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FOOD was an artist-run restaurant in SoHo, New York. FOOD was founded by artists Carol Goodden, Tina Girouard and Gordon Matta-Clark. FOOD was considered one of the first important restaurants in SoHo. Other individuals who were involved with FOOD included Suzanne Harris and Rachel Lew. FOOD was a place where artists in SoHo, especially those who were later involved in Avalanche magazine and the Anarchitecture group, could meet and enjoy food together. FOOD was considered to be both a business and an artistic “intervention in an urban setting.” It has also been called a “landmark that still resonates in the history and mythology of SoHo in the 1970s.”
What you wanna do, want to be hackers, code crackers, slackers? Waisting time with all those chatroom yackers?
95 chilling out hewlett packard….
If you ever come to Istanbul, skip walking through Laleli neighbourhood! Not because it may be dangerous, dirty or anything, but sellers will drink your blood to lure you to their clothing and textile stores where they will rob you of prices. Don’t be surprised if they know how to speak more languages and even your native language. Namely, I experienced it all.
Laleli is a neighborhood of Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey, lying between Beyazıt and Aksaray. It is known for its large textile wholesaling business and is home to the Literature and Science Faculties of Istanbul University, designed by Sedad Hakkı Eldem and Emin Onat in the 1940s. It is served by a stop on the T1 tram line which runs along the Ordu Caddesi.
My hotel was in Aksaray, and the places I went to werea few miles away. I had a subway ticket, but I didn’t want to travel by tram or subway. I was walking, I wanted my steps to be counted and I wanted to experience Istanbul as it is, busy, noisy and tiring.If you like crowded streets, full of garbage, illegal shops, restaurant menus with no prices and street prostitutes, then Aksaray may be the perfect place for you.The food in the restaurants is OK, as are the prices! Lot of Meat, a huge amount of spices, ayran and Turkish traditional music.
Traveling every day from the hotel to the desired destination, I walked through Laleli Street. Starting from the first pedestrian crossing where you pray literally all the gods to save you as you cross the street to the slippery streets uphill that are watered every morning. The streets are so slippery that you need hiking poles to walk … but there aren’t that many uphills, I’m exaggerating.
Lurking in the back streets is the much older Bodrum Mosque (AKA Mesih Paşa Cami), which started life as a 10th-century Byzantine church attached to the Myreiaion Palace. Beside it is an underground cistern, probably of similar date. Both stand on the site of a lost Rotunda dating back to the fifth century which is believed to have been the second largest such circular Roman temple after the Pantheon in Rome itself.
Walking through Laleli you can notice huge shops selling textiles and clothes, also a large number of jewelry store. Most of the clothes are branded with big fashion brands that are fake. Prices of course are not there and you can negotiate. The quality is questionable, but at least you can brag about wearing a Gucci or Louis Vuitton.
You may also notice people pushing huge bags on carts (very kind gentlemen). The goods in bags are packed for the big market and exported to various countries of the world.
Cats are literally everywhere! On the street, on the head, on the bench, in the shops … and they are always kind to cuddle.
It is no coincidence to see people sitting and cooking on the ruins of an ancient Roman city that attracts the attention of tourists.
I wouldn’t recommend staying in the Laleli District simply because I wouldn’t feel comfortable walking around there at night. There are much nicer areas of Istanbul to base yourself out of. It’s not all that far from Sultanahmet proper, and the tram does go to Laleli, but I wouldn’t book a hotel any further out in that direction than Beyazit.
”It’s a sprawling, beautiful city, still, in spite of the unrestrained construction where Europe and Asia meet. There’s no place like it—and for a time, until very recently, it looked like the future.” – Anthony Bourdain
Come out to Williamsburg this coming Saturday!
Only 60km from Marrakech, the town is considered the gate to the High Atlas region. It was the ancient Greek poet Hesiod, who wrote about Atlas, a Titan who was condemned to stand at the end of the earth and hold up the celestial heavens for eternity.
The location of the Atlas Mountain is in the Maghreb, North Africa, and rises up from the flat lands in Morocco, through Algeria and on into Tunisia. These mountains separate the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast lines and beyond them to the south, they descend into the Sahara Desert. The town of Imlil is nestled in the beautiful Toubkal valley. The village is near the highest mountain in North Africa, Jebel Toubkal. Imlil village is located at 1800m/5900ft above sea level.
Directed by: Harley Chamandy
Concept by: Gavin Weiland
Cinematography: Kenny Suleimanagich
Editing: Hrishi Bardhan
Casting: Levi De Jong
Production Assistant: Dominic Chandler
1st AD: Parker Hao
Colorist: Andrew Francis
Henchman: Dino James, Illtyd Barrett, Robert Fetik, Kenneth Amos, Dominic Chandler
shot on Kodak Ektachrome
If we start to examine the general laws of perception, we see that as perception becomes habitual, it becomes automatic. Thus, for example, all of our habits retreat into the area of the unconscious automatic…[Art] exists that one may recover the sensation of life; it exists to make one feel things, to make the stone stony. The purpose of art is to impart the sensation of things as they are perceived and not as they are known. The technique of art is to make an object “unfamiliar,” to make forms difficult, to increase the difficulty and length of perception because the process of perception is an aesthetic end in itself and must be prolonged. Art is a way of experiencing the artfulness of an object; the object is not important.
