Sunday, October 24, 2010

And All Across America
The Poison Fires Glow
And In The Blood Of Our Procreation
...Annihilation Grows
Yes Love Was Made For Slaves Like Us
Designed To Fetishize
Consumption, Waste And An Identity
Based On A Dying Lie
So God Forgive America
The End Of History Is Now
And God May Save The Victim
But Only The Murderer Holds Real Power

We Came Across The Seas
We'd Fill With Offal And Disgust
And Any Object Industry Required
We Bought, Enslaved, Or We Crushed
And Now Our Minds Are As Naked
As The Paradise We Stripped
And Our Reward Is Our Entropy
Our Emptiness Is Our Gift
So God Forgive America
And Every Human On This Earth
And God Forgive The Ruined Lives
And Nothing Is What It's Worth

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010


These two blogs are listed as referrers on my Flickr account. They're both collections of found images. This is one of the ways people use Flickr too, as a place to collect or archive found images. This is what some of my favorite Flickr streams do. It's the internet equivalent of collecting magazine and newspaper images. But what intrigues me is the magnification/escalation/acceleration of the activity — and that it's visible. We're peeking in one another's photo albums and scrap books. We're looking through the photos, newspaper clippings, letters and porn each of us keeps stashed in a box under the bed.



Saturday, April 24, 2010

Digital Natives

I'm completely intrigued by this article. You can see the outline of an entirely new media apparatus coming into sharp focus. It makes Gregory Ulmer's theorizing (which I know mostly from classes with him at University of Florida and his book Teletheory) seem unbelievably prescient. I'm thinking, in particular, of his concept of 'electracy', his notion of electronic media literacy. What made me think of this are the comments in the article about how the college students under scrutiny get their news in a 'disaggregated' way. They pay almost no attention to the big 20th Century forms of mass media (television and newspapers). This is a kind of media engagement, an electronic media apparatus, that, as theorized by Ulmer owes as much to pre-Gutenberg oral cultures as it does to post-Gutenberg print ones. Mcluhan was not fooling around when he coined term "Global Village." And I feel like now, more than ever, I need to go back and not just read more Ulmer, but Walter J. Ong and Marshall Mcluhan as well.

Monday, April 5, 2010

I like this too...

SSION: WOMAN from john dretzka on Vimeo.

I like this but if you lived through the 80s, if it was thee formative period of your life, it just doesn't seem all that original. It's a collection of footnotes and references. It's a good example of how the footnote — or hyperlink perhaps — has become the prevailing content of our time. And, the funny thing about this is that the vanguard period for this (the footnote as content) also goes back to the 80s: to post-structuralist experiments in writing. It always intrigued me that these experiments (with their obsession with the footnote and the comment in the margin) presaged the hypertext and the rise of internet. So this video is good (especially the body-faces) — just not all that original. The never ending end of history... Everything has already happened... No future... And the end of history more or less coincides with the rise of youth culture — in the Sixties. "Don't trust anyone over 30" — which morphed, in our time, into an endless succession of "blah blah is the new 20s" ("the 40s is the new 20s", "the 50s is the new 20", "the 60s is the new 20s"). We live in culture that's obsessed with youth, one that's hysterically obsessed with getting old, of being outdated. So in the future of no future there are no old people and the present is an endless nostalgia for the recent past. Heaven is a place where nothing — and hence everything — ever happens. And the kids these days, the youths, are vanguarding it.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Welcome to Griddleville

I want to see more Griddleville. Is there more? Is there only 14 minutes? Go here and watch these 14 amazing minutes, now, man.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Design is fucking with something for a while. It's not a negative thing.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

All you need is authoritraian-style capitalism

China's "economic miracle, the newspaper People’s Daily boasted last week, exists because its leaders — unlike those in other, unnamed nations — can make quick decisions and ensure underlings carry them out. The Great Recession, the newspaper said, has laid bare cracks in plodding Western-style capitalism."

[source: "As China Rises, Fears Grow on Whether Boom Can Endure", Michael Wines, January 11, 2009]

Monday, January 11, 2010

"Antennas of the Race..."

I don't know why but, for some reason, I thought it wasn't published... "Antennas of the Race: Kevin Regan vs. Radek Szczesny" was done for FreeWilliamsburg in conjunction with the Bushwick Biennial. It was a bunch of fun doing studio visits with Radek. First we drank beer at his studio and then at mine. The recorded discussion was done via email in the days after that.