• Upcoming TASKS: 2014

    TASK BOOK:
    The first TASK Book is here!!!!
    Published by Illinois State University
    176 pages with hundreds of images, 4 essays as well as texts and recollections submitted by you.
    (For more info please check the NEWS section)

    The first TASK blog for the Midwest is open:
    http://taskmidwest.weebly.com

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    UPCOMING
    March 5, 2014
    TASK Party, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

    March 5, 2014
    TASK Party, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA

    March 9, 2014
    Chicago Artery's TASK Party; The second TASK Party at The Fulton Street Collective, Chicago, IL

    March 28, 2014
    TASK at the Denver Art Museum; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

    April 5, 2014
    TASK Party, organized by The Center for Arts Education, for a conference on Visual Thinking Strategies in conjunction with the United Federation of Teachers;
    New York, NY

    April 12, 2014
    TASK Workshop for teachers, hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

    April 22, 2014
    TASK Party, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

    May 30, 2014
    TASK Party, Odd Fellows Hall, Boyertown, PA

    June 12, 2014
    CEDFA Summit XV TASK Party, Center for Educator Development in the Fine Arts, Summit XV, Austin, TX

    June 13-28, 2014
    TASK workshop, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
    in conjunction with:
    June 21-28, 2014
    TASKEncuentro, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politic’s international conference of visual and performing arts, co-hosted by Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

    June
    MCAD and Northern Sparks TASK Party; This second TASK Party at MCAD will be organized by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), in conjunction with Northern Sparks, an all night festival organized by Northern Lights; Minneapolis, MN

    June 29
    Turnaround TASK 2; Turnaround Arts, an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
    This TASK Party will be organized for a group of representatives from 35 schools to help turn around underperforming schools in low income neighborhoods; The Airlie Center, Warrenton, VA

    September 6
    MAD SQ PARK 200 TASK
    To cap off the celebration for 200 years of Madison Square Park, we'll organize a massive TASK Party for 1000 people. Organizers: Madison Square Park Conservancy.
    Partners: Materials for the Arts; Art21; New York Life.

    May 2015
    TASK Party, Visual Arts Center in the Washington Pavilion; Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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    2013 RECAP (from May-Dec)

    May 23, 3013
    Tiger Fest TASK (All day TASK Party for Tiger Fest); Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

    June 24
    Turnaround TASK: Organized by Turnaround Arts, an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. This TASK Party was organized for a group of representatives from 8 schools to help turn around underperforming schools in low income neighborhoods; The Aspen Institute, MD

    August 2013
    TASK Party; organized by Project Zero (Project Zero is an educational research group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education); Hosted by the Columbus Museum of Art

    September 5, 2013
    TASK Party; Apothecary Gallery, University of Tennessee Chattanooga (UTC), Chattanooga, TC

    October 5, 2013
    TASK Party; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

    October 11, 2013
    TASK Party; Boyertown High School, Boyertown, PA

    October 21, 2013
    District TASK Party; Chapel Hill school district K-12 visual and performing arts,
    Hosted by Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

    October 26, 2013
    TASK Party (third annual); Central Magnet School, Murfreesboro, TN

    November 2, 2013
    TASK Philly; Goldilocks Gallery; Philadelphia, PA

    December 17, 2013
    TASK Holliday Event; Five Angels Theater, NY, NY; organized by Arts in Education Roundtable

What is TASK?

TASK is an improvisational event with a simple structure and very few rules. TASK can be a planned, more formal set-up with an application process and a pre-determined number of selected participants (TASK Events); A more open structure without any limitations of size or divisions between viewers and participants (TASK Parties); Or tailored for the use in classrooms (TASK Workshop).

All TASK structures, the events, parties and workshops rely on the same basic infastructure: a designated area (usually but not necessarily made from construction paper), a variety of props and materials (cardboard, plastic bags, pencils, tables cling wrap, tape, markers, ladders…) and the participation of people who agree to follow two simple, procedural rules: to write down a task on a piece of paper and add it to a designated “TASK pool,” and, secondly, to pull a task from that pool and interpret it any which way he or she wants, using whatever is on (or potentially off) stage. When a task is completed, a participant writes a new task, pulls a new task, and so on.

