Monthly Archives: October 2009

NYSAT response

I think that the issue should not be framed as Art Vs Advertisement but instead, as interaction versus limitation or conversation versus monologue. The issue is that there are spaces that have been designated as purely for the dissemination of information regarding commerce, corporate interests, events and communication, and that these spaces must only be […]

NYSAT2

  NYSAT2 struck the streets of New York yesterday morning, whitewashing over 100 illegal street level billboard advertisements and adorning them with work from various artists. Despite intense NPA harassment and a major police crackdown that resulted in a few arrests, it seems that every artist had the chance to at least get their work […]

End Time Now by Adrian Heathfield

A brief consideration of the Temporal Rationalization and Logics instrumental within late Capitalism that is apart of the book Small Acts: Performance, the Millennium and the Marking of Time . Adrian Heathfield explores the dilemmas of performance within a contemporary culture dictated by linear, compartmented, managed and marketable time. This concept of organizing time to […]

Fever Ray

This video is a near proximity to what I consider this contemporary zeitgeist of neo naturalism, romanticized nature. The lyrics pining for nature, the gaze forward into the future with “when I grow up,” the contrast with the pool, the suburban reality.

The Location of Culture, The Other Question

Homi Bhabha’s chapter in the Location of Culture entitled “The Other Question” posits the notion of the Other as a misrepresentation as opposed to an understanding of the self through representation as established in Orientalism. He positions the stereotype as a stagnant, trapped moment of exaggeration that are employed in order to give evidence to […]

The Ox

Ichthys, Quetzalcoatl and Cortes

This is going to be a quick post but I’ve been considering the uncanny relationship between the return of Quetzalcoatl to the Aztecs and the second coming of Jesus Christ and the intersection that occurs between these two cultural beliefs when Cortes landed on the mainland of Mexico. While some scholars, such as Matthew Restall, […]

Cleo From 5 to 7

It is the social organism that we have independently developed that defines the development of the urban. It is the portrait of the urban as the result of industrialization, or modernization, and now its epoch, celebration, revival, and constant struggle over its organization. It is a picture of the urban anxiety, it is the occurrence […]

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Max Weber’s seminal work The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism attempts to map the influence of Protestant values on the development of Capitalism. He demonstrated that the Protestant emphasis on the individual, intense asceticism and their constant anxiety over salvation made them well adapted for modern capitalism. Particularly, their notion that God’s will […]

Thomas Kinkade

Apparently Thomas Kinkade is the most widely collected artist in America. While I cannot find the specific study, which is really unfortunate given how strangely insightful it is, Kinkade’s work reminds me of the finding that the archetypal piece that Americans would find most appealing is a bucolic landscape preferably with president situated in the […]