Filed under: art, Items | Tags: cosmos, forms, geometry, Maya, pyramids, virtuality
Rhizome, a favorite website here at tirado/thrown, directs our attention to these animated gifs from artist MDCCLXIV. At first, they resembled little more the Mayan temple’s ziggurat cousins to us. But a close eye on the way the images unfold rewarded us with the deceptively simple geometric patterns that give structures like those in Tikal the austere rigidity to peek their tops out over the jungle canopy. The contrast created by the crayon and pastel-colored gradations only heighten the possibility of grasping the geometry at work- breathing, pulsing, spinning, rising and falling. From the name of the series from which these pieces belong, “About the Field of Statistics”, there’s quite possibly some mathematical ontology to be had here.
The initial allure of these pieces comes on the heels of a day where chats, discussions, phone calls, and re-established connections with friends and relatives from Guatemala and Honduras occupied a great deal of time. They’re potent, abstract reminders of a land and culture that’s in our cells and are yet to discover here at tirado/thrown. On this occasion they were even more potent than photos of the pyramids themselves, in that their truth resided precisely in their rendering as virtual, which was more faithful to the nature of the highly mediated communicatons conducted via cell and internet than a photo or video of a temple itself (which served more as a secondary reference than anything).
Filed under: Items | Tags: interesting items, more than just artifacts, thought exercise, work
When these lovely pieces appeared in my blog reader courtesy of Infinite Thought, I was immediately smitten. With speed being the name of the game in this electro-delivery world, I wanted to post toot sweet. Then I realized I was a work, and held off from doing anything until the time was available.
Want a way to think through the near-endless contingency and insecurity involved with working life? Try your with these cards from the Almanac of Precariomancy, a nice primer on the terms and figures of market-mediated existence. Notice, interestingly enough, how gifts have no material place in the schema of unadulterated risk. Only rewards figure in this arrangement of terms.
I could easily imagine a set of these cards appearing as promotions or subscription premiums for publications like The Baffler or its distant cousin in the UK, the Idler. They even have something of a Baffler-esque aesthetic, harkening, notably, to covers for issue numbers 9 (“Workplace: An Injury to All”) and 14 (“The God that Sucked”), to say the least of any Idler cover. They could also make perfect accessories for risky parlor games or lunchtime picnics.
As pieces of contemporary folklore, these are the closest things I have noticed continental Europe having to Mexican loteria cards. If you could only interpret relationships between the cards in the Mexican game other than with respect to their random placement on the naipes (game boards), the relationship between the two would perhaps be more than imaginary or darkly speculative.
The Almanac of Precariomancy’s website has a complete description of the card set, along with a guide to its use.