Monday, 15 July 2013

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

I came across this malfunctioning LCD signage in Northcote yesterday.The sunset that was reflecting onto the shop window was positioned perfectly to overlay the flickering, technicoloured patterns of what should have been real-estate signage. 


Sunday, 24 March 2013

This is really good.
Also, I'm looking forward to Monet

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


We woke up at 3am to drive from Christchurch to Picton. I remember driving with the window down waiting for when the night air would start to feel like early morning. The first daub of sunlight quickly bled into a day. The road felt fast and easy.

We drove onto the ferry mildly excited, not one of us admitting it - and discussed how easy it would be to smuggle friends from Picton to Wellington for free. They would only have to hide underneath clothing in the back of a station wagon.

We made our way into the passengers cabin and tried to figure out if we felt like breakfast. I only felt like coffee. My flask was still hot and I felt smug about that. I probably just looked broke. Through the large window at the end of the room, we could see where the ocean snaked between sea drowned valleys that were sown throughout the bay, the vast blue green becoming thin, cold and dark within the rifts. The cabin was warming up with breath and people were beginning to sleep in uncomfortable positions, so I decided to go for a look around up on the deck.

It was noisy and brisk and bright out on the deck. I walked around and took some photos of a cattle truck that was parked at the far end. It was strange to see a truck load of cows on a ferry. My shadow fell diagonally across the deck before folding sharply to stretch part way up a bright white wall. I studied the watery shadow of my cigarette smoke and remembered that it was the first day of our holiday.

I should go back down, I thought. I leant over the railing and took one last picture.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

I made a short mix at the end of last week. Some old, some new. It is not really indicative of my recent listening habits, but I went with the mood. A soundcloud account has been set up with the intention of upping a mix monthly. We'll see.

42 mins / 320 DL

Julia Holter - Introduction — Leaving Records
Mahmoud Kania - Africa Muwahhada — Unknown label
Old Apparatus - Cauliroot — Sullen Tone
KRS One - My Life (A cappella)
Cut Hands - Shut up and Bleed — Dirter
Basinski - The Garden of Brokenness — 2062
Andy Stott - Numb — Modern Love
Mogwai - Rano Pano (Tim Hecker Remix) — Rock Action
1991 - Open to the Dark — Astro:Dynamics
Bronze Age - Coupling Symbols — Bed of Nails
Tim Hecker - In the Fog I — Kranky
ODB - (freestyle)
Yusef Lateef - Passacaglia — Impulse!
Flying Lotus - Heave(n) — Warp
Howse - Old Tea — Tri Angle
Jana Haimsohn - H'ava Lava Flow — One Ten Records
Redman - Whateva' Man (Lapalux Cassette Refix) — Unreleased
Sylvain Chauveau - Within the Orderly Life — Fat Cat

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Recently I read an interesting article regarding the appearance of digital things in our physical world - 'We need a Word for That Thing Where a Digital Thing Appears in the Physical World. As the title suggests, the article states that new terminology is needed to discuss the rearrangement of things that blend from the digital world into the physical. New terms would fall under the new blanket term, 'A new Aesthetic'

Can you just assemble the words 'new' and 'aesthetic', start a wikipedia page and declare it official? It seems haphazard to me. Artists and Philosophers will be cracking down on this one soon enough, in favour of an elegant show stopping cop-out akin to Blinky Palermo's "I have no Programme" .

If we were to start using new terminology a clear boundary would need to be distinguished between the digital and the physical world, while elements from both are becoming increasingly interrelated. Nathan Jurgenson explains the problems that arise from thinking of the digital world as 'virtual' and the physical world as 'real' in his paper 'Digital dualism versus Augmented Reality'. It is a worthwhile read. If you feel like going deep I can suggest a paper by Sally A. Applin and Michael Fischer 'A Cultural Perspective on Mixed, Dual and Blended Reality'.

Interesting reading, anyway. While these abstractions are being constructed by the cool kids of academia, keeping themselves busy by creating terms like 'The New Aesthetic' - I have been on Tumblr, just loitering. Consuming images without any regard for context and vandalising my attention span.

But lately an interesting kind of image has been surfacing. Not quite a trend but almost. Although a trend can be quickly dismissed as being born out of purely superficial circumstances, often in the beginning it is a way of thinking, a reaction to something. These images align nicely with the inquiries being made into the meshing of digital matter into our physical world, and the way online behavior is mixing with 'real world' behavior.

The images are screenshots with a standard dialogue box or a drop down menu - but rather than containing the usual alerts or navigation - they contain poems, questions and statements that often have an air of fragility or hopelessness. I prefer not to read into them too much and of course a lot of art has been made already as commentary on the internet and social media, but to see them appearing on a platform like tumblr leaves it open to be reinterpreted by many others, which is something I hope to see.

While academics are discussing the blurring boundary between the digital and the physical world, we already have people presenting their personal thoughts as if they exist within the mechanisms of a digital system rather than as part of a surface layer like social media.