Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

The Botany of Desire

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The Botany of Desire - Trailer from Kikim Media on Vimeo.

Apples, Tulips, Marijuana and Potatoes and their evolutionary influence over us. The Botany of Desire examines this unique relationship through the stories of four familiar species, telling how each of them evolved to satisfy one of our most basic yearnings. Linking our fundamental desires for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control with the plants that gratify them  – The Botany of Desire shows that we humans are intricately woven into the web of nature, not standing outside it. One major lesson: Monoculture = Bad. Who wants to live a place where everything is the same anyway?

How Cognitive Surplus Will Change the World

Monday, January 10th, 2011
Clay Shirky and Cognitive Surplus: the shared, online work we do with our spare brain cycles. His TED Talk looks at how we're building a better, more cooperative world. The Guardian reviews the book and Wired converses on the subject: the Great Spare-Time Revolution.

100 Days of Active Resistance

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
[caption id="attachment_3876" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The Image Gallery"][/caption] 100 Days of Active Resistance Every day for one hundred days, one image representing ideas of Active Resistance in the world will be selected from submissions and shared online.
  • 'The principal idea of Active Resistance is that you get out of life what you put in and that real experience of the world involves thinking' - Vivienne Westwood.
  • 100 days of positive thought, active change, speaking up and being heard. From small personal actions to larger collective moments of change, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania and Lee Jeans encourage communication and individuality through an online installation, sharing interpretations of Vivienne Westwood's Active Resistance.
[caption id="attachment_3877" align="alignnone" width="480" caption="Day 87: Don’t just sit there. What would you make better?"][/caption]

Hopey Changey Is Workin’ Out For Me.

Thursday, December 30th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3860" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="New Ts for BOLD Nebraska {dot} ORG"][/caption] It was a big year for progress. Despite all the madness, 2010 looks pretty good for big steps forward. I'd say Hopey Changey is working out for this guy. If you're on Facebook and want to chime in, we're listening: What's your BOLD Statement on BOLD Actions? For more on progressive politics in this oh-so-conservative state of NE, do visit BOLD Nebraska {dot} ORG.

Just enough time starting now

Monday, December 20th, 2010
Tom Friedman on Rebooting America America and the future. How much time do we have to get our shit together and actually deliver on what we call the American Dream? A great hour with Tom Friedman and Tom Ashbrook on America's crumbling infrastructure, China's rise, unemployment and jobs, taxes, the wars and the need for a serious yes-climate-change-is-coming-fast energy/environment policy. Bring on 2011.

US Subsidizing of Energy

Monday, December 20th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3819" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="A collaboration between GOOD and Deeplocal."][/caption] How Much Does the United States Subsidize Energy $70.2 Billion Fossil Fuels $16.8 Billion Corn Ethanol $12.2 Billion Renewable Energy $2.3 Billion Carbon Capture and Storage SOURCE: The Environmental Law Institute. A collaboration between GOOD and Deeplocal.

THIS IS AMERICA

Monday, December 13th, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3600" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="19x25" Screenprint on 140lb CVR French Paper; Smart White"][/caption] Hello and Welcome! It's the final weeks of 2010. Holiday time is upon us. Good tidings. Great cheer. Et cetera and so on. And I for one am looking forward to a little down time. A nice bit of "slow down" if you will. Perhaps some reflection, a little visioning for the coming year and for certain some booze. Maybe even lots of booze. This is America after all. Amidst all the food, family and shopping, being driven to drink is certainly a national pastime. Reflecting on America in 2010, there are a couple of other certainties that will be with us as 2011 is ushered in. The war isn't over, even if we want it. The economy not recovered. And the environment is still being left to the polluters. The education system is abysmal for most. Health care now even more corporatized. Big money floods like never before into our elections. More tax cuts for the rich, less jobs for the rest. Glenn Beck is still talking insanity. Sarah Palin's out there doing whatever the hell you call that thing Sarah Palin does. And John Boehner is set to be the new Speaker of the House. While President Barack Obama, from this lefty's perspective, is leaving a lot to be desired. The least we can do, instead of building that damn wall, demonizing the Islamic cultural center in New York or keeping our gay and lesbian service members in the shadows of the military, is all be a little more welcoming. It should be handshake first (or hug, whichever you prefer), suspicion second. It's the core of that American Dream Representative Boehner is so fond of. It wasn't always "innocent until proven guilty". And it doesn't have to be "this is America, learn to speak English, these colors don't run, USA-USA-USA" or whatever else we chant to assert our "dominance." Instead, we can be a little less of a jerk. For the record, we need not worry about taking our country back from anyone. There's plenty of America to go around, we just need to learn to share it a little better. Sometimes it can seem impossible, what with all the wealth up at the top. But we can change that. And fix the environment. And end those wars. And make education available to all. Same with health care. It will take time. And a lot of effort. Along the way, I think it would be best if, instead of that wall and whatever demonizing of the other we've got going on this week, let's put the friendlier side our nature out front first. And save all the energy we've been putting into that damn wall for some new schools instead. So let's keep being the place where anybody, anywhere can come and make a go of it. That's certainly something to be proud of. Now say it with a smile: THIS IS AMERICA. HELLO! AND WELCOME. You can purchase a print of This Is America Hello! and Welcome for $20 HERE. It's my End-O-2010 poster being sold so I can keep doing random projects like this. Thank you for your support. -- Justin Kemerling, Designer. justinkemerling.com [caption id="attachment_3696" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="SHIPPED IN A STURDY TUBE"][/caption]