– Viktor Shklovsky, Art as Technique (1917)
I’ve been reading and referring to this book titled “How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci” by Michael J. Gelb for some time now. And I must say, its hands down one of the most effective and influential “self-help” books I’ve come across, especially as an artist. I did this writing prompt the other night which asks you to question what your purpose is NOT rather than what it is, so you can pinpoint the things in your life that you don’t want to be and do not tolerate. So I tried it out, and definitely found some benefit and thought I’d share it here.
“My purpose is not being a slave to a human being. I don’t respect nor revere anyone enough to do everything they say except the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and he is no longer with us. My purpose is not to be doing a job or act that deep down I know I do not want to or should not be doing. My purpose is not to live beneath my means or to downplay my knowledge and capabilities. It is not to be patient with those who deserve reprimand, it is not be unjust to those who deserve patience. My purpose is not to shy away from condemning evil, for if I do, then I commend it. My purpose is not to be a solitary individual. It is not to become a recluse who writes and makes art, and dwells upon that which he loathes and regrets. My purpose is not to be weak or flimsy in my beliefs and principles. It is not to be fake and inattentive, careless and wavering in regards to my life decisions. My purpose is not to be selfish. It is not to retain all good and provision to myself, nor to be ungrateful when provision is withheld. My purpose is not to lie about how I feel and to not act upon my intuition. It is not to be stubborn but also not to be so giving that I am stripped of dignity and respect. My purpose is not to quiet my person. It is not to shut up the parts of me that make me who I am, nor is it to be such an open book that even the low parts of my being are exposed.”
Some photos and videos from last night:
Show Me The Body:
Horse Jumper of Love:
Voice Memo of Orange Peeler:
If We Never Meet Again: A Solo Virtual Exhibit from By August
Is my audio okay?
I sat down with Santiago Corredor-Vergara on Zoom as he adjusted his headphones. In the morning light of my computer screen, his afternoon in Spain looked absolutely radiant – we spoke from his balcony as construction pittered about in the background, filtered through our chat about memes, and how capitalism put God on Earth.
What we mean by that: Santiago’s secret project is influenced heavily and accidentally by a history of banking in Italy which, through his philosophical approach, can be called a pre-Adam Smith flavor of capitalism, where the myth behind religious moral became concrete in monetary value. Money = God on Earth. The locale of Santiago’s ongoing work with said secret project is where major shifts in meaning-making and valuation happen, like that of the 1400s: those points in human history where we fundamentally shifted our approach towards “truth.”
Where we find ourselves post-truth and reason is where we may find memes in media increasingly valuable. Santiago speaks about this with friendly acuity in the rest of this interview:
Maya Kotomori: You mentioned post-reason society earlier. How do you approach that in your digital work?
Santiago Corredor-Vergara: Well, initially this project ( REDACTED(**)**) came up as a way to propose a left version of QAnon.
SCV: Yeah, I wrote a mini-zine for it that’s more esoterically oriented before writing a second book [with the (**)** collective -DM @pl0xi_the_arsonist for a copy] that’s more directly politically minded. It’s the sense that, if you have a post-reason society, fascist elements [of belief] explore it as a means to reach an audience that feels alienated from life. That alienation is so intimate and modern, and semiocapitalism, whatever you want to call it – it’s expropriated us from the world that we live in on a metaphysical level, where God was purged from the world as a prerequisite for capitalism to be the number one principle operating in the [physical] world.
MK: Back to the 1400’s in Italy.
SCV: Yes. So, that’s one notion – alienation as intimate. And the other notion, is that information networks have bypassed traditional institutions as a means of transmitting truth, or knowledge, and that those networks are easily hackable. The fact of the matter is, if you want to appeal to people, it has to be on an aesthetic level, not through reason. So, how do you provide a satisfying narrative/aesthetics to people, how can you explain the world? One thing that QAnon has, is that it’s very spectacular – [the narrative] reinvents a world purged of meaning with meaning, and it’s very messianic. Whoever did that…I don’t know. Very smart people.
MK: I agree! QAnon is very post-reason in a world where reason no longer comes from morals, because we used to believe in theocracies where all God was direct law – this was pre-capitalism. Now, the Italian moment you’re talking about, with banking, [basically puts] Gods on Earth, and those Gods are the ones to bestow value, and that value = 1. So, if we exchange infinite values of 1, we’re creating more truth. We’re God-fearing, in this modern world. QAnon came from an understanding of that, and a rejection of there being only one [truth] – they made their own.
SCV: Of course, the political movement is so reactionary, and horrible. It’s so impressive at the same time, how [the original QAnon] were able to create and manage lore, which is what’s missing from contemporary life. It’s creating a reason to exist, basically.
MK: That’s why memes are so powerful too. They’re a way to leverage dissonance on a completely individualized level that’s not hedonistic, because they have mass appeal.
