In a way, [Man Ray is] like an object. You can look at him and say, how am I going to use you, whereas you can’t with a person…You can manipulate him so that he doesn’t feel manipulated, so that he feels he’s doing something he’s supposed to do or having fun, one of the two.
William Wegman
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never mistake a clear view for a short distance.
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idea

Keep a log of the web-pages for every local ad I see on the subways. delicious tag: subway_ads

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idea for a one day video

Make a set that is basically just a table, but like, really good. Cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, and with one collaborator, videotape eating each meal. ummm…

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Idea

'How I Earned the Right to Vote' - title for an autobiography up to the age of 18

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I wish…

I often find myself wishing that everything I owned had a telephone number so I could find it when it’s missing.

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The Problem

The basic thing I want from the video I’m working on is to convey the feeling of recognizing that you exist for other people as they exist for you, and that they have a consciousness that is as expansive and unfathomable as your own. The difficulty is in the complexity and fleetingness of this moment of consciousness.

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Art, history, documentation, culture, context

Everybody agreed a while back, I guess, that context is important to an artwork’s meaning/significance, etc., and I was just thinking about why that is and why it became more true, or at least more recognized (same thing?) during the 20th century, and I think it has to do with mediated culture. With the advent of photography and mass media, a work of art was photographed in context and its reception, placement, etc was chronicled in newspapers, magazines, and many more books than before. This mediation made it so that artworks were no longer singular presences etc etc etc but mediated multiplicities whose manifestations were recorded and augmented in their reproductions and representations.

So then the obvious question (so what if it’s obvious that doesn’t make it less relevant but more) is what does will this mean when media (witness all the tumblrs for example) is placed into the hands of every actual body to the point where it’s likely impossible to digest or even determine the proliferation of a single event into media.

Why did I keep getting defensive? Who reads this? Jen. Jen reads this, I think. Jen, are you still reading this? email me at ando.steinmetz (at the) gmail.com if you are reading this.

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Idea: Food & Paint

Mix food & paint together. Think about it more…

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Idea: Andrew’s Crépes

OK: So the idea is to hang out outside of Andrew Kreps gallery with a crepe cart and sell crepes at market prices. This enterprise will be called Andrew’s Crépes. Hopefully it will be a success. Waiting ‘till spring…

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