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3rd i’s 12th ANNUAL SF INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL

ATA is pleased to co-present at: 
3rd i’s 12th ANNUAL SF INTERNATIONAL SOUTH ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 
(Nov 6-9 in San Francisco; Nov 15 in Palo Alto) http://www.thirdi.org
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Psychedelic Cinema: Radhe, Radhe + Shorts

Nov 9, 2014 5:30 pm  New People Cinema

An explosion of color and sound on the silver screen captures the essence of this program of shorts. In Prashant Bhargava’s centerpiece short — Radhe, Radhe: Rites of Holi, which features a soundtrack by acclaimed jazz musician Vijay Iyer — a pulsing desire to unite with the goddess sends a city into a feverish state of yearning. Followed by Q&A with Filmmakers!

Use promotional code 3rdicp when purchasing tickets for this film and receive 25% off an individual $10 ticket until online sales end. Online fees not discounted.
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“Home” for Sale

BHGT closer window view

BHGT sidewalk view

 

 

BHGT Sit lie

 

 

 

Better Homes & Gardens Today

Megan Wilson and Christopher Statton are in ATA’s display window, painting hundreds of signs with one word on them: “Home.” Black letters and a flower spell out the word in English or other languages, each on a solid color background. Sold in pairs for $100, one sign goes to the purchaser; the money and the other sign goes to one of three homeless service organizations. They could have just painted a bunch of signs in their studio and put them up for sale, but they chose instead to perform the production of the signs in the window. More than fundraising, they are organizing, raising awareness through outreach, providing information, and holding the City accountable for its human responsibility. And they are accomplishing all of this by subverting the tools of commercial language.

This is a critical economic time in San Francisco, with growing numbers of adults, children and families living on the street. Along with the existing failures in our society that leave veterans, the mentally ill, and the poor without homes, the eviction crisis and lack of affordable housing contribute to the increase in homelessness.

Beyond generating income for homeless organizations, Wilson and Statton are taking action to address social injustice by reaching out to many players involved in the problem. It is not only big money speculators and tech corporations causing the devastation of the middle and working class; government policy failure and even apathy of the citizenry are factors. Beyond simply pointing fingers at tech workers, the artists are inviting tech companies and their employees into a dialog. In doing so, they circumvent the divisive rhetoric of “residents vs techies” that precludes any possibility of unified, effective action. In addition to direct contact with local tech companies, the artists have created two events, (October 29 &30, 7pm at ATA) and will facilitate a conversation that allows the participating social support organizations to communicate on their own terms. Representatives from The Gubbio Project, the Coalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads will speak as experts on the work they do daily. They will share their knowledge in true dialog instead of acting as recipients of the “advice” from tech companies often given in required interactions, usually as part of the Central Market & Tenderloin Area Community Benefits Agreement .

The artists have offered to sell and install bulk sets of the signs to some tech companies, but have gotten negative responses, with the explanation that the companies “don’t have the budget.” Even with the big tax breaks they receive in addition to their massive profits, they can’t afford to buy signs to help the people living on the streets…especially “Mid-Market,” the zone from which they are now displacing people and organizations. However, some individual employees have shown interest in helping and spreading the word; hopefully they will show up on the evenings of October 29 and 30. This personal approach is key: appealing to people who are benefitting from the economic situation gives them the opportunity and responsibility to engage. It’s very easy to turn away from someone who’s hurling insults at you; not so easy if they face you, invite you, maybe challenge you to step up. As Chris Statton points out, terminology is important: “paying your fair share” has a different meaning from “invest in your community,” which implies contributing in order to reap profit. The unmediated, human factor is also important–the street communities need not only money, but also caring support that can come only from understanding their plight.

