Treatise

Treatise

Disruption hitches a ride on New York currents. Attending a presentation from down under and way over in the Washington Mews – former horse stables now echoing voices of the worlds regions – we learn that the Maori contribution to the Venice Biennale costs as much to ship from New Zealand to Venice as it does to then transport it from the Grand Canal to the venue. We also learn by depiction that we have already sunk parts of the world in polar melt and that some are busy crafting diving suits from woven zipper asylum seeker totes. Impatience is gripping the world of foresight due to a certain intractability inherent in the current machinations of man. Brett Graham is temporarily residing in New York to ponder the meaning of Indigenous artist. This sort of identity is very much intertwined with a notion of place and Mr. Graham takes us through the sixty guilders myth, said to have brought landed property to Turtle Island. Disconcerted by the security screening at the Museum of the American Indian he recounts being disheartened by the myth making inaccuracies of a sculpture depicting the beads for land grab he encounters in Battery park. Yet a statement he makes catches us in poetics: Manhattan, a meeting place of the canoes.

Spot on offerings - The Founding Sachems.
Spot on offerings – The Founding Sachems.

Flows dispelling the land outside traversal, maneuvered outside the commons, claimed use of game that wanders freely past, by hook or by crook. Mr. Graham, on a mission to dispel the myths that seek to lay claim for the landed and capitalized, erects dark monuments celebrating the fleeting romance of discovery in freshly pressed whites, a part of New Zealand being the last blank dot to be filled in to complete the colonial maps. In collaboration he codifies ancestral loss in a video where the development of a hydro-electric power station triggers a flood, erasing the previous. Though video as tool, still in the collaborative frame, can stem the tide of loss, short-circuiting mourning with defiance and elected office.

Flows on the estuary knock on Troy door.
Flows on the estuary knock on Troy gates.

Flood or cascade, the view of Manhattan as a meeting of the canoes seems brilliant fleeting insight. More extraordinary, Mr. Graham unaware a treaty does exist governing life on the river that flows both ways, codifying mutual ebb and flow rather than demarcating boundaries for exclusions and ownership. The Two Row Wampum celebrates a quadricentennial and for a moment Manhattan reimagines a meeting of the canoes, renewing flow.

Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign.
Two Row Wampum Renewal Campaign.

Subtext to this accrued sensibility, the flows rejuvenate a treatise, the founding Sachems inspired a now disoriented giant left standing, dalliance to the world for word. In another borough, another museum solicits extended parlance daring a sinking Venice. No shipping of a new media installation clear across the world, instead rafts in crude assemblage, arriving as islands of cramped mayhem by making Adriatic inroads to the canals.

“I think that people can pick up where governments are failing.”#swoonstreetart

Crude assemblage to navigate the future seas.
Crude assemblage to navigate the future seas.
Cupola growth.
Cupola growth.

Meeting of the canoes.
Meeting of the canoes.

... on a NYC apartment...
… on a NYC apartment…
Catching rays...
Catching rays…
... iGrid.
… iGrid.

pixeldust

Take your iPhone off-grid with this bonus #IKEAHack:

An incredibly easy way to calculate the sun exposure is with an app called Sun Seeker. The map view will let you calculate how many hours and at what angle your panel is exposed to direct sunlight. Another handy app is Level to easily match the angle of the sun when mounting the solar panel to the Grundtal shelf. Please take care not to drop anything on peoples heads below should that be a possibility. There are many creative ways to catch rays without putting anyone in danger.

The following are the components that seem to work in this case, the assumption being that the wall charger supplied with these lithium ion batteries is “dumb” so that the battery contains a “smart” shut-off regulator. The panel on the other hand provides overload protection and prevents the battery from discharging through the panel. These are two ways it is possible to damage either the battery or the panel and it is only via limited experience and not rigorous testing or in-depth calculation that the above assumptions are made.

Playing at best a bit part in mitigating the next catastrophe.
Playing at best a bit part in mitigating the next catastrophe.
Drilling through the frame of the solar panel can be a bit tricky. Best to go slow and wear eye protection. Used some straight metal support brackets that were lying about and some bolts that matched to clamp the panel to the arms of the Grundtal shelf. To secure the bolts Threadlock comes in handy. Once hooked on two zip ties seem to be sufficiently anchoring the solar panel mount in place but it’s probably a wise idea to bring the whole solar panel mount indoors during inclement weather. A solar panel is only effective at generating electricity when the sun is shining on it in any case. Using a soft bristle paint brush to regularly dust off the solar panel will boost efficiency.

