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computers R stupid


Suggested feature for the "art and technology" websites:
A page where people can talk candidly about how stupid computers, phones, and social media are.
Failures, breakages, outages, poor design, scams, stories about people falling into manholes while reading phones, etc.
The tech sites all have such upbeat, utopian attitudes, and their partnerships with Silicon Valley rent-extractors are ominous.
You have your occasional "broken kindle" jokes but what's needed is a page of pure zine 80s style hatred.
I would contribute.

hat tip cheseball for burning laptop

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June 30th, 2015 at 10:41 am

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person (2)


ben_dover screencapped the Google pre-De Chirico icon and noted the pre-Raphaelite (dis)connection

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June 26th, 2015 at 9:28 am

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hat tips jules laplace, giorgio de chirico and scuola metafisica (google campus)

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June 25th, 2015 at 8:35 am

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it's coming -- it's here -- 3D printed painting

The Good




Michael Manning's work at the NADA art fair this year (reproductions cribbed from various online documentation). Note that the color doesn't have to "go" with the texture. Smart! These are handsome objects that don't take themselves too seriously, as with Manning's phone and tablet paintings that raised the ire of Art F City commenters because of their lethargic finger wiggling. Real men use their muscles!

The Bad



The Hole gallery shows this artist, Matthew Stone. Haven't seen these in person but the concept doesn't appeal. Evidently they are based on photos of "phat" brushstrokes (as in, self-consciously flamboyantly lovely) that are then transposed into impossible environments where they cast fake shadows on pointless geometric objects. We've been here, in the '70s, with abstract illusionism, and it didn't go well.

The Ugly


Yes, that would have to be Van Gogh reproductions sold by his namesake museum. All this ingenious algorithmic mimickry of color and texture in the service of Puff-Paint™-like kitsch. Maybe they are amazing in person but again, it's the concept that's revolting. Is our understanding of Van Gogh's work enhanced by running it through the Star Trek replicator?

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June 23rd, 2015 at 4:31 pm



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June 8th, 2015 at 8:59 am

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a bit more info than we needed


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June 8th, 2015 at 8:49 am

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art historical reference


found on "google images"

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May 27th, 2015 at 10:07 am

pro-TPP propaganda

Check out this propaganda image from Sen. John Thune in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty, an agreement with Pacific states (other than China) that Pres. Obama is trying to ram through Congress*:


Note that there are no people in this image, only shipping containers. That says much about the treaty (Naomi Klein: "It’s the latest and largest in a series of international agreements that have attacked working women and men, fueled mindless and carbon-intensive consumption, and prevented governments from enforcing their own laws to cut greenhouse gas emissions.") Lambert Strether of Corrente contrasts Thune's artistic style, which he calls Neoliberal Realism, with an example of Socialist Realism, an equally false vision but one that at least acknowledges the existence of workers:


Strether adds:

I don't think it's too much of a stretch to see Thune's Orwellianly-sized slogan text "Trade Promotion Authority for a Strong America" as a proxy for the treaty text of TPP itself ("the rules"), which, although secret, will have a powerful effect on the material reality within Thune's world --and ours -- just as much as as the pictured container cranes, container ships, and the hidden commodities themselves. In fact, Thune's tweet says as much ["Renewing TPA helps ensure America, not China, writes the rules on trade deals. #TPA4USjobs and a stronger America."] "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality," as "a senior advisor to Bush" famously said, although not of trade.

*Under the US constitution treaties are the "supreme law of the land," requiring a 2/3 vote of Congress. Obama is asking for so-called fast track authority (Thune's "trade promotion authority"), described by the Wikipedians as follows:

The fast track negotiating authority for trade agreements is the authority of the President of the United States to negotiate international agreements that Congress can approve or disapprove but cannot amend or filibuster. Also called trade promotion authority (TPA) since 2002, fast track negotiating authority is a temporary and controversial power granted to the President by Congress. The authority was in effect from 1975 to 1994, pursuant to the Trade Act of 1974, and from 2002 to 2007 by the Trade Act of 2002. Although it expired for new agreements on July 1, 2007, it continued to apply to agreements already under negotiation until they were eventually passed into law in 2011. In 2012, the Obama administration began seeking renewal of the authority.

Trade agreements such as TPP establish arbitration panels with the power to compel actions from member governments. Thus, if a foreign or multinational corporation objects to, say, a state environmental initiative, it can drag the state into a costly arbitration proceeding because it has interfered with the holy right of "trade." Naomi Klein, in her book This Changes Everything, gives the example of a solar initiative in Ontario that was shuttered because its requirements of a percentage of locally sourced labor and materials "discriminated against" foreign traders. Obama claims the TPP doesn't directly trump US law but critics say the threat of TPP legal action will have a chilling effect on budget-conscious states and municipalities. The terms of the TPP are being negotiated in secret but Obama says we should trust him, just as we trusted him to close the Guantanamo torture facility. He wouldn't put the interests of multinationals ahead of ours, would he?

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May 26th, 2015 at 8:11 am

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untitled (alien)


hat tip halitosis for depiction of chivalry

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May 25th, 2015 at 10:56 am

abbey road alien 2


replacement dump - the concept was lolumad's back in '10

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May 25th, 2015 at 10:54 am