My poet husband (shameless promotional plugs here and here) went to a reading at the Bowery Poetry Club this Saturday and came back bearing gifts in form of cultgear blogging material. Flarf is an avant-garde poetry movement in which poets mine the internet for random words and phrases which are pieced together into poems. Some technically savvy poets created their own Google poem generators. For example, at this site I typed in “why” and clicked on “generate poem.” Here’s what came back:
Google Poem generated on Wed Apr 30, 2008
all in the
….. the the
If we get that far, I can find out if we agree on why it’s good.
Hmmm, conceptually Flarf is an interesting reflection on the internet as our collective database for words and ideas. But artistic randomness, in my opinion, works well when the intent is controlled. Whereas in this case, both control and intent are missing…
Performances from last year’s Flarf Festival:
Two weekends ago, I had the best Sunday afternoon with my relapeeps. After a nice brunch, my cousins and I went to the Brooklyn Art Museum to check out Takashi Murakami‘s fabulous retrospective. When seen in bits and pieces, his art may seem superficial and infantile, flat and cartoonie. But when more than ninety works are placed under one roof and one has a chance to review Murakami’s career span, suddenly, it’s obvious that his work speaks volumes beyond its cute surface. Not only is it deeply rooted in traditional Japanese painting techniques but is also a shrewd commentary on superficial, consumerist society.
Kaikai & Kiki
To stick to my technology angle, here’s a hilarious robot kid Inochi who goes to school with normal kids and lives through embarrassing pre-adolescent moments.
Inochi and his creator
Inochi’s embarrassing moments…
Murakami gives a tour of his exhibit here.
This dance solo was performed at The Kitchen a few months ago, and I’m quite sad to have missed it. Glow is a performance piece that combines interactive video technology and contemporary dance. An infrared camera follows a dancer on the floor and sends real time signals to a computer. The computer runs algorithms which generate digital landscapes that envelope the dancer’s body. The result is a powerful optical illusion of space and confinement. And as viewers, we’re able to trace the profound tension between body and space.
Better video can be seen here.
My dear mother–a lady to the core, herself a daughter of another genuine lady–has always wanted me to stand and sit upright (a must for any lady in the making). I’m sad to report that her lady-making business with me is still a work in progress…However, there’s hope with this interactive underwear, Ergoskin, designed by Talia Elena Radford Cryns. Whenever the wearer slouches (as I am right at this moment), tiny sensors which are woven into the fabric send ergonomic signals to the skin to move the body into ideal posture. The concept received Austria’s National Design Award in the student work category. Until Ergoskin is actually produced, I’m gonna have to rely on one of these.
So, remember how I blogged about Absolut Vodka music machines that take your melody, which you enter on your computer, and improvise it on the spot? I just received an email with a video that plays my tune (a tune I used to bang on every piano that came across my path). It’s quite beautiful and still hard to comprehend its technical geniality (at least in my simple mortal mind) of how it was able to receive data from my computer and play it live.
If BBC considers you the next best contemporary artist after Matthew Barney, then everyone else ought to listen. After seeing her on coolhunting, I’ve been obsessively googling Saskia Olde Wolbers and reading tons of articles about her work.
Her videos are truly stunning. Her stories are intricate, poignant and intelligent. But what really amazed me was the fact that all her sets are made by hand. After watching the videos, it’s hard to imagine that whatever looks digitally rendered is created from scratch and takes years to build in some cases. Who knew that it takes a lot of human effort to look this techno!
See for yourselves:
Saskia Olde Wolbers’s handmade sets:
I’m totally into my Nixon watch. It’s ever present on my wrist and never fails to please the crowd. Needless to say, my shoe addiction is not the only vice…Well, imagine how my greedy little heart started to palpitate when I saw these gorgeous watches featured on Yanco Design (the best online mag for latest design projects!). My materialistic spasm came to a sudden halt when I realized that these were only conceptual renderings…as in you-have-to-wait-till-2030. Rest assured, I’m ready to wait for these gems…
Designer: John Pszeniczny
Designer: Robin Lapo Bigio & Olivero Zanon