Andrew Putter: Native Work (Capetown, South Africa)

Gallery Statement:

This new installation comprises 21 black-and-white photographs of contemporary black Capetonians, in ‘tribal’ or 'traditional’ costume in the genre of the iconic ethnographic photographer Alfred Martin Duggan-Cronin. These are displayed in a grid alongside the same subjects photographed in colour, where the sitters chose what they wished to wear based on how they see themselves.

'Cognizant of the dangers inherent in Duggan-Cronin’s colonial, ethnographic approach to making images, Native Work nevertheless recognises an impulse of tenderness running through his project,’ writes Putter in an article about his project published recently in the journal Kronos: Southern African Histories. 'By trusting this impulse in Duggan-Cronin’s photographs, Native Work attempts to provoke another way of reading these images, and to use them in the making of new work motivated by the desire for social solidarity, a desire which emerges as a particular kind of historical possibility in the aftermath of apartheid.’

By exploring his own complex feelings towards an ideologically tainted but aesthetically compelling visual archive, Putter enters the fraught terrain of ethnographic representation to wrestle with himself about his own complicity, as an artist and a white South African, in this troubled visual legacy. Art critic Alex Dodd writes that this new work 'constitutes one of those rare instances in which it becomes unmistakably clear to the viewer that the primacy of authorial intention has everything to do with the subtle alchemy that determines the meaning and affective power of images. In this case, the immense respect and tenderness that went into the making of the photographs registers visually as a kind of auratic quality of dignity that shines through each and every portrait.’


I.B.M. Announces Brainy Computer Chip -

Dharmendra Modha, an I.B.M. researcher, is the leader of the project to create cognitive computer chips.

Since the early days in the 1940s, computers have routinely been described as “brains” — giant brains or mathematical brains or electronic brains. Scientists and engineers often cringed at the distorting simplification, but the popular label stuck.

Wait long enough, it seems, and science catches up with the metaphor. The field of “cognitive computing” is making enough progress that the brain analogy is becoming more apt. I.B.M. researchers are announcing on Thursday two working prototype cognitive computer chips.

The chip designs are the result of a three-year project involving I.B.M. and university researchers, supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The academic collaborators are at Columbia University, Cornell University, the University of California, Merced and the University of Wisconsin.

The results to date have been sufficiently encouraging that Darpa is announcing on Thursday that it will commit an additional $21 million to the project, the third round of government funding, which brings the total to $41 million.

The cognitive chips are massively parallel microprocessors that consume very little power. But they also have a fundamentally different design. The two prototype semiconductor cores each has 256 neuronlike nodes. One core is linked to 262,144 synapselike memory modules, while the other is linked to 65,536 such memory synapses.

Allah is the light of the heavens and the earth; a likeness of His light is as a niche in which is a lamp, the lamp is in a glass, (and) the glass is as it were a brightly shining star, lit from a blessed olive-tree, neither eastern nor western, the oil whereof almost gives light though fire touch it not—light upon light— Allah guides to His light whom He pleases, and Allah sets forth parables for men, and Allah is Cognizant of all things.

i’m completely cognizant and critical of the problems surrounding age of ultron and come april 30th i’m gonna be at the midnight premiere with my captain america sweater screaming ‘yes bithc!!!!!!!!’ in the theatre bc i am what? weak

If I don’t keep myself inspired, encouraged, uplifted, joyful, connected, cognizant, who will? That’s why I do what I do. I don’t want to wait for a savior, they may never come. I’m the creator of my life and I know I’m deserving of great things and inspiring energy. I have my eyes planted on progression and evolution. Learn to enjoy the journey–it is exhilarating when you embrace it fully.
—  (noun) Sonder is defined as the complete cognizance and speculation of the people, who inhabit the world around you. It is the realization that others have a life as complicated as your own. It is the enlightening moment when you become conscious that all the passersby in your life also have a family, love, fears, desires and worries as deep as your own. It is a sense of dissociation, which mirrors an out of body experience, when you wish to watch the world objectively. 

No matter how hard you work on story in TV, ultimately story will not save you. Character in TV is ALL. Truly good stories, of course, come OUT of character, they don’t happen TO characters. Good story always comes out of character choice.

This doesn’t mean that you can slack off and write bad stories, or you shouldn’t bust your ass to write great stories, which is what all those writers hammering away in writer’s rooms right now are doing. It’s just that you can not help be cognizant of the irony that you are working hardest at the part of the show the audience cares least about….What good story does is provide the most interesting or intriguing framework for the characters. Great story supercharges a show.

5 Tips To Support LGBTQ People with Disabilities

1. Presume competence. This applies to people with physical and/or mental disabilities. Never assume that a disabled person isn’t cognizant of their surroundings. 

2. Respect their autonomy. Always ask if a disabled person needs help. If they decline help, don’t force your “help” on them.

3. Don’t ask invasive questions. This goes twice for trans people with disabilities. For example, don’t ask how a physically disabled person goes to the bathroom. If you wouldn’t like it if someone asked you a particular question, chances are LGBTQ people with disabilities wouldn’t like it either.

4. Include accessibility when you talk about having sex. First and foremost, as is with any sexual relationship: always and continually ask for consent. Second, if your partner has a sensory processing disorder or is Autistic, take their sensory issues into account. Ask what their sensory issues are before having sex and explain, in detail, what you are planning to do. Third, if, at any time before or during sex, your partner is uncomfortable with continuing, stop.

5. Don’t presume that a disabled person is straight/nonsexual/cisgender. Too often, people assume that disabled people are straight/nonsexual/cisgender. There is nothing wrong with identifying this way, but you should never make assumptions about someone else’s identity.

egalitarianism is the deliberate, and oftentimes benign, silencing of an oppressed group in order to maintain the social hegemony

egalitarianism is being cognizant of the fact that there are social inequities and choosing to aid both sides with the same vigor

egalitarianism is an ideology that perpetuates oppression by doing nothing to reduce the chasm that lies between two social groups


Specifically for Overwatch over the past year we’ve been really cognizant of that, trying not to oversexualize the female characters. We want that to be part of who we are, what our brand is. It’s something we’re very cognizant of. We want girls to feel kick-butt. Equally represented.

–  Chris Metzen,  Blizzard Entertainment. 


I want him (Milan) to be cognizant of the reality in which we live today, where there are millions of children who don’t have an access to an education. Right now there are huge gaps between the rich and the poor in the world, that gap needs to be closed and it can be closed. And I know, that if my son grows up understanding this, he will probably want to be an agent of change, because he can change that, he can help, his generation will be able to change that.