“Swiss designer Yves Behar has unveiled his design for French ocean conservationist Fabien Cousteau’s underwater pressurized research station that will be ‘the ocean’s equivalent to the International Space Station.’” (via Dezeen)

“There should be at least a few dozen active civilizations in our galaxy under the assumption that it takes 5 billion years for intelligent life to form on other planets, as on Earth,” lead researcher Christopher Conselice said in a news release. “The idea is looking at evolution, but on a cosmic scale.”

  • Marcos Balter, a composer and professor of music composition at the University of California, San Diego, wants to set the record straight about Joseph Boulogne, a remarkable 18th-century polymath whom John Adam once described as “the most accomplished man in Europe in riding, shooting, fencing, dancing and music.” And yet, Boulogne has mostly been sidelined as the “Black Mozart”:

Presumably intended as a compliment, this erasure of Boulogne’s name not only subjugates him to an arbitrary white standard, but also diminishes his truly unique place in Western classical music history.

  • This has rightly been making the rounds on the internet, but in case you haven’t watched it in full, please do. Congressional Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a powerful speech, rebuking Representative Ted Yoho, who called her a “fucking bitch” in front of the press.
  • Zoé Samudzi (who is also a Hyperallergic contributor) penned an excellent piece in the New Republic about the “public debate about whether it’s appropriate to watch and/or circulate images of black people being murdered by the police and other, non-state killers.” The real question, she says, is: “why do white people continue to make cases for watching them?”

Where empathy exists, it is not sufficiently urgent to move white people to actually seek to alleviate witnessed suffering. It serves, actually, as a reinscription of white supremacy: a reification of the boundary between the white self and the Black “others” through a passive bystander witnessing and the enforcement of race through public violence.

Before the coronavirus, 25 percent of adjunct professors were dependent on federal assistance, according to a new study from American Federation of Teachers. A third earned less than $25,000 a year, below federal poverty standards, and tended to make between $2,000 and $7,000 a class.

  • Photographer Dave Killen shares the uncropped version of the photo he took at protests in Portland at around 1:45am on Saturday, July 18. The photo, which has gone viral, has become an emblematic image of calm defiance in the face of violence. Killen said in a tweet: “I would encourage anyone seeing this photo now to seek out the totality of the coverage of what has been happening in Portland since late May, not just from my paper but other local outlets and the myriad of independent journalists who are out there every single night.”
  • And for those who want to have a cocktail with a curator, Xavier F. Salomon, a chief curator over at the Frick Collection, has been doing this series on YouTube. I particularly enjoyed his episode on Holbein’s gorgeous painting of Sir Thomas More (I, too, am a Blood Mary fan):

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  1. I want to understand David Killen’s photograph. I can come at it from my own work done in the nude. Like curses are to be used sparingly so that those hearing them from me know that I am serious with my “Fuck You” it is the same as when I appear in public nude. Is it not clear that the woman in Mr. Killen’s photograph is saying “Isn’t this what you really want?” The Federal Troops offer to Portland and the entirety of the nation a big Fuck You by beating us and gassing us. It is a rape. Rape is violence. To be nude is to be vulnerable. She is protesting our rape with her nudity. It is a dare to the violent Federal Troops saying “Okay now, what are you going to do?” The expectation is that they are just going to look and be puzzled. Her nudity is the cause of a pause, but that pause was still temporary since these Federal Troops went back to doing what they had been doing, which was launching tear gas into the assemblage of protestors and according to the reporting even at the nude woman. What kind of people launch cans of gas at a nude woman? It is our Treasury that was billed for the uniforms these Troops wear, and the guns, and the impact munitions and the rubber bullets that are bullets when fired directly at us. The expected Civil War has been envisioned as between Southern Racist lower classes and idealistic Yankees. The Union soldiers did fight to prevent the spread of slave labor employment West, so they did fight to end slave labor practices in the US. For Federal Troops to repeatedly assault those people protesting the repeated murders by police in the US is a betrayal of the goals idealists and pragmatists of the Union fought Confederates to end. Slaves for sale would be stood up nude. Thanks, Russell Scott Day/Transcendian on youtube Nude in Bathtub Reality Television episodes.

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