The House Of Purgatory

The House Of Purgatory

offColor creation 2011 by J.Eastward/LaVade

stolen markers & shit on purchased canvas panel

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Citizens for Optimism

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How do you inspire happiness? Some find it easy to do so by stringing together beautiful sentences with words that fall into place and fill gaps in our minds. Others create magic by strumming a few notes on their guitar that can instantly lift your spirit. Then there are those who mix the stunning worlds of writing and design to form the best of both worlds.

In this case – Citizens for Optimism; a col­lab­o­ra­tion of 17 design­ers who created posters inspiring optimism.  There are 17 posters in all, inspired by 17 words.

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Move Your Feet | Know Your Meme

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Move Your Feet | Know Your Meme.

Meme meme (mm) n. A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another. [Shortening (modeled on gene), of mimeme from Greek mimma, something imitated, from mimeisthai, to imitate. See mimesis.]

meme /meem/ [By analogy with “gene”] Richard Dawkins’s term for an idea considered as a replicator, especially with the connotation that memes parasitise people into propagating them much as viruses do.

Memes can be considered the unit of cultural evolution. Ideas can evolve in a way analogous to biological evolution. Some ideas survive better than others; ideas can mutate through, for example, misunderstandings; and two ideas can recombine to produce a new idea involving elements of each parent idea.

The term is used especially in the phrase “meme complex” denoting a group of mutually supporting memes that form an organised belief system, such as a religion. However, “meme” is often misused to mean “meme complex”.

Use of the term connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection of adaptive ideas has become more important than biological evolution by selection of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably obvious reasons.

-meme /meem/ n. [coined by analogy with `gene’, by Richard Dawkins] An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do. Used esp. in the phrase `meme complex’ denoting a group of mutually supporting memes that form an organized belief system, such as a religion. This lexicon is an (epidemiological) vector of the `hacker subculture‘ meme complex; each entry might be considered a meme. However, `meme’ is often misused to mean `meme complex’. Use of the term connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection of adaptive ideas has superseded biological evolution by selection of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably obvious reasons. Source: Jargon File 4.2.0

Source: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © 1993-2001 Denis Howe and http://www.dictionary.com

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Call for Artists… ring, ring: HELLO

Call for Artists.

1239 Congress is seeking artists to display their works at our community arts space during the 2nd Saturday Art Walk. 

The deadline for artists interested in having their works displayed is April 1st. If selected, the artists will have until the 7th to install and the following week to make any last minutes changes in installation.

Please send photographs of work along with a brief artist statement and installation concept. 

Please do not feel discouraged if you are not chosen for this month’s show, as we are trying to build and conceptualize for the upcoming months as well. 

For more information about our community art space check out our NolaVie article http://www.nola.com/nolavie/index.ssf/2012/03/1239_congress_fights_blight_wi.html

 

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