• UPCOMING TASKS!! Utah TASK Party, Organized by various high schools and universities in and around Provo and Salt Lake City (details will follow)

    January 23, 2016
    Dubai TASK Party
    Alserkai Avenue - The Hub for Art and Creativity, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    December 8
    TASK Workshops in Dubai; in preparation for the Dubai TASK Party, January 23, 2016.

    November 12
    North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

    October 24
    Utah TASK Party
    Utah Valley University; Organized by various high schools and universities in and around Provo and Salt Lake City (details will follow)

    October 6, 2015
    This TASK Party was organized for a group of art educators; Joan Mitchell Foundation, New York, NY

    October 2, 2015
    Metropolitan Museum TASK Party
    This TASK Party was organized for 250 - 300 art educators; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

    September 24, 2015
    Principia TASK Party; Principia College, Elsah, IL

    August 15, 2015,
    ArtPace, San Antonio, TX

    July 1, 2015
    Turnaround TASK 3
    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 school principals and their teams to help turn around underperforming schools in low income neighborhoods, Airly Center, Airly, VA

    June 4, 2015
    Sackler Educators TASK Party; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY

    May 20, 2015
    Tiger Fest TASK Party, Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

    May 14, 2015
    University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Campus, Oshkosh, WI

    May 7,
    Organized for a group of art educators; North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

    April 2, 2015
    A school wide celebration (approximately 500 students). The Northwest School of the Arts, Humanities and Environment, Seattle, WA

    April 24, 2015
    International Sculpture Center, in collaboration with Grounds For Sculpture celebrate the first "International Sculpture Day" with this TASK Party. Various campuses around the Country will organize satellite TASK Parties connected via Skype.
    Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ

    February 14, 2015
    Urban Arts Space, 50 W. Town Street, Suite 130, Columbus, OH
    Organized by The Arts Initiative, Ohio State University

    February 13, 2015
    Visual Arts Center, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Fall, SD

    January 23, 2015
    Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

    January 16, 2015
    Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA

    January 5, 2015
    Spanish Fork High School, Spanish Fork, Utah

    November 25, 2014
    TASK CAFA; Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Organized by New Century Art Foundation, and Telescope.

    September 25, 2014
    A4 Contemporary Art Museum and Art Museum of Szechuan University will organize the first TASK Party in the People's Republic; Szechuan University, Chengdu, China

    September 17
    TASK inspired Assessment As Dialog installation.
    BAN7 Clinic: Socially Engaged Education: Making Learning Visible; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

    September 6, 2014
    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.

    June 2014
    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, 2014
    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

    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 13-28, 2014
    TASK workshop, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
    in conjunction with:

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

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

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

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

    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

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

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

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

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

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


    2013 RECAP (from May-Dec)

    May 23, 2013
    Tiger Fest TASK (All day TASK Party for Tiger Fest); Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC

    June 24, 2013
    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




The BIGGEST TASK Party yet…

Madison Square Park, September 6th, 6-9pm

for oliver's web

March 5, 2012

On Saturday, September 6, Madison Square Park Conservancy will present MAD. SQ. 200 TASK, an experiential art party created by the artist Oliver Herring. TASK has two simple rules: create a task for the TASK pool, then pull a task and interpret it using provided materials.  The event will culminate MAD. SQ. 200, a day of free festivities celebrating the 200th anniversary of the naming of historic Madison Square, which includes present-day Madison Square Park and its environs, in honor of the country’s fourth president, James Madison.

This is the first version of TASK open to the public in NYC, and the largest occurrence in the art piece’s twelve year history.  Hundreds of TASK parties and events have taken place in classrooms, museums, libraries, and even a cornfield.  TASK is now becoming a widely used educational tool. The National Art Educator’s Association, (NAEA), held TASKs at its national conferences in 2012 and 2013, and Turnaround Arts, (a public/private partnership led by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities), held TASKS at its summer leadership retreats in 2013 and 2014.  For more information visit TASK.

WHERE: Madison Square Park at 26th Street between Madison Avenue and Fifth Avenues.

WHEN: Saturday, September 6 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Rain or shine.



March 5, 2012

Great TASK Party at the 2012 NAEA conference!

