My mom mailed me my old CD collection and @AnnieLowrey I think we should guess what is on this Image
Dammit, Tina. (This is copyright 1992. Damn.) Image
Odds are I still listen to every one of these tracks Image
Custom album art by my graffiti artist high school sweetheart Image
do not go listen to this if you know me in any professional capacity but otherwise—track 3 Image
Amazing the amount of casual misogyny and misogynoir I used to bump (even though I totally knew it was ridiculous) because it had sick beats 🤷‍♀️ Definitely did not have access back then to theoretical framework of intersectionality…
Do kids still go to fabric?? 😥 Image
I was not what you would call a “preppy” teen ImageImage
Born in the land of sun and sea and all I wanted was to be in some grimy basement in wet and cold Bristol or Berlin Image
I miss this culture of thoughtfully ripping and burning and sharing and reimagining (even as I am cognizant of what it did to music and musicians). Piracy but make it intimate and caring. Sigh. (Insert NFT commentary here.) ImageImage
(@emenel this one’s for you)

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24 Nov
PSA for #generativeart people—you should check out the catalog for the Francois Morellet retrospective at @DiaArtFndn. it’s full of useful ideas and gems like this work, “Néons ave programmation aléatoire-poétique-géométrique
(Neons with Random-Poetic-Geometric Program),” 1967
Also fyi @AlbrightKnox organized a show called Francois Morellet: Systems in 1984
Morellet in 1991: “My position, for forty years, has been to oppose myself to the conventional practice of
painters and sculptors whose every work is composed by thousands of subjective decisions and manual imprecisions.”
Read 8 tweets
24 Nov
"This sculpture is like a child's building toy made giant. The interlocking pieces are made of high-density polyethylene and fit together like a puzzle. The sculpture is meant to be changed, with pieces rearranged
at each exhibition. The sculpture was designed to be assembled and
disassembled, so it can be stored and shipped easily. The sculpture is designed so that it can be placed on a wall, or on the floor, or even be suspended from a ceiling. It is made of hundreds of pieces that can be
rearranged to create different three-dimensional shapes. The idea
behind these pieces is that the forms could be put together to create endless combinations that were of equal value. In other words, no matter how the pieces were put together, the sculpture would be successful. The title of the work “Permanent Temporary” is derived from a remark
Read 14 tweets
23 Nov
let's see if this manifesting thing works:
I co-curated an entire show at a major museum about technology and its impact on marginalized communities (surveillance, algorithmic bias, the whitewashing of the future), etc and ALL I WANT IS A SINGLE TECH REPORTER TO COME REVIEW IT
@ianbogost already very kindly demurred so don't tag him here folks
Like how do we have all this space to talk about NFTs or Van Gogh light shows but not about Black and Latinx and queer and trans and Indigenous and Middle Eastern etc artists who are exploring the most urgent problems we face today like racist AI systems and disinformation and 🤯
Read 5 tweets
19 Apr
“These numbers do not show the democratization of wealth thanks to a technological revolution. They show an acutely miniscule number of artists making a vast amount of wealth off a small number of sales while the majority of artists are being sold a dream of immense profit...”
...Hiding this information is manipulative, predatory, and harmful, and these NFT sites have a responsibility to surface all this information transparently. Not a single one has.”
“Business is whatever you want it to be, and whatever terms you agree to. There are plenty of other digital art marketplaces that don’t charge this amount of fees. There are business models that directly pay digital artists prices that they set themselves, like commissions...”
Read 7 tweets
25 Mar
Now that I've had some more time to stew on this, let me try to do a better job of explaining this particular point.

When an artist sells an artwork to a museum, they retain copyright to the image, which means they can dictate how the work is reproduced. (1/)
But the museum gets to control what happens to the ***work itself***: eg which exhibitions it's included in at the museum, and whether it gets loaned to a certain show at another institution. It's the museum's physical, if not intellectual, property.
The fact that the artist, after selling a work with an NFT, gets to sell the work again (eg off chain, as an edition) means that the artist has retained ownership in every sense of the term--not just controlling the IP, but in a way still possessing the work itself. (3/)
Read 9 tweets
24 Mar
You guys. YOU GUYS. We (@ReginaHarsanyi @habitual_truant @KelaniNichole) sat down and read the legal terms and conditions of a very popular NFT platform, and our minds are blown. (1/)
When you buy an NFT from them, ***you are not buying the work.*** Not even a little bit. You have no rights to it. The artist could still turn around and sell it to someone else (as long as they don't mint it). You really are just buying the NFT. (2/)
We were trying to figure out if a museum could borrow the work from the person who bought the NFT. The answer is no. And not because the rights aren't granted. It's because you don't actually own the work. At all.
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