a tale of a few cities

My Name in Lights, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Posted in Art, Conceptual Art, Photography, text by petercombe on June 7, 2011

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Last month I mentioned The Holland Festival and the Stedelijk Museum’s joint presentation of the interactive artwork Your Name in Lights by John Baldessari. It was the opportunity to have your name screened for a 15 seconds on the marquee atop the museum extension’s construction scaffolding. I entered my name and on June 3, Your Name In Lights messaged me to say my name would appear Monday, 6 June 11:20:00 AM CET. This left me very little time find a photographer based in Amsterdam. After many Google searches I was able to find one willing to trek over to the Stedelijk and record the event. Amazing that he was able to take the 6 photos in all, in so short a timeframe.

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Photos: 31pictures.nl / (c) 2011, www.31pictures.nl
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John Baldessari, Your Name in Lights

Posted in Art, Conceptual Art, Gif, Installation, text, type by petercombe on May 7, 2011

John Baldessari Your Name in Lights: Register now and your name will appear in lights on Museumplein in Amsterdam.

The Holland Festival and the Stedelijk Museum jointly present the interactive artwork Your Name in Lights by John Baldessari, one of America’s best-known Conceptual artists. This extraordinary artwork will be installed on Museumplein from June 1 to 26, 2011. Your Name in Lights draws on our society’s obsession with celebrity and recalls Andy Warhol’s oft-quoted statement from 1968, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” Inspired by historic markers of show-biz celebrity, such as the neon lights on Broadway and the marquees of Hollywood cinemas, Baldessari offers spectators a chance to seize 15 seconds of fame by presenting their names on a 30-metre L.E.D. screen. Your Name in Lights premiered as the 23rd Kaldor Public Art Project, in collaboration with the 2011 Sydney Festival; its appearance in Amsterdam is the second and only other planned presentation of the work.
Register here and your name will appear in lights at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

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