James T. Green is a conceptual artist, radio producer, writer, and educator from Chicago, Illinois, and now in Brooklyn, New York.

thoughts + feelings

90: Passive

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.

Buy!

Direct your attention!

Coming up!

This week on!

Television announcers become my commanders. Make your way here, capture this, make this noise.

"Is it a childhood dream or a newfound interest?" / James T. Green / 2015

I wonder what dreams encapsulate my parents as they rest in front of the television. Do they become miniature commercials of their own?

Fragmented thoughts

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

Of laughter

Of tears

Of shock

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

Laughing

Crying

Gasping

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.

★ This current print run of CSS Black Lives Matter hoodies benefits the Chicago chapter of Black Lives Matter. Reserve yours today.

★ I have two slots open for design and development work for the year. If you are in need or know of any leads, contact me.

★ Episode 30 of the Open Ended podcast will be released this Wednesday, with guests Jenn and Trin of the Friendshipping Podcast, focused on being a better friend during the holidays.

★ Four framed prints of “we(act)" are available for sale. If you are interested in having some art of mine in your home or studio, contact me.


Issue #90 was brought to you by...

Clive, Nick, Ben, “Michael”, Stewart, Molly, Alexandra, Jennifer, Joelle, David, Jessica, Chad, Will, Eboni, Jayson, Subi, Allyson, and Revision Path.

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Thanks for reading, and see you next week.

-James

James T. Green