On March 3, Art21, Davis Publications (School Arts Magazine) and the NAEA hosted a large TASK Party for hundreds of teachers and educators in a ballroom at the Midtown Sheraton hotel in New York. The materials for this TASK were donated by one of the participating vendors. Additional materials were collected and scavanged for by Davis Publications. Dozens of volunteers helped with the set-up on the night before, on the morning of, and with the clean up afterwards. Our DJ booth was self-serve: participants were able to choose what they wanted to hear from online servers and i-pods. All leftover materials were given to teachers for further use in their class rooms. After five hours of tasking the day concluded with a panel discussion on TASK (for the class room) amidst the detritus of the TASK Party.

Panelists (from left to right): Emmet Sandberg, Julia CopperSmith, Karen Melvin, Kendra Paitz, Jack Watson, Jessica Hamlin, Oliver Herring, Dennis Greenwell, Robb Sandagata

more info and images from NAEA TASK soon!


The first TASK Book is finally here!!!!

Published by Illinois State University

179 images, 4 essays, texts and commentary submitted by you.

For more info:


January 18, 2013

Save the Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012


At the NAEA NAtional Convention in New York, NY, Hilton/Sheraton Hotel

11am-4pm NAEA TASK Party:  (New York Ballroom East, Sheraton Hotel)

TASK Party: Interactive Event with Oliver Herring | Co-sponsored by Art21, SchoolArts Magazine, Davis Publication, artED 2.0, and the NAEA.  Join artist Oliver Herring and your fellow art educators for an unprecedented collaborative art experience.  TASK is an improvisational, open-ended, participatory event with a simple structure and very few rules. TASK’s structure creates almost unlimited opportunities for a group of people to interact with one another, art materials, and their environment. Task Parties have been held throughout the world at museums, galleries, and schools, but this will be the first Task event at the NAEA National conference. (Entry may be limited at the door when the room reaches capacity. Participants may enter, leave and return at any time during the event) 

4-5pm SuperSession: (New York Ballroom East, Sheraton Hotel)

What is TASK and what can you do with it?  A conversation with Oliver Herring and guests. After the conference-wide TASK, Oliver Herring will participate in a group conversation that considers extensions into teaching and learning. This discussion will include a range of panelists sharing their experiences of TASK in the classroom and museum learning.

Panelists: Kendra Paitz (Curator, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL); Dennis Greenwell (Art teacher, Central Magnet School, Murfreesboro, TN); Emmet Sandberg (Ass. Prof. of Art; University of Wisconsin, Osh Kosh, WI); Jack Watson (Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC); Karen Melvin (Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Pittsburg, PA); Jessica Hamlin (Director of Education and Public Programs, Art21); Oliver Herring (Artist). 


December 8, 2011

Video and interview update!

After a long hiatus, we added a number of new videos and interviews.  The videos are posted in the video section – one was sent to us from Chapel Hill Highschool documenting a TASK Party that ran throughout the morning for all art classes, and an interview with Oliver Herring shot during a TASK Party at the University of Missouri, St Louis!  In the press section, we added an interview about TASK on KWMU, the public radio station of Missouri.  We’ll soon add two more videos, one from the UMSL, the other sent from a TASK Party at the Central Magnet School in Murfreesburro, TN.  More to come soon! If you throw any TASK parties, please let us know!  If you could send us any images, videos or other materials that would be much appreciated!


October 17, 2011

St. Louis TASK Party will have a Cardinals theme!

The Cardinals won and St. Louis is going nuts. Therefore the St. Louis TASK Party on Friday, October 21, will have a Cardinals theme. This’ll be this TASKs idiosyncratic sweet spot. 


July 28, 2011

School Arts Magazine, Art21, ArtED 2.0, the NAEA, and I teamed up to make TASK more accessible to educators, teachers and students. 

A lot more info in the next few days.


