February 2010 Archives

Neoteny

Joi Ito on neoteny:

"Neoteny is the retention of childlike attributes in adulthood. Human beings are younger longer than any other creature on earth, taking almost twenty years until we become adults. While we retain many our childlike attributes into adulthood most of us stop playing when we become adults and focus on work. When we are young, we learn, we socialize, we play, we experiment, we are curious, we feel wonder, we feel joy, we change, we grow, we imagine, we hope. In adulthood, we are serious, we produce, we focus, we fight, we protect and we believe in things strongly. The future of the planet is becoming less about being efficient, producing more stuff and protecting our turf and more about working together, embracing change and being creative. We live in an age where people are starving in the midst of abundance and our greatest enemy is our own testosterone driven urge to control our territory and our environments. It's time we listen to children and allow neoteny to guide us beyond the rigid frameworks and dogma created by adults."

File under qualities for the 21st century.

February 27, 2010 | 09:39 PM | Permalink
The zef of Die Antwoord

Freaky & fresh, brash & bizarre, spooky & sponsored, and taking over the interweb with their next level sounds Die Antwoord are, in the words of this rap-rave crew, ďa lovable, mongrel-like entity made in South Africa, the love-child of many diverse cultures, black, white, coloured and alien, all pumped into one wild and crazy journey down the crooked path to enlightenment'.

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"Different people find Die Antwoord in different things" . Yeah. Take a stride on the zef side.

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February 17, 2010 | 07:50 PM | Permalink
McQ

From the myriad of posts and articles following in the sad wake of his demise, two from the Times: Death, S&M, violence and religion were all there on Alexander McQueen's catwalk and Alexander McQueen fashion label faces closure.

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February 14, 2010 | 10:12 PM | Permalink
Jessica Lichtenstein's manga tableaux

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(more here)

February 13, 2010 | 04:09 PM | Permalink
Punk Art Exhibition - The Catalogue (Washington DC 1978)

The art aspects of early New York punk, captured in this digital reprint of the catalogue from a seminal 1978 exhibition.

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February 13, 2010 | 04:06 PM | Permalink
The art of Sara Cwynar

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February 12, 2010 | 09:15 PM | Permalink
The photography of Jonathan Leder

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February 12, 2010 | 09:13 PM | Permalink
Emotional Atyachard (Tauba Tera Jalwa)

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February 12, 2010 | 09:04 PM | Permalink