reasons to quit

twenty first century existential dread over eroding identity in globalized capitalism


SPOTLIGHT: Rappers x Pre-16th Century Art

B4XVI is gathering a collection of comparisons between pre-16th century art and famous rappers.

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Test Pattern - Ryoji Ikeda

Ikeda’s work translates the digital data that surrounds us in everyday life into flickering barcodes. On the artist’s 100-meter-long projection, the visitor is at the same time viewer and part of the image. 


Baffled by Belfast — Failed Architecture


when u try to caffeinate yourself and just end up increasing ur heart rate with no discernible changes in levels of exhaustion  




knuckle tats say FOUC AULT

knuck tats saying POST, and on the other hand, having transcended the limitations of the form, STRUCTURALIST


its hilarious how there is an entire advertising demographic thats like “liberals who fall for sappy anti-hate messages in ads where the bottom line is still buy our shit”

For it must be cried out, at a time when some have the audacity to neo-evangelize in the name of the ideal of a liberal democracy that has finally realized itself as the ideal of human history: never have violence, inequality, exclusion, famine, and thus economic oppression affected as many human beings in the history of the earth and of humanity. Instead of singing the advent of the ideal of liberal democracy and of the capitalist market in the euphoria of the end of history, instead of celebrating the ‘end of ideologies’ and the end of the great emancipatory discourses, let us never neglect this obvious macroscopic fact, made up of innumerable singular sites of suffering: no degree of progress allows one to ignore that never before, in absolute figures, have so many men, women and children been subjugated, starved or exterminated on the earth.
—Jacques Derrida, Specters of Marx (via surrealpolitik)


Embracing the fjord, a dusk-dimmed Bergen laps against mountain walls, Norway, 1971Photograph by George F. Mobley, National Geographic

Death gives its shape to love as it does to life – transforming it into fate. The one you love died while you loved her and now it is a love fixed forever – which, without such an end, would have fallen to pieces. What would the world be without death – a succession of forms evaporating and returning, and anguished flight, and unfinishable world. But fortunately here is death, the stable one.
—Albert Camus - Notebooks 1942-1951 (via sisyphean-revolt)


light pollution is largely the result poorly designed lighting, which wastes energy shining outward to the sky, where it is unwanted, instead of downwards to the ground, where it is needed. billions are spent each year on unshielded outdoor lights, though they are directly responsible for 14.7 million tons of carbon dioxide waste in the u.s. alone.

our overlit cities and suburbs have radically altered the light rhythms to which many forms of life, including diurnal animals such as ourselves, have adapted, disrupting the migratory, reproductive and feeding cycles of nocturnal creatures in potentially devastating ways.

light, for example, makes nocturnal animals easier prey, and acts as a magnet for birds, with the latter effect so powerful that scientists speak of some birds being literally “captured” by searchlights, circling in the thousands until they drop. the effect was notably observed in new york’s tribute of lights.

the effect on humans is just as profound. darkness is not only essential to our biological welfare (with light pollution linked to breast and prostate cancer), but the light of the stars and the rhythms of day and night is part our collective evolutionary and cultural patrimony. yet, two thirds of humanity live under skies polluted with light, while one fifth of the planet can no longer see the milky way.

photos by jim richardson from his series “death of night,” to consider during earth hour, which is saturday, march 29 at 8:30pm.


How do people adapt to life in one of the most polluted cities in the world, in sub-zero temperatures, during extended periods with no daylight?

Photographer Elena Chernyshova recently set out to explore those questions in Norilsk, Russia, a city of more than 170,000 people located above the polar circle (via nevver)






people who try and justify china’s abandonment of socialism by citing the nep

people who think modern china represents an actual opposition to imperialism

people who think east european communist parties actually care about communism

people who think

girls who read



Bourgeois ideology is an ideology which refuses to allow itself to be identified as an ideology by presenting itself as neutral, impartial, universal, objective and value-free.
—Roland Barthes, Criticism and Truth (via roboclaws)