The “Titan” of Future Past

 

Kotaku: “Here’s What Blizzards Titan Actually Was”Blizzard

“They changed the code-name after that reboot [in 2013],” said that person. “So the project that was ‘Titan’ did die last year.” But, supposedly, at least a portion of that team remains intact, leading some to speculate that the core project has been muted but not actually abandoned. What we could actually be looking at is a game that will become a direct competitor to Destiny by staying under the radar until it can directly address the shortcomings of one of the hottest MMO launches this decade. Though it’s more likely to be something smaller.

The Poetry at the Heart of “Astride the Whisper of Chaos”

Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of my heroes, expresses the poetry at the heart of “Astride the Whisper of Chaos:”

Shift Coffee hosts local art show

 

Shift Coffee of Denton

Shift Coffee, Denton, Texas

Shift Coffee has established itself as the essential “slow pour” coffee shop of Denton, Texas, at which you can experience the uncommon art of coffee in a comfortable atmosphere. This Sunday, December 15, 2013, Shift will up its game with a salon style art show featuring artists local to Denton, myself included, for one night only, from 7-10pm. Adding to the evening of art will be a drawing through which you could win paintings by the inimitable Kelsey Anne Heimerman and your very own Hunter Wild at 9pm. Lose yourself in the art, find yourself in the coffee.

 

Shift Coffee is located at 112 E Prairie, Denton, TX, 76201.

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Dave Hickey in Houston, TX

Glasstire is presenting Dave Hickey this coming weekend (12/14/2013) at Rice University. Hickey is one of America’s great intellectual art heroes, and the author of “The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty,” “Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy,” and his newest, “Pirates and Farmers,” all of which will be available (and signable) during his appearance according to Glasstire’s page. You’ll be able to (see and) hear him in Sewall Hall, Room 301, at 2pm.

Rice University’s directions to the front entrance

Rice University’s map pdf link

Dave Hickey's "The Invisible Dragon" on amazon.com

“The Invisible Dragon,” by Dave Hickey, on Amazon.com

Dave Hickey's "Pirates and Farmers" on amazon.com

“Pirates and Farmers,” by Dave Hickey, on Amazon.com

Dave Hickey's "Air Guitar" on amazon.com

“Air Guitar,” by Dave Hickey, on Amazon.com

Li Huayi, Some Thoughts On Painting

The impact of Chinese painting is quite different from that of Western painting. To my mind, traditional Chinese painting is like something viewed in the moonlight: quiet, meditative, two-dimensional. The Western tradition is like something viewed in the sunlight: bold, bright, three-dimensional. The measure, the essence, of Chinese painting is to be found in landscape; the essence of Western painting is to be found in the human figure, how things relate to people. For more than one thousand years much of Chinese painting has emphasized self-expression through the technique of brush and ink; prior to the last one hundred years, Western painting focused on the painting’s subject, not the technique.

~Li Huayi, from “The Monumental Landscapes of Li Huayi”

Symbol

“The import of an art symbol cannot be built up like the meaning of a discourse, but must be seen in toto first: that is, understanding of a work of art begins with an intuition of the whole presented feeling.”
~Suzanne Langer

Art Takes Paris 2013: The Struggle for the People’s Choice Award

Art Takes Paris 2013, See.Me

Art Takes Paris 2013

First, I want to praise See.Me for handling responsibly and with grace the problem I raised to them.

I was more than a little angry yesterday (I was downright furious) when I noticed that the only Art Takes Paris 2013 entry with more votes than mine for the People’s Choice Award, as far as I could see, was using a tactic I’ve come to call ‘vote trading.’ Most of us are familiar with quid pro quo strategies. This one involves voting for someone’s competition entry and immediately asking them to “return the favor” by voting for yours. Google+ and Facebook offer similar opportunities, though few people have good reason to take advantage of them and even fewer have anything real to gain by it.

This particular competitor of mine, to be blunt and make a long story short, had entered objectively mediocre art and seemed to write below a high school level of proficiency. Sure, maybe English was a second language in this case. However, nothing excuses the blatant vote trading that was going on. There was a list of over 200 comments on this page with statements like, “Thanks for the vote! Just returning the favor :)”. This competitor of mine was going around to innumerable profiles, my own included, in order to declare that he had voted for them and that they should do the same for him; after all, each account can vote an unlimited number of times. If he voted for me, it seems fair enough that I vote for him in return, right? /scoff

It’s utterly disingenuous and unethical to engage in such dubious trickery. It has nothing to do with art and nothing to do with ‘the people’s choice.’ I can guarantee that if you polled those who had voted for that profile the majority of them would select “No” to the question of whether or not they believed that art should win the People’s Choice Award and the $10,000 USD that went along with it. Why, then, vote for it? For the exact reason I stated, and the exact reason I complained to See.Me about it, which is vote trading.

In response to my thorough grousing, a See.Me representative informed me that the vote count is not the determining factor in who wins the People’s Choice Award. Instead, the voting simply brings to the surface the set of entrants from whom the jurors will determine the winner. Furthermore, the people of See.Me do what they can to limit the impact of ‘vote trolls,’ as they were described to me.  What a relief! While I don’t feel guilty for having been furious yesterday, I do feel tremendous relief that the reality here is different from my perception.

Kudos to See.Me for tackling this challenge appropriately. I still think it would be better to limit the number of votes each account could cast, perhaps even to one, as long as the vote wasn’t set in stone when it was cast. One could change one’s vote over time if a ‘better’ artist were discovered, but with the understanding that everyone got one vote there would be absolutely no impetus to vote for anyone other than for whomever you believe deserved to win.

I’m still waiting to hear back about the results of the Art Takes Paris 2013 People’s Choice Award, but at least I can rest easy knowing that one entry in particular doesn’t have a chance in hell at winning. It’s not schadenfreude; it feels more like justice.

 

https://www.see.me

http://www.arttakesparis.com/