News & Stuff

These posts are short blog articles written about me, my friends, and my interests.
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Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 11:52 AM in the News & Stuff section
facebook island


Still hacking away at creating my own private Facebook here called Points. They are sort of a cross between a blog post and a status update and a flashlight. I don't like Facebook much but admittedly got addicted to posting content in that style. Daily life on my little island here has been somewhat lonely so I just finished building a thatched bamboo commenting roof to the Points. Its not that I think my points are so terribly interesting, nor that I'm trying to build a massive tweety followship with them, but I am pretty much saying "fuck facebook" (and twitter while we're at it) while actually doing something about it. View some Points or don't. Leave a comment, or don't. But please DO spend more time away from the Faceland... its a big web out there teeming with life.

Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 8:53 AM in the News & Stuff section


Yo. Have been building a new content type into my site here called Points. They are these small chunks of data similar to what one might give to sites like twitter, facebook, tumblr, dumpfm... often social in nature, but sometimes not. This year I have stopped using such sites and am making an effort to keep my online data activities "in house" whenever possible. I'm an architect and control freak, forgive me. I've been working on the web a long time and have grown weary of cool sites getting popular and selling out my data to God knows who. Well anyway, my Points are not yet bi-directionally 'sharable' in the social media sense, but they will be as soon as the magic elves of ye Internet invent a communication standard for doing so. It will come. I will wait. In the meantime I will be posting my tweety-dump-status-update-points to the world wide web right here on my very own website via HTTP and RSS. And sorry to all the Facebook friends whom I greatly miss, but to be honest I probably wouldn't hang with you at McDonalds or Wal-Mart either!

Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on Friday, October 8, 2010 at 7:18 PM in the News & Stuff section
hamburger usb drive    hamburger usb drive


A tasty segue from the previous post here... I am super-satisfied that a video of mine entitled Behind the Green Calves of Bill Bixby Part II is being included in a video project entitled SLIDERS: A Digestible Video Retrospective from the Show Cave Archives curated by Hazel Hill McCarthy III. While both actual and representational instances of both hot\dogs and pizza have made a juicy comeback (both aesthetically and con-ceptually) in recent years within both the arts and entertainment industries, let us not forget the mighty hamburger. SLIDERS will realize its temptational, circular beefiness as a series of screenings in New York City (which I will attend October 22 @ Invisible Exports) and Mexico City, as well as through a limited edition of 10 reasonably priced Hamburger USB drives with lots of amazing artist condiments to choose from.

Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 9:54 AM in the News & Stuff section

militant esthetix



Have been spending plenty o' time lately at the Militant Esthetix website which contains the writings and art of Ben Watson and Esther Leslie from the University of Kingdom. DADA, appliances, Situationism, kaiser rolls, Disney, Zappa, Adorno, Zappa ... this is precisely where I've been coming from, this is it.





street mattress submission with bedbugs from greenpoint



A friend, upon eyeballing one of my facebook mobile uploads, suggested that I submit to the Street Mattress project. I was very pleased when they accepted my photo graph which was snapped a few feet away from my front door. This project has been going for nearly a decade I believe and has over 20,000 submitted photos.





jacket mechanical       jacket mechanical


My brother did gived me a link to Peter Mendelsund and his Jacket Mechanical blog. Wonderful book cover designer. And look - MIA's new shitfuck MAYA album/cover didn't just simultaneously ripoff 69% of 'web 2.0' artists, it ripped him. Oh well. Anybody who designs "War and Peace" jackets is a friend of mine.





oliver laric 787 clip arts



Just LUV this 787 Cliparts piece made by web 2.0 artist Oliver Laric. Its a few years old now (a lifetime in net years) but I hadn't seen it in awhile and well its fast and just great and you might like it too? Loops beautifully too.





black metal christian rock



I like this web art work 69% more than any other: Ying Yangerz by Milton Melvin Croissant III (yes his real name). He told me: "it's just christian rock/folk and death metal teens caught in the struggle for balance. one of the bands is called Morbid Anal Fog!"

