Your New Best Friend: Somebody app
Miranda July has a new app and short film out. The film is great per usual for one of the smartest working artists right now. Her app is a mix between social networking and performance, intimacy and and comradery. A perfect app for our current times. Here is the film, please watch, it will be a great uplift to your day.
The world is filled with nervous breakdowns: Difficult Girl
New short story by Lena Dunham, I shouldn’t have to say more than that.
[Pablo Picasso – Guernica]
Something Needs to Change : Illegitimate by Dread Scott
A poignant and strong response to the Ferguson situation. My vote goes to the Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #8
Nature of Things: Who knew birds were artists too?
[Photo – Mike Copeland/Getty]
Art of Attention: Brands as Living Things
A great article by Agatha Wara at Dis Magazine. This article is something you should pay attention to because it’s an interesting look at what a brand wants and how that relates to the working artist.
“Brands share the same evolutionary goals as organisms, that is, to succeed. Success means a standing-out in competition above other species (brand-species) in order to guarantee continuance over time. For brands, this is achieved through attraction, an intelligent sorting of sophisticated semiotic coding that responds to social, economic, and political environments in order to evoke human interest. “
Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #7
It is to save man from the fear of death, so that he may be able to die!
To go forward into death! Not backwards into the womb. Out of the quicksands, out of the stagnant flux! This is the winter of life, and our drama is to secure a foothold so that life may go forward once again. But this foothold can only be gained on the dead bodies of those who are willing to die.
-Henry Miller, Wisdom of the Heart
[Marcelo Daldoce – The Hanging Garden]
Things that Talk: Animism
This is a great read on what makes objects come alive. Michael Taussig gives references to Walter Benjamin, storytellers and shamans. A look at the workers plight and the way objects gain souls through Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #6
This week is gonna be strange. Granted, I really enjoy strange and weird works that are normally pejorative in nature. I love when things take you off your current path or beat, hiccups in time, that echo deep down into your core. Here is my dedication to strange:
It’s All In the Accent: Interview with Werner Herzog
A great interview by Steve Marsh at Slate talking to Werner Herzog about his recent release from the Criterion Collection. Werner dishes out some Continue reading An Ear to the Ground
Alt Lit: Frank Hilton explores the apocalypse
This week I want to start out with an excerpt from a new novel by the writer Frank Hilton. Her style strikes me as an expressionistic way of writing and her topic of sci-fi/ social networks/ post apocalypse fits in perfectly with the time period we are in right now. I am beginning to fall in love with futurists lately, their unflinching visions of what’s to become of society are interesting and hyperbolic but always insightful to the psyche of today. The artwork Dazed and Confused magazine chose to go along with the story is very striking as well.
[Detached 2014 – Moonassi]
Please follow that link, Moonassi is pretty brilliant and a good segue into the rest of my Continue reading An Ear to the Ground
Artful Noise : Dave Hickey – Romancing the Looky Loos
An essay on spectators and participants
[Photo: Nick Zinner, courtesy of the Anastasia Gallery]
I LUV Dave Hickey, one of the most interesting art critics out there. He quit writing art criticism in 2012 which is a great loss to us all. This essay is from the book Air Guitar, which Continue reading Ear to the Ground – 7/18/14