100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 54: Lithium in Chile

An aerial view of the brine pools and processing areas of the Soquimich lithium mine on the Atacama salt flat.
Photo by Ivan Alvarado/Reuters.

Research-based art practices are best when they take an unexpected turn. My 3-country Fulbright originally proposed to trace the history of the potassium nitrate trade from the late 19th / early 20th century between Germany and Chile. The profits from this business arrangement helped to build the fortune of shipping magnate Henry B. Sloman and the local landmark the Chilehaus. 100 years later, the extraction of lithium from those same salt beds in the Atacama desert, from which potassium nitrate was mined, is a focus for global trade. More on this soon, but a few links to get me started.

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 53: Exhibition Catalog Collection

Pictured above: a favorite catalog Experimental Geography by Nato Thompson from 2009. http://a.co/026qmxb

I spent too much time yesterday and today trying to update my collection of new media art exhibition catalogs in preparation for my fall 2017 class Art and Electronic Media. In that class, the students choose a catalog, write a review of it, and then design their own exhibition. I’ll post the assignment once and list the recommended catalogs once it’s finished. But in the meantime, it seems like fewer venues are producing print exhibition catalogs.

Reader, I offer you this post from 2007 art journalist Marc Spiegler to start thinking about this debate: http://www.artworldsalon.com/blog/2007/03/exhibition-catalogs-time-for-a-serious-rethink/


100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 52: Grand Urban Rules

All images from the author’s website about the book: http://www.plansandpolitics.com/publications/grand-urban-rules/

Another studio production day in Blender, but bookmarking this text as a possible influence.

Lehnerer, Alex. Grand Urban Rules. Rotterdam, Netherlands: nai010 publishers, 2014.

Link: http://a.co/d0nU925
Author’s website on the book: http://www.plansandpolitics.com/publications/grand-urban-rules/

Related links:

The author’s website: http://www.alexlehnerer.com/

His page as Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH ZÜRICH  (currently ranked as 5th best university in the world for the subject of engineering and technology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject): http://www.plansandpolitics.com/

Alex Lehnerer | October 20, 2014 | UIC School of Architecture
UIC School of Architecture

German Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2014
Interview with Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis
Questions discussed:
– How is architecture used as a means of communication? How do we productively complicate easy meanings of architecture (i.e. glass equals transparency?)
– How do architects get into a productive relationship with the past?

Alex Lehnerer – Architecture’s Present Perfect
Lecture date: 2015-03-12
AA School of Architecture
– Insisting on importance of urban planning

17 Volcanoes: Presentation by curators Alex Lehnerer and Philip Ursprung
CCAchannel, Talk at CCA’s Octagonal gallery, October 6, 2016
Support from National Research Foundation in Singapore

City planning with rules as index, spread example 1


City planning with rules as index, spread example 2


100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 51: Blender

Small post. Head and heart in Blender…the software program, not a machine that grinds up objects. 🙂

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 50: IBM and the Port of Rotterdam

My Fulbright proposal outlined my intention to look at the IT systems of ports. Today I’m researching blockchains recently developed by IBM for the Port of Rotterdam. More at http://fortune.com/2017/03/05/maersk-tests-blockchain-based-freight-tracking/

Image from February 24, 2016 article by Eric Piscini, Joe Guastella, Alex Rozman, Tom Nassim at Deloitte titled “Blockchain: Democratized trust: Distributed ledgers and the future of value” https://dupress.deloitte.com/dup-us-en/focus/tech-trends/2016/blockchain-applications-and-trust-in-a-global-economy.html

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 49: 20 Years of N.Paradoxa

This summer, the international feminist art journal n.paradoxa also celebrates 20 years
with a one-day conference.

Quick details:

Full details and tickets (£10/£5) :


From Editor Katy Deepwell’s post on the FACES List Serv:

The focus will be on feminist art criticism/women artists but there are

breakout sessions on performance, film and video and sound art.

n.paradoxa published a very early volume in 1998 on ‘Women and New Media’ in

the midst of discussions of cyberfeminism – which included Faith Wilding’s

essay ‘Where is the feminism in cyberfeminism?’, Marina Grzinic’s essay on

her films with Aina Smid; writing by Alla Mitrofanova, Olesya Turkina and

Irina Aktuganova (from the former Cyber-femin Club in St Petersburg);

Susanna Paasonen on the politics of cyberfeminism; Lynn Bell and Carol

Williams interviewing Sara Diamond; Jayne Wark on Kate Craig’s work; Kathy

Kennedy on her work,  and artists’ pages from Vera Frenkel, Gina Czarnecki,

Roshini Kempadoo and Helen Sear, Nina Czegledy wrote about the CD Roms of

Christine Tamblyn and Adriene Jenik, and there is an essay by Angelika

Beckmann on ‘Women Artists at ZKM’.

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 48: Faces Gets a Face Lift

This morning I realized that the Faces List-Serv, formed in the 1990s for women in new media, has gotten a face lift, in anticipation of their 20th anniversary celebrations in Berlin, Graz, and hopefully Los Angeles at the next College Art Association conference. More details on all that soon. Note open call for work due June 2017. Anniversary details page still in progress, but familiar archive still firmly intact.

Ports, Networks and Liminal Spaces

2017 Summer Semester seminar at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg with Joelle Dietrick, exploring the local port and other places of transit


Contemporary and Modern Art Advisory Service


travel and baby oh my

Painters on Paintings

A conversation between contemporary artists and their influences across time.

History of Art and Technology

At Florida State University with Joelle Dietrick, Fall 2014


Daily chronicle of the art world for artists, gallery owners and collectors

Interactive Architecture Lab

: Design for Performance and Interaction

Bad at Sports

Contemporay art talk without the ego