Matthew Barney, Cremaster 5, via filmforum
- Essential for any gallery opening, Edward Winkleman lists strategy’s for remembering people’s names, and more importantly, what to do when you forget. Clearly the most critical aspect to this game is finding yourself a partner as skillful as his Bambino. I’m notoriously bad at picking up these party cues, but having someone around who can read your body language well enough to know when they should introduce themselves is worth their weight in networking gold. Personally, I’m waiting for two technology advancements, the first of which entails a search engine that retrieves similar looking images to a source image, and the second, feeds those results into my brain. I’m sure that will solve all sorts of problems.
- You’ve Got Mail, (You Never Open) reads the headline of
“I don't have a fundamental fear or anxiety that makes me avoid the mail — it just seems relatively uninteresting, and probably most importantly, doesn't arrive when it's relevant. I don't want a bill to tell me it's time now to pay by showing up at my door. I just got home from work, asshole!,” said Mark McMaster, a 29-year-old senior account manager at Google. “At Google, we wax philosophical about 'the cloud,' a metaphor for all the data that's kept in a server farm that could be in Oklahoma or Beijing but you can instantly access from any computer or phone or BlackBerry that's connected to the Internet. I put as much of my life in the cloud as possible.”
But the cloud doesn't have feelings.
- That written moment reminded me why I take interest in net artists who seek out web feelings – people think they either don’t exist on the web, or aren’t as powerful. Of course, the truth, I think, lies somewhere in between since the most poignant emotional experiences almost always include a mix of these two locations. Via Choire
- Here’s a story bound to appeal to internet nerds: Pigeons as Art Critics. Regina Hackett has a few choice thoughts on the subject:
When pigeons and art come up in the same sentence, the subject is probably the soiling of public art. Watanabe maintains that pigeons are as smart as 3-year-old humans, which suggests all that soiling is on purpose. If a 3-year-old lets loose in your lap, chances are the child doesn’t like you.
After more than 10 years on pigeons, Watanable might consider moving on.