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The bodily presence of the artists adds infinitely more power and dimension to the project than if they were simply selling art. Put in plain capitalist terms, they are physically merchandising the product that they have created. Storefront windows are built to advertise what is sold inside. Now that the Valencia corridor has become a high-priced playground and shopping mall for the wealthy tech-boomers, it is common to see the strolling gentry do confused double-takes at the ATA window installations. With this one, the shopping impulse can be gratified by walking in and purchasing the signs from the laborers as they produce them. The intention of painting the signs in the window was to draw attention to the project, and it’s working. At this time, they have raised awareness, sold signs, provided entertainment for passing children, and had meaningful interactions with many people, some of whom have come in and told them how to write “home” in their own language. Call it endurance art, an intervention, or social practice, but what they’re doing is very effective.

The signs are also available online at http://betterhomesandgardenstoday.org . The aim is to raise $30,000 by selling 300 sets of signs; the three featured organizations will receive $10,000 each. After they complete their October presence in the ATA window, they will continue painting the signs in Megan’s studio until they have reached the goal.

 

BHGT Inside

This project is a second iteration of “Better Homes & Gardens,” a work done by Megan Wilson in 2000,and “Home/Casa” in which she painted signs as welcome mats at the ends of the roadbed of Clarion Alley. Dressed as a road worker, she painted “Home” at Valencia Street, and “Casa” at Mission Street.  She also painted and gave out 250 signs with the word “Home” and a flower, distributing them to people she knew who were living on the street, and to community spaces along Valencia, 16th Street, and others. It created quite a presence; this was ground zero for the Dot.com boom/bust, and most of the organizations who displayed the signs are no longer there. (ATA is one of the few who remain.) The work was inspired by an incident in her hometown, she explains: “The original idea came from my home in Billings, Montana, where in the early 90s,… a time when a lot of right wing organizations were moving into the region, Jewish families were getting bricks thrown through their windows during the holiday season. The entire city responded by putting menorahs in their windows; the newspaper printed a full page menorah and encouraged readers to put it in their windows. The Catholic high school posted ‘Happy Hanukah to Our Jewish Friends’ on their marquee…it was an amazing show of support, and the violence stopped.”

 

Process, and more thoughts:

When asked about the mantra-like, repetitive process of painting the words that mean “home,” they replied:

Chris: “It is meditative. It gives me focus. At different times in my life when I was sick, and really, really exhausted, that word would always pop through my mind,… constantly,… ‘I just wanna go home.’ …It started to take on this meaning for me..what that emotionally felt like as home…so now as I’m painting it, I have that connection to it from throughout my whole life. I have this feeling of comfort… it makes me feel good about the project. That’s the feeling I’d like people to have.” Megan: “I have that from the flowers, they bring me life, and bring up home for me, more so than the word does.”

 

On flowers:

About the Clarion Alley murals “Tax The Rich” (featuring flowers based on the art star Murakami) and “Capitalism is Over,”  Megan says: “The flowers in the murals are creating the message; they are the signs. People love the pop ’60s flowers, associated with San Francisco. The flowers get the message out there. (via the many people taking photos of each other in front of the murals) The media today… Instagram has become the trains of the 40s and 50s with the grafitti on them. Now, we are that train.”

Chris: “People take their wedding photos in front of ‘Tax the Rich.’ They have these giant Escalade limos that pull up, they jump out and have their picture taken in front of ‘Capitalism Is Over,’ and it’s like, ‘Oh my God, that’s amazing, shocking’ and the photo shoot of a woman in a…string bikini in front of ‘Tax the Rich,’ squirting silly string…it’s like, ‘God, this message is going everywhere!”

Megan : The “incongruence between the flowers and the message of ‘tax the rich,’– it’s the same thing with homelessness. It’s not something that people associate with bright, beautiful things, but everything is interconnected in this way. Even if they are not taking it in consciously, the message is getting through subliminally.”

