Jayson Musson is back on YouTube, but not with his well-known “Art Thoughtz” web-series featuring Hennessy Youngman. Instead, we get “The Adventures of Jamel: The Time Traveling B-Boy,” created and written by the artist and directed and edited by Scott Ross. It’s flashy, and has more in common with Chappelle’s Show than Hennessy’s old show. Straight up, it’s a hip-hop comedy with sci-fi and social commentary thrown in the mix. I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s a pilot in the works for any premium cable channel.
Without giving away any spoilers, in the first episode, we’re introduced to:
An Iraqi baby skull filled with Merlot
A time-traveling janitor
Mention of anal sex with goats
Breaking the bonds of slavery with the power of hip-hop
Are we playing Cards Against Humanity? No. This is just Jayson Musson’s new web-world, a world without art. So very populist of you, Musson.
Already, a couple art events have potential for our 2015 “Best of”s. The American Realness Festival returns with some of the best performers in town; Jayson Musson debuts a new web series; Angela Washko keeps pushing for feminism in gaming; some of our favorite Internet artists are on a new press release.
I wish I had written this Internet Glossary. So good. The Toast adds some additional translations to common Internet slang: “You need to see” translates to“here is a video you’ll forget in two minutes”. “!”=”I have space for one character in this RT”. “FTW”=”I agree with this”. “THIS“=”I Have Nothing to Add”. [The Toast]
Paddy Johnson has filed another artnet News review. It is titled “Richard Prince Sucks.” Click through to find out what she thinks of Richard Prince. [artnet News]
A new study by the Pew Foundation finds that Buzzfeed is trusted less than ThinkProgress, Sean Hannity Show, Glenn Beck, or Rush Limbaugh. [PewResearch]
The Founder and Executive Director of Art21, Susan Sollins, passed away last week. Hyperallergic has reported a nice overview of her influence and vision. [Hyperallergic]
Rhizome is building a tool that will help archive facebook conversations. Dragan Espenschied, Rhizome’s digital conservator, speaks to the New York Times. [The New York Times]
In news of the ever-shifting art blogosphere: Just months after scooping up the staff of Artinfo because Louise BLOUIN wasn’t paying anybody (she’s currently embroiled in lawsuits and small claims court filings filed by her former contractors), artnet News has already lost one of its best assets. Ben Sutton is now at Hyperallergic. One wonders if this has to do with Artnet’s tabloid–like news sensibility. (Also, it appears they’ve made a font change). This means Hyperallergic is expanding, which is good news for those of us who are sick to death of Gallerist NY voice.
An Edward Snowden documentary, Citizenfour, was slipped quietly into the New York Film Festival. Apparently, Snowden contacted the filmmaker Laura Poitras soon before making the leaks because of her previous films My Country, My Country, and The Oath. [Hyperallergic]
Hoverboards are real, and they are not two blowdriers attached to the bottom of a skateboard. They’re using magnets, and you have to hover over a metal floor. No, you can’t have one, they’re $10,000. [The Verge]
Not art-related, but what the hell: Renée Zellweger looks like an entirely different person. [Gawker]
Guess who’s got a Jayson Musson’s Coogi painting for sale? We do, and you have two more days to get it. [Paddle8]
You won’t hear us bitching about Chelsea this week, which, given the last month, is probably a relief for all our readers. We’ll be more than occupied with protests, generative artworks, Bushwick Expo, video blowouts, and televisual operas. You can also expect to hear no end of promo for our auction, which ends —->THURSDAY, Thursday, Thursday!<—–
Today we announce the launch of “The Writers’ Auction,” our fall benefit auction running on Paddle8through October 23, 2014. The money raised will be used to take our two part-time writers on full-time—making it the most important auction we’ve launched to date. This means more resources to edit artist essays, in-depth interviews and reviews, and daily news coverage. This is flagship AFC content, and it’s the best art writing you’ll find anywhere on the web.