VIDEO: John Collins McCormick, “Garbage Strike”

John Collins McCormick is one of my favorite multi-disciplinary artists operating in the current sphere… I’ve never walked away from one of his installations or performances disappointed, and I’ve seen quite a few.

More than many other artists working ostensibly within the “noise” continuum, John seems open to the possibilities of sound, whether it be blaring harsh noise, junk sound sculpture, or Oliveros-style deep listening (in fact, John’s excellent piece “Composition for Earplugs” was accepted for this year’s Deep Listening: Art/Science 2nd Annual International Conference on Deep Listening, which takes place July 10-12, 2014 at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in Troy, New York). He’s a true explorer.

FM DUST released a cassette of live recordings of John’s project SKY THING (also featuring Megan Mirro, no longer with the project but a great artist in her own right) in 2012, entitled Your Reality Check Bounced (DUST035). It will see digital reissue soon.

The videos below are from John’s MFA work at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis, IN 2014. My personal favorite is Garbage Strike, but I’ve posted all of the recent videos here so you can pick your own favorite!

Dustin Krcatovich is a cartoonist, writer, designer, founder of FM DUST, and a collector of certain curios and ephemera (with a focus on 20th century "junk culture"). His writing and illustration work appears frequently in The Quietus, Tiny Mix Tapes, and Esquire's Culture Blog. He is also a former editor and contributor to Secret Zen Garden,Saagara's illustrated mindfulness/wellness blog for young people. He currently resides in Portland, OR.

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