I am still . . . floored that despite the global and far-reaching popular, tech world, and critical success of ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’, and now the book, ‘TOTALLY WIRED: On the Trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle’ . . . that the art world, and in particular the local New York art scene from which it birthed – is (still) totally non-recognisant of the phenom that continues to steamroller – over the rest of the world, but lies unknown at home.
and this despite, Josh being labelled many times over, around the world, as: ‘the Andy Warhol of the web’ – !!
I mean come on, they are reading about Josh, Pseudo and the underground art scene of New York City – in Abu Dhabi, for god’s sake.
I guess . . it would have taken that other shoe to drop – the inspired dealer.
not to mention a few really enlightened art critics. and collectors.
well, if there is any justice to be had, the New York Times Art Review section is largely ignored now, or at the very least does not occupy anywhere close to the mandatory role it had a decade ago. if you look at the Times art section now – it’s largely for the institutional, i.e. museum coverage.
and even that sometimes they get wrong, CATTELAN at the Guggenheim, anybody ?
and of course – the Antiques column. ha.
and, if you turn to the supposedly swift flying underground blogsphere, MOST DEF NOT including these pages, duh – about all you get is: we know the art out there is bad – but what about the role of . . . the bad review, or something equally impeccably informative, NOT.
SO, WAS LUVVY TO BLAME ?
OR WAS THE JOSH HARRIS/PSEUDO EMPIRE just too big ?
for the ratworld, I mean artworld to contemplate . . seeing as how they like shows, and o.k. “installations” – that fit into a gallery space in one neat, even if deconstructed, package.
was Josh . . . a ‘performance artist’ of the near future, i.e. of now – rather than of then: a game player, a site specific commentator . . . and a shape shifter ?
just a couple of decades ahead of his time. art wise ?
JOSH HARRIS as his alter ego – LUVVY.
in a media-driven world, a sophisticated and graphic design-driven art world – this side of Luvvy, was a good bet, image-wise.
but, Luvvy the full-blown idiot savant clown, not so.
especially when he was hosting live sex competitions. though seriously – what is the web if not 3/4 porn and hook-up sites.
I mean the deal is, he also called the Facebook networking side of things, so maybe that kind of mind – has to let off steam ? has to roam free and wild.
I mean, who knows what you are ‘calling’ per se, as you seriously, and unconsciously for the most part – foray into an unknown future ?
especially one that is of the mind, or rather . . . the ‘alternative universe of the mind’ / the web, as it was to evolve.
I mean as GALINSKY aka underdog88 so eloquently put it: back in the early days of Pseudo, we’re talking the early 90s, the days of ‘dial-up’ . . . “we had to go to the Library at Yale .. to get a good signal.” (!!)
“No, I never walked into a board room as Luvvy . . . I’m not an idiot.” ~ JOSH HARRIS
“Luvvy is NOT a clown, he is all the media I have consumed in my life.” ~ JOSH HARRIS.
famous, last (!!) words. ha.
WATCH: LUVVY THE CLOWN . . . WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – DVD RELEASE !!
WATCH: LUVVY: PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ASK . . .
this is JASON CALACANIS in that LUVVY THE CLOWN – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – DVD RELEASE.
an important dynamic in the PSEUDO CREW, he went on to become a successful entrepreneur of digital media himself. Calacanis used to chronicle New York’s tech scene in his publication, ‘The Silicon Alley Reporter’, and
he is on record . . .
for stating that JOSH HARRIS . . . “is one of the 10 most important people in the history of the Internet.” (!!)
even more interestingly, in one of the ** truly ** underground NYC art scene’s more interesting & worst kept secrets, happening right now !! . . . ROBERT GALINSKY/underdog88 has been running a behind-the-scenes ‘thread’ that started up around the publication of Andrew Smith’s book: ‘TOTALLY WIRED’.
it’s been producing some really interesting debates, and some amazing first person factual contributions have arisen, perhaps none more provocative than those that addressed Josh’s ‘time sensitive’ message for ‘funds’ so that . . . the “Lou Ann” that runs his apparently seedy “hotel” in Nevada – wouldn’t evict him – “tomorrow”. and it included his payoal info – and Lou Ann’s phone no. !!
it was immediately followed by one cynical Pseudo ex-employee countering: “if you believe that . . . I have a planet for you.” !!
to which JASON CALACANIS replied, something to effect that: JOSH has stayed at my place for the past 16 months and I fronted him in 10+ poker tournaments, going on to state that . . “It was an amazing run, but when the new baby came – Josh had to leave the nest.” !!
