26 Jan

The wearable Snapcam, which has a footprint of 1.5×1.5″:

Users can attach the SnapCam to a piece of clothing using a clip on its rear, which can be rotated to keep the camera upright. The clip is also magnetic, allowing the camera to be attached to metallic objects. The SnapCam is powered on with a swipe motion across its front and is said to boot up within 0.1 seconds. Users can then tap the device once to take a photo, twice to start recording video or three times to start live-streaming video.

Seems like a boon to some street shooters, but not quite as obvious as Glass. Just as potentially irritating privacy-wise since you can not only record video but start a streaming broadcast.

Speculative Propositions

24 Jan

Stephanie Syjuco runs a Tumblr called Speculative Propositions, which is a collection of many of her accepted and rejected project proposals, including her successful Guggenheim app. It is one of the most open and encouraging behind-the-curtains things I’ve seen, and I wish many more artists were open to this level of transparency. The nice thing about it is that, as she says, the unaccepted proposals then have some sort of life despite being unrealized, and sometimes she can use them as a place to send curators who want to work with her so they can choose something. Using rejected proposals this way had honestly never occurred to me, and I wonder if I have the bravery to do anything like it.

She also gave us a very frank talk about budgets and practical career things which was also one of the most open, if not the most open, I’ve heard. It included actual numbers for projects and plotted out her career in three phases. I don’t think there were any easy answers or magic solutions embedded in her particular path for the rest of us, but carving out a practical career is pretty daunting and the least we could do is talk honestly and openly about it.

Check out the Tumblr, and if you ever get a chance to hear her talk or chat her up, I’d recommend it!

Ian McEwan says

19 Jan

Literary criticism, which is bound to pursue meaning, can never really encompass the fact that some things are on the page because they gave the writer pleasure. A writer whose morning is going well, whose sentences are forming well, is experiencing a clam and private joy. This joy itself then liberates a richness of thought that can prompt new surprises.

The joy is in the surprise. It can be as small as a felicitous coupling of noun and adjective. Or a whole new scene, or the sudden emergence of an unplanned character who simply grows out of a phrase.

– Ian McEwan, “ The Art of Fiction No. 173


15 Jan

Anila Quayyum Agha

There are process shots too.

Broken Mirror

13 Jan

Broken Mirror uses a flexible reflective membrane stretched over a circular structure. The reflection only appears when you are right up front!

Li Hongbo

9 Jan

Li Hongbo

I saw the paper sculptures of Li Hongbo in Design Milk. They look solid, but are constructed of layers of paper accordioned together. Here’s a video on how they’re made:

White Chess Set

7 Jan

Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono’s White Chess Set, in which the opponents’ pieces, all white, sit on each side of an all-white board, [make] the warring factions indistinguishable from one another. This elegantly placed anti-war statement [draws] attention to the deeply militaristic metaphors embedded in games by conscientiously objecting to their implicit narratives of combat and enmity.

– Celia Pearce

Heard this work referenced in a couple of places. Playing a real game on it seems like a fascinating prospective. Ironically though, I wonder if some people might get very angry over disagreements about whose pieces are whose.

Philip Levine says

5 Jan

I’m in a situation now, and I have been for ten or fifteen years, where there’s no point in my being in a hurry. Let’s say I live to be eighty — I’m seventy-one now — nothing I do between now and eighty is going to change the way people think about my poetry. I mean, I’ve been writing it fifty goddamn years, so it’s largely done. Maybe I’ll add a couple fairly good books. Maybe I’ll add the best book I ever wrote. Who knows?

Let me give you a little piece of advice about publishing. If you can live without publishing then just wait as long as you can. Wait as long as possible, until you’re thirty, thirty-five. And don’t publish all that crap, and don’t get involved in that whole world of connections and ass-kissing, networking and all that shit. Stay away from it. Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You’ll have that readership. Keep going until you know you’re doing work that’s worthy. And then see what happens.

Philip Levine

a horse, of course

1 Jan

I have a tiny present for you. This is probably the most absurd and hilarious gif I have encountered this year. It was someone’s avatar on a random messageboard, and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT IS. If you do, please advise.

Happy New Year! May your horses be more cooperative this year…

money separates

28 Dec

The anthropologist David Graeber points out that the explanation that we invented money because barter was too clumsy is false… Before money, people didn’t barter but gave and received as goods ebbed and flowed. They thereby incurred the indebtedness that bound them together, and reciprocated slowly, incompletely, in the ongoing transaction that is a community. Money was invented as a way to sever the ties by completing the transactions that never needed to be completed in the older systems, but existed like a circulatory system in a body. Money makes us separate bodies, and maybe it teaches us that we should be separate.

– Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby