Archive for August, 2007
Henry Brown, Relative Position, 2004
Acrylic, pencil, gesso on canvas, 36 x 72 inches
from the Minus Space website
No idea if the flaring out of the color in the center is in the painting or the photography of the painting but it looks good. The deco spiderweb vibe appeals.
more colors (331 KB)
larger - more colors (480 KB)
individual images found on what I'm guessing was an online "draw anime" class - artists unknown
Above: my laptop featured in MSNBC article on the Great Internet Sleepover; blowup view shows what was onscreen at the time.
MSNBC's cybercorrespondent Helen A. S. Popkin covers the Great Internet Sleepover here. She emphasizes the social aspect and reminisces about her early days trading gross-out pictures found on the Net, confessing her lack of qualification to discuss the actual purpose behind the event:
“Art” figured in somehow, but as I do not possess a masters degree in that subject, I’m at a loss to explain how. My gentleman friend does, la-dee-da, so I’m only going by what he says. Admittedly, I’m a hater who generally rolls her eyes whenever “Art” is added to something everybody does while goofing off at work. But in my defense, many of the hardcore surfers who took part in the party’s panel discussion weren’t so clear on how “Art” figured in on the phenomenon of communal surfing either.
It's a fun article and chronicles many of the zanier aspects of the evening but since MSNBC provides no links to the "surfing clubs" Popkin mentions,* readers couldn't handily learn a key fact about them: that the term "surf club" is ironic. Rather than just trading links the sites in question also alter content and present original artwork in a melange that is not always easy to distinguish. Those parameters were one of things discussed in the panel, which she apparently slept through. "Gee we're just a bunch of 20-somethings surfing" is a pose or persona that sailed over the head of this mainstream media critic.
"Cursum Perficio (Carl Craig-like Mix)" [6.5 MB .mp3]
A midi version of an Enya tune (originally found on Guthrie Lonergan's blog no. 4) done in the manner of "second generation" Detroit techno guy Carl Craig, sort of. The midi track mostly featured piano and string instruments. (Update: one should always Google--I thought the tune was Lonergan's but he was being ironic. Sorry, Guthrie.)
Speaking of Carl Craig, Simon Reynolds wrote about him in Generation E. This is almost mean but really nails the music:
With its open-hearted yearning and twinkling textures, "Elements" conjured up the image of a lonely boy moping in his bedroom studio, mixing his lo-tech palette of tone colors with his teardrops to paint exquisite audio watercolors. There were shades of electro-calligraphic brushwork of Thomas Leer, Japan, and Sylvian/Sakamoto. This wasn't party-hard music but the pensive frettings of one of life's wallflowers. Six Nine's "Desire" features a keening synth melody that soars up and slides down the octave in fitful lurches. Released under Carl's own name, "At Les" is even more moistly melancholy, its trickle-down synth pattern sounding like glistening teardrops rolling down a cheek.
I can barely hit "publish" for my sobs, reading that.
Related: Kit Watkins "Labyrinth" remixed
Aron Namenwirth is currently installing a show he is curating at Brooklyn's Long Island University, called Digital Political Time Lapse. My piece Guitar Solo is on the tiny monitor in the above photo. The music will be listenable on those adjacent headphones (or cans, as the audiophiles love to call them). This is a provisional placement but it looks good to me, in keeping with the aesthetic Guthrie Lonergan has called "exuberant humility." Or as Steve Martin use to say, "let's get small."
The above mangling of English screen-captured from Salon this morning.
Regarding Alberto Gonzales' belated resignation, this was posted on my Digital Media Tree blog before the Senate foolishly confirmed him:
This page joins in solidarity with all the others who oppose the Senate confirmation of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General of the U.S. The memo he wrote approving the torture of U.S. military prisoners will eventually earn him a place in one of those netherworld resorts Dante excelled at describing, but in the meantime, let's do what we can to keep him out of high office. One thing I wonder is, why don't any mainstream, non-Fundamentalist churches (Episcopalians, Lutherans, etc.) speak out in protest that sexual humiliation, immersion in buckets of water, and other Inquisition-like horrors to elicit "information" has become the official policy of the U.S.? Were Jesus' teachings just about making people feel mellow? War or no war, this is bad for all of us.
This report on the Sleepover from Scott Kellum's blog offers a good no-BS account:
Over at Eyebeam this past Friday there was a great internet sleep-over. Many web surfing clubs showed their stuff. The "dirty" style was everywhere with ultra bright colors and trippy animated GIFs in pages that look like your mom, the dog enthusiast, designed. Projectors were pointed every which way and a seminar was held at which the groups discussed what exactly their web art was about.
While this particular style is not one I particularly follow, or even enjoy that much being the CSS guy that I am I did gain a new found appreciation for it. There is an irony behind this web art and a humor of re-appropriating the stuff found on the deepest, darkest, and strangest corners of the web to pull them deeper into the absurd.
See also his flickr set. In the photo above, someone I don't know is using my PC (the copper-colored laptop). Possibly because it is the only non-Apple product in the room.
Coffee bags. Does this product even exist anymore? Like teabags, but for coffee. About all they were good for was tagging the box with colored ovoids.
"More Alpha Please" [2.2 MB .mp3]
Not that it matters terribly but these are my own patches for the synth parts. The softsynth is the Linplug Alpha, reminiscent of an '80s analog synthesizer, which is simple and fun to program. This version has beats I added; the previously posted one is "a cappella."
I consider this sort of Goth, even though no Goth would agree with me.