|Field||Pranks, Performance, and Participatory art|
Jason Eppink (born 1985) is an American curator, designer, and prankster. His projects emphasize participation, mischief, surprise, wonder, generosity, transgression, free culture, and anti-consumerism, and they are staged in public spaces and online as street art, urban interventions, and playful online services and hoaxes, frequently for non-consenting audiences. Presented at Bloomfield College March 27th 2014
Eppink serves as Associate Curator of Digital Media at Museum of the Moving Image in New York City and teaches a class at New York University. His work at the museum revolves around participation in a variety of fields, including video games, interactive art, remix, animated GIFs, and online communities. Additionally, Jason Eppink is a senior agent with prank group Improv Everywhere, a member of art collective Flux Factory, and a recurring character (40-Year-Old Goosey) on The Chris Gethard Show.
Notable Design/Prank Projects
In 2007, Jason Eppink created a series of boxes from foam core and diffusion gel that he placed over video billboards at the entrances to New York City subway stations, turning advertisements into abstract geometric art. Eppink published a video and diagrams to encourage others to continue and improve on the project.
Astoria Scum River Bridge
In late 2009, frustrated with a sidewalk perpetually covered by residue from a leaking drainage pipe, Jason Eppink and frequent collaborator Posterchild constructed a footbridge from recycled wood and installed it at the site of the leak. The bridge and the press it attracted embarrassed authorities into fixing the decades-old problem.
Notable Curatorial Projects
We Tripped El Hadji Diouf
In 2012, Jason Eppink curated an installation of animated GIFs by members of Something Awful in response to a Photoshop challenge, “What tripped El Hadji Diouf?” Participants modified an animated GIF of the unpopular soccer player so he appeared to be tripped by a variety of sight gags and pop culture references. The 35 selected GIFs were displayed in a 50-foot-wide projection in the lobby of Museum of the Moving Image.
In 2013, Jason Eppink curated an exhibition of short form video remixes that primarily use popular media as source material. The show examined genres and techniques that emerged online over the last ten years along with their historical precedents, proposing that remix is an increasingly common way of participating in shared cultural conversations. Exhibition sections included supercuts, recut trailers, and vidding.
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- Astoria Scum River Bridge
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