An Ear to the Ground #20

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[Anton Alvarez – The Craft of Thread Wrapping]

I think I am in love. These pieces are so vibrant and unique. To those that constantly repeat the defeatist phrase, “nothing is new,” I want to introduce you to Anton Alvarez. A Swedish-Chilean designer, currently based out of Stockholm, went to school to be a cabinet maker before he more recently got an MA from the Royal College of Art in London. I am in awe of his use of color and the brilliant textures that come from his homemade thread wrapping machine.

[Anton Alvarez – Thread Wrapping Architecture]

Kenneth Goldsmith, Printing Out the Internet (2013) (photo Marisol Rodriguez)

[Kenneth Goldsmith – Printing Out the Internet, 2013]

The Performance of Publishing: The Internet in Object Form

In our current time period the act of publishing IRL or on paper can be considered an act of performance. Everyone knows at this point that the Internet is a more economic and advantageous way of dispersing information. Therefore, the act of publishing on paper now has become an act of nostalgia, craft and what this article is trying to allude to: an act of performance. By printing the Internet Kenneth Goldsmith tried to create a simulation of a space defined by information, the resulting work being what he called an example of Infra-thin, something championed by Marcel Duchamp.

The possible, implying the becoming – the passage from one to the other takes place in the infra-thin.” – Marcel Duchamp

A largely interesting article that has a ton of links to many other’s thoughts on this practice of printing the Internet and what it means to be bridging that gap of immaterial to material.

[Carla Fernandez Andrade – CaminoHombreHumo]

          I consider the mystery

                  of consciousness to be the mystery

                                                                        of mysteries.

                                                    For what is mysterious

                                in it is that there are mysteries at all. If there were

no consciousness, there would not

                                     even be a sense of mystery.

                                                             – Michel Bitbol

Excerpt from Never Known but is the Knower a book by Michel Bitbol and Olafur Eliasson out Monday.[]JAM-Profile-Signature_Eli

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