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Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation

Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation

Sondra Perry

American, b. Perth Amboy, New Jersey, 1986

Video; color; sound; 9:05 min.
(as realized)

Courtesy of the artist and
Bridget Donahue, NYC
Proposed acquisition,
November 2020

Sondra Perry’s work examines how technology mediates familial and cultural histories. In this video, an avatar modeled after Perry delivers a monologue. She first discusses the limitations of the software used to render her image and its inability to reproduce Perry’s body type. The avatar then discusses a study examining the “just world” belief—the idea that the world is a fair place where people get what they deserve—and its harmful effects on Black people, who are led to believe that negative outcomes stem from personal failings rather than systemic racism. The avatar hovers between speaking as a Black subject in the real world and as a digital being in the virtual realm. “What’s still familiar is our incredible exhaustion: looping, running, daily,” she says. Perry’s video is normally shown on monitors mounted to an exercise bike intended for office settings; viewers who turn the bike’s pedals find that their own strenuous, but unproductive, physical labor resonates with the avatar’s ruminations. Perry splices the central monologue with footage of exorcisms and animated skin that ripples in digital waves.

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iOS 13 from iPhone OS

iphone 2g


from iPhone OS

Who remembers the first iPhone?I mean, this was 2007, George W. Bush was still in office.

It was January 9th, 2007, that Steve Jobs unleashed his most (arguably) influential form of technology that changed modern society and the way we interact with computers and screens on a daily basis. There was plenty else in the mix that has changed and not all in part due to the iPhone, but seriously stop and think for a moment, what if it never came to be? What if Apple just stuck to Computers and iPods and never took them elsewhere? 

Contemplating that, I wonder if today’s iPhone would be approved by Mr. Jobs’ standards? Or if it would be somewhere else in its own evolution? Hell, or if there would be something new or different altogether.

Before the iPhone,

we were used to mobile phones (they were dumb then, not smart) that had buttons, phones that flipped open, and some came with a stylus, like the beloved Crackberry (first introduced to market in 1999). But that’s a whole other article.

The iPhone has not always been at the head of the pack these days, sometimes even struggling to keep up. However, I don’t want to take this article into a pessimistic rant about how I’m unsure of the future of Apple, or how I’ve worried from the day that Steve Jobs died; so I’m just taking it as a stroll down memory lane. Remembering the predecessors to today’s iPhone 11 Pro Max and how all the features that keep getting crammed into these tiny computers we carry around.

Side note, the first OS for iPhone was originally OSX. It operated on the same system, but shortly was realized to be its own beast and was born iPhone OS, then 4 years later came iOS (4).


iphone 2g

Other side note, I must say, I’m really into the Midnight Green color option, so so good, they took a cue from the fashion world. Deep hues of green, I always attribute that color to Lanvin (know your references kids). If you’re an artist, you probably think Hooker’s Green or perhaps Phthalo Green. 

iPhone 1

(Pictured above) The first incarnation did not do much, compared to the device you now hold today.(Unless somehow you still have an operating 1, in which case that probably belongs in a museum.) But it did break everyone's idea on what a phone was and could be...

And it only came in one color.


Only 1 camera, on the back, no video anything, well, that didn't involve itunes. But certainly no Facetime, Instastories, Snapchat, nope, nothing like that yet.


You want what? There was no app store. You only had what Apple wanted to give you. The very first version, you couldn't even rearrange the apps. It was not until the next generation that the App store came to be and third party apps became more readily available.


Siri, who? There was no Siri, speak to text, spelling correction, auto detect, anything like that. So basically you had to type really carefully and if your hands were too big or drunk, you were S.O.L.

Big Business

To think about all the subsequent things that have come from the iPhone as well is a bit astounding. So many new companies have been birthed because of the strong impact the iPhone has made and its popularity.

The plethora of apps and major companies that might not be around, if not for the inception of iPhone. Think Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare, delivery, etc. options there are now and ways to rent a house or go on vacation. To shopping apps, tech apps, social media apps and companies and the list goes on.

