I consider myself a pretty avid traveler. I grew up traveling to many different places and my family opted to take our own routes as opposed to big group tours. I’m often embarrassed when I see other Americans in foreign cities looking loudly for the nearest hamburger, sporting t-shirts freshly bought from street vendors of the city we’re in, and laughing at different customs. I am proud in many ways of my American identity (although that pride seems to be diminishing in recent years) however I’ve also always been able to blend in to local customs. (Except in Asia perhaps where I am clearly an outsider, but could be from seen as from the majority of western countries.)
in response to Aileen's latest post about Speed and Imaginary Futures Last weekend I found this image in the ladies loos at the Solaris cafe in Linz. We were enjoying an excellent evening of conversation which touched on an observation (apposite to all present), that the media arts world is disproportionately composed of people with Catholic upbringings. It seems doubly worth bringing up here because, a couple of weeks ago, whilst chatting with the author of Imaginary Futures (recently awarded the Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology) I discovered that Marshal McLuhan was also a devout Catholic. During this conversation we touched on how many approaches and practices of net art evoked early Christian Mysticism.
As often as I mentioned things I have been thinking about writing when Ruth was here in Linz this past weekend, perhaps it is time to actually write something again and not just think about it. This afternoon I was surprised by an article that randomly showed up in my feed reader about what Silicon Valley start-up executives are using to be able to work twenty hours. That reminded me of one of the many wonderful conversations I had with Ruth.
i should finish my thesis in about three weeks. at the moment, my main concern is that i'm not stressed out. shouldn't i be a complete nervous wreck? i'm certainly working hard, but i'm not burning the midnight oil, and it feels like i'm on track. there must be something important that i forgot about. i've made such a concerted effort to turn down the volume on the multifarious projects i normally have fingers in that my email has slowed to a trickle. maybe there's something wrong with my email server???
This is just a brief essay that I've quickly scanned through whilst checking out Google findings for art criticism. Will have a proper read and reflect on this later, but it's shockingly late now and despite a late start on the whole day, i'm feeling weary. The essay is a few years old but ties in with various books just brought on Amazon. Bloody books, bloody easy pay methods. Bloody internet!
Recently back from a lovely week in Cornwall overlooking Hayle beach and blue seas. While we were there (in addition to glorious walking, swimming, chatting and staring into space) I finished reading Herzog on Herzog- I recommend it to anyone oppressed by life administration tasks, lack of funds or annoying bureaucracy. I also read a good chunk of Ele Carpenter's PhD thesis. Some of my work is featured in it, which is very pleasing.
As being away for one week seems to result in being three weeks behind on work, feeling increasingly desperate with deadlines looming, it is oddly reassuring to read Ruth and Rachel Beth’s posts. Somehow they remind me of my frantic search for a livable strategy several years ago.
Inspired by Ruth’s last post, and feeling the same way about becoming too busy to blog lately, I’m going to compile all my little notes of “things to blog about” that seem to be accumulating in my sketchbook...
My perpetual multi-farious-tasking keeps me from blogging. I've been enjoying many unspoken, unwritten, one-sided (yes...imaginary) conversations with Helen and Aileen about their recent posts. When I say recent, I include this post by Aileen, a robust and inspiring statement in support of and by the Freie Szene in Linz dating from early April. Early April! That's another aeon in Internet time.
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