John G. Boehme
Trans-Disciplinary Artist and Instructor

CURRICULUM VITAE PHILOSOPHY OBJECTS VIDEO  

 

Still Images and
ASSORTED VIDEOS
documentations, excerpts and summaries
Considered Compulsions series
Exist-ence #5 (Brisbane,Griffiths University, Melbourne, Fehily Contemporary Art, A is for Atlas, PACT Sydney)
PLATFORM, Vaasa Finland
clapping Live Biennal of Performance Vancouver,BC

Considered Compulsion Series
As a widespread ceremonial ritual of the industrial age, sport is remarkable for its ability to express two apparently contradictory sets of qualities: on the one hand, modernity, abstraction, efficiency, science, concept, and mind; on the other, the past, archaism, worship, emotionality, sex and the body.
-Varda Burstyn, The Rites of Men: Manhood, Politics and the Culture of Sport.

Professional sports has paralleled the emergence of capitalism, developing recreational activity into a secular religion. Sports are the arena where the social and political tensions are remorselessly played out. The language of sports is the language of war, struggle, and conquest. Terms such as offense, defense, and sudden-death overtime, provide evidence of the codified nature of its conflict.

The adoration of the hero makes sports the sanctioned site for eroticism, and the idealization of the body. Professional athletes have used the cultural space awarded to them to articulate views on class, race and economic struggles. Obsessive “fan” culture serves as a release for otherwise expressed communal energy moment of unpredictability and infinite potential where the underdog might triumph. Sport can be precarious, dangerous and seductive – all qualities embodied in works of ceramic and glass.

Channeling the historical connections between art and sports, manifest in society’s idealization of the body and its attendant homoerotic fetishism, this program will interrogate not specific contests or competitions, but rather those subjects within sports that "jump the hurdle" and "cross the line."

M:ST Mountain Standard Time Calgary, Alberta

Momentum #6. Brussels, Belgium
Ceramic helmet, athletic support, human blood filled tee balls,golf balls with grecian tee,sunflower seeds and beef tallow Video documentation by sylvestre gobart
Momentum#6.

DIAS (chaos with chair)
• Building of cultural chaos
Action:
• Construct a six inch high four foot by eight foot Dias wearing appropriate blue work wear with the insignia "Artist Working" above the upper right shirt pocket.
• Ciel 13 yrs old changes ringtones on mobile phone (loud)
• Place chair in centre of dias.
• Press record on video camera recording dias with chair.
• Change into appropriate white collar, chair sitting suit with tight collar and tie.
• Apply cologne
• Press stop then rewind on video camera.
• Sit on chair placed in the centre of dias.
• Make eye contact, acknowledging each person in room.
• Stand, Pickup chair and completely demolish dias with chair.
• Place chair in centre of dias remains.
• Press play on video camera attached to video projector project intact dias with chair in centre.
• Leave space.

MoU
Memoranda of Understanding, a new body of trans-disciplinary artworks. Memoranda of Understanding is a series of task-focused actions that attend to "understanding".

These actions will be organized in the following way:
• Undertake task.
• Document task using video and photography.
• Answer a standard set of questions; For example, what do I taste, what do I smell, what do I hear, what do I feel?
• Consider the answers to these questions in relation to similar previous experience.
• Develop an "understanding" and document this understanding within a Memorandum.
• Exhibit Memorandum of Understanding, along with documentation of the task in video and still photography and with indexical objects.