An empty ice-cream canister for mounting a quick plug and charge solution.
An empty ice-cream canister for mounting a quick plug and charge solution.
An empty ice-cream canister is one of possibility for connecting the panel to the battery. Mount two bolts to clip on the leads from the solar panel and then inside the jar connect them to a small plug (red + wire to center pin, black – to outer sheath) also mounted in the lid to accept a cable to connect to the input on the lithium ion battery for an easy plug and charge solution without changing any of the leads. The battery can be used to charge or power the iPhone and many other devices even while receiving its own charge from the solar panel.

Tekne

Tekne

Meet a sweets in the Manhattan lower mids to jet to an opening that promises the oportunity to demolish some preconceptions with bits of red foam. Failing miserably, the click BOOM click of a prescriptive haze of cards washes over like attending the school of no chances. It stills the heart to peer into the endless plexiglass vortex.

Click BOOM Click.
Click BOOM Click.

Around the corner, frack in full effect a demo of upstaters takes the block between Avenue fundraiser and then, fully realized, we scamper for some temperate Brooklyn climate.

Don't frack this Guv'nor: full monty pirate booty care in a prescriptive haze of cards.
Don’t frack this Guv’nor: full monty pirate booty care in a prescriptive haze of cards.

We find with Plato views of the artist mind elucidating the first inklings of intolerance. Basis theory for all ejections from the Polis subsequent. A Nebraskan transplant who muscled himself into the starkly minimal composer scene was beamed back to Brooklyn via Skype. After having bounced across the pond for bouts of looped elegance an artistic reality of being expat not for former love of country but for demonstrable lack of financials. Yet Skype seems the perfect medium for push-button loops and subtle glitchy deconstructs, upgrading the tragic hungry artist to the untethered aloof.

Untethered aloof as new normal.
Untethered aloof as new normal.
Listening in: manic stage signals.
Listening in: manic stage signals.

Straddle in the jumble.
Straddle in the jumble.
A composer in a boxed transmission.
A composer in a boxed transmission.

Desperate measure...
Desperate measures…
... for desperate times...
… for desperate times…

... impart pensive reassurances to the avant-garde of staged conflict unravelling just due east of over there.
… impart pensive reassurances to the avant-garde of staged conflict unravelling just due east of over there.

Stubborn refusal of dry ice to take on liquid form cracks against the eardrum.
Stubborn refusal of dry ice to take on liquid form cracks against the eardrum.
Further down the road to ruin, now in NASA bona fide form, the glacial pace of impending doom is met with the sounds of stubborn refusal for dry ice to take on liquid form. On metal mic-ed for effect.

Monotonic Surfaces.
Monotonic Surfaces.
The sweet change of success.
The sweet change of success.
Triangles as the last vestige criticizing for free.
Triangles as the last vestige criticizing for free.
Then freestyling the subaltern blues...
Then freestyling the subaltern blues…
... to comment on the list of itemized deductions for cultural ambassadors taking the last exit to pedigree.
… to comment on the list of itemized deductions for cultural ambassadors taking the last exit to pedigree.

Solitarity

Solitarity

The pendulum always swings back in the other direction” remains the faith based initiative for the banal hope of a reactionary tendency. “It’s our turn now” reimagines creative tendencies of yore in tome form. Such is the poetic justice of today as we progress five quarters past the inconceivable notion for those that cling. As the world of allies and alliences shatters into less and less recognizable form, distant revelations expose the notion of governing as the most paranoid actor on the block, paralyzed by inescapable representation. Can the arts project a less static notion of reality to the intractable indifference of the disillusioned? Who has not lost everything yet?

Don't Tread On We

The exhibitionist notion of the city as a quiet stage has reduced all hustle and bustle to a smeared blur. More messy than in styles past, we are left with a certain solitary experience of urban space when we finally succeed in tuning it all out. Dropping into an introspective void of structure and form the commons is not quite yet uninhabited.

Drink your champagne and laugh while you still can... Soon we'll gather in number that will make the ground beneath us rumble.
Drink your champagne and laugh while you still can… Soon we’ll gather in number that will make the ground beneath us rumble.

