Monday, February 28, 2005

 

don't take that liquidizer away from me!

i watched this at the data bak last week--baby got book ...and yes, it's totally serious--straight from a church in cleveland.

also, you all must watch the soft pink truth's kitchen video--fucking brilliant!

check out the guy's website that i work with at the video data bank: uncle woody sullender make sure you go to the reviews section--he got a pretty good review from the wire in the january issue!!! he's on a two week tour right now. he was supposed to pay boston, but i guess the show fell through..

go listen to drew daniel's invisible jukebox. hot kentucky fag! yeah!

Sunday, February 27, 2005

 

sorry.

i'm apologize for my seemingly inane posts of late. such happens when you refuse to leave your house, let alone your room, or moreover your bed, for an entire weekend.

this is funny though.

Friday, February 25, 2005

 

inner and outer space

edie lives

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

 

a favor... a song and a dance...

dear ethan or anyone else to whom it may apply,

do you have/could you download "red hot car" by squarepusher (the version on go plastic, not the live in japan version from do you know squarepusher) for me and email it to me. i got rid of limewire and will never use it again due to its propensity to fuck up my beautiful baby ibook.

in addtion:

on another note everyone should go to dj c's website. he has an amazing breakcore/raga remix of the one gloved "wonder"'s of billy jean, titled billy jungle, in addition to lots of other mp3's posted under the sounds tab. to those at the quite amazing show on friday you should recognize this immediately. it's so nice to finally be finding really cool art/sounds coming from boston. it's almost worth a 3.5 year period of frustration, almost.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

 

god, jr. what to think, what to think...

well..it had to happen sooner or later...but dennis cooper now has a website. and it's extremely bizarre in a creepy, exploitative way..but still very much cooper-esque.

read about the japanese "period" cult in the news/calendar section. get lots of links to violent gay porns site in "the sluts" section under "enter the world of 'the sluts'." in the george miles cycle section, read about the guy who dennis cooper's been writing about for the past 10 years--and even see photos of the guy when he was a kid. check out conference photos of dennis cooper with celebs like john waters, stephen malkmus, and thurston moore. also, examine the dennis cooper papers at nyu.

these guys are great: my cat is an alien

the past few days, i've been enjoying perusing the books of atlas press and
serpent's tail.

on my list of things to do in la: the museum of jurassic technology

i've been listening to haco a lot lately. her stereo bugscope 00 is solid.

the tate modern has started an awesome on-line event on audio art there are downloads, essays, and an online forum discussing "the politics of sound / the culture of exchange" with douglas kahn and others. fun, fun!!

i live within walking distance to a hookah lounge. i'm addicted!!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2005

 

i love you... you love me?

here's a wonderful link (which i cherrypicked from rupture's blog). yeah i don't have any cool links of my own... but in this postmodern internet world it's all about the recontextualization and reappropriation right? love!

Saturday, February 19, 2005

 

church of the transgendered

so it went to this place called 3030 last night. dewayne, the girl i work with from jp (who apparently is a guy but is now a girl but people at work say both he and she when referring to her/him so confusing), told me about this show called marriage and flight. the venue is kinda in the middle of nowhere and it's a converted church.
so once we find it..of course it's not labled..we go in and the show's not ready. people tell us to hang out "downstairs." we go downstairs and it's like someone's apartment and all these people are hanging out that know each other and then there is scott and i. i thought it was pretty funny.
once we could go upstairs it was pretty cool--everyone sat in pews. there were tons of hardcore dykes and all these men with boobs!
one of my bosses from the data bank showed up--with her girlfriend! that was really entertaining! scott and i brought a 6 pack so i was trying to talk to her but i was drunk that i just kept laughing...
whenever anyone comes to visit, we're definitely going to this place!

as for the hidden cameras, the show was awesome! shows in chicago go sooooo late--it didn't end until 1:45! joel kept on talking about how much he loves chicago and how it's just like canada. i really wanted to go up to him and say--please show me the parts of the city that are like canada because i must be really missing out on something! their van got broken into right before the show, so they had some equipment stolen.

scott's on a harvard kick right now because i guess he heard that saic has such a good name that a lot of the undergrad architecture majors get into harvard for grad school. i told him i'd have to kill him if he was in boston and i wasn't. if i can't eat a fucking anna's burrito then that bastard can't either!

last night was the first time i rode my bike in chicago. it was lots of fun--and easy because it's so flat!

is anyone familiar with kaffe matthews?? on her website, you can read the wire interview with her. i like her sound a lot.