JOSH HARRIS – PHOTO BY EVAN SUNG – for the NEW YORK TIMES
I think this, was that JASON CALACANIS gig . . . referred to, in this 2009 article in the NEW YORK TIMES, in their FASHION & STYLE (!!) SECTION:
“These days, Mr. Harris sleeps in a friend’s pool house in Los Angeles and earns a meager living playing poker at a racetrack.” (!!)
see: ‘For Digital Pioneer, the Web was No Safety Net’ – by ALLEN SALKIN, NEW YORK TIMES, AUG 28 2009
‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ also scored a big full page write-up in the NEW YORK TIMES, MOVIE SECTION – when it scored that SUNDANCE 2009 TROPHY.
but never a word in the Art pages.
I mean come on – ‘QUIET’ the millennium party slash art installation that anchors the film, was first and foremost – an art installation !! with over 99 artists in residence, whose on-going work was open to the public – for 2 weeks, 24/7. and it was packed day and night . . . non-stop.
ha. For ‘Digital Pioneer, the Web was no safety net !!” – and, the art world, didn’t help.
just a bunch of short-sighted sheep, is pretty much it – the New York City art world, been going downhill ever since . . .
ever since ELI BROAD couldn’t move past early 80s stars CINDY SHERMAN & JEFF KOONS, and nobody else popped up, with the same kind of clout or money !! – who could keep the market evolving.
ART HISTORY 101 – in a nutshell.
if you haven’t caught the WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – TRAILER, YET ? dude how lame ?
here’s the link: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – THE TRAILER
could have been . . . an art director.
JOSH . . .
had a lot of sides to him.
he refracted ideas & creativity . . . like a prism.
the shuffle was intense at Pseudo – keep up, or you were – out.
he wanted to be an artist, he was an artist – but he wanted to be ‘known’ as an artist. get the diff ?
his mind worked as an artist, and if you can’t get that – I can’t help you.
it’s like the diff between Bill Gates and Steve Jobs – who were making the key hardware, and software at the time. and we now know . . . who won that race. vision creates function.
art, design . . . is all.
what Josh was reaching for, or turns out to be: was the future ‘use’ of this nascent technology, aka personal computing . . .
which is emphatically not ‘spreadsheets’, nor ‘powerpoint’ presentations. not even desktop publishing, how quaint.
but, 24/7 social networking, and instant ‘content’ harvesting. think Facebook and google.
in other words – the web. that infinite wireless weaving in the sky – that we all plug into.
he also got, conversely – the other side of the ‘coin’ – of the 24/7 reality game.
it wasn’t just . . . ‘big brother’ reality live streaming – from our ‘input’ side.
it was also big brother surveillance from the flip side of the screen . . . i.e. data & activity tracking. every time you use your smartphone camera, and an instant ping of an incoming email is heard, chances are it’s an ad for a camera product, or what.
state of the art, pinpointed to the individual user – targeted advertising.
the infinite reach of the web – always comes down . . . to the fine line – the individual user.
exquisite, or what ?
and the future ramifications are still . . . wide open.
as Josh would say: the Wired City. the Human (industrial) chicken factory. the Matrix.
yep, Josh thought like an artist.
but he also made his own art, headed up Pseudo’s . . . and, he also power-fueled, and threw his piles of dotcom dough at – some really great art installations, and individual artist projects. I mean could have just been been buying houses, pretty models, and fast cars ?
‘Quiet’ – the 2 week year 2000 millennium million dollar artist party – being the apex. WE LIVE In PUBLIC – being the swan sing.
Pseudo was – the catch-all umbrella.
the downtown art scene sung – when Josh ruled.
forget issues like: future sell, white box exhibits, collector shock, and all-in-all dumbing down. if you could keep Josh’s attention – you were in !! it was all about the juice.
raw and pure. unadulterated and non-filtered. the mind’s momentum, the hand skills. future knowledge.
at it’s most definite – it was NOT: if I show this – who will come in the door, and buy it. hello, New York City art world, mainstream.
so, he all he wanted in return was – a couple of pages in Artforum, damn it. if I had been there earlier I would have told him: hey, just buy a couple of full page ads for your art/party installations … in Artforum, and damn straight – the coverage will follow. ha.
like all natural-born artist, yeah I would know – damn straight !! he knew his mind worked outside the box – and he did his calculations: visually. just as an artist does.
enter LUVVY, his alter ego and the only way for him to express that.
no, he was not just the hipster CEO of a DOTCOM . . . he was multi-media – personified. future tense.
he reached for the unknown, and was a catalyst, intuitively – artist: check, yes.
he connected the dots, and projected a course forward – artist: check, yes.
looking back, it’s only been about 20 years since Josh first hit the pavement running – first with Jupiter, and then Pseudo . . . sincerely I’m thinking, in all truth – he was just too big an artist for the art world in the 90s, or even now – to take in . . . to comprehend.
so leave it to the ‘wired’ guys, guys like Andrew Smith – to pick up the slack !!
yep, what Josh wanted, and still wants, present !! – most of all, is the label that always eludes him: artist.
