Oyster Words: Down the Rabbit Hole
For our Digital Issue, we ask people about their favourite websites and subsequently get lost in the internet.
Bored.com? In need of a good DIStraction? Get LinkedIn! If there's one thing the World Wide Web has taught us, it's that the possibilities for procrastination are endless. For Oyster #101: Let's Get Digital! we asked Nick Scholl, the editor of our favourite 'post-internet' website, DIS Magazine, to recommend his favourite website — and then that website recommended their favourite website, and so on and so forth until we'd gone so far down the rabbit hole that we ran out of space.
Nick Scholl likes: keehnankonyha.com
I'd say the site that has most profoundly affected my aesthetic sensibility in my life and my living spaces over the past four years is a site formerly known as 2THEWALLS, edited by friend and interior designer Keehnan Konyha — he has now wrapped it into the journal on his personal website, keehnankonyha.com. Keehnan is supremely sensitive to visual and spatial signals in interiors, and their relationships to culture. His posts are often large photos of rooms or objets d'art paired with quoted passages from completely unrelated books, video clips and music uploads. It's not the typical dilettante's gaze into the shallow pan of juxtaposition; rather, every post manages to create an entire mood — a gestalt emotion that speaks to something deeply human but uses interior design as its platform. His insights have opened my eyes to the power of the decorative arts and how valuable they are in describing, inscribing and circumscribing our lives.
Keehnan Konyha likes: uuiuu.tumblr.com
Mel Paget does a handful of Tumblrs, but her main account, UUiUU, has been consistently amazing for years and a huge inspiration, specifically where print, pattern and colour are concerned. It's typically a collection of graphics and industrial and interior design, with a Memphisy/otaku bent. There's a lot of retro-fetishism to sift through on Tumblr, but I think she manages to create a larger narrative by including original content and more contemporary images.
Mel Paget likes: commonchant.tumblr.com
A website I recommend is commonchant.tumblr.com. It's a collection of eighties fetish, industrial design, pastels, airbrush art and vintage Japanese worship. Highly recommended. It is curated by Julie Eckert. If you ever get the chance to visit her house, it is like her Tumblr in physical form.
Julie Eckert likes: out4pizza.com
A long-time favourite site of mine is out_4_pizza, the cavernous black container of the artwork of Laura Brothers. She creates gorgeous abstract structures that seem as if they were birthed from mutant Commodore Amiga game demos.
Laura Brothers likes: twitter.com/chinesewifi
Cool idea — chains of love. I was also really into 2THEWALLS. Can I step a bit outside of the 'website' web zone and recommend a Twitter? It's a very visual Twitter; that's all I have to say about it. See for yourself: twitter.com/chinesewifi. [It's the mind-bending Twitter of Spencer Longo.]
Spencer Longo likes: glob.daniel-letson.com
Dan Letson's posts have covered a wide range of subjects — Italian avant-garde design group Studio Alchimia; rare collaborations between Japanese life-brand Muji and electronic-music pioneer Ryuchi Sakamoto; contemporary artists like Travess Smalley and Takeshi Murata; forgotten dollar-bin industrial records and more — all under the umbrella of creators with a decidedly 'non-standard' approach, which is the guiding principle of the topics covered. Unlike a purely image-based, endlessly scrolling Tumblr feed (though the images are just as tasty), Letson approaches things with a decidedly more journalistic and critical bent. His ability to see a connecting thread among all of these topics shows his understanding of the 'experimental' in a much more holistic regard, and his approach to writing is equal parts celebratory, cerebral and funny — which is what this kind of work should be. One of my favourite things about the content of his site is how his personal practice of 'the hunt' manifests itself: while others would glaze over discount bins and other areas of unverified potential and go for what's already been pre-marked as interesting, Letson revels in the potential for gold at any moment and shares it with the viewer. It's this aspect of his approach that has been incredibly inspiring to me over the time I've known him, and made me equally as hungry to discover. The blog is still young, but I think he's really nailing a zeitgeist that speaks to many.
Daniel Letson likes: comatonse.com/thaemlitz
I recommend Therre Thaemlitz's site, comatonse.com/thaemlitz. He is a super-relevant, hyper-intelligent musician/writer/activist and the founder of Comatonse Records. His writing is especially amazing, and I have him to thank for the concept of 'the Globule', which comes from an essay on Japanese producer and musician Haruomi Hosono — one of the founding members of Yellow Magic Orchestra — and the socio-political ramifications of his brand of 'World-Class Techno-Pop'. He specialises in rigorously researched but totally enjoyable diatribes on fringe culture, with special attention to gender politics and electronic music. His essay on the Voguing scene is a definite highlight, and his column for The Wire earlier this year was a juicy slab of pontification on what he called "offline digital culture". He's been a big inspiration to me with his slightly cynical brand of cross-brow culture-mining, which he's been practicing under the radar for years.
Therre Thaemlitz likes: andoverbaptist.org
This ought to take you down that rabbit hole: landoverbaptist.org. In case you can't tell right away, it is a sarcastic site… Although they may never confess to that. ;-)
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