Califone’s new Tumblr-generated music video, “Stitches,” created in collaboration with filmmaker Braden King and programmer Jeff Garneau and housed on Tumblr, is a computer-generated flow of selected photos and GIFs, different each time you watch it. It’s remarkably appropriate that “Stitches,” repeats, “Just stitch it together again, again, again,” given that the project forces the viewers to make connections between the images that seem to relate to neither each other nor the song.
What is up with those ass-ugly sculptures at City Hall Park? Thanks to the Public Art Fund for bringing us yet another crummy show. Lightness of Being comes on the heels of their well-promoted but ill-received Ugo Rondinone show of figures made from boulders.
Ever forget a gender exists? It seems a little hard to believe. Nonetheless, women often get overlooked. Theresa Anderson, a Denver-based art blogger and artist reminded us on Friday, via facebook message, that curators are unintentionally but unrepentantly excluding women from their digital art shows.
Artists make up a mere 1.4% of the labor force. California is an artist’s haven. One in ten artists in D.C. makes more than $125,000 a year. These statements come straight out of The Washington Post’s recent essay, “Five facts about professional artists”. Taken on face value, they paint a desperate, unforgiving portrait of the artist’s uphill plight: jobs are scarce, the pay is paltry, and women aren’t making out too well.
The art world is often extravagant. Opening dinners overflow with a cornucopia of earthly delights while paint, temporary walls, and tools get frittered away in the dumpsters outside. Resources like these get squandered all the time, and rarely does anyone raise an eyebrow. It’s surprising, then, to hear about the current trash-related protest against MoMA Poet Laureate and UbuWeb Founder Kenneth Goldsmith for his relatively small, but big-sounding paper-based project “Printing Out the Internet”.
Internet Archive will be accepting applications for week-long Tumblr residencies through June 1st. In an facebook conversation transcribed to Alt Crit, artist Nicholas O’Brien says he thinks the platform homogenizes aesthetic for the sake of individual “curatorial sensibilities”. Internet Archive’s Ian Aleksander Adams disagrees.