Record Machine: Otherness by Kindness

Perhaps you haven’t heard of Kindness — the slow-jamz electropop project from Adam Bainbridge — but if you have a fondness for early ’90s-style downtempo dance tunes and goddess Robyn herself, then do click on through.

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Privilege and Otherness: Outside the Thin, White Lines

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein

In my last essay, I talked about the place that privilege and otherness has within the art world and how it’s often overlooked. After the suggestion of commenter @aristotlescrab, I decided to further explore the relationship and defined boundaries of mainstream artists, outsider artists, and the art world.  Read More Privilege and Otherness: Outside the Thin, White Lines

On Being Mixed: The Other’s Other

“What are you?” If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard that question, I could pay off my student loans. What I am is mixed race, multi-ethnic, a hapa, whatever you want to call it ““ equal parts Japanese, Italian, Norwegian, and English. Some of my family members came to America seventeen generations ago; some came only two. The trouble with being mixed is that you’re neither one thing nor the other ““ I’m too dark to be White but too light to be a person of color. At least, that’s what members of those two groups have been telling me for as long as I can remember. Read More On Being Mixed: The Other’s Other

Privilege and Otherness : Art to Stand On

Privilege is one of those words that says everything and nothing at all. It also sends those who are claimed to have privilege into a tizzy of explanations on how they didn’t create the system and how they can’t be blamed for society’s ills at large (FYI – it ain’t about you – more on that later!).  It’s loaded- as it should be, but it’s also a reality that doesn’t always go down easy (and yet easier than not having it for no good reason). Depending on context, it slides and slithers, but most often is blatant and loudly presented. Read More Privilege and Otherness : Art to Stand On