Friday, February 18, 2005

 

don't touch me; i am electric!

Thank fuck Zach figured out hyperlinks! Dude--these Wire radio shows are fucking great. I've gotta start listening to Resonance on a regular basis again. And WZBC as well, although unfortunately all my friends' shows are during my classes. I can't believe you didn't like El Topo; I must convert you to the cult of Jodorowsky. Perhaps Holy Mountain will do it (I'm probably gonna break down and order the DVD soon). I'm told it's much crazier.

So, I just finished my Teach for America application. Yeah, I know. Shut up. I have no real expectations from the whole thing. I'm thinking of interning at Cambridge Community Television (which is actually more of a co-op sort of thing where I work for a few hours a week and get access to all their facilities in return, but whatever). Nicole had better get a job there so she can be my boss. Invasion of the avant-garde! (Hey, we can get a show where we sit our dumb asses in front of a camera and have endless stoned discussions about whether or not non-narrative film exists! That's community television, right?)

I think I've linked this in an obtuse manner awhile back, but the jahsonic blog is fucking killer. Recent topics: transgressional fiction (including a special post for Dennis Cooper), Drugs (and our right to them), and an entry on this 18th century artist named Piranesi whose stuff is very bizarre (for the time). I dig this jahsonic dude's style, as well--no long winded explanations of what this and that mean to him, just links, pictures, and short descriptive blurbs. And fuck, what taste! The rest of the site is worth investigating as well.

Hot fuck, we've watched some fantastic shit in Avant-Garde, and I'm a jerk for not talking about it. Here's a list, with some notes for the truly exceptional stuff.

Week 1: Introduction to Ways of Seeing and Structural Film

The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes -- Stan Brakhage
This is on the DVD, but it's pretty damn good. I mean, it's Brakhage let loose in an autopsy room. FUN!

Morning, Serene Velocity, and Eureka -- Ernie Gehr
Serene Velocity is intense; basically it examines the zoom lens; starting in the middle, it flicks back and forth* four frames at a time, along all the different settings of the lens, from a fixed camera position looking down a long institutional (i.e. school) hallway. So gradually the difference between alternations gets bigger and bigger. Trippy. Eureka reappropriates a 1905 single-take film shot from the front of a trolley on Market St. in San Francisco, rephotographing it and slowing it way down. A bit tedious--er, excuse me, "meditative"--but interesting.

Remedial Reading Comprehension, What's Wrong With This Picture? and Thank You Jesus for the Eternal Present -- George Landow
Landow's films are sort of hard to describe. It's a weird blend of found footage and optical printing, very focused on making you think about how film is manipulative. It's structural, but not rigid like Gehr's stuff. A bit more organic, with some social commentary instead of sorta dry investigation of the cinema apparatus.

Week 2/3: Hollis Frampton

From the Hapax Legomena cycle (I, II, III, IV, V, VII): Nostalgia, Poetic Justice, Critical Mass, Travelling Matte, Ordinary Matter, Special Effects
Here's a quick bit from Fred Camper, to save myself the trouble. I would add that Nostalgia is a series of photographs placed on a hot plate and burned. The narration corresponds to the next photo to be shown, and is narrated by Michael Snow. Travelling Matte is filmed on video and consists of Frampton holding his hand in front of the lens, letting only a tiny circle of light through. Conceptually interesting, but also really freakin' long. Whatever. Special Effects is great; the only image is a dotted white box on a black background that vibrates around while a sci-fi synthesizer goes batshit on the audio track. It's actually very funny.

Frampton's writing is pretty brilliant as well... seek out "A Pentagram for Conjuring the Narrative" and "A Lecture". Actually, I can email the .pdf to y'all if you want it. A used copy of his book, Circles of Confusion, goes for about, oh, $250 bucks, so short of the library...

Week 4: Diverse Experimental Approaches

Blues, Corn, Fog Line -- Larry Gottheim
A bit like Warhol's stuff, except without people, and in color. Single long takes, observing changes in a bowl of blueberries in cream, some corn, and a foggy landscape.

Highway Landscape, Science Fiction, Print Generation, Sky Blue Water Light Sign -- J. J. Murphy
The others are interesting in their own right, but Print Generation is fucking great; basically Murphy took a one minute diary-ish film composed of one-second shots and had a whole mess of contact prints made, each one from the next, until all the emulsion was essentially gone. Then he structured the film so that it starts out completely abstract, then images slowly reveal themselves, then the loops fade back into abstraction. He used the same process with the sound (a la Alvin Lucier), recording and re-recording ocean noises and playing them unaltered during the abstract parts, then fading into distortion, then returning to regular mimetic sound at the end. I love this process idea, here and in other works, and the whole thing is just a beautiful experience (it's fifty minutes long).

Table Top Dolly [Breakfast] -- Michael Snow
Exactly what the title says: a long table covered with breakfast goods, which the camera dollies in on. As it moves forward, it pushes everything on the table ahead of it, eventually compacting it all at the end of the table. Another brilliantly simple idea--as the camera "eats" breakfast, it also compresses the original space into two dimensions, flattening the image like a photograph. It's creepy to watch all the products dance around on their own as the camera pushes them, as well.

The Lighted Field -- Andrew Noren
Examines light (duh). We didn't get to watch it all.

We watched some great stuff (Pat O'Neill, Bill Brand) this past week as well, but I'm gonna hold off on posting about it.

Audio:
Boom Bip + Dose One -- Circle
The Soft Pink Truth -- Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth?
Christian Marclay -- djTRIO
cLOUDDEAD -- cLOUDDEAD
Excepter -- KA
Jan Jelinek -- Improvisations and Edits: Tokyo, 09/26/2001
Mouse on Mars -- Radical Connector
Psychic TV -- Themes
DJ Rupture -- Special Gunpowder
Morricone -- L'Uccello Dalle Piume Di Cristallo
Tarwater -- Silur
Les Georges Leningrad -- Deux Hot Dogs Moutade Chou


* As I typed "back and forth," Dose One said it on the third song of Circle ("Dead Man's Teal") by him and Boom Bip. Life is weird sometimes.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

 

"Expanded Cinema"

Thanks Zach! I totally just bought that book off of half.com this morning. hahaha, oh well. FYI you can get a used copy of it for as cheap as 5 dollars! I think you can also find Film as a Subversive Art there and other out of print books for really cheap.
 

"expanded cinema"

read the whole book here
it's out of print and recommended by the data bank.

so, today i became in charge of the george kuchar mastering project. the data bank has every video he's made (tons and tons)..i am updating the masters to beta and watching them all to check for any problems. i'm starting out with this special collection that is going to be a 5 dvd set curated by steve reinke. you all would love kuchar's work--it's really difficult to explain: the easy way out is to say campy diary videos..but it's so much more--and not at the same time. if you can find any, rent them!! check krasker!

ethan, nicole - in case either of you do make it to la, i've booked an information session and tour of calarts on the morning of march 7th. right now it's just maureen and i going, but of course it would be great if you're in la to come with us.

the hidden cameras are tonight! (i guess i was wrong about a boston show in the near future, must have gotten it mixed up with something else.)

miss you guys!!!!
 

The Houseguest and My Mother

Okay, so, more stuff to write about in this The Blog of Pretension.

I’ve been reading some stuff about the development of multi-media art and the name Jeffrey Shaw keeps coming up. I can’t remember ever studying his work (although I can’t imagine that I haven’t). So I did some reading about him and have slowly become obsessed his early stuff.

(If you know about this.. you can just skip the next 3 paragraphs.)

He did this series of works called Artificial Landscapes. In one piece he hung this giant cloud like structure outside the museum at night. He projected footage of the day sky on it and had smoke and amplified sounds of thunder and wind happening at the same time.



This was an extension of some earlier stuff he did with air structures and projection. He wanted to create “Cinematic environments” that were outdoors. He’d create these transparent domes and had people do different things to them and in them. People would perform inside them causing the part of the projection that was visible to constantly change. Then, for example, they’d spray the interior with a fire extinguisher and the projected image would appear and disappear as the foam dripped down the sides. They’d fill them with things like smoke, steam, water spray, confetti, etc to bring the image back.



I mostly like his early stuff, up to the mid 70’s, because I’m getting all into sculpture right now. He’s still doing work. I believe he works with computer graphics and virtual environments now. Some of it is interesting. He has a self-portrait piece that I think you’d find interesting, Zach.

anyway...

