Archive for the 'culture' Category

My Life in Art: How Jean-Michel Basquiat Taught Me to Forget About Technique

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Guardian.

A personally written introduction to Jean–Michel Basquiat’s life and art by Will Gompertz. As mentioned earlier Basquiat’s has had a big impact in my life. For us art interested DIY-kids of Generation Y he surly is the Master.

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Welcome to the Everything Emulator

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Guardian.

I’ve posted about digital preservation earlier. In this article Bobbie Johnson mention two projects, one American and one European. I wish them all the luck creating the simulator of simulators and promise to keep you updated on the projects.

Bottling Miraculous Creativity

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Morning News.

Watch this beautiful video of Elizabeth Gilbert’s lecture held at TED. Here she questions the western cultures egocentric view on the creative spirit. Her anxiety drove her way back into history and the ancient view of the genius.

I often talk about the Roman Genius with friends. Few know about it but everyone appreciate it. It seems many creative people find comfort in of these type of myths and I gladly promote them.

I first read about it in the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben’s collection of essays Profanazioni. It’s a really good book and I really recommend it.

And I really recommend any creative person to take a closer look on the ancient view about the Genius. I’m sure it will help you through some rough times.

Enlightenment, Porn, and Worse: Studying Human Cruelty

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the OUPblog.

I totally agree: we are in great need to understand human cruelty. The media landscape and the availability of, in lack of a better word, negative news has changed our perception of violence, war, etc. I often speak about our — that being the global — culture as pornographic. It all reminds me of Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others.

Smoke Screens

2009-02-12

Re–blog from AIGA.

It’s a good article with some interesting thoughts. But I advise everyone, including Angela Riechers, that feel anxiety about how technology is changing our perception and way of living to read up on the worlds leading urban theorist Manuel Castells’ research. Most of us aren’t using technology the way Angela thinks — or even worse, do her self.

Video Games are Good for Children – EU Report

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Guardian.

Finally some scientific proof of what my intuition told me all along. Most people in my generation – born in the 80’s – has grown up playing video and computer games, and most of us turned out all right. As a matter of fact I think it did us good, or as the paper has it:

Video games can stimulate learning of facts and skills such as strategic thinking, creativity, cooperation and innovative thinking, which are important skills in the information society.

The Primitive Appeal of The Color Red

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the Situationist.

There is more to Valentines Day then finding the right gift. To dress proper is of equal importance, at least if you want to please your desire…

The Frightening Beauty of Bunkers

2009-02-09

Re–blog from the Morning News.

The English translation of well known French critic and urbanist Paul Virilio’s Bunker Archeology, originally published in French 1975, was published earlier this year by Princeton Architectural Press. Here you find an excerpt from the preface, introduced by Rosecrans Baldwin and published together with some of Virilio’s photos.

Drawing Board to the Desktop: A Designer’s Path

2009-02-09

Re–blog from NY Times.

A fun, personal and informative piece by Michael Bierut about his road into the design business and the changes computer use brought to it. And Michael, being sentimental isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Also remember that we, the younger generation, someday in the not so far away future will be the ones with sentimental feelings. How will we cope with them If no one teach us to accept and handle them? I’m glad you did and shared this with us, and in such a fun way.

Limit the Damage – Dump the Olympics

2009-02-07

Re–blog from the ArtsJournal Blog Plain English.

Paul Levy on the economical side effects for art and culture when London is hosting the Olympic Games in 2012. Not a big surprise but still sad to read.