My hosting is up for renewal soon and I’m trying to figure out why I’m just going to go ahead and pay for it. In a recent conversation, I was jokingly referred to as a petty capitalist that sees all interactions through the lens of material exchange. This may or may not be true and I’ve been running in circles trying to find some way to prove or disprove this assertion that all aspects of my life have been colonized by capitalism in one way or another. (While it may not be possible to escape capitalism, one can at least minimize) The best I can come up with, strangely, is this website. It is proof of an artistic practice of production that has, at best, minimal participation in the world of exchange values. I lose money by paying for hosting and server space. I purchase equipment and invest time in producing images, ideas, and sometimes objects, that will never be sold. I’m not interested in participating in the system of galleries, group and solo exhibitions that would, in some way redeem my expenditures. Instead, I’m just continuing to make stuff, to produce with no sign of redemption, and to look at ideas that draw my curiosity. Photography is, after all, a fantastic way to make sense of the world.
A break from Milwaukee, Winter, Wisconsin, Snow, Wandering…
This weekend, I was introduced to director Terence Davie’s film “Distant Voices, Still Lives”. Described to me as a film worth watching because it is focused on the depiction of a place (working class industrial Liverpool) that no longer exists but is still physically there. Thinking in those terms, I cannot help but feel that when I walk through the streets of Milwaukee in mid-winter, I’m walking through a similar shell of place.
Earlier this week I was able to sneak away from Milwaukee to participate in and observe the protests of the proposed “right to work” legislation that is now up for vote in Madison. I’d just like to tip my hat to Gov. Walker and say, if you are able to piss off people that drive this vehicle AND folks who drive a Prius… you truly are a terrible leader.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court normally sits in its main hearing room in the East Wing of the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin. Since 1993, the court has also traveled, once or twice a year, to another part of the state to hear several cases as part of its “Justice on Wheels” program. The purpose of this program is to give the people of Wisconsin a better opportunity to understand the operations of the state supreme court and the court system. via Wikipedia
“Justice on Wheels”. I’m just going to leave that there for you to mull over the potential film franchises that could stem from such a beautiful concept.