The word connects the visible trace with the invisible thing, the absent thing, the thing that is desired or feared, like a frail emergency bridge flung over an abyss. Italo Calvino

I Send You This Cadmium Red

In I Send You This Cadmium Red, John Berger and John Christie traded letters about art to the music of Gavin Bryars. (Found reference to this work in an article by Stuart Jeffries in the Guardian on Gavin Bryars.) Gavin Bryars website  

Girls quickly learn that a woman’s beauty can be a liability…

André St. Clair and Tavet Gillson of AndréTavet André St. Clair and Tavet Gillson of AndréTavet, i usedta live in the world, 2016 In this work we interpreted Dr. Shange’s poem, i usedta live in the world, which is about the universality of women’s experience of being pinned under the weight of masculinity. The threat … Continue reading Girls quickly learn that a woman’s beauty can be a liability…

Gregory Sholette on Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice With Gregory Sholette by Thom Donovan | Aug 26, 2011 Action Figure encased. Photo courtesy Gregory Sholette Artist, scholar, organizer, and professor, Gregory Sholette embodies multiple ways that artists can interrogate history, politics, and public discourse. Through his initial work with the group REPOhistory (1989-2000) (as in, “repossessing history”), he, along … Continue reading Gregory Sholette on Contemporary Practice

Pathalogical Altruism, or the perils of being too selfless

I'm interested in understanding more about this condition... one of my former professors, Barbara Oakley has published a book on it.  I've tried to order it through the C/W MARS library system, but it doesn't seem to be available through that route... Anyway, from the Amazon page: The benefits of altruism and empathy are obvious. … Continue reading Pathalogical Altruism, or the perils of being too selfless

Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas & Other Warburg Inspirations

Cornell University Library | The Warburg Institute | Cornell University Press | Signale Ten panels from the Mnemosyne Atlas The last project of the German Jewish “cultural scientist” Aby M. Warburg (1866-1929), the Mnemosyne Atlas is an unfinished attempt to map the pathways that give art history and cosmography their pathos-laden meanings. Warburg thought this … Continue reading Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas & Other Warburg Inspirations

Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art

Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art Elizabeth Grosz Duke University Press, Sep 12, 2011 - Science - 264 pages In Becoming Undone, Elizabeth Grosz addresses three related concepts—life, politics, and art—by exploring the implications of Charles Darwin’s account of the evolution of species. Challenging characterizations of Darwin’s work as a form of … Continue reading Becoming Undone: Darwinian Reflections on Life, Politics, and Art

SlussenProject, Archiving the ephemeral

From Jacek Smolicki's website: SlussenProject aimed at building an extensive audio database of stories, memories and field recordings characterizing the Slussen area in Stockholm and in particular its unknown and invisible dimensions. The realization of the project has been maintained over six months between December 2012 and May 2013, when the process of demolishing was … Continue reading SlussenProject, Archiving the ephemeral

Derek Jarman’s Blue

Poignant and gorgeous - a film of a single frame of blue and Jarman's account of becoming sightless, losing friends to AIDS, and a variety of other reflections. It would be amazing to sit in a large room watching this film. Segment 1 Interview   Gorgeous:

Shame

The Shame Affect - from the Tomkins Institute website article: When Positive Affects are Thwarted, Shame Happens Why are shame and pride such central motives? How can loss of face be more intolerable than loss of life? How can hanging the head in shame so mortify the spirit? In contrast to all other affects, shame is … Continue reading Shame

Living Archives

  Info from the Living Archives Research Project site: Living Archives addresses the challenges facing the digitized society through (1) the phenomena of public cultural heritage archives that increasingly are being digitized, and (2) the practices of archiving that are dramatically being transformed because of networked technologies. Researchers in the project see archives as living social … Continue reading Living Archives