Make a Better NYC
It’s early June and already it’s a hot town. Personally, I don’t mind when the back of my neck is getting dirty and gritty, as long as that’s not a permanent condition. But I’m not here to deliver a sermon about the coming global meltdown. Instead, now seems like the right time to imagine a better New York City. Everybody’s doing it. Bloomberg has his PlaNYC. It’s time for Rail readers to create their own blueprint, too.
So we’re opening the floor to suggestions about what would make the city an even better place to live. Let’s call it the “Make a Better NYC” contest. Any ideas for improving our urban environment—both ecological and social—are welcome. You can submit oh-so familiar proposals, such as the need for more public toilets. Or your ideas can be a bit more exciting, like calls for dance parties in the streets. And, of course, they can be challenging—perhaps offering specific remedies for the city’s growing racial and class inequalities. The most creative, innovative solution to any problem wins.
In the spirit of the Bloomberg approach, we will offer incentives: 1st prize is a Rail t-shirt and a subscription sent to anyone you’d like; 2nd prize is two Rail t-shirts and two subscriptions. (Forgive me for that old joke, I once lived in Philadelphia.) In the spirit of more direct urban planning, we’re also setting a timetable for real results: June 22nd. Send your submissions to [email protected] (subject line: “Make a Better NYC”). Please include your name, home address and a phone number (no, we won’t use or sell your info in any way—that’s just not how we do). Rest assured, our ace team of Googlers will root out any connections you may have to various organizations. So if you happen to be, say, the executive director of the League for Public Toilets, please tell us.
No matter who you are, I’m certain that you have at least one idea as to how we can make a better NYC. So bring ’em on.
Glitching Time and Time-Based MediaBy Charlotte Kent
OCT 2022 | Art and Technology
Time is a socio-technological system with profound organizing qualities that feels, these days, exceedingly oppressive. Theres never enough time! For anything. Calendars are the earliest containing device with the purpose of determining a social order; the history of the Roman calendar reveals the role of international and national politics that play out across each new temporal infrastructure. Our temporal orders have been designed through the global proclamation of Greenwich Mean Time in 1884 by colonial empires, the apocalyptic anxiety provocations of the doomsday clock established in 1947, the insistent instant-ness of digital time since the 1970s exacerbated by strings of video chat meetings of the last couple years, and the frenetic branding of our social/professional lives demanded by transnational corporate technologys mediation of everyone and everything, all the time. Its a mess.
Pamela Sneed: ABOUT timeBy Jillian McManemin
JUL-AUG 2022 | ArtSeen
If you have any interest in poetry, you probably know Pamela SneedBlack, lesbian, radical poet, and one of the infamous Grand Dames of the downtown scene. Her stage presence is formidable and her voice, revolutionary. Her 2020 book Funeral Diva published by City Lights Books looks back on her experiences during the AIDS Crisis while making correlations to COVID-19, and the ongoing layered impacts of racism, homophobia, and political brutality. In ABOUT time at Laurel Gitlen, Sneeds visual practice merges with her poetic one, creating an exhibition that is fiercely outspoken, experimental, and personal.
Spencer Longo’s TIMEBy Josh Schneiderman
SEPT 2022 | Art Books
The book uses unstapled pages from Time magazine as the bases of its collages. It shows what it feels like to live in a crumbling empire, in an era widely regarded as the end of history.
Raqs Media Collective: HUNGRY FOR TIMEBy Klaus Speidel
DEC 21-JAN 22 | ArtSeen
While some visitors deemed the exhibition refreshing or exciting, a majority also voiced anger, disappointment, and incomprehension in the visitors book of the Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste, the paintings gallery of Viennas art academy, in the face of Hungry for Time, an exhibition curated by Raqs Media Collective from New Delhi.