st celfer exhibition in são paulo (flyers)

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Digital flyers for the upcoming show by St Celfer (John Parker) in São Paulo.
The installation will include a distributed sound composition (sub-tracks of a single large work aimed at the walls via directional speakers) and a performative drawing component (semi-ritualistic mark-making inspired by artist Lygia Clark's notion of "breaking the plane," in this case of the gallery space). The work looks back to the mysticism of Malevich, auf Klint, and Kandinsky while employing the toolkit(s) of the digital noise scene.

In a post 15 years ago I wrote about Parker's work at Front Room gallery in Williamsburg. We have since collaborated on some art and music projects.

Update: Installation photos

Tiny Gargantuas (video)

Vimeo, 2 min 7 sec



You call these music videos "non-videos"?
Don't you think people deserve to watch something dynamic while listening to a tune?
Many YouTubes just "sit there."
Don't you want people to be excited watching you dramatically turn knobs, like Skrillex?
Are you really hitting the "play" key here, or is that faked?
That is done live.

And in case you missed them:

Orch Gathering
Rhythm Study No. 5
Rhythm Study No. 7
Rhythm Study No. 2
Rhythm Study No. 12
Paint Trail
New New Wilderness

uber and under

Hubert Horan, writing on the Naked Capitalism blog, has offered consistently skeptical analysis of Uber's claims of profitability and inevitability. His coverage of the lousy IPO (which should have surprised no one) is here. A couple of choice bits:

Few, if any of Uber’s narrative claims were objectively true. Hype about powerful, cutting edge technological innovations that could overwhelm incumbents in any market worldwide helped hide the fact that Uber was actually higher cost and less efficient than the operators it had driven out of business. Stories about customers freely choosing its superior products in competitive markets helped hide Uber’s use of massive subsidies to subvert market price signals and mislead investors about its growth economics. Misleading accounts about driver pay and working conditions helped hide the fact that most margin improvement was due to driving driver take-home pay down to minimum wage levels


Outside the mainstream one could find numerous articles critical of Uber/Lyft claims and their lack of business fundamentals. These included observers who thought that there was a huge, dangerous “tech bubble”, or who thought that years of private control had eliminated most future appreciation potential, or who thought Silicon Valley venture capital had become totally unhinged from reality, or who thought that years of artificially low interest rates had destroyed the market’s ability to evaluate business risk, or who had actually discovered how vacuous Uber and Lyft’s S-1 claims were. These minority views were available to investors doing very diligent research, but these observers were never quoted in the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal, much less CNN or CNBC.

Am always bummed out to discover a friend or family member using these services.

personal cyber-milestones

1. My last tweet was one year ago today. I'm keeping the account as a backup way to be "notified" of stuff.

2. Last week I upgraded Linux Mint from 17.2 (end of life Apr 2019) to 19.1. Compared to a Microsoft upgrade, where all your proprietary programs are lost after a clean install and have to be laboriously re-added (with passwords, licenses, dongles, etc), Linux was a snap. The backup tool creates a list of all the software you have on the system, and after your drive is wiped, it goes to the package repositories and finds all those programs and reinstalls them.
Many Linux users still have to hold their noses and use Windows occasionally for certain proprietary programs. In this post, political commenter The Saker asks if his blog followers will donate a Windows 10 laptop to him because he doesn't want to buy from Microsoft. That's hardcore. In the comments, users nevertheless remind him of the horrors of the new, post-privacy Windows environment.