Mark Dixon | VIRUS THANKS TRUMP | New York on June 27 | A letter from COVID-19 to the president of the United States, thanking him for his evasion tactics, on the six-month anniversary of the country first knowing about the virus.
To: The most powerful human being | From: The most powerful threat to human beings
Dear Mr. President, We would like to thank you for six months of valuable delaying tactics. You have been a constant friend. After we first started infecting humans in Wuhan at the start of December, we were expecting you to prepare a war against us to protect your fellow human beings. Indeed, as the most powerful member of the homo sapiens species, we did not expect anything less. Instead, you decided to help us viruses by playing down the threat. You owed us nothing, and human beings everything. We don’t understand why you were on our side, despite knowing it would result in so many deaths of your own people. You didn’t just procrastinate, but you actively put out false hope and false information. You lied on behalf of a virus. On Feb. 2, you said, “We pretty much shut it down,” although you had done nothing to worry us. Then, on Feb. 14, referring to hot weather, you said, “historically that has been able to kill the virus,” although we had never once enjoyed a summer with human hosts. After we killed many people in China and started to spread to other countries, you kept on pretending you had us under control. On Feb. 26, you announced that the 15 Americans you claim we had infected “in a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero,” although the statistics showed we were on a rising trend. On the same day, you said, “It’s a little like the regular flu that we have flu shots for,” although everyone knew we were much stronger and that there wasn’t a vaccine. Your cocktail of lying and inspiring was particularly delicious when, the following day, you added, “It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.” We remember this period of misdirection and misinformation so well that it has become COVID folklore, handed down from generation to generation. Although we reproduce fast, that doesn’t mean we’ll ever forget kindness shown us by another species. Indeed, we wish to congratulate you for being the first host to welcome a parasite on this scale in the history of the world. We admired your chutzpah in looking into the cameras and lying for us. Mr. President, you really have been the perfect host. We could never lie like that. We’re pretty straightforward as a species because our agenda is so obvious — to infect as many human beings as possible. You then managed to buy us more infection time, with distraction after distraction. You used the ban of flights from China to pretend that America was safe while we were already busily ramping up in the United States. You confused people by claiming vaccines were around the corner, which were in fact going to take ages to be ready, and by kindly taking hydroxychloroquine yourself, even though it actually increases the death rate of people we have infected. When the facts about our threat became beyond obvious, you changed gear and said the facts were fake. Making our threat fake only helped our threat become more real. We were so lucky that you had spent years honing your fake news technique as the father of the post-truth era — so you could then deploy it just when we needed it. Your masterstroke against your own people was in suggesting we didn’t even exist — that we were a “Democratic conspiracy.” There’s nothing a virus appreciates more than going viral as a conspiracy theory. When the music did finally stop, and governors started locking down different states on their own accord, we resigned ourselves to facing the full force of the United States of America. However, you went back to battle for us. Unable to hide our threat any longer, you spun it around by saying we were so threatening that mitigating such a threat would destroy the U.S. economy: “We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem.” You had transformed an all-out attack on your species into a trade-off decision. That presented no trade-off to us, just pure upside: more delay to infect more Americans. Then, invoking religious sentiments, you justified a ridiculously early Easter date for release of lockdowns by calling it “a beautiful time.” It certainly sounded very beautiful to us. You delayed until April 2 before using the Defense Production Act to increase mask production. We particularly appreciated this product being delayed because masks directly impact our ability to spread. Your promise in April of a “big bang” in the economy helped some Republican governors release lockdowns earlier so we could infect sooner. Encouraging fellow humans to rise up against governors working against us — by tweeting “LIBERATE MINNESOTA,” “LIBERATE MICHIGAN” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA” — helped us divide and conquer your species. Indeed, we understood what you really meant: “LIBERATE COVID.” The fantastical idea that drinking or injecting disinfectant would kill us as opposed to the human beings themselves was the pièce de résistance in sheer originality of distraction. As you know, we can’t stand the WHO, who are intent on eradicating us globally. Announcing a week ago that you will defund them was much appreciated. You have time and again fulfilled our wildest dreams before we had them, and thanks to you, we now number in the trillions. Without benefit or good reason, in the face of irrefutable facts and with the duty and opportunity to save your own species, you have procrastinated, downplayed, stonewalled, confused, waxed lyrical, lied and even pretended we are fake news, to favor the very species intent on destroying your own. Your support has been as remarkable as inexplicable.
Published in: The Village Sun, New York on June 27, 2020
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General Evans O Adams | MONEY ACKNOWLEDGE | Afghanistan on June 22 | Hello contact, I am General Evans O Adms commanding 3rd Battalion, Marine Regiment with the United States and Britain Coalition Force in Afghanistan, on war against terrorism. Based on the United States legislative and executive decision for withdrawing troops from Afghanistan come this year have decided to quit the marine and relocate back . I will need an apartment, for myself that is why I contacted you. On the other hand I want to inform you that I have in my possession the sum of €18.6 million Euro. which was recovered from one of our raids on terrorists here in Afghanistan because they keep most of their money at home for evil activities which they normally get through illegal deals on crude oil.