March 3, 2011

Dispatch: from WAC Attack TASK Party

By Sarah Nakano Purgett: WACTAC teen On February 17th, 2011, we (The Walker Arts Center Teen Arts Council, or WACTAC) held a TASK party at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis,MN. WACTAC is a group of twelve high school juniors and seniors who come from around the Twin Cities and meet weekly at the Walker to plan workshops, events, and programming catered towards young people. Our interest in TASK parties and the work of Oliver Herring came from a collective interest in social connections. We started by exploring themes like social interaction, participation, engagement, etc. We then looked at social connections in general – what it means to interact with others (especially in a museum context), how these connections exist on social networks and the internet, etc. We also looked briefly at the work of Miranda July and Harell Fletcher, who also “create socially engaged interdisciplinary projects.” With these questions and themes in mind, we began to explore Oliver’s work and decided to have a TASK party with several reasons/goals: to explore social connections; to promote collective participation; to meet new people and to foster new friendships; to make things without following aesthetic standards; to focus on the process instead of the final product Now I will talk a little bit about what I experienced at the TASK party – Personally I enjoyed the last half hour of the TASK party the most. By that point the room was totally crazy and there was art everywhere, people had on crazy costumes, there were bizarre 3d pieces scattered about the room, and other things I didn’t even fully understand but still loved. And by that point, the people that were still there were, I think, the most committed. Thus, they were pretty much willing to do ANYTHING. Another thing I thought was really cool was that I would write a task, like “construct a human pyramid” and less than a minute later I would look over and six kids who previously didn’t know each other were piled on top of each other in a perfect pyramid formation and other kids were taking pictures. I laughed really hard at that one! But yeah I probably wrote somewhere between fifty and a hundred tasks, and I saw most of them happen. It was kind of a surreal experience. Not to mention there was atmospheric music playing and there were red lights and people were dancing…..I felt very detached from reality for those three hours. At the beginning of our TASK party, like during the first twenty minutes, I felt a little uncertain because to be honest I had NO idea what would happen, if people would show up, if they would participate, blah blah blah. I think it took a while for people to ease into the idea (or at least it took me a while) but once things got into swings I think it went really well! People were interacting with strangers and introducing themselves, making stuff together, running around, dancing, and lots more! I think ultimately we fulfilled our goals for the event. Here are a few examples of some tasks I witnessed at the TASK party: Pretend to be someone else in the room; challenge someone to a staring contest and cheat; apologize; have everyone form a circle, hold hands, and introduce themselves; fall in love at first sight. Overall I think it was an extremely unique experience and I really enjoyed it. It was a cool environment because in a way it was risk-free in the sense that you could really do or make anything and no one would judge you for it or assume anything, and you could interact with other people freely. I really appreciated the fact that the Walker allowed us to do anything we wanted with the space in the Art Lab, it was a nice change from the usual “don’t touch” signs you see in museums everywhere, not just the Walker. It was a very tactile experience and it was great to be able to touch, alter, destroy, create anything we wanted. I really enjoyed it!February 17, 2011


Today, 2/17/11, 5-8pm at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN


January 14, 2011

Happy New Year:

Big news is the publication of the first TASK book, to be published by the State University of Illinois, and distributed by the end of spring. The book will be aprox. 200+ pages and will be heavy on images from many of the TASKs I helped organize but also include plenty of images of TASKs that I had nothing to do with.

If you have any images from TASK, weather from a large TASK Party or a small classroom workshop, please send them my way. I am also organizing an archive of TASK, for which your material is important. Assembling new material on TASK is getting increasingly more difficult, as more and more TASKs take place without my knowledge (which is ok, since I encourage the use of TASK as a tool), but if you read this and have soemething for the archive, it’d be great to include. Of course you’d be credited. Your images, footage, commentary, notes, letters and your own TASKs really matter.

If you are organizing your own TASK and would like people on this blog to know about it, I’d be happy to list it for you. At this point over 30,000 people have visited this bog.

More news soon, I was busy with other work, hence the temporary news blackout and neglect,



June 17, 2010

Here is a link to a great new video by Austin Lee. The footage is from fluxTASK3 (reTASK), Philadelphia 2009. Enjoy: http://vimeo.com/12605547


May 27, 2010


By Adam Farcus: VIA[esc]+Task organizer and faculty adviser at University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL

I’ve attended a very large scale TASK Party that lasted for nearly six hours.  The place was packed, the event was later solidified as detritus and finished works for the duration of an exhibition, and the whole Task was housed within a large institution.  This was not that type of Task.  The VIA[esc]+Task Party at the University of St. Francis was more akin to a punk show in your friend’s basement.  A humble happy dirty experience.