As for Christo’s gates in NY… they were cool looking and I definitely enjoyed wandering around in them when we were in the section that didn’t have a billion tourists. I must say, though, that I think it’s my least favorite of his works. My favorite being what he did in Northern, CA pictured here which, if we’re talking on a purely aesthetic level, is far more interesting. It also reminds me a lot of this piece we read about in Art History last summer, Spiral Jetty.

In other news..uh…I have no other news. I’m making a hideous website for the DFA people and spending a lot of time wishing I was here. I’m alternating between making a pair of giant lungs and building a structure that looks like this: its like a porcupine but with light.

I’ll shut up now. I Hope you’ve all enjoyed this journey into “What usesless things is Nicole doing with all her free time now that she’s a hermit without a real job.”

Oh I almost forgot. This poor child is going to be so traumatized when he/she gets older. But hey, it made me laugh…
Crazy Baby.

That’s all.
 

shiner, directed by christian calson. scott's choice at the video store.

this is just too good to wait.

who wants to listen to the wire's top 50 albums online????
if you do, go here but you've only got 15 weeks at the most...

also, the wire's radio show is now available to listen to online!

enjoy.

xox
 

knifes hands and chops.

cool event happening friday at massart. the details are as follows (this is straight from the promoter's e-mail to me...):

Welcome to the Neighborhood.

Objective?

Start an ongoing collaborative effort between the various artist groups in and around Boston (i.e. the neighborhood) for the purpose of creating multimedia poly-environments that allows for a synesthetic feedback loop between the art, the audience, the artists, and vice versa utilizing such mediums as audio, video, lighting, and installation art.

Here’s a list of the crews we've gathered members of:
-mass art eventworks -tigerbeat6 -beat research
-mashit -glitch crew -boston burners -emerson -redtail
-beatfix -aine -dijjital ambiance -ghetoe aesthetiks

The result?
A 3-4 room audio/visual 4 hourinstallation including two rooms of music and live video projection, video installations, chill spaces, and some straight ghetoe graffiti art.

With music performances by:
square
dev/null -tigerbeat6
knifehandchop -tigerbeat6
djc -mass art -tigerbeat6 -beat research -mashit
dj flack -mass art -beat research -mashit
rob (of aliens at home) w/ special guest
and dj molotiff soundfall

Visual performances by:
broken lens & natty lane -glitch crew -boston burners-emmerson
vj add -glitch crew -aine -dijjital ambiance
(broadcasting live from Orlando, Florida!!!)
leonid -glitch crew -boston burners -redtail
shawn faherty -glitch crew
zebbler -mass art -glitch crew
vj phi -glitch crew
jeff mission -glitch crew -boston burners -beatfix


The date and time of the event: Friday, February 18,
2005 7PM-11PM

$7, $5 w/ college ID (any college id, not just
massart) @the door

Massachusettes College of Art
621 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Ma. 02115
-South Building Entrance

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

 

Links Links Links...Mostly for the Bostonians....

Hey check these out.

This has some interesting reviews on exhibitions in the area....
The Big Red Shiny

And here you can find listings of almost every contemporary art event in Boston/Cambridge...
White Cubes

Also...
The Boston Cyberarts Festival is an international biennial festival of art and technology in all media. The next Festival will take place April 22 through May 8, 2005. It will include visual and performing arts and explore how artists throughout the world are using computers to advance traditional artistic disciplines and create new interactive worlds.

The 2005 Festival will also feature two conferences during the opening weekend: eMerging Arts and Technologies, for artists and high-tech company professionals; and Ideas in Motion, focused on innovations in dance, movement, and technology.

Last but not least...Any one wanna check out the Paper Sculpture Show at Art Interactive? It sounds interesting.
More Info

Ooo! Almost Forgot!...Nancy Margolis Gallery in NY is showing the work of Ludwika Ogorzelec.. this is totally hot... check it out..
Go Here

More... less area specific stuff later..
 

biker chick.

so i just watched brigitte bardot sings (from 5 minutes to live last night). fucking awesome mix of her videos and performances as well as a recent interview with her. you get to hear her sing "you are the sunshine of my life" with some dude. but more importantly, you get to see her video for "harley davidson."
i request that any of you who have not heard this song yet go download it now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HOT

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

 

coughing and haacking.

