New Digital Museum of Shit
Important shit that is. Nick Cave inspired by an epiphany during the taping of his quasi-documentary loosely based on his life 20,000 Days on Earth (the trailer is above.) Discussing a moving moment in his life when he was Nina Simone a complete wreck before getting on stage, sat down at the piano and took out a piece of gum and “transformed.” While Cave explained this moment, his bandmate Warren Ellis remembered this well. He even had the piece of gum and the towel Nina Simone used that very night. And thus, a museum was born.
"It’s shit," says Nick Cave in the movie," but it’s important shit." Directors of the movie Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard act as chief curators of the digital museum. People are asked to submit photos of the things of little value but of significant importance to their lives. Things are arranged into categories like "Childhood memories," "broken hearts," light of my life," and "soundtracks." Anyone can curate their own collections from others objects they find and include many of their own.
The beauty of this crowdsourced museum are the stories people write about the things that changed and transformed their lives. One women had a picture of mummified honey bee that taught her “exquisiteness of nature and how we are a part of magnificence.” (You can things I’ve collected in my collection here.) The need for people to have a story, a personal history, and to share that with people is so intriguing. As I go along my spiritual journey, I read Dr. Wayne Dyer’s concept of “giving up your personal history” and letting go of these things in our past that we feel define us as we are only defined by the now. But there is something to be said to reflect on these times that managed to push us forward. I’m trying to find a way to capture the way the leaves looked from my balcony in Los Angeles that brought me to tears. I remember walking into my empty place and looking out of the window and my breath being taken away. It was as if everything I ever wanted was in front of me. Change, newness, and this knowing that only a divine presence could have led me to realize my dreams and will continue to do the same. Nothing mattered about my past from that moment. I remembered writing and crying and being so happy inside that I finally felt a place on Earth where I felt at home. I had searched for the better 20 years of my life at that point and there it was.
Maybe we should give up the past, especially the shitty parts. But I love the idea on reflecting on the evolution of strangers and yourself (that might be even more of a stranger to you than anyone else.)
Probably One of the Best Exhibtion Trailers Ever
There are a lot of exhibition trailers these days and they’re a brilliant move. Traditional advertising of museum or gallery exhibitions restricted to art publications and street signs are just no way to attract guests through the doors. But amazing trailers like this one from Korakrit Arunanondchi new exhibition called Carlos/Ishikawa in London would definitely get me through the doors.
Fight The War on Ads with the NO AD App
Artist and activist Jordan Seiler really hates advertisements. He thinks that they should all be banned or at the very lest significantly reduced from our consumption. New Yorkers who heavily rely on public transportation (5.5 million riders on the average weekday) we are constantly assaulted by ads in the train station. While graffiti art have tried to replace ads in the trains, the app NO AD transforms ads into amazing artworks. The subway system becomes transformed into a “sprawling, augmented reality exhibition space,” featuring art by 50 artist who have signed on to work with the app. By pointing your camera at the ad in the subway, it will trigger a replacement image by one of the artist. The creators of the apps have much larger plans for the app and are constantly uploading new ads to be transformed to the app. They’re looking to collaborate with art institutions and independent curators as well as as showing some historic works by Keith Harring and even films. Can’t wait to put this app to use!