My friend Scott bought this antique chalker and uses it as decoration in his loft in Philly. I could potentially borrow it and save myself $200, but it looks like it's not in great condition. And it also might be too small.
i keep imagining this metaphor for my current situation:
last year when i came to graduate school i approached the experience as if i were a boat setting sail on an ocean of potential knowledge. i couldn't wait to see where it would take me, what new worlds i would discover. and at the same time that i tried to gather up some of that knowledge and take it with me on my journey, it was exactly like collecting water in a boat. i could only take in so much before i felt like i was sinking. and no matter how far i felt i'd sailed all i kept seeing in every direction was more water.
this year i have decided to become a sponge, soak in as much water as i can hold, and then sink to the bottom.
This is an interesting article about the future of human intelligence in relation to computers, that was in yesterday's science section of the New York Times.
And this is a crazy, can't-believe-this-is-really-happening article about how they can now use the neurons from rat brains to run computers. And the craziest part is that if they use brains from different rats each computer has a distinct and unique personality!
Artist Eve Mosher drew a blue chalk line around the coastal New York neighborhood of Canarsie in Brooklyn in order to indicate the area where potential flooding may occur due to climate change. (read the NYT article about it here)
I am thinking about using the same medium (chalk line) to address another issue. I am most attracted to its temporality, and the way it blows or is washed away so easily. I want to follow myself around with one of these machines and literally trace my steps. Home to school, school to gym, gym to home, home to bar, bar to school. I like the idea of my life/path making a mark, but that mark being temporary. And each day the line will be retraced in a new way.
(And I could document the path from the sky in a helicopter!)
is this project, although different from Eve Mosher's in concept, too similar in process? Artists have always been inspired by other artists, but when does it get too close for comfort?