picked up some interesting sounds tonight at the twisted village. i encourage all to check out bruce haack. he makes crazy synth music, and children's instructional dance albums. a good point of reference, for the children's albums, would be ella jenkins... but on a whole lot of drugs. being a kid in the sixties must have been quite a trip, especially when there's a woman leading you through a narrated dance routine about sunflowers, accompanied by haack's tripped out banjos and synths.
 

for the trees

hello--
hope everyone had a marvelous valentine's day! let me stop out by saying, yesterday i found the best burrito yet in chicago! it was at this costa rican place really close to my apartment. have any of you ever had or-cha-ta (please note: that is phonetic spelling). it's the rice water that all the mexican places serve here that's really sweet and spicy...it's the most amazing thing ever!!
i got chocolate from my mom in the mail yesterday, and of course, between scott and i, it's almost gone...

yesterday, scott and went to a lecture at the school. artist zhan wang, who is the director of the beijing art institute, spoke about his work and its relation to the continuing modernization of china and beijing. his work was pretty spectacular for site-specific sculpture. it was kind of difficult to get all the underlining philosophies behind his work because someone was translating for him...but you could tell that he is a very deep man. he is fascinated by this idea of the 5th space. 1st space in the artist's studio; 2nd space is the gallery or musuem; 3rd space is private collections; 4th space is regular public scupltures in courtyards, parks, etc. the 5th space is outside--he describes it as some place that's real--just really hard to get to. for example, he works with stainless steel a lot. in china, apparently, there are these really old rocks everywhere that are considered sacred and worshipped by people. he would make hollow casts of these rocks using stainless steel--to create this dialog on old and new--the ancient and technological. he took one on the sea, 12 miles outside of beijing where the water is considered international. he wrote that this is a piece of art, please leave it here or the rock is a few languages and dropped it off in the ocean. he hopes that it will float out there forever. again, he took this sacred meteorite, made a cast, and wanted to send it to outer space. in this case, he hasn't been able to realize the idea but it's on display at some space museum in beijing. he also made a cast of another rock and took it to the highest peak in the world--in the himalayas. he did another piece where he hired workers and they carried golden-tinted steel breaks up the great wall and they mended a small area that was in disaray. he said it was like a gold tooth filling..just on the great wall. he's got an exhibit up here now at the mca called imaginary landscapes..something like that..he creates landscapes out of ordinary stainless steel cooking utensils.
here's a pic of the rock on the ocean

a couple days ago i snagged an old wire with matmos on the cover. it's an amazing find: there's article on mike kelley discussing his little known experimental music ventures, starting in the early 70s. the two groups he was involved with are called destory all monsters..and later on the poetics with tony oursler. it talks about how one time--during the poetics stage--he performing with baudrillaud in some nowhere casino out in reno, nv! i guess baudrillaud just recited poetry during the music... the article on matmos was written by david toop. it was kinda heavy, but definitely explained lots of the theoretical ideas behind the civil war. there's also an article on ron geesin--what a find!!

as for films. i have been on a roll with sergio leone--i'm up to the good, the bad, and the ugly. i also watched el topo--i enjoyed it but it left me a little neutral. martin arnold's cinemnesis is absolutely amazing--ethan you would love this! he deconstructs 50s melodramas--superb! got the phantom toll booth in hopes that i could be really stoned and watch it--no luck there. still enjoyed the 70s bubblegum, free design-esque music. tout va bien was fucking right-on..what a great time for godard. mmmm, jane. the dvd is worth renting because of "letter to jane." a 50 minute documentary with the two director discussing "hanoi jane" after a photograph that was published in a french newspaper--they have very mixed views on her involvement in vietnam. super philosophical--in that special godard way. i also just watched michael snow's presents. i can't decide what i think about that one also. the beginning was intriguing--not so sure about the other hour. i not going to make a decision about him unitl i see wavelength--hopefully brian at odd obsession will have a copy for me tonight.

i have recently read terry atkinson's response to lucy lippard's original essay "the dematerialization of art." atkinson's is called "concerning the article 'the dematerialzation of art'"..atkinson was involed with the british collective art and language, so this essay is immense fun to read. it gets into the physiological components of what actually constitutes an object. also, in the audio culture book, mcluhan's "visual and acoustic space" from his "global village" book was very tasty. a great discussion about how western society's fixation on visual stimuli has caused everything to be interpreted as linear..he calls for greater attention to the acoustic, sound-driven environment for a richer living and perception. i've also been reading stuff off henry flynt's website go down to the aesthetic's section and read concept art. he was the guy who started that phrase.

