34 AFC Friends Cite Their Favorite Link of 2011

by Paddy Johnson on December 31, 2011 · 4 comments A Brief History Of

Image via: The New Aesthetic

Kyle Chayka, Assistant Editor, ARTINFO.com
The New Aesthetic // http://new-aesthetic.tumblr.com/

Over the course of 2011, I became increasingly fascinated by the collision of art and technology. Of course, James Bridle was way ahead of me. Since an introductory post in May 2011, Bridle has used his New Aesthetic Tumblr to create a spotter’s guide to our lives in the post-digital world, from art pieces that make use of new technology to implementations of technology in everyday life that are so shocking and bizarre (yet completely logical), they might as well be art. We are all living the New Aesthetic.

Marina Galerpina Editor, Animal New York and Flavorwire
The supersupercut // http://supercut.org/supersupercut/

The internet folk art of “the supercut” perfectly demonstrates our modern compulsion for classification, repetition and the remix: blah blah blah, fuck fuck fuck, and so forth. The “supersupercut” took all other supercuts, butchered them, mish-moshed them together and made me stare into its chasm of random randomness pretty much forever until I started seeing patterns. (Loony loony.)

Tyler Green, Editor, podcaster, Modern Art Notes, Columnist, Modern Painters magazine
The Teachings of Speaker Gingrich // http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/1995/aug/10/the-teachings-of-speaker-gingrich/

The incomparable Joan Didion on Newt Gingrich. Didion’s essay on then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich reveals Gingrich — and today’s GOP — as something of a fraud. By the end of Didion’s essay, you’ll wonder how Gingrich is qualified to do, well, anything.

Mia Eaton, Writer 
Writing from the Garret: The Joys and Dangers of Readership // http://www.themillions.com/2011/01/writing-from-the-garret-the-joys-and-dangers-of-readership.html

This Edan Lepucki essay for The Millions has stayed with me all year as I’ve become increasingly neurotic about the idea of audience.

Anthony Espino, Curatorial Fellow, Art Fag City
Mega Upload Song // http://youtu.be/3RtnMP57duI

“In these trying times of the Anti-Piracy Bill, the Mega Upload Video has been treated as the golden calf of viral campaigns. After a seemingly interminable battle between UMG and MrKimDotCom, the MegaUpload Anthem is back online in all of it’s indulgent, celebrity-filled glory. Let us all dance to this victory over the oppression of our freedom to upload…at around 130+ BPMs.”

Nate Hill, Artist
Guy Singing “Niggas in Paris” on NYC Subway// http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMIw82pX4mA

Some call it “showing your ass”, but I love it when we forget our inhibitions in public spaces and just do something uncontrolled… because that’s my art.


Sean Capone January 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I’m surprised no one thought to include any of Hennessy Youngman’s videos in this list. They were surely among the most liked & re-posted videos of the last year.

Jónó Mí Ló January 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Wow, I’m flattered. thank you for posting about Dior Nights.

Jeff Sisson January 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

Hey Paddy, Why is this list split across six pages?

Paddy Johnson January 4, 2012 at 12:18 am

Because I looked at the amount of scrolling people were going to have to do and it became clear that it would be easier to click through the post than scroll indefinitely. 

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