June 2009 Archives

Snake charmer

Cultural contamination cavorts to the tune of bassnectar/kraddy and the belly dancing of Rachel Brice in Snake charmer.

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June 29, 2009 | 07:14 PM | Permalink
Jad Choueiri's Funky Arabs

On the subject of seminal symbols, Lebanon's Jad Choueiri banishes bombers with an hymn to bling and botox and belly dancing in his video Funky Arabs.

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June 26, 2009 | 06:51 PM | Permalink
Ah?

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(found here)

June 24, 2009 | 12:19 AM | Permalink
Oliver Laric's versions

Versions 2009: A short visual dissertation on image manipulation, simulation and remix culture (beware: this turns totally NSFW at one point - via)

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June 23, 2009 | 11:31 PM | Permalink
Michael Kamber's Somali shots

The New York Times carries an awesome photo-reportage on Somalia by Michael Kamber.

This image in particular breaks out of a broken down country to capture the connections behind some of the seminal symbols of our times.

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June 22, 2009 | 11:12 PM | Permalink
Open letter to the world from Iranian artists in exile

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June 19, 2009 | 12:21 AM | Permalink
Superflat First Love

Takashi Murakami x Louis Vuitton makes marketing art the anime/anima of their collaboration. In Superflat First Love, cute civilization erupts from a monogram trunk and history dissolves across time and travel. The sweetness of superflat is so so apt.

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June 18, 2009 | 11:20 PM | Permalink
Marco Brambilla's Civilization

Hell, heaven & the hotel elevator: civilization as video mural, in Marco Brambilla's filmic collage for the Standard Hotel in New York.

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June 18, 2009 | 11:11 PM | Permalink
The golden pig

Is there allegory, ambivalence or titillation in the golden pig series from Carioca Studio?

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Kevin Kelly on Technophilia

Technophilia:

"I am one of them. I am no longer embarrassed to admit that I love the internet. Or maybe it's the web. Whatever you want to call the place we go to while we are online, I think it is beautiful. People love places, and will die to defend a place they love, as our sad history of wars prove. Our first encounters with the internet/web portray it as a very distributed electronic dynamo – a thing one plugs into -- and that it is. But the internet is closer to the technological equivalence of a place. An uncharted territory where you can genuinely get lost. At times I've entered to web just to get lost. In that lovely surrender, the web swallows my certitude and delivers the unknown. Despite the purposeful design of its human creators, the web is a wilderness. Its boundaries are unknown, unknowable, its mysteries uncountable. The bramble of intertwined ideas, links, documents, and images create an otherness as thick as a jungle. The web smells like life."

Does technology really want to be loved?

June 11, 2009 | 12:11 AM | Permalink
The art of Sarah Joncas

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June 06, 2009 | 11:26 PM | Permalink
Love greater than money

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June 05, 2009 | 01:06 AM | Permalink
Olé Cordobes (a 1966 Scopitone)

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June 04, 2009 | 03:47 PM | Permalink
La lettrice

I am fascinated by this painting, for so many reasons. Because of when and where it was painted (1864-65 Italy, by Federico Faruffini) and how cool and and empowered the young woman looks with a book in one hand and a slow burning cigarette in the other. Because it conveys so effectively the sexiness inherent in reading, the carnality of knowledge. Because of the quiet passion that curves its way through hues of red. Because of how bohemian and alchemical the scene feels with the decanter and the unruly piles of books. And because it feels so far removed from the Italy of today.

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(Thanx to Bruce Sterling for unearthing this gem)

June 01, 2009 | 12:14 AM | Permalink