[UPDATE: I like Ying Yangerz 86% more than any other web art work ever made.]




aids 3-d forever heat death
 

A video by AIDS-3D called Forever Heat Death which has been stuck like a broken record in my head ever since seeing it. Stuck like a dirty CD. Awesome. (made a video around the same time which coincidentally visits similar future pasts simultaneously)





tristan perich 1-bit symphony



Just released is a new musically performative electronic art object by Tristan Perich called 1-bit Symphony. Buy 1t n0w!

Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 4:04 PM in the News & Stuff section
Brion Gysin & William Burroughs     Brion Gysin & William Burroughs


These are collaborative works by Brion Gysin & William Burroughs that are currently being shown at the New Museum. Pieces such as these, and related 'cut up' methodologies used by Gysin and Burroughs, have been influential to me since at least my teen years. Another influence has been Tom Moody and with precision (as always) he takes issue here and here with some questionable critique aimed at Gysin's work and influence. I've heard nothing but incredible things about this show and am going to see it later this week.

Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 5:31 PM in the News & Stuff section
Susan Powter + Andy Warhol

Recently completed a new artwork in collaboration with Vijay Pattisapu juxtaposing 2 artful eating performances by Susan Powter and Andy Warhol. (just google stop the insanity if you've forgotten who she is) Playing around with RTMP video streaming and synchronization, surely more work along this line will come. Additional info about this collaboration can be found at the "Susan Powter eat a pear..." + "Andy Warhol Eats a hamburger." project page.

Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on Monday, July 12, 2010 at 4:21 PM in the News & Stuff section

Way behind in adding new links to stuff here. W.H.O.O.P.S. The original intent of this 'read stuff' section was based on some sort of theory along the lines of "a link is worth only as much as the love put into making it". In practice of course this takes time/energy. In any event I'll now stop talking and start linking... since we're behind lets do a little batch:





cream wolf game



Mark Essen has a couple new video games out: NIDHOGG and Cream Wolf (playable thru adult swim). CREAM WOLF!





peggy game clock



Here is a wonderful looking proposal by Rouverius for a video game clock in an EMS Peggy Clock Contest. It didn't win, but I dig it!





paulo rc barros data traveler



Incredible software intensive videos on vimeo and youtube by Paulo R. C. Barros. The illusionary animation flows like software instruction...





is this tomorrow?



Experience the universe in 1.5-D or even 4-D through the "Aether Transmission" comic series on Is This Tomorrow.

Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM in the News & Stuff section
summer reading website

Spent a good chunk of time and energy this year building this website for the NYPL. "Make a Splash... Read!" is the government mandated Summer Reading theme nationwide for 2010. Just following orders.






lagodon rhomboides lagodon rhomboides lagodon rhomboides lagodon rhomboides lagodon rhomboides

In totally unrelated news, I recently made this page about some biological research that I performed in 1993-1994. It's a must read.






c.h.u.d. chud movieepibulus insidiator slingjaw wrasse feedingc.h.o.m.p.s. chomps movie

Check this possibly related info... been spending some time "image chatting" at dump.fm [marginally work-safe content warning]. As soon as I had finished documenting the aforementioned fish feeding research, I went to do some dumping and someone randomly posted this animated GIF which is based on a video that I had *just* linked to here as it was made by the same professor I had studied with! (Wainwright's ultra high speed chomping Epibulus insidiator). This sort of accidental connectivity is just one of the many reasons I enjoy my sessions at dump.fm. And for reasons yet undisclosed I have decided to attempt a restriction of my activity there to the cultural microcosms of C.H.O.M.P.S. and C.H.U.D.!? More on the dumping stuff another day.









OK finally, because I'm crazy for these big thumbnail grids, I made an archive of 1500 generative color studies from an older project. Explore these grotesque images at your own peril.



Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 8:32 PM in the News & Stuff section

HTTP (yes, I need to post something new here)

Posted by Steve Or Steven Read on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 6:36 AM in the News & Stuff section
TV with FLYING GOOSE for sale, buy it now!


Not much activity here lately, been living out of a suitcase which was dropped in Brooklyn by that hot seagull from Miami who incidentally underwent a mid-air transmutation into a giant goose after she had mated with a baby stork along the way. It was a sight to behold. A breadcrumb trail of golden eggs thus go out to a few folks for blogging/writing/acknowledging a work of mine drily entitled eBay TV. Starting with Marc Garrett, VVORK, Rhizome, and most recently PetaPixel. T.H.A.N.K.S!