- The New York Times reports that it will cut 100 newsroom jobs, and more. They need to give people more reasons to read the paper, not less. [The New York Times]
- It’s National Kale Day. It’s also World Vegetarian Day. It’s also International Day of Older Persons. Celebrate. Eat a salad and call your grandma. [The Internet]
- Threshold Entertainment, the people behind those Mortal Kombat movies from the 1990s, are partnering with the makers of Tetris on a live-action Tetris movie. “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie,” claims Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff. As you probably remember, Tetris is a puzzle game about stacking blocks. [Future Tense via The Wall Street Journal]
- A new piece by Constant Dullaart works on the false assumption that all Instagram followers are equal. He’s bought followers on Instagram and assigned them to specific Instagram accounts in order to “level influence.” Engagement levels of these followers aren’t mentioned once. This project doesn’t do much more than illustrate bad business practice. [ARTnews]
- In a Medium story, a teenager accuses a 29-year-old Brooklyn “alt-lit” editor of rape. Other teenage girls come out with similar stories. [Gawker]
- Want: Trip to Iceland. The National Gallery of Iceland is opening the “Vasulka Chamber,” a research department devoted to preserving video art and new media. The chamber is named after Woody and Steina Vasulka, founders of the Kitchen. [e-flux]
- The Guggenheim plans a second location in New York. [Hyperallergic via The Art Newspaper]
- Artist Tony Fitzpatrick sure can tell a story. In his latest Dime Story column for New City he recalls a period of time he spent bartending for a rather unsavory cast of characters: “[The bar] was full of bikers and mechanics and hard-labor guys who didn’t much like the ‘college pukes.’ They scared the shit out of me, and I was careful to keep my head and learned the gentle art of cutting people off when I sensed trouble. This was a culture full of the white people we don’t put on the brochures, with guys named Orville and Roland, a lot of wide foreheads and disappearing chins. I swear some of these guys were their own uncles.” [New City]
- Because nobody knows how to make decisions without advice from the Internet, here’s a venn diagram on how to pick the perfect office plant. [The Huffington Post]
We tend to post recent GIFs in our GIF of the Day series, but there’s actually no reason for that. So, just to prove that we are apt to dive into the past, here’s Michael Bell-Smith‘s “Faceted Sphere” from 2008. It’s deceptively simple, using a push-and-pull device to show flooring that recedes backwards, stairs that move upwards, and a sphere that moves forwards.
I first heard of Thomas & Associates in 2001. I had just finished grad school and was looking for work. A professor who was friends with the company’s current president, Geri Thomas, told me I should check out the art recruiting and consulting firm. I sent out a resume to them and never heard back.
I now see that as a sign of a good recruiter. I had no experience or particular aptitude for commercial arts administration, and that would have been clear from even a quick look at my resume.
Founded in 1999—just two years prior to my own discovery of the firm—Thomas & Associates provides staffing, consulting and professional development seminars exclusively for arts and culture. The company has taken on top-tier clients like the Studio Museum, James Cohan Gallery, and Sean Kelly. Thomas herself has taught arts administration at NYU since 2002, and helped to create a certificate program at the university in Art Collections Management and Display. Prior to that time, Thomas owned a gallery, worked in PR for Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, and held the Director of Exhibitions and Collections position at the Jewish Museum.
13 years after my original application, I reached out to her again. I wanted to know what recruiting firms do, between fielding grad student resumes and helping museums put on major exhibitions. Now that I’m a blogger, I finally get to find out what happens behind the scenes at the offices of Thomas & Associates.
Rejoice, GIF-makers and lovers! Ello has arrived to let you gracefully view and publish large, scrollable GIFs uncluttered by extra doodads and ads.
GIFs have been posted, and posted, and posted this week. We’ve been wondering, though, what characteristics best describe GIFs typically posted on Ello? We know this is a question with no answer, so we made our own rules and focused on GIFs that best literalize Ello’s sleek design, tacit NSFW posting, and networked culture.
So, based on this criteria, what GIF is the Ello-ist? “Woven Network,” posted by Faith Holland and pictured above. Nothing says scary, sexy and networked culture like a wicket of wires getting covered in goo. You can find her on Ello as @sugarhigh.
In a very, very close second we have a gigantic noodle-n00d by Rollin Leonard. Why? Because it’s craze-balls long, slick as fuck, and impossible to share on Facebook. Praise be to Wordpress for letting us upload Leonard’s noodle without crashing our site!
The publishing world may still be adjusting to the online marketplace, but zine culture has officially exploded. No more is this more evident than at the New York Art Book Fair, which this year boasts 350 booksellers, antiquarians, artists, institutions, and independent publishers from around the world. Now in its ninth year, the fair expects more than 27,000 people to attend.
To those visitors we say, “Prepare to be inspired. Anticipate spending more than you think.” We found that all our tiny purchases at the zine section added up a little too quickly.
Here are our highlights: