Archive for the ‘art as criticism’ Category
A popular photo from the NY police department twitter feed is this stolen and pitifully repainted Citibike. OK, that's funny but let's look for a metaphor here.
Citibike, a branded entity that essentially greenwashes a bailed-out megabank, isn't paying for itself and is now asking for a bailout from NYC public moneys.
The designer of the bike is in bankruptcy because of funds withheld by Citibike, allegedly because of software glitches in the platform.
The alleged bike thief is a 68 year old man. What if, like the desperate character in the film The Bicycle Thief, he had his own bike stolen and was absolutely dependent on cycling for a livelihood, in a hardass town where banks and greenwashers get help and regular citizens are kicked into the gutter?
Who is laughing now? Of course, stealing is wrong.
This could also be bad performance art.
from the tumblr of ckcker
At the risk of spoiling a good joke by analyzing it, this sequence of five found photos encapsulates the tragedy and stupidity of our silicon valley-made, plato's caveman world. The randomness of image search meets clickbait buttonpushing mechanics, hollowing out the already hollowed out. There is a kind of algebra, combined with set theory, at work here: three images of cheapened sadness (the abashed celebrity at the moment of crisis), fear (the bloody hollywood FX head), and yuks (the parked domain meme reenactment), forming an emotional triad that must be offset by not one, but two, creepy goalie masks in order for layout feng shui to be achieved.
1. Rene Abythe shows us in graphic form what is happening in the brain of the painter with the Facebook open studio that we ridiculed in the previous post (click image for full-size version, previously posted on dump.fm):
3. From Miracle Jones' short story "Ladykiller":
[a man talking to his fiancee] "We are gonna talk about Facebook in the future like our parents talk about cocaine," he said. "Man, I can’t even remember that decade. I was on Facebook the whole time. I met your mother on Facebook. I did so much Facebook that my balls went numb and I could only fuck on Facebook. You want to see pictures? They are on Facebook."
None of Mondrian's paintings done in the "mature" late style were landscape orientation (all were portrait, square or diamond) so the true shitty mondrian generator would want to start there.
The "maturity" of that late work got me thinking about Mondrian's flower paintings and drawings, which he continued doing while he was making the primary colored rectangles. Legend has it he made these as his bread and butter since the rectangles weren't selling. I have always perversely wanted to see a retrospective that hung the artist's works in strict chronological order, to explode the myth of his development as a Modernist. (Suffice it to say the last one I saw at MOMA didn't do that.)
Even accomplishing that would be tricky, because many of the flowers aren't dated, or were clumsily back-dated by the artist to preserve the myth of his abandonment of naturalism.
While pondering this I found an obsessive Mondrian fetish site that has scans of all the flowers and all the late paintings grouped by color. Caution, this site is waa-a-ay pre-social media, with Comic Sans lettering and crisp HTML borders floating over a hideous textured yellow background.
EVERYBODY ON THE STREET IS CHECKIN THEIR PHONES
A SAD SACK NATION OF TWO-BIT DRONES
DRONES IN THE AIR -- DRONES IN THE CUBICLE
HOOKED TO THE BEZOS/JOBS UMBILICAL
CYBERPUNKS THOUGHT WE'D HAVE CHIPS IN THE HEAD
WE GOT EM IN THE FUCKIN POCKET INSTEAD
CONNECTIN US UP TO THE REST OF HUMANITY
WHEN JOBS TAKES HIS CUT IT'S PURE INSANITY
FIRST THE POD THEN THE PHONE THEN THE PAD PAD PAD
WASTIN RARE METALS FOR YOUR DAD DAD DAD
SHELLIN OUT COIN FOR A SLAB THAT BREAKS
RIGHT AFTER THE WARRANTY, UPPIN THE STAKES
SO THEN YOU BUY ANOTHER CUZ YOUR NEIGHBOR HAD TO HAVE ONE
YOU PAY FOR A GOOD ONE CUZ IT SUCKS TO HAVE A BAD ONE
THEN YOU SPEND ALL DAY ON YOUR FACEBOOK PAGE
STALKED BY YOUR EX IN A JEALOUS RAGE
MEANWHILE MAD MEN CHECKIN YOU OUT
SEEING CAN THEY MONETIZE YOUR INTERNET KLOUT
YOU'RE A WORTHLESS TOOL OF THE SYSTEM JACK
TIME TO FLUSH THAT SLAB AND GET YOUR LIFE BACK
Write news stories in the Dot Com Two, clickbait era using this one weird trick
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hat tip ben_dover
A moment of silence for the maladapted among us who struggle whenever our overlords decree that a new tool must be used (and purchased) to exist in the modern world.
Related: post on touchscreen aesthetics from a more optimistic June 2011.
hat tip GucciSoFlosy for swipe macro.
hat tips to Joel Cook's icon collection