Regarding the Pain of Trump – Los Angeles Review of Books
by Rebecca Chace
A brilliant reflection on re-reading Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others and the power and danger of images and need to be more than passive witnesses.
Images of suffering and atrocity now have unparalleled access to our most intimate spaces. Most of us keep that connection open in our pockets or in the palm of our hands….
We are vulnerable to images just as we are vulnerable to propaganda. Our visceral experience of violent and disturbing images has changed not only because of the unprecedented speed of their transmission but also because there is no longer any mediation between these images and the viewer. Media outlets used to edit what images were permissible to share with the public. Now, if we have access to the technology, we can share directly with each other in real time. There is true political power in the removal of the mediator, but as there is more to respond to, there is proportionally more emotional instability.
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“A book in an object, and its very properties cannot be approached without considering its content.”
The Forms and Functions of Photobooks (1)
from Joerg Colberg’s online photography magazine, featuring photographer profiles, interviews, articles, and book reviews.
One of my art heroes who continues to inspire me…
“The act of sewing together each piece of cloth in an act of reparation, of knitting our own peace and is especially important at this time of uncertainty,” -Doris Salcedo
Participants in an artistic intervention by Doris Salcedo at the Plaza de Bolívar in Bogotá, Colombia, Oct 11, 2016 Photo: Leonardo Muñoz/EPA
DORIS SALCEDO, has covered Bogotá’s central plaza in a massive white shroud.
In an act of protest against a civil conflict that has raged for more than 50 years, the plaza was covered in a massive white shroud bearing the names of the war’s many victims.
The public statement of mourning by artist Doris Salcedo was temporarily installed as the country grapples with the rejection of a peace deal with leftist Farc rebels that would have ended the war. [read more]
More on the intervention in an article on Hyperallergic
Watch this video for more on/by Doris Salcedo >>
And even more on this great artist on Art 21
And her Guggenheim exhibition is a great resource.
Nam June Paik is considered by many to be the inventor of video art.
Electric Superhighway, 1995
Nam June Paik links in honor of his exhibition at the Asia Society until Jan 4, 2015
Comprehensive list of works and full bio
Great short video discussing how Nam June Paik predicted the Internet Age
Good Morning Mr. Orwell
(Initially broadcast on New Year’s Day, 1984)
Nam June Paik’s rebuttal to Orwell’s dystopian vision of 1984, is the first international satellite installation by Video Art pioneer Nam June Paik. Paik’s transcultural satellite extravaganzas links different countries (France, Germany, US), spaces, and times in often chaotic but entertaining collages of art and pop culture, the avant-garde and television. Paik saw Good Morning Mr. Orwell as a rebuttal to Orwell’s dystopian vision of 1984.
>> More Info on project from Asia Society
Nam June Paik website has a good overview essay on Paik’s work, The Worlds of Nam June Paik by John Hanhardt, former film and video curator at the Whitney and Guggenheim and is now the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s video-art curator.
Nam June Paik on ubuweb
Nam June Paik and Modern Technology Timeline
TV Buddha, Buddha and video with live feed
Watchdog, TV robot
Breaking the Black Box: What Facebook Knows About You – ProPublica
We live in an era of increasing automation. But as machines make more decisions for us, it is increasingly important to understand the algorithms that produce their judgments.
Living in the age of algorithms and how they affect our lives.
This is How a Camera Adds 10 Pounds via Petapixel
It’s commonly said that a camera adds 10 pounds, making you look heavier than you actually are.
Striking example of how lenses and focal length affect what we see. Notice how head and nose change shape.
Lev Manovich: photos, bio, complete CV.
Lev Manovich – Instagram and Contemporary Image
Instagram and Contemporary Image (2016) is a free new downloadable book by Lev Manovich.
The book methods combine traditional qualitative approaches of humanities and computational analysis of 16 millions of Instagram photos in 17 global cities carried out in Manovich’s lab (softwarestudies.com) since 2012.
The book chapters arebeing released online under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Creative Commons license. The chapters are posted online as they are completed. (Three chapters have already been published, and two more will be added during summer 2016.)
Cindy Sherman: ‘Why am I in these photos?’| The Guardian
Photographer Cindy Sherman talks about a difficult childhood, her compulsion to dress up, growing older – and why she now prefers to live alone.
…”A flick through the photographs in her current retrospective exhibition in LA reveals her transformed into 20 kinds of matinee starlet, Hitchcock lead, pneumatic Monroe, terrified centrefold, crime-scene corpse, old master muse, cut-up sex doll, Republican wife, clown; both as determinedly absent and iconically present in her work as Andy Warhol once was in his.” [read entire article]
Cindy Sherman in front of her work at the Broad museum, Los Angeles, where a major retrospective of her work is taking place. Photograph: Dan Tuffs for the Observer
The Photographer Who Captures Tiny Post-Apocalyptic Worlds
From Petapixel on the work of Lori Nix + Kathleen Gerber (Nix+Gerber).
“Since 2005, Nix has been working on an project titled “The City,” which shows various scenes from a post-apocalyptic world... Pretty much everything in each scene is created by the two artists, and each scene takes about 7 months to create and shoot, from start to finish.”
Excerpts from their project The City
The Drawing Room created a 8-minute mini-documentary about the work of photographer Lori Nix and Kathleen Gerber, a duo now known as Nix+Gerber.
Lori Nix website