Then there’s accessories for your phone like cases, screen protectors, insurance, cameras, lights, attachments, pop sockets, holders, car gadgets and ugh… you get the point. What a monumental impact this creation has had on our society and how’s shaped us to where we are now and our trajectory into the future.

My hats off to you, Mr. Jobs.

Below, I’ve included a gallery (of sorts) of all things iPhone inspired by my world or art and design. All the links are to products that I’ve created, so feel free to check ’em out, maybe even be compelled to buy something. (wink. wink.)

And to all you new iPhone 11 Pro Max or whoevers, NO, I don’t have cases for those yet. Soon I hope.

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B&O Beoplay A9


As an avid consumer of beautifully designed objects, often I go through many stages in my decision making process of whether or not I want to bring an article into my home.

Diving a bit deeper into my knowledge of the Bang & Olufsen  brand and heritage. I can say that I have been won over…

When it comes to Bang and Olufsen branding, one thing has always been clear – the company lives for design, innovation, and function. When building their brand, the company knew that they needed to showcase their unique values and purpose in everything they do, which is why every aspect of the B&O identity continues to be so iconic today.

Just look at the unmistakable design of the Bang and Olufsen logo for instance. The sans-serif font gives this almost century-old brand a modern feel, while the grey colour evokes thoughts of luxury, sophistication, and innovation. One particularly effective element in the design is the way the characters are situated. The “B” seems almost upside down, which indicates that this company has turned the audio world around, while the overall “neat” composition of the logo show’s the brand’s devotion to domesticated aesthetics.

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“With the A9 I wanted to make a timeless classic something which is beautiful from all angles in all times. A9 was inspired by sound and by music. The shape is a circle and the reason why choose a circle is because the sound travels in circles. The A9 is made out of very few elements which are used as much as possible and crafted in the best materials; high quality wood high quality plastics high quality aluminium and a very good fabric.”

Øivind Alexander Slaatto, Beoplay A9 Designer ​

CONNECTING genuinely with your CUSTOMER

B&O Beoplay A9

One thing I really enjoy about Bang & Olufsen as a brand is their inclusion of  the non-heteronormative dialogue that has finally been gaining positive momentum in mainstream culture. They are sharing the stories of real life people in very matter of fact way. I love how effortless and genuine their thinking is; there isn’t a big to-do about it, it’s just natural.

Bang & Olufsen approach their marketing in a fresh, modern way of thinking. They bring a common, everyday tone that doesn’t boast anything they aren’t already known for. They also don’t ‘pride’ themselves too much. 

Other major brands and retailers should take note and adopt a similar strategy. Instead of hopping on the gay pride bandwagon (as so many brands have done this year) by slapping on a rainbow on a product or just using its colors for convenient placement. 

I suspect the current fad and trying to cash in on the hype will only last the month of June. Only acknowledging a specific community for one month out of the year is just a bit condescending to me. We are not just a holiday, we are everyday.  

Bang & Olufsen have, whether intentional or not (but my guess it was intentional), have charmingly evoked what might not be a normal lifestyle for most, but is normal for a fair amount of the population. 

By featuring a neutral tone on gender and sexuality, they’ve made it a non-thing, they’ve made it a people thing. They have aimed the focus on style, design, and beauty. It’s inclusive and endearing. 

My only criticism would be to include more people of color. Though being a brand from Denmark, I can only assume this is most likely the reasoning for not doing so.

B&O Beoplay A9

Carolyne and Laura, an international creative couple currently living in New York. They open up their beautiful home, rich in character, with B&O.

Watch their story “Calm, Cool, Collected” below…
Beoplay A9

Beoplay A9

The A9 is designed and crafted like a beautiful piece of furniture with a careful selection of materials and a great attention to detail. The days of wanting to hide your bulky black stereo are over. No matter where you choose to place the A9, it's going to look beautiful.

