This face was generated using facial recognition on April 26 / 2015 using Google searches on the following top keywords of the day:
Nepal, Freddie Gray, NASCAR, Spurs, Cecily Strong, Wladimir Klitschko, Pittsburgh Penguins, Hayden Panettiere, UFC 186
from the project Recognised Faces by Kristoffer Ørum
Pantone 144 color match.
A Clementine segment. Isn’t it darling? Buying lots of these lately.
My two Red Dead Redemption/Oregon Trail mash-up pieces for LTD Gallery’s next show, Press Start…To Continue!
The theme is remixing old and new games- I really wanted to do something with Myst what with the anniversary being right around the corner, but the Western parallels of Oregon Trail and RDR seemed too good to resist. That and John’s wicked witch-like tendency to die when he gets even the slightest bit damp.
The opening is this Friday, and I’ll definitely be swinging by- it’s gonna be PAX weekend, so here’s hoping the gallery will be packed. :)
First, I cannot stress enough the cult-like powers of a PhD program. Doctoral programs can have a strong influence on the weak-minded. Even if you’re pretty sure what you want going into a program, that can change as you’re surrounded by peers who want something different. You might think you’re strong-willed, but day after day of hearing how a top-tier research university position is the be-all, end-all of life can have strange effects on your psyche.
I really do feel this is something we handle well at Wisconsin. Our Ph.D. graduates go on to a wide variety of positions, some in primarily teaching colleges, some in research institutions, some in industry, some in government. We do not consider the North American research university the be-all and end-all of life. We are not just trying to produce clones of ourselves. We really do strive to help each of our students get the best job among the jobs they want to get.
Bette Davis in All About Eve (1950).
Happy Birthday to me
The Tourist ~ by H.R. Giger…
Happy Birthday to me
“morning person??” oh no you’ve misheard me. I’m a mourning person. always in black, talking about ghosts and bones, in a constant state of grief for the unknown dead.
Gold Orphic Prayer Sheet
Folded in with the ashes of the deceased in a bronze urn, this lamella provides instructions about the path to be followed in the underworld to ensure salvation. Gold lamellae are quite rare.
The soul of the dead is thirsty, this guides the soul to the correct spring from which to drink (other springs in the underworld cause memory loss). The soul is often asked about its origin and should reply with the formula provided on the sheet.
Source: The Getty Museum
Charon Sleeps ~ by John Sokol…
my birthday eve…
Tech artist DevKid presents a look into a custom projection mapping tool he developed himself to design sound reactive visuals for architectural spaces:
Imagine a space defined just by points. Points as the only constants and reference to the physical world. Then, imagine a tool, something like a pencil. Drawing tool crafted to be used in a 3D canvas.
I use it to rewrite the physical form of the space into digital substance. I don’t want to create a realistic representation of that space, rather that, I want to pull out the essence I want to work with. Connection between the physical and digital world will remain through my points. Someone would call it mapping. But it really does not matter. For me it is important to vanish physical substance of one and give physical reference to the second.
Here is one example of a performance which was used with this software for a stage performance by a band:
You can find out more at DevKid’s website here
Alchemy The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, a key text of Western Alchemy, in a 17th-century edition
Domicilio Conocido. Unique images constructed by combining different elements appropriated from satellite views in Google Maps. They suggest places that look real but don’t exist. Lithography. 2015
“Do some stock-photo modelling, they said. What could possibly go wrong, they said.”— Tent101 on Twitter: “Do some stock-photo modelling, they said. What could possibly go wrong, they said. http://t.co/5vLQ4uUMVZ”)
Priimiitittii :: Kurt Schwitters (1958)
Hammer House of Horror fashion moment. I always wanted a nightgown like this after seeing some Christopher Lee movie in fifth grade. This nightgown was the epitome of sexiness and feminine mystic. I get that it’s empire waisted but the sleeves still mystify me.
Christos Michaelides / As Far As I Can See, enamel paint on canvas, 2013, 50x100cm
How children lost the right to roam in four generations + The Case for Free-Range Parenting
The Impaled Queen ~ by Deharme…
I for one am glad I can now extend toothbrushing by an additional 15 to 20 minutes. Thanks, Kolibree!
