Category Archives: Philosophical

How to review a show – a manifesto ver 0.2*

NOTE: This is a manifesto-in-progress. It’s not righteous or applicable to everyone. It’s just something I’m working on for myself, to help me (as an artist) better process what I see others creating and to avoid what, to me, are nigh-inescapable eddies of snark, condescension, bitterness, and posturing that come from discussing art. Enjoy, steal, [...]

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Photoshop disaster

I might argue that this is less an error in photo-editing and more a semiotic representation of existential duality. I might cry. (via Photoshop Disasters

How to review a show – a manifesto ver 0.1

NOTE: This is a manifesto-in-progress. It’s not righteous or applicable to everyone. It’s just something I’m working on for myself, to help me (as an artist) better process what I see others creating and to avoid what, to me, are nigh-inescapable eddies of snark, condescension, bitterness, and posturing that come from discussing anything from downtown [...]

“Jay-Z & Joseph Beuys are 2 outstanding performers who have been through some serious shit.”

The Pharaoh Hennesy explains the importance of individual narratives for building your legend: It’s okay being a real person if your only goals in life are to find a wife or husband, maybe watch a few Ben Stiller movies, and make a few kids, and pass away into the ether without leaving a real legacy [...]

Hostages and cannibals make me want to buy your snack product. (TV ads as hyperactive literary analysis)

M&Ms commercials have always bothered me a little. There’s a loveability to the anthropomorphized, walking/talking CGI candies to be sure, but there’s no getting around their looming demise. So to say that we identify with the protagonists is immediately to say that we understand just how little their lives are valued by their surrounding society. [...]

True…. so true.

(source: Buttersafe; link: Emporium)

That’s not an art. THIS is an art.

Letters of Note posted this 1960 letter from comedian Steve Allen to Village Voice writer Nat Hentoff, following Hentoff’s article questioning negative reviews of not-yet-legendary comic Lenny Bruce. A couple of things held my attention: 1) Art is taste to the public, but community to the artists; 2) Steve Allen not only promotes his autobiography [...]

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Useful. (via I Love Charts)

Microsoft sells us the banality of despair

Video requires Silverlight. If you have problems seeing video, click here to view on original webpage. Q: What’s worse than existential grief? A: Probably Aristotelian irony in self-ignorance of said grief. That is what Microsoft seems to be selling us in this TV ad for Windows 7. It might be the saddest, most insidious 30 [...]

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