Based on the suffering we undergo here some of us do meet such luck. It happened that I went for this raid with the men in my unit and I decided to take it as my share for my stress here in this evil land filled with suicide bombers. I deposited this money with a Red Cross agent informing him that we are making contact for the real owner of the money. It is under my power to approve whoever comes forth for this money. i will like to work with you so that we can move this money because I will like to be with you, so I need someone I could deal with as a friend brother and family. If you accept, we will move the money out from here where you will be the beneficiary because I am a uniformed person and I cannot be parading such an amount so I need to present someone as the beneficiary. I am an American and an intelligence officer for that so I have a 100% authentic means of transferring the money through diplomatic courier service .I just need your acceptance and all is done.
Please if you are interested in this transaction I will give to you the complete details you need for us to carry out this transaction successfully. I decided to find someone that is real and not imaginary and that is why I went to a secured site where I can be sure that the person is real. I believe I can trust you. Where we are now we can only communicate through our military communication facilities which are secured so nobody can monitor our discussions, then I can explain in details to you. I will only reach you through emails, because our calls might be monitored, I just have to be sure whom I am dealing with.
Also I want you to know that am revealing this deal to you with believe that you will never let me down in this business, you are the first and the only person that I am contacting for this deal, so please reply urgently so that I will inform you on the next step to take urgently. If you are interested please reply me immediately so I can contact you for further inquiries. I am writing from a fresh email account so if you are not interested do not reply to this email and please delete this message, if no response after 3 days i will then search for someone else. I am doing this on trust, you should understand and you should know that as a trained military expert I will always play safe in case you are the bad type, but i pray you are not.€18.6million Euro is a lot of money which is the dream of anyone.
I wait for your contact details so we can go on. In less than 7days the money should have been noted on your care and I will come over for my money. I will give to you 40% of the sum and 60% is for me. I hope I am being fair on this deal.
Regards General Evans O Adams
Sebastian Schmieg | GALLERY DELIVERY | Berlin on June 8 | Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien | Livestream on June 8 2020, 8 pm
View live talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKc9tDWcVLk
Gallery.Delivery by Sebastian Schmieg is both a group exhibition and a performance that can be ordered online. It is delivered by bike courier in a „White Cube“ courier bag. However, unlike with normal delivery services, the courier doesn’t stop at the doorstep; instead, he enters the private home where he sets up the exhibition and offers the works for sale. In this livestream, together with the bike courier who has delivered many exhibitions in Berlin, Sebastian Schmieg will talk about the three iterations of this project so far and the context in which it is embedded. The talk will be held in English.
Part of EINTRITT IN EIN LEBEWESEN – VON DER SOZIALEN SKULPTUR ZUM PLATTFORMKAPITALISMUS | Exhibition by Tilman Baumgärtel and Kunstraum Kreuzberg Berlin
with CORY ARCANGEL | JOSEPH BEUYS | ARAM BARTHOLL | NATALIE BOOKCHIN | IRENE CHABR | JAMES COUPE | ANDY DECK | CONSTANT DULLAART | MARK FLOOD | JOHN D. FREYER | JODI | MIRANDA JULY & HARRELL FLETCHER | AARON KOBLIN & DANIEL MASSEY | STEFFEN KÖHN | OLIA LIALINA | JONAS LUND | JUDY MALLOY | MICHAEL MANDIBERG | NEOZOON | OMSK SOCIAL CLUB | NAM JUNI PAIK | MARK SALVATUS | SEBASTIAN SCHMIEG & SILVIO LORUSSO | RALPH SCHULZ | GUIDO SEGNI | JOHANNES STÜTTGEN | ALEX TEW | AMALIA ULMAN | VAN GOGH TV
I take the dog for a walk
but he’s too old and stiff
so I gather him in my arms
and take myself for a walk,
one hand forming the tray
he likes to rest his front paws
on, the other cradling
his threadbare Dachshund chest
as I survey last night’s damage
to the Gansevoort meat
market, excuse me —
we’re supposed to call it
the “meatpacking district.”
This week’s fashion: sheets
of plywood. This week’s
new sound: screw
guns. Crews of laborers
on every block speaking
languages of the less lucky
nations of our globe paid
day wages to protect
Helmut Lang and Christian
Louboutin and their three
hundred dollar hoodies,
eight hundred dollar shoes.
The dog has no meat left
on him. Through his ribs
I feel the labor of his
murmuring heart, trying
to keep one beat ahead
of the blood leaking out.
