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If you don’t know the people, or don’t care, it’s probably not social media. It’s just media.


There isn’t the human over here and the media over there. The two are inextricable: media theory is a monist philosophy. Its method is comparative: one can find differences between different human-media ensembles, but there’s never any human without mediation.


Icarus, plate VIII from the illustrated book, “Jazz”
Henri Matisse, 1947
Medium: Pochoir; Dimensions: Image: 16 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (41.9 x 26 cm)
"Colour dances, and our eyes dance with it, following contours and edges, sliding from shape to shape, wallowing in a whiteness that becomes electric, jumping from positive to negative and back again."Adrian Searle, The Guardian
#dance

Icarus, plate VIII from the illustrated book, “Jazz”

Henri Matisse, 1947

Medium: Pochoir; Dimensions: Image: 16 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. (41.9 x 26 cm)

"Colour dances, and our eyes dance with it, following contours and edges, sliding from shape to shape, wallowing in a whiteness that becomes electric, jumping from positive to negative and back again."
Adrian Searle, The Guardian

#dance

Synaptic Vesicle
From an animation by Harvard University and XVIVO, for BioVisions — Harvard’s multimedia lab in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2014
via Watch Proteins Do the Jitterbug, Carl Zimmer, New York Times

Synaptic Vesicle

From an animation by Harvard University and XVIVO, for BioVisions — Harvard’s multimedia lab in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2014

via Watch Proteins Do the Jitterbug, Carl Zimmer, New York Times

Public spaces always need vigilant champions, not only to claim them at the outset for public use, but to design them for the people that use them, then to maintain them to ensure that they are for everyone, that they are not violated, invaded, abandoned or ignored.


Take the messages companies and governments broadcast, overlay the distortions of an increasingly polarized and bellicose press, then mix in the social media emissions of public figures, laden with obsequiousness and sanctimony and deceit, and we’re swimming in a sea of radioactive horse crap.


A little sarcasm makes it all go down easier.


Google’s product isn’t cloud service, it’s trust.


Art making itself is a process of exploration that accommodates, even welcomes, chance and accident, irresolution and ugliness, in which the medium is a large part of the message.