"Thirty satellites orbiting the earth at a height of 12,550 miles make up the Global Positioning System, what artist and technologist James Bridle describes in ‘You Are Here’ as ‘a celestial superstructure that we all live inside.’ His resulting map shows Earth in the constant conical spotlight of these orbiting beacons. Though the benefits have been countless, we may never be lost again, writes Bridle, and ‘future generations will grow up not knowing what it means to be truly lost.’”
Indians of all Tribes at The New Inquiry. The Alcatraz Proclamation
After Alcatraz Prison was decommissioned and listed as surplus federal property, Red Power activists occupied it in various configurations from 1969 to 1971. This is the proclamation they issued to the US Government.
David Lightman reporting at McClatchy. McClatchy won’t publish photos issued by White House
Tracing back the visual language of comics
UCSD Psychologist and comics enthusiast Neil Cohn believes cartoons have a sophisticated language all their own and a heritage that goes back to cave art.
The drive to tell stories with pictures certainly has deep roots. Stone age paintings in places such as the Chauvet cave in France seem to show scenes of galloping horses and pouncing lions, using techniques that would be familiar to graphic artists today. More advanced picture narratives appeared in works such as the Bayeux tapestry and Paupers’ Bibles. In some indigenous Australian cultures, sand drawings are used as a regular part of discourse; in fact, drawing is so entwined with speech in the language of these cultures that you can’t be considered fluent if you don’t know the appropriate pictures.
Cohn carefully dismantles the language of comics in his new book The Visual Language of Comics. He is passionate about the way his ideas about visual language could influence art education. He points out that children naturally absorb language through imitation and mimicry. But that’s not how we are taught art, where individuality is championed. “Our culture is suppressing the biological desires for imitation.” The result is that we never learn a fluent visual vocabulary, except a few simple symbols, such as stick men.
A better approach, he says, would be to tap into children’s innate language instinct by actively encouraging them to mimic others’ drawing. He speaks from experience: from the age of eight, he obsessively copied figures from Disney until he was fluent in every aspect of Mickey Mouse’s world. “I was obsessed,” he says. “By third grade I was teaching my class to draw them.”
[pictures by Teppei Sato]
Fukushima residents furious at “secrecy bill”
and on the BBC website: Japan approves new state secrecy bill to combat leaks
The Secrecy Bill
Under the bill, anyone who will be convicted of leaking “special secrets” or any information that concerns diplomacy, defense, counter-terrorism or espionage, can be sentenced up to ten years in prison. The “special secrets” will remain classified for up to 60 years …
So I got rid of it. Furniture, old clothes, books, shoes, art.
Well written, gently stated … let it go.