I Occupy

November 7, 2013 by

Kasa Galeri, Istanbul
In association with the Museum of Contemporary Cuts
November 15th – December 31st, 2013

With John Craig Freeman, Mark Skwarek, Will Pappenheimer and Tamiko Thiel, and Nicholas Mirzoeff

Lead Curator: Lanfranco Aceti, Senior Curators: Pat Badani, Nicholas Mirzoeff and Marquard Smith


I Occupy, the new exhibition of Kasa Gallery in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Cuts surveys, analyzes and questions, current trends in interventionist art and Augmented Reality Art which, by intervening within the urban and socio-political landscape, contribute to redefine the aesthetic and cultural understanding of the environments we operate in. More.


The Synesthete’s Brain – Danilo’s Pre-Presentation

November 6, 2013 by

My personal interest in Synesthesia also led me to try and understand how a Synesthete’s brain works. It is interesting how a synesthete perceives the world until they find that what they are experiencing is in fact a neurological condition known as Synesthesia and that they are quite unique. Before knowing that what they have is actually a link connecting different areas of the brain, Synesthetes assume that everyone can see what they see. This inherent self-awareness enclosed on the synesthete’s brain has become one of my sources of inspiration and inquisitiveness. Another source of inspiration comes from the Object-Based Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. The group use cutting-edge technology to explore and understand ways of digital interaction and sensory capabilities.

– Object-Based Media Group : http://obm.media.mit.edu/


VS Ramachandran: 3 clues to understanding your brain
“Vilayanur Ramachandran tells us what brain damage can reveal about the connection between cerebral tissue and the mind, using three startling delusions as examples.

Neurologist V.S. Ramachandran looks deep into the brain’s most basic mechanisms. By working with those who have very specific mental disabilities caused by brain injury or stroke, he can map functions of the mind to physical structures of the brain.”

Felipe Castelblanco (Asher’s Pre-presentation Pt3!)

November 6, 2013 by

“Re-Tratos (Portraying || Dealing With) is an interactive work that establishes a temporary connection between audiences in two contexts, which are divided but also interdependent: Cubans living on the island and Cubans living in Miami.

The interface is a two-way mirror that not only reflects images but also emits light, transforming the spectator into another mirroring surface for video projection. Thus, the faces of two people living in two different places are combined in real-time, creating a third image that is reflected back to the viewer in the mirror.”

Read more about the project on his website 

Notes on the Psychology of Horror (Asher’s Pre-Presentation Pt2!)

November 5, 2013 by


Here’s a few links to some light reading on the topic of psychology and the horror film

Understanding the Popular Appeal of Horror Cinema – An Integrated-Interactive Model 

The Psychology of Scary Movies – a Filmmaker IQ lesson

Fear Makes Art More Engaging – Thanks to Loudon for this one!

How Fear Works – Conditioning and Instinct

Mental Illness following “The Exorcist” – Notes on the 1975 article by psychiatrist James Bozzuto “Cinematic Neurosis Following The Exorcist”



The Shining Backwards and Forwards (Asher’s Pre-presentation Pt1!)

November 5, 2013 by

“Dark Side of the Rainbow for the 21st century, THE SHINING BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS is a hallucinatory palindromic mindfuck, an accidental profundity resulting from a literal reading of MSTRMD’s comment that “The Shining is a film meant to be watched both forwards and backwards.”

Conceived by John Fell Ryan and executed with Spectacle’s Akiva Saunders behind the controls, it became one of the most successful events in the sprouting days of the theater, and it returned October 2011, when it was performed live with Saunders mixing multiple additional layers of superimposition with realtime audio manipulation by Tony Lowe and Jason McMahon.”

Read more and watch clips about the Spectacle experiment here 

Here is a clip from the documentary “Room 237” describing the experience here


@ Hannah, Great women photographers I have had the honor of knowing

November 4, 2013 by

Barbara Jo Revelle was my advisor in grad school.

074 Miami River

Stephanie Sinclair was a student of mine at the University of Florida.


Too Young to Wed

Whitney Biennial

Here is a good portfolio.

For online professors, a celebrity side effect

November 4, 2013 by

By Beth Teitell, Boston Globe.

At Berklee College of Music, Loudon Stearns, an assistant professor of contemporary writing and production who teaches a music production MOOC, was surprised when a groupie appeared during office hours.

“She was starstruck,” he said. “She asked if she could take her picture with me.”


Read the For online professors, a celebrity side effect article.

My Basement Film Festival Entry

November 3, 2013 by

NAME OF ARTIST: John Craig Freeman
TITLE OF WORK: Virta-Flaneurazine, Hypnosis Technique
DURATION: 5 minutes
ONE-SENTENCE SUMMARY: Dr. Fremont of Virta-Flaneurazine Clinic leads viewers through self-hipnosis technique.
MULTIPLE-SENTENCE DESCRIPTION: Virta-Flaneurazine is an artists collective and pharmaceutical start-up, working on the development of a potent programmable mood-changing drug for online virtual worlds and other social networks.

Psychogeography & Dérive – Hannah’s Pre-presentation II

November 2, 2013 by


Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography , Guy Debord

The Dérive

Giorgio De Chirico, e la pittura Metafisica.

Giorgio De Chirico, e la pittura Metafisica.

Kate Trenerry

November 2, 2013 by

Kate will be sitting in on class Monday so I had her create a brief blogpost about her previous work.

I am a photographer and writer focused on exploring questions of space, power, and history in borderlands and places of division.

My current project, Walking Walls, took me to Israel/Palestine, Cyprus, and Northern Ireland to document contested sites of political partition. I shot for the project January-April 2012 and am currently editing and writing for a book as the culmination of the project.


My senior thesis in Cinema and Media Studies at Carleton College was an web-based examination of rephotography, rooted in the writings of Roland Barthes, and stretching into 21st century new media applications like Google Earth. In addition to an essay exploring this link, I created a series of rephotographs along the former Iron Curtain in Germany, superimposed on the old image through short timelapse-like videos. The rephotographs are also embedded in a Google Earth Tour that connects the sites examined.

Some of her other work can be viewed at



Walking Walls

History Vision: Rephotographing the Iron Curtain