Rising Currents at MoMAmoma.org

We recently launched a sub-site for the Rising Currents exhibition at MoMA:

MoMA and P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center joined forces to address one of the most urgent challenges facing the nation’s largest city: sea-level rise resulting from global climate change. Though the national debate on infrastructure is currently focused on “shovel-ready” projects that will stimulate the economy, we now have an important opportunity to foster new research and fresh thinking about the use of New York City’s harbor and coastline.

These smaller exhibitions don’t usually get their own sub-sites, but it was fairly easy to customize a category view within the existing MoMA blog. A slightly-altered version of the site is also available on kiosks in the exhibition space.

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All In The Mind on Dolphin brainswww.abc.net.au

All In The Mind is a great Australian radio show on a variety of mind-related topics: “dreaming to depression, addiction to artificial intelligence, consciousness to coma, psychoanalysis to psychopathy, free will to forgetting.”

The most recent episode describes dolphin brain biology and explores the philosophical status of the animals, as well as the ethics of keeping seemingly intelligent animals captive in aquariums.

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The segment includes an interview with Thomas I. White (starting around 22:20) who wrote In Defense of Dolphins. He argues that dolphins have cognitive traits that qualify them as “non-human persons.”

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Two Philip Levine poemswww.92y.org

Here is a recording of a reading Philip Levine gave at the 92 Street Y called The Language of the Place.

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There are two poems in particular, about Brooklyn and the Sierra Nevada mountains, that I enjoyed (they start about 17 minutes in).

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Displaced Soundswww.displacedsounds.com

Excited to see this blog from STUK (where we presented ShiftSpace last year) on sound art:

It’s clear that we live in a world inhabited and surrounded, some say polluted, by sound. We are losing and neglecting our ability to hear and listen because we’re so busy with tuning things out instead of tuning in.

I love the quote by Toshiya Tsunoda they’ve placed prominently at the top of the page:

We can say that field recording is considered to be a work which crops a part from a whole complete picture. What does that mean? An incident is continuously followed by the next incident like a domino. What is a criterion to cut a moment and distinguish it from other moments?

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Be Good to Them Always

For some reason I decided to listen to this song on repeat on the subway this morning. There are two spoken audio samples that are always kind of in the back of my mind: “You are something that the whole world is doing” and “a culture is no better than its woods.”

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