The Challenge to Scale Up for TRUMPological Times

“We must create at the same scale as we can destroy.” – Kit Galloway & Sherrie Rabinowitz

These prescient words by media artists Kit Galloway & Sherrie Rabinowitz, originally coined in the late 1970s, are even more appropriate and urgent today. Their call-to-action was a direct challenge to artists to embrace the “emerging environment” of satellite telecommunications by scaling their work to confront the enormity of late 20th century global crises.

To Grasp the Sheer Volume of Media Excess

I ride steadily the torrent of saturated noise and electronic debris, peering ahead into the vastness of the vacuum the river creates in its path, observing from this vantage point the utter strangeness and intoxicating exhilaration of the rush opening up before me.

Weapons that Change Consciousness

In Michael Shamberg’s epic manifesto on the emergence of radical television in the late 1960s/early 1970s, you could just as well replace ‘television’ with ‘networked media’ to chronicle the ongoing struggle between the individual and the control systems of technological power. The battle has been waging for generations against the establishment media, whether it be broadcast television or the corporate behemoths who today rule our global telecommunications.

The Dilemma of Art Making for Super-Participatory Phone Addiction

In the course of a two-day mindstorm & new project strategizing – an adventure undertaken with one of my oldest and most prized collaborators Gregory Kuhn – we began to investigate connections between addictive cell phone interaction and participatory art. It is ironic that the same instrument that provides instantaneous global access to anyone, anywhere, […]

TRUMP the Manchurian Candidate

“He tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word.” – Donald TRUMP

There can be no other plausible explanation: TRUMP has been brainwashed and is carrying out direct orders from dictators and demagogues. Forget about collusion, it’s about confusion. Never mind the theories of international espionage, backroom deals, and secret channels: at the heart of the TRUMPological bromances with Putin and Kim (and you can throw the Crown Prince MBS in for good measure), there is a cued Pavlovian response mechanism that is operating on TRUMP’s limited mental capacities to reason.

The Greatest Show on Earth for the Post Reality

Today’s epic Kabuki dance for the ages juxtaposes the “special relationship” of the TRUMP-Kim bromance alongside Michael Cohen’s day of redemption on Capital Hill. Just when you thought the dramatic action could not get any hotter, the Greatest of all Shows is sizzling with action in one continuous ’round the clock transglobal performance that seems to turn in rotation with the Earth itself.