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Collectors: Undercover Surveillance of Art Collectors by Jill Miller


Earlier this year San Francisco artist Jill Miller completed her project “Collectors”, where after training with a licensed private investigator, she spent six month doing undercover surveillance of art collectors. An exhibition of Jill’s work from this project, including video, photography, text and sculptural elements, will be on display at [ 2nd floor projects ] from November 17th through January 6th, with an opening reception this Saturday, November 17th from 7-10pm.

From January to March 2007 San Francisco-based artist Jill Miller trained with a licensed private investigator. She worked on real cases, learning various components of the profession, from vehicle outfitting to location reconnaissance to moving surveillance (vehicular and pedal). Miller began this project out of her interest in the ways that the legal system protects (or challenges) an individual’s right to privacy. Driven by this curiosity, she learned how to conduct surveillance within the legal limits of the law. Once familiar with the field, Miller (and a team of two artist assistants) executed her own plans for surveillance under the advisement of the private investigator. Only this time, instead of working on randomly assigned cases, Miller turned an eye onto the art world itself, spending six months undercover doing surveillance on the San Francisco art world’s most elusive community: art collectors. Miller estimates she did surveillance on ten houses, focusing on five of them in depth.

Jill Miller’s previous project was Waiting for Bigfoot, were she did a live video stream of her search for Bigfoot from a remote Northern California forest.

dorkbot-sf: Jill Miller & Onomy Labs

Waiting For Bigfoot

Now in its 4th year, the monthly Bay Area art and technology salon dorkbot-sf is having its first ever South Bay meeting, this Wednesday, August 17th at Onomy Labs in Menlo Park. dorkbot-sf is produced by Karen Marcelo and is chapter of dorkbot which began in New York City and is now in over 30 cities worldwide. dorkbot’s tag line is “people doing strange things with electricity”, but its purpose has been has been expanded to include the following:

– give artists/programmers/engineers an opportunity for informal peer review
– establish a forum for the presentation of new art works/technology/software/hardware
– help establish relationships and foster collaboration between people with various backgrounds and interests
– give us all a chance to see the cool things that our neighbors are working on

This Wednesday’s dorkbot features San Francisco artist Jill Miller who will be presenting: “How to Hunt for Bigfoot: Satellites, Solar Power, and Triangles”, a talk about her project Waiting for Bigfoot.

San Francisco-based artist Jill Miller is participating in Norwich Gallery’s EAST 05 international exhibition, July 2 – August 20, 2005, which was curated by Gustav Metzger. Miller’s durational performance-installation, “Waiting for Bigfoot,” is located in a remote Northern California forest where Bigfoot has been spotted hundreds of times. A live camera feed will be delivered to the internet via satellite uplink, 24 hours a day. The entire campsite is powered by solar energy. She will live at the campsite, situated in the epicenter of Bigfoot sightings, for the duration of EAST 05. She will be in San Francisco for a brief break from Bigfoot hunting to speak at dorkbot.

The second part of this month’s dorkbot features Scott Minneman and Dale MacDonald of Onomy Labs and their presenation: “Make-Tanks: a New Paradigm for Innovation”

The past century saw the emergence of corporate and military “think-tank” laboratories as a dominant site for technological innovation. The “Make-Tank” is a more grounded alternative to this model, firmly rooted in the belief that tinkering and hands-on experimentation is pivotal in discovering the potentials of emerging technologies and scientific discoveries. Make-Tanks existed before this period (in another Menlo Park, for instance), lurked in garages during, and are again on the rise, even as corporate research funding is on the wane.

Here are my photos from last month’s dorkbot-sf which featured Otis Fodder, The Evolution Control Committee’s TradeMark G. and monochrom.

Waiting For Bigfoot campsite photo by babalou

The Milk Truck, A Mobile Breastfeeding Unit Topped With a Giant Breast

The Milk Truck

The Milk Truck is described as “a combination of guerilla theater, activism and a little slapstick humor” and operates as a mobile breastfeeding unit. It allows mothers to breastfeed their babies “in places where they have been discouraged – restaurants, shopping malls, public spaces, etc.” The converted ice cream truck, which has a giant can’t-be-missed pink breast on top, is the creation of artist Jill Miller who unveiled it in 2011 at the Pittsburgh Biennial at the Andy Warhol Museum. She is currently in the process of getting the project a non-profit 501(c)3 status so that it will continue its “mission of advocating for the rights of babies to eat wherever they are.” I recently spotted the truck at the 2012 East Bay Mini Maker Faire in Oakland, California. We have previously written about Jill Miller and her projects.

…Babies should be able to eat anywhere. And everywhere.

The Milk Truck’s primary mission is to help hungry babies eat by providing a supportive environment for women to nurse their babies. In addition, and due to popular demand, The Milk Truck visits businesses and events that are breastfeeding-friendly, to celebrate their awesomeness. (We want to hang out with like-minded people!)

image via The Milk Truck