Why are you interested in the criminal mind?

Here is a post from SB contributor Alix Lambert, telling us about how she got interested in working on (and with) criminal behaviors.
A pretty thrilling introduction to her recent book “Crime“.

I was recently asked the question: Why are you interested in the criminal mind? I found myself flummoxed (…ok, maybe I just want to use the word “flummoxed” here). Upon reflection, I don’t know that I am interested in the criminal mind per se. I am definitely interested in the human mind – and in what all too often gets referred to as “The Human Condition.”

When I was interviewing people for my book “”Crime”” which explores the intersection between art and “Crime” by juxtaposing interviews with people in the real world of “Crime” – criminals, members of law enforcement, victims, lawyers, etc., with artists who represent “Crime” in their films, acting, writing, music, etc. – I usually started by asking: What is your first memory of “Crime”? I am interested in how we form our ideas about criminal behavior. I think I was starting to scratch at the desire to find a thread through someone’s (mine, yours, anyone’s) life that leads us to where we are today. Just defining “Crime” at all is an immeasurable task. Are we talking about simply the breaking of a law? Well, there are absurd laws that still exist to this day. In Illinois it is illegal to speak English. The officially recognized language of Illinois is “American.” In Ocean City there still exists a law that says that pinball machines are not to be played on a Sunday.
“”Crime”” runs the gamut from small and amusing: when I complimented my Aunt on her matching, silver salt and pepper shakers she announced with some measure [...]


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cheers homie


Dark-minded beauty


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Nicholas Blincoe


Where should a history of the body in art begin? Asks Nicholas Blincoe, in the framework of the Turner Prize’s Retrospective at Tate Britain. (2 October 2007 – 6 January 2008)
Check out his essay on Tate etc.


Objektsexualität

It’s still here but now I know the longer it stays the harder it will be to say goodbye.


Vanessa Beecroft

I came across this picture by Vanessa Beecroft in Ideat, a French interiors magazine. I’d never heard of her but I’m glad I know now. Her influence can be seen all over the place. An interview with her can be found here.


Guy Bourdin at the Wapping Project

Considering ‘he made no attempt to publish or exhibit his work during his lifetime’ I spent quite some time wondering whether Guy Bourdin would approve of this show. It consists of 32 40″ x 60″ images . There are no surprises but if you’re already a fan then nothing disappoints. As ever, an inspiration and it’s free.