Meeting Donna Haraway

Earlier this month, Trilby’s typist had the opportunity to hear Donna Haraway speak in real life. Haraway is the author of “The Cyborg Manifesto”, and namesake of avatar DJHaraway, a VB/CO experiment into the nature of identity. She was one avatar with multiple operators. Would she develop an identity? Did she …

Yordie Sands

iRez’ head cheerleader Yordie Sands has been “running silent, running deep” for a couple of weeks now as she moves house and home to a new city and, no doubt, to a new life as well. Just today we got a radar ping from her, apparently she came up to …

Enter Heidegger

Given that I am using a Hermeneutic Phenomenological approach, it must come as no surprise that Heidegger’s work has had a profound impact on my thinking. With that said, I think that his theories on Being (Dasein), especially two of his most basic neologisms used to describe various attitudes towards …

Virginia Heffernan

CAMBRIDGE, MA, 27 March — Harvard English Literature PhD, former New York Times columnist, and current Yahoo! News correspondent Virginia Heffernan returned to her alma matter today to address a group at the Nieman Journalism Lab on the topic of The Internet, digital culture, and her upcoming book, Magic and …

Caitlin Upton

PASADENA, 24 August 2007 — At the Miss Teen USA Pageant held here tonight, finalist Lauren Caitlin Upton, Miss Teen South Carolina, gave what Wikipedia called a “rambling and unstructured response” to an impromptu question. Her response was sufficiently “unstructured” that YouTube clips of it received 54 million views and …

Nastia Liukin

SAN JOSE, 1 July — Reigning Olympic Gymnastic All-Around Gold Medalist Anastasia Valeryevna “Nastia” Liukin will not be competing in the London Games. This outcome was dramatically punctuated here tonight when she fell flat on her face on the uneven parallel bars, an apparatus that she had, four years earlier …

Oh Marina!

Is it just me or is anyone else really excited about seeing “The Artist is Present” on HBO? Ok, so it’s not really the thought of *seeing* it that excites me, but the fact that it is being shown in a setting other than a dingy little theater and seen …

Vicky

PARIS, 1863 — Lady Gaga, Madonna, yes, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift too, they all owe Vicky Meurent money. Or at least they will. Since current copyright is the life of the author plus 70 years, the copyright that Victorine Louise Meurent (18 February 1844 – 17 March 1927) holds …

Esra’a Al Shafei

BAHRAIN / LONDON / BISCUIT BAY, 9 April — From my dorm room at King’s College in London, and her home in Bahrain, Esra’a Al Shafei and I “met” up in Virtual Biscuit Bay to talk about MideastYouth.com and her many other projects. We spoke from 9:30 – 11:00pm GMT. …

Timmie Jean Lindsey

HOUSTON, 16 March 1962* — today Timmie Jean Lindsey underwent the world’s first silicone-gel breast implant surgery. The 30-year-old mother of 6 whose poverty-level income qualified her for free medical care entered the hospital to have rose tattoos grafted off her breasts and was propositioned by two surgeons, at least …

Garry Winogrand Challenge

ART & ARTIST NETWORK – GROUP NOTICE SUBJETCT: Garry Winogrand Challenge FROM: FaithXue Resident DATE: 3/27/2011 Hello! Avatars Illustrated – Visual Culture Magazine, is challenging SL Photographers to create an in-world image set “in the spirit of” Garry Winogrand. The best entries will be featured in next month’s issue of …

Tizzers Foxchase

[2011/01/06 07:12] Tizzers Foxchase: <3 [2011/01/06 07:13] Vaneeesa Blaylock: hey Tizzers [2011/01/06 07:13] Tizzers Foxchase: hai! [2011/01/06 07:13] Tizzers Foxchase: 😀 [2011/01/06 07:13] Vaneeesa Blaylock: your face reminds me of someone I used to know [2011/01/06 07:13] Vaneeesa Blaylock: I think she went off to make cool B&W videos [2011/01/06 …

Carl

I only had lunch with him the one time. Marky Mark went down to Caltech to hang out with his VLSI Tech Dweeb pals, and I went along… I actually have no idea why… I guess I was infatuated with him back then. When those guys get started… it’s really …

U+UCO

Hi guys! Check out these cool videos that Vaneeesa sent us links for! The Japanese duo U+UCO wears Bar Code Tats and uses them to trigger sound samples! So cool! 🙂 Here’s their website: http://www.uuucococo.com/ Here’s their page on the bar code music: http://www.uuucococo.com/10A.html And here’s their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/uanduco …

Kate Miranda

Vaneeesa left me a long list of people she wanted me to blog about. She said she was sorry she didn’t write it all before she left, but sometimes the astral plane just won’t wait. The very first name on the long list is Kate Miranda. Vaneeesa says Kate is …

Sascha Pohflepp

Pohfelpp’s video is about a world that never was, yet is couched with iconography and design aesthetics we remember so well from childhood that we strangely, unexpectedly, effortlessly find ourselves slipping into this alternate river of time.

Nienke Klunder

LONDON, 4 July — Like Nikki S. Lee and Cindy Sherman, Nienke Klunder uses transformations of her appearance and self portraiture to explore identity. Klunder creates her images not in the street like Lee, but in her own studio, like Sherman. What fascinates me so much about this work, besides …

Happy Holidays!

I recently started the Moment series. They’re just “moments” large or small that stumble across my virtual life, or that I construct. I’m doing, or finding, 26 moments, from A-Z, and then it is done. I’ve built a shipping crate for the first 10 moments – perfect for getting these …

John Cage

There is vastly more to the John Cage oeuvre than my knowledge of it, and even my slice of that pie is more than anyone wants to read in this blog, so I will limit myself to a single Cage work, 4:33. For some people a work becomes art because …