Explanation of methodology:
It provides a formal structure.
It alludes to pseudo-scientific inquiry.
It invokes a management paradigm of information representation.
All of which draw from a bureaucratic variant of conceptual praxis and serve to heighten an hysterical formalism.
MEME Gallery http://meme.templeofmessages.com/index.html
May 11th to 13th
55 Norfolk Street Cambridge, MA 02139
Latitude 42.36553 Longitude 71.10110
IV UNFORESEEN
May 15th
@ Am Flutgraben 3 - 12435 Berlin http://kunstfabrik.org/
Longitude 52.496991 Latitude 13.451298
"Break" (something of someone else)
Infraction Venice, Italy http://www.infractionvenice.org/
June 1-4th
Via Giuseppe Garibaldi and Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi
Longitude 45.432267 Latitude 12.353145

 


LEISURE Inflate/Deflate
Odzaki,Serbia Market 8:00 AM to 12:00PM
photo Sinead ODonnell


Does and Dont's of Living in your Car
Ottawa International Auto Show and SAW Gallery "Culture Crash"
Live in a donated SMART car on the floor of the autoshow for its duration

SURF &TURF
SURF&SWAP
SURF&STAY
Surf and Turf,
Video from action
Video of Installation
Confederation Centre for the Arts Prince Edward Island, CANADA
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
ACTION: Paddle with golf clubs and bag onto the links at Crowbush (P.E.I.)
golf course, change into golfing attire and play 18 holes of golf.

Surf and Swap,
Image from Installation, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia
ACTION: Paddle within the inner harbour and Gorge water way on the
indigenous trade routes and trade with people from the surf/
paddleboard on the way.

Surf and Stay,
The Rooms
Art Gallery of Newfoundland and Labrador

Conception Harbour Newfoundland
12’3” surf/paddle board, wetdry bag with clothes
ACTION: Paddle from bay to bay in Newfoundland December get off the
board and trust the Newfoundland hospitality to let me stay overnight at
their house.

Leisure(France)


Ready for the Day, The Day
Waterloo Center for the Arts,and the University of northern Iowa 2007



Sandbox Psychology
Berlin, Germany
TESLA,
2 sunlamps
1 gallon skin tone sunscreen
1 gallon tropical sun oil
10 Mai Tai’s
1 miniature horseshoe game
1 miniature croquet game
1 g-string bathing suit
1 outdoor chaise lounge
1 sun umbrella
ACTION: Sunlamps on 1 hour, sunscreen body followed by oil body, ask
audience to feed me Mai Tai drinks while playing both miniature croquet
and horseshoe on my screened oiled body. Performance is over when
sunlamps turn off 1 hour.

NUIT BLANCHE Saint Lawrence Market Toronto
Edible Spa(please stay)


Bed of rice,edible gold,chocolate,cucumber,kiwi,lemon,oatmeal scrub,egg and honey,seaweed aesthetician 11:30PM to 3:00 AM
HO HOWN
hodown
Orange coverall bag,zipties,bucket of cold water,12 X blueberry pies,36 X apples 6PM to 11:00 PM durational pie eating apple bobbing with hands suecrly ziptied behind contestants back. explorations into North American tradition and interrogation techniques.



GET IT GOT IT GOOD
Nanaimo Art Gallery Interviewed for any and all jobs for a 7 hours



Canine Freestyle
Junction Arts Curated Exhibition, Toronto, Ontario
Five songs: Gangsta Rap • Slow Dance • Surf • Chinese • Mexican
Five matching costumes for an untrained Chihuahua named “Weenie” and
John G. Boehme
Dancing with the dog in costume for Junction Arts Festival Toronto
Archive of videos and judges palettes from WCFO World Canine Freestyle
Organization
www.worldcaninefreestyle.org/index.html



Underground Sales #1
Minsk, Belarus

MEMORIALIZE
no documentation at this time
Tell Me A Story,Amsterdam, Netherlands

Leisure in the Extreme

Marnay sur Seine, France
PIG
BLACK SOAP OR GREASE
BELL (TO SIGNIFY WHEN 30 minutes is up)
BARRIER TO KEEP PIG IN A CONFINED AREA
WASH BUCKET AND SOAP WITH LONG HANDLED BRUSH
FOR CAR WASH.

