Thursday, December 31
Wikipedia - "Horace Swaby (June 21, 1953 – May 18, 1999), better known as Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards. He was known for his devotion to the spiritual Rastafari movement."
Wikipedia, last.fm, Augustus Pablo, ARTIST direct, El Rocker's, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)
George Bellows, Cliff Dwellers, 1913
"Between the American Revolution and World War I, a group of British colonies became states, the frontier pushed westward to span the continent, a rural and agricultural society became urban and industrial, and the United States—reunified after the Civil War under an increasingly powerful federal government—emerged as a leading participant in world affairs."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Resource Library
Ikue Mori at The Kitchen
Wikipedia - "The Kitchen is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary art space in New York. The Kitchen was founded in Greenwich Village in 1971 and it takes it name from its original location, the kitchen of the Mercer Arts Center."
Wikipedia, The Kitchen
Wednesday, December 30
Tuesday, December 29
Wikipedia - "Kenneth Koch (27 February 1925 – 6 July 2002) was an American poet, playwright, and professor, active from the 1950s until his death at age 77. He was a prominent poet of the New York School of poetry, a loose group of poets including Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery that eschewed contemporary introspective poetry in favor of an exuberant, cosmopolitan style that drew major inspiration from travel, painting, and music."
Wikipedia, Academy of American Poets, PennSound, The New York Review of Books
Timothy H. O’Sullivan, Black Cañon, Colorado River, Looking Below, Near Camp 7, 1871
"In my own research, I try to find a disputable balance between scientific and subjective perception. I’m interested in the idea of learning as a beautiful physical experience or performance or even a game—creating a situation where individual perception of a piece can be as much a part of the process as the artist’s intent or an objective material-based truth."
The True Inwardness of the Central Labor Union - Merely Puppets in the Anarchist Editor's Hands
Wikipedia - "Anarchism is a political philosophy encompassing theories and attitudes which consider the state to be unnecessary, harmful, or otherwise undesirable, and favor instead a stateless society or anarchy. Individual anarchists may have additional criteria for what they conceive to be anarchism, and there is often broad disagreement concerning these broader conceptions."
Wikipedia, Spartacus, Social Anarchism, The Anarchist Library
Monday, December 28
Wikipedia - "Lindsay Cooper (born 3 March 1951) is an English bassoon and oboe player, composer and political activist. Best known for her work with the band Henry Cow, she was also a member of Comus, National Health, News from Babel and David Thomas and the Pedestrians. She has collaborated with a number of musicians, including Chris Cutler and Sally Potter, and co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group."
Wikipedia, last.fm, AllMusic, YouTube, (1)
Wikipedia - "Railway modelling (UK, Australia, Ireland and Canada) or Model railroading (US) is a hobby in which rail transport systems are modelled at a reduced scale, or ratio. The scale models include locomotives, rolling stock, streetcars, tracks, signalling, and roads, buildings, vehicles, model figures, lights, and features such as streams, hills and canyons."
Wikipedia, (1), vimeo
Sunday, December 27
"Weill came of age at the end of World War I, in a Europe that was both spiritually exhausted, ghastly, frightening, desperate -- and remarkably creative. The carnage of World War I had shattered the smug 19th-century illusion that Western societies had achieved perfect, rational civilizations under wise, benign leaders. When the smoke cleared and the millions of bodies were buried, every art form underwent radical change, from old styles of simplistic (and often schmaltzy) charm and harmony to new, terrifying visions of fear, dread, satire, revolt and despair."
Gordscafe, Three Penny Opera, Wikipedia - Kurt Weill, W - Bertolt Brecht, YouTube, (1), (2)
"Fascinating collusion of East, West and down-deep dub This could well be one of the greatest things to have come out of Liverpool’s status as Capital Of Culture 2008. Wobble’s commissioned collaboration with a selection of handpicked traditional Chinese musicians came to a wonderful blossoming conclusion with a series of gigs that blended Chinese music with his own hefty dub leanings. This album is the beautiful extrapolation of those unique moments."
