Monthly Archives: July 2011

Reader: Sunday Times: July 31, 2011

Some notable reads from today’s times:

– No earthquake, tsunami or nuclear crisis will keep tourists away from relentlessly cheap airfares and dodging in Japan right now. Take advantage you wanderlusting exploiters!

In this novel, a girl sends a boy a sexy video which is then uploaded and inevitably gone vital, resulting in the humiliation and destruction of a family.

– Calling all lazy hipster couch bums: what more to get you excited than jogging in your underwear?

Jamaica Bay is the largest swath of nature in this city and it reminds me how much of this city I have yet to explore.

– I hate when yoga is turned into a heartless, mindless, sporty boot camp for the privileged.

Rachel Sterne is the “community manager” for the city and with 21,000 followers I envy her success and ambition to make the city’s function relevant and accessible to a digitally engaged public.

– I miss using my paper calendar but don’t regret having converted to ical considering how much I’ve perfected my synchronized schedule.

Superfunding the Gowanus Canal has kept rich people and developers away and brought on scrabby artists and other creatives.

– I wish my parents were saavy enough to make me read 10 classics in exchange for a spiffy new bike.

– Is co-working right for you?

South Koreans are brutal, sadistic, misogynistic and blinded by pecking orders and ageist hierarchy. “No pain no gain” is taken to a whole other level in required military service and its affects on Korean culture makes me ashamed sometimes of my cultural background.

Holland Cotter advises Metropolitan Museum of Art to take this opportunity housing their permanent collection at the Whitney (as the latter moves downtown) by focusing what they’re known for: history laden, multicultural works of art. Leave the postmodern, socially engaged, performative, conceptual mish mash of contemporary art to every other gallery and museum in this city.

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Reader: July 29, 2011

Some stuff is old and outdated, but still interesting.

– Ok Go’s kaleidoscopic music video with dance troupe Pilobolus (whom I saw perform at Joyce Theater and they were AWESOME).

Rubber band to hold up your pants left unbuttoned due to preggy belly.

Long Shot creates a magazine in 48 hours. This is going to be exciting.

Time management in social media.

– Thoughts on genius artist William Powhida’s exhibition performance “Powhida” at posh Marlborough Gallery.

Back to the Future re-takes photos of folks from their past.

– How does Immaculate Infatuation find these celebrity big time bands to banally talk about where they like to eat in NY? It’s certainly impressive and enviable but mostly I find it to be exploitative and a gimmicky bore.

“Breakthroughs are part of a continuum of invention by many people”. Also, Part one, two, and three of a series of exploring appropriation in culture.

10 tips for better startup marketing. Also, social accountability tools like Rypple helps you like work more and gamification drives competition and is reinventing marketing altogether.

– Top 15 “photographers” on instagram. Also, with Keepsy you can make money from them nifty filtered photos.

– Need to try I8NY’s sammies.

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Reader: July 15, 2011

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– Amazon launches a pet store.

Seven Twitter marketing campaigns to learn from.

10 laws of productivity.

Mint limade is a perfect drink for the summer.

– Refinery 29’s 14 East Village Restaurants.

– You can buy this photo by Aaron Farley for $35 on the online art store Little Paper Planes.

– I’d like to go see Cut Copy perform this September.

Exceptional coworking space models. Coworking has been a growing buzz term the last few months and something I’ve been considering while trying to avoid a traditional 9-5. It’s now a matter of choosing a location in Brooklyn or Manhattan.

– Contemplating e-flux journal’s What is Contemporary Art?

Simple is marketable.

Mona Lisa gets a Jersey Shore makeover.

– Awesome faceless series by Mitsuko Nagone.

– Etsy hosts a conference on small business and sustainability.

– A color coded tumblr.

– Infographic: State of the internet today.

Eames kites.

– Learning about Klout and what my online influential score is. As if social media weren’t enough of a popularity contest. Sigh, the pressures…

– Signing up for Klout then allowed me to sign up for Spotify. Between this and recently signing up for Pinterest and Google+ I am experiencing some serious info overload.

