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Digital Life Sacrifice Campaign (a.k.a. What were they thinking?)

8 Dec

In what has to be one of the most bizarre celebrity campaigns EVER,  18 A-list celebs announced their “digital deaths” starting December 1st, in order to raise money for charity. The goal was for these stars to sign off Facebook and Twitter until their fans donated $1 million to Alicia Keys’ “Keep a Child Alive” organization. The celebs even shot death-chic photos in coffins, to really drive the point home (as seen above).

Turns out the fans weren’t all that devastated about these celebrities’ social media “deaths”. 6 days into the campaign, Kim Kardashian & Co were still way off the targeted $1 million… and had to be bailed out by a Brooklyn billionaire so they could reclaim their Internet presence. Now that’s embarrassing.

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Beyoncé vs. Beyoncé (Vizio Commercial)

7 Dec

Maybe the creators of this commercial were the same people watching the game on the TV at the bar, at the game. Is the image of Beyonce better than Beyonce herself?

My Zen

5 Dec

Just filled the top rack…time to build some wall shelves for more
(just clamshells…doesnt include the mass of cardboard vhs’ or the few hundred dvds)


Striptease Culture Presentation + Fun Bar

5 Dec

So I hope this is just as entertaining as when I presented it in class.
I had fun with it, it was something different.
The images were great to talk about and I’m glad you all responded well to what I said.

Here’s that presentation:
Media Events, Spectacle- ST Culture Presentation

And here’s that bar with the 50s-Gidget-beach theme, live dancers, and burlesque playing on the tube.
It’s great, head out sometime. It’s by where Canal Street and East Broadway intersect in the Lower East Side.


Antisocial Social Media

29 Nov

Social media is so social it makes us antisocial. The time we spend in front of our computers being social is explored by artist Cristin Norine, who along with Josh Elliott, founded the Public Isolation Project, showing us that by being social online, we are actually being antisocial. Setting up shop in a floor-to-ceiling glass-covered room on a corner in Portland, Cristin is now on the 29th day of her 30-day goal to be publicly isolated. Skyping, Facebooking, Tweeting, emailing, and IMing, all in a glass room for 30 days, to show that you can be completely cut off from human interaction, while still interacting with humans.


CNN: Exploring the anti-social side of social media

Predicting the Future With Porn?

29 Nov

Curious about what is happening here neurologically in relation to porn AND if there is a saturation point at which this … porn ESP effect becomes readable. In other words, is it our innate relationship to observing sexual acts that makes us porn pre-cogs, or is it stimulus type and frequency in concert that prime us for uncannily accurate and sexy predictions? Also: I’d love to see the grant application that funded this research.– AD

An upcoming study to be published in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology claims that test subjects were able to accurately predict future events–and that pornography was one of the tools used in research for the project. But the methodology is sound. Skeptics are impressed. Do humans really have extra-sensory perception (ESP)? Can it really be triggered by the latest issue of Penthouse?

Experimentees were asked 36 times to guess whether an image of “couples engaged in nonviolent but explicit consensual sexual acts” or a blank picture would show up on different sectors of a video screen. Subjects were able to predict the appearance of the pornographic picture 53.1% of the time–significantly above the statistical average of 50%.

Via Fast Company.

Google Streetview at the New Museum

24 Nov

Artist Jon Rafman scours the photographic outputs of and selects the most narratively compelling, bizarre and beautiful among them to create curated collections of … pictures of randomly captured moments from around the globe.

What seems mildly wonky is that, while these images pass through a state of semi-authorlessness and are recontextualized in the museum (and hence “elevated” to art status) there are tons of “Check out this ker-azzzy Google Streetview image” posts and even pages floating about online that remain categorized as non-art. The ends are often the same – while some selections are, of course, about the hilarity of catching someone randomly peeing on a stop sign in Iowa, others have the kind of cinemtaic quality of a Gregory Crewdson photograph (and are sometimes just as artificially set as with the hoax Streetview Miracle Birth picture posted on Gizmodo this week – see comparison below).

Streetview Miracle Birth (probable) Hoax

Gregory Crewdson

I definitely plan to see the show – it looks fascinating. But I have to admit that I kind of resent the “special sauce” sprinkled over this feat of doing exactly what many have been doing for some time but with an MFA and a connection at the New Museum. I know this is a typically facile criticism but it’s still bubbling up …. Judgment (mostly) reserved until I actually see the show. I guess.

NB: It’s part of the NM’s “Free” exhibition which “explores how the internet has fundamentally changed our landscape of information and our notion of public space.” Fairly strong reviews thus far. A lot of interesting MES & MCC-relevant work.

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