Charlotte Gainsburgh [music video]

It’s a Dada brainfuck directed by Keith Schofield that features a dinosaur in a wig (in a bathtub), a giant rat getting held up at knife point, a dude in a SpongeBob costume getting tackled by the fuzz, an astronaut with pancakes for a head, a guy racing a flying axe, a dude chilling on the street with a giant walnut, and one more guy with half a beard. (via Pitchfork)

…loads of well-planned scenes with variously masked characters:
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View the movie here.

Or here.

Bad Moon Rising [San Francisco/Internet Art]

I’d like to bring your attention to some interesting internet-only exhibits via my friend and sister, the hardest working students at CCA.  (Arden and Katie).

bad moon rising

To say that the World Wide Web has changed the way Americans go about their daily lives is an understatement. From methods of communication and information exchange to product marketing and avenues of immediate gratification, the Internet has opened doors for entrepreneurs and creative thinkers as well as those with less than noble intentions. Like the universe it purports to mimic, the Internet is ever expanding. The present is combined with the past and the predictions of the future, leaving layers upon layers of words, text and images piling up into a boundless mountain. The following list is a selection of instructional, resource-based, and creative websites found amongst the highways, byways, and mainframes of the World Wide Web, ranging from the sensational to the serious—a mere sampling of the virtual American melting pot. Vanity, money, fear, and an unyielding desire for convenience are dominant themes in this brief glimpse of the seedy underbelly of a Google search.

Through the Bad Moon Rising email exhibition series, NAIL curators have provided insight on artists who utilize the web for publicity, concept, or artistic tool, and this list revisits those websites, often drawing unforeseen parallels between the spaces of the artists’ work and the cacophony of the Web itself.


Parker Ito is a pixel prospector, a miner of the internet. For him, HTML code is the 21st-century’s answer to Duchamp’s readymade and the porn star is the new artistic muse. In this recent work, found video clips of ice cream, candy, splattered paint, and fireworks are overlaid with clips of online pornography to create a layered and textured core sample of the pleasures and vices of the World Wide Web. Beautiful, yet repellent and strange, Ito’s videos, websites, and paintings explore and push at the boundaries of the image-saturated, hyper-technological reality of our age.

Both posts via Not Always in Location, a blog dedicated to curatorial internet-wild work by the folks at CCA.

Free books on Copyright [sources for open source]

Certain smarty pants (I’m looking at you James Boyle) are stepping up to write accessible, interesting, and essential works on the depressing state of copyright law/file sharing/free culture. Things are not good, and everyone should know not just the base headlines “Teenager sued by RIAA for $15,000“—but the facts. I now refer to Boyle:

It is not merely supposed to produce incentives for innovation by rewarding creators, though that is vital. Intellectual property is also supposed to create a feedback mechanism that dictates the contours of information and innovation production. It is not an overstatement to say that intellectual property rights are designed to shape our information marketplace. Copyright law is supposed to give us a self-regulating cultural policy in which the right to exclude others from one’s original expression fuels a vibrant public sphere indirectly driven by popular demand. At its best, it is supposed to allow a decentralized and iconoclastic cultural ferment in which independent artists, musicians, and writers can take their unique visions, histories, poems, or songs to the world—and make a living doing so if their work finds favor. [via Boyle, The Public Domain]

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Marketing and Public Performance [commercial flashmobs]

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Scene: Grand Central Terminal, NY, NY. Rush hour. Friday: Thirty people stare with mouths dumbly agape at an awkward team of Liza Minelli-lookalike dancers prancing up a stairway. Many record with their cellphones the robotic and sexy dancers who for some reason are both in Geishaface and carrying laptops like Vanna White would have were she so inclined. I’m unable to find a video of this, but perhaps it’s for the best. It would only bring back bad memories if you found it for me.

Why does this bug me?

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NFL Musical History: Musical Misadventures in the NFL began in 1984

During a recent trip I took to San Francisco I picked up an incredible piece of musical history. It’s a single (vinyl) from 1984 of the SF 49ers singing “We’re the 49ers.”


In 1984 NFL pros all had crossover careers...

