Media Archives (1986 – )

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“The Mind Farm” is a half acre of land on Detroit’s East Side dedicated to urban sustainability and
resilience.

Detroit3rdMind is also the archive for creative output of Gregg Newsom. Projects include Thee Kabal, Eden, Soleil Noir, VROTA, Bloom, DJ V.I.T.R.I.O.L., and others from the last 30 years.

Audio: https://detroit3rdmind.bandcamp.com/

 

Recent Updates to the Media Archives

Video: Detroit Development and Surveillance

All photos and video shot Easter Sunday, 2014.
Updated & Re-edited May 16, 2014 and added voice over:

RUIN PORN is an art movement that focuses on the decline of cities, buildings and infrastructure, specifically capturing urban decay and VACANCY. DETROIT and other post-industrial cities around the world are popular subjects.

RUIN PORN has been widely criticized for exploiting other's economic and social hardships while fueling a post-apocalyptic vision that disregards historical and social context, a tabula rasa or 'blank slate'.

In Detroit, this vision, these 'blank slate glasses' justify a lawlessness and often unrecognized inhumanity that supports not an end to corruption, but merely the transference of corruption from one set of hands to the next.

With some analysis and honesty, it can become apparent that there are long-term overt and covert strategies at play here. In governance, Emergency Management being one of many examples. In development, Detroit Future City's strategic 'winners and losers' is another.

The population of 'losers', the anticipated and engineered losses, those left behind and their outrage, anger or inability to cope, for whatever the reason, are then used to justify the creation of a high-tech private surveillance infrastructure that protects investments through numerous private policing authorities that have vast and overlapping jurisdictions and little accountability, save to their corporate guidelines.

DETROIT DEVELOPMENT/SURVEILLANCE PORN is a visual meditation/mediation on history, power, surveillance and the displacement of people that strives towards a creative commentary on and counter-expression to RUIN PORN. It strives toward documenting the ABANDONMENT and VACANCY of humanity that is interwoven in CORPORATE DOMINATION of our experience.


Harry Crosby - Prophet of the Sun

I'm reposting this in honor of Harry's Birthday this year. ~G

Harry Crosby, Prophet of the Sun

A collection of poems by Harry Crosby. Limited to 100 copies. Complied and designed by Gregg A. Newsom II. Edited by Sara Sowers. In 1991, when traveling through Austin, an associate of mine gave me a tattered sheet that held 3 nearly unreadable Crosby poems. They transfixed me. I traveled the country copying poems from libraries and rare bookstores and eventually moved to Carbondale, IL. to gain access to the Caresse Crosby papers at Southern Illinois University. I created this online edition to commemorate the 2011 anniversary of Harry Crosby's death. The project gave me a chance to look at Crosby with fresh eyes. I've always cringed at Harry's contradictions and train-wreck levels of drama. His misanthropy, worship/objectification of women and perception of non-Europeans as savage are considerable blocks to the potential of his inspired 'life as art/politic' rebellion against the wealthy Boston Brahmins and his creative quest for spiritual liberation. ~Gregg, Detroit Evolution