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CREATIVE TIME: THE BOOK
exposes how this visionary cultural provocateur completely changed the notion of art in the public realm and made it possible for more than 1300 artists to create over 300 awe-inspiring works that enlivened and transformed the city over the past three decades. The book, published by Princeton Architectural Press, features 325-pages of photos and text by a wide range of acclaimed scholars and artists exploring the issues, ideals, and values that have defined the organization, as well as NYC’s history. From legendary projects such as Art on the Beach, Art in the Anchorage, Tribute in Light, and cloud writing to small and timely interventions that gave artists a voice – all gave us moments of surprise, often inspiration, and enabled us to experience the city in new ways.

Creative Time: The Book is made possible through the outstanding lead support of the Annenberg Foundation. Additional generous funding provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

LAUNCH EVENT: MAY 5, 4-7PM
PRINTED MATTER AND 192 BOOKS, CHELSEA, NYC

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AUTHOR TALK: ANNE PASTERNAK WITH KARLSSONWILKER INC.
JUNE 1, 6:30PM
The Urban Center, 457 Madison Avenue, NYC
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THE URBAN VISUAL RECORDING MACHINE

When Creative Time decided to print its first major book celebrating 33 years of bringing art throughout NYC, we knew it would have to be a an experimental project itself that would capture the essence of the organization. Much like the hundreds of artworks that initiated conversation between artists, sites, and audiences, the public’s involvement in this book was key. The outrageously provocative designers, Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker of karlssonwilker inc., conceived of a book cover that became a site-specific public art project. The Urban Visual Recording Machine (UVRM) was a set of equipment housed in a truck reminiscent of a “pope mobile” with its large Plexiglas windows. The machines were programmed to record the colors, volume of sound and voices, and weather (wind speed and direction, temperature, and humidity) of each individual location for that moment in time. The data was instantly transcribed into an abstract visual representation of the environment, with graphic shapes and patterns created by the designers and Show & Tell Productions, and printed out on site with the time and date. Every 30 seconds, for 5 days from September 6-10, 2006, the truck traveled to locations of signature Creative Time projects: Times Square, Chelsea, the East Village, Coney Island, The Art Parade in Soho, and Lower Manhattan. 5,000 book covers, each capturing a moment in NYC, were instantaneously printed on site for Creative Time: The Book, bringing together new technology with artistic vision.

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CONTRIBUTORS:

FORWORD BY Anne Pasternak
PREFACE BY Lucy Lippard

ESSAYS BY Peter Eleey, Kirby Gookin, Frances Richard, and Linda Yablonsky

DIALOGUE WITH Tom Eccles and Tom Finkelpearl

INTERVIEW BY Michael Brenson with Cee Scott Brown, Anita Contini, and
Anne Pasternak

WITH FURTHER CONTRIBUTIONS FROM
Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson, Paul Chan, Mel Chin, Thomas Demand, Julian LaVerdiere, Jenny Holzer, Adelle Lutz, William Pope.L, Martha Rosler, David Levi Strauss, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles

EDITED BY Ruth Peltason
DESIGNED BY karlssonwilker inc.
PUBLISHED BY Princeton Architectural Press

CREATIVE TIME: THE BOOK
ISBN: 978193254042
U.S. $50
Hardcover, 7 7/8” x 11″
288 pages / 275 color