Something brilliantly odd about “track forgotten teeth”
“Kolibree…has Bluetooth connectivity and packs an accelerometer, magnetometer and gyroscope to keep track of its orientation within your mouth.” Plus, it provides rich feedback on a “mobile dashboard” accessible from your smartphone.
Sunday April 19, 2015
The only holiday I like is Record Store Day. Like "Read a Book" day, it is the one holiday where you can surrender your passion to a common cause - which is to keep the local record store open in your neighborhood. If you don't have a record store in your neighborhood, then that means you live in a place that has no importance whatsoever. People are fed many ways. I think most people would consider a 7/11 or Trader Joe's as an essential business to live nearby. I, on the other hand, would prefer a record store than a shop full of food. You eat, but then what? Music has a lasting presence in one's life, and therefore I feel it is much important than a good meat department.
There are those who complain loudly about the negative aspects of Record Store Day, which is hysterical, because there are none. To stand in line in hopes of getting that specific piece of vinyl that is being released that very day is part of the pleasure as well as the disappointments in not obtaining the sacred item you're in line for. One wonders while standing there, if there is a possibility of not getting that specific record. Of course it is, because perhaps the store forgot to order that product, or due to its limited edition status, so there were not enough copies to go around. So yes, I was disappointed when I didn't get the Serge Gainsbourg collection of his soundtrack work - but it was a sense of failure with a great deal of anticipation and adventure attached to it.
I must say it was a shock to me that I found four copies of the "Charlie Feathers" 10" album of his King recordings in the bin. Originally issued on 7" 45rpm and 78rpm format. This collection is a must if one has even the slightest interest in rockabilly music. The guitar work of Jerry Huffman is like a series of switchblade cuts on one's body. When I put the needle on this record, I hear human misery. So yes, music to me is like putting a mirror in front of my face - it has to represent the inner and deeper feelings in my soul. Food just keeps me going till the next meal, but music like Feathers, keeps me fed on a spiritual/sexual plane that can't be denied. Rockabilly music is all fucking, violent death, cheap liquor, and desires being mis-placed at the wrong place and time. Satan's favorite music. And one is dying just to taste the bottle that Satan had his diseased mouth over. After playing these four songs, I feel like spitting the blood out of my mouth.
On the same trip to the record store, I found another great 10" album by Chris Barber and his jazz band. The album is called "Jazz Sacred and Secular." Barber is a British trombone player, and is one of the key players in the Soho London music scene of the 1950s. He was famous for having Lonnie Donegan in his band, who later became the figurehead that in a certain fashion, started the British Invasion in the early 1960s. Shuffle genius and architect to the do-it-yourself type of music, he made a major presence on a lot of British musicians. The beauty of this recording is that it is like listening to a well-received long distance call. Although from the UK, it reached out to New Orleans. Chris Barber actually spent time in New Orleans, and that one visit had a profound effect on his whole life. This 10" disk is a combination tribute to Duke Ellington as well as the New Orleans life. The mood is happy, but of course, it has traces of deep sadness. Music unlike food serves on different levels. If you taste food and it's too bitter or sweet, one may choose to spit it out. Music, on the other hand, is a texture that one craves for - due to its emotional responses within the grooves of the record. Barber's version of "Black and Tan Fantasie" is originally from Harlem, but here it is placed in Soho, London. Even the British spelling of Fantasy gives this recording a sense of being placed out of the storefront window, looking in, and just absorbing the goods in the store although you're outside. The sense of location changes, but nevertheless they are real places - and each place has a vision or a history. Even if it is made-up, it is still real, because what you're hearing is a place that is imagined or desired for.
A bad day is a world without a turntable and a good pair of headphones. I live in a very dangerous world - although it is in my imagination, I have the music to back-up that landscape of desire.
Danish chocolate maker Mikkel Friis-Holm of Friis-Holm produces two “dark milk” bars, one at 55 per cent cocoa solids, the other at 65 per cent. Having experimented with different beans and fermentation periods, Friis-Holm settled on a “full-bodied and tasty” cocoa from Nicaragua. What he wants from his dark milk bars, he says, is to move through creamy and caramel notes but “importantly to end up with cacao flavours”. This way, milk chocolate is no longer the “stepchild” of plain. “At first people bought it as if they had bought a naughty magazine,” laughs Friis-Holm. “They would hide it under the dark bars!”