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Beam Me Up

Recently, Rhizome.org invited me to contribute a long-form article to their Rhizome Writer’s Initiative, a new program designed to give emerging and established writers the opportunity to pontificate on the world of new media arts. I was glad to do it, especially when I realized that the exhibition I was to review is called “Beam…

One of Buckminster Fuller‘s most interesting conceits was his dislike of specialization, which he likened to a kind of intellectual prison, restraining “bright” people from truly understanding the complex, and general, systems of which they were a part. After all, he argued, what causes extinction in the animal kingdom? Overspecialization. Of course, it’s logical, and…

Picnics in Space

In 1976, NASA Administrator James Fletcher noted that “The question, ‘What is feasible?’ can be finally answered only by future historians.” He was talking about the elaborate plans for space habitats the agency had spent a summer noodling over, but the same remark could have been made to the incredulous before the first moon landing,…

Happy Birthday, Darwin!

In middle school, my friends and I secretly referred to athletic jocks as “creationists.” The joke was, of course, that they — with their neanderthal postures, fixation on brute strength and obsession with the less decorous emissions of the human body — were “less evolved.” Of course, this is before teaching evolution in schools was…

Team Eames

I’ve been thinking a lot about ├╝ber-couple Charles and Ray Eames recently; those of you who attended last week’s Urho Talks will know the territory I’m about to shlep into. If you don’t know, Charles and Ray were designers, architects and filmmakers who are responsible for many classic, iconic designs of the 20th century (Thanks,…