Wikipedia - "The Brooklyn Royal Giants were a professional baseball team based in Brooklyn, New York which played in the Negro Leagues. They were one of the premier professional teams before World War I, winning multiple championships in the East. During the 1920s, under the ownership of Nat Strong, a white New York City booking agent, the team fell into somewhat of a decline, and did very poorly while in Eastern Colored League."
Wikipedia, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Brooklyn Royal Giants, Google
Saturday, December 26
Wikipedia - "Cabaret Voltaire were a British music group from Sheffield, England. Initially composed of Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk and Chris Watson, the group was named after the Cabaret Voltaire, a nightclub in Zurich, Switzerland that was a centre for the early Dada movement. Their earliest performances were dada-influenced performance art, but Cabaret Voltaire later developed into one of the most prolific and important groups to blend pop with dance music, techno, dub house and experimental electronic music."
Wikipedia, W - Cabaret Voltaire (Zürich), brainwashed, last.fm, MySpace, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)
Wikipedia - "The Wicker Man was a large wicker statue of a human used by the ancient Druids (priests of Celtic paganism) for human sacrifice by burning it in effigy, according to Julius Caesar in his Commentarii de Bello Gallico (Commentary on the Gallic Wars). In modern times the figure has been adopted for festivals as part of some neopagan-themed ceremonies, notably without the human sacrifice element."
Wikipedia - "Kid Creole and the Coconuts is an American musical group created and led by August Darnell. Their music incorporates a variety of styles and influences, in particular 'American and Latin American, South American, Caribbean, Trinidadian, Calloway' and conceptually inspired by the big band era."
Wikipedia, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, MySpace, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)
Friday, December 25
Wikipedia - "The Beatles' Christmas Album (U.S.) aka From Then to You (UK), was a 1970 compilation album of the Christmas records issued via the Beatles' Fan Club—and made available solely to members of their official fan clubs in the UK and the U.S. The Beatles' Christmas Album was issued as From Then to You in the UK by Apple Records (LYN 2154) and in the U.S. (SBC 100)."
Wikipedia, The Beatles' Christmas Record, The Beatles Fan Club Christmas Records, THE BEATLES CHRISTMAS RECORDS updated 12/08, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)
Thursday, December 24
"Cities take centuries to grow, but they can die in the relative blink of an eye. After an earthquake in April killed hundreds and left tens of thousands homeless in and around this medieval and Baroque city some 70 miles northeast of Rome, the emergency relief efforts were extraordinary. Volunteers from all over Italy rushed to help."
Wikipedia - "Sophie Calle (born 1953) is a French writer, photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist. Calle's work is distinguished by its use of arbitrary sets of constraints, and evokes the French literary movement of the 1960s known as Oulipo. Her work frequently depicts human vulnerability, and examines identity and intimacy. She is recognized for her detective-like ability to follow strangers and investigate their private lives. Her photographic work often includes panels of text of her own writing."
Wikipedia, Paula Cooper Gallery, iniva, Artist
Wednesday, December 23
"The breakthroughs of the last 100 years in poetry and elsewhere have been marked by new approaches to language and performance. Largely this has been the work of several generations of experimental writers and performers, many of them now archived and available thru Ubuweb and related web sites."
MOBY-DICK, Page 097
"About this Moby-Dick project: In August of 2009, I was really restless. I remembered seeing a book where the artist Zak Smith had made one illustration for every page of Thomas Pynchon's novel Gravity's Rainbow. I was really blown away by how amazing his art was, and by the whole idea in general, so a while later I decided to try the same thing myself. Only instead of Gravity's Rainbow I decided to work on my favorite novel, Herman Melville's Moby-Dick."
One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick, zak smith,
"Why is it ok to take down someone else's work (/advertisement) and put my work up instead: The message of this work is not 'buy! buy! buy!' it is 'look, enjoy, think, like, don't like, form an opinion.' It engages viewers in a dialogue which advertisements do not. Each piece of art put in a public space, in place of an ad, is an opportunity for viewers to reconnect with the space they inhabit."
