“Anonymous is not an organization, it is an idea, a zeitgeist, coupled with a set of social and technical practices.”
“For all its moral ambiguity, the rise of so-called ‘hacktivism’ catalyzed by Anonymous and their ilk reveal an important facet of our networked society, which perhaps these authoritarian entities have reason to fear: ‘Individuals are vastly more effective and less susceptible to manipulation, control, and suppression by traditional sources of power than they were even a decade ago.’”
The Koch brothers, whose combined wealth exceeds that of the bottom 40 percent of Americans combined, are now founding their own political apparatus to fund right-wing candidates and causes. Over two decades America has gone from political parties being the major source of political money in America, to corporations, and now to billionaires. Twenty years ago, political parties raised funds mostly from upper middle-class professionals (a majority Republicans) and from labor unions and their blue-collar members (Democrats). After the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision, funding in both parties shifted big time to corporations, corporate executives, and Wall Street — America’s plutocrats. Now the plutocrats are being displaced by the oligarchs. What next?
Beth Cavener Stichter & Alessandro Gallo Collaborate on Ornate Sculpture:‘Tangled Up in You’
Beth Cavener Stichter’s sculptures have an intensely-visceral quality. The ceramic animals she hand-builds demonstrate an human-like sense of understanding with their sensitive gazes and anthropomorphic eyes. But despite their thoughtful countenances, these characters are also perfectly at home in their animal skins. Cavener Stichter’s work does not shy away from the brutality of the animal world, from its untamed sexuality to its endless cycle of predator and prey.
She recently collaborated with Italian artist Alessandro Gallo , who embellished her latest sculpture, Tangled Up in You, with painted tattoos reminiscent of traditional Japanese tattoo art. The 65-inch-tall sculpture (15 feet total, from the top knot of the rope to the floor) shows a lanky rabbit intertwined with a snake in mid-air. It is unclear whether the two figures are caught in a struggle to the death or a passionate embrace. Tangled Up in You is currently on view at the Milwaukee Museum of Art. Take a look at some detail shots of the elaborate piece as well as some photos of Cavener Stichter in her studio.
‘Tangled Up in You‘ is currently on view at the Milwaukee Museum of Art