SCV: I definitely see that. Memes are an interesting vehicle for communication because they cut through a lot of representation as a counterintuitive force. When you get a meme that’s on a level just below the surface of an idea, it resonates with you. Not just because you get the joke, but because you feel the joke – which is awesome because it circumvents some of the discursive blockages that someone might have if you explained something through reason. Memes are approachable with their aesthetics, they explain apart from reason.
MK: How did you get involved with making memes for STP?
SCV: I’ve never met Lucien in person actually, but he started following my since-removed meme page. I looked one day, and saw that STP was following, and I saw a picture of the office in New York, so I commented something like ‘yo, how could I get a job here?’ and Lucien replied like ‘message Mia.’ I emailed, and that’s how I started making memes for STP. A fortuitous turn of events!
MK: For the audiences to give you your flowers: you are the person behind the art memes on STP’s Instagram, and now you’re making an NFT series of memes as well?
SCV: Yes, exactly. We’re using a lot of the same memes that already occur on the account, and are making modifications to some. Sometimes [making memes] is difficult! You’re basically making a joke every day – it’s not always obvious.
MK: Kind of a non-question, but where do you think you get your sense of humor?
SCV: I try to make memes I would consume – a lot of other art meme pages focus on the surreal and absurd aspects of artists’ lives, or someone who’s already sort of successful, which I don’t do at all. I think my forte is thinking in theory and philosophy, and making really nerdy jokes. I would be in class last semester learning about, I dunno, Gordon Matta Clark, in some aesthetics class and I would think “I’m going to make a meme about that later.” Meme making is very intuitive , like extracting a bit from something you see in real life to apply to a more universal language. I mean, that’s what’s spectacular about memes, is their ability to transmit the particular to the universal. That’s why I use meme templates sometimes, because you can write over them, and into them, universally.
MK: I’m thinking back on what you said about metaphysics earlier! It reminds me of this thing I read…about the metaphysics of the phantom limb.
SCV: For sure.
MK: So, someone’s arm could be cut off at the elbow, and the person would still be able to feel the “ghost” of their limb, even though it’s been cut off. [The metaphysical take is] that that feeling isn’t just something that exists in your mind – but that there actually is a self beyond the [corporeal] body. It’s a phenomenon that challenges the Western idea that your ‘self’ is contained inside of your body, that your insides are inside and your outsides are outside through the idea that the self exists beyond the physical world. Even the idea of horror, like when you see someone break a bone, you’re scared and even a bit uneasy not only because you can put yourself in that person’s shoes feeling that pain, but also because something that is supposed to be the structural framework of your insides became outside.
SCV: Right, right.
MK: Memes are metaphysical in a lot of the ways you’ve expressed because they’re like breaking bones. They’re helping people laugh at being uncomfortable, through a visual language that’s so universal. You’re afraid, but you know why you’re afraid, so a joke can be felt in that metaphysical way you mentioned.
SCV: For sure. I would begin with a concept called phenomenology of the every day, which parts from the notion that an artwork “is”: if you can reduce the definition of an artwork to its most basic, then it’s an object that exists in and of itself, for itself – so there’s no reason for the artwork to exist, other than the fact that it does. That’s how I think one could think of the universe. There’s no reason for existence, basically, other than existence. When you experience the beauty in the universe – that’s what I think was so cool about modernism, is the idea that beauty can expand to include anything – anything can be considered beautiful just because existence means existence. Nothing is by accident, everything is just so.
MK: Reason is existence, period.
A little about the upcoming project:
Memes have taken on unprecedented cultural significance in the last two decades, as social media has become a ubiquitous means of communication. The significance of these seemingly insignificant images goes far beyond their obvious capacity to visually transmit a joke–memes move mountains; they’ve swayed elections after all. More importantly, it is their capacity to foster community among people invested and interested in niche topics.
Santiago, also known as @pl0xi_the_arsonist, is a 25 year old painter, who spends his time between New York City and Bogotá. He graduated from The Cooper Union in 2018 and is currently pursuing a masters in philosophy at the University of Salamanca. Santiago has been creating memes for Serving the People’s Instagram for the past year. His contribution has helped cultivate and onboard an amazing audience to [@servingthepeople](https://instagram.com/servingthepeople)’s community.
The memes Santiago creates are invested in contemporary art, theory, and highlight the traditional art world’s contradictions. These memes are a thoughtful testament to a deep appreciation for the world of art. By bringing the memes on chain, it creates a space for these pieces to exist as a collectible art and elevates them as a legitimate art form. Santiago is releasing his first NFTs on Thursday, May 19th as a series of memes, originally posted on @servingthepeople. This series reimagines the confines of what is considered art and paves the way for meme accounts and creators to retain ownership of their work. A portion of the proceeds from the secondary sale will be donated to the STP Creative Foundation.
Maya Kotomori is a 23 year old arts and entertainment journalist and pre-modern enthusiast from Riverside, California. Her work is really fun and rated E for Everyone Read It.
Visit https://www.lobus.io/stp-memes to sign up for the Meme NFT drop.
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