Issue #90: Passive
"Autocomplete Dreams" by James T. Green
Messages burrow their way into my subconcious while the room was silent, shimmying into my brain waves like earworms.
The television in the background nudged me into a trance.
My living room became a stage and the announcer was my director.
Everyone in my line of sight became props, silent in their motions. The room’s vocals were jittering fragments of a slumber.
Direct your attention!
This week on!
Television announcers become my commanders. Make your way here, capture this, make this noise.
I wonder what dreams encapsulate my parents as they rest in front of the television. Do they become miniature commercials of their own?
Autocompleted with passive information
I catch myself in a dream of my own, except my eyes are wide open and the only commercials are the passive sounds of Christmas music, glazing me into a trance.
I glance out the window in the same seat where my mom and I shared stories
My brain replays those memories like the endless commercials on that couch as my parents slept.
My brain is here, sleeping, catching up to how I felt then
Maybe it’s my own brain trying to fill the gaps, with commercials, with reruns, with sports I don’t give a fuck about
To hide my emptiness
To become background noise
To be in front of that couch, asleep in front of the television
To passively exist
I begged my mind to capture a glimmer of reality
To capture the director’s attention
To scream and shout beyond the passive noise
To move from the background noise and into the foreground
To capture those messages that burrowed into my mind
But for now I won’t, and until then, I’ll passively let other thoughts into my head
To mask what it is I’m trying to find
Until the director yell “cut!”
The best links this week.
★ Artist Profile: Christine Sun Kim: The latest in a series of interviews with artists who have a significant body of work that makes use of or responds to network culture and digital technologies.
★ The Lenny Interview: Kimberly Drew, aka @MuseumMammy: Doreen St. Félix interviews one of the leading folks emerging black contemporary art across the internet.
★ W.A.G.E. Fee Calculator: Standards for artist compensation in 14 different categories.
★ Brother, Brother by Briar Rabbit: A response song to the recent protests for black lives in Chicago.
★ When “Life Hacking” Is Really White Privilege: Why "personal development" gurus seem to get away with so much.
Notes from the editor.
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