Tags archives: culture

Todd Strong's Test Culture

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When humans leave this world, their machines stay behind. Self-automated and lonely, our savvy robots begin to experiment—tearing, digging, sowing, yielding, pumping, splashing, boiling. This is an imagined glimpse at their post-apocalyptic re-creation. - Todd Strong "Test Culture"   The adorable and altogether benignly curious, as Sianne Ngai de[...]

Spectacular Carnage

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Our generation’s world war is via media, we sacrifice our daily realities for projected purpose and prominence… eye-deep in student loan debt, creating daily content free of charge to the nation’s most profitable private enterprises, data for days, the only lines shorter than the unemployment call sheet - for the good of the country, for the sake of free ent[...]

Creative couple Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca are at it again

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Creative couple Davide Luciano and Claudia Ficca are at it again, this time with a new project titled: Gourmet Mouse Traps. As the name suggests, this photography series showcases mouse traps baited with a cheesy dish fit for the pickiest mouse. The inspiration for Gourmet Mouse Traps came to Davide after a week-long cheese advertising shoot in NYC. “I was i[...]

The Sheep Station

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“We are not supposed to all be the same, feel the same, think the same, and believe the same. The key to continued expansion of our Universe lies in diversity, not in conformity and coercion. Conventionality is the death of creation.” ― Anthon St. Maarten Sheep Station featuring the work of late artist François-Xavier Lalanne as the inaugural exhibition of[...]

The Facebook Phone: because Tamagotchi needed a 21st Century rebrand

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The Facebook Phone: because Tamagotchi needed a 21st Century rebrand... I'd get a Facebook phone but then I'd have to buy a Twitter wallet, a Tumblr coffee pot... and that way lies madness. Which I could "pin"... — kentucker (@kentucker) March 30, 2013   If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to have the CIA listen to your phone calls,[...]

#secretproject ... #questionmark #period

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Hey, hey, hey, hey - hey: So ... that's involving GaGa, Rihanna, Naomi, Cher, and 36 others ... non-commercial "artistic and political" #secretproject directed by Steven Klein. A rumor has it that it's about American involvement in weapons distribution; which would would be amazing considering the reacquantice of Pop and the Military Industrial Complex - [...]

RAP GENIU$

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And it's back and forth all day like Red and Meth, I joke when I say I'm the best in the booth, But a lot of truth is said in jest And if I ever do live to be a legend, I'ma die a sudden death 5 mics in The Source? Ain't holdin' my f*cking breath But I suffocate for the respect, 'fore I breathe to collect the f*cking check Cause what y[...]

Let it be the new cliché: Art Basel wasn’t seen in a day

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Let it be the new cliché: Art Basel wasn’t seen in a day. That’s the first of many startling realizations that overcome you while cruising and perusing a pulsating Miami Beach, absorbing as much expressive, progressive, and impressively offensive art as you do solar rays and eye candy. That’s the second realization: maybe inviting your girlfriend along was a[...]

Do Artists Have Time For Love? #questionsthatneedanswers

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I’m going to start this piece by changing the subject... Am I throwing you off yet? I want to take this back to square one, wherein lies our original question, “Do artists have time for love?” The query is a valid one, but irrelevant nonetheless. Consider the subject, the artist. For him, time feels time too trivial a constraint. Therefore, what becomes the [...]

Hugh Leeman had to kill a bird for this

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Epilogue is a fully immersive art installation created by Hugh Leeman, Eddie Colla, and D Young V in downtown Los Angeles. It opened September 8 at Hold Up Art Gallery. "Icarus and the Dream", 22" x 30" sculpture, bird wings and skull, chains, locks, and magic leather chest The show's processes and concept have been inspired by America's gun lo[...]

What I Do, How I Do It, and Why It Means So Much To Me

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As a music writer, I find myself writing more album reviews than anything else. Yes, I often am writing manifestos that draw from my own musings as a listener and observer to tackle the more abstract and personal facets of the musical experience, but I don’t think that requires the same kind of formulaic process that reviewing an album does. Those kind of pi[...]

Is Reagan wacker than crack? #QuestionsThatNeedAnswers

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Is Ronald Reagan wacker than crack?  #QuestionsThatNeedAnswers The L.A. Times [recalled], "Hero though Reagan was to so many Americans, his legacy is marred. Economically, the Reagan years were epitomized by a freewheeling entrepreneurialism and free spending. But the affluent got more affluent and the poor got poorer. The number of families living below t[...]

Foreword Story: Most Expensive Meme Ever

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Freedom, that glorious word which drives America through each day and each era and is so important to us… it’s been completely revoked from our new milieu, and we’re totally okay with it. Freedom of speech is currently under siege (SOPA and PIPA). We don’t have freedom of choice—and we love it. Creativity, too, is gone; restriction strictly enforced. Ind[...]

In A World Desperate For Uniqueness & Originality, The Greatest Irony May Be That We Ultimately Succumb To "Following The Herd"

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In a world desperate for uniqueness and originality, the greatest irony may be that we ultimately succumb to "following the herd." Whether we like it or not, we the “sheeple” have become fervent disciples of a globalized economy. Sheep Nation a series of photographic works by Montreal-based contemporary artist Davide Luciano, explores this fertile ground t[...]

Foreword Story: That's Death Over Designer

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When I received our assignment sheet from our editor-in-chief, I saw the headline "Foreword Story: That's Death Over Designer" and I immediately reply. Ironically, I was having a conversation just days earlier relating to the killer topic with a great friend and mentor of mine, author and lyricist Gene "Malice " Thorton. The conversation came along becau[...]

Foreword Story: The Hands of Jezebel

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Boy does my mother love Jesus. Growing up the tough macho male that was imprinted in my mind wasn’t Hercules, it was Samson. The tale of betrayal that I was accustomed to didn’t involve a wolf dressed as a grandmother and a girl named Little Red Riding Hood. Rather, the main star was a scrawny Israelite name Joseph and the antagonists his plotting brothe[...]

Strange Fruit: Interview with Hank Willis Thomas

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Hank Willis Thomas latest body of work Strange Fruit expresses the historical truths blacks had to endure throughout their journey here in the United States. Hank created vivid comparisons of black perception between the pre-slavery era and post-Civil Rights Movement. The irony that drips and oozes from his canvas, visually gives a voice to those in hist[...]

Femme Fallahs distinctly placed against the vivid--A look at Kehinde Wiley's latest body of work "The World Stage"

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Painter Kehinde Wiley is known for his vibrant, large-scale paintings of beautiful young black and latino men, masterfully rendered in the self-confident, empowered poses seen in classical European portrait painting. In The World Stage: Israel a new exhibition at The Jewish Museum in New York, Kehinde explores the global diaspora, with portraits based on p[...]

Congratulations, You're the New Trend: Commercializing Dissent in the Age of Reaction-ism

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Since I've taken on the massive task of reading the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012, and because it's an overwhelming mindfuck of a read, I wasn't planning on writing anything this week. But then as I cruised through the site I call home this afternoon, I came across an article written by a reader named Eddieftw in response to my [...]