Tuesday, December 22
"Wax Audio, otherwise know as Tom Compagnoni, began cutting, pasting, mixing, mashing and producing digital audio ditties for the online world back in 2003 at his home studio in Sydney, Australia. As the drums of war began beating in a global media hell bent on destruction in Iraq, Tom produced Wax Audio's first pointedly political online audio presentation - WMD ...and other distractions."
Wax Audio, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), Google, Vimeo
The Raft of the Medusa, 1819
Wikpedia - "Théodore Géricault (26 September 1791 – 26 January 1824) was a profoundly influential French artist, painter and lithographer, known for The Raft of the Medusa and other paintings. Although he died young, he became one of the pioneers of the Romantic movement."
Monday, December 21
Wikipedia - "Raymond Roussel (Paris, January 20, 1877 - Palermo, July 14, 1933) was a French poet, novelist, playwright, musician, and chess enthusiast. Through his novels, poems, and plays he exerted a profound influence on certain groups within 20th century French literature, including the Surrealists, Oulipo, and the authors of the nouveau roman."
Wikipedia, Almalen, Louis Bury
Wikipedia - "A souvenir sheet or miniature sheet is a small group of postage stamps still attached to the sheet on which they were printed. They may be either regular issues that just happen to be printed in small groups (typical of many early stamps), or special issues often commemorating some event, such as a national anniversary, philatelic exhibition, or government program."
Sunday, December 20
"This project initially took off in August, 2005 when I arrived in Cotonou without any special expectations, just hoping to lay my hands on few good records. What I found in the process cannot really be described in words. This first trip was followed by eight more to the region."
Analog Africa, Dusted Magazine
Wikipedia - "'Hang On Sloopy' is a song by the pop group The McCoys which was #1 in America in October 1965 and is the official rock song of the state of Ohio and The Ohio State University. It was written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell and is named for singer Dorothy Sloop (1913-1998), who used the name 'Sloopy' on stage."
Saturday, December 19
Wikipedia - "Der Baader Meinhof Komplex is a 2008 German film by Uli Edel; written and produced by Bernd Eichinger. It stars Moritz Bleibtreu, Martina Gedeck and Johanna Wokalek. The film is based on the 1985 German best selling non-fiction book of the same name by Stefan Aust. It retells the story of the early years of the West German militant group the Red Army Faction (RAF)."
Wikipedia, W - Red Army Faction, Baader Meinhof Movie, imdb, YouTube
Wikipedia - "Keith Tyson (b. August 23, 1969) is a British Turner Prize-winning artist. He works in a wide range of media, including painting, drawing and installation, and he is noted equally for his painting series, such as Nature Paintings (2005 - 2008), and his large-scale sculptures and installations such as Large Field Array (2005)."
Wikipedia, Keith Tyson, artnet, Google
Wikipedia - "Bob Waldmire (April 19, 1945–December 16, 2009) was an American artist who is well known for his artwork of U.S. Route 66. Being the son of Ed Waldmire Jr., he is often associated with the Cozy Dog Drive In restaurant in Springfield, Illinois (on U.S. Route 66), where it is claimed that the elder Waldmire (along with his friend Don Strand) created the corn dog."
Wikipedia, Route 66, Illinois Times, Sun Times, Chicago Tribune
Friday, December 18
Wikipedia - "A key figure in No Wave, Chance has been playing a combination of improvisational jazz-like music and punk in the New York music scene since the late 1970s, in such bands as Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, James Chance and the Contortions, James White and the Blacks (as he appeared in the film Downtown 81), The Flaming Demonics, James Chance & the Sardonic Symphonics, and James Chance and Terminal City."
Wikipedia, MySpace, The Blow Up, YouTube, (1), (2), (3)
Wikipedia - "A stone circle is an ancient monument of standing stones. It is not always precisely circular, often forming an ellipse, or more rarely a setting of four stones laid on an arc of a circle. The size and number of stones in a 'circle' varies from example to example. More than 1,000 stone circles have been catalogued for the British Isles and parts of Western Europe, mostly lying not more than 100 miles from the sea. Erected thousands of years ago, their purpose is still something of a mystery."
