Saturday, October 31
Wikipedia - "David Toop (born 5 May 1949) is an English musician and author, and as of 2001 was visiting Research Fellow in the Media School at London College of Communication. He was notably a member of The Flying Lizards. He was a prominent contributor to the British magazine The Face. He is a regular contributor to The Wire, the U.K. based music magazine."
Wikipedia, David Toop, MySpace, Perfect Sound Forever, Poetry Foundation - UbuWeb Featured Resources: David Toop & Pauline Oliveros, Ocean of Sound, Robert Christgau, last.fm, Vimeo
"For this, the season's final installment of our stadium series, I asked a wide range of writers, critics, community activists, urban planners and fans to explain all that's loathsome about Versailles-on-the-Harlem River."
Friday, October 30
Wikipedia - "Liquid Liquid was a New York City post-punk band that was active from 1980 to 1983, and regained activity in 2008, playing in various venues across the globe. Their track 'Cavern', from the Optimo EP, recorded by Don Hunerberg was sampled (actually played by the Sugar Hill house band) on Grandmaster + Melle Mel's 'White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)'"
Wikipedia, MySpace, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)
"Check out this video of the brilliant UK street artist D*Face. Friendswelove.com has made this short video intro to his work and inspirations in honor of his first show exhibit at the Jonathan Levin Gallery. Although we still don’t know too well what he looks like, click the video below to see what the future has in store for this awesome street artist."
Wikipedia - "Born in 1944 in Cleveland, Ohio, Allen Ruppersberg is one of the first generation of American Conceptual artists that changed the way art was thought about and made. His work includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and books."
Wikipedia, DIA, Elacumulador
Thursday, October 29
Wikipedia - "Luigi Russolo (April 30, 1885 – February 4, 1947) was an Italian Futurist painter and composer, and the author of the manifesto The Art of Noises (1913). He is often regarded as one of the first noise music experimental composers with his performances of 'noise concerts' in 1913-14 and then again after World War I, notably in Paris in 1921. He is also one of the first theorists of electronic music."
Wikipedia, Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, 'The Art of Noises', theremin.vox, Media Art Net, YouTube, YouTube - Noise with John Cage (1966), Ubu
Stonehenge (With Two Persons) Orange, 2005
"John Baldessari, (b. June 17, 1931, National City, California) is a conceptual artist. His work often attempts to point out irony in contemporary art theory and practices or reduce it to absurdity. His art has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe."
Wikipedia, John Baldessari, artnet, (1)
"Since its founding, New York City’s waterfront has been essential to the life of the city. The harbor’s protected bay became the site for lucrative trade, first with Native Americans and later with the rest of the world, and provided the economic engine for the city’s growth for the next three centuries."
Museum of the City of New York, TimeOut, Woman Around Town, NYT
Wednesday, October 28
Wikipedia - "Hip hop music is a musical genre which developed alongside hip hop culture, and is commonly based on concepts of looping, rapping, freestyling, DJing, scratching, sampling and beatboxing. The music is used to express concerns of political, social, and personal issues. Hip hop began in the Bronx in New York City in the 1970s, primarily among African Americans, with some Jamaican immigrant influence. The term rap is often used synonymously with hip hop, however, the latter denotes the practices of an entire subculture."
Tuesday, October 27
"As promised in last week's conclusion to John Ashbery week, today, we're unveiling a bevy of new recordings from another stalwart of the New York School's fabled first generation: James Schuyler. Altogether, there are six new recordings, some provided by Ashbery, the rest recently unearthed by poet and scholar Nathan Kernan. We begin with Schuyler's half of the November 23, 1989 reading with Ashbery at New York's 92nd Street Y, that we highlighted on Friday."
PennSound - Reading at 92nd Street Y with John Ashbery in New York, November 23, 1989
Christ's Entry into Brussels
Wikipedia - "James Sidney Edouard, Baron Ensor (April 13, 1860 – November 19, 1949) was a Belgian painter and printmaker, an important influence on expressionism and surrealism who lived in Ostend for almost his entire life. He was associated with the artistic group Les XX."
Wikipedia, MoMA, NYT, Brooklyn Rail
Wikipedia - "The Left Banke was a 1960s American pop-music group best remembered for its two hit singles, 'Walk Away Renée' and 'Pretty Ballerina'. The band often utilized what was referred to as 'baroque' string arrangements, which led its music to be termed 'Bach-rock'."
Wikipedia, Left Banke, YouTube, (1)
Monday, October 26
Wikipedia - "The Bread and Puppet Theater (often known simply as Bread & Puppet) is a politically radical puppet theater, active since the 1960s, currently based in Glover, Vermont. Its founder and director is Peter Schumann."
