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I want to repost a comment left by someone on a Facebook post regarding this article.They put it so well. I couldn't say it better. I hope they don't mind.
"This is problematic because it clearly makes distinctions between "poor" aka "those that need" and "rich" aka "those that give. It frames her in such a way that it becomes another "white savior narrative." It's a good idea but location and situation create a different set of politics around it. The way the article frames it also doesn't help the case.
More than anything it's a division of status and class. Yesterday some art student said "I like working in grungy, filthy areas of society, so I don't mind working in low-income society spaces." This only reinforces this idea of the patting themselves on the back and breaking ground on new ideas that have long existed and been in places.
Another question that arises is "social practice," what is it? And how is the narrative being framed and shaped by institutions and the media? Why write about her and not all the projects that come out of east side arts? Their work is as much valid in social practice as hers. Those of us in the field have to be very careful in how we use that term and frame our projects- and also be vocal. It's a new term being thrown around to label any art in the world that's outside institutions. And don't even get me started on institutions and what they say about things as such..."
East Bay Express told me they don't write these kind of articles, when we were doing something similar at Moco in downtown Oakland two years ago. I think we were too ethnic for your paper maybe.
wow really makes you think you know
Wonderful! This woman is a beautiful Angel . . .
So inspring. She's is very brave.
I'm an artist. When my shows conclude I am left with stock. Can I donate pieces? Carrollpixphotography@gmail.com
Can I purchase The Rites of Love and Math?
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Checked it out last night. Amazing. Highly recommend.
lets make female subjugation sexy, right. whatever.
I loved what you shared about hypnosis Carissa. I am a hypnosis addict (forbiddenhypnosis.wordpress.com)
Rad. PS He probably meant commodify not commodity ("I don't want commodity fetishism to create these distances between me and my own heritage")
As was pointed out above, the old bridge is a home and roosting area for hundreds of cormorants and other waterfowl who will be displaced, if not killed outright, by the imminent demolition of the old bridge. There's really no comparable place for them to go once it's gone - land sites on Treasure or Yerba Buena islands are unsuitable and vulnerable to predators.
Why not use some of the remaining pieces of the old bridge, specifically those H-shaped structures with firm foundations in the bay floor that supported the old bridge, to support an artificial island for the birds? It could be the world's biggest birdhouse, an apartment building for birds. With input from ornithologists, architects and artists, it would be both suitable for the various species, structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.
It could be sited just off the new park that's supposed to go in, and provide bird-watching opportunities for its visitors. Something like this would probably cost billions to build from scratch, but all the essential structure is there already. The money that would otherwise be spent to tear these structures down could be re-routed towards the construction of this project.
There are hundreds of cormorants residing on about 3000 liner feet on the underside of the old span. I never noticed them until I biked the new bridge. There does not appear to be any new real estate for these birds on the underside of the new span. Hopefully the demo goes slow enough they find new homes in batches.
Re-use would be fine, if there's some practical, off-site use for the assembly. (It's hard to believe it would be more practical to haul all those tons of steel clear across the Pacific!)
On the other hand, in its current location, the relic is an ugly hulk that blocks the expansive views of Oakland and the Bay that the new bridge finally opens up for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians alike. Tear it down!
It's a bridge. As an employee of bridge engineer
T.Y. Lin International for 13 years, I saw plenty of bridges. This one is not exceptional. Emotions are understood; but should be reserved for our loved ones. It is simply structural steel and rivets . . . it has no more reverence than a chunk of concrete from the long past Embarcadero elevated freeway. Let it go its' way . . .
Good story, thanks John.
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