ACTION:
RELEASE GREASED/BLACK SOAPED PIG IN A CONFINED AREA THE ARTIST ATTEMPTS TO CATCH PIG FOR 30 MINUTES WHEN A BELL IS RUNG AT WHICH TIME A SMALL TRUCK IS PUSHED OUT OF THE GARAGE AND IS RIGOUROUSLY WASHED AFTER WHICH THE BELL IS RUNG AGAIN FOR ANOTHER 30 MINUTE ATT REMPT TO CATCH THE PIG IF THE PIG IS CAUGHT AT ANY TIME IT IS PLACED INTO THE REAR OF THE TRUCK. AFTER THE LAST BELL IS RUNG OR THE PIG IS CAUGHT THE TRUCK IS PUSHED BACK INTO THE GARAGE AND THE PERFORMANCE IS OVER.

HO DOWN
Marnay sur Seine, France
1 X BELL
3 X EXTRA LARGE BERRY PIES
1X LONG TABLE
3 X ZIPTIES
LARGE BARREL FILLED WITH WATER, ICE & 12 APPLES
ACTION:
THE ARTIST AND 2 AUDIENCE MEMBERS
HAVE THERE HANDS ZIP TIED BEHIND THERE BACKS THREE PIES ARE PLACED IN FRONT OF EACH PARTICIPANT WHEN THE BELL IS RUNG THE PARTICIPANTS HAVE A PIE EATING RACE THAT IS JUDGED BY THE ARTISTS DAUGHTER. WHEN THE WINNER IS ANNOUNCED THE PARTICIPANTS IMMEDIATELY MOVE TO THE APPLE BARREL FOR THE APPLE DUNK WHICH THE ARTIST AND PARTICIPANTS REMOVE 12 APPLES FROM THE BARREL WITH THERE TEETH. WHEN THIS IS DONE THE PERFORMANCE IS OVER.

Spa (Please Stay),
ANIMAL GALLERY Santiago, Chile
Manicure Pedicure Facial and Full Brazillian wax


Take A walk Through,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
50 pounds of rotten fruit & vegetables
24 eggs
1 large South American cigar
blue double breasted blazer
penny loafers
khaki pants with argyle socks
white button down Brooks Brothers shirt, blue & red
standard Oxford tie & standard Oxford brown tie
ACTION: Walk through the 100-yard space at the end of the space, change
ties, light cigar & return to beginning. (Leave available, in a parallel grid
pattern, 50 pounds of rotten fruit and vegetables and 24 eggs).


photo Marilyn Arsem

Irish Shinty Christmas,
Fix '05 Biennial Belfast, N.Ireland
Image from action

NAMELESS
Boston, Mass,USA

Performative sound art action repeition of names and cadences until the individualty becomes nameless.

Mien Fore:
Installaction artspace Cardiff, Wales



Gallery Laundry/Laundry Gallery
Ministry of Casual Living, performance document

9 and Dine,Ustka,Poland
Nine holes of golf Ustka over the Slupia River Poland 8:17 AM

9 and Dine, Vancouver,Canada
Nine holes of golf , VancouverUrban Mount Pleasant, 12:17 PM

P.E.R. Performance Evaluation Review
Poland,USA,Finland,Canada

Dais
(COMPILATION)Performance still Summary:An Inter-Media project that combines video projection with live performance as well as incorporating theatrical lighting and time based construction. VHS 1/2" Purpose: To articulate roles and stages of gender based identity by the constant and ubiquitous construction and deconstruction of Dais's from which to pontificate. Comment This work utilizes a video projected image of me constructing a Dais as I in turn deconstruct the Dais live in a more sculptural sense.
" I've been looking at the word 'hubris' again lately. I think John Boehme's piece is interesting in terms of the word hubris. (Here I insert my own version of the narrative): "I build my own stage, with scrap lumber and an apple box. This implies I must also have something to say, but I have nothing to say. I'm waiting for my Olympic medal, but it doesn't come. I must take apart the stage I have built." This is hubris and pathos, touching on the Beckettian." Lori Weidenhammer


GET OUT

JORDAN RIVER
(COMPILATION)Single channel video
Summary: A cropped, hand held, video projected image allows the viewer to repeatedly traverse down a familiar road on a journey to Jordan River British Columbia, Canada. The audio reveals intimate conversations between several men on such a journey. Through this looped videotape landscape becomes a metaphor for these portrayed relationships. the viewer experiences an endless journey and unpretentiously traverses the complex landscape of trust, friendship, and masculine identity.

