Archive for November, 2009

truly a native confluence

A short video (done on my iPhone!) showing off the latest addition to Native Confluence: Sustaining Cultures at ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center. The exhibition, which features Postcommodity Collective, Nora Naranjo Morse and Bill and Athena Steen, runs through November 28, 2009.

The ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center is open Tuesday 11am – 8pm, and Wed – Sat 11am – 5pm. Free parking is located immediately outside the building at the northeast corner of Mill Ave. at 10th Street.

When you’re done, come on over to the main building to see the rest of the Defining Sustainability season including Canalscape, Alone Together in the Dark, I’m Keeping an Eye on You and more!


November 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Canalscape photos

Canalscape photo by Nick Klofkorn

A photo of the canalscape installation at ASU ART Museum, as part of the season on Defining Sustainability.  I took this photo of the nymphaeum in infrared, which requires special film or a modified camera, because I thought it would look cool.

Infrared turns foliage white and skies black (unless they are overcast.)  There are a few more on the flickr page of the museum which is at



November 13, 2009 at 11:59 pm

zombies are never really gone…

Come to ASU Art Museum tonight – Friday the 13th – for the premiere screening of artist-in-residence and master vampire slayer Jillian Mcdonald’s exhibition project.

The goodbye party is 5:30 – 7pm in the first floor gallery of the museum. Jillian leaves us for home tomorrow so come and help us see her off!


*The video above, which we’ve titled The Undeath of John Spiak, was an elementary art class project – the kids did their own makeup and their own short film while they were here earlier this week. Is that a cool class or what?

November 13, 2009 at 5:59 pm

Zombies vs Vampires – tonight!

Opening tonight at ASU Art Museum! Join us!
Show runs through January 9th, 2010.

Zombies vs Vampires is a video installation featuring two videos projected on opposite walls where zombies and vampires stage a dramatic Western-style showdown at dawn in the desert, amidst photographic murals that wrap the gallery in local desert imagery: cacti, mountain, rugged terrain, contemporary ghost towns, and graveyards. This work was created with a wonderful cast of locals in Tempe, Arizona, including 50 actors, 4 videographers, 1 photographer, 10 make-up artists, and 1 sound designer.

Very special thanks to Bluemedia for their generous in-kind printing of a 100-foot wide photo mural.



~photos by Stephen Gittins


November 13, 2009 at 5:07 pm

I stole this content

The following post comes courtesy of the City of Tempe’s Green Street Party. You can find it, plus a video and some other details, on their page that’s dedicated to the event, or you can just read below.

This is all happening outside our doors on Mill Avenue at the same time that our reception for Canalscape is happening inside the ASU Art Museum. The reception is FREE and open to everyone. Come inside to see this amazing project and what it could mean for our great city, plus food and beverages, music and a dance performance!

Thank you, Tempe (Tanya and crew) for letting me borrow your info.  Click the title link next to go straight to their site.



Green Street Tempe Party
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 | 6 – 9 p.m.

Tempe is taking it to the streets – in a big, green way. On Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. downtown Tempe is the place to be for some good, green fun! You can shop Tempe’s carbon-neutral Community Market, featuring products created by local artists, growers and crafters; hear some great local musicians and performers at Music on Mill, celebrating Tempe’s vibrant music history; or have Drinks and Discussion at one of Tempe’s many charming restaurants. You can also check out sustainable dog houses, see a green film, and visit ASU Art Museum’s Defining Sustainability exhibition – among a variety of other fun, sustainable activities.  Please visit our website periodically for more updates.

Defining Sustainability Art Exhibit
ASU Art Museum presents, Defining Sustainability, a series of dynamic and interactive projects that will come together at the ASU Art Museum and its Ceramics Research Center to illustrate sustainability ideas. Each exhibition or project tells a simple story, an artist’s proposal for green transportation or a designer’s solution for recycled shade structures, which together convey the complexity of sustaining life on earth. The diverse projects range in materials and format, and are installed throughout the ASU Art Museum to tell stories of environmental, social and cultural sustainability. Free bus services is available from Mill Ave. to the ASU Art Museum.

ASU LEEDing the way in green building design –

Drinks and Discussions
Enjoy drinks and discussion with an industry expert at one of Tempe’s many charming restaurants and patio lounges from 7 – 9 p.m.  Enter a raffle to win great prizes by giving your business card at any Drinks and Discussion location.  Increase your odds of winning by visiting all four Drinks and Discussion locations.  Locations include:

o        La Bocca Pizzeria & Wine Bar – 699 S. Mill Avenue –

o        Studio 5C – 200 E. 5th Street – Discussion topic: Integration of Sustainable Design in Moving Towards a Low-Carbon Future

o        House of Tricks– 114 E. 7th Street – Discussion topic: Think Globally, Eat Locally

o        Pho Thang Long – 414 S. Mill Avenue


Desert Doghouse Showcase & Auction
Teams of high school students will collaborate with professionals as they design and construct a sustainable doghouse.  Ten lucky students will be showcasing and auctioning off their creations at the Green Street Tempe party.  Auction will take place at 8 p.m.  All proceeds benefiting the Habitat for Humanity.

