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Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Featured, Uncategorized |

The FRC is undergoing some changes. When I first began this project, a blog seemed like a good idea. Turns out it wasn’t. That’s ok, we still have a lot to say (to you and each other). We’ll be back. This blog will remain here as an archive (and who knows, maybe we’ll post to it again).

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Dazzle Canoe Coloring Contest

Dazzle Canoe Coloring Contest

Posted by on Feb 22, 2014 in Featured, zine |

Here at FRC we’ve recently been obsessed with the phenomena of dazzle ships and dazzle camouflage. There are dazzle wetsuits, dazzle dogs, and a mysterious Floridian camoufleur. There’s music for your tape recorder and  dubious claims by spanish artists. There’s makeup to hide from algorithms, and above all there’s the flash-bang of hiding your shape with loud stripes.   There should be more. So, my feral friends,  inspired in part by Carrie Schneider’s beautiful dazzle canoe (which we had nothing to do with but wish we did), attached below please find the official FRC Dazzle Canoe Coloring Contest form. Please note:  your interpretation of “dazzle” may vary, do not feel constrained by existing patterns. As suggested by @matthewbattles:  Submit completed entries to: whisper@feralresearch.org subject “camoufleur”, or post them to twitter with the hashtag #camoufleur. The contest will be a random drawing held on April 1. Three names will be drawn and each receive a limited edition FRC dazzle-sticker. A gallery of all entries will be posted to the site. No cash value. Void where prohibited by law.   Like this idea? You might also like the Infinitely-Expandable Extra-Illustration Exchange book club or our zine series!   • Dazzle Canoe Coloring Contest Entry Form (PDF – best for printing) • Dazzle Canoe Coloring Contest Entry Form (PNG – best for photoshopping)  ...

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A Great Country Song: Feral on Zines

A Great Country Song: Feral on Zines

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Featured, zine |

Harlan Howard, country music legend, is credited with describing a great country song as “nothin’ but three chords and the truth.” If you’re like me, a northerner whose choice of southern music leaned more towards REM than Western, you probably mostly remember the U2 version where Bono told us that (and a red guitar) were all he needed. This proclamation, located in the extended outro to the Bob Dylan cover on Rattle and Hum, comes around the time the band was moving through their awkward teen years; Angry boys from Dublin easing into arena rock, performing the soundtrack to a film documenting their rise to stardom. There is something in this quote with its origins blurred;  A kind of truthi-ness that is both earnest and silly. An oversimplification that makes us cringe a little, but also activates a deep atavistic fuckyeah from the world where speaking truth to power works, and all a boy or a girl needs is their own voice and a flimsy soapbox to stand on. This is the spot where zines sit. Wikipedia (arguably the most famous of recent self-publishing ventures) tells us that: “A zine (/ˈziːn/ zeen; an abbreviation of fanzine, or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.” Adding: “A popular definition includes that circulation must be 1,000 or less…” This  definition, while probably correct in the most pedantic of ways, is wrong. It misses both the purpose and the meaning of zines, which are neither a stylistic exercise (photocopier) nor a deliberate player in any marketplace (circulation numbers). While both of these things might describe common characteristics of zines, they articulate only the red guitar, skipping  over the three chords and the truth. The zine is many things and like most punk efforts and all manifestos it contains the seeds of its own destruction. Zines have become a “thing:” a style and an attitude that can be duplicated cheaply. A shortcut for teen angst. An icon of the 80s and 90s. But while this great freight-train of an experiment called the Internet has blown the doors open on self publication and distribution, we haven’t ever needed anything more...

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Feral Fieldnotes

Feral Fieldnotes

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Featured, fieldnotes |

Feral Fieldnotes is a new series on FRC, a bid to document our ideas in progress and highlight work worth seeing. For these posts, each of your editors will take turns rounding up their recent thoughts in light of work they’ve recently encountered. Check back periodically for more! —– “The People I loved were celebrities, surrounded by rumor and fanfare; the places I sat with them, movie lots and monuments. No doubt, all of this is not true remembrance but the ruinous work of nostalgia, which obliterates the past, and no doubt, as usual, I have exaggerated everything.” – Michael Chabon, Mysteries of Pittsburgh We expect many things of our creatives and our celebrities, to push the envelope, to show us the possibilities and ultimately to crash spectacularly. This is more complicated than mere schadenfreude, it is a ritual of reenforcement and demarkation: an establishment of what is “normal” and what is “extra normal” with the emphasis on consequence so that while some of us are allowed to fly, it is only for so high and so long. When something awful happens the narrative searches for a reason, for hints of transgression so that the crash can be deserved. Celebrities and “creatives” are the anointed canaries: the court jesters that act out cultural fantasies so we can observe and record the results. This exercise presumes a standard narrative which, as artists and agents of the feral, we look to disassemble, a work which is increasingly necessary as the internet provides us with our own moments of fame both welcome and unwelcome. We are looking for new rules, new ethics and I think ultimately seeking something old: kindness and empathy. This work is deeply necessary but rarely welcomed, thus as Dave Hickey writes on Mapplethorpe in The Invisible Dragon, the best and worst thing he ever did was make transgressive queer sex beautiful. It’s worth considering as we mourn the passing of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whose personal life was, unsurprisingly, as complexed and nuanced as the roles he filled in life and the characters he portrayed on stage and screen. If in someone’s public death you can say there is a goodness,...

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A Genuine Authentic Reproduction Collectors Coin

A Genuine Authentic Reproduction Collectors Coin

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Featured, Secret History, Uncategorized |

I’m sitting on the floor of a popular hangout in Second Life  decorated like a fetish club. It’s the kind of place I might consider burning my shoes after visiting in real life, and I certainly wouldn’t sit on the floor, but virtual worlds are great for germaphobes. A friend I haven’t seen around in a long time appears. She manifests as a kind of overbuilt leather-winged dragon creature wrapped in a bikini with smoke trailing out of her ears. I ask what she’s been up to.   I’ve gotten obsessed with cryptocurrencies o.o; I’m making a few hundred bucks a month off it… new hardware on the way to pump that amount up to close to $1000 a month if my math is right 😀 I have a whole system set up and automated with a buncha shit I wrote that basically calculates the currently most profitable altcoin every few hours, mines that, then cashes it out based on 24hr trends every several hours, or holds it for awhile if there is a massive drop, then all those amounts are transferred automatically and pays me out every 24 hrs in [Bitcoin], which is then fed via another API and exchanged for Lindens [Secondlife currency]*. Then the only part not automated, I take the lindens and from SL -> paypal and the best part is, I’m doing it all with my server and currently, a single radeon 7950. But I have two 7970s and a 5870 on the way 😀 I wanna keep putting the money I make doing it into more hardware until I’m making the equivalent of 30k a year or so off it minus power costs, then just start dumping that sum into a roth IRA.   For the record I take major issue with the whole cryptocurrency thing (Note: If you have been under a rock and have no idea what any of this is about, you could do worse than this primer). Crypto currencies seem to me, more so than many recent things, to embody the worst of the neoliberal attitude my friend Deb succinctly defined as “fuck-you-I-got-mine.” Unsustainable and more than a bit awful; Charlie...

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