Join or Die

Justine Lai paints herself being intimate with every US President, in chronological order. There are more explicit paintings at her website.


"I am trying to draw every person in New York. I will be drawing people everyday and posting as frequently as I can. It is possible that I will draw you without you knowing it. I draw in Subway stations and museums and restaurants and on street corners."

Every Person in NY
[This Isn't Happiness]

Da Shu Hua

A unique tradition dating back about 500 years in Nuanquan, China includes flinging molten iron against a wall to beautiful effect in celebration of the Lantern festival.


Power House

The Power House Project serves two primary goals:

[1] To develop a model home.The house, as an architectural experiment, will work as a prototype example or model home for what is possible in the current atmosphere of cheap housing in the city. What does it take to create a truly affordable, secure, sustainable house for under $99,000?

[2] The house is a social art project.Because it is a house in transition, we will use the transformation to create a platform for communication between members of the community. Every act that is made with the house is readily apparent to the neighbors and, even without asking, many neighbors give us materials, ask to take materials, offer to help, ask for help, and also help protect the house from thieves. The dialogue has already begun with just the few small moves already made.

Each Power House would be capable of creating enough energy for its own consumption and produce enough excess power for at least one neighboring home. This is feasible due to the extremely low cost of purchasing property in Detroit and the amount of available small single family vacant homes in Detroit. A certain percentage of each Power House would also function as neighborhood hubs by producing not only electricity but also a new point of identity, gathering place of creative exchange, thus a new type of neighborhood where undesirable homes become experimental factories for community action and power.

Design 99/Powerhouse Project

[The Post Family]

Service Changes

Improv Everywhere staged an art gallery opening on the 23rd Street subway platform in Manhattan. It included an open bar, a coat check, a cellist, and a large group of well dressed art patrons. 30 placards were placed next to objects in the space (pipes, electrical boxes, signs, advertisements), transforming them into works of art.

Improv Everywhere


By The Numbers

China France
Alex Melamid and Vitaly Komar hired a polling firm to investigate what people want to see in paintings. Then, using the data, they painted what people want. (In The United States) It turned out to be a landscape, with a mountain and a lake, and deer, and a family, and George Washington. Every country polled most wanted a similar landscape except Holland who wanted an abstract painting. Survey & results.

I'll Just Stand Then

Some bus shelters in Amsterdam have been fitted with weight meters
that show people waiting for the public transportation what their weight

The Book

For 36 weeks member of the art collective OAR- Mac Premo, Duke Riley (both of Brooklyn, NY) Oliver Jeffers & Rory Jeffers (both of Belfast, Ireland) sent a sketchbook between each other. Each artist fills a spread with artwork responding to the one before it, then sending it to one of the others in the collective.

Look At Book
[Not Cot]