 

Megan and Chris have collaborated together since Megan joined the Roxie Theater team to do development work while Chris was Executive Director over three years ago. Now they both work at The Gubbio Project; he does event planning and she does development and strategic planning. They now live together, collaborate on projects, and are co-organizers of Clarion Alley Mural Project

Both have a keen awareness of being on the edge: Megan experienced the need to leave home and live on very little money at age 16, working at Burger King as a teen in Billings, Montana. Chris realizes that, without the resources available to him as part of an upper middle class family with health insurance, stability, and support, he probably would not have survived his 30 years of living with HIV since childhood. He is grateful and inspired by having grown up around HIV activists. As an adult he volunteered with a friend who calls himself a “Street Chaplain,” providing counseling and helping homeless people connect with services. He respects the generous, supportive mentality he has witnessed in these street communities, people who will lend their last $50 to another homeless person, as opposed to the lack of similar generosity he experiences from the upper middle class peers he grew up with. These experiences motivate him to work to alleviate the suffering of people living on the street.

 

More about the Window:

The nighttime projection in the window documents Megan handing out some of the 250 “Home” signs she painted for the first iteration of “Better Homes & Gardens;” and the performance/manifestations by Art Strike’s Back. Art Strike’s Back was a project started by Megan Wilson and Lise Swenson in 2000. Tim Costigan was an early contributor. They were working in ATA at TILT/Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools, and Megan was starting the Better Homes & Gardens project. They were really feeling a lot of changes due to the dot.com boom, and artists at 47 Clarion Alley (Aaron Noble and Marissa Hernandez) were evicted. Every Friday and Saturday night at 7&9 pm night, anyone who wished could participate in a performance. This took place for  eight weekends along the Valencia corridor and in Clarion Alley. It garnered a lot of press, nationally and internationally. The original Art Strike*, from which the project’s name was derived,  was 10 years earlier, a national movement fomented locally by Steven Perkins, ATA, Aaron Noble, and Marshall Weber to demand that art be valued and supported. “Art Stirke’s Back” was inspired by that, and used spectacle to call attention to the economic devastation of the community. In the current iteration the apostrophe is gone, so the meaning is changed.

These profoundly compassionate and generous people are helping all of us to know that community is home. Homelessness is everyone’s problem, not something to step away from in fear or disgust. Megan Wilson and Christopher Statton are sounding a call to action, one we should all answer without delay.

BHGT Art Strike

 

 

*…”the organisers of the San Francisco Festival of Plagiarism were so pleased with the success of their event, that they decided to focus on the Art Strike as their next major project. Thus they organised an Art Strike Mobilization Week at the ATA Gallery in January 1989 and formed the first Art Strike Action Committee. Further Action Committees were quickly set up in London, Eire and Baltimore (USA). ”   -http://www.stewarthomesociety.org/sp/postas.htm

See also:

Project, event, links to organizations, ATA

About Megan Wilson

About Christopher Statton

 

http://www.rlta.org/index.htm

http://sflaborcouncil.org/2014/09/04/100th-anniversary-of-the-sf-labor-temple/

http://www.stretcher.org/features/the_gentrification_of_our_livelihoods/

http://www.cohsf.org/

 Little Roxie Windows, Art

From an interview with the artists at ATA by Claire Bain and Emily Morris

Photos courtesy of Megan Wilson

Essay by Claire Bain, editorial assistance by Emily Morris

October Window Performance – Action to raise consciousness about HOME; Receptions + Dialogs October 29 & 30, 7PM

