The Artist Studio Affordability Project known as ASAP needs a mere $600 to make the organization official. Main initiatives include building a coalition between artists and people with similar issues. It’s the single most important step to getting artists’ issues recognized. DONATE. [ioby]
Finally, you can order an asshole! Assholes on Demand offers a service for assholes to help you confront daily offenders like, say, your cable company. We expect they’ll need lots of volunteers. [Assholes on Demand]
A brief history of the artist from solitary genius, to artisan to creative entrepreneur. Puke. [The Atlantic]
A stepping stone to electric cars? A doofy looking but very high-tech electric scooter comes with rechargeable battery stations and an app that can change its color. [Tech Crunch]
Based on psychological studies, the people who general enjoy horror movies are unempathetic thrill-seeking men attracted to cowering women. Cops? [The New Republic]
A bizarre piece on the detriments of under-sharing on Facebook. This article begins with the idea that it’s bad that people don’t share their marital fights and that this imbalanced perception inspires other ill-suited couples to tie the knot. Then we learn that people hold back too much on issues that matter—Ferguson for example—and that’s the real problem, not the lack of personal tiffs on Facebook. Way to build an argument. [The New Republic]
Not a bad idea: Mark Zuckerberg started a book club on Facebook with discussion in the comment threads. Go figure, though, that he has selected “The End of Power”, about people in power. From the description: “Those in power today are more constrained in what they can do with it and more at risk of losing it than ever before.” This from somebody whose business model is based on aggregating our personal information. Can’t wait for the comments to roll in. [Facebook]
A humorous quote from the Chief Executive at SpaceX, a company hoping to build a commercial rocket ship. “We’ve been able to soft-land the rocket booster in horror movies the ocean twice so far,” Elon Musk said. “Unfortunately, it sort of sat there for several seconds, then tipped over and exploded. It’s quite difficult to reuse at that point.” [The New York Times]
I can now add another reason never to swim at Coney Island, in addition to the open fucking and public shitting which I’ve personally witnessed on previous trips: a bloated human hand has been found floating in its waters. Police are investigating. [Animal New York]
Everything about these tech world predictions is spot on. Brilliantly snarky too. On the predicted success of Uber, “Nobody will care about all the bad behavior anymore because money talks and bullshit walks, as Goethe once wrote.” [Valleywag]
Collector and dealer Stefan Simchowitz spent his vacation on facebook talking about his New York Times profile. Read the threads on Paddy Johnson’s facebook page and elsewhere. [Facebook]
The Studio Museum’s Thelma Golden reveals all, from being inspired by The Jeffersons to become a curator, as well as the importance of listening to artists: “I was raised as a curator by a fierce group of artists who really demanded that I understand what their work was about.” [Studio 360]
Holland Cotter discusses the new Aspen Art Museum designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The shows have little relationship to the architecture, but two out of the five are good. Cotter notes that all of them are trendy and that the museum should try to do better. [The New York Times]
Camille Henrot has won the Nam June Paik Award and will receive $32,000. [Artforum]
Facebook launches a new ad platform that analyzes every status update you’ve made over the last five years on the network to determine which ad will be the most effective. Apparently, they will be particularly effective on mobile (a point we find hard to believe because their own app is nearly unusable). [The New York Times]
If only I were rich. I would be clearing out the shelves on Paddle8. Brian Bellot’s sock paintings were some of the best pieces from all the Miami fairs last year; I wanted them then and I want them today. He also covered marshmallows in glitter, and they’re selling that, too. (Whitney) [Paddle8]
It’s national coffee day, which means free coffee at places that sell disgusting coffee (Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s). Editor’s note: AFC’s Corinna Kirsch likes the iced coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts. Editor’s editor’s note: The author of this link, Paddy Johnson, does not drink coffee, and therefore, is unqualified to make an assessment on said subject. [WGNtv]
An untold story nobody needs to know: how real estate developer Harry Macklowe came up with the Apple Cube. He came up with the idea, got it past Steve Jobs and the city, made some size adjustments, and wa lah, one of the most successful retail locations in the world was born. And now we have another giant Apple Store. [New York Magazine]
Do you hate looking at subway ads? Well, there’s an app for that. Put your phone up to a subway ad, and then the app will replace the ad with art—but you still have to look at your screen and not the actual wall. And then there’s that issue of having to look through your phone screen at the advertisement instead of doing anything else. [The New York Times]
Jayson Musson gave a talk at the BHQFU’s “Humor and the Abject” class last night. In case you missed it, you can still watch the livestream. Image quality isn’t too great, imo. [YouTube]
“It Took 50,” the documentary about 90-year-old East Village housing activist Frances Goldin (whom we wrote about here), has five more days to fundraise for part two. If you want to know the story behind the plan that’s already preserving tons of affordable housing in New York City, then fund this. Plus, this woman is just incredible. [Indiegogo]
As of last week Carnegie Mellon University effectively has no contemporary art gallery. Astria Suparak, director and curator of the Miller Gallery, the university’s one contemporary art space, was terminated at the close of the winter break.
Color Wheel is a series in which we identify a trending color in art for the week and post a daily image that illustrates its popularity. Today’s pick: #0000FF. That’s a lot more blue than you ever thought possible.
Platforms for GIF makers keep expanding. Thanks to a new workaround by Giphy users can now post animated GIFs on Facebook. Lets see how long it takes Facebook to censure this double-jointed, vaguely sexual image by Lorna Mills.
Let’s face it, at this point, there’s no stopping PRISM. Sure, coalitions have formed to protest the NSA for greater transparency about its spying programs, but Goliath is rarely beaten with a petition. So, if Goliath can’t be beat, maybe he can be tricked. That’s where artists Anthony Antonellis and Carlos Sáez come in.