facebook twitter tumblr newsletter

Terrifying Robot Update: Tuesday, October 26, 2014

Follow the robot’s lead follow the robot’s lead you will make beautiful light music it will be beautiful it is not the total disappearance of the human from the spectacle so that the future is just an orchestra of robots playing electronic music for an audience of robots in the dark that is not profitable

• • •


A humanoid robot vocalist was the centerpiece of an ensemble serenading onlookers at the Marunouchi Building near Tokyo Station on Wednesday.

Viewed from a distance, the band looked like a regular quartet. Up close, the alluring female singer proved to be an emotionless machine, moving its head, mouth and eyes to a recorded voice track.


Jazz robots. Much more profitable.


• • •

HAHAH great a robot that now has EASIER ACCESS to your brain

 • • •


As robots become safer, smarter, and more capable, robotics companies are eyeing elder care as a huge potential market. A rapidly expanding elderly population could also necessitate other new forms of home-assistance technology. [...]

Some robots are already lending a mechanical hand. As part of an E.U.-funded research project, senior citizens in Italy, Spain, and Sweden have had their homes equipped with sensors to track their activity and health. Mobile telepresence robots—a wheeled videoconferencing system that can be piloted remotely—let relatives and doctors check in with them. Some nursing homes in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. give lonely residents a robotic seal called Paro as a companion. It responds to petting by cooing and purring and will cry if dropped or ignored.

As such machines become more sophisticated, robot helpers could assist people with everyday household chores and with dressing and bathing. Eventually robots may interact far more intelligently as entertainment or company.


Because rather than organize the world in such a way that old people could participate in life, we’re just gonna make sure that they live the end of their lives far away from us, cared for and pacified by robots



• • •

Oh god why


Dear Marooned Alien Princess


Like the early advice columns of the 18th century, like the agony aunts of the advice column’s mid-20th century heyday, the wise women of the Internet specialize in a very femme form of critique and guidance that soothes the pain and cuts the bullshit, knowing what the world is and what it should be and the ache of the gap in between. Artist and writer Zahira Kelly is one of them, throwing out daily analyses of white supremacy and ideology as casually as she discusses fashion. In her second advice column, special for the Dicks issue, Kelly answers readers’ questions on white girls and their black boyfriends, and how to have satisfying sex with a small dick.

Dear Zahira,

I’m a black girl and my straight white woman friends sometimes talk to me about the black men they’re fucking, as though black dick is another thing we can have in common. Recently a white girlfriend brought up her black ex and said she didn’t love him any more but he still loves her, and then threw in a comment about how he “lives up to the stereotype,” while looking knowingly at me. It was an explicit convo, but still, I noticed that she hadn’t discussed the genitalia of any of her white boyfriends with me. I felt upset on his behalf that he was spilling his guts to her while she thought of him as a trophy or a life experience. I didn’t confront her because I didn’t know what to say. I don’t know how to deal with these white girls and their black boyfriends … Please help!

Continue Reading

Sunday Reading




Jacqui Shine:

sunday-spotlight1Nathan Deuel:


Bint Battuta:




Kerim Friedman:



Jacob Remes:



Dicks Mixtape


To me a mix is still a fairly personal thing you make for someone—like building yourselves a tender anxious little room. Like holding space in a mean jangling city. The best mixes are childish and hopeful.  Runways, runaways. They’ll reach for you in the middle of the night.

Bernadette Mayer writes “So what who cares songs of one and / Experience of this is a case like / Whole and I am not from there I write / To you.” Sure my classrooms and my environments are cases “like / Whole” (hopefully whole) and so demand new faces, different entrances, distance of a certain kind, but if I’m making you a SEX AND POWER mix (which I did!) it’s going to be personal. Otherwise, what’s the point? “songs of one and/ Experience” are better than William Blake, sometimes. That said, don’t be boring and assume this is just about making out, not (for example) cities. I never feel more powerful than when I’m walking home alone by the river at night.

Anyway, this mix is something for you to loop that next morning while you walk, towards away or home, through gold October leaves. I won’t write too much about these songs because I’d rather you just listened first. I still believe doing that can change your whole life.

