March 2006 Archives

Rachel Papo: serial no. 381713


"I decided to portray female soldiers in Israel during their mandatory military service as a way for me to revisit my own experience. I served as a photographer in the Israeli Air Force between 1988-1990. It was a period marked by continuous depression and extreme loneliness, and at the time I was too young to understand these emotions. Through a series of images showing female soldiers in army bases and outside, individually or in groups, I attempt to reveal a facet of this experience that is generally overlooked by the global community."


March 31, 2006 | 11:39 PM | Permalink
Softmuffin online



March 31, 2006 | 11:33 PM | Permalink


March 30, 2006 | 06:32 PM | Permalink
Virtual worlds and instant noodles


March 28, 2006 | 11:10 PM | Permalink
Virtual worlds and credit cards


March 28, 2006 | 11:02 PM | Permalink
Mask-formers, not brainstormers

Momus on the problem with brainstorming:

"Why, 50 years after Osborn's book, do I find that brainstorming, far from unleashing hidden originality in me, blocks and banishes all my most interesting ideas? Put it down to the most important difference between 1953 and 2006: the internet. More specifically, the way the internet has encouraged games with personality and personae, with avatars and animus."

Momus is a furtive, crepuscular art-rudeboy and his spooky records.

March 28, 2006 | 11:00 PM | Permalink
Virtual worlds and gender swapping


March 28, 2006 | 10:44 PM | Permalink
The photos of Emma Summerton


(gracias dadanoias)

March 27, 2006 | 06:33 PM | Permalink
Tracking unrest in France (a blog)


March 24, 2006 | 02:06 PM | Permalink

Bruce Sterling's speech (mp3 link - 22.2mb) at SXSW is well-worth listening to.

The spimester master and visionary word designer spits and spins language into wonderfully hyperlinked intellectual reflections.

"Become the change we want to be... make no decision out of fear".


March 24, 2006 | 02:02 PM | Permalink
Nous sommes tous des terroristes (avatar kits)



March 24, 2006 | 01:57 PM | Permalink
Decadence is a call centre in India

Here is a short tale of the cultural flotsam carried by the tide of offshore operations.

March 23, 2006 | 05:34 PM | Permalink
This is not a diptych


(found here and here)

March 21, 2006 | 07:42 PM | Permalink
Falkland Road


Falkland Road: Prostitutes of Bombay, by Mary Ellen Mark.

"The photographs...were shot between October 1978 and January 1979 on an impoverished street in Bombay that houses numerous brothels where cheap prostitutes work and live... Mary Ellen was drawn to Falkland Road because of the absence of pimps at the time that she worked there. It was a matriarchal society run by the madams; the only men we see in the photographs are customers."


March 14, 2006 | 06:27 PM | Permalink
An image bank for everyday revolutionary life

An image bank for everyday revolutionary life is:

"a multi-phase project that begins as an online photographic archive, produced and presented by e-flux, and makes publicly available for the first time over five thousand images from the 20th century. The source for this material is the collection of Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros, who compiled the photographs over the course of his own extraordinary life.

The archive-unique in structure, content and intention-was explicitly meant for the use of fellow artists as a means of inspiration and a source of found imagery. As Siqueiros wrote, "Nothing can give the [artist] of today the essential feeling of the modern era's dynamic and subversive elements more than the photographic document." In keeping with his wishes, the contents of An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life are now being organized for access by artists and researchers. The custodians of Siqueiros' project intend to introduce the archive to contemporary art audiences and to extend the useful life of its photographs."

There is very much a dream of the 21st Century in this wish of a 20th Century artist for future re-use of found imagery, as building blocks for new (critical) discourses, as clues for deciphering the present through fragments of the past, as samples for remix operations.

Moreover, the archive (which totals over 11,000 images) comes across as a proto-blogger's collection:

"Siqueiros mined many sources for information on the world, ranging from pages torn out of National Geographic to postcards, popular prints representing national heroes, photograms, personal travel photographs, or images by some of the 20th century's most important photojournalists: the Mayo Brothers, Casasola, etc. Siqueiros used these images to research the social conditions that were at the center of his artistic and social practice. Typical subjects that emerge time and again in the archive include poverty, mass demonstrations, the city, industry, etc."


March 14, 2006 | 06:20 PM | Permalink
The photos of Brian Moss



March 13, 2006 | 06:15 PM | Permalink
Reclaim the spectrum


March 11, 2006 | 06:31 PM | Permalink
Shangai Posters


March 08, 2006 | 06:50 PM | Permalink
Pain and poverty go primetime

What happens when suffering is made into a show?

US Broadcaster ABC defines the latest frontier in reality TV. Welcome to Miracle Workers:

"Each week, the show will feature two stories of ordinary people who do not have the network, access to the necessary medical community or in some cases the resources to these procedures. Their seemingly overwhelming medical problems will be taken in hand by a renowned team of medical specialists. The patients' lives will be transformed before viewers' eyes as the professionals employ cutting-edge medical technology to heal those who need it most. The team will not only restore the patients' health, but their hope in living a whole life again. The series will show the patients' entire journey, from first consultation with their team of doctors, to the medical procedure itself, to the effect this life-changing event will have on them and their loved ones. State-of-the-art special effects will take viewers inside the patients' bodies, showing in detail the incredible medical transformation taking place."

