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  1. Jul 2020
    1. The cube creates something artificial about the way the viewer interacts with art, removing both from the outside world, and from anyone who doesn’t seek out or stumble upon that room.

      this is a particularly big issue with contemporary artists and the way the view gallery spaces, and why there are so many movements outside of galleries.Not to mention the lack of accessibility that comes with galleries sometimes.

    1. Art reflects reality. And in reflecting that reality it helps us to understand that reality and also helps us respond to that reality.

      Man this is a really apt description of art. Does life influence art? Does art influence life? It's all just a tool that helps us do a multitude of different things.

    2. I thought for the longest time that The Black Death was the one major experience of the bubonic plague in Europe, but plague was a constant presence.

      I honestly didn't know this either. I thought there was the big plague, lots of people died, and then that was it. No idea that things kept popping up over the course of the 17th century.

    1. Enduring quarantines, some artists rendered what isolation and loneliness felt like, while others depicted longed-for social scenes from a pre-pandemic time.

      I think this is usually what I would imagine art during hard times to look like. I think during a pandemic, especially, art is a good way for people to find different outlets to let out whatever it is their feeling.

    1. Illustrations of cyanosis—the bluing of the patient’s skin from lack of oxygen at the end stages of influenza—are rare.

      I know art gets lost to time (and in this case mostly didn't get made) but it's a shame in a weird way that we don't get to see that. Whoops?

    1. Pandemics and culture have gone hand in hand for millennia. The earliest iteration of the disease that did for Andrea del Castagno was the Black Death, which arrived in Europe in 1347. It killed between a third and a half of the population, but it also helped clear a path to the Renaissance by bringing about great changes in the economic and social order.

      Death as a form of creation?

    2. Pandemics and culture have gone hand in hand for millennia. The earliest iteration of the disease that did for Andrea del Castagno was the Black Death, which arrived in Europe in 1347.

      Goes a bit further back than the scope of my project but still interesting enough for comparison in regard to all pandemic art

    1. It was her illness that ultimately united them, as Stieglitz helped her recover and was thus forced out of his marriage.

      Honestly this is so weird but I get it. In the face of turmoil and ugliness, beauty can be found. I think it speaks to his artistic nature to use that juxtaposition to create art he liked even though it cost him his marriage?

    1. “Don’t be a disasterist; we’ll see what happens.”

      I think this is just a good way of describing how we've handled the pandemic so far, honestly.

    1. In hopes of creating a stronger sense of community as we spend time apart, we present these two online exhibits featuring artwork inspired by life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      an interesting look into the way contemporary artists are handling and creating pandemic art

    1. “For us, it slows things down. We try to integrate people back to humanity,” Mr. McAleer said. “If isolation and shame is the driver for people joining these types of groups, doxxing certainly isn’t the answer.”

      There's probably a commentary here about incel groups too but I just cant think of it.

    2. Now the online hunt to reveal extremists has raised concerns about unintended consequences, or even collateral damage. A few individuals have been misidentified in recent weeks, including a professor from Arkansas who was wrongly accused of participating in the neo-Nazi march.

      This in particular reminds me of the Boston Bombing, and how reddit users took it among themselves to find out who did it and instead doxxed the wrong person, who eventually ended up killing himself I believe since the false accusation. Everyone think in these scenarios they're doing it for the cause, and that they're in the right, until someone uninvolved gets accused and ruins their lives. I do think it's tricky though because I do think for like, the people going to Nazi rallies and promoting hateful and toxic content need to recognize there are probably consequences for creating hostility, but where is that line drawn?

    3. But doxxing has emerged from subculture websites like 4Chan and Reddit to become something of a mainstream phenomenon since a white supremacist march on Charlottesville,

      I know it says that it's been happening for a while, but doxxing has been a huge part of toxic internet culture for the last 12+ years. Definitely longer than the march in Charlottesville, anyways.

    1. he problem, of course, was that she was telling a story about two people who had no idea they’d been cast as leads in a riveting story for thousands of strangers.

      This kind of reminds me about the movie Jim Carey did called "The Truman Show" and it's disturbing to know that it's still happening, years later, as if we didn't learn anything from it

    2. Then I realized that was precisely how I was treating these very real people. My stomach turned as I considered how I’d feel if every twitch of my arm, half of my conversation, and even my bathroom usage were all narrated, without my knowledge, for a swelling audience of several hundred thousand people online.

      I think that's the horrifyingly interesting thing about using the internet like this, is that it makes it really easy to forget that these are real people that are being documents without permission for the sake of "the feels", as if them living their lives in a way that is appealing to others is permissible to record them.

  2. Jun 2020
    1. Yet in the annals of cultural history, the flu of 1918 is little more than a historical footnote.

      I personally don't remember being taught much about this, even in the art history classes I took. It seems to get glossed over in a lot of different historical contexts.

