Archive for September, 2007

Wave

September 26, 2007

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Against all odds, I attended a Justin Timberlake show last night. Wow, animatronic robots look so real! Their voices still need a little tweaking though. Yeah, it was a pretty amazing level of flat spectacle.

The funniest bit was the end when he sang a slow song and made a mushy speech, and then said to the assembled crowd of 16,000 “now wave your cellphones.” Big generational step from a sea of lighters. But it seems like getting 16,000 cellphones in a room and in the air at the same time should be able to produce something more than just a spangly user-generated lightshow.

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The more it tells you, the less you know

September 21, 2007

You may be wondering, like me, what is this odd little niche blog? Or more specifically, what niche is this?

Yes, there’s method here. Though half the fun (uh, for me at least) is figuring that out.

I’m interested in images: what constructs them, ways to think about them, how we encounter, manipulate and are manipulated by them. This blog is a porch and I’m swatting flies – noticing images, collecting glances and not-quite-so-random thoughts. The blog roll at present ranges mainly between art, architecture and planning, with a helping of cultural theory, pop culture and gaming.

Our image-world, what we see and the forms of perception at our disposal, is so massively influenced by marketing media. I got scandalous looks at my viva from a comment in my thesis that I’d rather look at ads than most fine art photography – ads being more sophisticated and more compelling. Then there’s things like this:

Every year a local farmer piles hay bales and paints them to look like a big ol’ John Deere tractor. It sits at the edge of the field advertising their fruit stand to the interstate freeway, a painted folk marketing sculpture.

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Quote from photographer Diane Arbus: “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.”

Stopped at two

September 20, 2007

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I fired off two shots at the Gordon Matta-Clark retrospective before getting the threatening cease-and-desist finger from the security staff. Kind of odd to see his practice enshrined this way. The museum as embalmer. His photographic exploits were way more lush than I remembered. There he is below, in a self-portrait performance that combined “recycling and body art,” and inspired that Lenny Kravitz opulent-dreads phase. His minimalist sensibility had a pop.

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Top two images by imagineering
Bottom image from here

There’s a person at the other end of that product

September 19, 2007

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That’s a single strand of hair caught in a Made in China sticker. A personal touch.

Mexican trannie bar

September 18, 2007

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Porthole decor

September 18, 2007

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Ok, I took a little break from the blog there. It was nice. But it is much nicer to be back.

Weathering signage

September 18, 2007

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