Apologies if I don't have the patience to let you educate me, an artist, on how NFTs are really the only way artists can even get paid for our work. I'm busy marvelling at how closely crypto replicates the same old Capitalist market bullshit that has kept the majority of artists destitute for centuries.
... and some pages from a (sorely overdue) work in progress, "Prisoner's Cinema". In it, I explore #entoptic phenomena to visualise the mental effects of #solitaryconfinement on inmates. Like before, #abstractcomics #uncomics #monoprint #collage &c
Seriously, I need to relax a bit with those image descriptions...
Time for re-#introductions —
Did my MA in #visualculture on #abstractcomics and #nonlinear reading schema as #ergodicliterature. That's quite a mouthful, so I rolled it up in a neologism — #uncomics, which I am currently exploring in a print anthology, podcast series and website.
On this account I'm prone to toot unsolicited thoughts on whatever #popculture or #genrefiction I let wash over me at any given time, or just the latest shiny thing I saw on the internet... Apologies in advance!
My posts on @uncomics are usually less scattershot.
We absolutely love seeing how helpful the FOSS / Thunderbird community is here on the Fediverse. Unlike every other social platform we're on, you're constantly helping each other with issues.
And we sincerely appreciate that, since it's basically one person handling all the comms.
Rock on, Thunderbird family!
A mass for you to untangle: Peony Gent on her comics and installation art
Between her ambiguous comics, gorgeous illustrations, installation art, and quilt making(!), Peony Gent is a renaissance multi-hyphenate.
In this episode, she sits down with host @haverholm to explain how they’re all connected, creating gaps for her readers’ interpretations to live in, and to declare her great love for Dungeons and Dragons.
Here's a worthwhile thread on AI generative art, by artist Glendon Mellow:
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Viewed narrowly, it might appear that the web "went wrong" over the last 15 years. But what really happened was that a system which emerged out of public institutions in the early 1990s became increasingly commodified and integrated into global capitalism, such that today it might be tricky to imagine capitalism without its web aspect. #internet
It might seem more complicated with several different solutions, but at the same time I feel genuine relief not having to deal with "Nextcloud is a federated social groupware now, wat?!"
After running #Nextcloud as a personal server for most of a decade, I'm looking to downgrade a bit. I find it eventually becomes a dumping ground for stuff I don't really need to have online at all times.
First up, finding a simpler photo syncing and backup solution. I'm leaning toward #syncthing, possibly #rsync to keep mobile photos backed up to my home server. I'll need to find a script that then moves that backup to monthly folders in a separate location + archives them at each month's end.
Did somebody say ... "Greek avantgarde animated collage remix of a Stephen King made-for-TV movie"? 🤔🤔🤔
The Timekeepers of Eternity (2021)
It really fascinates me how many people can read and then study Tolkien with all its sad fading aristocratic elves and born-evil orcs and ages-lost Kings whose only qualification for rulership is their Naturally Superior Genetics and come away thinking "well. if there's a Big Theme in all this work, there's certainly one thing it's Not about in the least: conservative early 20th century attitudes to Race. absolutely no racial essentialism, here, that's for sure"
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This comes from part of my research that deals with the margins and gutters as the visible structure of comics, and how that can support nonlinear readings.
Of course experiments like the above is one step further, subverting the "inside | outside" dichotomy to focus entirely on one multifaceted structure.
Once you look at gutters as independent picture entities, they start popping up in fine arts too, like some of Irene Rice Pereira's works.
lulz remember when hypertext was gonna change absolutely everything? circa 2000, all this rhetoric about how the linear age was over. gives me a good healthy gut-laugh when ever i think about it. what did we end up with? a few hypertext novels no one reads, alongside the supposedly 'linear' print novels that also no one reads...
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