Sunday Soup goes to Houston
March 9, 2009, 4:52 PM
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Sunday Soup Houston
April 5
12 PM
3400 Montrose, Suite 907, Houston, TX 77006

Sunday Soup is a community meal that functions as a grant funding process.  Proceeds from meal tickets are given as a grant to support an artist initiative or community project.  Houstonian artists and other community members are invited to submit proposals to until April 2. Soup is the center of the meal because it is nourishing, economical, and easy to prepare in large batches. The soup is served family-style and sold for a modest profit at $5 per person.

Sunday Soup: Houston will be hosted at SKYDIVE by InCUBATE, a Chicago-based research institute and residency program. Guest chefs Randall Szott and Nancy Zastudil, in collaboration with InCUBATE, will prepare soup, organize presentations, and engage visitors in conversation at SKYDIVE.

All submitted proposals will be displayed at SKYDIVE during the meal. Anyone who purchases a meal ticket can vote on the proposals. The grant recipient, determined by popular vote, will be announced at the end of the meal and receive proceeds from the meal, whether $5 or $5,000.

Community participation in the grant funding and selection process is key. The application process is intentionally simple and un-bureaucratic in order to encourage broad participation. This enables InCUBATE to stimulate and promote experimental, critical, and imaginative practices that may not be eligible for conventional funding.

Sunday Soup, while raising money, also serves as a way to build a network of support that reaches beyond purely monetary assistance. It is an open platform to discuss ongoing projects with new audiences, meet new collaborators, and share ways of working.

Randall Szott alternates between life in Oak Park, Illinois and various locations along the coastline of the southeastern United States on the largest US owned hopper dredge. His life is a series of three week cycles on land and three at sea. He believes himself to be the only cook in the merchant marine with an MA in Interdisciplinary Art and an MFA in Art Critical Practices.

Nancy Zastudl moonlights as a curator based in Houston, TX, and currently works as Program Manager at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston. She is cofounder of Slab, an exhibition method that collaboratively facilitates art projects and events.

InCUBATE won the February Chicago Sunday Soup Grant of $250 to help bring all of its members to Houston for this event.


De Certeau Dinner
March 7, 2009, 6:27 PM
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De Geuzen is a collaborative effort from Amsterdam who built and maintained the Geuzenstraat – artist studios and multi use space – from the late 90’s to 2001.

“As a part of a lecture series entitled, The Mediated Image*, De Geuzen hosted a three course dinner devoted to the work of Michel de Certeau. During the meal, there were related presentations and visual interventions by De Certeau admirers Rob van Kranenburg and Mike Tyler.”

The above picture shows an apron with the definition of “la perruque” which literally means “wig,” but refers to the practice of workers who on company time and with company materials devote labor to their own creative work.

AREA wins January Sunday Soup grant
March 2, 2009, 6:49 PM
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AREA Chicago won January’s $150 Sunday Soup Grant to fund postcards for their “Everybody’s Got Money Issues” issue, to be released on May 1st.

From their proposal: “With postcards we can reach beyond our already established networks and circulate the announcement to people within organized labor, fair-trade economics, and foundation philanthropy circles.”

January’s Sunday Soup Brunch was prepared by Philip Von Zweck on New Year’s Day.  He made the traditional Southern New Year’s Day meal of black-eyed peas, rice and cabbage.  While we ate, we watched Down By Law.

Leisure Bowl, this Saturday February 21
February 16, 2009, 8:52 PM
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The Inaugural Leisure Bowl

Unlympics at InCUBATE
January 6, 2009, 5:34 AM
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Dispatch from InCUBATE City Artist-in-Residence Anne Elizabeth Moore

Greetings Supporters, Friends, and Future Unlympic Athletes!

As you surely already know, a highly organized, internationally recognized, massively marketed, thoroughly branded, and extremely expensive series of sporting events is coming to your town. This is not it.

From Saturday January 24 to February 14 2009, InCUBATE and in-city artist-in-residence Anne Elizabeth Moore will host a series of games called the Unlympics. The Unlympics will consist of real sports, fake sports, and things that aren’t sports at all—plus serve as a meeting ground to discuss the implications of our city hosting the Olympic Games in 2016. (Although it’s seven years off, the city submits a final bid on February 2, 2009.)

Indoor and outdoor games will be held throughout the city and open to all participants. (An in-progress schedule is here: games will be all-ages. Approximately half of the events will be free. So far we’re planning: opening ceremonies, winter kickball, fashion, karaoke, spelling, running, and math games. Perhaps most importantly, each day of events—or, if we have a very high demand, each event—will have a sponsor. Sponsors will present the games, distribute relevant literature, provide statistics, give arguments—or solicit participation in their own relevant organizations. Sponsorships will be extended to anyone with any stake or interest in the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid. Anyone: Pro, con, or otherwise.

The purpose of the Unlympics will be to encourage active dialogue—at times, extremely active dialogue—around the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid.

So how can you participate, you’re surely asking yourself?

SPONSOR—prepare a lecture, some materials, and present your work to a captive, engaged audience!
COMPETE—come on out and participate. Play to win, play to lose, or just play to play. It’ll be fun!
JUDGE—determine the winner of one of our judged events. You make the call of who is the right one to win!
VOLUNTEER—we’ll need event helpers, people to make medals, water servers—or whatever you want!
WATCH—come on down during the festivities and root for your favorite participant!

We’ll be holding weekly planning sessions starting Wednesday, January 21. If you’d like to sponsor a game, please send an email to: In the mean time, you can:
– Join the mailing list at
– Register your opinion in our ongoing poll:
– Or get in touch right away to sponsor an event!

Get ready, Chicago!


Anne Elizabeth Moore
for the Unlympics Organizing Committee

“getting paid for art”
November 25, 2008, 10:45 PM
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seen at Downtown Books in Milwaukee, WI

seen at Downtown Books in Milwaukee, WI

Video Show. December 14th
November 24, 2008, 7:53 PM
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Eric Fleishcauer and I curated a video screening that plays on December 14th at 7:00pm at the Nightingale Theater (1048 Milwaulkee) The screening is free. All the details about the show are below.



Pixar’s latest box office starling, is Wall-E. A robot, environmental sage, post apocalyptic janitor, and the earth’s last art curator. Wall-E embodies our universal need to rummage, collect, and string meaning between the seemingly random artifacts of our culture and our fetishes. Wall-E’s junk pile schlep has inspired While We Were Working, a new curatorial endeavor that attempts to order You Tube, our culture’s own looming tower of Trash.

The internet’s unwanted or digital detritus is constantly being scraped off the web’s cluttered floor and being broken apart and frankensteined into the new. Definitions over ownership and authorship are being elasticized and altered by this constant meddling and re-arranging, and In the process, the line between viral video, Art Art, and just plain unwanted is being happily smudged.

So how do we culture-makers address our new medium, venue, and potential audiences? How do we incorporate and process this superstructure of meaning, whether we are dilettantes, starry-eyed devotees or television-loyalists? And how can you find that good, weird shit out there when there is so much to look at?

Internalizing media’s place in our everyday lives is already assured, but thankfully these videos go above and beyond to perform the inevitable. By extricating the banal and taking it to its logical end, these artists create bizarro worlds of displacement and repetition.

As those who stare at computers all day, we feel really guilty about this misspent time wandering the internet. By creating a perpetual side project of cataloging, archiving and presenting the best the internet has to offer, we are slowly turning procrastination into productivity. While We Were Working is exemplary for using our time wisely so you don’t have to.

While We Were Working is Curated By Robert Snowden and Eric Fleischauer.