Protect Your Text Neck: an Interview with Jillian Mayer


“Aren’t you tired of holding up your neck when you text?”

Slumpies are the answers to all your prayers – at least for all your text-neck problems which isn’t in the dictionary (yet) but has its own website Miami artist, Jillian Mayer has been creating one of a kind Slumpies, sculptural chairs to help with your every postures while staring down at your devices. Constructed out of colorful fiberglass, these pieces can withstand rain or shine unlike nap pods, and have a playful feel – something you would see in a SkyMall catalog or at your local shopping mall but can be seen in galleries around the United States.

After spending several hours myself trying out the sculptures at Mayer’s LAXART opening, Slumpies allowed for a public/private space to check my notifications and emails while still out socializing. At first seeping into the sculpture it quickly takes shape of your body with the material while still being a prototype eventually I became one with my Slumpie. The Slumpie conveniently with an in-built phone charger and even plant holder, feels like a necessity to all public spaces. The standing and sitting options allows you to still be present in public but with a more modern take on a private phone booth. The harder material fits right in with commercial buildings, marble floors, but also outdoors at any public park. The Slumpies have been making their rounds at this years Atlanta Bienalle and Chicago Expo – to keep track of when’s the next time a Slumpie could be in your town or place a custom order based on your height, weight, BMI, and specific needs, check out the webpage.


You had the idea of making Slumpies after seeing people’s slumping postures out in public looking down at their screens. What have been some of your own personal problems when staring at your device?

Throughout my art practice, I have always been interested in passive interactions and working with platforms (virtual and physical) that support that. Slumpies fill the negative space between a person and their technological device.

I do suffer from text neck- that’s true. As humans we build lots of innovations to simplify our lives and promote connectivity, but my work often addresses what we give up in order to progress. I could say that detachment from my current environment, access to (non-important) constant stimulation, along with poor posture and hand cramping might be some of my personal issues with chronic phone interaction.

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My Top 5 Internet Obsessions: Adam Ferriss


Photo illustration by Adam Ferriss via NYTimes

Artist Adam Ferriss shares his top 5 internet obsessions of the moment.


A collection/archive of scientific research papers on every topic imaginable. This is where I like to go hunting for diagrams.


Samim is a programmer working with machine learning / ai. His twitter feed keeps me up to speed on the crazy amounts of ml / ai projects being released.


3. Evgeny Demidov
I know nothing about this person other than that they have a Russian e-mail address and have been making some great proof of concept webGL demos for building off of.


4. Felix Woitzel
Felix has been pushing out webGL fluid simulations for years. They’re unfortunately not catalogued anywhere, but that makes stumbling upon them feel a bit more special.


5. This snail shader
Inigo Quilez wrote a program to render this snail with just a single shader and a boat load of math.

geetha thurairajah’s Fables

brandishing by Geetha Thurairajah

in touch by geetha thurairajah

Artist Statement on Fables

As paintings of the boundaries between cultural histories and lived experiences, these “landscapes” present the virtual quest for selfhood. Confused, complex and completely absent, these places capture a sentiment of cultural hybridity- the essence of displaced adolescence renewed by the virtues of becoming an Internet Explorer.

Each painting begins with a destination photograph captured via the Internet, a tea plantation from the 1800’s or a Bad Brains poster become backdrops in the search for finding an authentic self. The symbols are biographical and riddled with contradiction as icons from popular culture and misunderstandings about an ambiguous cultural past collide. The resulting works are abstracted spaces where identity can perform in complete fluidity.

watering whole by geetha thurairajah

Process Statement on Fables

Each painting begins with a digital photograph of a “location” connected to a personal history. These images include a Sri Lankan colonial estate, a tea plantation, Canada’s largest Hindu temple, a Bad Brains poster and a textile depicting wild horses. Each image is filtered through a technology- some are captured through a photographed computer screen, which distorts the images with interference and the effects of parallax; others are scanned and affected through Photoshop filters. The result is a series of universal images made personal through technological transformation. These images are further personalized through an abstract painting process as digital marks created in layers through Photoshop are applied in mimicry of a physical painting process.

Thematically, I play with icons that represent my own heritage (misunderstandings about Hinduism, popular culture, Internet memes and alienated ideas of the “homeland”). Bugs Bunny, a common referent, becomes my stand-in as a character who is able to shift identities in order to survive.

My goal was to represent a third space; technically, by going between physical and digital painting motifs and thematically by collapsing icons from personal, religious and pop cultural sources.

goodbye here by geetha thurairajah

under siege by geetha thurairajah

geetha thurairajah is a visual artist based in Toronto, CA. Her paintings interpret post-identity experience through a digital lens. She graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 2014. She was a finalist for the RBC Painting Award in 2016. Her current show, Boons of Another will be on view at AC Repair Co. (Toronto) until October 22nd.