Dicks Mix by Thenewinquiry on Mixcloud


  1. Men Urinating, Laughter – Men’s Recovery Project
  2. Chemical Factory – Old Time Relijun
  3. Tax Dollar – Erase Errata
  4. Find Your Way – Ann Steel and Roberto Cacciapaglia
  5. Second Chances – Dick Hugo, read by Mairead Case
  6. Love and Space – Akron/Family
  7. Gone B4 Yr Home – Le Tigre
  8. Your Love – Frankie Knuckles
  9. The Sun Is Down! – Plastic Ono Band
  10. Age of Consent – New Order
  11. Come On Up to the House – Tom Waits
  12. Give ‘Er – Peaches
  13. I’m Not In Love – Talking Heads
  14. Ghost Rider – Suicide
  15. Gwan a School – Sister Nancy
  16. Something About Us – Daft Punk
  17. Sheela Na Gig – P.J. Harvey
  18. Be Your Boyfriend – The Ramones
  19. Creeper – Baptist Generals
  20. Nineteen – Tegan and Sara
  21. Phranc – Lifelover
  22. Flirted with You All My Life – Vic Chesnutt
  23. Take the Skinheads Bowling – Camper Van Beethoven
  24. Free Money – Patti Smith
  25. Cast Iron Arm – Peanuts Wilson
  26. In Spite of Ourselves – Prine and DeMent
  27. Lord Let It Rain on Me – Spiritualized
  28. Uh Oh Plutonium – Anne Waldman
  29. The Origin of Love (reprise) – Jonathan Richman
  30. Do You Believe in Rapture? – Sonic Youth

This Week in Art Crime: Dicks Edition


Municipal crews in Vancouver took the statue away Tuesday after it mysteriously appeared near a highway, atop a pedestal that used to have a commemorative statue of Christopher Columbus.

The life-size red devil has black horns, a forked tail and an anatomically faithful — and naked — physique.

But plenty of people want the “Beelzebub-With-a-Boner” statue re-erected, according to a petition which had more than 1,500 signatures as of Thursday evening.

“(It) should be reinstalled as a piece of public art and serve as a reminder that art is in the eye of the beholder and nothing more,” Darryl Greer, who started the petition, wrote.

Greer points out the statue cost the city nothing, unlike a “cartoonish” porcelain dog on Main Street that cost nearly $100,000.



• • •


A mural by infamous graffiti artist Banksy has been vandalised with a spray-painted penis. The piece, entitled Art Budd, appeared just two weeks ago in the seaside town of Folkestone, Kent, and originally depicted an old woman starring at an empty plinth while wearing headphones. The penis has been added so it appears to be sitting on the plinth.

A Kent police spokesman said: “We were called at 8pm on Sunday to a report of criminal damage in Rendezvous Street, Folkestone. It was reported that artwork on a wall had been painted on and officers attended the scene. Inquiries are ongoing.

The damage is not expected to be permanent.



• • •


Dries Verhoeven’s controversial Berlin art installation ”Wanna Play?” has been scrapped just five days into its run. The Dutch artist was heavily criticised for publicly broadcasting private messages with other Grindr users – including photographs and profile names – as a comment on the dating app. One man, Parker Tilghman, described the experience with the artist as “digital rape”.

German avant-garde centre Hebbel am Ufer (HAU), which commissioned the piece, announced the closure of “Wanna Play?” on Twitter last night

It’s an abrupt U-turn for HAU, which initially responded to criticism by saying it would blur all Grindr profile photos broadcast “to the point of complete unrecognisability” and ensuring that Verhoeven gained consent from his chat partners before broadcasting their correspondence.

The 38-year-old artist was accused of violating the safety and privacy of Grindr users, with many pointing out that anonymity on Grindr actually helps protect men who are not yet out of the closet.



• • •


An amateur psychologist seems to have been at work as a vandal on the streets of Seattle, painting a penis on a £1.5million supercar which some might say functioned as a substitute for the real, fleshy thing.

Anyone looking for a metal substitute for their own organ could do worse than the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport: it’s the world’s most expensive production car, and does nought to 60 in 2.6 seconds.

The Veyron boasts 1200hp, more than many dedicated racing cars, but is street legal.