George Orwell Toothbrush Moustache
Think I’m going to start a project investigating whether Kramer is a model for the Precariat class
"I’m here for the audition"
"Which audition? The music video, the horror movie, the exercise tape, or the informercial?"
wrote a short review of Gone Home to celebrate the reveal of the Steam Reviews beta
“There’s a lot of talk about the cost of this game in the reviews section of this site [Steam]. It seems that such users are using the age old criteria of equating the possible play hours in a game with its worth. The value of this game, of which there is a plentiful amount, reveals itself at a wonderful pace during the 2-3 hours it may take to reach the story’s end. The amazing sense of humanity in the game’s world is strengthened by its temporary nature; the game’s story exists in one evening and as such I find it appropriate that it can be completed in one evening. There is no glitz and glam, DLC gaps, hinted sequels or tacked on multiplayer. This is a game designed for an evening alone at home with a pair of headphones. I don’t want to talk about the story to a huge extent: I’d rather note how the game’s wonderful narrative mechanisms made for a far more consuming and involving process of play than I have experienced with any recent high budget “story driven” games. The soundtrack never quite feels nostaliga-exploitative though I can’t help but feel that this game is perhaps for a certain generation; the generation on the border of a digitisation of life itself. We sit at our laptops now, but in flipping from Side A to Side B of a cassette in Gone Home we are brought back to that sense of unknowing and possibility. Gone Home’s setting echoes this sense, a truly explorable place for once, and albeit linear you always feel like the record button is pushed down right alongside the play one.”
"What often happens is that the individual artist becomes liberated from alienating wage labour only to find that he or she is stuck in a network of economic relations that must be contended with in order to survive. A feeling of liberation and independence is transformed into social fatigue or exhaustion that demands its own form of creativity. Survival requires constant babble and participation with, and about, the artist, who should preferably appear both interesting and authentic. When the artist has finally achieved personal success, there is a great tendency to repeat their successful style, which results in conformity and vacuous gesticulating. At worst, the result of this is an artist desperate for new, valuable ideas and blind to the fragile social processes that shape collective confidence and trust and which are not based on being valued as a commodity in a market."
(from Precarious Life Within The Creative Crisis of Finance Capital in Work, Work, Work: A Reader on Art and Labour, Sternberg Press [pg196])
y-3 ss 07
Sonic Youth, 1983
sure the love is dead, but lee ranaldo will always be
Paul Renner, advertising portfolio for the launch of Futura typeface, 1928. Bauersche Giesserei, Frankfurt. Germany.