On this weeks roundup I discovered the awesome site Pruned, Trevor Paglen made a t-shirt, and the Whitney joins the growing list of museums that are laying off staff. Have a good weekend everyone.
RT : artnetdotcom Whitney Museum has “quietly laid off 4% of its staff,” eight full- and part-time employees.
The Bike Film Festival began yesterday. Check out what’s going on including their show at the MCA Warehouse tonight.
Watching a trailer Doug Prayâ€™s Art & Copy
Pruned has a nice collection of Soil maps of Africa.
Checking out a cool proposal for a new civic plaza in Chicago. It looks a little too comfortable for public sculpture.
Ben van Berkel’s Burnham Plan Centennial Pavilion will close this week in Millennium Park for some much needed tlc.
DORYU 2-16 pistol camera might be the most bad ass camera ever. Like a camera straight out of a blaxploitation film.
Started looking around It’s Nice That’s website and found a series of artist talks.
Last Sunday was the start of our Trevor Paglen giveaway. Congrats to Emilie S for winning a copy of Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagonâ€™s Secret World.
Emilie’s answer to where Duncan has been hiding was:
“Duncanâ€™s hiding out at Bernie Madoffâ€™s penthouse. (Now that Bernieâ€™s in prison, no one cares about the building and no one would notice himâ€¦)”
So here is how itâ€™s going to go. I have a brand new copy of former BAS guest Trevor Paglenâ€™s book Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagonâ€™s Secret World. Duncan has been M.I.A. since the start of the Southern Graphics Council Convention this past week. The best comment that answers where Duncan is hiding wins. You have until Sunday April 5th.
â€œBlank Spots on the Map is an expose of an empire that continues to grow every yearâ€”and which, officially, it isnâ€™t even there. It is the adventurous, insightful, and often chilling story of a young geographerâ€™s road trip through the underworld of U.S. military and C.I.A. â€˜black opsâ€™ sites. This is a shadow nation of state secrets: clandestine military bases, ultra-secret black sites, classified factories, hidden laboratories, and top-secret agencies making up what defense and intelligence insiders themselves call the â€˜black world.â€™ Run by an amorphous group of government agencies and private companies, this empireâ€™s ever expanding budget dwarfs that of many good sized countries, yet it denies its own existence.â€
In other Paglen related news, earlier in the week Art Fag City posted a video of him speaking at the Google Mountain View HQ to discuss Blank Spots.
Check out the video here.