My last bracelet message was rejected (“MUTHAFUNKENSTEIN”), so I hope “FETALCIRCUIT” makes the cut.
How else am I supposed to promote my blog in meatspace if not through 3D-printed bobbles?
Make yourself a tiny BMO! Like the caption says: adorably terrifying. I’m onboard.
I just got my free 3d printed bracelet from “Made w/ Code” Google + shapeways!
This honestly feels so more official than me going to a college institution for web design and working as a web designer.
Thanks so much pope-john-paul-george-and-ringo for making this for me!!! We are true la babe artists.
The” Made w/Code” Google project is pretty special, encouraging young people - especially girls - to code. This isn’t just about making jewelry (though I like that part, ha) - it’s about empowerment.
Make your own! https://www.madewithcode.com/projects
3D-gedrucktes Brienne von Tarth-Cosplay für Barbies von Jim Rodda: „Faire Play is a 3D printed suit of plate mail that’s compatible with the Barbie Fashionistas line of dolls. It’s Open Source.
This is amazing, and I have no idea why no one thought of it before. In fact, I’m tempted to buy a Barbie just so I can print these out. I’m not even kidding.
Employee’s distorted fingers over fore-edge with tabs.
Throughout Spiritus Creator Incubus by Michael Beck and Johann Conrad Heinrich (1687). Original from the Bavarian State Library. Digitized May 17, 2011.
I’ve been enjoying The Art of Google Books for some time. The distorted fingers on this image, though, has me thinking about digital imaging and its role in the collapse of time and space (Spiritus Creator Incubus?! Really?!) and the automation of vision. Next stop: red light cameras. (Or maybe not.)
I would have loved to have attended this event… but lo! Vimeo videos are available!
Apparently, the keynote speaker for the conference was Ursula K. Le Guin. A panel discussion with Donna Haraway and James Clifford followed after her talk. No surprise, the event was standing-room only.
Uploaded by AURA: Aarhus University Research on the Anthropocene
Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet
Santa Cruz, California
May 8-10, 2014
"Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene:
Staying with the Trouble” (lecture given on 5/9/14)
Sympoiesis, not autopoiesis, threads the string figure game played by Terran critters. Always many-stranded, SF is spun from science fact, speculative fabulation, science fiction, and, in French, soin de ficelles (care of/for the threads). The sciences of the mid-20th-century “new evolutionary synthesis” shaped approaches to human-induced mass extinctions and reworldings later named the Anthropocene. Rooted in units and relations, especially competitive relations, these sciences have a hard time with three key biological domains: embryology and development, symbiosis and collaborative entanglements, and the vast worlds of microbes. Approaches tuned to “multi-species becoming with” better sustain us in staying with the trouble on Terra. An emerging “new new synthesis” in trans-disciplinary biologies and arts proposes string figures tying together human and nonhuman ecologies, evolution, development, history, technology, and more. Corals, microbes, robotic and fleshly geese, artists, and scientists are the dramatis personae in this talk’s SF game.
MANIFESTO MONDAY is back with a manifesto by book & paper art activist Levi Sherman. Previous Manifesto Mondays featured artist/activist Christopher Bednash, Kellen Walker (DJ Smellen), Sid Branca, and Sid Yiddish.
MANIFESTO MONDAY - wherein fetalcircuit.com publishes artist manifestos. Contrary to popular opinion (at least in my estimation), manifestos are a necessary component to any artistic practice, challenging the artist and his/her public to actually MAKE DEMANDS, to HOLD PARTIES ACCOUNTABLE, and to THINK BIG without apologetics. We, as a whole, have become complacent, passive-aggressive, and we suffer for it.No more.We apologize to no one.As stated by Tristan Tzara,"A manifesto is a communication made to the whole world, whose only pretension is to the discovery of an instant cure for political, astronomical, artistic, parliamentary, agronomical and literary syphilis. It may be pleasant, and good-natured, it’s always right, it’s strong, vigorous and logical. Apropos of logic, I consider myself very likeable."Deal with it.
It is time to dismantle the romantic narrative about art that has persisted to the present day. This narrative, perpetuated by misguided artists, critics and historians has come to dominate public understanding of art. It is time for artists to clarify our position and to deny this story that we make art because we must.
Art is not a means of survival.
Art is not food or water, sleep or shelter.
Artists don’t make art “because they have to,” nor would they die if they stopped.
Art is a means of communication.
This communication necessarily has an audience, whether it is an other, the Other, or the self.
An artist who ignores or denies their audience is a poor communicator.
Art is a method of producing knowledge, like science and philosophy.
Art produces a kind of knowledge for which other disciplines are inadequate.
Claiming that art is necessary does not elevate its status; it lowers art to the level of our most basic needs.
Art is not a means of survival.
Art is not shitting or pissing, fucking or dying.
Artists are humans. We have no special needs.
We can sleep and shit our lives away – plenty of people already do.
It is time to value art not because it is necessary, but because it is not.
Necessity is a deterministic myth, a convenient excuse for an uncritical art practice.
It is time to ask and answer harder questions.
With whom are we communicating?
What knowledge are we producing?
Without these questions, artists create self-indulgent monuments to their fears of mortality.
Art is not a legacy.
Art is not a baby.
Art is not a reflex.
Art is not a wet-dream.
Art is a conscious creation from a whole human being.
Relevant because… Chicago.
As per my last post, here is the film poster for Der Schweigende Stern (translated as The Silent Star in English, and Milcząca Gwiazda in Polish) based on Stanislaw Lem’s The Astronauts. It was shot in East Germany and directed by Kurt Maetzig in 1960. Unfortunately, a brutally-edited version of the film, retitled First Spaceship on Venus, was released in the U.S. in 1962. Lem disowned the film.
It is worth mentioning that this was Lem’s first sci-fi novel, encouraging him to dedicate his writing to the genre for the rest of his career.