Apps and Art
One of the things I like about the BlogDumps meme, Top Sites Thursday, is that the ongoing theme, Two Thoughts on Tuesday, gives me permission to cobble together two completely unrelated thoughts into a post instead of laboring to find a single topic. What’s that? It’s my blog and I can do whatever I want? Really, aren’t the cages we build for ourselves are often the hardest to escape? But that’s another post, probably on Saturday when I post the serious stuff no one wants to read anyway. Meanwhile, the Two Thoughts this Tuesday are on Apps and Art, subjects with nothing more in common than that they both start with A, which does make for a nice alliterative title. First …
I need music wherever I go, and these days, my music travels in my Samsung Galaxy II Skyrocket. Because I buy a lot of music from Amazon, I’ve been using the Amazon mp2 Player, even though it can be a little quirky. Today, it was a lot quirky. Every track was showing up twice and only one of the versions was actually an mp3 file. As a result, none of my albums would play through so I decided … it was time to look for a new player. After all, one of the reasons I’m an Android guy is that I like a wide choice of apps, even if that means some of them are quirky. So I went to the Google Play Store and began my search, finding everything from very basic players to complete music file managers. I always read some user reviews … a few good, a few bad … to help me make up my mind when choosing apps. What I found …Thought Number One … is that we have become a world of whining little weenies when it comes to our apps. I mean, crashing and freezing are worth complaining about but how about: you can’t change the order of the songs in the playlist that you make (aawww!) or it tends to play the same songs on shuffle (oh, my! That’s how random works, weenie). I love this one: the user interface could stand to be more colorful. Hello? You are holding technology in your hand that wasn’t possible five years ago and you have 3,235 similar apps at your disposal at the Google store. Get over yourselves. On to …
I have been a tireless advocate for artists who produce, let’s say, odd and peculiar works and performance pieces. I’ve defended monocolor canvases and endless film loops of dogs barking and collages of junk on plywood from those who would say, That’s not Art! But New York artist Martynka Wawrzyniak has taken her work to a place where even Older Eyes cannot follow. According to Wired, her new exhibition, Smell Me, at envoy enterprises gallery in New York showcases vials of the artist’s scientifically extracted hair oils, sweat and tears. Working with a group of students at Hunter College, she collected various body secretions and oil from her clothes for the exhibit. I started wearing a lab coat and goggles and going to the lab every day of the summer, Wawrzyniak recalled. I sweated into T-shirts and brought them to the lab. I stripped the wax out of my hair. And I cried into vials and collected tears, which was the hardest collection. Oh, yeah. In perhaps the grossest of her body odor extractions, she coated herself a mixture of mineral oil and paraffin beads and, in her words, marinated for three hours before scraping off the mixture and adding more wax to make … you guessed it … body odor candles, which she advises against lighting. What’s weird is, those candles have a little bit of a smell liked cooked human, she said. The beautiful, fresh sweat … smell turns more into the cooked smell of meat or onions cooking. I wouldn’t recommend actually lighting those candles unless you like the smell of a burning woman. Hmm. Beautiful, fresh sweat? Yuck. So here’s Thought Number Two, Martynka: I’ve met women who thought their shit doesn’t stink. But never have I found one who thinks her B.O. is art. It’s not.
Now, please excuse me … I feel a need to shower. If you do, too, please press my button … gently … before you go to make me Number One on Top Sites Tuesday # 174.
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