Wikipedia, The Bread and Puppet Theater, Video-Vermont, August, 19th, 1998, Bread & Puppet"s Domestic Resurrection Circus and Pageant, Affinity Project
AR Horse of Chile - Landmark Sculpture
"Andrew Rogers' contribution to contemporary visual arts is significant and explores many dimensions. This is reflected in his skills, the forms and narrative of his sculptures which grace many plazas and buildings around the world. He is renowned as a leading contemporary artist globally and in Australia."
Wikipedia, Andrew Rogers
"The spaghetti western was born in the first half of the sixties and lasted until the second half of the seventies. It got its name from the fact that most of them were directed and produced by Italians, often in collaboration with other European countries, especially Spain and Germany."
SWDB, Fistful of Pasta, Wikipedia, Fistful of Westerns
Sunday, October 25
"Explore ancient ruins and hidden architectural gems on a photographic walking tour of Rome. These photographers used the newest image-making technologies to capture views of the Eternal City, often creating complex juxtapositions of past and present."
"If you haven't checked it out yet, legendary graffiti artists and Brooklyn native, Haze, has finally finished and launched an all new updated and redesigned version of his website."
"Plein air painter, Eric Aho has quickly become one of the nation's top landscape artists working today. Always fresh and vibrant, their atmosphere evokes familiarity and each brushstroke reveals a keen understanding of sophistication through austerity."
Tory Folliard, Eric Aho, artnet
Saturday, October 24
Wikipedia - "The Raincoats are a British post-punk band. Ana da Silva (vocals, guitar) and Gina Birch (vocals, bass) formed the group in 1977 while they were students at Hornsey College of Art, London, England."
Wikipedia, The Raincoats, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4)
"I became quite obsessed during the process. Combining three things that play important roles in my life - photography, typography and riding the bike - I came across many streets of Budapest to collect the most interesting looking numbers. The more numbers I have, the harder it gets..."
Friday, October 23
"The Sixties Project began as a collective of humanities scholars working together on the Internet to use electronic resources to provide routes of collaboration and make available primary and secondary sources for researchers, students, teachers, writers and librarians interested in the Sixties."
Wikipedia - "Ambient music is a musical genre that focuses largely on the timbral characteristics of sounds, often organized or performed to evoke an 'atmospheric', 'visual' or 'unobtrusive' quality."
Wikipedia, Ambient Music Guide, ambient, dream state, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)
Wikipedia - "The Harder They Come is a 1972 Jamaican crime film directed by Perry Henzell. The film stars reggae singer Jimmy Cliff, who plays Ivanhoe Martin, a character based on Rhyging, a real-life Jamaican criminal who achieved fame in the 1940s."
Wikipedia, npr, YouTube, (1), (2)
Thursday, October 22
"Manhattan’s streets and sidewalks are its greatest public commons. Everything else on and about the island connects to them: homes, offices, shops, newstands, restaurants, subways, train and bus stations, ferry docks, heliports, parking garages, police and fire stations, places of worship, schools, hospitals, gyms, theaters, museums, concert halls, parks and playgrounds, the rivers, the bay."
Richard Howe - The Manhattan Street Corners
Wednesday, October 21
Wikipedia - "The Art manifesto has been a recurrent feature associated with the avant-garde in Modernism. Art manifestos are mostly extreme in their rhetoric and intended for shock value to achieve a revolutionary effect. They often address wider issues, such as the political system. Typical themes are the need for revolution, freedom (of expression) and the implied or overtly stated superiority of the writers over the status quo."
Wikipedia - "The Specials (sometimes called The Special AKA) are an English 2 Tone ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry, England. Their music combined a 'danceable ska and rocksteady beat with punk's energy and attitude', and had a 'more focused and informed political and social stance' than other ska groups."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4)
Wikipedia - "Stepping into an organizational vacuum, as the major African American leagues of the 1920s, the Negro National League and the Eastern Colored League, had fallen apart by late that year, Greenlee signed many of the top African-American stars, most notably Satchel Paige." Wikipedia, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
Tuesday, October 20
Wikipedia - "The Sugarhill Gang is an American hip hop group, known mostly for their biggest hit, 'Rapper's Delight"', the first hip hop single recorded to become a Top 40 hit. The song uses the instrumental track from 'Good Times' by Chic as its foundation."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)
Monday, October 19
"It looked like the aftermath of a storm: the gallery’s black-painted floor was covered with splinters of pale poplar wood, none larger than a foot in length. If one crouched down for a closer look, the original form of the fragments became clear: shoes. Some pieces still had half a heel, others a bulbous toe."
