Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Lake MI visits NY from RI

At "Come and sit with us because we miss you" on the East River, November 10-12th.

Blind Boatbuilders Tea Ritual with Reliable Furniture

We used the platform between us to celebrate an origami tea ritual taken from 16th cen. Dutch shipbuilders going blind, no longer able to build large scale.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Friday, November 2, 2007

Ice Candle: duration of hope

The shortest wish in history: short tests, heading towards the right atmosphere... needing outside footage for juxtaposition

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Friday, October 19, 2007

Walking on Water

Pedestrian traffic is possible around the waters that contain Manhattan. A boat ride from artist Marie Lorenz around November 11-14 will carry our liquid curiosity further. Submerged or emerging candidates are: vertical supports with long lost horizontal planes (aka old docks).
For example, the west side Highway: off West 57th and Amsterdam or the 69th Street Bridge.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Urban Camping

Up on the overpass the night was wide open and blowing headlights like the sea. He stood against the wind and let it peel him clean.

(Anne Carson, Autobiography of Red, pg. 55)

Ice Candle

We are making absurd and/or pathetic objects whose material and formal properties convey moods (precarious comfort, hopeful fragility) that accumulate sensations for a larger narrative film with a script we are currently developing. The project could be classified as Romantic-Conceptual Art.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

lake MI visits RI ocean

An installation at Nancy Austin's gallery in Newport, RI.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

SHOW: Lecture!

Notes: We approach Lake Michigan as a material. Information is made urgent with bodily risk: we use ingestion as visceral knowledge, as valuable as written information. The lake goes through our bodies, into Kalamazoo water reclamation facility, to the Kalamazoo River, and back to the Lake. We have been to all of these places and feel as nomadic as a raindrop from the lake. Displacement, Re-collection, etc.
Comments: "These poetic installations are separate from your research." Our response: our work seeks to provoke curiosity. Just as a Wallmart shopper may not consider an object's production, a viewer may not fully investigate the larger life of an installation. We hope all people consider context and history in any situation.


SHOW: call mom

I couldn't think about anything but my mom, and neither could she. So we made an installation for our moms. How much we miss our mothers and they might not even know we talk about them all the time. So we spent the night trying to keep in touch because we need to say I love you, I miss you, I want you to be here with me and I want to hug you.

SHOW: chicken and lake

We caught both lake and chicken, brought them to the gallery, and served portions from a hallway constructed in the gallery, directing the view outside.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Potable Prototype 3

SHOW: short cuts screened

Screening short, rough cuts of the human hammock, water filtration, clay dinner party, vulnerable proximity, and more...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

SHOW: Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water...

We gathered the lake, contained it with weather (self-contained), and presented a live event: rain, hail, ingestion. The thread visualized the dripping lake segments in a fluid spatial photograph, articulating the entire drip trajectory in space while remaining malleable. The time recycling program has begun...

Saturday, July 28, 2007

THE SHOW: In the Beginning...

Day One.
One hour preparedness (failure is simply opportunity), removing the floor for levitation, ceiling constellation, precarious comfort (faith in architecture), etc.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Book Launch

Our book is available at lulu.com for $30.
You can preview or buy it here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Friday, July 6, 2007

About Us (we added Grant!)

The 6 foot collaboratory is composed of three artists (Caroline Woolard, Elizabeth Tubergen, and Grant Goeman) whose practice balances between visceral spontaneity and analytical composure. Extending the Collaboratory’s research beyond a single space or conversation, we work with public officals and beach-goers alike, using overlooked spaces and making our process and experiments available on this blog. Recent projects involve water filtration, public sculptural rearrangement, spontaneous perspective shifts, and body extensions that connect to or support architecture.

We bring our wheel-barrow furniture (currently in development) with tools and papers everywhere for performances announced by goose-call: our mouths open reservoirs to drink from, dinner parties of clay, a human-hammock, daily readings (our magazine out soon), and air-duct attachments.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Space Between

Some short clips reaching towards a finished video on the space between us.

Sunday, July 1, 2007

A Note on Implausibility

It is important to think outrageously, if not always, then from time to time. Much is possible.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Oddity in the Meantime

Dan the accordian man not only plays the accordian, but also windsurfs. Dan spends late windy days at Oval beach. If the wind isn't right, he plays the accordian. If the wind is right, Dan windsurfs. His body is the only connection between his sail and his board--he holds it together with his body. I am jealous that Dan gets to explore the horizon, a space that is wholly imaginary to me, but then again, I am afraid of deep, empty water.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

the Space Between

The 6 Foot Collaboratory moves at unprecedented speeds as ideas are externalized faster, discussed, and made manifest with passionate analysis.

Endless Horizon

The lake seems like an ocean because we can only see 20 miles ahead... this is the asymptote of perception. The untouchable horizon is a site infused with potential, a space for imagination by default.

Porous Ceramic

Paul Flickinger (teaching at the Kalamazoo Institude of Arts) has fired natural clay ceramics on the sand near lake Michigan for 40 years. His advice will help our experimentation...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Systems of Exchange

How do we circulate our work?
As producers of culture, we look to alternative models for the display and exchange of art that operate financially without giving up content for exchange value. Mess Hall's Claire Pentecost and Marianne Fairbanks reflected on their system of generosity, self-appointment and merit rather than obligation where time = money, discussing potential trajectories in our studio this week.

If, as Marx writes, a commodity fetish obscures the mode of production, what can we gain by understanding our entire system of production (material and labor)?


This is the goal... curiosity, wonder, and accumulated subjective knowledge rather than strict standards of acceptable facts. An ideology of product over process limits experimentation by regimenting "success." Art as an excuse for transgressing conformity, art as a doorway to real world issues, art towards empathy, art as a slap in the face...

to come: charts of sites and assumed audiences, etc.

Joy and Grace

Liz began to explain this to me...
I wonder: what is the relationship between the search for satisfaction and the attainment itself? The journey vs. the view, the process vs. the product, experiential education...

Ingestion and Body Knowledge

A rejection of sedentary culture! Instead, tactility, muscle memory, and proprioception to understand our current location.


We are experimenting with filters: using felt to collect the material that is typically "rejected," zebra mussels as bio-filters, and a porous clay material (natural clay and a local lumberyard's sawdust) similar to a technique developed by Potters for Peace.
Other projects of interest are: the LifeStraw, and more...

The Femur Bone

The femur bone is the longest, strongest, and most voluminous bone in the body. I have an extra long femur, and so does Caroline.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

What is a natural resource?

We use clay from the riverbank,

water from Lake Michigan,

zebra mussels from the lake (over-populated foreign invader from international shipping),

glass from our local brewery,

wool for felt from the sheep near us,

and perhaps kellog's corn flakes (invented here).

If, as Marx writes, a commodity fetish obscures the mode of production, what can we gain by understanding our entire system of production (material and labor)?