Category Archives: Quotidian

the on-the-street political reality of CicLAvia…it’s totally nice

Some of you might know of CicLAvia, LA’s biannual celebration of bikes, feet, skateboards, roller skates, roller blades…anything non-motorized, really. We and many of the world’s cities have Bogotá, Colombia to thank for originating the Ciclovia concept of shutting down city streets to car traffic for real, street-level participation, and straight-up giddy physical engagement with our built environments. The streets are packed and yet the people are smiling.

Angelenos have CARS (Community Arts Resources) for its wildly successful adoption, as well as galvanizing multiple, much needed, bike lane designations throughout the city. If you needed proof of political buy-in, please cast your eyes upon this picture of the tracings of a photo-op. Yes, we were just in front of City Hall, and yes, that is a bike lane. Meta.

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Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries is one of my homepages

Here’s one of the many excellent reasons why.The Last Day of Betty Nkomo It’s not new but it’s always special.

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Belated Reports from the Field: Berger and Burnett Inform my Trip to the 2012 Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference

The second weekend in June I attended the Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference in Madison, WI. It was, owing to the topic, a considerably analog affair. At the risk of being obvious, vernacular architecture is exactly like vernacular language; only here the text is the built environment. It subsumes everything from housing to bridges to farm buildings to gas stations, and so on, and scholars are particularly interested in it for its reification of cultural landscapes. And while we read Berger (1977) and Burnett (2004) in terms of the digital humanities, I was struck by how much this Forum’s particular object of scrutiny underscores both Berger and Burnett’s writings. [Sidebar: I study cultural landscapes, as well, but my primary reason for being there was to take a very nerdy vacation. It was time very well spent.]

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Don’t you wish this was real? Me too.

pinwheels

Pretty pinwheel project. Photo by Brettany Shannon.

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It’s Times Like These

Every now and then, I feel weird about having art world emails sent daily to my inbox. Perhaps I should just allow them to go to my Google Reader, I think. Perhaps these emails aren’t saying anything other than, Yes: the art world is The Market, writ large. And even its political dissent appears as spectacle. But then I think, we already know this, and the art world is not without nuance, so reserve your blanket condemnations for other things. So just read the coverage and keep abreast.

But then I remember that said coverage can suck an awful lot. I could pick just about any Blouin Artinfo headline from any given day, but this one in particular irks for its utter banality.

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Nobody walks in LA

I wonder how long ago this happened and yet I also know it doesn’t much matter. I also don’t agree with my post title, but see tags. Photo by Colin Peeples.

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June 15, 2012 · 3:51 pm

Move It! talk @ EPFC – presentation

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