Saturday, October 25, 2014

JW, Daybreak, 2011. Sleeping workers after the olive harvest on a farm in the Negev. 

Pretty sure the buildings in the background are Nafha Prison.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
These concepts are relevant, too, but only negatively, insofar as some critics of my "performative" photographs have read them as disruptions, or critiques of, their sources. (Memory of some particularly dim Emily Carr student taking pictures of Stan Douglas' house, etc. and presenting them as legitimate challenges to power).

"A heckler is a person who harasses and tries to disconcert others with questions, challenges, or gibes. Hecklers are often known to shout disparaging comments at a performance or event, or to interrupt set-piece speeches, with the intent of disturbing performers and/or participants."

"Trolling is a game about identity deception, albeit one that is played without the consent of most of the players. The troll attempts to pass as a legitimate participant, sharing the group's common interests and concerns; the newsgroups members, if they are cognizant of trolls and other identity deceptions, attempt to both distinguish real from trolling postings, and upon judging a poster a troll, make the offending poster leave the group. Their success at the former depends on how well they – and the troll – understand identity cues; their success at the latter depends on whether the troll's enjoyment is sufficiently diminished or outweighed by the costs imposed by the group."
Archive of Vernacular Snapshots of Road Signs in California - See more at:
Archive of Vernacular Snapshots of Road Signs in California - See more at:
 Archive of Vernacular Snapshots of Road Signs in California

"Collection of 149 vernacular photographs of road signs throughout California and the southwestern United States, taken by an individual unknown photographer. Prints vary in size, with mostly 3 X 4 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 X 3 1/2 inch snapshots. The overwhelming majority depict diamond-shaped signs, with arrows to campgrounds and natural sites or lists of distances to nearby localities, surrounded by a receding expanse of desert, forest, or sky. Several signs are riddled with bullet holes and various prints are written on or stamped on the verso. In addition, the collection includes 5 images of the couple who presumably took the pictures, with the Ford coupe they traveled in. Photographs are stored in clear protective sheets and plastic sleeves in a container, with a selection organized by a previous owner (not the photographer) in a photo album labeled 'Riding Shotgun' and a group encased in a small cowhide accordion-fold photo case. A meditation on indexicality, and the typology of signs in the aesthetic of Ed Ruscha, presaging the open road iconography of Jack Kerouac. Prints in near fine condition, with minor fading and edge wear."

Second-to-last sentence just phones in the semblance of critical context, but the actual object's amazing.

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