quick note: did anyone know that john baldessari and chris burden are both on the art faculty at ucla????

if you go to the wire's website, you can listen to the current office ambience playlist. oddly enough, it's under the advertising section. the jim o'rourke/my cat is an alien stuff is damn good. i also found myself surprisingly enjoying the hall of fame track. ethan, i don't know if you're still considering coming here at the end of your break, but there just happens to be a lampo event that weekend. you can read about it here
also, here the info for the raster-notion show in la on the 4th of march.

well...that's it for now.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

 

"Two cripples make one John Wayne"

Shit! In the course of searching for Jodorowsky stuff, I came across a few interesting websites, most exceptionally: xploitedcinema. They sell a box set of El Topo and Holy Mountain! It's put out by the same Italian company as those Warhol DVDs Zach got; it's region-free, but unfortunately in PAL. There's a ton of other stuff in there: in the 'Art-House' section alone they've got some of that Warhol, a ton of Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman, Pasolini, Fellini, Un chant d'amour by Genet(!), the French Un chien andalou/L'age d'or set, a complete set of Jean Vigo's films, a La jetee and Sans soliel set from Chris Marker, a version of Man With a Movie Camera featuring a score by Michael Nyman, Sweet Movie by Makavejev(!)... I'm gonna stop now because this is going to get out of control. Man, I need a region-free DVD player! Fuck you Zach!

also: revok seems to be based on the same principle as 5minutesonline.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

 

delicious desert weirdness

So let's see, at this point I'm about 45 minutes into El Topo and so far there has been: the gory aftermath of a massacre, group rape of some monks, a castration, and a blind yogi/guru gunfighter with a symbiotic henchman duo consisting of a guy with no arms who carries around another guy with no legs on his back. Oh yeah, and the main character takes his totally naked seven year-old son with him for about the first half hour.

[edit] After reading that over, I realized I should mention that the dubbing is hilariously awful and far from "convincing." I should also mention that the second half of the film is about ten times more fucked up. All persons residing in my vicinity should note that I am willing to watch this film again, but only if there will be ingesting of tasty mind-altering food concoctions.

Expect copious Jodorowsky links in the near future.

Monday, February 07, 2005

 

this is dedicated to the one iiiiiiiii lovvvvvvvvve

let me begin by saying, i fucking hate mondays. in my languorous stupor of idle time, this day of the week always just wastes away.
my adventure today was going to the post office. it's kinda far, so i decided to take scott's car there. (please note: driving freaks me out because i NEVER do it.) so i make it there ok, and wait in a line for 30 minutes to post my application for an internship at the sfmoma this summer....(also note: i CANNOT parallel park.) i drive the car back and all the spaces around my apartment--which are always open--were all taken!!! of course, a panic attack ensued. stuck with a big volvo with nowhere to take it....i just ended up having to park far away. maybe next time i'll just walk--i don't get to do enough of that here.

i watched repulsion last night. first observation--catherine deneuve looked just like kathleen from espresso! the hair's a bit different but the face is right on. the music was great in repulsion--another soundtrack to add to my LIST.

i started reading deleuze's cinema 1. it's a bit dense. he starts out with some theses/philosohy a la henri bergson. (i had to get one of his books for a philsophy class. if any of you are interested, it's on the top shelf of the bookcase downstairs.)

before i forget, has anyone read soyfa's on-line journal lately? now she wants to get a fulbright--such entertainment!

soulseek for macs: i tried it on my new mac--but my computer won't let me install developer tools! it just keeps telling me that my computer is not allowed! GODDAMNIT! i tried it on my old mac, got pretty far--right before configuring nicotine--but some file was missing!!!!! has anyone had any luck????? I NEED SOULSEEK!!!!!

i've grown very fond of morricone's "metti una sera a cena" lately. the track "terrazza vuota" is pure joy. it's so cinematic. i can't stop listening to it.

i stumbled onto mike kelley's website: www.mikekelley.com (and yes, i haven't taken the time to learn how to make a link.. i'll do it soon..) it's so so, but worth a gander.