web entrepreneur, internet pioneer, social networking visionary, hipster dotcom CEO, $86 mill in the bank . . . o.k. that’s alright, but only . . . as byproduct.
above all else . . . he wanted to be known as an ‘artist’. because in truth, this is what he is at base: a shaman, a creative thinker & a visually-focused producer.
we tried to tell him . . . Dude, no !!
we tried to warn him.
no. NO, you do not want to be an artist . . . you are the money guy – !! but he was hungry to feel on every level – and all that dough just put him in a cloud.
well, now that you are a dead-broke artist, how do you like it ?
is all I can say.
what can I say. the art world just ain’t what it’s cranked up to be.
and YOU know that too – or you wouldn’t be reading these here, artlovers webpages – would you.
JOSH set up all the early photo shoots – that got him coverage in all the local culture vultures, like NEW YORK MAG, and THE OBSERVER, etc.
being a photographer – I always thought Josh would have made a brilliant art director, if only – he hadn’t been . . . such a thinker.
funny note: check the Pseudo-branded sweatshirt !!
Josh was the original DOTCOM CEO – in a hoodie.
so, at the time. guys like KOONS or HIRST – could be recognized as artists, no hesitation. even though they were seriously, only heads, CEOs if you will, of fabrication studios. they make product – and most if it has interesting concept. but they don’t track the future.
before that, there was Warhol and his factory – and before that, all those Medieval/Renaissance painters and their ‘schools’ . . . but the ‘invisible’ web was a brand new medium, as directly opposed to the concept of art, whether it be painting on a cave, or a canvas – as you could get.
but, Pseudo and JOSH HARRIS left just as indelible a ‘hand print’.
just the cave wall – is wireless. digital. infinite. and . . . wide open. vast. way beyond, the beyond.
and, certainly not – not hard copy.
pathways in the communal mind/technology – is getting close.
smoke signals in the sky . . . is better.
‘TOTALLY WIRED: On the Trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle’ – by ANDREW SMITH. PUBLISHER: SIMON and SCHUSTER
scored a really great, and very insightful review in the NATIONAL – today: SAT OCT 6, 2012
written by ALAN WHITE, the concise but eloquent essay, does a really nice job of defining the book itself, introducing Josh, and setting up the scene . . a good capsule account of the early Internet days: past, present and future.
BTW: THE NATIONAL is the ABU DHABI Media company’s first English-language publication, setting a “new standard of quality English-language journalism in the Middle East.” (!!)
“It may be about a series of events that happened years ago, but it’s the first great analysis of the Internet Age”.
“ANDREW SMITH’S first book ‘MOONDUST’ was an investigation into what happened to the astronauts who walked on the moon after they completed their mission. His second book likewise is about a man who ascended to the uncharted heights, and fell to Earth. Like the astronauts, he saw things no other person had seen before, and like the astronauts it left him burnt out. Who is he, and what did he see ?
His name is JOSH HARRIS . . .”
continues . . . : TOTALLY WIRED reviewed in the NATIONAL – OCT 6, 2012
see: TOTALLY WIRED by ANDREW SMITH on AMAZON
JOSH HARRIS – at the MOMA/MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NYC – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC PREMIERE. APRIL 2009.
PHOTO CREDIT: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – ARCHIVE
‘LIMITLESS RANGE’ – A COLLABORATIVE MURAL BY KELIE BOWMAN, STO LEN & ELISITA PUNTO – OPENS FRI OCT 5, 2012 / 5 – 11:30 PM
the show runs thru NOV 17, 2012
SPACE GALLERY – 538 CONGRESS ST – PORTLAND, MAINE
with MUSICAL PERFORMANCES STARTING at 8:30 PM by:
BLACK PUS (BRIAN CHIPPENDALE SOLO PROJECT), VIDEO NASTIES, STOLEN TEMPLE PILEUP & THE LIMITLESS RANGERS
see: KELIE BOWMAN
see: ELISITA PUNTO
BRAIN CHIPPENDALE, ‘CANNOT AFFORD REPAIRS’.
catch: BLACK PUS/Free Music, etc.
catch: BLACK PUS WON!
FRI OCT 5, 2012 – 12:27 PM
YES, I WENT TO THE OPENING – I HAD A GREAT TIME !! – THE SHOW IS: UNBELIEVABLE BEAUTIFUL & DANCES A FINE LINE BETWEEN ART & DESIGN . . . MIND BLOWING.
ESP IF YOU ARE INTO . . . DETAIL & VARIATION on a THEME.
GREG LAMARCHE – ‘TIMELESS’ – OPENING THURS OCT 4, 2012 / 6-0 PM
the show runs thru OCT 27, 2012
JOSHUA LINER – 548 W.28 bet 10 and 11 ave – CHELSEA, NYC
FLASH FROM THE . . . PAST !!
