The Male Gaze: Movement or Moment?

And Just What Exactly Is Gay Now?

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Artist Qing Liu’s art works (above) facitiously rewrite tabloid headlines and entertainment gossip to revamp the news in ways that might once have been thought of as “queering” the text.


Perhaps it’s the arrival of a new major arts movement, maybe it’s just a symptom of another consumer powered micro-trend, but it certainly seems like something is brewing in the contemporary art world.  Some are calling it a flourishing boom of gay male art.  One example of it is currently on exhibition in “The Male Gaze,” a just-opened group show at the powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn.  It’s an exhibition that makes it clear a new generation of artists is addressing itself candidly to the varied and mutating shapes of sexuality.

These are younger artists who have barely experienced gayness as a threatened condition.  Thus, they seem to have skipped over self-acceptance and the dramas of the closet, moving directly art expressions that are frank, exuberant, celebratory, bawdy and not infrequently marked by the spirit of juvenilia that heterosexual artists have been mining for years.

The art we’re showing,” said Nicholas Weist, curator of “The Male Gaze,” an assembly of more than 20 mostly young gay artists, “argues for a new kind of alternativism that reacts against the mainstream of the culture.”  Not so surprisingly, that includes that expanding part of the mainstream that is gay.  And just what might some the personal implications of such an expansion of mainstream of gay culture be?  In an interview published in today’s edition of The New York Times, artist Qing Liu provided his own personal observaton:

Gay culture has been more and more exposed, but what is it?” asked the artist Qing Liu, whose wall installations at “The Male Gaze” drolly rewrite tabloid headlines and entertainment gossip to alter the news in ways that might once have been thought of as “queering” the text.

I am Qing Liu — Asian and queer, poor and artist, and many other things,” Mr. Liu said.  “Everything others claim I am entitles me to a question.  And the one question I have been working constantly to raise is, What exactly is gay now?

Readers can read more of The New York Times article here: Link

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Windows to Our Souls: A Global Gallery

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Hat Tip to Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Dish:

“It’s noon on May 1.  When better to launch a new blog-page?  A little over a year ago, I had the idea of simply asking Dish readers to send in photographs of what they see from their own windows every day.  This blog is more of a collective effort than it might seem.  Hundreds of emails pour in each day, with tips and arguments and ideas and differing perspectives from all over the world and from every point of view.  I get to read them (or at least as many as physically possible).  You don’t, and I tried to think of a way to better convey the global reach of the Dish readership, and to remind people that the web is not that technological or abstract.  It’s actually human beings with bodies and souls and homes and gardens and windows.  I’ve been posting a window view almost every day since, but received many more than I could possibly post.  So what to do?

Some of you suggested a gallery or a coffee table book.  But Shaun Raviv, a particularly gifted colleague at the Atlantic, came up with something much more elegant.  It’s a map of the world in flash animation, with almost 700 window views embedded.  As you move your cursor over the map, you can zoom in on hundreds of places on earth, and travel the globe through the living rooms and offices and cars and bedrooms of other Dish readers.  If you sent in a window view and it was never published in the Dish, it may well be now in “The World From Your Window“.  We still have more in the hopper to add, and we’ll be adding more and more as they appear in the Dish.  So keep sending them in to  Be sure to include a place and a time of day.  (No pets or rainbows are allowed – and it should be from your window, preferably with some frame of the window in shot.)  But here’s the page as it is now.  The first time you look at it, be patient.  It takes a little while for all the pictures to load.  But soon, it should load quickly.

In my opinion, it’s the coolest thing I’ve ever produced on this blog, and I owe it to Shaun, the Atlantic, but most of all, you.  This is your blog as well as mine; and this is the world you live in.  Enjoy.”

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Egyptian Political Crackdown Claims Another Blogger Victim

A Jailed Egyptian Dissident Blogger

A popular Egyptian blogger who is widely known known for his withering criticisms of the government has been forced to give up writing after becoming the latest victim of the Egyptian state’s muffling of political dissenters. The blogger, known as Sandmonkey, signed off last week, writing that lately he had been noticing state security agents on his street and heard clicking noises on his phone. “There has been too much heat around me lately,” he wrote.

During Sandmonkey’s three years on the internet, his was one of the most widely read Egyptian blogs, popular especially among Western readers for his unconventional opinions about his country and the Middle East. “Cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled” was how he described himself. He is a 26-year-old American-educated investment banker, and his mother is a member of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party.

In recent months, the current Egyptian regime has jailed several bloggers, quickly putting an end to a period in which it had appeared to be taking a more relaxed attitude towards internal critics. Human rights activists claim that the abrupt reversal followed the United States administration’s decision to relax its pressure on Middle Eastern governments to enact democratic reforms.

Read more about this in The Daily Telegraph: Link
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Niagra Falls Bathed in Virginia Tech’s Maroon and Orange

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Photo of the Day: New Orleans

The French Quarter, 1946

Photography by Henri Cartier-Bresson

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My Articles for Saturday, May 05, 2007

Robert Scobleizer has a very popular computer and web technology blog. This article suggests that readers should look at selected recent postings on his blog that appear to reflect ethical issues for him as a technology writer.

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Street Sense glided past one horse after another with stunning ease, making his way up from 19th place. Then, Street Sense took the lead with an eighth of a mile to go and ran to his Derby victory before a crowd of 156,635. The Queen took a break from her formal visit activities to enjoy the Derby. Photographs, slideshow and video included.

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Photograph of the official invitationto the White House Dinner for Queen Elizabeth, along with a photograph of a white calla lily.

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See the Rest of My Articles at Blue Dot

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Scobleizer Land: An Ethical Odor

My H. L. Mencken Thoughts of the Day:

Today’s postings by Robert Scoble over at his technology blog were, to me at least, a bit strange.  Posts that were preoccupied with convincing the reader of Scoble’s integrity and high level of ethics, etc., etc.  You’ll have to excuse me, because something stinks.  Here, read them for yourself:

1. Writes about how loyal to he is to those who oppose the idea of having paid articles on blogs (although he also manages to slip in the name, thus giving publicity, to the major player in the pay-post movement):

2. Writes about how super-ethical he is as a major writer/blogger:

3. Under the guise of a review (if you could call it that), boosts an acquaintance’s book :

4. Writes a post that talks about products, then states a disclaimer, which thus manages to double the product mentions/advertisements or “placements” in that post.

All of this appeared in just one day’s bit of posting by Scoble on his blog.  Looks to me like quite a little marketing job is going on over there.  Do you get my drift?

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