hmmmmmmmmmm: http://www.nous.org.uk/oulipo.html

i read adrian piper's "a defense of the 'conceptual' process in art." i think she's straight philosophy these days--no more art. but i really like what she has to say. i actually think she might teach at wellesley. you ladies should try and take a class from her (or are guys allowed to study at wellesley?)

tonight, scott and i went to the most amazing desert diner--just a few blocks away from our apartment. the legendary margie's candies. apparently, every time the beatles were in chicago it's where they used to go. it's so amazing--beige 60s vinyl booths, little jukeboxes on the tabletops, amazing paper placemats...and pages of ice cream combos to choose from. the dishes are served in these amazing shells! so wonderful--you would love it, jess. lots of cherries and whipped cream.

i went to facets tonight (i'm constantly checking to see if they have anything in from michael snow and martin arnold.) the guy working (who is always the guy i rent from) told me that the hot video store--odd obsession--has some michael snow "behind the counter." and urged me to "talk" with the dude who owns the store about them... did i mention the guy that runs this video store is fucking HOT! can't be over 25--enough said. i see him every saturday night (thus far) at the rainbo club. this past saturday, when i walked by him he grabbed my arm and said hello....HOOOOTTTTTTTTTT! i think he'll hook me up with the goods...

saturdays also seem to be the night for sound events. third sat. in a row coming up.
lampo #2: http://www.lampo.org/current/

brendan--i miss you too! i can't wait until we all get to hang out again! who wants to spend the summer in san fran???????

pictures are coming!
 

greetings.

and now i leap across the great time-space continuum, into the realm of cyber reality, as i join this "cult of pretension". my contribution... unending pomposity. at least you guys will help fill my dwindling moments of freedom from the brain prison that is german philosphy with wonderful sights, sounds, and words. oh no probation officer herder just called... he told me i will be vanquished from the realm of reason if i do not return to the german state of mind within five minutes.

last words of freedom: zach drop me an email sometime at bbiggins at horrible institution, i miss you.
 

corn upon corn upon corn

Brilliant interview with Michael Pollan on Alternet--he goes from explaining how journalists are handcuffed when Democrats and Republicans agree on an issue to how corn is the key to the American food chain:

"If you look at a fast-food meal, a McDonald's meal, virtually all the carbon in it – and what we eat is mostly carbon – comes from corn. A Chicken McNugget is corn upon corn upon corn, beginning with corn-fed chicken all the way through the obscure food additives and the corn starch that holds it together. All the meat at McDonald's is really corn. Chickens have become machines for converting two pounds of corn into one pound of chicken. The beef, too, is from cattle fed corn on feedlots. The main ingredient in the soda is corn – high-fructose corn syrup. Go down the list. Even the dressing on the new salads at McDonald's is full of corn."

ALSO: Zach, perhaps it will sooth your frazzled United-States-Murder-Capital-located mind to know that someone was shot outside the Paradise last Friday (he died, I learned today). Or maybe you'll just be terrified everywhere you go. Have fun!
 

hi brendan

I fixed the link to how to install soulseek on a mac in the post below. Y'know, I'll probably end up talking to you before you see this, but email me (eawhite at our lovely university) and i'll invite you to this thing. Why the fuck not? We all have exciting internet/music/film/drugs/school/the-world-is-going-to-end-because-crazy-people-are-only-getting-crazier type stuff to share, right?

Speaking of which, here are some nice Chinese propaganda posters. I'm particularly fond of the outer space stuff, ESPECIALLY the frightening ASTROBABIES located at the bottom of the page who receive flowers from space bunnies, dance with creepy space imps, and love their astropets so much they take them along on their fantastic adventures.

And of course, there's plenty of ambiguous sexuality, err, or rather, "revolutionary friendship." Yeah...

Saturday, February 05, 2005

 

fun with poopy!

i've fallen into an ab fab loop--because of scott--but i'm still in one. god, they're so hard to get out of.

