[What] I find jarring about this formulation is the same thing that bothers me about the alarming trend of weddings in which the photographers and videographers have free reign, even during the ceremony, in order to get the best, most cinematic record of the event, at the expense of the event itself and everyone participating. It’s a conflation of the record of the event with the event itself, or even a privileging of the record over what gives the record its meaning and power - Joe Moon on Facebook Timeline and Google's Dear Sophie video.
"The frontier is always the border of something, virgin territory where we can build new worlds, remake ourselves; always there’s this obsession with remaking ourselves. So to dream of the frontier is also to desire immortality. But there is no such thing as new territory. There are always previous civilizations, societies, families, and cultures. So when we build new worlds, there will be violence." - Cathy Park Hong in the Paris Review
olduse.net, a site updated in real time as it was thirty years ago.
Ron Hanson (editor of White Fungus) interviews Taiwan artist Yao Jui-chung for Afterall. In 2010 Yao sparked a national debate with The Mosquito Project, a series of photographs and book documenting a multitude of idle public facilities scattered across Taiwan. Built purely on politicians’ campaign promises with little or no regard for their actual use, the buildings have been called 'mosquito houses' as the insects are often their only inhabitants.
Two upcoming shows at Seventeen Gallery in London: Oliver Laric's Diamond Grill and On Value which, looks at the highs and lows of value's fluctuating cultural and economic form through the problem of judgment. (Stuart Baker, Andrea Buettner, Liang & Liang, Charles Lofton, James Richards, Ben Vickers)
The Deleted City created from the Archive Team's Geocities preservation efforts ... the digital Pompeii that is the subject of an interactive excavation that allows you to wander through an episode of recent online history.
Jeff Talman, talks about Nature of the Night Sky on National Public Radio: Working with astrophysicist Daniel Huber, he used radiation and seismic data from stars and shaped it into music, played back after sundown each night in a Bavarian forest.
A 1992 Take on the Birth of Social Networking (The Atlantic)