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Elias Canetti: "It is only in a crowd that man can become free of this fear of being touched. That is the only situation in which the fear changes into its opposite. The crowd he needs is the dense crowd, in which body is pressed to body; a crowd, too, whose psychical constitution is also dense, or compact, so that he no longer notices who it is that presses against him. As soon as a man has surrendered himself to the crowd, he ceases to fear its touch. Ideally, all are equal there; no distinctions count, not even that of sex. The man pressed against him is the same as himself He feels him as he feels himself. Suddenly it is as though everything were happening in one and the same body. This is perhaps one of the reasons why a crowd seeks to close in on itself: it wants to rid each individual as completely as possible of the fear of being touched. The more fiercely people press together, the more certain they feel that they do not fear each other. This reversal of the fear of being touched belongs to the nature of crowds. The feeling of relief is most striking where the density of the crowd is greatest.”
Black Friday Shopping Chaos [Super Cut Compilation] (by RSVLTS) — via Laughing Squid.
"At first, the works of Alain Delorme capture the magic of the first fleeting beauty of a flock of birds, a murmuration. However, this initial charm soon vanishes when the viewer takes a closer look, notices the clever deception, and discovers what is really behind the graceful flocks: thousands of plastic bags, meticulously arranged by the artist." (via Migration Formations of a Different Medium | Photos - ABC News)
The Korean-American, who lives in New York, is launching an app for smartphones which will not only allow users to record their dreams, but also create a searchable global database of what goes on in our minds while we sleep.
While some experts worry about such public sharing of private dreams, Soik hopes the technology will give us a new way of looking at what is important collectively to people in different communities at different times.
My dad passed away 27 years ago. Sometime round when I was born, he commissioned this public work for the McGraw Hill building. It’s a public secret that the triangle is a tool to measure the earth’s relationship to the sun, to mark the passage of time. Apropos, I don’t cross paths with it as frequently as I used to, so it has become increasingly dense with memories of how he saw the world. No sadness in that, just a way to stay close.
“North Korean artists are the best people at delivering a message without slogans,” says Bonner, who collects North Korean art and has produced documentaries exploring life in the DPRK […] “We wanted to show contemporary China as it could have been, if it had continued with Maoist ideology.” (via Propaganda artists from North Korea paint a rose-tinted China | Art and design | theguardian.com)
From a series of leaked Cooper Union documents, here are (unverified) instructions to the administrative assistants for George Campbell, former President of Cooper Union. (If you’re just joining us, Cooper Union provided tuition-free education for over 150 years, which ended in 2013.)
“Hotels: Dr. Campbell likes to stay at nice hotels when on College business: Ritz Carleton is his favorite, especially while in LA (he always stays at the Ritz Marina Del Rey when in the LA area — make sure to book the executive level suite, ocean view room).”
“Cars: Dr. Campbell prefers to drive a luxury SUV during the winter and a luxury Cadillac in the summer/spring or in warm climates. If a luxury car isn’t available, order a convertible. He likes to have a car on almost all of his trips as he prefers to drive to different venues.”
All of which would be fine with me, in principle, if old George had been bringing in the correlating cash for the endowment.
But instead, he presided over the slide into the extinction of Cooper Union’s principles and finances (while stating otherwise in the press, and capturing $668K in compensation in 2009, including a cash bonus of $175K, all of it approved by the Board of Trustees.)
And after gutting Cooper Union from the suites of the Ritz Marina Del Ray, where do you go from there? To the inexplicable 20% bonuses of Con Edison, of course.
I’ll be the Alumni Trustee at Cooper Union shortly. One of the challenges before me will be to explain to anyone why they should help partner with, fund, or endow the culture of luxury SUVs and Ritz hotels, at the very same time it was on its way to ending 150 years of free tuition.
It’s not a rhetorical question: if you have an idea on what would inspire trust for such an institution, feel free to drop me a line.
Oh, just a few choice ideas from the Vice-chair of the Texas Republican Party, who is no longer running for Texas Senate.