Clayton Patterson | WHERE ARE THE PHOTOS OF PEOPLE DYING OF COVID? | New York on May 15 | In times of crisis, stark images of sacrifice or consequence have often moved masses to act.
Filled coffins at the Gerard J. Neufeld funeral home in Flushing, Queens, on April 26.
Credit by Bryan R Smith/Reuters
By Sarah Elizabeth Lewis | New York Times on May 1, 2020
Recently, a friend, colleague and mentor, the cultural historian and critic Maurice Berger, died at 63 of complications from the coronavirus.
Every day that passes, particularly as I hear the wail of ambulance sirens going by on the West Side Highway near my window, I think of Maurice. I think of the conversations about images we might have had regarding this moment.
Much of what I know and teach about how images structure and shape issues of race and justice I learned from his scholarship and life experience. Visualization is a powerful tool — it can help us more deeply understand the severity of the situation as we work to curb the virus. But the visuals we need most in this time are difficult to come by.
I thought of Maurice when a friend living in Milan, who was among Italy’s earliest diagnosed coronavirus cases, sent me this text message in March: “If people could only see what it is like in the hospitals, they would stay at home.” He was admitted to the hospital earlier that month, but with his doctor’s agreement quickly left, feeling that his bed could be better allocated to others experiencing far worse symptoms.
The environment was also so grim that he felt he would have a better chance, at least psychologically, if he returned home.
“It was a war zone,” he wrote. When we spoke later, he told me that his lungs had been damaged and his fever was still high; he coughed with pain nearly every other sentence. He remains ill.
I am working on a VR film, I am in need of someone with a vehicle to go to Coney Island shoot (email me for details ►Alessandra Zeka firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am also interested in doing a photographic essay on the homeless and destitute in the LES.(if anyone wants to help..)
(the guy on the picture is living on Houston street, with a few other folks that are been left completely on their own)
Akki Horstmann | I'M A MUSEUM | Berlin on March 2 | Please present your favourite images with us. Doesn‘t matter if it is a painting or photograph. What beautifies your home? With or without explanation. ►ichbineinmuseum
New York Times | ART IN ISOLATION | New York on March 25 | As normal life grinds to a halt in much of the world, artists are processing the changes.
Our Opinion desk compiled a collection of recent artwork, from Lisbon to Los Angeles, that riffs in mostly whimsical ways on how the pandemic has changed our lives. The collection includes graphic novels; an emotional diagram that vaguely resembles a paint catalog; and sketches of coronavirus-specific “products,” like a “hand holding extender” prosthesis that keeps germs at bay.. ►interactive coronavirus-art
Above, part of a scene from a quarantine-themed coloring book about New York City,
by the illustrator Tomi Um.
Stéphane Bauer | KUNSTRAUM KREUZBERG STAYS CLOSED UNTIL APRIL 19th | Berlin/GE on March 13th: Due to the current circumstances in connection with the COVID-19 virus, all exhibitions and activities are cancelled. The next exhibition will be open to visitors from April 20 during regular opening hours. ►kunstraumkreuzberg.de
Houda Lazrak | CALLS FOR 3 FULLY-FUNDED ARTIST RESIDENCIES | Brooklyn/NY on Feb 07 :
 Open Call for National Endowment for the Arts Thematic Residency on Collectivity at ISCP | We invite artist collectives working with socio-political ideas to apply for a fully-funded two-month residency, with a $9,000 stipend, by February 21, 2020.  Open Call for the ISCP Lenore G. Tawney Residency for Fiber Media Artists | ISCP is now accepting applications for the Lenore G. Tawney Residency for Fiber Media Artists from visual artists working in, or interested in, exploring fiber media. The two-month fully-funded residency includes living and materials stipends of approximately $2,680 per month.  Salomon Foundation Residency Award at ISCP | Applications for the Salomon Foundation Residency Award at ISCP are now being accepted through April 26, 2020. The award offers a six-month fully-funded residency and $24,000 stipend for an artist under the age of 35 from a country that is part of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
ABOUT: The International Studio & Curatorial Program was founded in 1994 by Dennis Elliott. Known first as the International Studio Program, the organization was formed in order to establish an international community of artists in New York City, and to help develop their professional careers. Working in partnership with The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, ISP was located in lower Manhattan and moved to midtown Manhattan in 1998. The following year, the program was expanded to include curatorial residencies as well, so the institution was renamed the International Studio & Curatorial Program. In 2006, ISCP became a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
ISCP relocated from midtown Manhattan to an 18,000 square-foot factory building in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 2008, where it thrives in close proximity to the burgeoning art community of Bushwick. This move expanded ISCP’s facility and activities to include 35 private studios, exhibition and projects spaces.
Today, ISCP is New York’s most comprehensive visual arts residency program, and one of the largest in the world. ►more