"In 2000, Han Bing began his first major interrogation of the meaning of ordinary practice and our proprietary relationships to the material world with his ongoing performance of "Walking the Cabbage." On streets all across China, from his home village to Tiananmen Square, from the Yunnanese minority village of Dali in China's Southwest, to the Westernized Bund in Shanghai, Han Bing walks his cabbage—the quintessential Chinese comfort food of common folk—on a leash, challenging dominant conceptions of normal, everyday practice, sparking contentious debates in the arts world, in society, and across the Internet, about the meaning of a young man walking a cabbage on a leash, and what this act says about the state of contemporary society."
In her latest video Pink reads Hermetic philosophy and alchemy - a suggestive inquiry into the hermetic mystery.
Not wanting to read too much into this - please pardon poor pun - but at least it makes a welcome change from the usual Crowley reference that pops up when pop dresses esoteric.
The makeshift architecture captured under the neon night. The interior design formulated in formica and freaky fashions. The porcelains in Madam Barbara's room. The gates and wire fencing and bars. The barren landscapes. The emptiness. The red nylon carpets. Timers. Stones and souvenir shops and racks of shoes.
Brothels of Nevada is never titillation, transmogrifying instead its candid views of America's legal sex industry (as the subtitle reads) into a journey through the boudoirs of the human condition.
With empathic detachment Timothy Hursley's photographic investigations reveal the flimsiness of existence via a voyeuristic attention to artifacts. The only humans featured are two hookers at the keyboards of the internet lounge at Sheri's Ranch (and two pairs of legs in a parlor).
The opening image a list of the "rules of the house" metaphysically terrifying in its random authority.
A marvelous book.
Rare Ferraris wrapped round poles at 194mph, anti-terrorism badges, gaming consoles, Swedish mafia roots, missing millions, and a massive Scarface poster:
Gizmondo's spectacular crack-up as told by Wired.
Levantate Zp (stand-up Zapatero) is a 4.16 minute video of DIY action-packed footage featuring four hooded hepcats who break into the Spanish Parliament and steal the Prime Minister's chair as a call against world poverty.
A symbolic act told thanks to a camcorder, a blog and a global distribution video channel/repository. The cross-media effects have been fiercer than the malicious forest fires that regularly burn across the Iberian peninsula each recent summer.
Is it real?
Is it false?
The current scenario around authenticity is remindful of the birth of the novel, when stories were framed as fragments of reality.
It turned out to be a guerrilla ad. And a brilliant one at that. Which begs the question:
Is the mixing of fact and fiction in our newly inhabited digital videoland defining the traits of new formats of storytelling, of sense-making, of the portrayal of reality?