GREG LAMARCHE ‘FOUND’ VINTAGE LETTER ASSEMBLY – SHOWN AT ANONYMOUS, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC. OCT 2008.
on the right: author, ANDREW SMITH, of ‘MOONDUST’ & ‘TOTALLY WIRED – ON THE TRAIL of the GREAT DOTCOM SWINDLE’.
yes. this . . . GREG LAMARCHE !!
if you’ve been following . . . sometimes the ‘cookie’ rolls pretty tight !!
or even . . . New York City can be a real small small world !!
GREG LAMARCHE. FAST FORWARD – TO NOW !!
‘TIMELESS’ – OCT 4, 2012 – OPENING !!
GREG LAMARCHE aka SP.One at the opening. ‘Timeless’, Joshua Liner Gallery, NYC. OCT 4, 2012.
behind him: ‘Remnants series’, 2012. Hand cut paper collage. approx 20 x 30 in. ea.
see: GREG LAMARCHE
GREG LAMARCHE, ‘Habitual Offender’, 2011.
Hand cut paper collage. 20 x 14.5 in.
GREG LAMARCHE, ‘Blessing Curse’, 2010.
Hand cut paper collage. 22.25 x 17.75 in.
the letters are ‘found’ and hand cut – mostly from vintage magazines.
detail: GREG LAMARCHE, ‘Blessing Curse’.
detail: GREG LAMARCHE, ‘Blessing Curse’.
detail: GREG LAMARCHE, ‘Blessing Curse’.
GEG LAMARCHE, ‘SHINE’. 2012.
hand cut paper collage, 14 x 20 in.
PHOTOS/COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH
or: JOSH HARRIS vs ANNA WINTOUR. JOSH WINS.
WE LIVE IN PUBLIC had its New York City premiere at the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART – in APRIL of 2009.
see: MOMA/WE LIVE IN PUBLIC
Besides having just won the super prestigious GRAND JURY DOCUMENTARY AWARD at SUNDANCE the previous Dec 2008, and circulating around the world to great acclaim, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC is distinguished – in two other ways.
first off: it was the first, and so far only time – a director has ever won twice at SUNDANCE. ONDI TIMONER had also won the top indie trophy with . . DIG! (2004) – a powerful and raw as rock documentary on the DANDY WARHOLS and the JONESTOWN MASSACRE.
second: and, perhaps even more noteworthy. WE LIVE IN PUBLIC beat out THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE to win the Documentary/US Grand Jury Sundance Award of 2008. WE LIVE IN PUBLIC was the underdog, and its Director had already won once . . . so what were the odds, of the ‘cautionary tale’ of a ‘failed’ web entrepreneur genius, hailed by some as the ANDY WARHOL of the web, and his wild crew of underground NYC artists, and heat-seeking 24/7 tech pioneers – taking home the big trophy ? not much.
THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, the story of ANNA WINTOUR and her highly paid CONDE NAST crew, including a big focus on GRACE CODDINGTON, as they put together what is always their biggest magazine of the year, – the September issue, i.e. the one that is supposed to forecast the trends, and call the shots for the rest of year – was pegged to win from the get-go. even before the competition began.
the all-powerful VOGUE/CONDE NAST media machine & associated p.r. contacts were revved up big time behind it, and the highly-hyped and well-financed Sundance entry – was supposed to win hands down, NOT.
so, though JOSH HARRIS never received the acclaim and validation – he so desperately wanted from the art world, he and his wild crew – did beat out – ANNA WINTOUR !!
that’s a very interesting fact, although its significance failed to impress or placate Josh, nor make any, repeat: any !! impression on the art world proper, or even on the local scene, in general. further, in a curious trajectory, THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE, although it received nowhere, not even 1%, close to the global exposure and discussion that embraced and waved up in great surges around WE LIVE IN PUBIC, enjoyed a mildly receptive, maybe 6 week commercial run in New York’s local theaters, while WE LIVE IN PUBLIC scored one totally dismal and forgettable week at the IFC.
artworld wise, the situation could be summed up thus:
just this past summer 2012 (!!) WE LIVE IN PUBLIC finally scored a mention in ARTFORUM, the so-called bible of the art industry, as an obscure footnote to an obscure European filmmaker’s TOP TEN list – !!
way to go ARTFORUM.
looking back, maybe Josh should have eaten at BOTTINOS, instead of BALTHAZARS !!
and this wormy ill-researched 2 line blurb in ARTFORUM, was how many years after the fact ?!!
despite its huge, not to mention – upset win at SUNDANCE.
despite its premiere at MOMA.
despite global embrace.
despite the fact that all its participants were armed-to-the-teeth with talent, skills, and vision – and ready . . . to go.
I’m pretty sure further down the road this drop-off will be addressed.
