Twin Beauty: Cipriana Quann and her sister, Takenya ’TK Wonder’ Quann
Photos: Phil Oh/Milk Studios/Tommy Ton
So this is a new YouTube channel called The Art Assignment, which originally I wasn’t going to subscribe to because I’m not big on art. But I watched the first episode for some reason, and this is the first assignment:
1. Pick a friend, calculate your halfway point. Like, the exact halfway point. Not ‘roughly in this town’, not ‘well, here’s sort of equidistant’ - you draw a straight line between you on a map, and you calculate the midpoint.
2. Decide on a date and time to meet, and don’t communicate between that decision and actually meeting up.
3. Document your experience somehow, be that through drawing, writing, video-making (3 guesses which I’d choose, and the first 2 guesses don’t count.)
4. Post your work online using #theartassignment.
And I’m really tempted by this idea! So basically, this is a call for a partner: is there anyone in the UK or maybe the ROI (because funds) who would like to do this at some point this summer (because being in the country)? It would be particularly cool to do this with someone I haven’t physically met before, or someone I don’t physically meet all that often.
If you want to calculate a rough midpoint, just to check we won’t end up in the Irish sea or something, use Effingham Park Golf Course as a reference point. I don’t think I’m running much of a stalking risk if I tell you I live within a five mile radius of there.
Let me know!
ps. I don’t think we have to stop communicating until we actually decide the date/time. So don’t think you’d be signing up to stop talking to me for six months!
One of the coolest things emerging from the first Art Assignment is people seeking out people to Meet in the Middle. (Because I’m an old person who worries, I have to say: Be careful. Protect yourself. etc.)
I’m delighted by the idea of people who maybe have known each other online for years finally meeting in the middle and trusting each other to show up at the appointed time.
I’m also excited to see people who are maybe not inclined to be interested in contemporary art opening themselves up to “triggers for experience.” This is just so cool, and I’m so excited about the response to it, and thanks to everyone who has watched, subscribed, and is now planning to participate!
Photos from behind the scene of Freaks and Geeks.
These laws are an embarrassment to our country. The evidence is overwhelming that Stand Your Ground laws lead to more murders and worsen systemic racial discrimination.
Thomas Jennings (1791 - 1859)
On March 3, 1821, Thomas Jennings became the first African American to receive a patent. As the owner of a New York dry-cleaning business, Jennings invented and patented a new process for cleaning clothing. Jennings used the money he earned with his invention to buy his family out of slavery. Active as an abolitionist, Jennings published petitions that advocated the end of slavery in New York.
[image description: a poster with African American men in armed struggle with the US Capitol building in the background and the words “Oppose Racial Discrimination!” behind them as well. The Chinese reads, “Firmly support American blacks in their righteous struggle!”]
"Firmly support American blacks in their righteous struggle!"
Chinese CCP propaganda poster from the 1960s at the height of the US Civil Rights movement, calling for solidarity with African-Americans in opposition to white American racism and imperialism.
How things have changed…
Photo by Steve Eichner