Urban Agriculture, Global Politics, DIY Aesthetics, and OOO

by Christine Skolnik

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3 responses to “Urban Agriculture, Global Politics, DIY Aesthetics, and OOO

  1. Xhoana Ahmeti

    Love this.

    At first I felt like Astrud Gilberto in “The Girl From Ipanema” [1] because I looked at this first thing in the morning, and I “just couldn’t see.” But, after reading it downwards like chinese calligraphy, I went “Ah” and smiled—it’s so lovely.

    Then, considering your title, I thought of the book “Living as Form,” [2] which I had seen on berlinfarmlab.tumblr.com, a blog by graduate students at Univesität der Kunst Berlin who focus on “systems for domestic production of all goods for contemporary living.” They’re pretty much majoring in DIY.

    Anyway, I’ve neither held the book in my hands nor leafed through its pages, but its reviews tell me that it gives a global perspective of “art forms have emerged that use aesthetics to affect social dynamics.” As one reviewer says, “The projects might not be the most spectacular you’ve heard about. Maybe because the varnish of subversion has faded over the years, or maybe because the artists didn’t necessarily go for the shock tactic, the loud nor the dramatic but their works serve a precise need, competently and with humility.” [3]

    I feel that your collage produces a comparable, soothing effect, Christine—with its modest garden objects in varying degrees of sunlight. Yes, its serves a universal message—akin to the all-inclusivene feeling of desire in Gilberto’s singing—but not without a deep-seated gentleness in execution—cue Stan Getz on saxophone.

    I’m going to go away now.

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJkxFhFRFDA
    2. http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=12779
    3. http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2012/05/living-as-form-socially-engage.php

  2. Come back. We must have
    lunch before you leave.

  3. Christine Skolnik

    Oops, sleepy social media confusion (above).
    OK–fresh tomatoes to the first person who solves the puzzle in the post. Will deliver to LPC or Loop campus (in 20 days).

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