This record signaled the beginning of an alarming trend in which football teams produced their own music.  It started with this, in 1984, and followed by half a dozen more teams making complete asses of themselves. Whether rationalized to show their toughness, their rhythm, or what have you, these records may be mesmerizing for fans, but History must now look back on them with disdain.

These are not stadium songs, cheerleader tunes, ra ra fight songs, but songs sung by the team, involving two-stepping, quarterback solos, and pop culture references and full-blown music productions.

The record I picked up is pretty tame, and goes a little something like this:

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Shoe throwing…

This is all the backstory you need.

Let me direct your attention to a friend of mine in Damascus who chimes in on the recent shoe throwing incident:

There is a lot to say about these shoes, and the gusto of Muntazir Az-Zaydi. It’s a subject that will get play in the press for weeks now – I mean the Arabic press. Az-Zaydi is a celebrity now, a folk hero for online video and satellite news. American media will report ad nauseam in clear and simple English just how offensive shoe throwing is in “Arab or Muslim or Islamic culture.” They will try and delve into the cultural significance of all this, and only look more and more like out-of-touch asses oggling at the others for standing up and throwing something at Bush. The Angry Arab is having a field day — is there a better Eid present? or early Christmas gift? — and if you want to laugh and read all the compliled cultural analysis on the meaning of a shoe in the Middle East and see how it is properly lambasted, click there. [via Hidden Cities]

Yesterday NY public radio’s afternoon host did just that, and brought in a sort of ‘cultural insult scholar’ to talk about the shoes and the meaning of their flight. What I wonder is how Muntazir was able to so quickly remove and launch his shoes at Bush. Did he carefully untie them during the conference? Did he tell anyone else of his plans? Did he even have a plan?

Also see John Friedman’s tongue in cheek post: ‘Questions that I have for the Secret Service

1. Shouldn’t you have jumped in front of that shoe?
2. Shouldn’t you have jumped in front of that second shoe?
3. Second shoe = the one thrown after being removed from foot after first shoe was thrown.
4. Let’s say people had three feet. Would you have allowed a third shoe to fly unimpeded?
5. While the shoe was in the air, were you like, “Oh, its just a shoe.”
6. Same question about the second shoe.
7. Do you think this is funny, “Throw a shoe at me once, shame on–you. Throw a shoe–you throw a shoe, you can’t throw a shoe again.”
8. Is there not “protection training” for lunatics launching objects?
9. Let’s say there isn’t training for that–but do they tell you that if someone does throw (or shoot) something to be on the alert in case they want to repeat this behavior?
10. Where were you?

BONUS QUESTION: Do you think the Iraqis want us there? (Hint: their journalists are throwing their shoes at Bush)

This whole incident reminds me for some reason of the time when Bill Gates was pied. That attacker was more successful.

Today is black Friday but it’s ok.

GM and Chrysler are brands of yesterday. The Nikkei dropped like woah, and now the real crash has begun. May I recommend we all take a deep breath, and hope Detroit does not burn to the ground, that the petrodollar does not vaporize before the holidays, and that the lord of unbacked currencies watches over us today. Amen. And now for some doggies:

This morning I visited . No luck.

Just so we’re clear, this means goodbye to: chevrolet, cadillac, hummer, corvette, pontiac, saab, buick, gmc, saturn…..


It’s going to be a sad day tomorrow on the subway at the wall street stop…

Photograph Of Jesus by Laurie Hill [video]

At 6 minutes long, watching this entire film felt like an enormous task simply because I was on youtube. I’m so used to skipping between clips and such, but this short film about peculiar requests made by visitors to the Getty Images collection got me hooked. It’s a whimsical neo-animation adventure that plays in the sandbox of magical realism, alternative history, and historical memory. It ought to win some awards, or perhaps it has. Here’s some info:

Short and Sweet has teamed up with Getty Images to launch a film challenge with a twist.
Getty Images approached producer Basil Stephens and Short and Sweet founder Julia Stephenson with the idea of setting up a film competition which would make use of images in Getty’s Hulton Archive. Stephenson drew from her in-depth knowledge of the short film arena to suggest a selection of talented filmmakers.
After picking out ten up-and-coming directors, she gave them the opportunity to pitch. Four of the filmmakers made it on to the shortlist and got the chance to realise their ideas. They were given three months to create their films.

And here’s one that did not win, but is equally worth your time…