On April 29, 2010, the small one story house at 606 Plainfield Road in Joliet, Illinois, was transformed into a series of large-scale installations by undergraduate students Jenna Goebel, James Green, Tony Michel, Juliameera Oliyapurathu, Autumn Panzera, C’ne Rohlsen, Keshia Stigall, and Robbyn Yuen. Faculty advisors Erica Moore and myself helped design the event and build the supply of materials.  The unfinished and leaky basement of this house was designated for only +Task.  Guests were tight, in space and in friendship.  First a giant penis was painted, Julia was wrapped like a gift, Malichi became robot Harry Potter, Autumn served tea into cardboard cups, James had his heart broken, we all took a nap, Brian got some war paint, and Natalie received a new Pepsi-can necklace.  Three hours after it started our Task was ceremonially ended when Erica’s son dumped a recycling bin of metal cans down the stairs.  A week later we returned to clean.  All that is left from our event is the paintings on the wall.  Sometime in the future the school will paint over everything and sell the building.


May 26, 2010


by Riley Cruttenden;  Tisket TASKet organizer  and student at Ohio State University:

Tisket TASKet was a collaborative effort between The Ohio State University and University of Cincinnati. The schools hosted concurrent TASK parties that were connected via a Skype video feed.

Tisket TASKet was an exciting project to work on. It took five months of planning and a network of about twenty people to pull it off successfully. After Oliver gave our sculpture club the green light to host a TASK Party we immediately started brainstorming about possible venues, materials collection, and quirky things that could make our TASK party unique. Our youthful enthusiasm led us to lofty and somewhat unlikely goals for the project. We started planning for 50 participants and that number quickly snowballed to 100, then 200, “maybe even 300” we thought. We wanted to have two locations then maybe even a state-wide TASK day. After some reality checks with Oliver and some motivating talks with him we set our sights on some accomplishable goals.

Our club decided to reach out to one University and luckily Katie Parker at University of Cincinnati was interested in the project and became a vital part of planning our dual TASK parties. In the early stages we were still looking for an event name, something that would set our parties apart from others. I was inspired at the time by the basket art of Dorothy Gill Barnes, visiting artist at OSU, and began thinking about TASK as a weaving together of people, materials, and space, hence (with some help from Cole Porter) the name Tisket TASKet.

Soon after setting the title I contacted a local company, Longaberger Basket Co., who have a long tradition of making quality baskets to see if they would like to become involved with the event. They graciously donated two pallets of leftover basket making supplies, boxes and boxes of flexible wood strips in all sorts of colors. The generous donation energized us to make the event even better and set a great atmosphere to continue gathering materials and promoting the event.

We procured $2000 through Ohio State University and collected a lot of great building materials from a local non-profit called the Waste Not Center that saves post-industrial and used goods from heading to the landfill and, instead, offers them to educators and artists. It was very important to us to keep Tisket TASKet a green event, to gather as many used materials as possible, avoid buying new materials, and recycle everything afterward.

Our hard work paid off and the parties were a blast. Each space had a projection of what was going on in the other space through Skype. People in Columbus and Cincinnati interacted with the web cams and even shared tasks across the internet. At one point a pseudo web romance blossomed between two participants! At one point during the event I Skyped my sister in Scotland and had her contribute a task to the pool and complete a task so that she could be part of the party. The atmosphere in both spaces was incredibly creative, chaotic, and exciting.

The most incredible thing about TASK for me was the amount of relationships and interactions that develop. The sculpture department at OSU has formed a great friendship with Katie Parker, whom we took a trip to visit after the parties and look forward to working with in the future. If you’re thinking about being part of TASK, just do it! Jump in! It was a lot of work, a lot of fun, and an experience that we won’t forget!


