New Performance: Ants on a Shrimp, Thoughts


Performance at the Arena Theatre, September 23. It was as part of Dirty Practice, The Role of the Artist’s Studio, Residency and Symposium at  University of Wolverhampton School of Art

The text was broken into 126 postcards. The text on one side and collage that I created on the other side. The postcards were gifts for people who attended. During the performance I moved through the audience, snuggled up, and asked them on occasion to read what was on the card. The cards where then handed to them or if I read the card I tossed it at the audience or dropped on the floor.

Selected Text:

Where the hell are we?


Let’s have fun.

Everyday is a grind.

Let’s have fun.


We’ll see

Thinker on a Spoon, 2016

Scupture that I I created as part of my Dirty Practice art residency. I also did a performance, Ants of a Shrimp, Thoughts.

One of the small sculptures that I created during this residency. It is deliberately per carelessly balanced, on false move or change get it. It is part of larger installation that I did at the Wolverhampton School of Art, 20-23 Sept 2016

One of the small sculptures that I created during this residency. It is deliberately per carelessly balanced, on false move or change and…you get it. It is part of larger installation that I did at the Wolverhampton School of Art, 20-23 Sept 2016

Installation of 12 tiny sculptures mixe with other mixed media. I created the small sculptures as part of this residency.

Installation of 12 tiny sculptures mixe with other mixed media. I created the small sculptures as part of this residency.

TRUMP is a Secret A (UN-I) Robot

FAXED to me by mistake this week. Who has a fax? It was weird. This is probably a hoax but decided it might not be and is too important not to disseminate. –Holly Crawford



TRUMP (Temporary Robotic Universal Machine Project)

Congratulations we pulled it off, but…

This series D.J A(UN-I) human like robot has successfully passed for a human in limited circumstances, such as beauty pageants and the TV game show. We have kept it isolated until recently and we are trying to ban the media completely. President? What was someone in Department B thinking?! T.J thinks everyone is lying. T.J’s grasp of human interaction and reality is so limited and shaky. Reading is a problem. And who gave D.J a the cell phone! It is amazing but really flawed. As we know, some of our earlier visionaries are no longer with us. Other AI languages have immerged, like AIML, IPL and Prolog. D.J is mostly C++. IBM Watson is so much smarter and better, but it’s stuck in it box. Model D.J thinks “he” is in control and that “he” is human. Good but. The IT Specialist that have been assigned to D.J have tried to reboot the software but that did not work. Last month we thought we could just update its software but its drivers, its hardware, well as we all know it just too old. We were really hoping that would work, but need to rebuilt from the bottom up. We have to admit that our original software and hardware were very flawed, even before the obvious recent repeated breakdowns. This must be addressed before we move the project forward, if that is possible at this point. We need to program more empathy into the next model and better sense of reality. That is if there is funding to keep going. The revenue from the TV series was a great help, but “You’re fired.” That hair is a mess and the orange skin. Come on guys. It’s amazing it’s flying at all. Its fingers are too short. It really never made it out of the infant stage emotionally. The bio worked for the limited access we wanted and allowed Model T.J to bring in some money, but we never figured we might be tripped up on a tax return. It a robot! Robots don’t file tax returns. The do loop “it’s being audited,” was a good save but is wearing thin. And the Wall thing, really shows corrupted software issues. Maybe it’s been infected with MALWARE that we didn’t know about. We never figured it would go this far. The public, and especially, the media, are beginning to suspect something is very strange here. Ok, we all know that. It just one of the issues we have to figure out if we are going to make them better.

TRUMP JR. has many of the same flaws. It needs to be stopped before it starts getting more out of control than it has.

We are having an emergency meeting next week to discuss the problems. Don’t use email, it might be hacked. Be very careful. This is why I wrote this on a manual typewriter and faxed this to you.


Can it be fixed? Very unlikely but let’s discuss.

If it can how long will the patch last? (And I have to say that the #NeverTrump was a nice try but…)

It is evolving in ways we did not expect. We need to analyze how that happened.

How do we pull the plug?

Can we pull the plug?

Keep in mind that we are scientists! We’re not monsters and never wanted to make one. This can be fixed?

We think that Ivanka “Trump’s” cover is still holding for now. She is our more internal IT Specialist and but she has lost control.

This memo is for Team A only.

The other TEAMS don’t know that D.J is AI robot.

Not to be distributed to any other persons.

Please destroy after reading.

