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New photography by Brian Ulrich

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By Gerry Mak in New Photography on Friday 16 March 2012

Imagine you’ve woken up, and it’s empty, all of it, nothing but the automated whirr of cooling systems, the buzz of tube lighting, and the perfect smell of untouched sheets. Your footsteps on the hard linoleum filling this new cathedral.

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Vally Nomidou

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 14 March 2012

We’re all enduring strange changes right now, as if we’re burping out new life forms. We are ascending and awakening parallel to the ascension and awakening of the Cloud. The beings we are becoming, the beings we always were, are singing golden nectar to each other.

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Joshua Hagler

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 13 March 2012

Currently, many of us in this paradigm rarely inhabit sacred spaces or sacred time, a perverted and mundane machine dimension. This is correcting itself, and we are learning to find the sacredness that our genes demand.

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Ivor Cutler: Women of the World Take Over

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 13 March 2012

I’ve had a bit of stressful day, some questioning of interpersonal dynamics, and I’ve been thinking of what kind of world I want to see. Then I sit down to my computer and see this YouTube.

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Kira Leigh

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 13 March 2012

Apparently there is a village in China where everyone has perfect vision. When people of that village spend time way for work, they start developing sight problems and get glasses. However, when they return home, their vision returns to normal after a few months. Supposedly, it’s because in the modern world, we spend so much time staring at things near us (computer screens, books, etc), whereas our eyes naturally want to spend a lot of time staring at intricate, branching structures like trees and also off into the far distance.

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Solipsist: directed by Andrew Thomas Huang

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Tuesday 13 March 2012

Then there’s this thing [I am gesturing at the screen with my palm up]. Isn’t this what I’ve been saying? It’s like it took the words right out of my mouth.

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Comic book artist Jean Giraud (aka Moebius)

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By Gerry Mak in New Illustration on Tuesday 13 March 2012

Legendary comic book artist Moebius passed away this month. I remember obsessing over his work that appeared in Heavy Metal magazine.

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Delia Derbyshire: Falling, from The Dreams (1964)

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Tuesday 13 March 2012

The late British electronic musician/composer created this sound collage taken from the The Dreams, a five-piece suite created from Barry Bermange’s recordings of people narrating their dreams. It speaks for itself.

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Brilliant Star Wars concept paintings by Ralph McQuarrie

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Tuesday 13 March 2012

I remember seeing some Ralph McQuarrie’s Star Wars concept paintings when I was a kid. I loved how subtly different they were from what finally got put on screen, making me imagine how things could have looked. In remembrance of McQuarrie, the official Star Wars site has a nice slideshow of his work.

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Hennesy Youngman’s call for entries for art show

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By Gerry Mak in Video on Tuesday 13 March 2012

We live in an era when comedians are the most credible people around. Hennesy Youngman basically reduces all of the institutional art world to easy-to-ridicule absurdities. So, as Stephen Colbert runs for president, Youngman is curating a real art show.

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The Dutchtub

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By Gerry Mak in New Design on Monday 12 March 2012

OK, yes, I did get to experience what I guess was a prototype for the Dutchtub when I was in Austin a few years ago, and yes, that experience did involve some making out, but the moaning sample in the background music of the promo ad on the website is over the top.

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Literally Unbelievable

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By Gerry Mak in Cool Websites on Monday 12 March 2012

It’s so clear that this reality cannot be trusted, it is a monumental house of cards made of visible and invisible lies. Luckily, watching it fall is pretty hilarious.

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SyncBody: a video by Hiroshi Sato and Daihei Shibita

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By Gerry Mak in New Film on Friday 9 March 2012

I think nightmares can be extremely informative and helpful in understanding your waking reality. This video by artist Hiroshi Sato and videographer Daihei Shibita for a track by Yaporigami will certainly give me a lot to work with when I sleep tonight.

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Ima Read: a new song by Zebra Katz

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Thursday 8 March 2012

Somehow, this track by Zebra Katz is a perfect confluence of ideas and memes that have been on my mind of late. This is highly addictive.

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Amazing installations by Clemens Behr

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Thursday 8 March 2012

Somehow Clemens Behr’s amazing installations and sculptures remind me of the collective consciousness arising out of the detritus of our overdriven reality.

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