34 AFC Friends Cite Their Favorite Link of 2011

by Paddy Johnson on December 31, 2011 · 4 comments A Brief History Of

As is our annual tradition, I’ve asked people I know and respect to contribute their single favorite link for the year.  No themes. No grand explanations. Just one link, and one sentence describing why they liked it. For the first time ever, this year I received no dupe links. The web is a much larger place than it used to be.

Duncan Alexander, (Hypothete), Artist
Dior Nights // http://diornights.com/

Dior Nights is a music/image “microbrand” run by Jono Mi Lo, AKA. DaytimeTelevision. Jono* and his crew put together mixes for which “eclectic” is too mundane a word – they’re intense, emotional, funny, cosmic. Dior Nights is web surfing music.

Greg Allen, Editor, Greg.org
Son of Strelka, Son of God // http://greg.org/archive/2011/12/17/son_of_strelka_son_of_god_by_dan_warren.html

Dan Warren’s epic remix of Barack Obama’s audiobook, but maybe not. It definitely is not completely finished/polished, but it feels like the future somehow.

Man Bartlett, Artist
#OWS // http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=%23ows
Three letters that got me thinking, re-thinking, and taking action a lot this year.

Will Brand, Editor-in-Chief, Art Fag City 
The Grand Tour // http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/18/110418fa_fact_osnos

It's been a good year for writing and Evan Osnos's piece about Chinese tour groups in Europe is nearly perfect; insightful, observant, well-researched and at times hilarious. I've sent it to nearly everyone I know.

Judith Braun, Artist, former Work of Art contestent
Live from the Lower East Side // http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93zp7YPR_MY

My own 64th birthday video!

Sean Capone, Artist, Facebooker
10 hour playlist. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PL3643A06A0085A400

This YouTube playlist takes all of your favorite video memes and remixes them to a length of 10 hours, for no real reason. Clips include ‘Epic Sax Guy’, ‘Edward Kheil Trololo’, and ‘Nom nom nom’, but if you only watch one, ‘Justin Beiber Getting Shot on CSI for 10 hours’ is an amazing piece of filmwork, on par with Christian Marclay’s ‘The Clock’.


Sean Capone January 1, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I’m surprised no one thought to include any of Hennessy Youngman’s videos in this list. They were surely among the most liked & re-posted videos of the last year.

Jónó Mí Ló January 1, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Wow, I’m flattered. thank you for posting about Dior Nights.

Jeff Sisson January 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

Hey Paddy, Why is this list split across six pages?

Paddy Johnson January 4, 2012 at 12:18 am

Because I looked at the amount of scrolling people were going to have to do and it became clear that it would be easier to click through the post than scroll indefinitely. 

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