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Tag and Release

Tag & Release II

In order to preserve the vitality of our creative community, we are asking anyone with an idea for something they would like to make or do ‘someday’ to come describe or present (visual aids encouraged!) it (no matter what state of progress it’s in).

Tag & Release II (June 28th,) was as hot as Tag & Release I was cold. It has not been our intention to schedule these for extreme weather, but it seems to add something to the process, so perhaps we will take this into account when planning for Tag & Release III...

This was a larger (25-30 people or so, no?) and slightly more serious (not a value judgment, just an observation!) group than in February. It was an art-community think-sauna this time rather than a pornographic luddite-multimedia circus.

Projects presented were 100 Percents: An elaborate pyramid scheme by which art could be made, funded, and remade by local artists. A grant dedicated to funding (mostly likely digital) work that would ultimately belong to the public domain; created of small donations from members of the local arts community; administered relatively collaboratively by the donor base to applicants from roughly the same community. Outcome of discussion includes some refinement of the plan, some suggestions about how to administrate it, the possibility of the Berwick serving as a fiscal agent once the idea is slightly more developed. If you want to be involved in Ben's pyramid scheme for art read more about it on Lemming Trail.

Bumpkin Colony: A swath of campsites have been reserved on one of the Harbor Islands (Bumpkin) for Labor Day Weekend. Colonize the island with art, artists, and art installations! Carolyn and Megan are looking for applicants for the spots--proposals for what would be done with them--and wanted Tag & Release to help them think about criteria for the work/events that would be good limitation for the environment. Of course they were also inviting us all to come along too. Outcome of discussion were a few very good and basic constrictions that seemed likely to generate interesting proposals. If you want to colonize Bumpkin or to be informed about the dates, contact Megan at

YUM: Susan signed up saying that she was going to teach us how to break social ice instantly, but she lied. Instead, she had us pair up, each holding an item of foodstuff (thanks Megan, Deb, Heather, Carolyn!), and discuss various questions about where food comes from and what it means to us while eating them. Then she told us about a part of the Berwick's Meet Me At The Table Project that will be taking place in Union Square, Somerville later this year called YUM. It's a public art research project focused on food that is native (ah, but what does native mean here?) to Union Square. Click here to find out more about YUM, or to participate in Meet Me At The Table.

Please Take Notice: Jasmine, in true Tag & Release form, brought an art project with her that she had started and was hoping we would all finish. It arose a few years ago after she lost someone she loved, and wanted to remind herself to stop and take notice of the world around her. She created dozens and dozens of labels with the phrase "Please Take Notice" printed on them in variety of fonts and sizes with different associations, and stuck them up wherever she felt notice should or could be taken. She still has dozens and dozens left, so she handed them out for the rest of us to distribute throughout reality. If you want to help finish, or rather continue Jasmine's project, you can either stop and take notice whenever you see one of the stickers or print your own labels and stick them where they should be stuck.

Artists At Large: Tommey, director of Artists at Large Inc in Hyde Park, wants to know if people know about the Hyde Park arts community. He asks us all to fill out a survey, and invites suggestions about how he can better promote what he's doing to the world outside of Hyde Park, and also how to better diversify his audience. His goal is to make art more accessible to people. He's doing great, community-building stuff, and you should go to his site and gallery and learn more about it.

In addition to the presentations, there was elaborate discussion about themes that that each project raised. Since things ran long and it was oppressively hot, we shelved the special educational segments for another T&R. We did manage to produce one collective project onsite though: a (slightly alcoholic!) compost pile that will be added to by other artists and will eventually feed the food growing in Susan's garden...