Jennifer Chan
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It’s Only Humanist


I think it's both hippie and hipster-an exotic apolitical fetish. I just think in an Asian new media exhibition context this would look so fug, though it functions fine on the internet. 

before people started responding with all the images I was going to compare its use to trying to reclaim the swastika, though the yin yang is also not as ideologically problematic.

As an art text the symbol also doesn't have as heavy a canonical resonance like the greek stuff in academic art. I just feel it's more kitschy than reappropriated greekness, that is all. I am not saying you can't use it.

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It’s Only Humanist


this cause is lost,

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is that humanist?

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It’s Only Humanist


In terms of web art trends could we also talk about the treatment of the yin yang sign on tumblr/Facebook as art? I'm not sure if people find it profoundly cute and different, or if it's exotoc and trendy.

As someone who's grown up in Asia I feel like this sign is so religious/historical and anachronistic that it can't be reclaimed or used arbitrarily. (Imagine trying to use any other religious symbol to make a statement on capitalism.) I also feel like having multiple irl copies of them as sculptural art objects probably wouldn't reinforce their significance or talk about our encounter with technology...

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Codes of Honor


I don't game and watching this gave me chills. I've always wished videogames could make me happy :/