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Everything That Can Happen In A Day Hardcover – November 30, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher (November 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935613065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935613060
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Horvitz is an artist whose work adopts a nomadic personality, shifting seamlessly between the Internet and the printed page, the West Coast, East Coast, and beyond, avoiding any particular definition or medium. Born in Los Angeles and currently based in New York--although his location may change at any given moment--Horvitz frequently encourages participation from both his friends and a web-based audience for his projects, channeling the spirit of conceptual artists who reach out to a community greater than their immediate surroundings. He infuses his practice with generosity and free distribution. He is the author of Xiu Xiu: The Polaroid Project: The Book and a contributor to The Open Daybook, which are available from MBP.

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David Horvitz is an artist who is finding just how potent is the dissemination of information on the Internet can be. This book represents a year long project in which Horvitz daily sent out ideas on the internet inviting people to respond to the idea, not as his idea but instead as their own response to his initial idea thought. Sound confusing, then better to quote Horvitz's own statement: 'Almost every day of the course of 2009 I sent out an idea to an email list, and posted the same idea on a tumblr blog. Anyone could sign up to receive the emails, and anyone could follow the blog....The intent was to disseminate the ideas outward, to send them away and to see (or not see) what happens.'

What 'happened' is the content of this enormously fascinating book. Some of the ideas that Horvitz sent were ''Go on a walk with a postal worker as the deliver the day's mail etc'; 'Go to a popular tourist destination. Place yourself in the backgrounds of as many tourist photographs as you can. Think about how you will become part of other people's memories' (this accompanied by two photographs taken in the courtyard of the Louvre and in front of Notre Dame); 'Leave a a bouquet of flowers in a taxi for the next person'; 'Cover up the sun with a finger' (two sunsets obliterated by fingers); 'With a sharpie make a small sign that says: out of order. Tape this to an ATM when no one is looking' (photograph of just that); 'Go to a museum that has one of Marcel Duchamp's "fountains." When the gallery attendant is not looking, put your face inside the urinal.' (two photograph responses); 'Ask a war veteran to write an apology letter to the country they had fought.'; 'Acquire a highly priced bottle of water. Pour it out on the roots of a tree nearby.
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By mknuteso on October 20, 2012
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I liked the book. Very interesting perspective on interacting with other people. Before I got the book, I did the picture where my head was covered by tree leaves I thought it was interesting self portrait. That is what inspired me to purchase the book. I was a little disappointed but I am glad it wasn't what I expected because I think what I expected the content would have been less educational / interesting.

Overall, great eye opener to the world and how different people experience the same things as you do.
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It was really cool to see all of David's blogs in a book. I participated in as many of his "one-a-day" activities last year as I could. I received pictures, drawings and messages from all across the globe.
But it is amazing what can happen in a day ;)
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I recently received a copy of David Horvitz's Everything That Can Happen In A Day and it's been the perfect book with which to ring in the New Year. The book is chock full of ideas, perpetuating the possibility of possibility from page to page. The ideas presented in the book are from a tumblr of the same name to which David posted new ideas to in 2009. He says, "The intent was to disseminate the ideas outward, to send them away and to see (or not see) what happens. "

I sat with the book for a good while yesterday, thumbing its pages, and reading it cover to cover. I found myself laughing out loud, completely engaged and inspired by its breadth and depth. It invigorated me, recharging my creative spirit with its array of whimsical yet thought-provoking images and ideas.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle M LHommedieu on April 5, 2014
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I expected to like this book based on books with similar content, Amazon's recommendation. I had a particular interest in "Walls Notebook" (Sherwood Forlee), works by Sabrina Ward Harrison, and books of personal questions or journals.

I think this is the first book I've actually returned to Amazon. The cover, in my opinion, is the best part of the book. The list did not strike me as innovative or even very interesting, and the layout, style, and interior were straight up boring. I turned the book around in my hands a few times, flipped through it listlessly, and was not compelled to look any further. I am a lover of books and a reader. For a book to turn me away is unusual.

The sister and mother of Dan Eldon published a journal that one can write in for reflection (etc.). If you are looking for someone with an interesting life and visual appeal, I recommend Sabrina Ward Harrison. If you're just looking for pictures of really cool walls, ironically, the "Walls" notebook is deceiving; the exterior is the most boring part of the book (unfortunate choice of cover photo); the inside pages are gorgeous. If you're looking for life prompts, turn to Danny Gregory, "344 Questions", by Stefan G. Bucher, or "I Was Here: A Travel Journal for the Curious Minded" by Kate Pocrass. It is noteworthy that I don't like to travel and thus don't collect travel journals. This one is interesting enough for me to want to use it to explore my everyday (local) life.
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