Photographs on the Brain

Photographs on the Brain

Edited by Bryan Formhals

Those who pin the blame for ‘celebrity culture’ on some character defect in modern people are missing the point. The real cause of celebrity culture isn’t narcissistic shallowness, it is a deficit of kindness in our political and economic arrangements.

from a piece entitled I Want to be Famous! (was unable to locate the name of the author)

I know there are all kinds of explanations for the selfie craze, half of them trying to - somewhat desperately - explain how selfless are not about narcissism. Maybe this piece points us into the real direction where all those selfless are coming from: A society where everyone wants to be famous is also one where, for a variety of essentially political reasons, being ordinary has failed to deliver the degree of respect necessary to satisfy natural appetites for dignity.” (another quote from the piece)

(Source: conscientious)

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5centsapound:

 Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme: excerpts from The Incidental Insurgents, 2012-2013  

The Part about The Bandits 

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We are believing and dis-believing

We are in the midst of the not yet material

or perhaps the already determined

inhabiting a time of radical potentiality and its collapse

In search of a new political language

in need of this

always on the verge

always becoming and yet …

The Incidental Insurgents: The Part about The Bandits is a search that begins with three seemingly disparate coordinates: the early anarchist life of Victor Serge and his contemporary bandits in Paris in the 1910s; Abu Jilda and Armeet’s gang of bandits involved in a rebellion against the British in 1930s Palestine, and the artist as the quintessential bandit in Roberto Bolaño’s novel The Savage Detectives, set in 1970s Mexico. The first part of the story looks at the resonances between the inspiring, bizarre and sometimes tragic stories of these diverse bandits, outsider rebels par excellence. Intended as an investigation into the possibilities for the future rather than the past, and using literary and factual texts as starting points, a convoluted detective story situated in multiple times starts to emerge. Initiating a journey where the artists try to figure out how we, like the bandits before us, find ourselves inhabiting a moment full of radical potential and disillusionment, in a continual search for a language of the moment.

(see the full series here)

(see video excerpt)

(via photographyprison)

panishka:

A member of veterinary staff at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme centre conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body in Sibolangit district in northern Sumatra island. The orangutan was rescued by Indonesia’s ministry of forestry personnel and Orangutan Information Centre in nearby Langkat district in a small patch of a forest and agricultural plantation.
Picture: SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP

panishka:

A member of veterinary staff at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme centre conducts medical examinations on a 14-year-old male orangutan found with air gun metal pellets embedded in his body in Sibolangit district in northern Sumatra island. The orangutan was rescued by Indonesia’s ministry of forestry personnel and Orangutan Information Centre in nearby Langkat district in a small patch of a forest and agricultural plantation.

Picture: SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP

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