Gordon Matta-Clark's Splitting Papercraft

I love Gordon Matta-Clark's artwork Splitting so much that I made a paper sculpture of it. Here is what it looks like finished:

You can download the instructions (that include the model itself) here and download a higher quality version of the model here. It only takes about 20 minutes to make!

If you don't know about the piece you can watch the first ten minutes of this video to see how it was done:

Not only was the project itself rad but the collages he produced documenting it were beautiful.

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Helen Levitt at the Met

New York [Button to Secret Passage], 1938

I was just in the Met's Drawing, Prints & Photographs hall (my favorite part of the museum) and discovered the street photography of Helen Levitt for the first time. I'm probably the last person to find out about her and of course I only do so two months after she died. Now I'm off to try and find a used copy of her famous book A Way of Seeing for considerably less than the $2500 dollars it's valued at...

Pogue Mahone Map

I just got a second map posted onto Strange Maps (this was the first one). In related news, Shane MacGowan finally got some new teeth!

Pearl's Back From Africa!

In true Pearl style I can't sleep and am posting this at 5AM.

Pearl's Back From Africa! (Side A) [right-click to download]

Yaw - Where Would You Be
Curtis Mayfield - So In Love
Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)
Sharon Jones - How Long Do I Have To Wait For You (Ticklah Remix)
Inell Young - What Do You See in Her?
Mos Def - Ms. Fat Booty
Pressure - Love & Affection
Jazmine Sullivan - Need U Bad
Bob Marley & the Wailers - Burnin' and Lootin'

Pearl's Back From Africa! (Side B) [right-click to download]

Nina Simone - Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Lil Wayne - Misunderstood
Helene Smith - I Am Controlled By Your Love
George Jackson - Aretha, Sing On
Aretha Franklin - One Step Ahead
Portishead - Sour Times
Bohannon - Save Their Souls

Pearl's Back From Africa! (Side C) [right-click to download]

Etta James - A Sunday Kind of Love
Buddy Miles Express - Cigarettes & Coffee
Black Star - Definition
Jay-Z & Biggie - Brooklyn's Finest
Erykah Badu - Twinkle
Nas - Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)
Slick Rick - Memories
Femi Kuti, D'angelo & Macy Gray - Water Get No Enemy

Mario Hacks

I just discovered ubu.com, specifically its Cory Arcangel page. I still remember his hand hacked Clouds piece as being the only interesting piece at the 2004 Whitney Biennial. The ubu website has a bunch of his stuff, including his collaboration with Paper Rad where they again hand hacked a Mario Brothers cartridge to create a ravey movie:

See, they put a piece of video art free online and the world didn't end! Of course Cory and Paper Rad get all the praise and meanwhile some dude on youtube makes this hack (and makes you laugh) and gets nothing:

Post-Apocalyptic Screen Grabs #5
Life After People (Part 1 - NYC)
Cause: Unknown

Without maintenance, skyscrapers' windows would soon fall out and let the elements in. Weeds, insects, and vermin would move in in quick succession creating vertical ecosystems. The descendants of household cats would soon follow.

"I can picture New York City with all the buildings covered with vines, you know, hawks sailing around, it would be lovely, it would be absolutely lovely. I suppose, if you wanted to be really imaginative about it, you could say that eventually they [cats] could be like flying squirrels and so on. They could glide from places. The possibility is always there for some imaginative responses to this unusual environment."
—Ray Coppinger, Hampshire College

Park Avenue South:

Minetta Street:

The Empire State Building collapses:

El Train:

City Hall Park:

The Brooklyn Bridge bites it:

"Zoo animals are really the great unknown, depending on whether or not they could escape from their confinement, then things change dramatically because you might have lions, you might have tigers, both of which would be capable of surviving in a post-human period."
John Hadidian, urban ecologist with the Humane Society Of The United States

One sad thing I learned about the post-human future is that the expanding shell of radio and TV signals that I thought would forever preserve our memory will in fact dissipate into noise within two light years, long before it reaches the nearest star.

Post-Apocalyptic Screen Grabs #5
Life After People (Part 2)
Cause: Unknown

The Golden Gate collapses:

The Arc de Triomphe:

The Eiffel Tower tumbles:

Rome burns:

Seattle moulders:

Giza is reclaimed:

The Hoover Dam finally gives way:

D.C. is still overgrown:


Index #1
Bizarre Books

I have a little dossier of weird indexes. I guess I'll put them up here...