so, i've been really into lists lately. well, i guess i'm always in to lists, so i'm just going to share with you a list (a very predictable one) i've made recently.
WHAT I'VE WATCHED SINCE I'VE BEEN IN CHICAGO:
don juan (or if don juan were a woman)
cat o’nine tails
pigpen (porcile)
the boy with green hair
the conversation (coppola – 74)
contempt
fluxfilm anthology
visions of Warhol (epi)
fruits of passion
emperor tomato ketchup – shuji terayama (72)
Robert Whitman – performances from the 1960s
peeping tom
love affair
Vienna aktionist films
a fistful of dollars
acconci - themesong
nauman - bouncing in the corner #1
dan graham - performer/audience/mirror
baldessari - baldessari sings lewitt
martha rosler - semiotics of the kitchen
a fatal desire - george kuchar

so, contempt was absolutely brilliant. bardot is to die for! absolute genius. the music is superior--it makes me wish morricone did it. the robert whitman performances are worth finding--especially for the recent piece "ghost" that's on the dvd.
i've said enough about the vienna aktionist films--JUST GET THEM NOW!

i'm reading the conceptual art anthology by mit press and audio culture--both are very inspiring.

ok, time for drinkie! more later.

 

Salivation Edification..

i am now officially apart of the beloved communitas.

my new found cambridge obsession...

sex

an excerpt from our dear friend, hjordis eva...

"Over Christmas I was working in Skifan, which is a record store in

Smaralind (you know the mall Zack and you took the bus to). It actually
is really nice and the people there are so much fun, except for my boss
who is really strange. He is so obsessed with sex and talkes about it
24/7. Last weekend when I was working he was telling me that he has a
REALLY SOFT AS and how it is so special because it doesn´t have any hair
on it!!!!!!! And this other guy who works in the store is always asking
me if he can bite cheeks (in my face not my ass :) )GOD....how Icelandic
boys can be weird sometimes. "

we have an exhibition, we have an exhibition, we have an exhibition!
(well kinda...)

 
NON-EVENT AND THE BERWICK RESEARCH INSTITUTE
February 8, 2005

8:00pm. $8
Non-Event and the Berwick Research Institute present:
Compositions by Alvin Lucier
for solo instrumentalists and sine waves performed by Charles Curtis & Anthony Burr
Art Interactive
130 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 498-0100

Anthony Burr - clarinet and bass clarinet
Charles Curtis - cello
Program:
In Memoriam Jon Higgins
Still and Moving Lines Part 1 no 1
Still and Moving Lines Part 3 no 11
On a Carpet of Leaves Illuminated by the Moon
In Memoriam Stuart Marshall - Boston Premier
Charles Curtis - Boston premier
*All of the works on this program have been recorded by Burr and Curtis and for release as a double CD this spring by Sigma Editions/Antiopic*

 

fun with russians

"Students!

Avoid giving out the chance distortions of the dilettante striving for innovation, for the 'dernier cri' of art. The innovation of the dilettante is a steamship on the legs of a chicken.

Only in craftsmanship have you the right to throw out the old.

Everyone together!

As you go from theory to practice remember your craftsmanship, your technical skill.

Hackwork on the part of the young who have the strength for collossal things is even more repulsive than the hackwork of the flabby little academics."

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

 
"A specter is haunting the cinema: the specter of narrative. If that apparition is an Angel, we must embrace it; and if it is a Devil, then we must cast it out. But we cannot know what it is until we have met it face to face. To that end, then, I offer the pious: A PENTAGRAM FOR CONJURING THE NARRATIVE"

--Hollis Frampton, Circles of Confusion: Film, Photography, Video, Texts 1968-1980 (Rochester, NY: Visual Studies Workshop Press, 1983), 13-21.

(quite possibly the best thing i've ever read)

ALSO:

"In a dream sequence William Burroughs encounters Christian F in a Jarmanesque city dump, they wonder off to the sound of 1000 tape recorders fading out. Einheit returns to H Burger and records the music, which he later experiments with back in his loft. Is it possible to reverse the effect of this music, to discover anti-Muzak? He visits an electronics repair shop run by William Burroughs. Wondering the city, Einheit comes across a group of urban pirates lead by Genesis P-Orridge, who appears with a shaven head and wearing a Priest collar..."

(apparently a wee bit of synopsis from an early 80s german film called decoder)

&&&&:

"Eigenradio plays only the most important frequencies, only the beats with the highest entropy. If you took a bunch of music and asked it, "Music, what are you, really?" you'd hear Eigenradio singing back at you. When you're tuned in to Eigenradio, you always know that you're hearing the latest, rawest, most statistically separable thing you can possibly put in your ear."

(i can't figure out if this is for real or not, but it's bizarre and interesting and i definitely heard kraftwerk's 'computer world' buried in the mix somewhere)

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