Mary Lum’s “Edge Conditions”

Art follows NYC life…

“When walking or driving in the city it is sometimes possible to detect the poetic subconscious of the place, the thing we cannot see but can only occasionally access through feeling. The sharp attention required for this experience comes from extensive looking (for nothing in particular), walking without distraction but implicitly always distracted.” —Mary Lum

Plodding to the subway, trying not to spill the coffee in one hand all over my coat and at the same time maneuvering my shoulder so that my tote bag full of books doesn’t slide down my arm, gazing with a mixture of envy and disgust at the brand new demonic black-brick apartment complexes going up on Union Avenue that I will never be able to afford, glancing at a peeling concert poster, leaping over dog shit, wondering when, if ever spring will come, smelling the exhaust and wondering if it’s more polluted here or in LA….

Hip to the Game: Dance World vs. Music Industry, The Battle for Hip Hop’s Legacy

From, an article on how hip-hop dance has finally become it’s own cultural icon.

In its origins, hip-hop was largely a subculture and a form of style and expression developed by urban minorities. But now it has become part of the mainstream. Street talk, dress, and music have all become an undeniable influence on American culture. In 2003, the Oxford English dictionary added “phat,” “jiggy,” ”dope,” and “breakbeat” to the online updates of its dictionary. Slang terms like “bling” and “baby mama” are now so colloquial you can hear them on the news. Clothing trends like tracksuits and hoodies are no longer limited to rappers’ gear, but are worn by everyone. Hip-hop style has become so prevalent that Jay-Z has his own clothing label, 50 Cent his own shoe line, and Diddy his own fragrance—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.