What happens when the spectacle is saturated in sadness?

March 08, 2006 | 06:42 PM | Permalink
The rise of the Nigerian blogger

The blogger as nemesis:

"Of all the dangers threatening the post-colonial state in Nigeria, none is more debilitating and potentially more devastating than the rise of the Nigerian blogger. Using tactics and electronics normally associated with advance espionage, taking advantage of globalization and the sheer borderlessness of the new world, the blogger threatens the very foundation of the post-colonial state in its totality and territoriality. As explosive exposure follows explosive exposure, as revelations of spellbinding corruption and official chicanery cascade, the legitimacy and authority of the state suffer signal erosion."


March 08, 2006 | 06:21 PM | Permalink
The illustrations of Gez Fry



March 08, 2006 | 06:18 PM | Permalink
Sex, mores and MMS (India-style)

Back in November I posted a rather laconic one liner about a sex scandal in New Delhi involving a video clip shot with a mobile phone. Since then, it has consistently topped the list of search queries leading to this blog. Two fragments of data that somehow form a peephole through which a subterranean truth can be glimpsed.

Anyhow, here we go again: MMS sex scandal rocks Aurangabad!


March 08, 2006 | 06:14 PM | Permalink
Alien red rain

Did it rain aliens in Kerala?

"There is a small bottle containing a red fluid on a shelf in Sheffield University's microbiology laboratory. The liquid looks cloudy and uninteresting. Yet, if one group of scientists is correct, the phial contains the first samples of extraterrestrial life isolated by researchers. Inside the bottle are samples left over from one of the strangest incidents in recent meteorological history. On 25 July, 2001, blood-red rain fell over the Kerala district of western India. And these rain bursts continued for the next two months. All along the coast it rained crimson, turning local people's clothes pink, burning leaves on trees and falling as scarlet sheets at some points."


March 07, 2006 | 11:33 PM | Permalink
Who is the glamorous kitten killer of Hangzhou?


A story of nihilism, and media sensationalism, and near archetypal violence, and Patrick Bateman-like attention to fashion, and stilettos and web sites:

"The location for the sequence has been identified from a stretch of water in the background as being Hangzhou, a picturesque city south-west of Shanghai. A trace on the original website also led there, and the mystery woman has been dubbed "the kitten killer of Hangzhou".


March 07, 2006 | 11:13 PM | Permalink
Hologram Kate

The Reverse Cowgirl is back and brings us news of Kate Moss appearing in hologram form at the latest Alexander McQueen show:

"Inside an empty glass pyramid, a mysterious puff of white smoke appeared from nowhere and spun in midair, slowly resolving itself into the moving, twisting shape of a woman enveloped in the billowing folds of a white dress. It was Kate Moss, her blonde hair and pale arms trailing in a dream-like apparition of fragility and beauty that danced for a few seconds, then shrank and dematerialized into the ether."


March 07, 2006 | 07:04 PM | Permalink
It's a dada drive-in clone post


(re-assembled from the web)

March 05, 2006 | 08:38 PM | Permalink
The couscouskid

Mathew Star Thomas' delightful doodles.



March 05, 2006 | 12:27 AM | Permalink
The melton pocket movie viewer


(Thanx placeboKatz)

March 05, 2006 | 12:01 AM | Permalink
Jessica Rosenberg's noise



March 04, 2006 | 11:38 PM | Permalink

An Eskimo tale:

"Sermerssuaq was so powerful that she could lift a kayak on the tips of three fingers. She could kill a seal merely by drumming on its head with her fists. She could rip asunder a fox or hare. Once she arm-wresteld with Qasordlanguaq, another powerful woman, and beat her so easily that she said: 'Poor qasordlanguaq could not beat one of her own lice at arm-wrestling'. Most men she could beat and then she would tell them: 'Where were you when the testicles were given out?' Sometimes this Sermerssuaq would show off her clitoris. It was so big that the skin of a fox would not fully cover it. Aja, and she was the mother of nine children, too!"

(From the Virago book of fairy tales, edited by Angela Carter, London, 1991)

March 04, 2006 | 11:20 PM | Permalink
Reflect (on Japanese figurines)


March 03, 2006 | 06:17 PM | Permalink
The teddy girls of London (1955)



March 01, 2006 | 06:39 PM | Permalink
Milking the cow


Wicked witty and well-made, Tanja Puustelli's Milking The Cow is:

"a screen printed video work featuring a pornographic loop of a fellatio scene, accompanied with the sound of a cow being milked into a metal bucket in sync with the movement of the image. The material for the loop is extracted from a 1972 classic pornographic film Deep Throat, and it features Linda Lovelace performing the title fellatio scene."

You can watch it here.

(Thanks to André for pointing me to directors lounge television)

March 01, 2006 | 06:34 PM | Permalink