Category Archives: cultural contradictions

Conference of the Birds

(This never gets old.) Precise Metallic Replicas of Ancient Fossils and Cells by Allan Drummond – via colossal Quantum Poetics – Samuel Matlack – via The New Atlantis Life is a virtual multiplicity, not of things and agents but contemplations … Continue reading

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We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions — E.O.Wilson

excerpt 1:Very few species, however, have made the leap from merely social to eusocial, “eu-” meaning true. To qualify as eusocial, in Wilson’s definition, animals must live in multigenerational communities, practice division of labor and behave altruistically, ready to sacrifice … Continue reading

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Almost Random MadLib

Imagine if academics sat down with ordinary people like you and me and ironed out some real solutions to our capital gains crisis. With the election season over, maybe you’ve forgotten about capital gains, but I certainly haven’t. It would … Continue reading

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End of a Paragraph

JACKSON POLLOCK from STELLALIE PRODUCTION on Vimeo. In other words, each element – each line in One, for instance, is always rising and falling through distinct semiotic states that exist simultaneously even if they cannot be perceived all at once. … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays

Happiness from Steve Cutts on Vimeo. I spotted this originally on the essential shortoftheweek.

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Alt-normal

This graphic itemization is a precise folk catalog. It is normative and counter-reactionary given our current climate. Thank you for taking back the concept of alpha male; as far as this goes. Following from Luce Iragaray, I would hope there … Continue reading

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Socially Engaged For Just an Aggressive Moment

– – – My art practice is not directed to be socially engaged in the conventional ‘art world’ sense of my intent and the work itself referring to social problems or political challenges. (In noting this, if I needed to, … Continue reading

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Upside Down

$58.4 million “If the aforementioned tendencies—the event-driven turn in the market, the market’s ongoing globalization, the continued ascent of formerly ‘alternative’ practices to the mainstream, and persistent complication around investing in art—have all come into greater clarity over these past … Continue reading

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Chronic Outside Art Worlds

This is not a post about bongs-as-art. Unfortunately the video I’d like to feature is from VICE, and it can’t be re-embedded. Still, it’s right here and needs to be viewed (5m) before I note its few exemplifications of what … Continue reading

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I See You

1997: Birth of the Camera Phone from Conscious Minds on Vimeo. The Mobile Phone in the Hands of the Nepalise People: A Humanistic Perspective of Technology (master thesis, Merilin Piipuu, pdf) The Art of Making Photos: Some Phenomenological Reflections (Thomas … Continue reading

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Ngaphandle – Part One

Edward M. Gómez on Outsider Art from Sinnlicht on Vimeo. Definitions?! RAW VISION : The controversy surrounding the exact definition of Outsider Art and allied fields has been going on ever since awareness of the phenomenon began so here we … Continue reading

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Discrete Charms

Admit something: everyone you see, you say to them: “love me.” Of course you do not do this out loud; otherwise someone would call the cops. Still, though, think about this, this great pull in us to connect. Why not … Continue reading

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Extreme Cases

NUMINOSUM At the threshold of the divine, how to know But indirectly, to hear the static as Pattern, to hear the ragtag white noise as song— No, not as song—but to intuit the song bird Within the thorn thicket—safe, hidden … Continue reading

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Compare and Conjoin

Cube-O-Probe – Locate Creativity? From the symbolic potency of the solar system, which generates the sense of depth suggested by McGilchrist, astrology offers us what in neuroscience is called environmental enrichment, in other words, stimulation of the brain by its … Continue reading

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Outside, Looking Outside

In his pamphlet, Asphyxiante culture, a classic statement of an anti-cultural attitude, the artist Jean Dubuffet relates an instructive anecdote to illustrate the degree to which cultural preconceptions can completely stifle the proper apprehension of anything that resists accepted ideas … Continue reading

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Fronting Front

Rock stars seems to be an odd metaphor for art, given the state of the world of rock music, and, even more so, given the difference between the scarcity model of high art that underlines art world status, and, the … Continue reading

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Water and Animals and Humans

The self is a metaphor. We can decide to limit it to our skin, our person, our family, our organization, or our species. We can select its boundaries in objective reality As the systems theorists see it, our consciousness illuminates … Continue reading

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Pure Experience

What is left of experience if from it are erased feeling it, thinking it, feeling about it, thinking about it? I’ve been reflecting on the paradox of mindfulness. Mindfulness, over the last several years, is among the hottest trends in … Continue reading

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Addenda: Zeitgeist

pic.twitter.com/ELKlj9skvN — Jeff Faria (@PatriotsOfMars) January 18, 2017 I was asked by someone why I thought President-elect Trump was mentally ill. During the campaign I was chastised by someone, by a few someones, for stigmatizing the actually mentally ill by … Continue reading

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Zeitgeist 2017

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