This Friday I had the chance to help facilitate a workshop with the New York City Nutrition Education Network, better known as NYCNEN. Held at The New School, the workshop was part of their May General Meeting. The overarching theme for the meeting was “Developing Partnerships for a Healthier NYC: A Workshop Exploring Resource Mapping and Cu...[more]
I’m Not Mad at You in Particular, Just Everyone in General
It’s been one of those weeks,
in the middle of the month
when you just want to scream
and break something beautiful
like those drones in the halls
playing pretend scholars
on blood money and silenced ghosts
You don’t change things by asking ...[more]
Earlier this week the FBI announced that they were elevating Black Liberation Army (BLA) and Black Panther Party (BPP) activist Assata Shakur (formerly Joanne Chesimard) to their ‘Most Wanted Terrorist’ list of domestic suspects, making her the only woman in history to have such a designation, and the second US citizen ever to be added ...[more]
In other news, Politix reports on a recent incident where students were allegedly forced to listen to a Christian fundamentalism sermons disguised as a student assembly, this time in a Mississippi public school in Rankin County.
“A Mississippi public high school has caused a furore by forcing students to attend Christian assemblies, students ...[more]
So this weekend I had the pleasure of wandering around the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens with a friend at their Sakura Matsuri Festival, which was a combination of the annual cherry blossom festival plus lots of other Japanese cultural events–taiko drums, cosplay, origami workshops, Ukiyo-e artists, musical performances and more. The cherry blos...[more]
I live in a Greenpoint, Brooklyn neighborhood in the northwestern corner of the Greenpoint area, sandwiched between the BQE, Calvary Cemetery and the East River industrial zone. It’s a lovely little place with a very toxic history dating back centuries, and continuing today. Although the form of the industrial pollution may change from time t...[more]
So in honor of the annual celebration that is 420, I whipped up a little something something in the kitchen–Carurú De Camarón. And before you ask, no, it was not a “420 dinner,” as some folks might suspect given the date, just the basic ingredients, with no special sauce
So the dish I made is one I really enjoy, and have made 6-...[more]
[Editor's Note: Offensive language follows]
Did you catch the latest white supremacist twitterganza following the MTV movie awards? If not, then check out Public Shaming’s Tweets of Privilege post here. I would say that this sort of thing is shocking, but truth be told, having spent this semester teaching a course on race, immigration and whi...[more]
While I was adventuring in the midwest, I did manage to squeeze a bit of operatic culture into my trip. Well, I’m not sure if a night at the movies really counts as “operatic culture,” but really, who’s counting? For those of you who haven’t already seen the new Les Misérables movie, don’t worry, I’m not going to be giving and spoilers. If you’re not familiar at all with the original Victor Hugo novel, you can learn more here.
Now I’m not a theatre geek like my friends were in high school, and I’ve never been much of a fan of opera, but I do love the French Revolution and partisan politics, so surely that must count for something. But in all honesty, it was a fairly well done production of the original story. The major highlights for me were more to do with the production and direction, and less to do with the stars themselves, who were fine but left much to be desired for a true opera fan–which luckily didn’t phase me much–with the exception of the innkeeper and his wife . Read More
So while enjoying my holiday respite in Cleveland I spent a fair bit of time watching other people’s TV watching habits. During one of those days, my Cleveland suburban friends’ son was watching cartoons, and by chance an episode of the Nickelodeon show Yo Gabba Gabba was playing. By some act of cosmic Doctor Who intervention, given how many possible episodes or segments of episodes that could have aired, the clip that happened to be playing was when one of the female characters named Toodee (who coincidentally is a blue cat-dragon–how awesome is that?!) gets sick and a doctor comes to visit. And like all good kids shows, this inevitable leads to a song and dance routine featuring a special visit by Anthony Bourdain as “Doctor Tony.” Read More
“The world is run by American corporations; there are no taxes; employees take the last names of the companies they work for; the Police and the NRA are publicly-traded security firms; the government can only investigate crimes it can bill for.
