Many don’t understand why they should be concerned about surveillance if they have nothing to hide. It’s even less clear in the world of ‘oblique’ surveillance, given that apologists will always frame our use of information-gathering services like a mobile phone plan or Gmail as a choice. if everyone’s every action were being monitored, and everyone technically violates some obscure law at some time, then punishment becomes purely selective.
Found this article looking up information on security discourse.
"The Women’s Spa" at the Frye Art Museum for the exhibition Mw [Moment Magnitude], October 25 & 26, 2012”
This is a song and video installation by artist Wynne Greenwood
Music Video in the Women’s Spa
I’m rehearsing and live-videotaping Mirrors and Dresser in a re-creation of The Women’s Spa, an installation I originally made in 2011 to explore security, transformation and isolation. The set encourages a public performance of a private process.
When I think of women’s spas, I think of a place to rest, and to witness rest. A space has been created whose function is to allow communal relaxation. Spas are typically limited to women with financial means, the majority of whom are white. I mention these details because I’m concerned with who has access to transformative processes, and why.
For Mirrors and Dresser, popular cartoon characters and mythic figures like Pebbles Flintstone, Betty Boop and Medusa will hang out on spa maintenance day, watching each other have a body, holding space for becoming space, and praying for an end to isolation through nostalgia.
Pebbles has been a happy baby for 50 years. Medusa has been the monster for hundreds. How tiring. These are characters we insist upon; myths that we replay again and again. Why? Is it comfortable? Why do we seek comfort? Can we let our icons and our myths change?
I’m choosing these characters to talk about cultural exhaustion; to help me perform and challenge my own cartoony definitions. Performance itself expands by first exaggerating its boundaries and then letting it relax, stretch out, soak and rest. Not necessarily seeking comfort, but transformation and a more complicated existence.
Historical Map: Tokyo by Richard Saul Wurman, 1984
Thanks to Twitter follower @chrishelenius for bringing this amazing map by Richard Saul Wurman (founder of the TED Conference amongst other things) to my attention. In the course of research for this post, I also discovered that Mr. Wurman was responsible for these beautiful maps of Philadelphia from the book Man-Made Philadelphia: still the most-visited post on Transit Maps by far.
But onto the map itself.
Firstly, this is not a map of the Tokyo subway, as many commentaries that I have come across state. It actually shows two lines of the JR East rapid transit network that very cleverly help to define “Tokyo”: the circular loop Yamanote Line, and the cross-town Chūō-Sōbu Line. The stations along the Yamanote Line all have points of interest listed, while the Imperial Palace complex is shown for reference within the circle.
Secondly, this is beautiful. Abstracted, clarified, simplified information. Five stars.(Source: Edge-Serpentine-MapsGallery via Chris Helenius)
This is a music video for the song “a certain person” by the band Light Asylum. I heard this song a while ago and was immediately captivated. They sound like they were spit out of another dimension. Their sound is haunting and beautiful. Goth out.
This very cute website is an overview of design history accompanied by images. Very visually oriented and easy to digest.
Is a beautiful blog created by one Will Schofield. It appears that Mr. Schofield has a serious book problem that he luckily shares with the world. On his blog you can see illustrations from many beautiful and odd books.
Illustrator Ed Emberly is known for illustrating beautiful and zany books for children. This is a touching and personal video where he describes his creative process and what led him to become an illustrator.