Blacks leaving their houses after Chicago race riot, July 1919
Wikipedia - "The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 was a major racial conflict that began in Chicago, Illinois on July 27, 1919 and ended on August 3. During the riot, dozens died and hundreds were injured. It is considered the worst of the approximately 25 riots during the Red Summer of 1919, so named because of the violence and fatalities across the nation. The combination of prolonged arson, looting and murder was the worst race rioting in the history of Illinois."
Wikipedia, Jazz Age Chicago, Encyclopedia of Chicago
State of Control, 2009
"The new Tate Modern sends gleaming signals of wealth across the river Thames. But as you walk towards Orbit House, an abandoned 60s warehouse only a few blocks away, second-wave Modernity rapidly gives way to a fractured jumble of old buildings. Sooty brick houses, dented garage doors and new, cheap, office shoeboxes all come together in a confused mish-mash of railway bridges and dark side streets."
frieze, Philagrafika, Tate
Sunday, October 18
Wikipedia - "In music montage (literally 'putting together') or sound collage ('gluing together') is a technique where sound objects or compositions, including songs, are created from collage, also known as montage, the use of portions of previous recordings or scores. This is often done through the use of sampling, while some playable sound collages were produced by glueing together sectors of different vinyl records."
Wikipedia, Knowledge Rush, Scaruffi, MySpace
Wikipedia - "The Box Tops were a Memphis pop music group of the second half of the 1960s. They are best known for the hits 'The Letter,' 'Neon Rainbow,' 'Soul Deep,' 'I Met Her in Church,' and 'Cry Like A Baby,' and are considered a major blue-eyed soul group of the period."
Wikipedia, YouTube, dalealplay
Wikipedia, YouTube, dalealplay
Wikipedia - "Pietro Germi (14 September 1914 - 5 December 1974) was an Italian actor, screenwriter, and director. Germi was born in Genoa, Liguria, to a lower-middle class family. He was a messenger and briefly attended nautical school before deciding on a career in acting."
Wikipedia, Film Forum, NYT
Saturday, October 17
John Steuart Curry's John Brown Mural in the Kansas Capitol
Wikipedia - "John Brown (May 9, 1800 – December 2, 1859) was an American abolitionist, and folk hero who advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to end all slavery. He led the Pottawatomie Massacre in 1856 in Bleeding Kansas and made his name in the unsuccessful raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859."
Wikipedia, PBS, The Underground Railroad Site, The Trial of John Brown, Democracy Now, Washington Post - Harpers Ferry Marks 150th Anniversary of John Brown's Raid (Video)
Wikipedia - "Strat-O-Matic is a game company based in Glen Head, New York, that develops and publishes sports simulation games. It produces tabletop baseball, football, basketball, and ice hockey simulations, as well as personal computer adaptations of each, but it is primarily known for its baseball game."
Wikipedia, Strat-o-Matic, Sporting News
"Rococo and Revolution: Eighteenth-Century French Drawings features more than eighty exceptional drawings almost exclusively from the Morgan's renowned holdings. The efflorescence of the ancien régime and its eventual downfall provide the backdrop to a century of remarkable artistic vitality and variety that subtly chronicles the many changes taking place in eighteenth-century France."
The Morgan Library & Museum
Friday, October 16
"I was in Naples. The police arrested me and lex but after they recognize our stuff and they like it so much that they asked us to do something in the house of the Colonnello, Sergent of the police. So we painted the house of the police and they give us some money and didn't arrested us. It was the first time that we are friend of the police. Sergent Giorgio thank you."
Wooster Collective, flickr
Wikipedia - "Like many of their post-punk contemporaries, Mission of Burma's efforts are largely concerned with extending punk's original vocabulary without losing its essential rebellious spirit. Using rapid shifts in dynamics, unconventional time signatures and chord progressions along with tape effects, Mission of Burma challenges the prevailing idioms of punk while attempting to retain its power and immediacy."
Wikipedia, Mission of Burma, MySpace, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2)
Wikipedia - "During a revolutionary wave sweeping across the Eastern Bloc, the East German government announced on November 9, 1989, after several weeks of civil unrest, that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans climbed onto and crossed the wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere."
Wikipedia, Newseum, Appropriate Software
Thursday, October 15
"Originally inspired by the interlocking rhythms of traditional Gamelan music from Bali, today the group's music is influenced by a diverse range of sounds from eastern modal music to funk, klezmer to rock."
Electric Junkyard Gamelan, WNYC, NY1, YouTube, (1)
Wikipedia - "Charles Ephraim Burchfield (April 9, 1893 - January 10, 1967), an American watercolor painter, was born in Ashtabula Harbor, Ohio. He is known for his visual commentaries on the effects of Industrialism on small town America as well as for his paintings of nature."