Featured Artist. Extra Earth Analog, Pastelegram. Print Issue #4. March 2014

PRINT ISSUE #4
FALL 2013

Workers of the world, disperse.
-- Fred Richardson, quoted on the cover of “Production in the Desert,”
Supplement to The Whole Earth Catalog, January 1971.

 

 

Pastelegram’s co-editor for its fourth print issue, “The Extra Earth Analog,” is artist Mary Walling Blackburn.

Informed by the unfinished radical project of post-colonial critical theory, “The Extra Earth Analog” is an
A to Z compendium of critical reflections regarding the strangest stranger: the extraterrestrial and/or the expatriate. It aims to make unstable the social energies that work to contain and normalize the alien and expatriate, in both their galactic and terrestrial modes.

Alien, used here, holds both senses of the word; alien as an extraterrestrial and alien as a traveler from another nation. Not so weightless or so harmless, the alien-ed figure finds itself slotted into categories—such as disaffected backpacker or benign businessman—produced to subdue its threat to social order. Perhaps our intervention will productively confuse these categories. The freewheeling tourist or adventuresome artist is not too stoned to be a colonist.

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Feautured Artist. The Moving Image + Art "Can We Talk About This?" Artist Talk. March 2014

 

 

"  Ariel Jackson began her talk by describing life in post-Katrina Louisiana, when she was moved to a rural parish to continue school after she was displaced by the storm. It was during this time that she found herself being confronted by media representations–on television, especially–that she found to be completely disconnected from her own reality. This realization that the media was responsible for forming the broader public's opinion, especially in regards to politics and race, sparked her desire to explore these notions of private versus collective notions of understanding the world around us.

Greatly influenced by her sister, who equipped her with readings and the belief that knowledge is power, she returned to New Orleans, and then moved to New York to attend The Cooper Union. In her talk, which you can watch below, she explains how she uses the visual language of video and animation, along with comedy and the creation of characters, to subvert stereotypes and honor both the speaker and the listener while addressing political and social issues.  "

Guest Post. Homey Don't Play That, KindAesthetic. Blog March 2014

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"My generation has embraced America’s idea of individualism. We grew up believing in the “American Dream” of being an individual, but at the same time we still look to connect to the world in some way whether that be politics, social media, or popular media. We tend to connect to the politics that present themselves in popular media through social political paradigms we’ve grown up in."