Westinghouse - Mechanical Man and Dog (Elektro and Sparko), New York World’s Fair, 1939 - 40

Westinghouse - Mechanical Man and Dog (Elektro and Sparko), New York World’s Fair, 1939 - 40

"Violence arms itself with the inventions of Art and Science in order to contend against violence."

Carl von Clausewitz, On War, trans. J. J. Graham (London, 1873)

"I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying."

Woody Allen, The Illustrated Woody Allen Reader, 1993

illustration for The Witches, Quentin Blake, 1983

illustration for The Witches, Quentin Blake, 1983

Mirror Piece I, Joan Jonas, 1969

Mirror Piece I, Joan Jonas, 1969

Mirror, Dina Litovsky, c. 2010, from the Bachelorette series via "Stages on Life’s Way"

Mirror, Dina Litovsky, c. 2010, from the Bachelorette series via "Stages on Life’s Way"

from “Artifacts (1 of 2)” from Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast

[re: The World’s First Collaborative Sentence, Douglas Davis, 1994]

"You cannot come to a conclusion, really, of ‘what is more natural here?’ or ‘what is the way of handling it?’ and that’s why we decided to do a historic and a live version

But what to me is very interesting is to have a version that is more historically focused and that really investigates evolution over time and to have a version that is the Eternal Now— whatever happens, whatever breaks, whatever changes, a lot of things may become dysfunctional over time— so this is what survives and degrades over time and the other one is a snapshot of history over time.”

Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art

from Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything, “Artifacts (1 of 2),” January 1, 2014, (12:50 - 13:40)

"

Letter to N.Y. (for Louise Craine)

In your next letter I wish you’d say
where you are going and what you are doing;
how are the plays, and after the plays
what other pleasures you’re pursuing:

taking cabs in the middle of the night,
driving as if to save your soul
where the road goes round and round the park
and the meter glares like a moral owl,

and the trees look so queer and green
standing alone in big black caves
and suddenly you’re in a different place
where everything seems to happen in waves,

and most of the jokes you just can’t catch,
like dirty words rubbed off a slate,
and the songs are loud but somehow dim
and it gets so terribly late,

and coming out of the brownstone house
to the gray sidewalk, the watered street,
one side of the buildings rises with the sun
like a glistening field of wheat.

—Wheat, not oats, dear. I’m afraid
if it’s wheat it’s none of your sowing,
nevertheless I’d like to know
what you are doing and where you are going.

—Elizabeth Bishop

"

"Letter to N.Y.," Elizabeth Bishop, from North and South, 1946

Afro-Chic (video still), Carrie Mae Weems, 2010

Afro-Chic (video still), Carrie Mae Weems, 2010

"The ex-pats just left their servants to be slaughtered
While they evacuated their dogs"

Nick Hughes, from “100 Days in Rwanda,” On the Media, April 11, 2014