“Meaning is mushy. Meaning falls apart.”


Excuse me: digital humanities? Somehow not unrelated: as Howard Hampton put it in, mid-paragraph (and the Times placed it, at the top of the column), this Sentence Of The Week: “The random gush of information and observation starts to coalesce into patterns; the leapfrogging backward and forward in time is gradually shaped into history, or at least becomes dried handprints in the warped concrete of memory.”

Our Expanding Campus

The Heart Department has been reinventing and renovating its webbed pages for your delectation, adding “slide shows” of engaging work from this year and the previous two years. Nothing is in its final form, and selections will probably change as time goes by.




For some reason, that last display seems a little too… I dunno… caffeinated? I’m sure we’ll find a way to slow it down.

Getting “Credit” Doesn’t Mean Much

“Part and parcel with requests for free images premised on budgetary constraints is often the promise of providing ‘credit’ and ‘exposure,’ in the form or a watermark, link, or perhaps even a specific mention, as a form of compensation in lieu of commercial remuneration.

There are two major problems with this.

First, getting credit isn’t compensation. We did, after all, create the images concerned, so credit is automatic. It is not something that we hope a third party will be kind enough to grant us.

Second, credit doesn’t pay bills. As we hopefully made clear above, we work hard to make the money required to reinvest in our photographic equipment and to cover related business expenses. On top of that, we need to make enough to pay for basic necessities like food, housing, transportation, etc.

In short, receiving credit for an image we created is a given, not compensation, and credit is not a substitute for payment.”


Also: http://rising.blackstar.com/photographers-excuses.html

SAIC (Don’t Attempt To Sound It Out)

We toured the no-grades, DIY-major art school downtown last Tuesday. As you can see, we stood a lot, gazing at things. For the most part, we stayed hungry; then there was time to visit the ‘Tute.

*Images courtesy of Ms. Mizanin.

** Ask a participant about witnessing the head-on collision on the ride back.

The View From Above


Doh Puuh Wuuh Ih Ma Mahf


Thelonious XCV!

October 10, 1917, Rocky Mount NC




For a trove of information: http://www.monkbook.com/the-book/

Niepce Hits The Road

The world’s oldest (known) (surviving) heliograph (aka “photograph”), made by Joseph Nicephore Niepce,* dates from 1826; It resides at the University of Texas,1963 Niépce’s tin plate photograph is part of the exhibition “The Birth of Photography: Milestones from the Gernsheim Collection,” which opened on September 9.

“This is like the Mona Lisa, or the Blue Mauritius,” the exhibition’s curator, Claude Sui told the press, in regard to the unique nature of the image.

W. o’ W.: Jim Goldberg

“Watching students grow is interesting—and them observing my process helps them see that it’s not that mysterious of a thing to do. In order to figure this art-making stuff out, it’s trial and error and experimentation, and takes some time and hard thinking. Putting work out in many forms and stages is an extension of how I see things. I feel the art process is best served when it invites comments and constructive criticism from people. It’s a strategic gesture, too, because the feedback I receive helps me move forward with my ideas, which is what process is about—to craft and evolve something.”

Some Ideas for Writing an Artist’s Statement

These tips are useful for artist’s statements, grant applications, and college applications:

“Write down as much as you can. Write everything down. It doesn’t need to make sense. That thing you don’t know how to say? Just write it down. The more material you have to work with, with the easier it will be to edit. Go through your first draft and rewrite using everything below, then rewrite again.

Never begin with “My work. Avoid any use of my work” in the statement.

Sometimes (often), what you wrote at the start should go at the end, and the end should be the beginning.

Don’t try to sound smart. The world is full of people whose job is to be smart. An artist isn’t held to the same ideals.

Should you repeat a word more than twice, it’s likely something you’re not adequately describing.

Always use precise words rather than general words. Construct is better than make; elegant, symmetrical, graceful, or overwhelming will take you further than beautiful.”

Gleaned from http://consumptive.org/2012/10/02/how-to-edit-your-artist-statement/

See also http://jmcolberg.com/weblog/extended/archives/on_statements/

and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v8DbLWAXvU