Hack Nike is a Merchandising Officer who discovers an all-new way to sell sneakers. Buy Mitsui is a stockbroker with a death-wish. Billy NRA is finding out that life in a private army isn’t all snappy uniforms and code names. And Jennifer Government, a legendary agent with a barcode tattoo, is a consumer watchdog with a gun.” Read More
In May of this year artist Gabo Guzzo had an installation and series of talks at Banner Repeater in London. The event, called The Geologic Turn, focused on the topic of the Anthropocene. Among other notable people there was Jan Zalaseiwicz, a UK geologist who has been writing about the Anthropocene, and made the following comments:
What we probably need are low carbon pleasures to keep us going in life and art can fulfill at least part of that because you don’t need to jet across the world to gain satisfaction in life, as well as having the basic essentials. I think that is probably not realized enough, that we can be happy sitting in our back garden with poetry or art or whatever rather than transplanting yourself for a month on the other side of the world.
It’s a case not of reducing our expectations but of modifying them so that we can simply use fewer resources. We can’t go back to the Holocene, it’s too late, it’s gone but we can slow down the rate of progress of the Anthropocene through the kinds of things you have suggested. Read More
In this week we turn to the relationship between perception and attention, thinking through some of the ideas of Roland Bartes in Camera Obscura and Cameron Tonkinwise and Karen Pinkus’ Want Not: A Dialogue on Sustainability with Images. Both sets of texts ask us to think about images and their power to influence us or cause some form of affective response. For Barthes, it is about adventure, for Tonkinwise and Pinkus, it is about thinking through how we think–and visualize–sustainability. Read More
Who could ask for a more enticing hook for sci-fi fans than a question like “What forces shape you?” That’s right, Star Wars Identities is coming to town, well, at least a few Canadian ones, and hopes to shed some (psychosocial?) light on that question…
The exhibit attempts to look at questions of modern identity formation through the lens of the much-beloved movie series Star Wars. The event, a combination of pop psychology and science, will be hosted first by the Montreal Science Centre, followed by the Telus World of Science in Edmonton. Unfortunately it appears that the show will not make it to the US, which is a shame, as I would really like to see what this is all about, but can’t really make time to go to Montreal or Edmonton just to see this exhibit. The whole exhibit is shaped around the central question “What forces shape you?” There is even a Rorschach-style video montage that has been produced as promo for the exhibit (see below). Read More
“If her functioning as a female is not enough to define woman, if we decline also to explain her through “the eternal feminine,” and if nevertheless we admit, provisionally, that women do exist, then we must face the question: what is a woman?”
What is a Woman? According to Google...
As seen above, these are just a few examples from the top search hits under Google Images for “woman.” What do you notice in relation to de Beauvoir’s piece? What tropes of the woman are reproduced here. Or, we might ask, how is woman visualized, and what does she signify within the visual space of the image? Read More
Some materials to think through in relation to questions of Nazi and Fascist aesthetics, and the influences of German art and politics between WWI and WWII. Reflections on Nazi film propagandist Leni Riefenstahl, Susan Sontag’s critique of her in Fascinating Fascism (1975) and Boris Groys reflections in The Hero Body: Adolf Hitler’s Art Theory on the body in relation to politics, domination, control and visuality. Does BDSM carry a latent fascist sexuality? All this and more!
“What is interesting about art under National Socialism are those features which make it a special variant of totalitarian art. The official art of countries like the Soviet Union and China aims to expound and reinforce a utopian morality. Fascist art displays a utopian aesthetics—that of physical perfection. Painters and sculptors under the Nazis often depicted the nude, but they were forbidden to show any bodily imperfections. Their nudes look like pictures in physique magazines: pinups which are both sanctimoniously asexual and (in a technical sense) pornographic, for they have the perfection of a fantasy.” – Susan Sontag, Fascinating Fascism Read More