I can only say for now: I can write one of the biggest & most extensive ‘blogs’ on the New York City art scene – and never, repeat NEVER – set foot in a mainstream gallery.
all the real action in NYC – happens outside the established boundaries.
and, you know what, maybe that’s just as well.
there’s nothing like hunger, and lack of recognition – to keep things, real.
I know that’s what Josh tries to tell himself, everyday.
and, let’s leave the sorry truth – at that.
JOSH showed up at MOMA in full hipster PSEUDO DOT-COM CEO mode.
note the signature cigar, and the custom-made down-to-the-cutting edge – silkscreen jacket. but clearly, he was not in a good mood. the MOMA premiere was being billed as a hometown – WE LIVE IN PUBLIC reunion – but on the inside, NOT !!
Josh did not want to see anybody. esp from the past.
was it facing everybody – as a ‘failure to launch the next big project’ – that spooked him ?
now broke, and the big question was how broke, how do you go thru $86 million – and not being able to throw the most fab after party to end all after parties – was that it ?
what got this notoriously moody & arrogant, but still, usually way charismatic guy, esp in PUBLIC – down ?
it probably didn’t help that ONDI was trumpeting the movie as a ‘cautionary tale’, and . . . she was NOT talking about the scary internet & social networking working big brother future before us.
she was talking about making a fortune – and losing it.
in the meantime,
in the biggest IRONY of all – Ondi and her cinematographer husband, the father of her child, had recently busted up, for good, because he had told Josh that she, Ondi had robbed him, Josh – budget-wise on the making of the film, and that she, Ondi . . . had the moral compass of a rat – !!
ok. I heard it directly from the ex in question, in person, by the the way. just saying.
although he was based in LA, he was on the L train in NYC 2 days later, when I bumped into him, quite by accident. sometimes it’s shocking – what a really small world it is.
and she’s . . . talking about Josh running through his fortune ?!!
did you wrap your head around that ?
JOSH HARRIS, CEO of PSEUDO at the WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – MOMA PREMIERE . . . greeting a chick, natch – with the media – in hot pursuit.
well, at least he had LUVVY close by, on the back of his jacket.
custom screened by the late, great . . . MARK ENGER.
WHICH BRINGS US TO THE . . . ATTACK VIDEO
in this beginning frame, from the notorious ‘Crazed fan of Pseudo attacks JOSH HARRIS’ clip,
we meet the film’s director – ONDI TIMONER.
and don’t get me wrong: she is super talented. a visionary herself, and we all owe her our lives. and make that global. across the board.
and damn straight, you had to be ‘hard’ and crafty to finance an indie film. damn straight it was hard to keep Josh on track, even in the best of times. and damn straight thank the lord – she grabbed the $$ while she could. and in light of the amount of money that used to circulate around Josh, it really wasn’t all that much anyways, probably didn’t even exceed $100 to 200 grand, if that.
and it was a pretty good spend, all-in-all.
getting all the way to Sundance and MOMA, no doubt about it.
the live Q+A followed the WE LIVE IN PUBLIC / MOMA NYC premiere inaugural screening.
the ‘attack’ video – was posted to Youtube immediately after it happened, and it spread like wildfire into the New York hipster night.
so, there was a lot of tension surrounding the night.
BUT still everybody was surprised when a seemingly legit audience member, “underdog88, remember me ?” got totally pissed off – at Josh’s arrogant belittling attitude – as in: “what’s your question” . . . ha.
and lunged onto the stage, attacking the moderator . . SCOTT HEFFERNAN first.
JOSH is going down, and Ondi is smart enough . . . to walk away !!
it looked real, and you know what . . . it was real !!
despite the fact that the attacker, ‘underdog88’, who turns out to be long time Pseudo employee #2 … ROBERT GALINSKY, had been pre-pegged !! and only 10 minutes before the actual Q+A, bye the way . . to do “something to throw people’s reality off-base”.
and by the Q+A moderator himself, SCOTT HEFFERNAN !!
apparently Josh had had some kind of a heads-up – as to some “kind of action” about to happen.
but no one else did, including Ondi.
HA: this was about as ‘staged’ as striking . . a match on a matchbox is – to setting a forest fire.
JOSH was being a jerk to all the ‘little people’ who had helped build the WLIP empire, and despite whatever hell he had put himself into, and Josh didn’t need any help with that !! he was the LEONA HEMSLEY of the nite, for real. and, GALINSKY got pissed for real – and took him down for real.
lucky nobody got really hurt.
I should talk . . but we’ll leave that story for another day.
final last words from attack dog, I mean, underdog88/Galinsky:
“I felt that it was an honor and a responsibility to attack Josh because I understood how many people would have wanted to do this . . . for real at certain points, so this to me was an epic responsibility.”
yes, it was a wild and far-out crew – that took down . . . ANNA WINTOUR.
may the . . . WE LIVE IN PUBLIC legend, continue to grow, and LIVE ON, FOR-EVER !!