ON LEISURE

(COMPILATION)Performance and sculptural archive Summary: An interdisciplinary performance that produces a sculptural installation as archive. Through action this artwork references and questions leisure activities. Through materiality and sculptural archive this artwork also indexes Post painterly abstraction, actionism and fluxus art practices. Process: With duct tape and a tape measure an 8' X 12' rectangle is delineated in the centre of the gallery. Tropical scented surfwax is vigorously applied in the rectangle. Chairs are placed (optional) directly around the edge of the waxed rectangle. The Chairs are lit in advance with washed spotlights (a sufficient period of time to allow for the tropical scent to exude). When the audience arrives the duct tape is removed and the 8' X 12' piece of imitation grass is placed directly over the tropical scented surfwax. The straight shaft gas line trimmer ( weedeaterČ) is then used to line trim the imitation grass attempting to touch the entire surface. When the straight shaft line trimmer runs out of gas the trimmer is immediately placed 4' from the a wall on a customized stand and the imitation grass is stapled to a 12'dowel and hung 8" from the wall. Installation/Archive The imitation grass is hung 8" off the wall and is illuminated with two special spot lights and the straight shaft gas line trimmer is placed on customized stand 4" directly in front of hung imitation grass.

 

True #3.
(COMPILATION)Table Sculptural archive from Performance Table from performance of True #.3 silver nylon fabric 4'
X 6' birch, fir and reflective Mylar

Crosswalk Main & 5th
(COMPILATION) Excerpt of Documentation from Television During the business week of April 3rd through 7th between 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM I crossed the street bringing recognition to the inherent power relationships and confronting the politic between pedestrian and automobile. as well as confronting elements of contemporary urban self-consciousness. The site specificity alludes to the notion of place and position i.e. blue and white collar status of stability repedity. Broadcast featured on Canadian Much Music and Bravo National Television networks. (Segment from Much Music).

(COMPILATION)Mr Hegemony Measuring Up

(COMPILATION)BEARD

WORKING ARTIST / ARTIST WORKING (COMPILATION)Life size silent video documentation from performance. Installation properties are 8' X 9' Aluminum and wood broom, 4"X2.5" aluminum embossed plaques, 2' X 2.5' customized yellow warning stands, embroidered blue work wear. The action is to sweep the street with an extra large broom. This piece was performed during the "Moss Street Paint In" where there was the attendance of approximately 25,000 people.


Spectacle,Lake

(COMPILATION)Video documentation of Performance 1:25 min. VHS 1/2" ( duplicated from digital video) projection in combination with live performance Length 7:00Min . The intent is to illuminate the mans growing insecurity with himself as well as a growing inability to cope with solitude ( nature as "other" ) highlighting concerns of mediated and nonmediated forms of communication both regional and international. (Spectacle Lake, Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

Church of Ca$h.
(COMPILATION)Excerpt of documentation from television Dealing with the interaction between technology as new ritual and absolution in the form of Ca$h. Recently a major financial institutions advertising campaign featured a character who was unable to function with a live teller the character could only function with the Automated teller Broadcast Featured on Canadian MuchMusic and Bravo Television networks.

