Your Mother, The Washing Machine

Scientologists protest psychiatry

With Emily Velox
From F Newsmagazine, December 2011

We have to go in prepared. I don’t want to spend the next two years receiving home visits, getting pamphlets in the mail, or entertaining enterprising young missionaries who thought that today was the day to take out a fay, young Catholic man. How do we become people who seem like good candidates for Scientology?

The holidays are just around the corner and we’re musing about what religion means. Our conversation eventually comes around to Scientology. What is it all about? How do Scientologists celebrate the holiday season? Our curiosity overcame us.

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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.

Frivolous Sunday | This is What I’m Doing Today

General Idea Show @ Art Gallery of Ontario. Getting out there!

News | The Eye Becomes Screen

This surfaced on my feed this week: A contact lens has been developed in which a wireless signal can transmit a single pixel image on to it.

What do I say about it, except that it’s one step closer to the Singularity and I have reservations about that. Thoughts? Technophiles out there?

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!)

Final Word | Lynn Margulis

I was saddened to hear late last night that biologist Lynn Margulis had passed away.

There is a lot that can be said of her, and as this Discover Magazine interview indicates, she was okay with being controversial. In the posted interview above, Margulis talks about how she approached sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective, something I have come to value immensely (in my book reviews of New Art/Science Affinities, I talk about how the last chapter explores the idea of the intermediary, and specifically refer to Carl Sagan, Lynn Margulis’ former partner).

A few years ago, as a burgeoning art writer, I was researching a story on BioArt and came across Lynn Margulis’ Origin of Eukaryotic Cells, and this planted a seed in my mind which is still growing. Her theory asks questions that contradict prevailing thought and touch on the deepest questions we ask of ourselves as human beings, questions like “Is cooperation inherent to human nature?” “What does it mean to be human?” and “how does one event affect the whole ecosystem?”

So here’s to you, Lynn Margulis, I hope you know all the answers now.

Review | Architecture in Helsinki

Last evening, on a whim, I went to see Australian band Architecture in Helsinki at Metro here in Chicago. I wish Chicago was not last on their tour list before they return to Australia; their show at Metro was electric, and I’m sure the band, though tired, would love to carry that energy forward.

I am not a music writer, I am not even technically reviewing this show. But I was moved by Architecture’s upbeat bass tones, their play between male and female vocals, and of tragic ’80s pop aesthetic that laces their sound and performance.

News | Even babies can do it

The debate about what is inherent in human nature is neither new nor fresh, but always interesting.

For instance, an article published on Science Daily detailed an experiment wherein babies were asked to to choose their preference between two toys. Then when the infants were later asked to share one of the two toys with an unfamiliar intermediary, they demonstrated fairness and altruism by sharing their favourite toy.

So, what does this mean to you? Are humans naturally good-natures and caring, or is fairness a learned behaviour?

Frivolous Sunday | Only the Lonely

This is one of my favourite YouTube videos of all time. It’s by Canadian poet Tanya Davis. I know there’s a lot of people who are going to be alone this holiday for one reason or another, so for better or worse, this is how to do it.

Love and thanksgivings, Post-Luddites.