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Posted: February 18th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Brian | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

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
* 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

More information here.

This About Sums it Up

Posted: February 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »


Thanks Wordle!


Posted: January 22nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Brian | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »


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.

On the Grid- Continued

Posted: January 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Brian | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

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:

Web Urbanist
I Am The Weather
Infranet Lab
Providence Phoenix

DIY Aerial Photography!

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Kite Aerial Photography on MAKE: television from make magazine on Vimeo.

On The Grid

Posted: December 29th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Brian | No Comments »

Hey whoaduders,

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.

On The Grid
Stairwell/Glaciers of Nice


GIF Animations of a Studious Homebody

Posted: November 29th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Brian | Tags: | 1 Comment »




Check out 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.

Thirty Year Anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre

Posted: November 22nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Brian | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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 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.