Art to Warm Your Hands By

I’ve been blogging compulsively Tuesday mornings Washington State Time for almost three years. I’m afraid I’m losing my bark.

I imagine from time to time I’ll get it back, but I seem to be recovering from compulsivity.

For now, I’m thinking about interactive and prankish art.

First is a slice of German mischief:

Do you know about the fabulous Charlie Todd and his project Improv Everywhere? Watch what he’s been up to and you won’t be able to help but fall harder in love with the world:

Charlie Todd hates it when people assume he does his improv interventions due to having too much time on his hands. You might feel guilty from time to time for not doing something more practical with your time, something more useful. But at least some of us don’t have any abilities with which to accomplish much that’s useful. How must hilarious, ingenious, impish Aparna Rao feel? (And in case you teach and didn’t know, check out the awesome TED-ed teaching tools):

Finally, if you haven’t seen the documentary, Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, just do. It will very likely inspire you and make you feel like you need to be even more devoted to art making than you already are.




  • Sam Ligon Sam Ligon says:

    Shira, I don’t think you’ve lost your bark at all. But I know you’ve posted far more than any other Barker, and might be ready for a break. Thanks for all the great wit and observation you’ve brought to this blog — since its very beginning. We’ll miss your weekly posts.

  • Wow! My favorite thing about the German prank is how everyone immediately starts to investigate what’s going on with the mirror. The woman who removed her glasses and made conclusions based on that was hilarious.

    I love Charlie Todd, especially his defense of it being alright to play in all shapes and forms, even as grown-ups. And that play does not have to be constricted by rules and fields, like sports. I like having permission to play anytime, anywhere.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for introducing me to Aparna Rao. I love technology and science mixed with art.

  • Love your barks. And I must see Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present! I know of the artist, but have yet to see the film. Thanks!

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