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August 6, 2013 7:25 PM   Subscribe

"To honor the anniversary of Warhol’s birthday, August 6, 2013 The Andy Warhol Museum and EarthCam launched a collaborative project titled Figment, a live feed of Warhol’s gravesite. This live feed, viewable 24 hours a day, seven days a week.."
posted by HuronBob (38 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
oh wow. it's like the complete opposite of what the man intended.
posted by kickback at 7:33 PM on August 6, 2013


That's... kinda crazy. I wonder how long before a vandal causes major damage to the site.
posted by yeoz at 7:33 PM on August 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


oh wow. it's like the complete opposite of what the man intended.

So...he didn't want his gravesite filmed?
posted by turbid dahlia at 7:37 PM on August 6, 2013


In the future, everyone will have their 525,948 minutes of fame.
posted by Ironmouth at 7:41 PM on August 6, 2013


He was pretty obsessed with dead celebrities himself, I kind of he'd appreciate this.
posted by octothorpe at 7:43 PM on August 6, 2013 [6 favorites]


Doesn't sound like they did much research on the name, given that there are the Figment participatory art festivals in Boston and NY.
posted by oonh at 7:44 PM on August 6, 2013


Well, I have to give her credit, it looked like she field stripped that smoke and kept the butt, instead of just throwing it on Andy's grave....
posted by HuronBob at 7:50 PM on August 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


on further consideration, I think this may be exactly what he intended.
posted by kickback at 7:52 PM on August 6, 2013


I don't know what he intended. I like this anyway.
posted by solarion at 7:59 PM on August 6, 2013


May turn out to be a popular place to show off your dance moves...
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:04 PM on August 6, 2013


Doesn't sound like they did much research on the name, given that there are the Figment participatory art festivals in Boston and NY.

I found a link that explains that.
posted by Anoplura at 8:04 PM on August 6, 2013


"Breaking news out of Pittsburgh PA, Andy Warhol has yet to breach his burial vault and crawl into the land of the living. Now back to Eric with the sports. Eric?"
posted by codswallop at 8:07 PM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


oh wow. it's like the complete opposite of what the man intended.

It seems pretty in line with some of his own films like "Empire".
posted by sourwookie at 8:14 PM on August 6, 2013


I was expecting Figment.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:20 PM on August 6, 2013


I love this.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 8:22 PM on August 6, 2013


I gotta say, it's better than most of his movies.
posted by timsteil at 8:23 PM on August 6, 2013


I wish I could find the video my friend showed me that pointed out how destructive Andy Warhol was to our culture. It's the vampiric ur-hipster image, the remix culture, fame for fame's sake, blank affect, modern art as a joke.

but hey, at least he gave us the Velvet Underground
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:29 PM on August 6, 2013


Seems appropriately tedious. On par with Empire.
posted by blaneyphoto at 8:30 PM on August 6, 2013 [2 favorites]


Were they expecting him to come back from the dead? Just wondering.
posted by jenfullmoon at 9:05 PM on August 6, 2013


Had a few minutes of fun watching an old man in a kilt stumble around the grave carrying a long pole. Couldn't tell what he was trying to do with the helium balloons.
posted by christopherious at 9:25 PM on August 6, 2013


...how destructive Andy Warhol was to our culture. It's the vampiric ur-hipster image, the remix culture, fame for fame's sake, blank affect, modern art as a joke.

That is our culture.

Warhol was a mirror.
posted by Celsius1414 at 9:28 PM on August 6, 2013 [14 favorites]


This made me think of Warhol's movie Sleep.
posted by WalkingAround at 9:49 PM on August 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


In college I had a film professor who saw Sleep in 1963. Said he'd been talked into going, didn't know much about Warhol at the time or how long a film it was. By the time he realized what he was in for he was trapped -- the theater was completely packed and there was no way out. So he did the only thing he could do. He lay down and went to sleep.
posted by christopherious at 10:51 PM on August 6, 2013 [1 favorite]


Generalissimo Andy Warhol is still dead.
posted by subbes at 11:13 PM on August 6, 2013 [3 favorites]


"I like your shoes".
posted by unliteral at 11:38 PM on August 6, 2013


This is awesome. Not just for the homage to his own work, but also that nice, livefeed momento mori, and some reflection about how prophetic this guy was.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 11:53 PM on August 6, 2013


I think my friends are going to haul out some amps and play some music there at some point?
posted by jonbro at 1:04 AM on August 7, 2013


I think he would have particularly enjoyed the Mylar balloons.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:43 AM on August 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


The Mylar balloons were my favorite part of my visit to the Andy Warhol Museum. If you've never been, the whole place is terrific. I highly recommend it as part of your destination vacation to Pittsburgh.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 3:09 AM on August 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hey, I kind of enjoyed my destination vacation to Pittsburgh. The Warhol Museum is indeed pretty cool, and with the mountains and all the railroad tracks everywhere, it's exactly like walking around in a 1:1 scale model railroad layout. There's even railroads that go straight through the upper levels of skyscrapers. It's unlike any place I've ever been and I liked it.
posted by Naberius at 5:35 AM on August 7, 2013


Wait, this is the good part.
posted by mazola at 5:37 AM on August 7, 2013


That sounded sarcastic, but I really miss Pittsburgh. I never even went on the incline, so I have to go back. I still love my memories of driving in from the west, coming out of the tunnel and just being hit right between the eyes by the skyline. For an old individual city, it's gorgeous, and I'm very happy that it seems to be doing much better than a lot of other cities with similar histories.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 5:38 AM on August 7, 2013


So if anyone's going to the Warhol Museum, MeMail me. We only live a couple blocks away and are members of the Carnegie. Also if you're in the neighborhood, walk over to the Mattress Factory, lots of cool installation art.
posted by octothorpe at 6:31 AM on August 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


I also live two blocks from Warhol's family's scrap metal salvage business which is still in operation.

This is a pretty interesting article about his family and his Catholicism written on the tenth anniversary of his death.
posted by octothorpe at 6:54 AM on August 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


When I was in PGH I put the name of the cemetery from wikipedia into google maps and it gave me the wrong directions. :-(
posted by brujita at 6:59 AM on August 7, 2013


Oh, man, that room of Mylar balloons at the Warhol Museum. I think that was when I really got Warhol. It was damn near a religious experience.
posted by dogheart at 8:27 AM on August 7, 2013 [1 favorite]


He's still dead, thank goodness.
posted by dbiedny at 9:30 AM on August 7, 2013


That's great. That's really great.

Shame The Washington Post wasn't sold on Warhol's birthday. Because Lally Weymouth, Katherine Graham's daughter, and a Senior Associate Editor of the paper, was a member of Warhol's Interview circle in the '70s. Lally's ex-husband Yann built the Dali Museum in St. Pete and Andy liked to attend Dali's Sunday dinners and, according to the Diaries, Lally hooked up with Fred Hughes, Andy's manager. (Lally is also, incidentally, the ex-sister-in-law of Talking Heads' Tina Weymouth.)
posted by octobersurprise at 9:46 AM on August 7, 2013


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