May 18, 2010


From what I’ve been told, Tisket TASKet in both Columbus, Ohio and Cincinnati, Ohio went great. Riley Cruttenden, one of the organizers will write a short dispatch about both venues. For  TASK+VIA[esc] in Joliet, Illinois, Adam Farcus, one of the organizers will  also write a short report. Upcoming, on May 12, are a TASK PArty at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois _______________________________________________________________

April 27, 2010


by Kendra Paitz, Curator; University Galleries ISU

The Art Three Class at Fieldcrest High School in Minonk, IL held a TASK Party for 100 students on Friday, April 23. A few Fieldcrest students had attended the TASK Party at Illinois State University in February, and their teacher, Judy Anderson, brought the entire class back to I.S.U. for a tour of the artifacts and detritus generated. The students were so excited by the possibilities of TASK that they asked if they could host their own TASK Party. Within three days, the students and Judy had secured permission from the principal and had begun to involve other students in the planning. They originally planned to involve students from the other twelve high schools in their conference; however, due to budget cuts at schools throughout the state, the other schools were no longer allowed to take field trips.

In preparation for the F.A.T.T. Party (Fieldcrest Art Three TASK Party), students designed t-shirts, covered the stage in their gymnasium in paper, and frosted cupcakes to look like “The Starry Night.”

The students’ tasks reflected an interesting mix of playful spontaneity and social concerns. There were many tasks related to pregnancy, giving birth, marriage, war, and mortality. Most interesting was the awareness of AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Early in the day, someone drew a task to “spread AIDS.” That student quickly moved through the crowd marking everyone with a painted red dot. In response, someone eventually wrote a task to “cure AIDS.” The student who drew that task walked through the crowd calmly asking people if they had AIDS, and then curing them with a streak of black paint. Later, AIDS police ticketed anyone who had contracted AIDS with a $1000 fine. The ticket was written on a full sheet of paper and attached to the person’s clothing. Though AIDS was cured, herpes (indicated by a painted blue dot) quickly spread through the crowd. I did not witness a herpes cure or evidence of herpes police.

New structures were consistently constructed, but most were immediately destroyed.  Some destruction happened accidentally: as the equator constructed from cardboard tubes stretched across the stage, it pierced and toppled an elaborate fort in progress. More focus was placed on face-painting, costume development, and interaction. Students playfully did their best Mick Jagger and Madonna impersonations, crowd-surfed, flew on an airplane, picked a fight with kind words, and performed an exorcism, all to the tune of “Love Shack” and multiple Brittney Spears songs.


April 24, 2010


Courtney McCall, a student at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois is organizing a TASK Party for her school on May 1st.


April 22, 2010

TASK Twin Cities, A Bethel/MCAD Co-Production:

It was an unusual premise from the beginning. Bethel University, the Evangelical Christian College from outside St. Paul decided to throw a TASK Party after Michelle Westmark, the director of Bethel’s Ohlson’s Gallery, participated in last fall’s West Bank TASK Party. To further provide Bethel’s students with an unusual experience she approached Megan Leafblad from MCAD, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Both decided that MCAD’s location in downtown Minneapolis was the more conveniently located space to draw a wider and more diverse crowd of people. This Bethel/MCAD co-production was the the first joint venture between the two colleges and was hence given the title TASK Twin Cities. For weeks students and faculty from both colleges collected materials and did outreach. Students from MCAD went to various sites in Minneapolis and silk-screened TASK fliers on the spot while also engaging pedestrians in conversations about TASK. Bethel students meanwhile focused on their own campus, painted posters and hung them around their college and printed potato-print fliers that were handed out. On the day of the TASK Party students from both Colleges worked from 10am to 7pm to make the space look inviting, generous and festive. Around 7pm a large group of Bethel students arrived in a caravan of school busses. By 6:45pm there was a line forming and at 7pm sharp the doors opened  as DJ Scott Stulen spun his first beat. In addition to Bethel and MCAD, entire classes form other schools and organizations, including the Kulture Klub Collaborative, an organization for mostly homeless teenagers, also participated. As well as many individuals who had hear about the event through other channels. Some of the memorable tasks were an elaborate, sectioned off crime scene, in which the “corpses” were outlined with duct tape, and due to another task, continuously sprinkled with glitter; two guys who energetically wrapped themselves respectively in yellow and red caution-tape. When asked what their task was they answered that they were Caution Tape Fetishists! There was a human rainbow, made of people in various hues of their clothing; an elaborate set of jackets was constructed by three guys, first from bubble wrap, then re-designed with a lighter papery fabric, black duct tape and checkered fabric for pockets; another guy transformed himself into a duck, by making a Donald Duck hat and gluing colorful feathers to his arms;  a large boat was “drawn” with tape to the wall; A stairway to heaven was constructed for someone to ascend while someone else played “Stairway to Heaven” with his air-guitar; someone gave me her soul! A guy who asked as many people as he could to tape or attach material onto him. By the end he was thickly covered in ‘stuff” and could only move slowly…and so on. This TASK Party was not only successful in bringing together two groups of people but also, as always, an affirmative, positive and productive creative experience. At 10pm the music stopped and many people from both colleges as well as many with no affiliation to either school helped with the clean-up. _______________________________________________________________

