Activities for Avatars

CONCEPT: Don’t Feed the Trolls!

The Internet certainly did not invent chauvinism, hatred, or hate speech. But it sure is a great platform for it. From the everyday ways that we’re inconsiderate and harsh toward each other, to the truly virulent Doxxing, DDoSing, Death Threats, and other horrors. Remarkably I’ve heard about THREE harrowing accounts this week alone.

ONE
Kathy Sierra’s horrifying 10-year odyssey of harassment and online abuse. It’s a bit long, but DO read, it’s as important as it is frightening.

TWO
Yesterday, long time critic of gender tropes in video games Anita Sarkeesian had to cancel a Utah State University talk because of death threats and the Utah State campus police statement that even after death threats, carrying concealed weapons into a public lecture is perfectly legal in Utah.

THREE
In the wake of so much bad news, I finally took the time to listen to something with at least a bit of a path to a better future to it, Susan Benesch’s Berkman Center talk Troll Wrastling for Beginners: Data-Driven Methods to Decrease Hatred Online, from March of this year.

Benesch explains that Don’t feed the trolls is often not effective. She offers the promising idea of Counter-Speech. In the past chauvinistic expressions may have been made in private groups of like minds. The Internet puts these in front of everyone. This can be bad if it creates new, oppressive norms, but it also offers the opportunity to push back. The opportunity for Counter-Speech.

If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the process of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.

— Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Whitney v. California, 1927

CONCEPT: Don’t Feed The Trolls!

Well, there isn’t really a concept yet. But certainly there’s an idea here that’s worthy of a Public Art work sometime in 2015. I look forward to developing the details and presenting this work.

I like the idea of a day spent in public niceness to strangers. Perhaps in the shadow of the horrors perpetrated against people like Sierra, Sarkeesian and others, this may seem small, yet I’m convinced that for us all to slow down a bit and appreciate the simple beauty and worth of the humanity we are surrounded by, is an essential step.

CONCEPT: Sorry Wrong Window

In our networked culture, with so many relentless communications (or what passes for them) zipping endlessly past our craniums, we’ve all had the experience of losing track of who you’re talking at in which chat box, and accidentally typing something for Friend / Colleague / Associate / Lover / Enemy / Doctor / Teacher, #1, in the Chat Window for person #2, oops!

Sorry, Wrong Window!

But what if you accidentally typed your whole life in the wrong window?

In Sorry Wrong Window VBCO invites participants to consider exactly that!

Look for this exciting Public Artwork coming to you in 2015!

Activity No.12 - Dawn

Concept: Activity No.12 - Dawn

It’s so great to live in a time when people care more about Nicola Tesla than they do about Thomas Edison. Like a vanGogh of technology, Tesla didn’t live to see this.

Edison fucked everything up.

City dwellers, bathed in unending electric light, can’t gaze into the night sky and witness the very Milky Way galaxy in which we live. Today “Milky Way” is only a candy bar. What once was the vastness of the cosmos itself, is today merely 21 grams of sugar and 19 grams of saturated fat.

City dwellers awaken in a box called “bedroom” and are transported to another box called “office.” Somewhere along the way the sun rises. This is called “Dawn.” It is a sublime, majestic event. City dwellers rarely see this. Or if they do it is of little consequence.

For the ancient Egyptians the Sun Goddess, Nut, swallowed the sun every evening, and gave birth to it once more each Dawn.

The grandeur of The Milky Way reduced to 21 grams of sugar. The sublime experience of Dawn, reduced to “office commute.” Do our brains get bigger? Or does life just get smaller?

A week after solstice is probably not the best day to start a new year. But like so many things, calendars are a winner-take-all affair, and like Facebook, the Gregorian Calendar has won. On 1 January, a day of no particular significance, other perhaps than the legend that it’s the day somebody did something to Jesus Christ’s penis, the residents of planet earth will drink an unusually large amount of alcohol, set off an extraordinary number of fireworks, and make many life-improving resolutions destined to be forgotten as fast as you can say circumcise the baby on the 8th day.

Reclaiming Solstice

If San Francisco is the Prime Meridian of the Internet Age, then I propose a Dawn celebration on Sunday 21 December ‘14 at sunrise, 7:21am PST (GMT-8)

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27 August 2014

Lounging about the toxic atmosphere and carnivorous plants at Kimika Ying’s “Sister Planet” (Venus) at LEA29 with RMarie Beedit & Emma Pleyel-Maybe.

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Girls (Hong Kong, 2014)

Girls (Hong Kong, 2014)

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Taiwanese actors Ivy Chen Yi-Han & Yang Zishan join Hong Kong Cantopop singer Fiona Sit Hoi-kei in Hong Kong writer-director, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate Barbara Wong Chun-Chun‘s new film Girls.

SPOILERS:Yes, they’re coming. If you don’t want them, stop…

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The Art Gallery in the Age of The Internet

What does an Art Gallery provide to an artist in the age of the internet? Photo of Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley walking the streets of New York City in the film Begin Again

Now that we’ve done everything ourselves, how come you still get 9 out of every 10 dollars for my record?

Physical Art Gallery

In the 20th century an art gallery exhibition meant a few things for an Artist / Artwork:
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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow poster with text "Live. Die. Repeat." superimposed over of Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt ready for battle.

Groundhog Day

Illustration for the film Groundhog Day featuring an illustration of Bill Murray surrounded by hand lettering reading, "It's always February 2nd and there's nothing I can do about it."It’s been 21 years since Groundhog Day. Emily Blunt was 10 when it was released in 1993. Hollywood loves time travel: The crew of The Enterprise does it all the time, and the late Paul Walker won the girl of his dreams by visiting 1357 and surviving The Hundred Years War in Michael Crichton’s Timeline. In The Butterfly EffectAshton Kutcher tries to fix things and gets them ever…

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If you apply modern legislation [in Russia] to Jesus Christ, he would get five years in prison.

Nadya Tolokonnikova

When the Taliban destroy incredible pieces of architecture and art, or when American troops don’t protect museums in Iraq, you are seeing people losing their culture. And with the end of a country’s culture goes it’s identity.

George Clooney

Men write about important things, like war. Women write about unimportant things, like family.

If all you care about is money, you should go to college. If all you care about is culture and creativity, you should go to college. If all you care about is having fun, you should go to college. Go to college. I can’t be any clearer.

Eric Schmidt

Research is Appreciation.

Willis R. Whitney

It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.

Bern Williams
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Activity No.4 - NH Rebellion
13 of us virtually joined the 10.2 mile walk from Canterbury, NH to Concord, NH today.

This is the 1st of 12 treadmill walking events this year.
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