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Grace Jones Changed My Life: Slave to the Rhythm


Slave To The Rhythm was my invitation to the beauty of interpretation, the power of production and the importance of a clear vision. It’s a fully formed idea, from its musical and sonic approach to the powerful imagery. The interviews felt like small intimacies, listening to her enunciation and her aura of grandeur, I eroticized her, her features, her beauty, her complicated androgyny.

I was living in D.C. when I heard these albums for the first time. D.C., the fertile ground from which the rhythm of this recording originates. GO-GO MUSIC often existed in dark, dank urban landscapes where sex, fashion, competition, comedy, jazz and crime mingled tightly together. We played and we danced with the rhythm and pulse of a unified chain gang, slaving for the hedonistic pleasures I so yearned for, all while I attempted to escape the shackles of obedience to a society that didn’t seem to care about me or a certain category of people and their creations.

— Me’Shell NdegéOcello

via Grace Jones Changed My Life: 11 artists pick their favourite Grace Jones records | The Vinyl Factory.

Photographers of the world unite!

Photomediations: An Open Book

– from the documentation of our life in its foetal stage via medical imaging, through to the regular recording of our growth and maturation in family, school and passport photographs; the incessant capture of the fleeting moments of our life with phone cameras; and the subsequent construction of our life’s ‘timeline’ on social media. We also make sense of the world around us through seeing it imaged.

‘the most revolutionary event in the recent history of photography is not the arrival of digital cameras as such, but rather the broadband connection of these cameras to the Internet – in effect turning every photograph on the Web into a potential frame in a boundless film’. — Victor Burgin

‘Permutation, combinatorics, poetry from a machine; cutting up, taking apart, and putting together again’ were, according to media historian Siegfried Zielinski, gestures used by the literary avant-garde in the 1960s ‘to creatively attack the bourgeois tradition of the post-war manufacturing of culture’. In the early twenty-first century culture of the supposed image deluge, predefined camera programmes and Instagram, an avant-garde gesture can perhaps lie first and foremost in efforts to remap the photographic landscape – and to rewrite its discourses.

via Photomediations: An Open Book.


3 NYC artists you should know

Kehinde Wiley

The LA-born, NY-based Wiley uses Old Masters techniques to create heroic portraits of people of color — both hip-hop stars and the men and women he meets on the street.

Hank Willis Thomas

…conceptual artist Thomas, who nabbed a prestigious International Center of Photography award and was appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to the NYC Public Design Commission. Thomas’ electrifying work, the latest of which is on view at Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea…

hank willis thomas

Xaviera Simmons

Born and raised in NYC, the landscape of the city remains an active part of Simmons’ thinking. “It’s almost like a little brain where you have so many different psychologies happening inside of a small space,” she says.


via 7 hot NYC artists you need to know right now | New York Post.


Big Data, Machine Learning, and the Social Sciences

Discovering finer-grained signals, however, such as those often associated with data about minorities, can be much harder. Luciano Floridi, a philosopher, addresses this point in a recent paper of his. He says,

The real, epistemological problem with big data is small patterns. […] [But] small patterns may be significant only if properly aggregated. So what we need is a better understanding of which data are worth preserving.

In other words, fine-grained patterns may not be readily visible using existing computational techniques. He continues,

And this is a matter of grasping which questions are or will be interesting. […] [T]he game will be won by those who ‘know how to ask and answer questions.’

Again, this underscores the need for social scientists, who are trained to ask and answer important questions about society; however, it also highlights one of my biggest concerns about some of the big data research and development coming out of the computer science community.

via Big Data, Machine Learning, and the Social Sciences | Medium.

Max Headroom: Oral History

20 Minutes into the Future kicked off an extensive franchise, and Max became a singular ’80s pop culture phenomenon that represented everything wonderful and horrible about the decade. Max hosted music video shows; Max interviewed celebrities; Max hawked New Coke; Max Headroom became US network television’s very first cyberpunk series. Max was inescapable — and then almost just as quickly as he had appeared, he was gone.

[Read the whole thing at the link below]

via Max Headroom: the definitive history of the 1980s digital icon | The Verge.