Archive for the ‘art as criticism’ Category
Twitter screenshot (if that's not obvious).
Remembering the tragedy of Pearl Harbor with SpaghettiOs apparently isn't a joke. Fortunately aFriendlyB is on it.
Have been tweeting for 5.5 years now and am starting to dread what appears in my timeline -- of a promoted, commercial nature. It is amusing to surf around the legions of twitterers with joke names who don't take it seriously on any level, however. Trivial, maybe, but not toxically trivial on the order of a pasta toroid hoisting an American flag.
The US Chamber of Commerce, normally not known for spreading global warming awareness, shows the predicted water level in Chicago by the year 2050 in the twitter post below. "Mark Twain," according to Wikipedia, refers to "the cry for a measured river depth of two fathoms."
But seriously, Twitter doesn't quite have this "inline image" thing down yet. It auto-crops images appended to tweets rather than shrinking them, resulting in unintentional droll humor such as the removal of the Mark Twain quote in the above example.
The article's thesis is "entrepreneurs are the new labor" and while we needn't shed a tear for the fallen strivers who will never be the bad bosses of tomorrow, it helps to have a diagram.
Re: the New Museum's plunge into incubation madness, one might ask: where does an art museum fit in this scheme? And do artists count as "true hustlers"? OK, let's not go there.
GIF by Rene Abythe re-enacts the recent "Paddles down" cyber-auction where my OptiDisc GIF was "bought in" by a consortium of private investors and will now be viewable only on approved institutions' "art computers." A mobile device (above) was used in the bidding, employing a complicated algorithm developed in a recent Rhizome "Seven on Seven" symposium.
This is all nonsense, of course, pertaining to the ongoing obsession of new media types with $$$, and the uneasy marriage of start-up culture with the anti-capitalist avant garde. Have an art idea? Don't starve like Van Gogh -- get backers and monetize it! No backer likes your work? Crowdfund it! The crowd hates your work? Then maybe you aren't really an artist!
stereo version (heh - slaps forehead)
One reason to hesitate calling yourself a "net artist" is you surrender so much control to graphically and artistically challenged web developers. These people sneer at the average non-technical user but have as much understanding of image-making as a first-day Bob Ross student. Two real world examples below. How hard is it to screw things up this badly?
Non-animated graphic (to be used in lieu of a headshot) before uploading to Vimeo (3 KB gif and detail):
After uploading to Vimeo (15 KB jpeg and detail):
Before uploading to Twitter (12 KB animated GIF):
After uploading to Twitter (6 KB jpeg):
Some bloody-minded artiste friends will inevitably say "hey I like the number two examples." This post is not for you.
Update: Feedly users may have noticed the layout of this post is fuX0red by Feedly's CSS. As I was saying...