Two fleshy rocks greet each other. The one on the left is nervous, and his words tumble away into thin, parasite-like shapes. Two large words that look like legs pulsate behind the second rock, telling him to stay as he is—a bad rock.
Upon his birth, it was foretold by the town’s rock elders that his pointy head signified one thing: he would grow up to become a very bad rock. And so it would be. Except for today. Today he’s feeling flirty.
Or maybe you don’t need a story because it’s just a beautiful GIF.
Really, 10 Montieth Street raises the bar for development. It’s more than an apartment complex; it’s a mall for wealthy hipsters. Maybe it would be nice to include more affordable housing units in there, too?
Paul Mason makes a convincing argument that we’re quietly teetering on the cusp of “postcapitalism.” Markets have failed, the correlation between labor and wages is shaky, and economies based on information make no sense financially; there’s no scarcity of knowledge and it’s human nature to share (rather than monetize) it. [The Guardian]
Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and many other non-insane people think weaponized AI is a terrible idea. Can’t we all agree to just let the bots do what they love: making weird pictures with dog faces, spamming the comments section of blogs, and posing for “sexy” videos at Japanese convention centers that creep everyone out on YouTube? [TIME]
There goes the neighborhood: Jeff Koons bought up 50,200 square feet of West 52nd Street. It looks like he’s creating a massive new Hell’s Kitchen studio after being ousted by his former Chelsea landlord. [Realty Today]
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is asking Makoto Aida to change or remove his latest piece. The museum planned a summer exhibition aimed at children and (for some reason) invited the notoriously controversial artist to contribute work. His submission, a collaboration with his wife and teenage son, is a political rant aimed at the education system. [The Japan Times]
Artist and writer Sara Clugage writes about her near-spiritual obsession with Britney Spears, both as a teen and as an artist. At one time, Clugage writes, Spears was pretty much a celebrity cipher: “I saw that emptiness in Britney Spears, too. Given an icon without meaning, we pour in our own souls, making gods in our own image. I saw a writhing mass of contradictions: a visual promiscuity but a verbal purity, a public persona but an unknown person, a Hollywood starlet but a Louisiana girl. I imagined her as a saint, one of the highly sexualized Catholic ones with a baroque mixture of pain, ecstasy, and physicality.” [Pelican Bomb]
The Church of Satan has unveiled its giant Baphomet statue during a massive ceremony on the banks of the Detroit River. Of course, Christians showed up to protest. The sculpture is itself an act of protest against displays of Christian symbols on government property. It is also so much cooler than any of the other lame religious art that’s been hanging out on red state capital buildings and courthouses. [International Business Times]
The Seattle Art Fair is luring out some big-name gallerists. Are galleries like Gagosian going after the Pacific Northwest’s tech-industry new money? Here’s a handy little guide to art collecting aimed at techie collectors. Bitcoin is not recommended. [artnet News]
Hey, photography curators, apply for this two-year curatorial fellowship at the Michener Museum in Pennsylvania. The fellow will be salaried and receive benefits. [Michener Museum]
The Tumblr 104uuu has been making the blog rounds for its Klonopin-like effects. Relax, relax, relax, as you scan the peaceful, everyday scenes of landscapes and trains, day or night, rain or shine. And if you’re wondering about the source for the images; they’re based off of animated scenes from movies by Japanese director Makoto Shinkai.
Here’s what to do if you’re stuck in New York this week for the heat wave: Attend a lecture on the history of Goth; learn about modernity, architecture, futurism, and Star Wars at John Powers’s art talk; hang out at Prospect Park and pick up a few art mags at the small press flea. It’s summer, but as these events demonstrate, there’s still plenty to do.