The War on People in America

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
The shameless state of the incapable nation we call America. My goodness, I think nothing will change, ever, until we finally and forever kill that very American notion of YOU TOO CAN BE RICH. You won't because you can't, this is America after all.

Extraordinary Rendition in the Underground

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010
[caption id="attachment_3416" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="HVD: High-Value Detainee"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3415" align="alignnone" width="520" caption="HVD #56SS / First Name: Hassan"][/caption] “[W]e don’t kick the [expletive] out of them. We send them to other countries so they can kick the [expletive] out of them.” A man walks down the street in a foreign city. A car stops, men dressed in black with masks over their faces jump out, grab him and spirit him away to where a private plane -- usually a Gulfstream jet -- is waiting. The man is shackled, perhaps hooded, perhaps drugged. The plane takes off and travels to somewhere in Poland or Romania, Egypt or Syria. The man is held captive, perhaps for months. What he endures is often physical and mental degradation and pain. The scenario may sound like a spy thriller or a video game, but extraordinary rendition is all too real. (break) The term extraordinary rendition is used to describe the practice of secretly capturing suspected criminals or terrorists without the knowledge of anyone else, including the governments of the countries in which individuals reside. They are then secretly rendered to other countries, secret detention centers or “black sites.” This way individuals can be transferred to other locations to be tortured by proxy without ostensibly violating the United Nations Convention Against Torture and without the writ of habeas corpus. (break) The role of the artist is to transcend conventional wisdom, to transcend the word of the establishment, to transcend the orthodoxy, to go beyond and escape what is handed down by the government or what is said in the media. [Howard Zinn, Artists in Times of War]. [caption id="attachment_3426" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Obtain Clearance Here"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3427" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Please sit down and look into the camera"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3521" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="HVDs: "Damn Right.""][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3423" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Watch Your Head"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3430" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="You Are Extraordinary, Safe and Happy to be on the Right Side"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3431" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The United States is a country of laws. Our leaders have sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. We believe in the rule of law. The United States Government must protect its citizens. We and our friends around the world have the responsibility to work together in finding practical ways to defend ourselves against ruthless enemies."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3432" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="And these terrorists are some of the most ruthless enemies we face. We cannot discuss information that would compromise the success of intelligence, law enforcement, and military operations. We expect that other nations share this view. The United States has respected—and will continue to respect—the sovereignty of other countries."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3433" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The United States does not transport, and has not transported, detainees from one country to another for the purpose of interrogation using torture. The United States does not use the airspace or the airports of any country for the purpose of transporting a detainee to a country where he or she will be tortured."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3434" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The United States has not transported anyone, and will not transport anyone, to a country when we believe he will be tortured. Where appropriate, the United States seeks assurances that transferred persons will not be tortured."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3435" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The Official U.S. Booklet"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3421" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Welcome to Extraordinary Rendition. Otherwise known as the right side of history."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3438" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The Wall of Surveillance"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3440" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="An agent records while Air Force One circles in the background"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3441" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The National Security Agency’s (NSA) warrantless electronic surveillance program was created by the government to monitor individuals inside and outside the U.S. without the judicial oversight mandated by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3442" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="We Are Watching You"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3524" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="It's Patriotism"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3444" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="The Big Bad Wolf"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3445" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Delightful Pink Bunny Heads"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3446" align="alignnone" width="540" caption="Opening Night in the Underground"][/caption] (break) This exhibition is a collaboration by Tim Guthrie and Doug Hayko with Jamie Burmeister, Peter Cales, Justin Kemerling, Landi Olsen, Nolan Tredway, Carol Zuegner, Sarah Baker Hansen, omahaliveartdivisionaims and aims to encourage discourse about the practice of extraordinary rendition. 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FACE 2 FACE

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
Face2Face, a project by the anonymous JR. When we met in 2005, we decided to go together in the Middle-East to figure out why Palestinians and Israelis couldn't find a way to get along together. We then traveled across the Israeli and Palestinian cities without speaking much. Just looking to this world with amazement. This holy place for Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This tiny area where you can see mountains, sea, deserts and lakes, love and hate, hope and despair embedded together. After a week, we had a conclusion with the same words: these people look the same; they speak almost the same language, like twin brothers raised in different families. A religious covered woman has her twin sister on the other side. A farmer, a taxi driver, a teacher, has his twin brother in front of him. And he his endlessly fighting with him. It's obvious, but they don't see that. We must put them face to face. They will realize.