TASK’s open-ended, participatory structure creates almost unlimited opportunities for a group of people to interact with one another and their environment. TASKs’ flow and momentum depend on the tasks written and interpreted by it’s participants. In theory anything becomes possible. The continuous conception and interpretation of tasks is both chaotic and purpose driven. It is a complex, ever shifting environment of people who connect with one another through what is around them. It is also a platform for people to express and test their own ideas in an environment without failure and success (TASK always is what it is) or any other preconceptions of what can or should be done with an idea or a material. People’s tasks become absorbed into other people’s tasks, objects generated from one task are recycled into someone else’s task without issues of ownership or permanence.

Please check out TASK news and new videos in the folders above this introduction, and images, etc, on the right side of the screen. 

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19 Responses

  1. Hello Oliver!

    I met you at SF.Camerawork during your task event. I recently re-discovered this blog site that you wrote on a receipt from the bar Daves in San Fran.

    Hope all is awesome, let the tasks keep on rolling and great new art being created.

    Cheers!

    Ivan

  2. Hey Ivan,
    That was a fun night at Daves. I haven’t been even close to something like a dive bar since. Oh well SF, one of last grand vestiges of American Bohemia.
    Hope you’re well too.
    Best,
    Oliver

  3. Hi Azra, I’ll send you an email from my regular address. Best, Oliver

  4. Hi Oliver!
    Raquel here! I met you in the task experiment in Tulsa. I’m sorry I’m just now seeing this! I don’t use Myspace very often anymore. I hope that you are smiling and that everything is going great with the book! I’m afraid I may be too late but I would be Happy to assist in anyway I can. Although I haven’t participated much after we met. It was definitely an experience that me and my family will NEVER forget!!

    TAH!
    Raquel

  5. Hi Oliver,
    This is Jethro, the bearded guy from Utah, we met this summer in NY through Art21 Educators. Anyway, I was hoping to communicate with you about some things, would you mind giving me your email address?
    I’m working on getting you to come and visit us out here-
    Thanks!
    Jethro

  6. Hi Oliver,
    My friend Frank and I met you at Gallery 210 at UMSL this fall. I wanted to tell you that we’re playing TASK with our students tomorrow as part of our pre-term Writing Seminar at Principia College. We look forward to seeing the results of using TASK in our pedagogy, and we will let you know how it goes.

    Best,
    Erica Popp

  7. Dear Oliver,

    I am in the midst of hosting a TASK workshop for my high school students. Where can I send you images and videos?

    Thanks!

    Rebecca Longley

  8. Hello Oliver,

    My high school students are in the mists of a multi-day TASK workshop. How can I send you photos and video?

    Thanks!

    Becky Longley

    • Hello Becky,
      That’s great! Where is your school located?
      you can send me stuff to my email address, which is oliverherring@earthlink.net, or if too big, let me know via email and I’ll send you my mailing address. that way you to send me a disc or small zip drive. looking forward to finding out more about what you and your students did. A big Thank you for letting me know :)
      All the best,
      Oliver

  9. We stumbled over here from a different web address and thought I should check things out.

    I like what I see so i am just following you.
    Look forward to finding out about your web page repeatedly.

  10. Hi Oliver,

    I recently organized a TASK party with about 70 students from Arcadia University’s Art Foundations program. It was a wild success and I was wondering where/how I can send you the photos and the list of tasks.

    I am a big fan- I participated in the FLUX task party a few years back.

    Best,
    Erica Prince

    • Hi Erica,

      Thanks for letting me know. Yes, please, send me images and any info you have of your TASK Party. Where is Arcadia University? and exactly when did you do TASK. I’ll add the info to the HISTORY section.

      All the best, and looking forward to hearing more from you.
      Oliver

      • Thanks Oliver. Arcadia University is in Glenside, PA- just outside of Philadelphia. We did TASK on March 5. I’ll send along the list of Tasks and the images later today.

        Erica

      • Hi Oliver,

        I sent Arcadia’s task info to the earthlink email listed above. Is that the correct address? Just wanted to confirm that you received everything.

        Thanks!
        Erica Prince

      • hi Erica, yes, and a big thanks. I’m on the road right now and super busy. When I’m back in NY I’ll have more time. From the pics it looks like TASK went really well. Thanks again.
        Oliver

      • Thanks Oliver!

      • Hi Erica,
        I finally added your TASK Party to the TASK blog’s History folder, and also on the side bar.
        Haven’t had the time yet to deal w the images. But I saw them/ They look really great. Best, Oliver

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