Huffpost Arts
Matthew Israel Headshot

Instagram, Aby Warburg, and the Physical Structure of the Internet

Posted: Updated:

#1
Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain
"One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switched off consciousness by electrically stimulating a single brain area."
New Scientist

#2
A Banker, a Scholar, and the Invention of Art History: The story of the Warburg brothers. A review of Dreamland of Humanists: Warburg, Cassirer, Panofsky, and the Hamburg School by Emily J. Levine (Chicago)
"A school photograph taken in Hamburg in 1879 shows thirteen-year-old Abraham Warburg among his classmates, conspicuous for his dark coloring and the mischievous, bemused expression on his face. Aby is obviously a handful. He dominates this solemn group portrait as definitely as he dominated his boisterous and numerous family, seizing attention with his quick wit and his tempestuous moods."
New Republic

#3
Telecommunications Infrastructure in Manhattan. See the Physical Structure of the Internet.
"New York has been a crucial world-wide telecommunications hub at least since the 1920s. Telegraph cables and pneumatic tubes ran all over and under the southern end of Manhattan. Buildings that once were telegraph company headquarters are now home to major Internet facilities. And now there is very little distinction between voice and data communications."
Site by Bob Cromwell

#4
Why the World's Most Talked-About New Art Dealer Is Instagram
"Standing before Marc Quinn's looming Myth Venus sculpture in front of Christie's Rockefeller headquarters last night was a masked protester holding a large poster that read F*** U. It was a parody of Wade Guyton's 2005 Untitled that sold for $3.52 million just hours later at the live-streamed "If I Live I'll See You Tuesday" auction, which included 35 contemporary artworks from blue-chip names such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Martin Kippenberger and Alex Israel, all handpicked by contemporary art expert Loic Gouzer, with the majority of the production on his--and Christie's--Instagram accounts."
Vogue

#5
"Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long."
-Walker Evans