1. Dreams That Money Can Buy (1947)

    A 1947 American experimental feature color film written, produced, and directed by surrealist artist and dada film-theorist Hans Richter.

    The film was produced by Kenneth Macpherson and Peggy Guggenheim.
    Collaborators included Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Darius Milhaud and Fernand Léger. The film won the Award for the Best Original Contribution to the Progress of Cinematography at the 1947 Venice Film Festival.

    Joe/Narcissus (Jack Bittner) is an ordinary man who has recently signed a complicated lease on a room. As he wonders how to pay the rent, he discovers that he can see the contents of his mind unfolding whilst looking into his eyes in the mirror. He realises that he can apply his gift to others (“If you can look inside yourself, you can look inside anyone!”), and sets up a business in his room, selling tailor-made dreams to a variety of frustrated and neurotic clients.

    Hans Richter
    Joseph Freeman (screenplay), Hans Rehfisch (screenplay)
    Jack Bittner, Libby Holman and Josh White

  2. We like Social Parties


    These cards, collected by Langston Hughes and held with his papers in Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, advertised “rent parties” to be held in Harlem in the 1940s and 1950s.

    Hosts of these gatherings opened up their apartments for a night, charging a fee to guests in return for live music, dancing, and socializing. Food was extra, and the accumulated cash went to help the hosts pay their rent. Sandra L. West points out that black tenants in Harlem during the 1920s and 1930s faced discriminatory rental rates. That, along with the generally lower salaries for black workers, created a situation in which many people were short of rent money. These parties were originally meant to bridge that gap.

    Langston Hughes’ collection of rent party cards : Slate.com

    Photo: Courtesy the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University.

    These sound like a good time and remind me of the rent party on “Good Times.” — tanya b.

    (via motherjones)


  3. The Politics of the Social in Contemporary Art


    By Esther Belvis Pons


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  4. ruinsorbooks:

    A Sol Lewitt for above your couch?

    Suite of 45 original etchings, printed in four colors, through-numbered 1-45 in pencil on the verso, and each signed in pencil on the verso by the artist, printed on Rives BFK. 508 x 508 mm. (20 x 20 inches). Edition limited in all to 10 copies and 7 artist’s proofs. 

    these and more could be yours, from ars libri (page 27)… details on the prints at the Sol LeWitt Prints Catalogue Raisonné


  5. "What if we could receive real-time feedback on our social interactions? Would unbiased third party monitors be better suited to interpret situations and make decisions for the parties involved? How might augmenting our experience help us become more aware in our relationships, shift us out of normal patterns, and open us to unexpected possibilities? I am developing a system like this for myself using Amazon Mechanical Turk. During a series of dates with new people I meet on the internet, I will stream the interaction to the web using an iPhone app. Turk workers will be paid to watch the stream, interpret what is happening, and offer feedback as to what I should do or say next. This feedback will be communicated to me via text message."
  6. museumuesum:

    Joseph Kosuth

    One and three tables, 1965

    wooden table, gelatin silver photograph, and photostat mounted on foamcore

    installation dimensions variable: table; 74.5 x 58 x 88cm, photograph; 104 x 110cm, text; 38 x 89cm

    One and three chairs, 1965

    Wood folding chair, mounted photograph of a chair, and mounted photographic enlargement of the dictionary definition of “chair”

    chair 82 x 37.8 x 53 cm, photographic panel 91.5 x 61.1 cm, text panel 24 x 61.3cm

  7. phytos:

    Ben Vautier - Total Art Matchbox, 1968

    (Source: blue-voids)


  8. Utopian Impulse and Social Practice


    By Anthony Romero


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  9. momaps1:

    Happy birthday, Barbara Kruger! Here’s Kruger’s Untitled (Questions) in our critically-acclaimed September 11 exhibition (2011).


    Photo: Installation view of Christo’s Red Package (1968) and Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Questions) (1991) in September 11 at MoMA PS1, 2011. photo: Matthew Septimus.

  10. tworsnotana:

    Rirkrit Tiravanija making dumplings.  I’ve never had the dumplings but I do knowthat relational aesthetics equates to some shitty pad thai.