February 25, 2010
I didnt get as much interest in my workshops as I would have hoped for, which made me all insular and not care about people anymore. My solution was to make a galaxy of me and give it to people. I chose to give 7 of my planets to Marni Jackson and 5 of my planets to Nicola Xavier. The rest would sink with time as they are made with helium it would only last for a day. Nicholas Xavier turned one of my planets into einstein and drew a star on it and gave it a probability of popping of 76%, Einstein flew away on the way to the skate park.
Last night a group of kids harrassed me, threatened to steal my camera and then stole my sun. Something about my work that says ‘steal me’ like that system of a down CD right?
Here is a photo album of its development
February 20, 2010
so my 2 weeks open with shopfront are over but now i am finally workshopping with people and its super fun!!
no more wry observations, im in the field man!!
spymissions.wordpress.com – this is where i am posting now.. but re: the hide and seek game in my shopfront perch.. some pople passed by and the kids were all still coz they were hiding. and then passers by were
‘are they mannequins, i can’t figure it out’
the kids loved this and then would change pose when they looked away but then stand still again, one of those priceless moments
February 18, 2010
N: ‘hi, I’m a spystation’
Old Man #233113: ‘A bit sexy isnt it? Are you with the CIA?’
OM: ‘Well I hope you get a government contract’
N: ‘So do I’
And a ‘private enquiry’ agent came by and told me he was a professional and didnt need my workshops but he hadnt beeen doing so well coz the courts wouldnt let him have a gun because they were afraid he would kill his ex-wife (who was a sleeping around bitch whose now dead junkie son wasnt even his anyway, and he only married her coz she was pregnant)
and i wanna end with a bit of love
i have a favourite lady who comes past in the morning. after i explained the concept of spystation she said ‘well, someone is gonna really love you’
but as time goes on, she came in yesterday and looked a bit exasperated that i hadnt been picked out of loop space and onto a meteoric rise to the heavens so she told me she would at least write a letter to the council to say how good i was.
nicolaisgreat.com: an archive & documentation of my work
spymissions.wordpress.com: missions, reports and final exhibitions from Spystation NC1074 collaborators
February 18, 2010
yesterday i am also pretty sure i received a visit from the maxx + cam who made a penis out of masking tape man. we talked for a long time, and every time i tried to get their names they avoided the question. they did draw me a picture (below).
we talked about art that ***ks with people, they showed me photos of a toy they had found in a hole carved out in a tree and a house they made on the river with a cardboard drawn on front (looks very similar to spy mel’s house for the eurominable snowman)
February 18, 2010
I love the shoe repair shop in the mall here, this visit i picked up another pair of mens shoes, which just fit.. yay and are fancy!! next time I am hoping for some grensons. TINA last year i picked up the light tan ones, whose soles keep on coming off.. hence their holiness.
here are my newcastle duo
Please note visual pun about table legs. and hairy horse legs. my mum said that her stepma used to call her cowlegs because her legs were so hairy and she loved cheese and milk and beef. but obviously wrong coz my soy loving legs are just as hairy.. beastily hot!
February 16, 2010
im writing to you today as my morning meditation.. because i often talk to u in my head.. and then never send the email.
things here are ok here in newcastle.. i forgot ihave no friends here and i tried to have a mini opening just by putting a sign up in the shopfront.. but it didnt work. prob that and i wasnt offering alcohol. and yeah food for thought.. well lots of popcorn actually.. and i reckon i drank a litre of my home made ginger ale
tho i did meet a guy who talked to me for a long time. he is a truck driver and wants me to help him make a film. (not like the busker this mornin, who wanted me to spy on his wife who took his kids)
anyway, he wants to make a situational documentary/drama where he gets aboriginal actors to go to a poshy beach in north sydney (where all the movers and shakers in Australia live); and of course they will be asked to leave but he wants them only to talk in their native language. so it will be kinda like an invasion re-enactment set in the gentrified now. the idea of this generally expresses the common exasperation and sentiment of most of the public towards the injustices that are still not redressed here. basically a lof of us would be happier if we could share the land. because well, it is beautiful and the idea was at this beach there is a rock and a water hole which this guy described as ‘god’s shower’ like there must have been a Dreaming significance of such an amazing feat of nature.
then another guy came in, and told me about the cutting down of a sacred tree just north of here for a highway.. this kind of thing just makes me distraught because I am trying to build stories around the environment to build on the Dreaming, but when even a Dreaming sacred tree is cut down, it makes u almost want to give up.
even the AAP our equivalent of Fox gave a ‘this is bad’ editorial
other news: not really progressed on cube using gamelan composition.. thinking about using a sundanese ensemble but can i make one out of the javanese ensemble? i only want 8 of the 12+ javanese gamelan instruments.
plus i talked to my infamous ex boyfriend yesterday and he asked me FINALLY about the work i had been doing and asked about Charlatan. of course because he is one. and.. i told him how i used anton mesmer, marcel duchamp and tom ford as examples and he said he would have used walter benjamin, noam chomsky and jean claude van damme. i forgot how cool he is and how that would give me way more credibility. should i collaborate with this coolness?
Currently on offer by Nicola Rocks
- personal field recording tour guide for Brisbane
- ‘in-home’ dog cloning
- stories and songs about spiders
- workshops on spying.
‘there’s more where that came from’
February 14, 2010
well i havent been recording any people on the shopfront camera yet.. tho i just needed to record these girls.. coz it was a saturday and time for dancing
February 13, 2010
Brochures: 80 All Gone, will reprint another 30
Room Sheets: 10 of 20 still left
Exhibition Visitors (that I have at least had 1 interactive statement with): 64
Missions Sold: 8
People who have stood in front of my installed camera watching themselves: 87
People who have used my installed mirrors to check themselves out: 36
February 12, 2010
So, I also offered the Language Lessons as data on Freecycle. I would say that there has been more definite interest in receiving the lessons as data.. tho here is a funky remix i made..
February 11, 2010
Ok, so this morning I am still a bit jittery but yesterday I arrived to find a massive hole thru the shopfront.
The haters have struck. We need to fight this with group condemnation of this act and please support Renew Newcastle because they had to pay for the window.
Gloria Jeans and Oporto were also smashed in. But from me they took a Bubbles Powerpuff Girl Toy (altho the mission had already ben removed.. so ha! suckers) and a mirror and those groovy binoculars I lent from Mason to do the workshops with.