of an apartment house where some of the activities are out of touch with each other; then on more than one street; then in different but proximate cities; finally all around the globe. – Allan Kaprow, Untitled Guidelines for Happenings

Allan Kaprow declared in 1966 that the Happening need not take place in a single locale. He wasn’t the first to recognize the distribution of live actions as a singular conceptual work of art. But in his famously subversive “Untitled Guidelines for Happenings,” he put this idea into powerful effect, which resonates today in the vast, networked space of social media.