Geek Mythology

February 27, 2011

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 2:36 pm

“Those who fail to exhibit positive attitudes, no matter the external reality, are in some ways ill. Their attitudes, like those of recalcitrant Chinese during the cultural revolution, need correction. Once we adopt a positive mind, positive things will happend. This belief, like all the other illusions peddled in the culture, encourages people to flee from reality when reality is frightening or depressing.These academic specialists in “happiness” have formulated the “Law of attraction”. It argues that we attract the good things in life, wether it is money, relationships, or employment, when we focus on what we desire…
For those who run into the hard walls of reality, the ideology has the pernicious effect of forcing the victim to blame him or herself for his or her pain or suffering. Abused and battered wives or children, the unemployed, the depressed, the mentally ill, the illiterate, the lonely, those grieving for lost loved ones, those crushed by poverty, the terminally ill, those fighting with addictions, those suffering trauma, those trapped in menial and poorly paid jobs, those facing foreclosure or bankrupcy because they cannot pay their medical bills, need only overcome their negativity.”- from the book “The Empire of Illusion” by Chris Hedges

February 26, 2011

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 6:46 pm

Man this is such an awesome video. Check out the ending when hes standing ontop of this junk mountain like some space aged shaman with a coat completley covered by those hand held mini tvs that people had in the states during the 80s.

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 1:44 am

February 25, 2011

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 11:00 am

Don’t miss this party folks!

February 24, 2011

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 5:15 pm

Check out this big ass Redwing boot!

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 12:52 pm

Crayon on wood, 2010

February 22, 2011

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 3:54 pm

“Not surprisingly there are no magazines or internet sites or television programs for the poor or for people on welfare. They might not be able to afford magazines or computers but, more important, they are of no use to advertisers.
This emphasis on the affluent surley has something to do with the invisibility of the poor in our society. Since advertisers have no interest in them, they are not reflected in the media. We know so much about the rich and famous that it becomes a problem for many who seek to emulate them, but we know very little about the lifestyles of the poor and desperate. It is difficult to feel compassion for people we don´t know.”

-from the book “Can’t buy my love: How advertising changes the way we think and feel” by Jean Kilbourne

Here is a good fake advertisement from Adbusters magazine.

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 3:03 pm

February 21, 2011

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 3:23 pm

Nicholas Carr, author of “The Shallows”: What the internet is doing to our brains” says technology amplifies everything, good instincts and base. While technology is amoral, he said our brains may be rewired in disturbing ways.
“Researchers say we need to be quite and attentive if we want to tap into our deeper emotions” he said. “If were constantly interrupted and distracted, we kind of short circuit our empathy. If you dampen empathy and encourage the immediate expression of whatever is in your mind, you get alot of nastiness that wouldn´t have occurred before.”

-from todays Herald Tribune

February 19, 2011

Atis rezistans and Tele Geto

Filed under: Main — Mackanlee @ 11:44 am

Yesterday I was at Supermarket, which is an artist run art fair here in Stockholm. I listened to a talk about a group of artists working in Haiti called Atis Rezistans. The work in the Haitian capital Port au Prince mainly with recycled materials creating amazing sculptures.

They have also created their own art biennale called the “Ghetto Bienalle” which has now become an annual event. They invite 60 artists from around the world to come and do site specific artworks there during a few weeks.

They have also developed their own show on youtube called “Tele Geto” which is grass roots reporting about the situation on the ground in Haiti after the earthquake last year. I have included a clip from it here. The guy who gave the talk said that it was rare that people ate every day in Haiti, they would be able to get food like maybe every other day. In this clip you can see massive lines where people are waiting for food in the tent cities and the frustration they feel because of their dire situation.

I recommend that you check out the website from Atis Rezistans and look at some more of Tele Getos clips. Very inspiring stuff. Some of the artists from Atis Rezistans will also be coming to the Ethnographic museum this spring to make installations there at the big Voudou show. That should also be cool.

Atis rezistans website: http://www.atis-rezistans.com/

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