April 19,2010

TASK on Minnesota Public Radio blog:



April 18,2010

TASK Outreach in downtown Minneapolis:

A variety of people, including students from MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art and Design) and SVA (School of Visual Arts) moved to a number of locations in Minneapolis, including their own neighborhood of Wittier to drum up support for the upcoming TASK Party TASK Twin City.

The centerpiece was a portable trolley to silkscreen TASK fliers on the spot. What ensued were 8 hours of almost non stop laughing as participants silk screened, hung flags, painted posters, dumpster-dived for materials (cardboard) and engaged pedestrians and drivers in conversations about TASK (with some beers helping along). The group’s collective, creative effort and the infectious fun generated, created an excellent vibe for upcoming TASK Twin City on Tuesday. _______________________________________________________________April 15 ,2010


I am writing because my students and I are organizing a TASK Party during their end-of-year exhibition. Each year the advanced art students at the University of St. Francis are given the opportunity to turn a house into a huge art project. After visiting the ISU TASK Party they have decided to make their own. The whole exhibition/site specific installation is called VIA[esc]. The TASK Party (which will be in the basement of this year’s art house) is called TASK + VIA[esc]. The Party will be on Thursday April 29, 2010, from 6-9pm. The art house is located at 606 Plainfield Rd, Joliet, IL. This is a University of St. Francis Art and Design event. It is organized by students Jenna Goeble, James Green, Tony Micele, Autumn Panzera, C’ne Rohlsen, and professors Adam Farcus and Erica Moore. Adam Farcus


March 24,2010


The Painting and Drawing Department at Drake University in Des Moines, IA will hold a TASK Party on April 12 from 1-9 pm. More details to follow.


March 23, 2010

UNC-TASK at Gerrard Hall:

On Saturday March 20th, a great TASK Party took place in historic Gerrard Hall, on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Party was scheduled between 5-11 pm. By the time the doors opened,  a line of people had formed that continued to grow until it almost snaked around one side of the building. All in all over 350 people showed up, -students, an entire class from a local High School, as well as a diverse group of local people from surrounding towns. The TASK Party spread through the entire bi-level building as well as an equally large outdoor space directly connected to the building. A large portion of the material was donated by the Scrap Exchange, a local business that sells used “scraps”, repurposed material and an infinite number of used, odd bits and pieces. Some of the organizers of UNC TASK were able to select material a couple of days earlier which the Scrap Exchange delivered on the morning of the TASK Party. The day after, all salvageable material was picked up again. To everyone’s surprise, the Scrap Exchange left with almost as much material as it arrived with. In addition, a large portion of material was salvaged to be donated to local High Schools for their art programs. Some of the most memorable tasks included the making of a human knot with 37 people and then to untangle it; to start a revolution that brought almost the entire group of participants into the two balcony wings of the building, while chanting to one another; a moving circle of people that connected the outside of the building with the inside, that circle was also taped together, due to a second task; and so on. The TASK Party was dj’d by a student and the crowd tasked to a wide variety of excellent beats. –Images and footage will be posted soon.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

TASK Parade in Chapel Hill:

To drum up support for the UNC TASK Party on Saturday March 20th and to reach beyond the UNC campus, students and some faculty staged an impromptu, colorful TASK Parade up and down Franklin Street, in downtown Chapel Hill. The group first met in a class room to make posters, banners, fliers and flags, as well as costumes and outfits from newsprint, tape and paint but then further translated the momentum into a spontaneous parade. Along the way, strangers were incorporated into the parade, cheers were shouted and many fliers handed out. The parade was a follow-up to another TASK intervention today. During lunch hour, a second group of students handed out fliers in the “pit”, one of the busiest student thoroughfares on campus, and engaged passersby in conversations about the upcoming TASK Party. Some students also “planted” written tasks in a bed of dirt around a large tree. These sheets of paper had hand written, individualized tasks on one side while on the other information about the TASK Party. People walked by and “picked” them.


