Nowhere Manifesto Revisited

Linda_and_Lexie_Loungin'Our latest earcatcher video made us think about the earcatcher philosophy.  Midwesterners are always worried about how the rest of the country views us. We tell them, “Look at all the cool shit happening here!” Yes indeed there is a plethora of great underground projects going on. But we also think that a lack of identity is freeing. Time to revisit my Nowhere Manifesto which ties into what we do. It’s also a friendly nod to other artists who live in off-the-radar cities. You can download poster sizes here.

NOWHERE MANIFESTO

Making art is a comment on time and place, even if it is an unconscious one.
We (Humans of Earth) are shaped by our environments and experiences.

Then what about the artist who lives in the bland pancake of the American Midwest?

Columbus is a city known to be a cross section of the United States if it is known at all.
Every type of person is represented here.
Test Market USA.

We are a marketer’s wet dream.
We live together in relative harmony.
We have no body of water and the tallest point in the county is a landfill.
Not even a lake on which to be a mistake.
Endless flatness in four directions,
all corn and soybeans.

We cancel each other out!
When you mix all the colors of paint together you get mud.
We are in touch with the void.

Shitty is pretty.
Lint & dust in the corners of a sprawling campus dump hole:
more interesting than the top of the empire state building.

What we do here will never be co-opted by the mainstream art world.
The lack of pressure to succeed is freeing.

An incubator for weirdness.
Embrace the nowhere-ness!


dedicated to d.a. levy (RIP)

The Way Out Press Release

ian_with_tankPhotos and a PDF version of this press release are available for download at www.findthewayout.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Way Out: a sensory deprivation art installation
on view until April 30th, 2014

The Problem Isn’t You. It’s Earth.

The Way Out is a community we’ve established on the moon in response to our planet’s terminal illness. Earth is a lost cause and living on it leads to permanent brain damage.  We’ve developed specialized sensory deprivation tanks that will free you from your Earthly neuroses and realign your senses.

On this rare occasion The Way Out has allowed the visual deprivation tanks to be on view at the Columbus College of Art & Design’s MFA Thesis Exhibition, All This Happened More or Less, until April 30th, 2014, in Columbus, Ohio, USA, Earth. Though we do not deny the objectness of this work, the focus here is on the aural. The sounds emitted in the chambers allow you to reconnect with your body’s primordial reptilian instincts. Later this year, The Way Out: Tenets, Rites & Rituals will be published, furthering the public’s understanding of our ways.

This is an invitation.

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The Way Out is Lexie Stoia’s MFA thesis project at Columbus College of Art & Design where she also teaches in the Cinematic Arts Department. Stoia earned a BA in Music/Audio Recording Technology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She continued her studies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Stoia has exhibited nationally and lives and works in Columbus, Ohio.

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Contact Information:
Lexie Stoia­­
614-462-0615
info@lexiestoia.com
http://www.lexiestoia.com

 See more images at www.findthewayout.org

realign the reptilian brain!

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