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PHOTO OF JOSH in THE MARK ENGER CEO JACKET, FROM THE BACK: NANCY SMITH
PHOTO OF JOSH in JACKET/front: PSEUDO ARCHIVES
SCREENGRAB FRAMES FROM: ‘CRAZED FAN of PSEUDO ATTACKS . . ” – YouTube
in case you missed the link to the attack video, watch: ‘Crazed fan of Pseudo.com attacks founder JOSH HARRIS after screening of WE LIVE In PUBLIC’ – YouTube.
and: WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE
MOMA later highlighted WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – which it bought for their permanent collection – in an EVENTS BROCHURE – JULY 2010 !!
JOSH HARRIS – IN THE COMMUNAL, TRANSPARENT, natch – SHOWER at QUIET, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.
MARC SCARPA THREW A BIRTHDAY PARTY, PSEUDO ‘INSIDER’ RE-UNION – and BOWLING PARTY . . . at BROOKLYN BOWL LAST TUES, SEPT 25, 2012. THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN READING ANDREW SMITH’S NEWLY RELEASED BOOK on JOSH . . and I wanted to know, what they thought.
from a diverse web thread they got going – I got the feeling, that yes. they thought it was drop-dead bonafide. and the few, but passionate down-side remarks it evoked in the peanut gallery – were more of an interesting take on the ‘issues’ . . . then on the book, itself. in fact, it was intriguing to see the history – that the book . . stirred up. ‘Imposter Syndrome’, ha.
they told me the book . . . was a great read. and, totally, true to life. yes, it did capture the early dotcom days, esp as they evolved around JOSH HARRIS and Pseudo; from the beginning, right on up to now. Galinsky said: “the book loses no steam between Josh and the later Wall Street chapters . . . now and then it ties it all together.”
from left: ROBERT GALINSKY, MARC SCARPA, and T-BO.
sorry for the soft focus. it’s a just a small digital camera vs. a large, dark and boozy bowling alley. bowling alley wins.
LEFT: ROBERT GALINSKY: also known as ‘underdog88’.
if T-BO was Pseudo ‘radio’ employee number 3, then Galinsky was Pseudo ‘radio’ employee number 2.
Josh being number one.
A key figure in the founding of PSEUDO, GALINSKY was the wild card, or better put: he was the whole damn deck !! he came aboard at the very beginning in 1993. he went from overseeing one show – to overseeing over 50 !! – on the fledgling ‘Pseudo Online Network’.
However his greatest claim to fame – came at the very end, in fact even after the film, WE LIVE IN PUBLIC – was finally completed in 2008 – after 7 long and uncertain years of editing. The shuffle to stay in the spotlight at Pseudo – was fierce. we all got dropped at one time or another, for various reasons, or new people came on, etc. plus if life didn’t hit you with a sucker punch, Josh could take up the slack.
the original comeback boy – ‘Underdog88’ – !! – he’s the guy, who is notorious for attacking JOSH on the stage during a live Q+A session – when ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ had it’s NEW YORK CITY premiere, after winning SUNDANCE DEC 2008 . . . at MOMA/MUSEUM of MODERN ART, APRIL 2009.
see: MOMA/WE LIVE IN PUBLIC
more on the ‘ATTACK’ VIDEO & underdog88 – posts next.
but just in case you can’t wait, see: ‘Crazed fan of Pseudo .. Attacks JOSH HARRIS’ – YouTube.
CENTER: BIRTHDAY BOY – MARC SCARPA. a frequent and highly respected technical consultant to the early Pseudo, Galinsky says: “Marc was instrumental in interpreting DENNIS ADAMO’S ideas. he continues, “Marc was a revolutionary of live streaming – he was always pushing the envelope.”
he is also a great host in the Pseudo tradition, freely running pitchers of margaritas, followed by a tray of shots.
he also seems to have branded himself, as Simplynew – way before ‘simply’ became the big new hot keyword in product branding – this past summer (2012).
see: Simplynew / REEL MENU
RIGHT: T-BO aka TOM LINDER.
Pseudo employee # 3.
of T-BO, Galinsky reports: “T-BO was one of the karmic founders of Pseudo. Every sound that was created or presented at Pseudo went through T-BO. but he was also a key creative “contributor” on many levels, not just audio, incl strategy and over-all planning for years 1-3. According to Galinsky, T-BO also built all the audio studios – at Pseudo, as well. hands-on.