Thursday, March 4, 2010


The Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia will organize a TASK Party (TASKivers) on March 28, between 7-10 pm. A specific location will be announced soon. This TASK Party is relatively close in location and date to the TASK Party at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on March 23.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

ISU-TASK is catalyst for more TASKs:

Since the TASK Party at the Illinois State University on February 6, around 10 new, local and regional TASK venues are being planned. As of today, two of them provided confirmed dates:  Fieldcrest High School in Minonk, Illinois will throw a TASK Party on April 23, inside the school’s gym. Students and teachers are encouraged to invite their friends from other schools, but participation will be limited to 100 people. One day later, on Saturday, April 24, Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois will host it’s version of a TASK Party. Also in the works since last year is a large TASK Party at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill on March 20th. For UNC-TASK the University will give TASK participants Gerrard Hall, a beautiful, old, bi-level building in the heart of campus. There is a possibility to move  some of the action outdoors, should the weather permit. Also, after last fall’s West Bank TASK Party, a second, larger TASK Party is scheduled for Minneapolis, Minnesota. TASK Twin Cities will take place on April 20th inside the Student Center at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). TASK Twin City is organized by Bethel University with help from MCAD. On May 15th, two TASK Parties are planned to be held simultaneously and linked to each other via webcam: Tisket TASKet will take place in stately Sullivant Hall in Columbus, Ohio, as well as at The University of Cincinnati DAAP, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Please feel free to contact us for more information. _______________________________________________________________ Saturday February 6th, 2010

Illinois State University TASK Party: An Explosion of Creativity

On Saturday afternoon, Illinois State University opened its doors (and hearts) to its first ever TASK party. The event took place within the University Galleries where nearly three hundred people participated in the event. Within hours the normally clean, and spacious gallery had transformed into a hurricane of creativity. Robots battled, strangers were married and castles were built. Never before had such an event using only cardboard and tape brought so much joy and imagination to Illinois State University.                                                                                                         R.J. Vanderwerf (ISU student) _______________________________________________________________ Saturday October 17th, 2009

Nashville TASK Party: Student video taken towards the end of party



Saturday October 17th, 2009

New Photos Posted! REtask [fluxTASK 3]TASKTOPIA TASKTOPIATASKTOPIA _______________________________________________________________ Saturday October 17th, 2009 TASK in MINNEAPOLIS, MN October 17th, 2009: taskflyer23 _______________________________________________________________ Friday, September 26, 2009 FluxTASK3 is coming to FLUXspace: Picture 1 REtask (FLUXtask3) will return to Philadephia for the third time on September 26 at FLUXspace. This year, given the credit crunch, we actually have a theme: REPURPOSING! In that spirit we hope  you’ll all chip in and contribute some materials (ex. rolls of tape, scrap paper, glue, cardboard, string…). In addition, we will also have a FOOD CONTEST. Don’t worry, there will still be a whole suckling pig grilled on the street. But, if you bring a dish for five to ten people it will automatically be part of the FOOD CONTEST. There will be awesome prizes including a piece by Oliver Herring; a rock-climbing lesson; a glass blowing lesson; a massage; a cooked dinner at your home for two, and so on. Tell your friends, hope to see you there! Check out http://www.thefluxspace.org for further details.


Wednesday, March 4, 2009

TASK Workshop Introduction for teachers in Philadelphia

I will be introducing TASK Workshops to teachers in Philadelphia. The session, organized by Jennie Shanker from the University of the Arts, will last approximately 1 hour and is open to any High School or College teacher.

The itinerary so far consists of information on TASK Workshops; the screening of a new short video (TASK Workshop, Tulsa, Oklahoma); a group discussion; and a brief, simplified round of TASK; and more.

The list of teachers we reached out to is obviously incomplete, so if you are a teacher in Philadelphia, or know a teacher in Philadelphia who might be interested in this, please click here for more information:  Click Here


March, (specific dates tbd), 2009

TASK on Second Life

Susi Kerr from the Tang Museum suggested collaborating with Stacy Fox, an artist and professor for New Media Studies at the University of Kansas, towards an iteration of TASK on Second Life, (a parallel, virtual Universe).