Green Film Showcase – Valley Art Theater, located in downtown Tempe on Mill Avenue, will be showcasing No Impact Man Nov. 6 through Nov 12.   Showtimes: 2:00 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:20 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Live Music – Music on Mill
Musicians and performers, covering a gamut of musical genres, will activate the streets and give visitors a positive, unique experience.  Music on Mill is a nod to Tempe’s vibrant music history, and particularly Mill Avenue, where all of the venues were located that sprouted such bands as the Gin Blossoms, The Refreshments, Dead Hot Workshop and the Meat Puppets.

Market Garden – An important component to the Market on Mill, the Market Garden is being created to help offset the carbon footprint of the event and to providing a central downtown location where residents and schools can come and learn how to garden in the desert and how to live more sustainably on their own land or porch or terrace.  It will initially include micro greens and flowers for local restaurants and the Market on Mill.  Phase 1 of the garden should be completed by Nov. 10 for the Green Street Tempe Party.  The land proposed for the garden is the southwest corner of 5th Street and Forest Avenue.

Market on Mill & Green Scene
Tempe’s first carbon neutral, “green” Market on Mill and Green Scene will include products created by local artists, growers and crafters from the greater Tempe community.  The Phoenix Permaculture Guild will be onsite offering classes and demonstrations held in the MADCAP Theater, and a market booth to respond to sustainable gardening issues and provide information on how to “do-it-yourself.”

Transportation, Parking & Maps

For more information about the Green Street event please contact, (480) 858-2215 or e-mail  Visit to connect with the City of Tempe, follow us on Twitter and get our latest news!

November 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Cacti, Celery, Oranges, oh my!


Today I shot a stop motion animation with the help of John Spiak, Alison Sweet, Cory Weeks, and Julie Ganas at a swimming pool in Phoenix. Apparently I was killed by a band of vengeful potted cacti, my body dumped in the ice cold pool.

Luckily I was reincarnated in time to record and edit the audio track for the zombies in Zombies vs Vampires with Adam Murray. It’s 1:30am, we’re still at it.

Below we are recording sounds for zombies munching on limbs (celery and tapioca), and vampires sucking blood (orange). Adam made a temporary sound recording booth in my apartment using the mattress – which is fine since sleep is a distant memory:




November 10, 2009 at 8:30 am

Vampires Faceoff

Here is a taste of the vampires spotted last night in the Tempe area – be careful out there, they’re mean!



November 5, 2009 at 8:17 pm

“It’s not easy being green”

Canalscape being installed at ASU Art Museum

Canalscape being installed at ASU Art Museum

Canalscape turns ASU Art Museum green

Canalscape turns ASU Art Museum green

Actually, it isn’t all that difficult. Especially when the Canalscape installation is in full swing at ASU Art Museum – we have green plants all over the front of the building and in the Nymphaeum (that’s our swanky name for our front entry area that’s located down the stairs). This is going to be an exciting project, and one that I personally hope becomes reality in the near future. Imagine seeing a currently-dull-and-uninhabited canal from the street, fully redesigned with parks, or shopping, or restaurants, or anything creative that reflects the neighborhood around it. We may soon have (more!) really wonderful spaces around our fair city that are inviting, relaxing, invigorating – our very own oases.

Come see what it’s about at the opening reception on Tuesday, November 10, from 6 – 9 pm at ASU Art Museum. It’s free. There will be food, drink, music and a dance performance! All this amid the fun of Tempe Greenstreets, happening outside our door on Mill Avenue in conjunction with the U.S. Greenbuild Conference. It’s going to be an exciting evening!


…in case you missed it, the title reference.


November 5, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Jillian Mcdonald: Zombies vs. Vampires – Premiere Reception (Fri. 13th) @ ASU Art Museum

Jillian Mcdonald: Zombies vs Vampires - Production Still from Video Shoot (2009)

Friday, November 13, 2009


FREE Public Reception and World Premiere

Jillian Mcdonald: Zombies vs. Vampires


Please join us for the FREE Public Reception and World Premiere

of Jillian Mcdonald‘s two channel video installation Zombies vs. Vampires,

a work created with the community during the artists six-week Social Studies

residency at the Arizona State University Art Museum


Image documentation of the six-week residency and creation of the work can be

found on the ASU Art Museum FaceBook page at:

Asuart Museumstaff


Commentary by the artist during the project can be found through postings

on the ASU Art Museum blog:


Special thanks to all the volunteer community members who participated in the

project as Zombies, Vampires, Make-up Artists, Videographers, Still Camera

Photographer, Support Crew and Prof. Muriel Magenta.

Thank you to BlueMedia for their in-kind printing support for the installation:


We look forward to having you join us!

Arizona State University Art Museum

Mill Avenue @ 10th Street

Tempe, AZ 85287-2911

t. 480.965.2787

f. 480.965.5254




– John

November 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm


random art

I am not condoning random painting on the outside of our building. It’s not ok. Please refrain from tagging the museum with random art even if it is sort of cool.


edit: By the way, we did get the reference.

November 4, 2009 at 10:04 pm

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