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.
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]