June 2, 2010
The Digest. 06.02.10.
Grafarholt, suburb of Reykjavik, Iceland, 2005 by Pascal Fellonneau. From a series on the Reykjavik area. (Image courtesy of Felloneau.)
Defending Los Angeles…
from the likes of Bernard-Henri Lévy. Sorta related: Downtown L.A.
from the Goodyear blimp. Whoa. ( @KnightLAT.) The Day In Disturbing Environmental News:
Wildlife shots that are posed and children’s books about rainforests that cause rainforest destruction. Boy, we’re just damned all around, aren’t we? ( Cool Green Morning.)
What the Internet is doing to our brains. And no, it’s not good. Plus: At some point, you may be held legally responsible for
what you say online.
The Paris Review is getting bloggy with it. What? No Tumblr?
Fast Company‘s 100 Most Creative People in Business. List includes TED curator Chris Anderson, Dr. Evil (I mean starchitect Jean Nouvel), Spike Jonze, media artist Zachary Lieberman, architect Kazuyo Sejima of SANAA, Chatroulette creater Andrey Ternovskiy and Naveen Selvadurai, founder of Foursquare. In L.A.:
Performance art for freeway traffic jams. Look for it on the 405. (Thank you, San Suzie.) Marina Abramovic’s
chocolate lips. Plus: A Q&A in the Speakeasy, in which she talks about her snake gown and lack of catheter. And a photo essay in Animal on her last day in the chair. Christopher Knight offers Jeffrey Deitch a little
on-the-new-job advice. The Art Industrial Average is Down:
Seattle’s Howard House to close, as will the factory that makes Jeff Koons’ balloon dogs. The Art Industrial Average is Up: Proposed Miami Art Museum is
eligible to receive $100 million in public funds. (I have to be honest: I’m all for the arts, but giving the Miami Art Museum $100 million can’t possibly be the best use of taxpayer funds in a city with a Third World distribution of wealth.) Jonathan Jones says the YBAs are, like,
totally over. Holy crap, this is amazing.
Bad at Sports interviews Second Life Kool Aid man artist Jon Rafman… in Second Life. (Watch for the Tai Chi at 3:50 and the marijuana grow room — complete with bong hits — at 7:00. There’s even boners — unicorn boners. But you’ll have to find those on your own. ( Rhizome.) Judge urges AP and Shepard Fairey to
settle. Fairey’s lawyer says it ain’t over ’til its over.
Street art versus garbage. Today’s Graff:
Graphic Surgery gets geometric in Amsterdam. Free architectural advice
from a performance artist, in Seattle. An imagined
No Latinos, No Tacos. ( The World’s Best Ever.)