Stop by ATA to see the artists at work during the day, then join in the Receptions + Dialogs October 29 & 30, 7PM
For Better Homes & Gardens Today Artists Christopher Statton and Megan Wilson have partnered with the Gubbio Project, the Coalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads to: 1) Heighten awareness around “home” and the realities of homelessness; 2) Cultivate a dialog within communities and amongst disparate groups; and 3) Raise money to benefit each of these critical organizations that work to address homelessness in San Francisco.Statton and Wilson, will spend October painting “Home” signs in different languages in the window space of ATA. The single word for “Home” will be painted in black against a color background. Within the first letter of each sign a flower will be painted. The signs will be painted on 1⁄4″ plywood and range in size from 12″x18″ to 16″x30″.The signs will be available for purchase for $100/pair. The purchasers will get one sign for his/herself and the other sign will be donated to one of the three partner organizations to use as they see best fit (e.g. the Gubbio Project will be hanging the signs on the pews at St. Boniface Church during their hours of operation). Purchasers will also be provided with more information on each of the organizations and how they can further help. All of the proceeds and the signs purchased for the organizations will be divided evenly and go to the three partners (Gubbio Project, Coalition On Homelessness, and At The Crossroads).On October 29th and 30th Statton and Wilson will host evening events at ATA for tech corporations and their employees, such as Twitter, Zendesk, Yammer, Google, and Salesforce who have expressed interest in helping to make a difference to ease the suffering experienced by those living on the street. The evenings will include presentations by the participating organizations and a facilitated discussion to learn about:1. The realities of being homeless;
2. What the culture and climate of homelessness is like in San Francisco; and
3. What is truly needed to address this crisis – funding and policy change.The November venue for the project is TBA.

Attendees will also be asked to make a donation and to participate in the project by purchasing a set of “Home” signs for $100.

Statton and Wilson are available to personally install any single purchases of 100 signs ($10,000) or more at individual residences or corporate offices.

The goal of the Better Homes & Gardens Today is to introduce people to these critical organizations that are working to address the needs of those who are struggling to survive and need support, as well as help to provide insight to the causes, which are systemic and far more complex than most people are aware.

Christopher Statton has been an organizer with Clarion Alley Mural Project since 2012 and was one of the collaborators on “The Wall of Shame and Solutions”. Statton is the former Executive Director of San Francisco’s Roxie Theater (2010 – 2013). In 2013 he was awarded the Marlon Riggs Award by the San Francisco Film Critics Circle for “his significant contribution to San Francisco’s film community through the Roxie over the past four years.” In 2013 Statton was also awarded a Certificate of Honor by SF Supervisor David Campos for his “important and tireless work with the Roxie.” Statton was a founding member of the Sidewalk Sideshow, a project of the Marin Interfaith Council, which produced music shows with San Rafael’s street and homeless community. In addition, he is actively involved with the Gubbio Project in the Tenderloin as well as an Advisory Board member of the Tom Steel Clinic, which provides medical services for the HIV positive community in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Megan Wilson is an artist, writer, and non-profit consultant. She moved to the Bay Area in 1994 to attend the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2000 Wilson co-organized the performance/protest series Art Strikes Back in response to the extreme wave of gentrification displacement in San Francisco during the first “dotcom boom.” In 2003 she curated and co-organized the international mural exchange and residency Sama-sama/ Together, a collaboration between artists from San Francisco and Yogyakarta Indonesia designed to foster understanding of Muslim and non-Muslim cultures following 9/11. From 2004 – 2008 she transformed her 1,600 sq. ft. living space into an installation that explored and challenged the meanings of “home” and “homelessness” through her project Home 1996-2008. Wilson has been a core organizer of the Clarion Alley Mural Project since 1998 and is one of the organizers of CAPITALISM IS OVER! If You Want It, a series of interruptions/actions launched in 2010 that has included artists from around the world, responding to the negative impacts of capitalism. Wilson’s article The Gentrification of Our Livelihoods was published on Stretcher.org in June 2014.

The Gubbio Project
Since its founding in 2004 The Gubbio Project has offered refuge for thousands of people in the heart of the Tenderloin and encouraged connection between the housed and unhoused. For nine hours each weekday, 6am-3pm, the doors of the sanctuary of St. Boniface are open to all. The mission of The Gubbio Project is to provide a sacred space to sleep or rest and care services for those in need of a safe, compassionate respite that places dignity and respect in the highest regard. Each day, 250 people on average, enter the project, with 95 folks sleeping at any given time in the pews of St. Boniface and others accessing care services. We invite you to visit St. Boniface and see The Gubbio Project firsthand. www.thegubbioproject.org