GEORGE WHITE – he seems to have had a key technical role at Pseudo, for which he became famous, and he went on to do many other things of equal renown. the list, as told me at the time, was so ‘knock-out’, I couldn’t quite get my head around it, at the time. esp in the glam locale. bowling and all, but LAURIE ANDERSON’s name – stood out. I could tell, he seemed right off – like a pretty funny guy.
he said “Don’t post my picture anywhere, where I won’t . . . be able to get job !!”
also at the BROOKLYN BOWL PARTY – COPYRIGHT CONTRACT LAWYER, STEVE MASUR.
correct title: Managing Partner ENTERTAINMENT TECHNOLOGY LAW.
apparently he hung out around Pseudo, a lot.
damn, a copyright lawyer – just what everybody – needs !!
‘TOTALLY WIRED – On The Trail of the Great Dotcom Swindle’ – by ANDREW SMITH.
Galinsky had brought along the hard cover British edition, and damn, if the cover wasn’t beginning to grow on me – as the rave reviews – from the guys who had been there – came in.
see: ‘TOTALLY WIRED – On the Trail of the great DOTCOM SWINDLE’.
PHOTOS/COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH
the PSEUDO BOWLING PARTY of SEPT 2012.
some advance thoughts.
yes. it’s an intense mind scramble, so if you can’t take the heat – skip up to the next post.
LOOKING BACK, MISSING JOSH . . .
and giving the thumbs-up to ANDREW SMITH’S NEWLY PUBLISHED . . . ‘TOTALLY WIRED: ON THE TRAIL of the GREAT DOTCOM SWINDLE’. The Story of JOSH HARRIS & PSEUDO.
the great tech bubble of the 90s.
the rise and . . . the FALL. the wipe-out.
yep, the beginnings of that little ole thing we call . . . the Internet.
or: WE CAPTURE & ENSLAVE – KILLER WHALES, don’t we ?
HONEY BOO BOO – YOU BETTER WATCH OUT !!
BLACK & WHITE . . . just happen to be – the new ‘trend’ colors for FALL 2012, ha !!
see: Brooklyn Nets, Jay-z et al – aka ‘All Black in Brooklyn’ !!
. . . just saying.
NEW NETS – BLACK & WHITE LOGO – NEW YORK TIMES
SO, while ya’ll are awaiting your daily FIX of artlovers . . . take a mind-walk in the google ‘jungle’ – and look up: OCRAS / KILLER WHALES, who are back in the news . . . big time.
black and white and shiny all over – they are APEX predators, killing machines born to roam, and rule (!!) huge wide open sea territories. fierce as hell – and we lock ’em up in bathtub displays.
that’s who we are.
so who is JOSH HARRIS ?
PSEUDO YOU !! NOT EVERYTHING is BLACK & WHITE, or is it ?
how to even begin to tell you – the many layers to Pseudo. how about an animal metaphor, you know like they do to explain things for small children, in the Bible ?
see: OCRA HURT IN NASTY ‘SEAWORLD’ CLASH – SEPT 28, 2012
see: independent Orca expert examines injury . . .
SEAWORLD says it was a “collision with a tank wall” . . . but you can clearly see it was a bite. a big one, they found the missing ‘chunk’ – on the floor of the tank. yes, they did. you can easily see the teeth puncture wounds, arranged in tell-tale orca mouth pattern. just look at the orca who was hurt.
this was an: orca on orca attack.
see: MOMENT of DEATH . . . ‘SEAWORLD’ TRAINER DAWN BRANCHEAU – KILLED BY ORCA – 2/24/10
see: HISTORY of KILLER WHALE ATTACKS on HUMANS
see: ‘ORCA MOTHERS CODDLE ADULT SONS, STUDY FINDS’ – NEW YORK TIMES, SCIENCE SECTION, SEPT 18, 2012
ORCA – KILLER WHALES in their NATURAL HABITAT.
PHOTO: DAVID ELLIFRIT CENTRE for WHALE RESEARCH c/o NEW YORK TIMES
see: DAVID ELLIFRIT CENTRE for WHALE RESEARCH
PRESCIENT, the NEW YORK TIMES SCIENCE PAGE . . . or what ?
turns out the SEPT 17, 2012 – NYT ARTICLE by SINDYAN BHANOO was quite, as they say, PRESCIENT !!
if you read between the lines – it’s quite interesting, too.
first off, orcas can live into their 90s, just like us, and no wonder they go crazy in captivity. this is not your average six month ‘insect’ life span.
second, bottomline: they need their mamas !! yo, mama !!
to protect, nourish, ‘coddle’ and comfort them – their WHOLE LIFE SPANS !! and instead they are placed into ‘bathtub’ scaled captivity – with other competitive alpha apex males.
no wonder things are going south over there in SEAWORLD. esp as these trained, caged … ‘pets’ age.
no wonder PETA – is having a fit. right on.
the Times Science article goes on to say:
“Humans, pilot whales and killer whales (orcas) are the ONLY known species in which females have a prolonged period of menopause – a time of life when they can not reproduce.”
(doesn’t mean, they don’t want sex, just saying . . . )
“Now, a study in the journal Science reports the purpose that menopause serves in orcas: for females to care for their sons and make sure their genes are passed on to future generations.”
