PaperGirl Returns to Deliver Art to an Address Near You

Ever wonder what to do with your old portfolio prints? I sent mine last year to Spain.  This from my friend Soren, whom I met at Photo Espana:

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Hello! It´s time again!
Papergirl Nr. 4 knocks on your door! Thanks to all the participants Papergirl is getting 4 years old this year and we hearby want to invite you all, to take part!
For all of you, who don´t know the project, here´s a short description:
We distribute, in the way of american paperboys, rolled art pieces by bicycle in the streets to random passers-by. This happens once a year, when it´s summer in Berlin! Before this “action”, all given work is exhibited in a big show.This year, additionally we plan a bike-workshop.
The artwork:
The works can only be analog, this means, you can either hand it in personnally or send it by post.
Therefore it´s in your hand to choose the format, the amount and the medium. Only premice: it has to be rolable and minimum 2 pieces, so we can exhibit one and distribute one.
How and where you take part is up to you: make art and or distribute with us!
The DEADLINE for ALL works will be 17th of JUNE, since we want to print a poster with one work by all the participants together.
Further details about the show, the distribution and the workshop, as soon as we know!
More News:
The Papergirl-Team has expanded to 10 people, who are doing their best, that Papergirl gets bigger, better and more: more art, more attention, more quality and thus more fun!
At the moment we are working on a new website. On the homepage you can already find the Papergirl Nr. 3 film, which has just been completed: http://www.papergirl-berlin.de
And … Papergirl has got a little sister in California: http://www.myspace.com/papergirlusa
She will celebrate her first birthday this summer. You can double the” hit rate”!
So, give us what you´ve got and see you in summer!
If you want to participate, send us an e-mail and we´ll send you an address or more information: info@papergirl-berlin.de

For Arts Writers

GRANTS FOR ARTS WRITERS
Online application form opens — Monday, April 27, 2009
Application Deadline — Monday, June 8, 2009

www.artswriters.org

The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants ranging from 3,000 to 50,000 USD.

Writers who meet the program’s eligibility requirements are invited to apply in the following categories:

articles
blogs
books
new and alternative media
short-form writing
We regret that due to legal constraints we can only fund U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and holders of O-1 visas. For guidelines and additional eligibility requirements, please visit www.artswriters.org

Potential Opportunity for Multimedia/Innovative Journalists

Knight-Batten Awards Program Invites Entries of Innovative Journalism Ideas Administered by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovative Journalism are designed to reward innovative multimedia advances, new participatory journalism efforts, and other novel methods that engage audiences in important issues. The awards program is open to all news efforts — both large and small — originating between May 1, 2008, and June 8, 2009.

Entries must consist of journalism content created by a news-producing initiative. Individuals must have been affiliated with such initiatives at the time of publication to enter. Entries may comprise online news experiences, news games, mobile news ideas, citizen media; creative use of cell phones, Webcams, blogging, and podcasting; new social networking ideas, computer kiosks, new applications of software, content management systems, and other advances in interactive or participatory journalism or journalism networking ideas.

The grand prize is $10,000. In addition, up to $5,000 will be awarded in the form of Special Distinction Awards, along with a $1,000 Citizen Media Award. The program requires an entry fee of $40. Winners will be announced at the Knight-Batten Awards Symposium on September 15, 2009, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Click here for more info.

Rumors of My Death have been Greatly Exaggerated

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The New York Times is looking good today.  Find it interesting that three section fronts feature fine examples of good ole analog photography, coincidence? I think not.  I’m not trying to get into a film versus digital thing – they each have their uses. Uncle! Just saying, the Times looks refreshingly good.

Obvious exception, the butt-ugly portrait of Susan Boyle on the Sunday Styles front.   The photographer wasn’t doing her any favors by shooting from below with what appears to be the dreaded on-camera flash.  My heroine deserves better than that!

For those of you who live in that other Washington:

Applications Available for Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship The Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship Program is accepting grant applications from practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability working in crafts, literary arts, media arts, and music in Washington State. The total amount to be awarded is up to $7,500 in unrestricted funds, with $500 payable to artists upon completion of a Meet the Artist event. Meet the Artist events will be conducted by the recipient in a community that has little or no access to the artist or his or her work. Applicants must be at least 18 years old by the application deadline date, must be a generative artist, and must be a resident of Washington State both at the time of application and when the award is granted. Applicants may not be a graduate or undergraduate matriculated student enrolled in any degree program by June 30, 2009. Visit the Artist Trust Web site for complete program information.