Coaliton on Homelessness, San Francisco
26 Years of Resistance, Resilience and Re-Building
For decades, the Coalition on Homelessness has developed the leadership skills of homeless San Franciscans to forge true solutions to the housing crisis and beat back mean-spirited attacks against them. The Coalition on Homelessness is comprised of homeless people and allies who have been organizing together since 1987 to expand access to housing in one of the richest cities in the country, to protect the rights of the poorest people in our society, and to create real solutions to contemporary homelessness. http://www.cohsf.org/

At The Crossroads
The mission of At The Crossroads (ATC) is to reach out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. Their innovative model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. ATC remove common barriers to service by bringing our counselors onto the streets and shaping our support services around the needs of each individual client. http://atthecrossroads.org/

 

 


 

 

This Week at ATA : October 13 – 27, 2014

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 7:00 pm
18th Annual Arab Film Festival: Short Program 1

The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country.

Shorts Program 1 : 98 min
Sled 12:00 min
Wishing Well 15:20 min
Egyptian Sons 30:00 min
In Her Eyes 10:10 min
Though I Know the River Dry 19:28 min
Pink Bullet 11:11 min

http://www.atasite.org/2014/10/18th-annual-arab-film-festival-short-program-1-2/

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 9:00 pm
18th Annual Arab Film Festival: Shorts Program 2

The Arab Film Festival is the largest independent annual showcase of Arab films and filmmakers in the country.

Shorts Program 2 Time 114 min
Central Market 10:12 min
Journey of a Freedom Fighter 30:37 min
Siham 13:14 min
Growing Home 14:52 min
Rest in Peace 15:53 min
3 Candles 15:53 min
Mariam’s Chance 14:50 min

http://www.atasite.org/2014/10/18th-annual-arab-film-festival-shorts-program-2/

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Thursday, October 16, 2014, 7:30 pm, $7-$12
Sistah Sinema: Zombie Love

Zombie Love – Queer Women of Color Zombie Shorts screening that includes Outside, A Night In the Woods, GoodNight My Love, and Book of Lilith.

http://www.atasite.org/2014/10/sistah-sinema-zombie-love/

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Sunday, October 19, 2014, 5:00 pm, $7-$10
Small Press Traffic: an evening with Ed Roberson and Truong Tran hosted by Elizabeth Treadwel

Join us for a reading with Ed Roberson and Truong Tran hosted by former SPT Director Elizabeth Treadwell

http://www.atasite.org/2014/10/small-press-traffic-an-evening-with-ed-roberson-and-truong-tran-hosted-by-elizabeth-treadwel/

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 8:00 pm, $7-$10
Periwinkle Cinema: queer horror

Curated By Gentry McShane, Periwinkle’s October Spooktacular will be a night of queer horror shorts and a mystery feature that is sure to scare the pants right off you. Free popcorn and candy with a chance to win a horror movie poster if you come dressed in a costume!!

http://www.atasite.org/2014/10/periwinkle-cinema-queer-horror/

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Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:00 pm, $7-$10
Antero Alli’s FLAMINGOS

Twin sisters Beatrice and Zoe are in love with Ray, a hypnotist-bank robber obsessed by apocalyptic visions. Though Beatrice and Ray are married, Ray runs off with the more free-spirited Zoe and they abscond to a seedy motel to plot their future together. Meanwhile, Beatrice files for divorce and two metaphysical entities from a dream-like Bardo realm take interest in their fates in this heady cocktail chaser of amour fou, crime, and premonitory dreams. (2012; 90 min. USA) Antero Alli (in person)

http://www.atasite.org/2014/10/flamingos/

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GAZE: CALL FOR ENTRIES

GAZE is a film series dedicated to screening independent film and
video made by women. GAZE promotes women’s artistic expression and
creates dialogue related to the influence of this powerful medium.

All formats and lengths are accepted, and there is no submission fee.

Submission instructions are at http://gazefilmseries.wordpress.com
Please email gaze@atasite.org if you have any questions.