Wikipedia - "The film is centred on young skinheads, and is set in England in July 1983. The film illustrates that the skinhead subculture, whose roots are associated with Jamaican culture (especially ska, rocksteady, and reggae music), eventually became adopted by white nationalist groups such as the National Front."
Wikipedia, imdb, Guardian), Vimeo
Thursday, December 17
"This unprecedented exhibition marks the first public presentation of the preeminent psychologist C. G. Jung’s (1875-1961) famous Red Book. During the period in which he worked on this book Jung developed his principal theories of archetypes, collective unconscious, and the process of individuation."
Rubin Museum of Art, Red Book Video, NYT
Wikipedia - "Astronomy is the oldest of the natural sciences, dating back to antiquity, with its origins in the religious, mythological, and astrological practices of pre-history: vestiges of these are still found in astrology, a discipline long interwoven with public and governmental astronomy, and not completely disentangled from it until a few centuries ago in the Western World (see astrology and astronomy)."
Wikipedia - "Gabriel Orozco (born April 27, 1962) is a Mexican artist, called 'one of the most influential artists of this decade, and probably the next one too.' He was born in Jalapa, Veracruz, Mexico and educated in the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas between 1981 and 1984."
Wikipedia, Art 21: PBS, MoMA
Wednesday, December 16
Wikipedia - "Youssou N'Dour ... (born 1 October 1959 in Dakar) is a Senegalese singer, percussionist and occasional actor. In 2004, Rolling Stone described him as, in Senegal and much of Africa, 'perhaps the most famous singer alive.' He helped develop a style of popular music in Senegal, known by its Wolof language name of mbalax."
Wikipedia, Youssou N'Dour, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)
"Five short 'Personal Service Announcements' from Laurie Anderson • The National Debt • TV Lunch • Women and Money • Jerry-Rigging • The National Anthem • They were aired in 1990 on VH1 as bumpers between videos."
YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4)
Tuesday, December 15
Wikipedia - "Jeff Greinke is an American ambient music and jazz artist and composer currently based in Tucson, Arizona. He is known as one of the pioneers of dark ambient music, with his earlier solo albums often compared to works by Robert Rich, Brian Eno, and Vidna Obmana. Greinke's approach on his ambient works is to heavily layer, mutitrack, and texture soundscapes, effectively using the studio as an instrument."
Wikipedpa, MySpace, Profile: Jeff Greinke, last.fm, Rhapsody, Ambience for the Masses, YouTube
Wikipedia - "A honky tonk (also called a honkatonk, honkey-tonk, or tonk) is a type of bar with musical entertainment common in the Southern and Southwestern United States. The term has also been applied to various styles of 20th-century American music."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (1), (2)
Monday, December 14
Wikipedia - "Mémoires (Memories) is an artist's book made by the Danish artist Asger Jorn in collaboration with the French artist and theorist Guy Debord. Printed in 1959, it is the second of two collaborative books by the two men whilst they were both members of the Situationist International."
Wikipedia - "Devo (pronounced /ˈdiːvoʊ/ DEE-voh, originally /diːˈvoʊ/ dee-VOH) is an American New Wave band formed in Akron, Ohio in 1973. While they are best known for their 1980 hit 'Whip It', which made it to #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the band has succesfully maintained a cult following since early in their career."
Wikipedia, Devo, My Space, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2), Daily Motion
Sunday, December 13
"One of the most prestigious office complexes on Manhattan Island, Rockefeller Center is the centerpiece of activity for thousands of New Yorkers who have embraced it as not just another boring office block, but as a warm symbol of a great city. Its rise to national stardom came not so much from the historic name it bears, but because for almost as long as there has been broadcasting, Rockefeller Center has been the home to some of the most powerful networks in the United States."