More info here.

Aggregating Oxymoron Michael Wolf: “Read Less, Know More”

Yet another sign on the road pointing to the disintegration of the society and values for which our founding fathers (and mothers) risked execution, life, and property,  Ken Jarecke posted today on news’ aggregator Michael Wolf comments in a New York Observer article.

Mr. Wolf makes many contentious points, specifically calling all photographers “dicks” (or maybe just the male photographers, for this is one four-letter word I have never been called before) for committing the grievous crime of liscensing content.  Ummm, we call that a revenue stream.  Otherwise we wouldn’t be photographers (aka dicks) we would be hobbyists.  Now, I’m not disparaging hobbyist photographers, who can be just as skilled as anyone of us paid hacks, I am just saying if you are not making your living as a photographer than according to the IRS, it is a hobby, not a profession, you’re still a photographer in my book, just I guess, not a “dick.”  Which is probably a relief to you in more ways than one.

“We take The New York Times‘ 1,200-word story and we reduce it to 100 words, and be damned if you don’t miss anything,” Mr. Wolf asserts.  Can I raise my hand here?  I, for one, enjoy the lengthy discourse.  I know I am in the minority here.  But just watch Idiocracy, and you’ll see the danger of a limited discourse (with a high-five to Anne Pallesen for the rec).  Yes, it’s a movie, but I once considered it’s premise as far-fetched as Mr. Wolf’s and neithers outlook appears so far-fetched today.  Reducing Watergate/Walter Reed Army Hospital scandal/Abu Graib/the TARP plan to 100 words so it can fit on Twitter just isn’t going to do it for me.  As Barney Frank paraphrased W.C. Fields, “The public is no bargain either.” And sure, that’s true.  I’m sure most of America didn’t even realize the President left the country last week, and a friend in broadcast laments that the public only wants to be spoon fed what they want to hear, and not listen to any other side.  Limiting the public’s information to what they want to hear is not necessarily in their best interest.  Are you going to say “Yes” to your child at her every request?

“You know, actually, anybody whose got a news fee, I’ll give it to them [the public] for free, ” Wolf says about those news entities, like AP, who are working to stop their content from being aggregated.  I’m just a little skeptical about the giving it away for free model, investigative pieces are expensive, foreign reporting is expensive.  News costs.  I think it was stupid for newspapers to become publicly owned entities, but I have nothing against them trying to make money for chrissake.  Perhaps in Mr. Wolf’s model, we will all go back to some pre-medieval barter service, where we trade goods and services for in kind.  (Except for photographers, of course, b/c according to Mr. Wolf all we do is just “click”) Because under his news-topia, there is no income stream, there is just sound-bite aggregation gratis for your pleasure and at your leisure. Sounds to me like the Sound and the Fury all over again, a tale told by an idiot, signifying nothing – the content I mean, not his prophesies for the future of journalism.  Is that under 100 words? Because if not, this definitely is: You-Get-What-You-Pay-For. Twitter that.

So You Wanna Be in Pictures?

While recovering from a minor but debilitating ear infection, I have had the chance to catch up on some night table reading. One I must share with all you aspiring fine artists is a recent publication called: Art/Work: Everything You Need to Know(And Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career by Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber. This well-written book covers all the groundwork: submission materials, cv’s, artist statements, residencies, packing your work, gallery courtship, representation, agreements, AND it is even entertaining thanks to quotes by the likes of Ed Winkelman, Washington Project for the Arts’ own Kim Ward, Andrea Rosen and more.  For less than the price of three lattes you can figure out how to package that 3-d installation affordably (with only three peices of tape, please! always thinking about the guy/gal on the other end!) while making Larry Gagosian want you more than life itself.  Ok, perhaps I embellish on the latter.

No, I am not a paid flack for the book.  It is just very readable and informative.  I particularly enjoy the chapter on the gallery relationship (it is not only acceptable it is required to be polygamous! and noone will call you an s-l-u-t).  If you are interested in a serious art career, do yourself a favor and get yourself this book.  Because if I must service multiple gallerists, I really need to be on top of my game.