In a 2011 article for GQ, John Jeremiah Sullivan opens with one of those long, self-referential ledes about the story he was assigned (the future of the human race), the story he ‘thought he had’ (a look into the Future of Humanity Institute at Oord University in England), and the story he ultimately found (a fundamental change in the nature animal aggression toward humans) –– the kind of delightful decoy lede that seems to take you away from the story but actually crystallizes its central theme. When Sullivan finally gets to his nugget –– the idea that takes him from ‘the future of the human race’ to animal attacks––– it seems simultaneously obvious and unbelievable: “no one knows what’s going to happen in the future.”A minute of reflection will prove this claim true. No one is a fortune teller.
The Chainsmokers, those guys are legends. The DJ duo of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall has taken the pop charts by storm over the last year, particularly with their smash hit “Closer” which reigned number one on the Billboard charts for a full 12 weeks, making it, for all intents and purposes, the song of 2016. They’re hot, young, totally chill, and on top of the world. Perhaps we’re left to wonder how history will remember The Chainsmokers and Closer because we’re left to wonder how history will remember 2016 – the year when everyone we loved passed away and Donald Trump was elected president. I can only imagine the memories we’ll have of Closer flooding from Uber radios, dining hall serveries, and party rooms (somehow always playing but never at your own volition) will intertwine in the soup of our subconscious with our memories of the election (it was rocking out at number 1 on November 7th).
I don’t know much about the history of internet art, but supposedly it started popping up in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, probably before I was born and before my parents really knew what to do with the monitor that sat in “the piano room” which then became “the computer room” and is now again void of The Computer, since we all got laptops. Recently I was told we are actually in the postinternet era, a name I don’t understand completely, but according to Wikipedia means “art that is about the internet's effects on aesthetics, culture and society.”Whether it’s internet or postinternet, I’ve been really into art found online lately, and I recently stumbled upon this piece by the artist Joe Hamilton, called indirect.flights. To me, it’s a perfect piece of online art: it’s is made to be online and to be accessed on the go.