Untitled, 2017
June 2, 2017 5:05 PM   Subscribe

underwear, crushed glass, tables.
This work is an elegiacal and haunting, primitivistic meditation on personal transformation consisting of wearable technology which is reminiscent of queer desire.
The work deploys feminist interrogating self-objectification as symbolizing artistic freedom of speech has been “won” at the cost of art’s irrelevance and powerlessness.

The Infinite Artwork Simulator by Isabel Kim. (via)
posted by CheeseDigestsAll (16 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Untitled, 2017

chanting, silk, lightbulbs.

This work is an intimate and estranging, abstract meditation on personal transformation consisting of a seventeenth-century demonological spell book which is reminiscent of imperialist exploitation.

The work deploys Gojira as labor-intensive processes.
My finest work.
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:10 PM on June 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

I completely fell for the pullquote and wanted to see the artwork
posted by Countess Elena at 5:28 PM on June 2, 2017 [16 favorites]

This work is a progressive, sexuality-oriented chrome chameleon

it me
posted by selfnoise at 5:29 PM on June 2, 2017 [7 favorites]

underwear, crushed glass, tables.

*holds envelope up to forehead*

What is things in Toronto bike lanes this morning?
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 5:58 PM on June 2, 2017 [21 favorites]

The "About Isabel" page triggers scary browser security warnings.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:02 PM on June 2, 2017 [2 favorites]

Words taken from this article.
posted by zabuni at 6:18 PM on June 2, 2017

Oh man! This reminds me of an art project I still want to do at some point, basically actually making art on the basis solely of textual descriptions of other art in reviews. This would be a great place to start too.
posted by limeonaire at 6:25 PM on June 2, 2017 [5 favorites]

I like this.
posted by cortex at 6:45 PM on June 2, 2017

posted by Kabanos at 7:03 PM on June 2, 2017 [3 favorites]

Kabanos wins the Metafilter ouroboros award. I believe the prize is one Netflix pixel.
posted by Bringer Tom at 7:06 PM on June 2, 2017

I totally fell for it, and then didn't even realize it was a different description until about the 3rd or 4th refresh, trying to figure out what was going on. I didn't think for a second there was anything unbelievable about the description.
posted by bongo_x at 8:30 PM on June 2, 2017

So... this is a web page that uses text jumbling to poke fun at contemporary mixed media art? Or to poke fun at the words artists, art fans, and art critics use to describe art? I'm a little confused.

Reminds me a bit of the Sokal affair, where a physicist decided to (try to) humiliate a cultural studies journal by getting a bunch of word-salad rubbish accepted. The submission was "an experiment to test the journal's intellectual rigor and, specifically, to investigate whether they would... publish an article liberally salted with nonsense if (a) it sounded good and (b) it flattered the editors' ideological preconceptions".

Pretty sure there have been later attempts to get wholly-computer-generated texts accepted, and maybe they succeeded but I forget what they were called. Because while maybe some of these institutions deserve some scrutiny and lampooning, submitting fraudulent work as scholarly research is pretty much always a dick move in my book. I know that's not what this site is doing, but it's what it reminds me of.
posted by SaltySalticid at 9:18 PM on June 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

Untitled, 2017

metal, egg cartons, cow skull.

This work is a brutal, light precisely outlined areas of flat color consisting of drawings and collages which is reminiscent of American colonization.

All craftdwarfship is of the highest quality. It is encircled with bands of metal and decorated with egg cartons. This object menaces with spikes of cow skull.

posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 2:45 AM on June 3, 2017 [3 favorites]

Web Bullshit Generators
posted by lalochezia at 7:22 AM on June 3, 2017

I know that's not what this site is doing, but it's what it reminds me of.

I both get what you mean and do feel like it, yeah, is maybe suggesting a degree of hostility that's not in evidence to make the comparison. Sokal was a very point-making stunt, and one that's taken on a probably outsized degree of infamy in retrospect as both a concrete thing that happened and as the goto metonym for the class of things it's an example of, and maybe more to the point a metonym that then gets adopted easily by more hostile anti-academic voices who are less about "there's problems in this process that deserve attention" and more about "see, it's all ivory tower bullshit", etc. So it's a charged thing to bring into a comparison.

Whereas this project feels more playful and more about acknowledging from the inside a degree of jargony self-awareness about art and art description than like an attempt to cut down or mock art or art language outright. I'd bucket it squarely with a bevy of other generative art things that are much more about harmlessly goofing on a specific domain or idea, and which tend to create something interesting independent of the question of whether it's fooling someone. (Of course, I've built a lot of things along those lines with no intention of fooling anyone in the process, so I acknowledge I'm bringing my own baggage into this too.)
posted by cortex at 9:00 AM on June 3, 2017

A lot of people would/will take this as quite hostile -- making fun of ideas that are very important to them. It's a form of calling these concepts "pc."

Personally I think this sort of thing is funny, but I'm old and pre-"pc" and mean.
posted by DMelanogaster at 1:49 PM on June 4, 2017

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