“Females have a really unique life history . . . they stop reproducing in their 30s and 40s, but they can live into their 90s.”
” . . . for males over 30, the death of a mother meant an eightfold increase in the likelihood of death within a year.”
“Killer whales stick with their mothers their entire lives”.
DR. EMMA FOSTER, a marine biologist at at EXETER UNIVERSITY in ENGLAND, omg, another – BRIT !! – “suspects that mothers help sons with foraging or offer protection in encounters with other males.”
what the F, do the killer whales, in captivity . . read the NEW YORK TIMES ?
funny that they should ‘act out’ – on the heels of that article, or what.
think about it. information is just – not as liner as we think.
species interaction is not as straight forward as we think. and I bet neither . . . is the planetary stuff.
SEAWORLD. ORCAS. BLACK & WHITE. SPECIES on SPECIES ATTACK. COMMUNICATION. NON-TRADITIONAL INFORMATION CHANNELS.
THE ROLE of the FEMALE. . . the changing world. captivity. instant headlines. instant trends. video footage at your fingertip. killer whales. killer minds.
and so, the wide open web – begins to weave.
and that’s how PSEUDO – ROLLS.
. . . it eats the ground beneath ya.
PSEUDO, under Josh – was like a TIGER. it rolled over everything, and ate up many countless people along the way, in its relentless path – to define the future.
TIGER: the GERMAN TANK & KILLING MACHINE of WWII. it mowed over everything in its path, it’s one flaw: speed and flexibility.
PSEUDO was like the inverse – it had speed and flexibility. iyt was intangible. it was information. it was prophecy.
it was the web – before the web was even a day-to-day instant connection . . . for the masses. around the globe.
WATCH YOUR BACK, NEW YORK CITY.
Pseudo was a tech bubble in the making, but Pseudo also put out many deep roots, just like any ‘program’. any code.
the art world c got caught up in Pseudo for sure, just as much the tech world.
everyone at Pseudo knew content, graphics, visuals, photographs, trends, culture . . . were gonna rule the wireless waves.
esp thinking outside the box.
BLACK and WHITE ? the dotcom CEO who wanted to be an artist.
JOSH HARRIS in his WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN STUDIO, MAY 2011.
PHOTO/COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH
BLACK & WHITE.
those are Josh’s paintings on the wall.
code, dude. the ‘BULLET’ IRONING BOARD, at center – painted black, natch. is by ALFREDO MARTINEZ.
the space belonged to JEFF GOMPERTZ, now based in THAILAND, who made the famous 99+ artist pod hotel inWE LIVE IN PUBLIC.
PHOTO/COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH
BLACK & WHITE PAINTINGS by JOSH HARRIS . . .
real gorgeous, meaningful. and going right over everybody’s head. even, here in the capital of the art world, NEW YORK FRIGGIN CITY, ha.
I guess that’s why killer whales, and killer minds – still need their mamas (!!), close by.
note to: ELI BROAD – EAT YOUR HEART OUT.
PSEUDO gonna take you down, big time. I mean your collection stopped in the 80’s – and that’s all there is to it.
you missed out on the 90s – Pseudo ruled the 90s, no doubt about it.
PHOTO/COPYRIGHT: NANCY SMITH
BLACK & WHITE.
THE SHOW INVITE CARD, FRONT & BACK, FOR: ‘QUIET, GUNS & QUILTS’
JOSH HARRIS, ALFREDO MARTINEZ & JOHN EBERENZ, NANCY SMITH
JUNE 28 – JULY 20, 2001
SIVERSTEIN GALLERY – 520 WEST 21st STREET, NYC
the card’s artwork & design by: NANCY SMITH – YES !!
and yes to: BLACK & WHITE !!
ps: if you were lucky enough to be there, like Charlie Finch was !! – you saw the rough cut of ‘WE LIVE IN PUBLIC’ . . . then called ‘QUIET’. based on, and named after the PSEUDO MILLION DOLLAR MILLENNIUM YEAR 2000 – mega party.
uncensored, raw and raunchy.
pre-SUNDANCE 2008 GRAND JURY WIN –
totally wired, as in 24/7 surveillance & totally on-edge: tech-wise. art-wise, yes !!
where that original copy is – nobody knows. maybe I have it on VCR/CASSETTE in a box somewhere.
yep, VCR/CASSETTE. Pseudo was rolling the internet – before DVD.
got your mind behind that ?
and, that’s how PSEUDO ROLLED – don’t blink. take no prisoners.
and flying straight over the mainstream, for sure.
for good or for bad, . . . depends on your bank account, I guess.
but it was in DOUBLE DUTCH TIME, FAST – all the way. what a trip.
say what: KILLER WHALES . . . and KILLER MINDS.