Moving on from a dearth of the neutral in the not quite objectified form, we escape the present political conundrums of climate and environment with the slow, deliberate meditation on the cyclical. Progress creeps in stark contrast to continued reclamation of the wild. Weeds and brambles track the seasons better than our derailed notion of progress.

Seemingly derailed notion of progress lives on in the macro.
Seemingly derailed notion of progress lives on in the macro.
Weeds and brambles track dreams deferred.
Weeds and brambles track dreams deferred.
Everything went green.
Everything went green.

How green can we be?

The new new grapes of wrath.
The new new grapes of wrath.
Action and answered...
Action and answered…
... at the help click.
… at the help click.
Shoot to buy.
Shoot to buy.

Is there salvation at the end of the tunnel?

Tunnel lovestance.
Tunnel lovestance.
Spectator mode sardine action.
Spectator mode sardine action.
A yarn of brash consequence - beauty absolute.
A yarn of brash consequence – beauty absolute.

To gather an overview with a positive notion it might be fun to pivot to the everyday creative. Leaving spectator mode let’s spin a yarn of sly circumstance.

The wrappings as the main event.
The wrappings as the main event.
Have a photo and a pedestal.
Have a photo and a pedestal.
In up cycled fashion...
In up cycled fashion…
... art mingles.
… art mingles.
Ambrosia...
Ambrosia…
... and tunes.
… and tunes.
Faraway sights...
Faraway sights…
... inspire caress.
… inspire caress.

Space extends beyond the pale – you may try the goods!

Space extends beyond the pale...
Space extends beyond the pale…
... work here, play there.
… work here, play there.
Faraday cage for semblance.
Faraday cage for semblance.
A different kind of...
A different kind of…
... sensory deprecation.
… sensory deprecation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One final stop for future thought reborn: Detroit gathers a state of…

Emergency Nothing.
Emergency Nothing.
Perpetual fall photo wall.
Perpetual fall photo wall.
Crowds abound.
Crowds abound.
Wolf on wolf clothing.
Wolf on wolf clothing.
Circle makes a square.
Circle makes a square.
The art engages in light banter...
The art engages in light banter…
... while the artist stands by.
… while the artist stands by.

Kathmandu

Kathmandu

Valentines Day can be a bit stressful for those searching. It’s best to approach such a day completely randomly. A week ago the preparations were already massively underway. So much red, so much pink and so much advice that will teach any man how to cry. But then again hearts and cupids can be fun and even a bit mischievous. Something, though seems to have gotten a hold of retail to don a certain lavishness not seen before. While performing a bit of predatory shopping happened upon a sight. Is it perhaps because we are all already so interconnected?

Crush-worthy * D E A L S *

Sorry for the blur but it really does say Crush-worthy * D E A L S *. This kind of cheekiness is genuine public service to relieve some of the pressures associated with our official day for love. The excitement already started to build when #ActivistPickUpLines started trending:

“I’m a socialist in the streets but an anarchist in the sheets,” #activistpickuplines.
— Elizabeth Sauvage (@petitehope) February 14, 2014

Suddenly an invite popped up for an event at the Chocolate Factory in Bushwick that promised less thinking about me + you with a keen mission to fundraise for a school in Kathmandu. Quite romantic search for love on a mission to Kathmandu, who could resist? Whipped up some chocolate treats and headed to the chocolate factory in Bushwick. The dance floor was in full swing, we all had a delicious time.


Find out more about the Kathmandu project in Nepal from the 108 Lives Project. The sugar free / dairy free chocolate recipe that sustained us that night, which might sustain your journey to Kathmandu:

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Heat the coconut oil.
  2. Crisp the hazelnuts in the hot oil.
  3. Take the pan off the fire and begin to heat with a double pan of water.
  4. Add the cocoa until the oil begins to get thick.
  5. Add the stevia a few drops at a time until a sweetness starts to show in the taste.
  6. Grind the green pepper into the mixture and drizzle on the coarse salt.
  7. Turn off the heat and stir in the raw honey.
  8. Fill silicon forms and chill in freezer for thirty minutes.
  9. Wrap in cellophane and chill some more.
Fresh chocolate just broke the mold.
Fresh chocolate just broke the mold.
Cup'O'Chocolate.
Cup’O’Chocolate.