The Politics of Shoes @mobius

  1. a slo-mo excerpt which shows Scott Rummler's installation for The Politics of Shoes exhibit titled:
    "Theme: Politics and Tabloid Headlines and Shoes"

    xeroxed collage from newspapers and magazines

    Stevenson's picture was taken showing a hole in his shoe, unusual since he was very sharp and well dressed. His team claimed it showed his common-guy pavement pounding approach. Those opposed to him may recall differently: that he lost the election because the photo made him look bad.

    Howard Dean had to yell to be heard in a giant noisy room because the audio wasn't working. Journalists used a special mike to drown out the background noise making him sound like a yelling madman. Journalists acknowledged the piece was fake, but said Dean should have expected it, therefore he wasn't presidential, and replayed it endlessly.

    Bloomberg is in favor of green projects. He doesn't quite fit in here with his fancy shoes. At a city pool opening he wore a white t-shirt and shorts to go swimming. Here he is in Bermuda shorts - he is criticized for going to his Bermuda mansion and being out of pocket on weekends. He is sometimes thought out of touch. His financial info company was used to create the derivative products that ruined the economy; he is the only top billionaire to get richer last year. He sent his former deputy mayor to be the new co. president and restructure the company as the housing bubble burst, so some think he knew what was going on. Used cosmetics kingpin pal to change city law allowing him to run for a third term, on grounds his expertise is key in handling the financial crisis. Owns giant news conglomerate.

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  2. Video excerpt from a performance which took place at Mobius on May 25th, 2009.
    This is the short version for people who prefer short and sweet excerpted from an already shortened version of the entire piece -- although it's not 1 minute or less hopefully most people can make it through this. If not, just fast forward or move on.

    The installation being destroyed is Karen Klein's "Brand Names". The terrorist in red from a Pedro Almodovar film is Liz Roncka. The white-haired ghost-like figure escaped from an old black and white Japanese film by Akira Kurosawa.

    video edited from two videos: one by Liz Roncka - camwork: Matt Samolis); one by Jane Wang (MAG) - camwork: Charles Daniels
    original video is at

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  3. Video clip of an action for The Politics of Shoes @mobius :

    Cultural Juxtaposition
    John Murphree

    Viewers interact with the piece by throwing Chinese-made American icons (Nike shoes), at an American-made Chinese icon (the gongs).

    Audience members, performers and visitors to the exhibit were invited to throw their shoes (not necessarily Made in China) at the gongs.

    This clip was taken at the Monday May 25, 2009 (Memorial Day Observed in the US in 2009) evening of performances.

    This installation was the general crowd favorite of the exhibition.

    Please note that although John Murphree is principally known as a composer, he also makes instruments - he welded these gongs which he sells indiviidually or in sets if you interested (the Curator bought two of the artist's gongs).

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  4. A short clip inadvertently taken when I was showing Charles Daniels how to use my ultra flip video camera for Monday night's performances May 25 2009. When I was uploading the videos, I noticed that we had caught Matt Samolis briefly warming up his flute so I decided to include this clip for posterity (-: especially since Matt did so much to help in this series of evenings: he collaborated with three different choreographers, including Jennifer Hicks (former MAG) who brought him into the series, took photographs, adjusted lights and more.

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  5. Moving Sound Meditation on Sam Tan's '63 in '08"
    for The Politics of Shoes @mobius
    May 25, 2009

    This video was constructed by editing together the video taped by Matt Samolis and the video taped by Charles Daniels. Sections were sped up (the original performance was over 20 minutes long). Hopefully it is entertaining and easily watchable at less than 7 and one half minutes!

    read more about this performance on the June 12th posting (featured artist Karen Klein) on the Politics of Shoes blog:

    video footage edited by Liz Roncka and Jane Wang.

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The Politics of Shoes @mobius

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video clips taken from The Politics of Shoes @mobius three evenings of performances by various performing artists and clips taken of the exhibit as a whole and individual installations.

The performances took place Saturday May 23rd, Sunday May 24th,…

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video clips taken from The Politics of Shoes @mobius three evenings of performances by various performing artists and clips taken of the exhibit as a whole and individual installations.

The performances took place Saturday May 23rd, Sunday May 24th, and Monday May 25th during Memorial Day Weekend Observed in 2009. The exhibit ran from May 23rd and was extended through May 31, 2009.

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