I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx


by Nathaniel Ketcham
Sept. 14, 2014

I’ve noticed a recent trend of “shaming” people who hold their cell phone vertically while filming video. It’s a shame that just when technology finally encourages something aesthetically interesting, in this case a vertically oriented aspect ratio, it is immediately touted as faux pas by popular voice. It's a new visual possibility folks, not blue eye shadow.

New technologies have regularly prompted aesthetic advances in the arts but, all too often, conservative cultural tendencies snuff out these interesting developments before they can occur. This is especially true for feature-length movies because of their high cost of production and accompanying dependence upon commercial viability...

Nathan Ketcham is a near recluse currently hiding in Detroit, Michigan. He spends way too much time in front of the TV treating very trashy horror films very, very seriously. Until someone pays for his PhD in Media Studies/Cultural Criticism (feel free to recommend a program to him) or he overcomes his laziness long enough to finish a book length, scholarly analysis of art films that failed, you can find some of his less-than-serious horror film suggestions and impromptu writing at his annually expanding Halloween blog: https://30daysofhorror.wordpress.com.

by Chris Sutton
Sept. 13, 2014

The infinite freedom the internet has given humanity has eliminated the phenomenon of the global trend. Since any human being can create his or her reality and personal tastes are not held in the palms of a few controllers, there seems to be almost no need for an artistic visionary to show us the way. Nowadays, all of popular experience can be homogenized and manipulated to suit the individual whim, and the individual can live in their own customized universe devoid of time, space, or practicality contraints. In short, all of the artistic trails have been blazed by past masters and all of the great musings have been made available to anyone interested, so how does the modern creative find that undeniable new voice when there seemingly isn't one to be had? For the burgeoning wellspring of young hopefuls in this century the answer is to comb through the mountains of pop culture detritus we've left in our landfills and turn this garbage into artistic gold. No other genre embodies this sentiment better than the newest wave of video artists from the last decade or so. We've had Tracy and The Plastics live interactive video choreography and Ryan Trecartins hyperactive brain melting sit-com parody I.B. Area as just a couple of the projects that have provided spark and depth to the genre, while Tim & Eric's early experiments in gaudy lo-fidelity discomfort have vaulted them from cult level abstractionists into commercial level industry trendsetters...

Chris Sutton is a musician, writer, and artist who currently lives in Portland OR, and grew up in Olympia, WA. He plays or has played with numerous musical acts including Gossip, The Dirtbombs, Dub Narcotic Sound System, Spider & The Webs, Chain & The Gang, & Hornet Leg. Chris has been so obsessed with records over his life that he writes a vinyl collecting memoir/blog called Record Lections on Instagram and he is often seen Djing his new discoveries in local bars or posting mixes on SoundCloud or Mixcloud. He is also a big fan of visual art with a special passion for African American folk art, Impressionism, European New Wave cinema, and most eras of television. Most of the books he reads, whether fact or fiction, usually have drawings in them. Chris's best friends are his faithful rat terriers Juju and Queenie.

by Anthony Galli
Sept. 12, 2014

John Fahey was an anomaly. It would probably be easy for some to call him an enigma, but calling him an enigma would suggest that there was some mystery involved with what he did. One look at Fahey and you can see there is no mystery. What he presents is what he is; a guy with a guitar. Watching him play, one can see that he is clearly imbued with remarkable talent, but he is also, clearly, not performing for audience approbation or popular acclaim. He doesn’t necessarily ignore his audience, but he doesn’t particularly work at endearing himself to them, either. He has often times told his audience to go to hell.

Anthony Galli currently lives in Athens, Georgia. He shares a birthday with his black cat, Magic, and they both claim Wings of Desire as their favorite film. Anthony has published two books of poetry, Amnesia for Insomniacs and Invisible Idiot.

by Ryk McIntyre
Sept. 10, 2014

In the early 1600s, Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes gave the world the character of Don Quixote, and forevermore, the rest of us had a ready thumbnail sketch of to describe people who become obsessed with a dream that makes the rest of us want to say “...um, but that’s a windmill, dude...” And this will also easily serve as an introduction to Ken Carter, the man who would jump the St. Lawrence River.

Born Kenneth Gordon Polsjek – sometime in 1938 – in the working class slums of Montreal, Ken quit school after only the 4th grade in order to work. He became interested in stunt driving and when he turned 16, he joined a team of touring daredevils. Eventually Ken struck out on his own and established himself as a performer so daring, he was dubbed “The Mad Canadian”...

Ryk McIntyre is a Multi-Hyphen sort of person. Poet, critic, performer, workshop facilitator and co-host at both GotPoetry! Live (Providence) and Cantab Lounge (Cambridge,MA). He's been living in RI for the past 6 years, with his wife and daughter. Ryk has performed his work at Boston's ICA, NYC's New School, Portsmouth, NH's Music Hall and Lollapalooza, to name just a few. He has toured the US, performing in countless Poetry open mics and festivals.  He turned down Allen Ginsburg once.

by Claire Donner
Sept. 9, 2014
Who is this internet necromancer communing with the ghosts of media past? Between his broken VHS tapes and hacked Nintendo games, Max Capacity conducts a staticky stream of pop culture imagery from the past with the verve of the digital now.  Anything is fair game - from 80’s TV commercials to FBI Warnings, the Santa Cruz native even makes TV static entirely his own.  

But how to define his art: Video art? Digital art? Net art? Sure, he makes animated .gifs, but calling him a “.Gif artist” ignores how much work he does with multiple camcorders, VCRs, and home-brewed glitch tech. Each image represents a huge amount of labor -- digital and physical, and how to represent that in a title presents a...