Read “This Is Water” by David Foster Wallace (via Some weekend reading post on kottke.org).
I’ll be your interface* is a recently-closed (shame!) exhibition organised by Roxana Fabius at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. The exhibition featured recent work by Dexter Sinister and objects from the Marieluise Hessel Collection.
There was a talk in March at the Judd Foundation (NYC) about work that doesn’t make a “crisp distinction” between function and art, sounded interesting (see more on Dexter Sinister).
Required further reading since I missed the talk: Donald Judd, It’s Hard to Find a Good Lamp, 1993.
Recent edu-tainment suggestions from friends:
One question is, how do you create a way of being in the world that allows new things (ideas, information, people, places) into your life without letting everything in?
Carol Bove’s work is currently part of the Carol Bove / Carlo Scarpa exhibition at the Henry Moore Institute. Sam pointed out a recent tweet from the Institute sharing the article linked above, v. glad to come across it and that Artspace was able to publish the extract in full.
Hope to get my hands on this book. In the meantime, see further extracts from AKADEMIE X on Artspace (links at bottom of Bove’s excerpt).
Incidentally, the exhibition is excellent, revisit it when it’s not quite as busy.
The Pool, a new online media platform for women
The Fermi Paradox, explained by Wait But Why
Scientists estimate that there are over 100,000 intelligent alien civilizations in our galaxy—but we never see evidence of anyone. Here are 13 reasons why.
This is a fantastic explanation of the Fermi Paradox. The Great Filter concept is fascinating, but the optimist in me wants to agree with explanation group 2 because the possibility of us being completely alone in the universe is too much. I’d hope for possibilities 9 or 10. Possibility 5 is just scary…
Look in to Ken Garland’s First Things First manifesto, particularly his reflection on its impact over the years, how it has or hasn’t been misinterpreted, the original signatories I’m not familiar with. I think there’s a bit of information about this around page 40 of Ken Garland: Structure and Substance by Adrian Shaughnessy. Haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading the book, but read a few extracts last night after Garland’s (great) talk and book launch last night at Sheffield Hallam. The Garland exhibition in the Cantor Building gallery is on until 9 November.
Incidentally, the electric doors at the main entrance to the Cantor building sound like dubstep. Cannot be unheard…
I was reminded of Jason Griffiths’ Manifest Destiny: A Guide to the Essential Indifference of American Suburban Housing during a conversation yesterday at Peter & Sally Nencini’s lovely stitching workshop at The Tetley.
Library offers blind dates with books. – Imgur
I’d like to figure out what these books are, actually. Someone said “Fevre Dream” by George RR Martin for the riverboat one, need to look that up…
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Another ‘to read’ list. “Primarily an educational log of reading and writing for graduate school.” Quite like the author’s approach to these sorts of lists.