Dear Potato Chip Lover
(COMPILATION)Documentation of performance This Performance has a seething quality of fascistic advertising which infiltrates all elements of North American society only maybe not as obviously. An earlier performance dealing with the same considerations as " Run to Nowhere" but with high gloss imagery and a Multi-Media deluge of self imposed advertising

ascension Documentation excerpt of performance The business man enters at a pace of someone going places and commences to recite self affirmations which are pulled from his business suit and are imprinted on ribbons. He then commences to disrobe as his affirmations change from "I" to "If" it is revealed that under his business suit here is another suit his skin which is completely covered in ribbons ending when he is anonymous to achievement(ribbons ) 12" plaque encrusted ladder with 18" tar and feather cover ladder signifiers of phallogocentric masculine ideals contextualizing identity framed by competition.

Oral CurrencyThis was a complete Bank type Loan Office setup within the Concourse Gallery at the Emily Carr Institute Also installed and performed the Rogue Gallery Victoria B.C.all the support material can be viewed on the slide sheet. In essence this performance / Installation reifies the notion of language and Oral Traditions by putting a monetary value on the live proximate social interaction. Through bureaucratization the individual has the opportunity to valuate conversation.

Ocularcentrism and its Relationship to Oral TraditionVideo accompaniment to performance. A cotton candy tinted video of my right ear operation pervades the video screen. This video is overlaid with broadcast quality text challenging our sense bias. The visual imagery is aurally punctuated by a broadcaster style narration. While the video is running I systematically sit throughout the audience with a cordless clip on microphone periodically entering the proximate physical space of audience members. Upon being seated I begin to quote selected passages from the screen. This performance questions notions of scriptism, phonocentrism and ocularcentrism and there relationship to oral traditions through opening up a syntax between audience as passive participant or audience as active participant.. Through systematic grammatical and verbal inconsistency both aural and visual language is subverted by the self-reflexsiveness of oral competes for the audiences attention. Through this performance a questioning of interactions occurring between various mediated levels of language is achieved.

"Run to Nowhere" Documentation of Performance Performance with text performance involves tightly scripted altered text centered in the notion of planned obsolescence, body image, and contemporary advertising language. Text which is framed on top of the performer thereby implicating him. His back is towards the audience thereby assuming the position of the audience he is running in place at full speed which conjures up the image of "Running to Nowhere" whilst being inundated by alter unmediated advertising slogans all the while reading the lluminated text. His costume is "ordinary upper middle class body conscious guy" in off work clothes.

"True" Performative Video First one in a series of performative videos of which I empty my wallet with a voice over. Wallet as signifier, wallet as history, semiotic satchel ?

"True" Performative Video Second in the series this element has much more production values and has many of the same pieces i.e. Contained within the billfold self historification and the performative element occurs in a quotidian sense each and every time I open my wallet.

DINK OUT
Dink out is a (slang) term in golf when a ball is miss hit(teed) from the " Males" tee ( white tee ) and does not reach the "Woman’s" tee ( red tee ) a " Dink Out " is called and the Male is supposed to lay his member, penis, dick out of his pants and tee off from the woman’s tee with his " Dink Out". Performed in Saskatoon, Sask. May 2002 AKA Gallery, Cranberry flats South Saskatchewan River. Proposed to Surrey Art Gallery, Fraser River as below
SUMMARY:
Golf as an economic, cultural, environmental and sociological impact in Canadian society is vast. According to Beautiful British Columbia Magazine the number of holes on British Columbia’s s 285 golf courses is 4226. In 1999 One in 5.27 people in BC (771000) played golf. Entire natural habitats and ecosystems are altered for the introduction of golf courses, employing millions of people in British Columbia. The average Golfer in 1996 spent $125.00 for a round. Golf courses dot the Fraser River in its entirety diverting its natural tributaries altering the River forever.
PROCESS:
From the Southern side of the Fraser River wearing golf attire "tee off" a golf ball to reach the Northern side of the Fraser River. When the golf ball reaches the other side of the River go down to the River and Swim across fully clothed with the golf club. When the Northern s side is reached continue to "tee" off back to the Southern side. Continue until complete.

 


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