Electric Chair, Greensville Correctional Facility, Jarratt, Virgin
From ‘Omega Suites - The Architecture of Capital Punishment’
"I’ve learned a lot this year.. I learned that things don’t always turn our the way you planned, or the way you think they should. And I’ve learned that there are things that go wrong that don’t always get fixed or get put back together the way they were before. I’ve learned that some broken things stay broken, and I’ve learned that you can get through bad times and keep looking for better ones, as long as you have people who love you."
Jennifer Weiner, Good in Bed
Out now in Monocle - Vancouver- voted the most liveable city in the Americas.
David Foster Wallace’s annotated copy of Ulysses. [via]
I consider myself a dedicated reader…or at least did until I saw this.
“This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her. She placed 72 objects one could use in pleasing or destructive ways, ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on a table near her and invited the viewers to use them on her however they wanted. Initially, Abramović said, viewers were peaceful and timid, but it escalated to violence quickly. “The experience I learned was that … if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.” This piece revealed something terrible about humanity, similar to what Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment or Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment, both of which also proved how readily people will harm one another under unusual circumstances.” This performance showed just how easy it is to dehumanize a person who doesn’t fight back, and is particularly powerful because it defies what we think we know about ourselves. I’m certain that no one reading this believes the people around him/her are capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.”
Coucher de soleil, près du Croisic (n.d.). Ferdinand du Puigaudeau 1864-1930. Oil on canvas
Los Angeles, 1992.
2nd amendment in action. Korean shopkeepers defending their property during the LA riots, 1992.
Matias Faldbakken, Untitled (Locker Sculpture #2), 2011, Sheet steel cupboard, lashing straps, 194 x 321 x 75 cm, Image courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery, London.