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October 9: Video documentation of Occupy Wall Street colony breaching the barriers set up at the NYSE with mounted police. Later strange clump-like behavior above the drum circle at Zuccotti Park, with a very large rising uber OWS toad.
Reports are surfacing of a new Bufo Virtanus outbreak in Sydney, Austrailia, developing in the area of the Royal Botanic Gardens Glass Pyramid. The subspecies has been named the Sex and Death Bufo Colony, because it has developed visual traits of the orchid exhibition created in 2005. In addition to sex and death, there were three themes identified during that exhibition; “Seduction”, “Cooperation” and “Deception.” We have heard that the toads change different textural colors; pink, white, red and black. These are the colorations of some of the orchids in the preceding exhibition. They seduce with pink, cooperate or copulate with red and white, and finally deceive and die with a display of black. We have also heard unconfirmed reports that possible other colonies spreading southward. This will probably not be confirmed till early April during the Surry Hills Festival, with its event (Un)Seen Sculptures curated by Warren Armstrong.
As we have previously noted, the prototype for Bufo Virtanus is the bufo toad, the species known in Australia as the Cane Toad, which was introduced to Queensland in 1935 to combat the Cane Beetle. Unfortunately this bio-attack never solved the beetle problem and the giant species of cane toads instead became an uncontrollable infestation. in this case we might be dealing with that kind of virtual plague, with the toads as harbingers of a plethora imagery and information leaking, cascading into the physical landscape.
We were up at the very beautiful Diller Scofidio designed ICA Boston only to find a peculiar giant bufo virtanus, an apparent new subspecies of blender bufos taking on attributes of the 2 upcoming shows- Catherine Opie and The Record. We can only call this “33 1/2 RPM Sunset Bufo.” (to part of Manifest.AR at the ICA, Boston, for Cyberarts, opening April 22nd)
The King Bufotoad finally makes his appearance in Maria Hernandez Park.
Late in November, 2010, the MoMA Bufo Virtanus specimen conjoined with the MoMA exhibition, “Abstract Expressionist New York,” and seemed to have multiplied and mutated into what has been named the Bufo Virtanus Heroicus Sublimis subspecies, taking its name from the famous Barnett Newman painting exhibited there.
During the Anselm Kiefer exhibition entitled, “Next Year in Jerusalem” in December of 2010, researchers at VF Labs discovered that the subspecies originating from the colony at MoMA, had spread to the Gagosian Gallery in Chelsea, NY. I went there myself to see the spectacle. This subspecies is oozing with VF betaAR. It is not yet known what habitats the subspecies gravitates towards, other than heroic or sublime artworks which certainly would include those of the Anselm Kiefer exhibition.
Yesterday, I was enjoying the MoMA exhibition, Abstract Expressionist New York, when, all of a sudden, as a museum visitor posed too close to the Barnett Newman, an AR Bufo Toad’s legs burst through the painting. I managed, through a quick series of iPhotos, to stitch together this incisive moment in all its composite splendor! Even though Newman intended these paintings to be seen up close, a guard promptly shepherded the woman away, unaware of the monster protruding all around her. In retrospect it does not surprise me that these two artworks, in two coinciding collections, should be intersecting. The MoMA’s explication of the work states, “Newman’s largest painting at the time of its completion, is meant to overwhelm the senses.” VF’s Bufotenine sublime!
But, what to do? These pests of the museum are improperly multiplying! They can be seen at times everywhere in the building, on all the floors, in the stairwells, in the bathrooms, in the sculpture and the painting. No doubt there will be a move towards extermination. Hopefully, in the end, a sole infertile healthy specimen will be retained for the AR collection. More on Bufo Virtanus Heroicus Sublimis
A new variant of Virta-Flaneurazine, VF betaAR, has been successfully developed. It is produced from the skin secretions of bio- engineered and programmed hybrid Bufo toads. When areas of these toads are touched, the resulting reaction causes a wandering viewer to see things appearing from virtual worlds and other sources on the Internet. This appears to be an integrated and compelling conscious experience. This perception can be simultaneously viewed on an iPhone or Android device using Layars or other augmented reality software.
Because of the surprising success of our first test at MoMA, October 9, we will be entering a wider human test phase November 14 at BETA Spaces 2010 in Bushwick, Brooklyn (NY). The drug tests will be part of an art program, Bushwick AR Intervention. Though the parameters of the effects are somewhat limited at this point, this appears to be a very important step towards complete integration.