 

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Dildos, Bullet Shooting Knees, Kung Fu Ninjas and Korean Heartthrob at NY Asian Film Festival

There’s about a week left Subway Cinema’s New York Asian Film Festival and there’s a few flicks that should go unmissed. I’ve got a stigma against Korean entertainment having grown up with terribly closet coordinated kpop boy bands, hypermelodramatic soap operas and meaningless tv celebrity competitions, and usually avoid it at all costs. Not to mention majority of asian flicks are either melodramatic, hyperviolent, useless gore, boring period films, or just plain tacky and tasteless. This festival MIGHT do some justice, although some titles may object (Horny House of Horror and B.T.S. Better Than Sex to name a few), and veer my prejudice towards the light. Some highlights I’m looking forward to providing insightful entertainment:

Battlefield Heroes hails from Korean director Lee Joon-Ik and is a comedic take on macho gladiator war movies. I’ve been meaning to do some research into Korean history and this might be one way to start.

I’m sorry the screening for Duel to the Death has already passed. It’s a classic Kung Fu ninja movie if I ever saw one.

Foxy Festival ain’t no prissy American Rom Com. It’s straight up kinky, pervy, spastic non-porn.

Man from Nowhere has already screened (boo) but it just might be one of those that make my heart flutter. Won Bin is a prettyboy actor that I once fell in love in high school for his handsome Jewish nose. How can I get my hands on this? Confession: I just spent an hour youtubing makeout scenes with him in it.

I like the description for Milocrorze: A Love Story: “MILOCRORZE is the romantic heart on LSD therapy: everything is epic, everything is mind-bending, everything is unbearable.”

I’m particularly looking forward to this screening of Mise En Scene Short Films as it’s ADD friendly and varietal.

So….this guy was bazookaed, then was frankensteined to become a weapon. He shoots bullets out of his knees and his arm turns into a crazy machine gun. Can it get any weirder?

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Reader: July 1, 2011

– Barbie Doll inspired by Vincent van Gogh

– Ceci Moss of Rhizome makes a studio visit with the circuit bending maestro Pete Edwards, aka Casperelectronics, as he prepares for his upcoming exhibition “Specter Flux” at Flux Factory. His performances are based around creative electronics and engage viewers with playful interactive sound and light sensitive orbs.

– After all the fuss and threat of closing The Rose Museum and selling its art collection, Brandeis University announces to keep the museum’s doors open, art in tact.

– An in-depth look into how to treat and care for Donald Judd’s artwork. Did you know there’s a guideline available for conservators to properly educate themselves in properly handling these almost flawless sheets of metal? Apparently, Judd was also quite the demanding and difficult customer for his fabricators.

Barbie dolls robed in the likes of Gustav Klimt’s Adele Bloch-Bauer or Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a great way to get kids and rich collectors excited about art.

– Much like New York’s Percent for Art Law where one percent of all building construction budgets are dedicated to public art, South Korea’s sixteen year old law requiring large builders to commission artwork has “created a monster that over the years generated too much art that many find objectionable”. When public art becomes an incomprehensible eye sore and folks try to hide Stella’s gnarly steel sculpture with trees, the public disapproves and architects scowl at “the burden forced upon them”.

– How to curate an exhibition a la John Waters: intervene to “keep the collection galleries lively” and title it “Absentee Landlord”, bring in your own work for some “comic relief”, ask visitors to not take it too seriously, make an audio tour in pig latin, and turn art into a “magic trick”.

– Artist Jennifer Dalton’s open call for contestants in The Biggest Ego, a reality series that takes the art out of last years drab Work of Art series. Brilliant.

– Robert Smith’s review of Ryan Trecartin’s exhibition at PS1: “His exhibition shreds the false dichotomies and mutually demonizing oppositions that have plagued the art world for decades” and is ” a rabbit hole full of rabbit holes”.

– Jacques Derrida on Photography, via i heart photograph.

– The most confusing artist website ever.

– Part One & Two of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s interview with Julian Assange where artists ask questions in form of videos and the two meet at a Georgian Mansion which Assange “used as his address for bail during his UK extradition hearings”. Here he discusses the beginnings of Wikileaks and “the experiences and philosophical background that informs such a monumentally polemical project”.

Hipster Runoff never gets old. Here he narrates a woman’s self-portrait with Obama. In other President news, Obama will answer all your twitter questions July 6th. Also, why I love and hate smart phones.

– Google wants a piece of the social networking pie and launches Google+ to give you yet another way to archive, document, and share your overshared life experiences.

– In other social media news, Facebook and Skype have officially tied the knot.

Rockaway Beach circa 1897. It was invaded by hipsters then too.

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