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May 23 2018

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Jraphics Pinback Button that reads “Jraphics Interchange Format” (via stacy-marie ishmael):

hahahahaha LOL omg u guys i love the internet we all love the internet!! cats!!! PIZZA!!!! youtube video HAHAHahahahaha!

is it pronounced JIF like the peanut butter or GIF like a gift???? let’s talk about it ALL THE TIME and LOL SO MUCH together!! i, like you, love the internet!!

Anyway, GIF = GRAPHICS INTERCHANGE FORMAT. So you tell me.

:)

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Doing Sensory Ethnography (2nd edition), by Sarah Pink

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Library Underground — a reading list for a coming community (Sternberg Press, direct link to .pdf, via Benjamin Hickethier):

What does it mean to publish today? In the face of a changing media landscape, institutional upheavals, and discursive shifts in the legal, artistic, and political fields, concepts of ownership, authorship, work, accessibility, and publicity are being renegotiated. The field of publishing not only stands at the intersection of these developments but is also introducing new ruptures. How the traditional publishing framework has been cast adrift, and which opportunities are surfacing in its stead, is discussed here by artists, publishers, and scholars through the examination of recent publishing concepts emerging from the experimental literature and art scene, where publishing is often part of an encompassing artistic practice. The number and diversity of projects among the artists, writers, and publishers concerned with these matters show that it is time to move the question of publishing from the margin to the center of aesthetic and academic discourse.

Texts by Hannes Bajohr, Paul Benzon, K. Antranik Cassem, Bernhard Cella, Annette Gilbert, Hanna Kuusela, Antoine Lefebvre, Matt Longabucco, Alessandro Ludovico, Lucas W. Melkane, Anne Moeglin-Delcroix, Aurélie Noury, Valentina Parisi, Michalis Pichler, Anna-Sophie Springer, Alexander Starre, Nick Thurston, Rachel Valinsky, Eva Weinmayr, Vadim Zakharov.

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Silica Magazine store:

Cheri Ami is a pigeon famed for having saved 194 lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during WWI in France on October 3, 1918. She carried a letter 25 miles to her division’s headquarters, pleading for allied troops to stop unknowingly shooting their own compatriots. Shot twice and blinded in one eye, she arrived with her right leg hanging by a single tendon. 2018 marks the anniversary of her valor.

Playlab is an NYC-based creative studio that experiments with art, architecture, and graphic design. One of their latest installations, Grown Up Flowers, brought giant inflatable flowers to Manhattan. See more at http://www.playlab.org/.

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Steam Controller prototypes (via Valve)

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Detail from Acceleration des Traversees Maritimes Entre les Cotes de France et Divers Pays. (via RJ Andrews, who says, “Oceans shrink when boats go faster.”)

People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that’s a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.
— Lucille Clifton (via The Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, cf. Laura Miller on writing and “Who are you now?”)

May 14 2018

Rebecca Solnit on High School

from “Rebecca Solnit on Skipping High School and California Culture: In Converation with Paul Holdengrber”:

I didn’t go to high school and I feel that was one of the great strategic victories of my life. In the 1970s everything was very nebulous and wide open, and I just managed by going to an alternative junior high school through tenth grade, which was a very kind place compared to the place I went to for seventh and eighth grade. Then I took the GED test and started college at 16, to avoid high school altogether.

I remember thinking the GED—which is supposed to test you on everything you’re supposed to know when you graduate from high school—and thinking, “I’ve basically goofed off for two years. I’m 15 and I’m apparently able to acquire all the knowledge you need to get out of high school—what are you doing for those other three or four years?” I’ve always felt that a lot of what people are taught to do is conform and obey a set of instructions about hierarchy. It’s really destructive of the people who succeed in that system, as well as the ones who fail. I know you didn’t grow up in this country—

[…]

Well that too. There’s the people who feel damaged by being unpopular in high school, but there’s a different kind of tragedy of people who were so popular in high school—the homecoming queens, the football captains—who feel as though they’ve arrived at the end of the journey without ever having set out for it, who feel like now they can rest on the laurels, which aren’t the laurels that will matter for the next 50 or 60 years.