Stream wirelessly via AirPlay, Google Cast, DLNA or Bluetooth. Built-in access to streaming services. An incredible 480 watts of powerful sound. Intuitive touch control. Beolink Multiroom technology.

Øivind Alexander Slaatto.


On stand Diameter x height x footprint 70.1 x 90.8 x 41.5 cm 27.6 x 35.8 x 16.3 in;
on wall Diameter x depth 70.1 x 21.3 cm 27.6 x 8.4 in.

15 kg (incl. legs) 14.2 kg (without legs) 33.1 lbs (incl. legs) 31.5 lbs (without legs).

Smoked Oak

Wood, Fabric, Aluminium and Plastic.

Typical 23 watts Standby 0.4 watts

33.1 - 25.000 Hz

1 x 160 watt class D for bass
2 x 80 watt class D for midrange
2 x 80 watt class D for treble

1 x 8' woofer
2 x 3" midrange
2 x 3/4" tweeters.
1 x USB iPod/iPhone/iPad connector
1 x Line-in
1 x Ethernet.
WLAN - 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz & 5GHz)

Apple AirPlay
DLNA wireless streaming
Bluetooth 4.0
Google Chromecast


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Quotes taken from the New York Times article, How to Do a Data ‘Cleanse’

I’ve been dealing with major computer growing pains. My cloud seems to be so full it’s now raining on me. And the duplicate situation has just gone way too far. I’d say I don’t understand how this happened, only I very much do know how it happened. I didn’t care. For a long time now, I’ve sort of let a lot of…

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Quotes taken from the New York Times article, How to Do a Data ‘Cleanse’

I’ve been dealing with major computer growing pains. My cloud seems to be so full it’s now raining on me. And the duplicate situation has just gone way too far. I’d say I don’t understand how this happened, only I very much do know how it happened. I didn’t care. For a long time now, I’ve sort of let a lot of things just go on autopilot, unchecked, unregulated, completed disregarded and only given the slightest notion, “it’s saved in the cloud or something.”


That’s “mean time between failures,” or “typical time until it croaks.”

…your countdown to catastrophe has begun.

David Pogue
How to Do a Data ‘Cleanse’

I’m in the process of combining all my photo libraries, miscellaneous cloud storage providers, several external hard drives, an outdated Mac mini, and super old PowerBook. The photo library situation is ridiculous; hundreds of thousands of photos that I probably won’t ever really look at or need. As my cloud storage has maxed out its capacity and Apple continues to try to persuade me into upgrading to the 2T plan, I stop and think about how crazy it is to be paying for cloud storage. Cloud storage. One more time, cloud storage. I’ve always hated the idea of paying for storage units that hold all the extra crap our American lifestyles manage to consume and collect. If you really need it that bad, why is it in the bottom of a cardboard box halfway across town, better yet, the country? Get rid of it! PURGE!

Software cruft refers to digital dust bunnies: duplicate files, orphaned “temporary” files, forgotten downloads, files attached to ancient emails, abandoned files from apps you deleted, and so on.

David Pogue. How to Do a Data ‘Cleanse’

I was forced to purge once, Mother Nature and a bitch named Destiny (Oh, I think I went to high school with her) pulled a fast one on me and decided I didn’t need… hmm… I’d say about 65% of my material possessions. I say, “bitches be hoes,” but that ain’t bring back not a damn thing. Woah child, sorry, I was getting a bit colorful there. Just slipped into it, not to mention, I’ve gone off topic.

As I was saying, I’ve trying to get my digital data under control. I found this article to help the inspiration process and some tips maybe you don’t know. Unfortunately, I think I knew most of it, but it’s still great for review!

Anyone have any good recommendations for photo duplicate programs or have any other tips in general?

I’d love to hear what you do to combat your digital landscape.

Another good article that ran last month to help you hack your digital life:
Never-ending notifications. Pull-to-refresh rewards. There’s no escape from surveillance capitalism…
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