Installation view of Egress at K. Image: Paddy Johnson
New York Magazine’s website became the victim of a denial of service attack last night by someone named “ThreatKing.” He claims to hate New York City—he once had a bad vacation here—and has more hacks in store. The website has been down since last night and is still not running. They had just published a story that included 35 different accounts by women who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby. [The Daily Dot]
It’s 1996. The best techno DJ goes by the name “Cyberstorm,” dresses up like a robot, and Christina Applegate likes him. Okay, that’s just the premise of Vibrations, a movie about a rock-star without hands who reinvents himself as a DJ. [YouTube]
Art Basel launches a new website. New functions include a social one, where you can “favorite” works of art from galleries participating at the art fair. Could this advertising be a way for Art Basel to monetize its online presence? [Art Basel]
On July 24, a fire swept through the building housing Chicago’s artist-run space the Hills Esthetic Center. They’re currently accepting donations. A note from Facebook: “The group of us at The Hills pretty much lost everything, all of the art we made, collected and housed for nearly 10 years is completely gone, as well as tools, electronics, computers, hard drives, cash, all of our clothes and thousands of hours of love//labor…. We are going to plan a fundraiser sometime soon, but in the meantime we are accepting donations to help in the immediate term with things like clothes and shoes, if you have an extra bike or an old laptop or things like that we would love you even more forever.” [The Hills]
Yay! Now you have more time to check out Egress, the last show at K., and one of the most compelling installations we’ve seen this summer. The exhibition has been extended to August 7. [K.]
Kanye West announces he would trade two Grammies to be seen in an art context at Steve McQueen’s opening at LACMA. [W Magazine]
If you buy commercial pet food for your pet there’s a good chance the fish in it comes from slave labor. Horrific stories detailed in this Times special report. [The New York Times]
And following up on another Times special report, here’s an op-ed piece about what the paper got wrong in their story about the terrible conditions for workers in New York nail salons. It’s written by someone in the nail industry. [The New York Review of Books]
The art collector Henry Bloch gave the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City a large gift of paintings. The museum replaced the works of art with prints of the paintings so that Block could hang them in his house. [KCUR]
Here’s some net.art history for today’s GIF of the Day post.
Looking at Vuk Cosic’s “History of Art for Airports” (1997), there’s a GIF or two. The one, above, is for Star Trek. Because someday we’ll beam from one side of the airport with a transporter deck to another transporter deck. Then we’ll disappear—like the non-looping figure above. That’d be an ideal form of transportation, avoiding all those zippy golf-carts.
A description of the “History of Art for Airports,” from Rhizome:
“From Cezanne to Warhol, this “history of art” is redrawn according to the simple iconographic style of airports. But the history doesn’t end with Warhol; a few contemporary net.art celebs are added for good measure.”
It’s Friday. There’s very little in the way of art news happening today—so let’s go back and chill with the past. Really, this is just an excuse to watch YouTube vids. Today, we’re saying hello to an old AFC favorite, Klaus Nomi.
The Horror of Party Beach, an example of a movie that artists like, according to Robert Smithson.
Hey, it’s Friday, but we can’t wait until Monday, to find out if Gawker will “reboot”; CEO Nick Denton says there’s “room for the possibility of changing the company name.” [Digiday via Daily Intelligencer]
Matisse makes an appearance on the Netflix series BoJack Horseman. [Art World Scenes]
This December, Miami will receive another satellite art fair. This one is actually called “Satellite.” [artnet News]
I’m nominating Fridge Art Fair for brightest fair site. Ow, all that pink! [Fridge Art Fair]
A quick commentary on the complexities of the term “net art” from Rhizome’s Michael Connor. [Rhizome]
A great report on the voluntary “fansubbers” in China. The voluntary market has grown because larger groups had been subject to government crackdowns on copyright infringement. [Motherboard]
An interview in which you can learn that artist Hans Haacke is involved with activist group Gulf Labor. [Hyperallergic]
Note to self: Never complain about the high prices of a lighting establishment because I could get punched in the head three times. [Courthouse News Service]
There are two dogs riding on a Vespa and the driver is Iron Man. This video only has 233 views! [YouTube]
Quick job for you? Find the e-mail address of this artist. [Mechanical Turk]
Your weekend read comes from 2010: “The Architecture of Serial Killers” will give you the best conversation starter (or killer) about what artists talk about when they hang out together. [Star Wars Modern]
This evening, I’m chilling out with this melting wave abstraction by Brandon Blommaert. “Endor Sanctuary Moon” is an alternate version of GIFs Blommaert made for Friends Show, an exhibition at fa-g.org.