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How to Keep AFC in Your Newsfeed

by Michael Anthony Farley on October 11, 2016
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When AFC launched in 2005, the internet was a totally different beast. Blogs were the little guy, out to upset the corporate media and democratize web content. And we succeeded! But fast-forward to 2016, and “user generated content” is what’s doled out to us by Facebook’s algorithms.

As Facebook continually tweaks its content-prioritization metrics, you’ve probably noticed less and less posts from small publishers like us. Instead, you’re likely to see trending stories about the Kardashians, paid content, and family members fighting about the election. Or worse, baby photos.

Thankfully, there’s a simple way to keep abreast of content such as our daily curated links (much better than Facebook’s!), features, weekly events listings, artist opportunities, commissioned projects including our IMG MGMT series and so much more. Simply visit our Facebook page, rollover the “Like” button, and select “See First” in the newsfeed options (see GIF above!).

We promise prioritizing independent art criticism will make your social media experience exponentially more rewarding. And it will make our days more rewarding—we work hard to bring you the best, weirdest, and/or most relevant stories from the art world and internet. We want to make sure you see them!

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Seasons Greetings with Crayon Pop

by The AFC Staff on December 25, 2013

Happy holidays from all of us here at Art F City.

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Join the National Protest and Stop SOPA and PIPA

by Paddy Johnson on January 17, 2012
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Tomorrow only readers will see a small change in our site — load any Art Fag City URL and a splash will appear asking you to sign a petition protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its sister in the senate, the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Those are bills that, if passed, would give the US government unprecedented options for shutting down sites that are suspected of “engaging in, enabling or facilitating” copyright infringement. SOPA, in particular, would, among ohter things, allow the government to delete authoritative DNS records and force your ISP to give your computer false DNS information if you request a suspected site.

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Happy Holidays From Art Fag City

by Paddy Johnson on December 24, 2011

The Johnson family farm, Christmas, 2007

I’m feeling a bit of nostalgia for the Johnson family farm this season since I won’t be making my normal trip up to Canada this year.  (My parents are in New Zealand for the holidays). It’s not often they receive a dusting of snow like this just before Christmas, but in 2007 I spent a good deal of time marveling at the like. Now when I look at the photographs I am struck by how little they capture of the trip. The snow was more sparkly, the landscape more awe inspiring, and my family more jovial. I’m not great with a camera, but also, its limitations are clear; it rarely represents duration of experience well.

There have been times when I would have found this frustrating, but today that imperfection makes those memories feel a little more distinct. Sometimes it’s nice to have experiences that are best shared in person. That won’t stop me from taking pictures today and tomorrow, but I probably won’t go crazy. And so, my wish to all AFC readers maps to my own desires; that our memories be a little less perfect and a little more special.

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Posting Notice: Venice Edition

by Paddy Johnson on June 2, 2011
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I’m in Venice for the next three days, so I won’t be able to post much on the blog. For images of what I’m seeing follow my flickr account.

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Robert Whitman’s Passport at Dia Beacon

by Paddy Johnson on April 26, 2011
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Last weekend I checked out Robert Whitman’s performance Passport at Dia Beacon. I’m still working out what I think about this piece — the weather was less than stellar and prevented almost all note taking — but the flaming boat moving across the water was pretty stunning. A return trip is in order.

I have a few deadlines to attend to today, but in the meantime, a few pictures from the weekend.

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Posting Notice: Wayne State University Edition

by Paddy Johnson on April 7, 2011
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I’m giving a lecture at Wayne State University in Detroit today, so please enjoy this bear. Also, Mr. Will Brand promises to add a few shows to the reviews in brief section so look forward to those. Image via: Double Triple

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This Week in AFC Programming: I’m Not Here

by Paddy Johnson on February 15, 2011
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I’m heading out to Granville, Ohio today to install an animated GIF show I curated for The Mulberry Gallery at Denison University. This means a couple of things to readers, namely that Will Brand will be managing the site for the next couple of days – expect the quality of posts to be pretty high. I’m looking forward to reading part two of his series on the best and worst gallery websites, in addition to Corinna Kirsch’s take on the Stephen Rhodes exhibition at Metro Pictures, and the second installment of Guy Forget’s series on impermanence.

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