“In response to a string of at least 10 unsolved sexual assaults in Brooklyn, New York police are reportedly stopping women on the street who are wearing clothing they say is revealing and advising them to cover up if they don’t want to be raped.”—
Chloë, most of your decisions — whether they are your choices in projects or your choices in clothes — seem to stem from a desire to explore things from a very personal perspective and not necessarily to please the masses. Is this a conscious decision?
Making myself happy and not doing things for other people or because of what they’ll think is how I mostly make my choices. Some have not been so good, but learning to live with them has made me a stronger person. Do I sound like Ashlee Simpson?
XAVIER DOLAN AWARD WINNING DIRECTOR IS TURNED ON BY ARMPITS AND THINKS NUNS ARE HEROES
Were you bullied at all besides that? There was a guy whose name was Joey. He had nice armpits and a nice body. I have an obsession with armpits. I love hairy armpits. I’m getting a boner just talking about it. He was a year older and he was athletic. He was into basketball and hung out with these cousin humping idiots and SUV addicts. He was gently bullying me and trapping me in corners, shoving his dick in my face. He called me a fag, but he was secretly kind to me. He had beautiful eyes. He was buff, but not too much. He would hump me to humiliate me, but he didn’t know how much pleasure I was getting out of it. We had one of those relationships where you get excited because people are mistreating you. One time he punched this guy who was bullying me. He defended me, and so I hugged him. He was wearing Nike shorts, and I could feel his huge dick on my belly. I’ll remember that forever. We had these moments, and then one day we were in the computer lab at school, and he surprised me from behind. He put his armpit in my face. Armpits are gross to normal people, and he thought it would gross me out. That was one of the most erotic moments of my life. It’s my fantasy every day. I wish it would happen to me every day. Right after that, I went to the bathroom and jerked off. That was the first time I came.
September in New York City is one of my favorite times of the year with Fashion’s Night Out happening this Thursday, and the end of month MoMA PS.1 hosts the NY Art Book Fair. Summer’s winding down, I’m looking forward to Fall (best season in NY I’d say), opportunities keep flowin in and after a month long debate of whether to renew our lease, a recent bed bug outbreak in the complex gave us the cue to move out, so given that apt hunting in NY is seriously one of the most stressful experiences, we still managed to land on a solid place in Brooklyn. Moving tomorrow, it’s officially been a year since I came into the city and it feels like a new start again.
Recently had mentioning in a School of Visual Arts post, thought this was uber cool:
For the past six weeks, students of SVA’s summer intensive program Impact! Design for Social Change have had the opportunity to combine their creative skills with their desire to make a positive difference in the world. Aside from engaging in a series of educational field trips, the international group of designers also took in lectures by Wendy Brawer, founding director of Green Map System; Cheryl Heller, chair of SVA’s new MFA Design for Social Innovation program; Asi Burak, co-president of Games for Change; and many others. With the help of DesigNYC, the students were also divided into teams, matched with New York City-based non-profit groups, and asked to come up with improvements for the organizations. In addition, each student was tasked with developing an individual project that focused on community social advocacy. It was a busy month and a half indeed.
The Briefs had a chance to visit the class on a day when the students were pitching their individual project concepts to Allan Chochinov, chair of the MFA Products of Design Department. Also on hand to offer critiques were Impact! co-founders Steven Heller (MFA Design Department co-chair) and Mark Randall (a principal at Worldstudio), as well as Yellowbrickroad founder and president Bob McKinnon.
Etienne Pham, an artist and West Coast transplant who now works as a designer in New York, offered his idea for a project that would cater to the unique healthcare needs of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender elders. “This project is about empathy, and you obviously have a lot of it,” Heller said. “Remember to keep your focus on that.”
“What designers do is they take revolutions that happen maybe in science or technology or politics, and they transform them into objects that you and I can use, that you and I can feel some familiarity or at least some curiosity about, so we can be drawn in and we can start a new life and a new behavioral pattern. And this idea of designers as the interface of progress, between progress and humanity, is what I try to stay with.”—MoMA’s Paola Antonelli (via curiositycounts)