Imaging Synapses

A few weeks ago, I had a chance to attend a symposium organized by the Columbia Genome Center’s facility for high-throughput screening. One of the speakers was Clarissa Waites, an assistant professor at Columbia University Medical Center. I just posted an article based on her very interesting presentation, which focused on her efforts to use […]

Stills from Sandy Hook, 2009

In July 2009, the Glass Bees performed at Monkeytown, a remarkable and sorely missed cube of a space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that was outfitted with a good sound system and four large video screens. For several years, it was home to Eyewash, a monthly event series that paired video artists with musicians and sound artists […]

Warehouse Construction in Port Reading

Construction is underway on two enormous warehouses on Middlesex Avenue in Port Reading. On the day I drove past, prefabricated walls more than 50 feet in height were held weightlessly in place by steel arms with an attractive rusted patina. As the autumn sun set, the arms cast dramatic shadows across the vertical surfaces as […]

A Vanished Resort – Boynton Beach

Sewaren, NJ sits on the eastern shore of Middlesex County, facing Staten Island across the Arthur Kill. The landscape at the southern end of Cliff Road is dominated by the sight of dozens of hulking oil tanks operated by Hess Oil. But just outside the gate to this facility, this intriguing sign can be found: […]

Some Thoughts on Venice, Brooklyn

Venice, Brooklyn was a shotgun multimedia improvisation assembled and performed by the Glass Bees on September 20, 2009. Early that morning, Jason Das and I traveled to areas along the Atlantic coastline in southern Brooklyn, specifically visiting neighborhoods and marshland that scientists have predicted to be vulnerable to the effects of climate change in the […]

The Data Know

Another sign of the hidden untapped powers of the web surfaced last week. The New York Times reported that Google is developing methods of analyzing search data to track regional outbreaks of the flu. From the Times: There is a new common symptom of the flu, in addition to the usual aches, coughs, fevers and […]

Feed Me With Your Hiss

With such high expectations for My Bloody Valentine’s first performances in over 15 years, how could they help but disappoint? Since fading into obscurity following the release of their monumental 1991 LP Loveless, their gauzy, tremolo-drenched sunshine has spawned whole genres of imitators. The sound was ubiquitous in the East Coast indie rock scene of […]

A Covey of Credos

A good friend wrote to me recently to point me toward the website for Credo, a wireless expansion of the Working Assets telephone program. Credo sets aside a percentage of all of its fees to support nonprofit organizations of its customers’ choosing. According to its website, Credo gives you an opportunity to “choose the mobile […]

Gordon Matta-Clark at the Whitney

A current exhibition on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art is a fascinating tour through the visionary work of Gordon Matta-Clark, an absolute original in the 1970s New York art scene who died tragically young of cancer in 1978. Famed for his deconstructions of condemned or abandoned buildings, Matta-Clark was also a systematic […]