perhaps someone took it for a walk?
here are some things that have happened: (numbered but not in order)
it’s been a good few weeks, despite the frustrating site-outage!
a black & white photocopy of this image has been sent to brooklyn. in exchange, i will receive this poster.
“Maybe you can say that speed is inherent in digital technologies. Or, maybe it isn’t speed, it is an immediacy. I feel I am in constant demand of creating content, of always working and needing to make. I had thought that these two ideas, speed and the constant need to update or the constant demand for new content, were intertwined. But maybe they aren’t. Yes, the former is true: there is immediacy in the technology. But is this factor responsible for the demand for constant production? Does it come from the shortening of our attention spans as a result of this technology, and the need for always something new? Or are its origins economic?
I want to slow down at a thousand miles an hour. In the immediacy of this technology, I want the intensity of a moment.
When life and work blend together – when we are always on, always working, always under deadline, always waking up and writing emails, always in a state of fragmented distraction – when the professionalization that comes from work permeates into our life – our attitudes, our ways of expression, our feelings, our thoughts, our actions, our friendships, our entire subjectivities – that is a problem.”
despite what may be said about yoko ono or conceptual art, i adore them both. conceptual art tends to be brushed aside because it is non-physical and, often, unattainable. but, that’s the point. it is the idea that matters. it is the feeling you get from thinking about the idea that matters. and then, whatever you can accomplish from the idea–whether it is tangible as the thing described or not–matters.
so, before i say “matters” again, may i introduce to you the smiling face film by yoko ono. the concept is simple: create a film containing the smiling face of every person on the planet. originally dreamed in 1967, this thought is now more obtainable thanks to the internet. contribute your smiling face to the flickr pool and make this conception a reality.
SMILE PIECE by Yoko Ono
Send a smile to your friend so he/she can smile, too.
Think of a way to do it.
You could send a photo that says ‘smile’,
or a picture, a story, or a piece of pie,
but specify that it’s a smile you’re passing on.
Ask him/her to do the same:
to pass on the ‘smile’ in his/her own way.
check out the fundraiser for the gallery public space one, which includes a sequence of drawings of the taxi driver from david horvitz‘s september 9th idea. the whole gallery of these drawings is now up on picasa and available for bidding (though you may need to be in iowa for that). all proceeds help this non-profit gallery keep going!