Stacy already owns “real estate” in the form of a virtual island, which she designed, on Second Life. We’d designate an area on this island for TASK and provide props but also invite avatars to bring their own material.  Since Second Life is a virtual universe, the physical rules and laws of real life don’t have to apply. This could open up new possibilities for a TASK community to express themselves.

Many more details about TASK on Second Life (title is still under consideration) will follow and be posted on this blog.


June 2009


This TASK Party has the distinction of being the first large scale TASK Party, organized entirely without my help or involvement. The organizers for TASK TRENTON will use this blog as their sole source to organize.

TASK Trenton will take place as part of a 24-hour arts festival, ART ALL-NIGHT, in the future home of the Museum for Contemporary Science, in Trenton, NJ. The space is 50,000 square feet and the organizers expect between 5-10,000 people over 24 hours.

I’ll be filming the proceedings.


Saturday, February 21, 2009

(mini) TASK Parade

To encourage as many people from Saratoga Springs to apply for TASKTOPIA, a few students from Skidmore College decided to stage an informal TASK Parade through the downtown section of Saratoga Springs. 7 students dressed up in outfits made from cardboard, plastic, string and so on (usual TASK staples) and chatted with pedestrians willing to listen.


February 10, 2009 Apply Now TASKTOPIA TASKTOPIA will be held on March 22, 2009, at the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, NY. To apply and for further information: Click Here _______________________________________________________________ January 22, 2009 Task News: 2009-2010 Despite the financial crisis, slashed budgets for cultural and educational institutions and some trimming on the Task front, the next two years (09-10) look promising for a host of Task related projects… Click here to read more about future Task projects. _______________________________________________________________ picture-1 December 14, 2008 Grand Finale: Tang Task _______________________________________________________________ picture-3 Second video in the Tang Task/Tasktopia Series _______________________________________________________________ picture-1 First of a series of new videos for Tang Task: Tasktopia _______________________________________________________________ December 2, 2008 Check out the first set of photos from Tang Task at Skidmore college. (click here) More photos and videos to come. _______________________________________________________________ imgp17611 San Francisco Task party (Part Three) _______________________________________________________________ November 1, 2008 San Francisco Task party (Part Two) October 28, 2008 San Francisco Task party (Part One) _______________________________________________________________ October 14, 2008 New photos from Task Party San Francisco http://picasaweb.google.com/oliverherringtask ________________________________________________________________ October 11, 2008 New video from Task Party San Francisco ________________________________________________________________ September 10, 2008 In Flux, by Roberta Fallon. Roberta Fallon’s review of fluxTask 2 in Philadelphia Weekly. http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/?inc=article&id=610&x=in-flux&_c=a-e–art _________________________________________________________________ September 6, 2008 Philadelphia Task Party (fluxTask) 2008

Heavy rain in Philadelphia was not enough to stop the fluxTask Party from filling to capacity. Philadelphia taskers came out in force and formed a Task Party to remember. More info, photos, and videos from the party are on the way.

_______________________________________________________________ September 4, 2008 What’s my line? FLUXtask returns to Kenzo to make you act cuckoo. Joel Tannenbaum writes about fluxTask for Philadelphia basedFLUX citypaper.net

Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s artblog on fluxTask in Philadelphia.
Libby Rosolf has posted an extensive post about fluxTask. To read her review of last year’s party and her thoughts about the upcoming Task event click here.

_________________________________________________________________ August 8, 2008 Tang Museum TASK Party and Event In conjunction with a survey of Oliver Herring’s work, the Tang Teaching Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York will host both a TASK Party and Event. The TASK Party will take place on November 13, 2008. The TASK Event will be held on March 22, 2009. _________________________________________________________________ August 11, 2008 New San Francisco Task Party Website www.sftaskparty.org

2 Responses

  1. […] on staging a TASK event, and more. I particularly appreciated reading Sarah Nakano Purgett’s blog entry (March 3, 2011) about a TASK party put on by the Walker Arts Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC) in […]

  2. […] materials to make whatever their task card required and make up new creative tasks for others. Herring has helped to launch TASK parties at many public spaces, including the Seattle Public […]

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