Museum of Non-Visible Art (MONA)

The Non-Visible Museum is an extravaganza of imagination, a museum that reminds us that we live in two worlds: the physical world of sight and the non-visible world of thought. Composed entirely of ideas, the Non-Visible Museum redefines the concept of what is real. Although the artworks themselves are not visible, the descriptions open our eyes to a parallel world built of images and words. This world is not visible, but it is real, perhaps more real, in many ways, than the world of matter, and it is also for sale.

I like the idea of MONA but I do hope that they expand their idea of what is non-visible art to include sound, smell and touch. If they just stick to narrative, that will be boring! If they just keep it at ideas, how will this be anything new that builds on the history of conceptual art? Anyhow, the project is new so no need to pass judgment this early in its creation. They are currently raising funds and inviting interested people to join a mailing list.

In 2009, with the artist Sandhya Khumar, I created an artwork made from a sound recording of an iconic SF Bay two-tone foghorn – one that hasn’t played for over 25 years. Little has been done to preserve foghorn sounds yet they’ve had huge impact on the sound aesthetic of San Francisco and other cities for 100 years. The reason I bring this up is that the formation of MONA reminds me of this sound recording and how we were able to auction it off for nearly $300 at a live auction in 2009, part of the Radical Practices Live Auction Series in San Francisco.

POWER AND GROUND

Title:

POWER AND GROUND

Where and When

  • Audible Observations, Ethnograpic Terminalia, San Francisco, California, 2012
  • Marin Country Day School, California, 2010
  • The Mission Arts & Performance Project, Rosie’s Cheeks Garage, San Francisco, 2009
  • Vernisage, Fort Mason, San Francisco, 2009

 

Installation Shots

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Ideas

How we as individuals and cultures define what is natural is very much related to the core beliefs we hold about ourselves and the world we inhabit. What is “natural” is what we often perceive as what is right, just as what is “natural” is often what we perceive as not human or human impacted. This contradiction calls into question our daily routines and behaviors that impact the world we live in right now – are we behaving naturally?

POWER AND GROUND observes daily routines of the urban environment, and considers this environment a natural world. This natural world is made up of  interdependent systems of humans, money, machines, the elements, flora and fauna. It explores the shifting negotiations of natures and cultures in San Francisco in 2009.

 

 

Publications

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View the full publication Power and Ground

Sounds of Earth, Sea and Sky School workshop