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DONATE:

You can donate your time, money and/or equipment to ATA at any time. Your contribution will help us continue our efforts to provide an accessible screening venue and gallery for the exhibition of programmed and guest-curated screenings, exhibitions, performances, and events.

http://www.atasite.org/donate/

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ATV: Artists’ Television (ATV)

Artists’ Television Access has a television program A.T.V that screens local and international experimental video and film and sound works on a first come first served basis every Sunday night at midnight.

Sundays at Midnight, Cable Channel 29 or streamed live on BAVC’s website: http://www.bavc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1881&Itemid=1911

http://www.atasite.org/exhibit/atv/

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ATA for the iPhone

Take ATA with you wherever you go!

Now you can find out what’s happening at ATA from wherever you are, with the new ATA app for iPhone or iPod Touch.

http://atasite.org/iPhone/

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ABOUT ATA

Artists’ Television Access is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) artist-run screening venue and gallery located in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. ATA is supported in part by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The Tamaas Foundation, individuals members, donors and volunteers.

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LISTEN TO THIS SH*T! An Interview with Guillermo Sanchez del Corral and Rafael Saenz of “Poop Is Art and Vice Versa”

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Guillermo and Rafa are 30-something entrepreneurs who make art from a material that makes most of us cringe. Not unfamiliar to challenging taboos, they run a gift poop delivery service called I Poop You, which allows anyone with an imagination to express his or her most nuanced emotions towards loved ones via six flavors of animal poop. They recently had a hit show at the ATA Gallery, so we asked them to sit down with us for an interview.

Poop art? How did you guys think of such a thing?

The dictionary defines ART /ärt/ as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as a painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power… So we thought “Why not do the same thing with shit?’ It’s actually an important part of our iconoclastic mission, to challenge one’s squeamishness and to advocate the power of poop as a means of expression.

How do you guys feel to be associated with poop, something most people wouldn’t feel too proud of being know for?

In the past two years we’ve noticed that many people refers to us as ‘The Poop Guys’. The best part of this is that pretty much all of them have included this comical nickname in a fun, creative, or positive context. So it seems that most of our fans think we’re the Shit, which makes us feel very proud.

Do you guys have an art background?

Not really. We do not even consider ourselves artists. We’re just two creative minds who enjoy putting together crazy ideas we happen to think of.

Have you made art before?

We’ve done some graffiti here and there, paintings that helped us conquer our beautiful girlfriends, lamps, art cars for burning man… But the pieces shown at Poop is Art and Vice Versa have been the first presented to the public as (f)ART.

The title of your show is “POOP IS ART AND VICE VERSA”. Do you feel that art is poop? What is your view on art today? On poop?

The title was created in response to the eternal question, “What is art?” We believe that art can be anything that evokes a feeling and good conversation. On the other hand, there’s a lot of bullshit in the art world or any other world, so yes, art can also be pretty shitty in some viewers’ eyes.

Regarding poop… It’s just poop. It’s not that we’re obsessed with shit or anything. In our opinion poop is the most natural thing in this world, and it plays a very important role in the ecosystem. Nobody can debate that. And let’s face it, farts and poop are also fun!

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Front Window at Artists’ Television Access

Your pieces are often humorous. Did you make them with the intention to entertain, with the intention to be art, or…?

The primary intention is always to entertain the viewer and ourselves as well as doing something fun, creative and beneficial for our business.

What was the inspiration behind some of the individual pieces, such as Che, the rosary, the Louis Vuitton plunger, the Google Glasshole?

Every piece has a meaning or a message behind it. The Che made out of goat poop is called The Poop Revolution. Our message here was pretty clear: Make poop not war.

Poop-Revolution
Poop Revolution
Material: Organic Goat Poop
$609

The LV plunger is one of our favorites. It’s just classiness at its max. We mock the idea of unnecessary luxury behind a pattern or a simple logo.

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Scepter #2

Material: unused plunger, stolen Louis Vuitton bag, fake gold
$350

The rosary, made with holy shit, came after we explored making jewelry with goat pellets. It looks great with proper lighting and needless to say, Poop is our religion ;)

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Poop Is Our Religion
Material: Holy Shit
$666

The Google Glasshole is just a tribute to the shittiest product Google has released. With much respect though.