    1. This is a concept put forth by philosopher Mikhail Bakhtin in which social rules and hierarchies are discarded so that a playful but critical critique of society’s structures can be made.

      much easier for street/graffiti artists to not succumb to art world pressure and can be as satirical/confrontational with their art. Not that gallery pieces can't be, but I think it's more fluid and succinct because it's a different type of medium.

    2. But these opinions are not subject to any editorial control, nor do they ask for any authoritative permission to be expressed. This allows street artists to say things that might otherwise be excluded from public commentary.

      Contemporary pandemic art less about the self/reflections and more about public commentaries about how the pandemic is being treated/handled and who the "heroes" are.

    1. To be clear, there is a law that defines domestic terrorism but not one that charges people who commit acts of terrorism in America. People who conspire with international terrorists—even if they aren’t materially involved in an act of violence—are charged with “acts of terrorism transcending international boundaries.” But someone who sends pipe bombs to Democrats; plows through a crowd of anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville, Va.; or shoots up a church in Charleston, S.C., will not face domestic terrorism charges.

      This is upsetting that there's a law about it, but it isn't something that people can be charged with. I don't personally understand the point of creating something that states there are acts of domestic terrorism, and then not taking action against it. There have been a lot of instances in the last 5 years that should be constituted as domestic terrorism and simply aren't. I understand some things might/are charged as hate crimes, but I think it certainly can be both.

    1. But I end up coming back to this simple stuff because I can’t shake the feeling that digital literacy needs to start with the mirror and head-checks before it gets to automotive repair or controlled skids. Because it is these simple behaviors, applied as habits and enforced as norms, that have the power to change the web as we know it, to break our cycle of reaction and recognition, and ultimately to get even our deeper investigations off to a better start.

      I think this is a pretty solid conclusion to this article, and while I agree that there needs to be a lot of checking into your sources to see if they're false or not, or who they're posted by, etc, part of me has to wonder if we could avoid doing this if there wasn't a need for "fake news" or misinformation. Obviously there's always going to be a lot of people out there misinformed, but people wouldn't need to verify their sources if it wasn't such a rampant problem in the first place.

      I do agree with him though that people, me included, need to do a better job at vetting the articles and websites they get information from.

    1. Another Disney film about a person of color, Brother Bear, finds Inuit hunter Kenai (Joaquin Phoenix) turned into a bear, also to help him learn a moral lesson. Both Kuzco and Kenai, like Tiana, are animals for most of their respective films; they aren't allowed to learn and grow in their human forms, something white Disney characters are allowed to do.

      Ohh I had forgotten about Brother Bear. But I agree with this sentiment that people of color aren't allowed to "learn moral lessons" in their human forms and I feel like it's ALMOST the subtle way of caling brown people savages still and they only get their bodies back when they learn how to not be that way or whatever.

      I recognize there are a lot of movies/tv shows out there that don't do this, but I think it's important to recognize in 2019 they were STILL doing this though. It isn't new, but it certainly is getting old.

    1. I appreciate the work that went into making this and this is not a knock on the creator or the video, but I wish we lived in a world where we didn’t have to use cartoon dogs to tug at the heart strings of people who have been conditioned to not care about Black human beings

      Can we talk about how animated films with Black leading characters are always somehow turned into anthropomorphic bodies? Princess and the Frog, Soul, Spies in Disguise, etc.

    2. ‘Africans sold other Africans into slavery’ is the great grandfather of ‘what about black on black crime?’

      There's a really solid youtube video that talks about the Atlantic Slave Trade that is relevant. People use the uh, black on black crime the same way people use the "well, black people also sold black people soooo". It's not like white people sit around talking about and demonizing "white people killing white people".

      Think about all the mass shooters who were white that weren't vilified.

    1. "Identity ideally is about you and how you feel and what you believe has shaped you," Michelle Ling responds.

      I think maybe I'm more concerned with Identity than I thought I was. This line stuck out to me a lot, because on an individual level this is okay and I understand loving yourself/being happy with yourself/your journey, but what happens to this when it's collectively challenged by people just like you? Does it invalidate that at all? I'm not totally sure.

    1. I think what you’re trying to do here is approach your “othered” Latina identity within the hegemony of whiteness, which, by its nature, deems every person of color to be less-than. I’m guessing you are often not treated as less-than (on this level) by other people, which makes you feel you are not really Latina. If you were a “real” Latina after all, then you would be mistreated, like the Black and brown people you referenced in your letter

      This paragraph in particular resonates with me strongly. I've had a lot of moments with other Hispanic people who treated me as an "other" because I wasn't Hispanic enough for them, despite the fact that I grew up with a Hispanic parent and have been to Costa Rica many times and embraced that part of myself. There are a lot of times where it doesn't feel like I'm enough, though.