Archive for the ‘N’ Category
Nayruz HoldingsA contribution by the Platform for (un)Solicited Research and Advice: manifestaplatform.org
A fictitious holdings company, created by Jordanian artist, Oraib Toukan. The company proposes to auction off the Middle East in the year 2012, based on a 100-year leasehold, factoring in inflation and perceptions of political and economic risk now and in the future. Toukan assesses each county’s risk, by consulting various game theorists, image consultants and diplomatic representatives, in order to gain a plausible picture of the sellability of the the various Middle Eastern countries. Her corporate intervention was presented in 2009 at the Istanbul Biennial, under the name, “The Equity is in the Circle” (2007-2009) where she included video interviews, email correspondence, and her very own branding campaign for Nayruz- with the slogan being: “Own this view, and everything in it.”
‘New is, in effect, what is in a society’s mind’, M. Stephens, A History of News, 1988.
What news do you watch? email links to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why are some things news and others not?
How have artists and designers explored the form and content of newspapers and news broadcasts?
As Alfredo Jaar has communicated in his piece ‘Untitled, Newsweek’, the media is selective about what it allows to be news. Information structured as news tells people what is important, what we should know and think about.
A contribution by the Platform for (un)Solicited Research and Advice: manifestaplatform.org
Every week on Wednesday Hans Aarsman (photographer/writer) writes about photo(s) in a spread in the Volkskrant, one of the biggest newspapers in The Netherlands, that caught his eye in the ‘news feed’. He discusses all kind of photos but mainly news photos that are not ‘digestible/interesting’ enough for the norms of a daily newspaper. He is a kind of mediator between the ‘feed’ of the newspaper and its readers.
He ‘zooms in’ on these photos, grasping every element that is visible and could lead to a new interpretation of what we are seeing. Little details can be the starting point of new interpretations and a better understanding of what is happening.
“There is not one truth. At least there are seven”. (Quote from Hans Aarsman, De Aarsman Collectie, 2005 Nai Publishers, Rotterdam)
Hans Aarsman is on twitter: twitter.com/Hansaarsman
De Volkskrant, Wednesday 3th of February 2010
Port au Prince Haïti, 25th of January 2010, photo Tomas Bravo/Reuters
De Volkskrant, Wednesday 10th of February 2010
A Friday afternoon in North Brabant, Holland photo Erik Haverhals/ANP
Nineteen Eighty Four / Newspeak
This is my favourite book. In Nineteen Eighty-Four the members of the Inner Party are developing a language for popular use called Newspeak. In the back of the book there is an appendix detailing its history and usage.
The aim of Newspeak is to eradicate the possibility of rebellious thoughts and intellectual inquiry by removing words that would represent these concepts from language. In Nineteen Eighty Four, the Party controls all modes of communication such as the news, television and beyond, and therefore all aspects of history and truth.
Not the Nine O’clock News