Google-Glasshole
Google Glasshole
Material: Top Secret

Any other pieces that have a good story behind them?

Well, a funny fact is the one with Benjamin Franklin was made with almost 10 pounds of cow shit.

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Can’t Believe This Shit
Material: cast, acrylic, cow shit
$749

What has been the public’s reaction to your art?

It’s been great. This is our fourth and biggest show since we started making art in 2013. Let’s be clear, this is literally a shit show and the people who come expect to have some fun. We haven’t seen a single person without a smile in the four shows we’ve had thus far.

What has been the best/worst reaction?

Kids’ reactions are definitely great and sweet, but the buyers’ reaction are for sure the best! People spending money on our shit? Hell yeah! That means a lot to us.

Regarding the worst reaction… We have never had anyone puking on our art, but if that were to happen, we would take it as compliment.

How do your parents, partners, and friends feel about your art?

They all love it! We are extremely happy to have the family, partners, and friends we have. We have experienced nothing but support from them since the beginning, many times even physical! In our circle of friends, everyone has been always more or less involved but they’ve all been there helping, taking photos, videos, acting, modeling, picking poop, moving shit around… Without them none of this would be possible.


The making of Poop Revolution

Do you have plans for future art projects, poop and non-poop related?

We are thinking of doing a US tour this coming year and have even thought of bringing our shit to Japan. We’ll see. Besides that, projects usually come short term. We will keep you updated.

You guys run a poop delivery business, I POOP YOU. What kind of person sends poop to someone?

People with sense of humor who think outside the box and have strong feelings towards a friend or relative. Usually there are inner jokes or experiences (poop related) between the two people. Mostly guys. Between men we don’t send flowers to each others, but why not some other aromatic, precious gift?

ipoopyougift
I POOP YOU
Goat Bites
$9.95 – $19.95

Do you ever get orders for revenge poop?

Yes, and we’ve rejected them. Our service is not meant for that. All our customers must accept our terms of use where we make clear how to use or not use our service.

Can you talk a bit about your fashion brand, I POOP FASHION?

I POOP FASHION is all about this self-expression, the elegance of humor, and the humor of elegance. Our look is both clean and dirty, a unique style that questions the real importance of carrying a logo on your clothes, regardless of whether it’s an alligator, some aristocratic mother f***er riding a horse, or a piece of shit.

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I POOP YOU Fashion
Classic Oxford Shirt
$49.00

Have you run into strangers on the street wearing an I POOP item?

Not that we noticed, but who knows if some of them were wearing our underwear.

Skid-Marked
I POOP YOU Fashion

Skid Marked Briefs/Panties
$24.95

Do you guys have plans for a fragrance line?

Ha! Maybe in the future. Only big stars like JLo or Justin Bieber get to release their own perfume. Fortunately we’ve had the pleasure of spreading a good amount of different odors all across the US since starting I POOP YOU.

Is I POOP YOU and I POOP FASHION full time jobs for you?

Unfortunately not. Rafa still works as a stripper for private events while I make some cash designing cool gadgets for the CIA.

 

Thank you I POOP YOU, Guillermo and Rafa!

 

Relevant Links:

I POOP YOU
http://www.ipoopyou.com

I POOP YOU FASHION
http://ipoopfashion.com

 

A special thanks to Carmen Belmonte, Linda Scobie and John Slattery.

 

More pieces from the show:

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Shit Without Borders
Material: a lot of goat shit
$1492

 

 

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Shit Without Borders (Detail)
Material: a lot of goat shit
$1492

 

 

I-Like-This-Shit
I Like This Shit
Material: goat shit, LED lights, awesomeness
$555

 

 

Hashfart
Hashfart
Material: Bullshit
$420

 

 

Hashfart-detail
Hashfart (detail)
Material: Bullshit
$420

 

 

Poopchestein
Poopchestein
Material: acrylic, goat pellets
$750