It’s a very destructive system of values. You look at schools in other countries and they don’t have proms and homecoming queens and team spirit—this kind of elaborate sports culture that is very heteronormative as well as hierarchical. It also creates monsters out of the boys who are able to get away with bullying and sexual assault because they’re good at sports.

May 13 2018

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migurski:

Dai Kannon Sendai, Japan 100m (330 ft) Built in 1991

(via Colosses-Statues monumentales - Fabrice Fouillet Photography)

Wikipedia on Sendai Daikannon:

Sendai Daikannon (仙台 大観音), located in Sendai, Japan, is the tallest statue of the gem-bearing Nyoirin Kannon (如意輪 観音) form of Kannon (観音) in the world, the tallest statue of a goddess in Japan, and as of 2008 the sixth-tallest statue in the world at 100 metres (330 ft). At the time of its completion in 1991 it was the tallest statue in the world, but has since been surpassed for that title. An elevator takes tourists to the top of the statue, which depicts the Bodhisattva Kannon from Shingon Buddhism.[1] This statue of Kannon bears the Nyoihōju (如意宝珠) wishing gem in her hand, which classifies her as a version of the Nyoirin Kannon (“Wish-fulfilling Kannon”) form of Kannon.

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Ines Gurovich illustration for “Shock, Disruption, and Waking Up through Performance Art”:

FluxBuddha at the Rubin Museum explores the role of Buddhism in the Fluxus avant-garde movement and challenges us to reconsider who we think we are.

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Inside the Black Market Hummingbird Love Charm Trade”:

There’s a witch in San Diego who casts spells to “trap a man” and “dominate him” so “he’ll always come back.” She has a shop on San Ysidro Boulevard, one mile from the busiest Mexico border crossing in the United States, near a pawnshop, a liquor store, a furniture market, and the Smokenjoy Hookah Lounge, where DJ music thumps on Friday nights.

But you don’t need to go to her shop for magic—you can join the tens of thousands watching her on YouTube. Like a wicked Martha Stewart creating potions instead of potpourri, she provides step-by-step instructions for her spells.

“This is the honey jar,” she tells viewers while introducing the ingredients on her workbench: photographs of two would-be lovers, a piece of paper with their names written on it three times, a small glass jar—and a dead hummingbird. She rolls the tiny animal inside the photographs and wraps the cigar-shaped bundle with hot-pink yarn nearly the same shade as her long, fake fingernails.

Showing only her arms and lower body on camera, she shields her identity as she swaddles the package in a sarcophagus of tacky flypaper, dips it in cinnamon spice, squeezes it into the jar, and spritzes it with perfumes and oils—pheromones—“so he’ll stay sexually attracted.” Restless balm “so he’ll be like, ‘Oh my God, I need to call her.’” Sleep oil “so he’ll be like a zombie.” Attraction oil “so he’ll be like, ‘Goddamn, you so beautiful, you so fine.’” Dominating oil “so you dominate his thoughts.”

Finally she fills the jar with a thick pour of golden honey and tops it with a sprinkle of rose petals. “I love this,” she says. “I’m already getting a really good vibe.”

As an entrepreneurial saleswoman, she tells viewers that any hard-to-find ingredients used in her creations are available for customers. For example, on her website a dead hummingbird—in life a feisty little iridescent green creature with rust-colored tail feathers—is $50. Buying a ready-made honey jar is another option. In an email she quoted me $500.

Those are just the first six paragraphs…

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Sougwen Chung (more): “exploring new pluralities Intersubjectivities of human and machine. ( Drawing as a practice of forming internal models and initiating ~ state change ~. ) // where do “I” end and “we” begin?

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map of the Golden Gate Internaional Exhibition, Treasure Island, San Francisco, 1940

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