One of my resolutions this year was to write more and not just keep it in stacks of notebooks, actually submit it! Here’s my first ever ‘published’ poem.
And this makes me feel shy and embarrassed but I’m ignoring my feelings to broadcast my feelings.
This installation by artist Makode Aj Linde and is a piece about female genital mutilation at World Art Day in Sweden back in 2012. It did not go over well.
In this photo you can see the Swedish Minister of Culture, Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth, feeding part of the cake to the artist with a big smile on her face while a lot of other smiling white people laugh in the background. The public called for her resignation but she didn’t even apologize.
To say that this is an insanely unfortunate and inappropriate reaction from all involved is my understatement of the year. Why were they so disconnected from this work and why weren’t they thinking?
The revulsion works on two levels. The artist, Makode Aj Linde, obviously intended his installation as a work of deadly-dark, vicious satire dramatizing the horror of Female Genital Mutilation, and he hit that mark like a laser.
The reaction of the assembled crowd, though, is perhaps more disturbing. They don’t seem to understand that this isn’t supposed to be “Ha-ha”-funny, and if observers ascribe their glee to a detached, condescending form of racism, I’d be hard-pressed to disagree. Really, who knows what they were thinking? Who the eff laughs at that?
But I also strongly object to the widespread characterization of the installation itself as somehow racist. The artist is black, and his intention is obviously to dramatize a human rights violation being perpetrated against African girls and women. The interaction with the cake may well have been racist, but the installation itself is exactly the opposite of that.
- Tommy Christopher, Mediaite
There is lots of disagreement on that last point. For a discussion and more insightful and thought provoking observations look here
And here is the artist himself speaking about it in a series: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqIR0ZW58P8&list=PLFCAC9E1B0011D8A1
Blondie at the Bel Air Sands Hotel, 1977
This is how Sierra DuFault sees me!
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via tierdropp)
nice little conversation with Richard Serra at WNYC- Leonard Lopate
Griffen and I got to see his sculptures at MoMA in 2006 and the thing that really struck me about them was how you felt when you walked through and around. In some spots it was like you are were at the bottom of a canyon. It’s great to hear him talk about that very thing in this interview.
The Improvised Star Trek has fans from all over the world and sometimes they make things based on the show.
Like these Valentines based on our characters made by IST super fan John D’Angelo.
Check out the podcast http://bit.ly/improvstartrek
Or see us live at iO the 4th Friday of every month or on 3/21 at the Nerd Comedy Fest in Chicago.
That’s my character on top, Lt. Lady Cola, then Captain Baxter, science officer Crick Watson, engineering Chief Fritz Fassbinder and then forever an ensign never a bride, Lorem.
Super Human’s FREAKY FRIDAYS are back with a special Valentine’s edition!
I was excited to celebrate my first I ACTUALLY HAVE A BOYFRIEND NOW valentine’s day. I got myself a perfect Carrie-Bradshaw-attends-an-art-gallery-opening-on-the-lower-east-side cocktail dress. I was lookin fly. He did everything right: dinner, drinks all the while being chivalrous….
Luke and I were looking at Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights and discovered, much to our amusement, music written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens of the rightmost panel of the painting which is intended to represent Hell. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era.
so yes this is LITERALLY the 600-years-old butt song from hell
When visual art and music nerds collide magic happens. 600 year old butt song from hell magic.
This is a really cool idea executed in a pretty way by Susana Soares who is a designer from Portugal.
Check out her website www.susanasoares.com
According to her “about” section she has held research fellow positions at Royal College of Art and at Goldsmiths University of London. She has a a specific and fascinating goal to her work which “explores the implications for design of the current technological redesign of nature. Her projects involve developing collaborative frameworks between design and emerging scientific research.” It’s safe to say that she is an artist and that this is the execution of a concept.
Which is why I find it very interesting that ABC news decided to describe her as a SCIENTIST. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/11/25/honeybees-trained-to-sniff-out-cancer/
If you don’t understand that there is a PROFOUND AND SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE between an artist and a scientist you should not be reporting news. Period.
(via Susana Soares: Bee’s)