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This brings me back to a post from my secret Understanderer blog from 2005-2006.
You may have never heard of Wallingford, CT, but I grew up there and it’s a big deal. It’s the world headquarters of
a mysterious cult called Snuggie, THE BLANKET WITH SLEEVES! In fact, it’s the gimmick merchandising capital of the world. Since I was a kid, I’ve seen so many infomercials that mention the name of my town- As seen on TV! It has always given me a sense of self-worth and hometown pride.
At first, Snuggie seems to be a media phenomenon and a fashion hit! But there’s a darker, seedier side to the Snuggie. All of the employees of the mysterious Snuggie Corp. must wear Snuggies- the management claims it is to save heating costs. They are shrouded in secrecy, and in Snuggies.
I grew up on the corner of High Street and Wooding Road less than a mile from the Snuggie compound (top left corner of the map). The Snuggie website only lists a PO Box, but I called the customer service hotline to find out their street address. The customer service representative seemed friendly, but I could sense fear in her voice.
They want to exist as a placeless non-entity inside a windowless warehouse in Connecticut, but now they can’t hide. Please alert everyone you know that the secret is out, and do what is right.
Hi everyone- pass this on to anyone who might be interested.
//Announcement and call for entries//
Photocartographies: Tattered Fragments of the Map
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2009
Exhibition Opens in Los Angeles on May 16, 2009
Photography and cartography are entwined in similar processes of subject orientation that structure our experience of social, environmental and virtual landscapes. A map is not a representation so much as a system of propositions. This exhibition reveals mapping itself as a generative process of knowledge creation, a liberatory method for re-imagining and re-imaging our world, its built and natural environments, and the relationship between space and place.
Independent curators Adam Katz (Los Angeles) and Brian Rosa (Mexico City) seek submissions of 2D images and artworks that play with the map as an epistemological tool. Appropriate work includes cartographies that use photography as well as photographs that employ a cartographic vocabulary (location, territory, scale). The exhibition will emphasize an interdisciplinary approach to a broad spectrum of visual culture – we welcome submissions from social scientists, urbanists, and designers as well as artists.
* Images should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
* Include “Photocartographies” in the subject
* Preferred .jpg or .pdf
* No more than 10 images
* No more than 5mb of attachments per email
* Please include a brief introduction, artist statement or relevant links online
I came across this photo on the Landscape + Urbanism blog and immediately recognized this scene from my childhood, the Ghost Parking Lot. Until 2007 these cars, embalmed in asphalt, occupied the frontage of the parking lot of Hamden Plaza on the town line of Hamden and New Haven, CT. I was fascinated with them when I was little, despite my mom’s contestation that they were garish. I skateboarded on them when I was in high school and wondered about their origins; were they meant to be a critical statement, a glorification of car culture, or both? It was, after all, the parking lot of a big box store in suburban Connecticut- not usually the site of the artistic vanguard. Knowing they were MOMA-worthy wouldn’t have stopped me from skating them, but I think they were made to be interacted with.
Another blog, A Daily Dose of Architecture, has some videos posted about the architect who designed this installation in 1978. From the 38th second, you can see the cars when they were newly installed and the variety of reactions they elicited.
These cars were the work of James Wines, an architect and designer, with his firm SITE. BEST, a retail store that is long out of business, commissioned SITE to make some pretty interesting big box stores in the late 70s and early 80s. Their seem to suggest their own immanent demise- it almost seems tongue-in-cheek. I wonder how many of these buildings still exist today.
On a related big box note, Julia Christiansen has received a lot of attention for her recent book, Big Box Reuse. I saw her speak on the topic at Cornell, and then saw an exhibition of her work at Carnegie Mellon. While the photography doesn’t seem like it was produced by an art professor, it’s an exhaustive study of the way that the structures of these stores are used once a store goes out of business. I have a feeling we are going to see a lot of this in the coming years. Strip malls converted to megachurches, museums celebrating Spam, and indoor go kart tracks.
Hey everyone! Thanks for those who braved the cold to come to the opening of On The Grid at Stairwell Gallery.
The audio piece that Ike Sriskandarajah produced about the project is airing on NPR this weekend. It’s for the show Living on Earth. You can listen to the podcast here, or on the REAL radio. Just click on “Where to Tune In” on the left menu.
Here’s a few other write-ups we’ve gotten in the blogosphere:
Adam and Brian are putting on a photo show at Stairwell Gallery in Providence. On The Grid is a selection of photographs and maps documenting the territory on and around Rhode Island’s electrical transmission infrastructure. Created utlizing aerial imaging and GPS technology, these images are the result of a state-wide exploration which took place over several days in October, 2008.
The opening reception will be held on January 10th, 6-9 PM with Cafe Intelligencia, and the work will be on view Thursday to Sunday from 11:30 AM to 4 PM, ending on February 5th.
Check out barrylutz.com for more awesome GIF animations, courtesy of my pal Zach Scott. If you send him an image he might just make one for you too! Then you can prove that you part of the meme before he blows up on 4chan.
BoingBoing has posted an excellent selection of documentaries and recordings regarding the Jonestown Massacre in Guyana, which occurred thirty years ago on November 18th. I realize that this is a lot less light-hearted than your standard whoadu.de post, but this PBS documentary struck a chord with me. Yes, it’s long.
I knew so little about this tragic event, aside from (in retrospect, really fucked up) jokes about “drinking the Kool-Aid,” and an inaccurate urban legend about a huge mass-suicide. This documentary shows Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple for what they actually were: a racially and economically diverse group of idealists invested in creating a utopian rural community, led astray by a charismatic psychopath. Yeah, they were a weird cult, but that’s about all I knew about this whole event. This was not mass suicide, it was a massacre; 909 people, among them a US Congressman, were either shot dead or coerced into poisoning themselves with a cyanide cocktail. Only 5 escaped.
Maybe our well-read readers know more about this historic event than I do, but I am awestruck and feel compelled to pass this story along to whoever happens across this little blog of ours. This is not the place to read about all of the horrible things that happen in the world, but as someone who is interested in utopian projects and communities, this particular tragedy among tragedies was especially terrifying.