Symblast -Detroit



One of my digital collaged photographs from One Day Art Detroit. I was assigned Gilda Radner and Eat This Detroit.  My project also includes Voice Over text which is over heard conversations.  The entire project will be published in the art magazine t(here) in October/November by there media, NY.

Through the Cell Darkly, Turin 2015

Collaborative art installation in a cell in a former prison at the Others Art Fair, Stay Gold, Turin Italy. I created the installation that was changed daily and Roberta Marroquin took the photographs. I draped masses of white string, to appear to me webs, around the cell. Candles were light and the windows were blocked. Only three people at a time were allowed to entire the space with a small flashlight. The two heavy cell doors, that creaked, were then closed behind them. They looked at the space and the pictures of the prison that Marroquin took every night and were added the next day before the fair opened.

Through A Cell in  Time & Space Darkly, Prison Cell Installation by Holly Crawford photographs by Roberta Marroquin, Torino Italy, Stay Gold Art Fair
Through A Cell, in Time & Space, Darkly, Prison Cell Installation by Holly Crawford photographs by Roberta Marroquin, Torino Italy, Stay Gold Art Fair

We were interviewed several times and congratulated on using the cell as a cell. The prison was open from the late 1880s and closed in the early 2000. There is a long history of the prison that is posted on the next. It is a place filled with ghosts. People lined up to see this site specific installation. Over four long days approximately 1,000 people, that is a minimum number, saw this installation. Thank you!

inside the cell...detail


Art Alchemy, the other project listed here on a separate page, is a project that I did with people who were waiting in line to see Through the Cell Darkly. With the help of 80 participants, I transformed a gold envelop and black sealing wax into an art object that I then gifted back to the participants. I did not do this project on the last day.

Regarding Warhol…Voice Over

Metropolitan Art Museum, NYCThis is an example of my Voice Over Projects.

Metropolitan Art Musem, NYC 9/11/12

(I meet the, now late, Bill Wilson today! We had a great time together.)


“Good morning…I’m Tony Campbell…when predicted…Andy is going to feed artists…profound…our time…the way…he …our world…him…every day…perfectly…he was everything and nothing…catalogue and audio guide…interpretations…good, bad, indifferent…thanks…foundations…the curators..richly textured…the Warhol effect…answer questions…to the stage…many hands…conceived five years…a team, four of us…show…five thematic…150 objects…third Warhol…subject matter…not simply commercial…portraiture…different…all of this creates a dialogue…many conversations going on…high quality this questions…what is…consuming images…appropriating..finally…no boundaries… artist…Warhol…please enjoy…”
Nowhere to sit, move on and out…keep moving
Campbell Soup Sponsored Lunch, Members Dining Room, 4th Floor

Orphans Offered Up

“But, art as a practical precedent is forever young and physically here with us. Works of art, as theoretical constructs, hold their place in a field of knowledge. As historical artifacts, they speak of ancestry and parental origins. As practical precedents, works of art are orphans, ready to be adopted, nurtured and groomed to the needs to any astonishing new circumstances.”—Dave Hickey, “Orphans,” Art in America, January 2009

Orphans, 2009, oil on canvas, 4”x 4”

This project is a variation of another conceptual project that I started in 2004—Open Adoption for Art.  I took out an announcement and had an installation at the Pool Art Fair.  I made people a gift a painting, with a contract, for up to a year. This project is now complete.

Holly Crawford, NYC 2010


Click to see Offerings

Economic Crisis Observatory

Economic Crisis Observatory: Atlantic City: Case Study of Service Economy


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A small all book is also available. See books.


Alicia Munnell, Director, Center for Retirement Research, Boston College., Boston MA
David Certner, AARP
Ron Gebhardts, Senor Pension Fellow, American Academy of Actuaries
Karen Friedman, Pension Rights Center, Washington, DC

Interviews by George Crawford.
Videography: George Crawford and Holly Crawford

Economic Crisis Observatory by Holly Crawford. The ECO gathers, processes and makes proclamations based on observed economic data, theories and human behavior using text, video, and various tools. 

Project was installed at Beacon Art Center in Los Angeles

Entropy Slices


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God said,

we understand

let the earth produce every kind of living creature;

cattle, reptiles, and every kind of wild beast

The Marshall, baseball, Chicago Tonight, School’s Out,

Rockford Files,

The 700 Club

don’t worry about it

bring along a few dollars or francs for a cool drink

and so it was