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towerofsleep:

jesuisperdu:

Going in !!! YES

Honestly seems a bit harsh to me. I know exactly what he’s talking about, but blanket denunciations like this are just one step away from undiluted philistinism. Part of the problem is that the modernist injunction to “make it new” just won’t go away, but in art as in music, we have access to the entire archive of history now. I think you have to be a bit naive today to believe you can actually make art that is in any way a radical break with the past. I think we’re at a point where basically everything that it is formally possible to do within what we understand as art has been done. To continue making art, what one does is not invent new styles, but find ways to reformat them them to fit new content. Because there’s always new ideas and experiences to express, but to expect that they will always come packaged in Brand New forms seems unrealistic to me.

So I think the problem facing a lot of contemporary art isn’t a lack of stylistic novelty, it’s a lack of substantive content. The other angle is that there are a lot of new cultural forms that are simply not art, or best understood outside the category of art. I think a lot of what people do on social networks fits that description. Games are also a liminal space in the same way (which is why the “Are games art?” debate is so tiresome — phrasing it as a yes or no issue is wrong from the start). Art isn’t dead, but it might be a shrinking zone of cultural production.

(via antimuseum)

— 9 months ago with 71 notes
brucesterling:

*How entirely terrible to be quietly circling some minor-league, well-behaved star, innocently doing a little astronomy, and then realizing that something like this was about to happen.

brucesterling:

*How entirely terrible to be quietly circling some minor-league, well-behaved star, innocently doing a little astronomy, and then realizing that something like this was about to happen.

— 9 months ago with 210 notes
Bethany: Troublesome new Ecuadorian law leaves door wide open to NSA-style espionage →

groundhg:

Ecuador’s new Penal Code is being debated this week in the National Assembly. The bill is enormous, but because the debate period it is so short (a few days), and voting is this week, I’d like to highlight a very specific set of articles which I find hugely problematic.

At a time when the…

— 9 months ago with 3 notes

The Dark Side of Google

In The Dark Side of Google Italian writers’ collective Ippolita provides a thorough, fresh analysis of what is behind the universe of Google and the metadata industry. In recent years Google has established itself as a major point of Internet access. We have progressively adapted to its sober, reassuring interface and its advertisements (discretely off to the side, yet always present). We have adopted its services and the habit of using it to the degree that ‘googling’ has become a form of behavior: ‘If you don’t know what it is, Google it!’ Google shows mastery in taking advantage of our need for simplicity. We sit in front of a colossus, an incredibly pervasive system of managing knowledge, comprising aggressive marketing and shrewd management of its own image, and the propagation of highly configurable interfaces that are still implacably recognizable. What is more, Google co-opts methods for developing Free Software, the use of futuristic systems for gathering and storing data.

First published in Italian, 2007.

English edition revised and updated, August 2013.

here

— 9 months ago with 2 notes
#networkcultures  #google 
fotojournalismus:

Flowers planted in used tear gas canisters are seen on land Palestinians reclaimed two years ago following an Israeli court order to re-route its controversial barrier, in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah on October 1, 2013. Mohammad Khatib, a Bilin resident, has been collecting the canisters left over from clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians protesters during weekly protests in the West Bank.
[Credit : Mohamad Torokman/Reuters]

fotojournalismus:

Flowers planted in used tear gas canisters are seen on land Palestinians reclaimed two years ago following an Israeli court order to re-route its controversial barrier, in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah on October 1, 2013. Mohammad Khatib, a Bilin resident, has been collecting the canisters left over from clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians protesters during weekly protests in the West Bank.

[Credit : Mohamad Torokman/Reuters]

(via utopiadystopia)

— 10 months ago with 504 notes
polish-vintage:

enola-gay:

Apocalypse Now

This is the photo made by Chris Niedenthal and it’s picture of an Armoured Personnel Carrier standing in front of Warsaw’s “Moscow” cinema screening “Apocalypse Now” during martial law in Poland (1981-1983). 

polish-vintage:

enola-gay:

Apocalypse Now

This is the photo made by Chris Niedenthal and it’s picture of an Armoured Personnel Carrier standing in front of Warsaw’s “Moscow” cinema screening “Apocalypse Now” during martial law in Poland (1981-1983). 

(Source: eaudewerther, via utopiadystopia)

— 10 months ago with 225 notes
fckyeahnetart:

Asymmetric Love Number 2, Single Produced Sculpture (Steel, CCTV cameras and DSL internet cables), 2012 Addie Wagenknecht
http://we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2013/09/interview-with-addie-wagenknec.php#.UkXCh4hS7pE

fckyeahnetart:

Asymmetric Love Number 2, Single Produced Sculpture (Steel, CCTV cameras and DSL internet cables), 2012
Addie Wagenknecht

http://we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2013/09/interview-with-addie-wagenknec.php#.UkXCh4hS7pE

— 10 months ago with 11 notes