Feelings, nothing more than…feelings. OK, does anyone else hate that song as much as I do? Not only is it shiveringly bad, but it always reminds me of the episode of the Carol Burnett Show when Eunice goes on the Gong Show and bombs. Ugh!
I was perusing some current exhibitions, and saw that LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Galleries) is presenting a show entitled I Feel Different, which explores the “experience of feeling different from others” as well as how art can alter the observer’s feelings. As part of this exbibit, LACE is presenting a talk tomorrow night (January 14th) with the show’s curator, Jennifer Doyle, and one of the artists, Lezley Saar, as they discuss the exhibition and how Saar’s work relates to the show as a whole. I plan on attending and will report back on the art, the talk and, of course, the design of the exhibition. If you’re feeling up to it, perhaps I’ll see you there?
And as I linger on feelings, I might as well share with you an intriguing website, which I learned about at a recent 5D lecture at the Hammer Museum. Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist (yes, there is such a thing…and as I learned, we are the cyborgs!), incorporated the website www.wefeelfine.org into her talk and noted how the site’s creators designed a program to extract the feelings of our collective society through something as simple as blog posts. Their program crawls the web and looks for instances of the words “I feel” or “I am feeling”, pulls the data and then – in a beautiful and rather elegant way – distills the information to determine the emotional climate of our society and it’s smaller components while also honing in on individual experiences via the anonymous blog quotes. Not only is it an interesting tool, but the the site’s use of color, shape, and simple yet engaging user experience make for a great little online adventure – sort of an emotional scavenger hunt. The creators recently published a book that includes their findings and many of the statements pulled from the ether into an equally beautiful book, but check out the interactive online version of the site and see what pops up. I feel you may enjoy it.
By the way, does anyone else think that “Amber Case: Cyborg Anthropologist” is a crazy good name?!
Anyway, it’s gloomy outside and I feel like going back to bed. But - even more so - I feel the need to get paid, so off I go to work!
I’ll report back on the exhibition this weekend, and in the meantime, feel good!
Photo Credit: Kevin Labianco via Flickr