29 September 2009

A circle of saints









12 September 2009

From the Library of Adam Curtis

"thinks that it is crucial to work less, to insist on better payment (even if this means no payment at all), to stop producing oneself (as on Facebook), to try to establish solidarity with like minded people (not on the net) and this against the forced individualisation and isolation by capitalism, to think things through carefully before publishing them, instead of throwing all ones knowledge away for nothing etc etc"
– Isabelle Graw via Facebook

7 September 2009

"WHY do marketing psychologists call refrigerators 'frozen islands of security'?"

NASA researcher checking hydroponic onions with Bibb lettuce to his left and radishes to the right

"Reports of Gericke's work and his claims that hydroponics would revolutionize plant agriculture prompted a huge number of requests for further information. Gericke refused to reveal his secrets claiming he had done the work at home on his own time. This refusal eventually resulted in his leaving the University of California."


5 September 2009

"From this encounter at the Café Select, the idea of an exhibition of do-it-yourself descriptions and procedural instructions took shape, an exhibition that would mix contributors from different generations, different cultural backgrounds, and different disciplines, and one whose parameters would leave all contributors perfectly equal in the use of instructions. On paper napkins, we started to write down names of artists who we thought would be likely to deliver some fascinating instructions, even though they really hadn't used this modus operandi before. The list appeared infinite, with the result that do it was en marche as an exhibition that would always exist as a score until a venue could be found in which it could be interpreted and performed anew each time."
– Hans Ulrich Obrist

2 September 2009

Refutation in action

Real estate agents working outside in a park to plot out maps of their properties.

"The less you eat, drink, buy books, go to the theatre, go dancing, go drinking, think, love, theorize, sing, paint, fence, etc., the more you save and the greater will become that treasure which neither moths nor maggots can consume – your capital. The less you are... the more you have."
– Karl Marx