Category Archives: The Future is NOW

On Scientology for the Holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, Emily and I decided to learn a little but more about washing machines Scientology. Out exploits are published in full this month in F Newsmagazine. 

I’m waiting for it to be put up on the web and when it is, I’ll reprint it here.

News | Table for One, please

I ‘ve been teasing my friends with the semi-serious promise that I’m going to “die alone”, a promise which has been met with everything from “You’re just saying that,” to “things will get better,” to “Yeah girl!”

Mostly, predominantly, I mean it as a vow to myself not to sacrifice my own goals and ambitions for any handsome young bloke who walks through my field of vision; I feel I’ve worked too hard for too long to suddenly become winsome for a bouquet of flowers (though I do love flowers…)

It’s also an idiosyncratic way of reminding myself not to regard my position or circumstance in life as temporary or lesser. Yes, I know this sounds like queer/feminist basic training, but the front lines are hard, especially when marriages amongst your peers is rising (sigh!).

My point is not to bemoan my current romantic status; to the contrary, I’m fascinated by the changing social landscape. Today’s Guardian Online features an article by Kate Bolick on the contemporary state of marriage.

The best thing I take out of the two posted media is that people, collectively, seem to be forming an idea of how marriage works for them, or doesn’t. What I object to is that there still remains a flavour of stigma over the woman or man who choses not to engage. Thoughts, post-luddites? Is this conversation even relevant anymore?

Upcoming | VASTAL Exhibition, Antwerp

I don’t mean to brag, but if you happen to be in the Antwerp area December 8, Verbeke Gallery is opening a show featuring the Vastal Virgins (which I am one of).

I won’t be there (boo for school/work) but Adam Zaretsky will be, and who knows who else. Go and see it!

(I’m there, look hard!)

A short delay…

I have a review of Rebecca Solnit’s talk at the Chicago Humanities Festival coming, but in the mean time: What is happening in New York at Occupy Wall St???

Protesters were removed from Zuccotti Park this morning, and the OWS camp completely disassembled and the park cleaned.

Most concerning, personally, is that transportation was cut off and that members of the press were barred from capturing the events, some even physically assaulted. As a fellow journalist, this is deeply disturbing.

Here’s some links on what went down. I understand the whole “it’s our neighborhood and we’re tired to dealing with all these protesters in our front yard”, but I believe that ultimately it’s about the visibility of an underrepresented contingent, and that if you/we are tired of seeing them, then we are, by extension, tired of dealing with the issues they’re arguing against. Therefore, if you are tired of seeing people occupying your front yard, New Yorkers, then you should be tired of conspicuous Wall St greed, homelessness, high-unemployment rates, the absence of affordable healthcare, high loan rates for students, etc.

NY Times

The Gothamist: The NYPD Didn’t Want You to See Occupy Wall St Get Evicted

The Huffington Post – Occupy Wall St: New York Police Department Evicts Occupy Wall St, Clears Zuccotti Park

 

 

 

 

Frivolous Sunday | Just shut up and be happy

I’m writing an opus. Be happy.

Review | New Art/Science Affinities

New Art/Science Affinities is available for purchase through print-on-demand service Lulu, or for free download via the Miller Gallery website

New Art/Science Affinities
Contributors: Andrea Grover, Régine Debatty, Claire Evans, Pablo Garcia, Thumb Projects
Published by: Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University + CMU STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Available for purchase from Lulu.com or free download via the Miller Gallery website

The conversation between art, science and technology is one we take very serious here at the PLI, and partially out of necessity for a feeling of a lack of discourse, which is why we were so happy to receive New Art/Science Affinities in our inbox this week. Continue reading

The Here and Now | Amusing Ourselves to Death: The Graphic Novel

I found this  graphic illustration by Stuart McMillen on Recombinant Records, by way of High Existence. Illustrating political philosophy in a graphic form is brilliant; being that we are a visual culture (for better or for worse), we don’t always get things the first time around (sorry, Postman). Continue reading

The Electronic Walls are Watching You

One of my  co-workers at F Magazine wrote this topical piece about Brooklyn artist Kyle McDonald.

The Electronic Walls have Eyes
By S. Hamilton

If you saw the images, you wouldn’t think they were all that controversial. Slack-jawed, their eyes glazed over, the subjects of Kyle McDonald’s “People Staring at Computers” appear deeply focused or even caught at a bad moment. How McDonald obtained the images is what has been subject to fascination and controversy in the electronic arts community in New York City since the project was shut down in July. Continue reading

On Shit and Shinola – F Newsmagazine

**Updated: Text Added**
I’ve been working on this story for a few weeks and it’s finally out.

On Shit and Shinola

A tale of two artists in the Midwest and a jar of William S. Burroughs’ poop

All photos by the author unless otherwise noted.

It’s just noon, and already ribbons of heat are slithering from the pavement surrounding the soybean fields. Dust from the screeching tires on the car in front of us balloons into the sky, casting a sleepy haze over an already tired Kansas afternoon.

The car in front of us pulls into a driveway and down a short avenue of oak trees. My companion, Patrick Lichty, a tactical media artist and ranking member of The Yes Men, pulls in behind them, and as we park we are presented with a comfortable, brick-red farmhouse shaded by the surrounding trees. Chickens scour the front yard for feed, and a sweet-natured collie and her cat friend come to greet us as we step out of the car. Our hosts, Tony Allard and Adam Zaretsky, are already headed up the walk to the house, and we step over the assorted garden statuary —a typewriter, a ceramic rooster, a stone skull—to join them. Continue reading

Back with Flash: The Case of Oleg Mavromatti

I’ve been readjusting my life in the past few weeks after a busy August, so this site has been on the back-burner. However, I got an email recently that jolted me back into active writing. It’s the case of Oleg Mavromatti. I got the following email from his wife Boryanna Rossa who is trying to raise awareness of Oleg’s case and advocate for political amnesty: Continue reading