1. 13:16 19th Sep 2014

    Notes: 3

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Internet: 2021. At Lines and Nodes, the day-long conference and weekend-long film series that began today at NYU, our discussion of the aesthetic dimensions of extraction and infrastructure began with Finn Brunton’s recognition of the “infrastructural tracking shot.” In the strange sort material aesthetic Johnny Mnemonic (1995) deploys for its designs of the digital, Brunton finds an exemplar for exactly this kind of maneuver.

    logisticalfictions:

    Internet: 2021. At Lines and Nodes, the day-long conference and weekend-long film series that began today at NYU, our discussion of the aesthetic dimensions of extraction and infrastructure began with Finn Brunton’s recognition of the “infrastructural tracking shot.” In the strange sort material aesthetic Johnny Mnemonic (1995) deploys for its designs of the digital, Brunton finds an exemplar for exactly this kind of maneuver.

     
  2. 13:13

    Notes: 44

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    minimoonstar:

    Oh my God, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song though — I have it on my list to follow up on the mindblowingly amazing DJ XL5 Blaxploitation supercut shown at Fantasia this year, but I expect literally zero of that to be on the major streaming options (there are indie film-specific sites, granted. Canada also doesn’t have Hulu et al without hacks). It’s down to the physical video store first, since I still have access to one, and then I’ll explore Bittorrent other options.

    Someone on my Tumblr roll proposed that Apple TV should be updated to, at minimum, a sort of metadata clearinghouse — iTunes may not have every Billy Wilder film on offer, but it should at least tell you how to get to every Billy Wilder film if you search for Billy Wilder. But iTunes is pants at metadata even with music. (The day we can get to every Miike or Ozon in two clicks we’ll really have won.)

    (Source: flavorpill)

     
  3. 12:33

    Notes: 44

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  4. 12:29

    Notes: 102

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    nyrbclassics:

    The Pushcart War had a profound impact on me; when I was a kid I devoured it several times, and I’ve carried it deep inside me ever since. The book gave me a point of entrance—my first, I imagine—into the world of resistance to political and economic injustice and chicanery. It made opposition, even non-violent civil disobedience, seem fun and right and necessary and heroic, and something even someone as powerless as a kid could and should undertake.

    —Tony Kushner

    The New York Review Children’s Collection 50th Anniversary edition of Jean Merrill’s classic The Pushcart War,  illustrated by Ronni Solbert, hits bookstore shelves this week! 

     
  5. 18:47 18th Sep 2014

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    cubebreaker:

    To deal with the frustrations of his “real” job as a retail manager, photographer Logan Zillmer found an outlet in recreating the surreal visions he sees in his lucid dreams.

    omg wut.

     
  6. 15:43

    Notes: 10

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    Dear dream-makers of the media….

    Last night Jack White made a joke on stage!

    There was a minor equipment mishap, specifically with his guitar, and in an effort to keep his audience engaged, he made a joke! It was meant to be funny and self deprecating: “hey sorry, you’re stuck with just me up here…” vs the Foo Fighters who have three guitar players on stage and regularly play stadium shows.

    Jack has the upmost respect for the Foo Fighters and communicated with Grohl this morning.

    So if you’ll let us, we’ll all continue with our day and we assure you: All is well in the rock n roll world.

    — 

    LOL, Jack White’s publicity is always a passive-aggressive joy to behold (via dynamofire)

    "dream-makers"

     
  7. 09:20

    Notes: 55

    Reblogged from tomewing

    One more Kate Bush point about PHONES

    tomewing:

    KB said before the shows, nobody take photos on your iPhones - and this was eagerly greeted by trendpiece hunting music writers as part of a general backlash against camera phones at gigs and the intrusion of social media into the concert experience. Kids today right?

    But actually watching the show two things struck me. The first is that, obviously, making a request for audience immersion implies a bargain - that you’ll give them something worth being immersed in - KB did this, and actually so much of the show’s staging was about gradual transitions (of weather, in dreams, etc) that it resisted the kind of momentism concert photography encourages.

    The second though is that Bush’s request was a very pragmatic one - with a show as dependent on careful lighting design as this, you can’t let a thousand diffferent small light sources loose in the crowd - it would have destroyed the effect for anyone further back than row 10 or so.

    So basically, co-opting KB into a digital dualist backlash against modern concert going habits is really bogus. Performers can of course make whatever requests of their audience they like but if they don’t like smartphones at their gigs they should take a leaf out of her book and design gigs that reward not using them, rather than invoking it as a point of principle.

    The other thing is that at times it seems like every musician does this, with the same accompanying surprise each time. Most people whose job it is at some point to perform onstage will make a remark to this effect.

     
  8. 22:56 16th Sep 2014

    Notes: 48

    Reblogged from 45paperplates

    My deepest impulses are optimistic, an attitude that seems to me as spiritually necessary and proper as it is intellectually suspect. In college and for some time afterward, my education taught me that the supreme imperative was courage to face the awful truth, to scorn the soft-minded optimism of religious and secular romantics as well as the corrupt optimism of governments, advertisers, and mechanistic or manipulative revolutionaries. I learned that lesson well (though it came too late to wholly supplant certain critical opposing influences, like comic books and rock-and-roll). Yet the modernists’ once-subversive refusal to be gulled or lulled has long degenerated into a ritual despair as least as corrupt, soft-minded, and cowardly—not to say smug—as the false cheer it replaced. The terms of the dialectic have reversed: now the subversive task is to affirm an authentic postmodernist optimism that gives full weight to existent horror and possible (or probable) apocalyptic disaster, yet insists—credibly—that we can, well, overcome. The catch is that you have to be an optimist (an American?) in the first place not to dismiss such a project as insane.
    — 

    Ellen Willis, “Tom Wolfe’s Failed Optimism”

    (via airgordon)

     
  9. 18:31

    Notes: 7

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    historicalbookimages:

page 156 of “A history of the British sea-anemones and corals” (1860)

    historicalbookimages:

    page 156 of “A history of the British sea-anemones and corals” (1860)

     
  10. 18:04

    Notes: 189

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destroyed-and-abandoned:

Old tiny hydroelectric power plant that supplied the city.
Source: enirak (reddit)

See also.

    falsebinary:

    destroyed-and-abandoned:

    Old tiny hydroelectric power plant that supplied the city.

    Source: enirak (reddit)

    See also.