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Less Concept, More Action: Miami Art Dares with Michael Balbone

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Less Concept, More Action is a project by Misael Soto and Liz Tracy which dares Miami artists to do things that make them uncomfortable, but in a friendly way.

We ran into artist Mike Balbone at the Occupy Miami planning meeting last Saturday where a very nonorganic dare idea popped up organically. While other organizers spoke for hours about protests, permits, porta potties, and sustainable cuisine we sent Mike on a particularly dangerous and tasteless dare, asking him to bring back food from the evil corporate poisoner McDonald’s and eat it at the meeting. He bravely agreed.

Can you briefly describe the work you make?
My work mostly deals with recycling and crafts and public memes and pop culture and love.

How do you feel about the Occupy Wall Street/Occupy Miami movement?
I support it, but sometimes a sad thing that can happen with such protests are the people think it’s a venue for their own personal diatribes instead of the actual group consensus of changing things with government, politics, and Wall Street.

Would you attend the demonstration next Saturday?
I think I’d have to stop showering for a week to be on par.
Yah, I totally would, I’m just kidding!

He’ll be there. But first, he ate McDonald’s.

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Did you biggie size it???

— :) · Oct 11, 04:16 PM · #

Oh its biggie sized alright ;-*

— biggie · Oct 11, 05:44 PM · #

How the hell is eating Mcdonald’s uncomfortable? Have walk through Wynwood during 2nd Saturday – that has to be way more awkward/embarrassing.

— yoyoyo · Oct 11, 10:54 PM · #

The meeting was about fighting corporate America and thus the crowd was hostile to corporate cuisine!

EAT · Oct 11, 11:29 PM · #

Corporate cuisine?
ya gotta eat!

— Macy · Oct 12, 03:13 PM · #


— Andrea Vilalobo · Oct 12, 11:25 PM · #

Well, opinions are like assholes right? And some assholes think their one-word juvenile opinions matter!

— anon · Oct 13, 10:34 PM · #

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