Walter O’Dim - Michael Whelan
Leandro Erlich, Swimming Pool (1999) @ The 21 st. Century Museum of Art of Kanazawa, Permanent Collection
Erlich has constructed a full-size pool, complete with all its trappings, including a deck and a ladder. When approached from the first floor, visitors are confronted with a surreal scene: people, fully clothed, can be seen standing, walking, and breathing beneath the surface of the water. It is only when visitors enter the Duplex gallery from the basement that they recognize that the pool is empty, its construction a visual trick fashioned by the artist. A large, continuous piece of acrylic spans the pool and suspends water above it, creating the illusion of a standard swimming pool that is both disorienting and humorous.
Yesterday’s Government agents ‘directly involved’ in most high-profile U.S. terror plots from The Guardian is only the latest revelation that the American government has, in the words of the article, “created terrorists” and has been “manufacturing threats.”
This information goes at least as far back as three years ago, when Mother Jones published Trevor Aaronson’s exposé, Exclusive: Terrorists for the FBI, which opened with, “The FBI has built a massive network of spies to prevent another domestic attack, but are they busting terrorist plots — or leading them?”
A month later, reacting to the Mother Jones bombshell: FBI organizes almost all terror plots in the U.S. From that article: “[T]he Washington DC Metro bombing plot, the New York City subway plot, the attempt to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower and dozens more were all orchestrated by FBI agents.”
A story so big that eventually even the mainstream media found it impossible to ignore, leading to the New York Times printing its version: Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I. From the New York Times piece:
“THE United States has been narrowly saved from lethal terrorist plots in recent years — or so it has seemed. A would-be suicide bomber was intercepted on his way to the Capitol; a scheme to bomb synagogues and shoot Stinger missiles at military aircraft was developed by men in Newburgh, N.Y.; and a fanciful idea to fly explosive-laden model planes into the Pentagon and the Capitol was hatched in Massachusetts. But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training. Suspects naïvely played their parts until they were arrested.”
This led to the interview with Aaronson, How the FBI Helps Terrorists Succeed, in The Atlantic. The government resorts to the carrot-and-stick approach to persuade murderers, child molesters and drug dealers — threatening incarceration or worse, while at the same time dangling large cash incentives — to seek out unstable individuals who can be manipulated into taking part in terror plots conceived by the FBI. There is a word for victims of this sort of manipulation: “patsy.”
For perspective on how all this is playing out in real-time via the Boston Marathon Bombing, the following is recommended: FBI Hatches Terror Plots.
Excerpt from the FBI Hatches Terror Plots:
“The FBI’s bizarre behavior grew more suspicious when CBS reported that initially the FBI denied it had any prior contact with the Tsarnaev’s. In their report, “CBS News: FBI Interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev 2 Years Ago,” CBS claimed:
CBS News reports although the FBI initially denied contacting Tsarnaev, the brothers’ mother said they had in an interview with Russia Today.
That interview with Russia Today, in an article titled, “’They were set up, FBI followed them for years’- Tsarnaevs’ mother to RT,” stated of the suspects’ mother:
But her biggest suspicion surrounding the case was the constant FBI surveillance she said her family was subjected to over the years. She is surprised that having been so stringent with the entire family, the FBI had no idea the sons were supposedly planning a terrorist act.
Additionally, the suspects’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, told NBC news in an article titled, “Uncle: Mentors ‘radicalized’ older Boston bombing suspect,” that:
"I strongly believe they were just puppets and executors of something of bigger scale."
Good analysis of the Boston Marathon Bombing is also available at Corrente:
Open Shutter Project Michael Wesely
- Images 1-3: Museum of Modern Art in New York
- Images 4-5: Potsdamer Platz in Berlin
- Image 6: Leipziger Platz in Berlin
- Image 7: Allianz Arena Football Stadium in Munich
"Since the early 1990s, German photographer Michael Wesely has been inventing and refining techniques for using extremely long camera exposures to take uniquely compelling photographs. Through the use of filters and a very small aperture, yet one that is standard in a professional camera lens, he is able to diminish the amount of light hitting the negative to the point where he can extend the exposure many thousands of times longer than we would ordinarily expect." [via]
Gustave Doré, Don Quixote: The Ingenious Gentleman of La Mancha [H. Pisan engravings]; Cassell & Co. (First edition), London, ca. 1893.
Where do plastic bottle caps go? A lot of them end up in the ocean. 75% of ocean debris is made of plastic. And it doesn’t just float around. A lot of it ends up killing marine life, like this young albatross.
We talked with marine biology professor Richard Thompson yesterday, and he said:
It’s not about banning plastics. It’s about thinking about the ways that we deal with plastics at the end of their lifetime to make sure that we capture the resource.
On Midway Island, where this photo was taken, 1/3 of albatross chicks die from ingesting plastic. This image comes from photographer Chris Jordan, who says:
For me kneeling over their carcasses is like looking into a macabre mirror. These birds reflect back an appallingly emblematic result of the collective trance of our consumerism and runaway industrial growth.
The Red Queen’s Castle
From 2010 to 2013, French photographer Antoine Bruy hitchhiked across Europe with no fixed course or destination in mind. Along the way, he met several individuals who had willingly abandoned modern lifestyles in exchange for freedom in the wilderness. Their faces and homes are compiled in Bruy’s compelling series Scrublands.
Architect Zaha Hadid was recently awarded the 2014 Design of the Year from London’s Design Museum, specifically for the stunning Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. The project is not only the first architectural design to win this prestigious honor, but Hadid is also the first woman to receive the prize.