Archive for October 4th, 2011

October 4, 2011


by noah

I recently registered with Neighborgoods as a way to facilitate peer-to-peer sharing within my local community. The cute video I’ve included above explains that we hardly use our objects to their potential, and that via this site our value of things can be communally appreciated. Encouraging giving, trading, selling, and borrowing, Neighborgoods uses a simple Google Maps system to sketch its users among a space. Within these desired spaces users can connect with other members of their community and view the items they would either like to receive or lend. Each profile also includes a ticker which documents the dollar value each user has saved since participating with the site. Objects range from projectors, amps, and snorkle sets to Mario Kart for Wii and “platform goth boots”. Happy sharing!

October 4, 2011

PS1 Art Books

by andrewjbowe

From September 30th through October 2nd, PS1 sponsored the Annual New York Art Book Fair. There were a wide range of books and material at the fair.

Items ranging from handmade philosophical transcripts, appropriated journals,  hand sewn paper, to artist books developed the fair as a rich and multi versatile location for the study and creation of books.

At the Fair, I happened upon a philosophical DIY table, a young DIY artist had developed philosophical journals by appropriating the cover of historical philosophy and writing his own stories inside. Somewhat of a traversal of the idea of appropriating language, this time, instead the author appropriated the author’s name instead of the content.

The majority of the tables at the Fair were book stores wishing to get exposure and selling specialized types of art content based books and journals.

The fall of the bookstore and the rise of e-commerce has put a lot of pressure on graphic designers, publishers, and artists to find new ways to get exposure and their craft into the publics hands.

One way that these books were often marketed was by displaying expensive material directly next to free material and hoping that people would become engaged enough by the aesthetic  that they would purchase some of the material.

October 4, 2011

DIY Ethics & Photography

by stephaniecorleto

Last week’s discussion that covered the ethics of remix culture  reminded me of this conversation going on in the photography community.  In regards to attribution of sampled entities in music and writing, there isn’t a set standard for what is acceptable. When there is recognition outside the community sometimes conflict arises.  What about photography?

Damon Winter’s “A Grunt’s Life

Photojournalist Damon Winter’s photo essay “A Grunt’s Life” documented the daily life of U.S. troops in a war zone with his Iphone Hipstamatic camera. This was featured in the New York Times and was received third prize in Picture of the Year’s annual Feature Picture Story competition.  There are a few issues that can be brought up with this story:

  • The role of a photojournalists is to capture a realistic visual depiction. One can argue that the distortion from the hipstamatic automatically takes Winter’s work out of the realm of photojournalism.  But, some say any visual representation involves distortion.
  • DIY journalism is celebrated all over the news. There are often non-journalistic visual representations (photos and video) taken by people who happen to be at the scene of an event. If this is the case, then how does one differentiate between professional and the novice/hobbiest/anyone with a camera phone?

I would love to hear your opinions!