this is what it feels like to be free

http://www.publicprivatesecret.org/articles-essays-interviews/essay-photography-in-the-age-of-communicative-capitalism-by-ben-burbridge

I has become the commodity we spend most of our lives producing. In real-time. Around the clock. We fashion a self that we peddle to others in search of the next job, the next contact, the next “like.” I do exist. This is really happening. See?’

instagram and the fantasy of mastery

https://www.thenation.com/article/instagram-and-the-fantasy-of-mastery/

The idea of creativity, which is always parasitical, gives to a look its huge, plundering reach. There are creative writers, creative designers, creative engineers, and, in that sickly phrase, creative entrepreneurs—but this is of an altogether different order from being an artist, which can require certain creative uses or deployments of a sensibility, but which typically demands large rations of vision and talent and intelligence that are, from the vantage point of an audience of consumers, ultimately unresolvable.”

silicon valley and photography

http://cphmag.com/blogging/

“The key for all of this is who is in the driver’s seat. If you’re happy with being a passenger and with having to change vehicles usually the moment you’ve become a bit comfortable, then stick with Silicon Valley’s boom-and-bust cycle. If that’s not what you want, going back to blogging is likely to give you a lot more agency. If you want to change your blog it’s you doing it, not some people who decide for you that starting tomorrow you will just see things differently, sorted now by what makes best sense for advertizers or shareholders.”

richard prince and stuff

http://www.baxterst.org/2016/02/18/prince-and-shit/

I try to make art which celebrates doubt and uncertainty. Which provokes answers but doesn’t give them. Which withholds absolute meaning by incorporating parasite meanings. Which suspends meaning while perpetually dispatching you toward interpretation, urging you beyond dogmatism, beyond doctrine, beyond ideology, beyond authority.

–Sherrie Levine

” The problem with challenging the dominant ideology is like the problem of satire–in the old school sense, a text that deflates ideology to make it less important; satire really doesn’t ever work. In some sense, all you might ever accomplish is making the dominant ideology seem cool or funny or capable of criticizing itself and nothing changes.”

“I’ve had classmates who wouldn’t post their work online because they were afraid of someone stealing it. And I’ve always thought, who cares? Like, you can’t steal an idea. If someone takes one of my images and puts it on the side of a bus in a different country, who gives a shit? It’s not like I was ever going to market myself there. I’m not a part of that economic system. I would have never been able to do that myself. If they want to do that, whatever.”

so-called instagram masterpiece

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/photography/what-to-see/is-this-the-first-instagram-masterpiece/

 

Amalia Ulman 'Excellences & Perfections'

Amalia Ulman ‘Excellences & Perfections’

” Towards the end of her time in the city, she tells me, she earned money as a ‘sugar baby’ – an escort. ‘I’d rather not talk about it,’ she says. ‘It’s too dark. It was out of necessity: I wasn’t playing around. But being an escort is how most of my female peers are paying for their student fees. It’s very common’ “