2016 Art Search for "plug"
Plug 'N Play
A confluence of elements in African-American, Caribbean, & Latino culture in New York in the ‘80s gave rise to one of the most formidable music genres of the century: Hip-hop. Plug ’n Play pays tribute to the essential power of hip-hop & its foundational elements: Emceeing (oral), Deejaying (aural), Breaking (physical), Graffiti (visual), & Knowledge (spiritual).
Plug ‘n Play is a large orange wooden electrical plug protruding upwards. Surrounding the Plug are five Quad Boxes with interior exhibits; each visually represents one of the five elements of hip-hop.
We plug in; we explore & examine the almighty vinyl record, the mic, & the crowd. In our DJ Dojo, feel with your hands what it’s like to drop the needle on the record & physically engage with actual vinyl. Passersby can tune in on turntablism demonstrations, scratching lessons, & roundtable sessions on the Elements. We’ll also have lectures, films, sonic history trips, & other interactive moments. “If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it.”
Progress represents the questioning of technological advancement in today’s post Moore’s Law world. The focal point of progress will be a spinning bicycle (the entire bicycle, not just the wheels), held up by a geodesic dome, and powered by two residental sized solar panels. Extra power from the panels will go to USB and 120V plugs for people to plug their varyous technological advances into.
Progress will engage its viewers by creating a space for meditation on the the “point” of continuous technological advancement through an utterly useless spinning bicycle. Through this self-reflective process, we hope that people will realize that they don’t need to plug in their iphones, and will leave our pointless project in search of internal contentment.