Somehow I’ve managed to spend another week entirely consumed by illness and essay writing - thankfully I have a doctor’s appointment, and the deadline is this Friday. Perhaps because of my health, the weather, or the fact all my current research is on blandness and banality, there’s somewhat of a mundane theme in the links this week.
- Capturing the Human Body in All its Awkwardness - The first day of working at the ICA I was asked to write up the copy for a screening of Ulrich Seidl’s films, I hadn’t seen any of them then, and I still haven’t found time to watch them all. I’ll get round to it this coming Saturday.
- How to pick curtains for the DMZ
- “The photographs stand for a sense of plasticity which belongs to ordinary yet unusual views of the suburban scenario. It’s about witnessing a ‘state of things’: backdrops of everyday life, waiting for something to happen.”
- “The Monobloc is one of the few objects I can think of that is free of any specific context. Seeing a white plastic chair in a photograph offers you no clues about where or when you are.”
- “Chris Kyle was a drone. The metaphor is apt on so many levels that it isn’t even a metaphor. It’s just a simple description. He was a drone, a machine for killing without conscience. You might even describe him as ‘un-manned.’”
- “With ‘A simple line’, Essaïdi attempts to merge the abstract idea of a line with its most tangible reality by having a zebra finch look at its own brain cells in the form of a line.”
- Local Anaesthetic - George Upton is looking for contributors to a magazine on the work of artists and young people leaving the city for the suburbs.
- “By and large, they aren’t a species that our filmmakers, novelists and lifestyle bloggers have much interest in romanticising… ‘burbanites are left to dwell in obscurity with their Sky Sports packages and Micky Flanagan DVDs.”