Friday, April 30

Anne Sexton


Wikipedia - "Sexton is seen as the modern model of the confessional poet. Aside from her standard themes of depression, isolation, suicide, and despair, her work also encompasses issues specific to women, such as menstruation, abortion, and more broadly masturbation and adultery, before such subjects were commonly addressed in poetic discourse."
Wikipedia, Poets, YouTube - Anne Sexton at home - 1 (VOSE), Anne Sexton at home - 2 (VOSE), Rare Film Clips Of The Poet Anne Sexton

The Beauty Of Maps


"The Beauty Of Maps looks at the art of maps, their historical significance, their relevance to modern map-making, and how they shape the future of cartography. Each programme will focus on one specific map and use human stories and testimony, original sketches and artistic impressions, private journals and historic archive sources to tell its story."
BBC

SimCity


Wikipedia - "SimCity is a city-building simulation game, first released in 1989 and designed by Will Wright. SimCity was Maxis' first product, which has since been ported into various personal computers and game consoles, and spawned several sequels including SimCity 2000 in 1993, SimCity 3000 in 1999, SimCity 4 in 2003, SimCity DS, and SimCity Societies in 2007."
Wikiedia, Simcity Societies

Thursday, April 29

Art*o*mat


"There are around 400 contributing artists from 10 different countries currently involved in the Art*o*mat project. We are always searching for fresh work."
Art*o*mat, A Brief History of Art Vending Machines

The Ethiopians


Wikipedia - "The Ethiopians is a ska, rocksteady, and reggae vocal group, founded by Leonard Dillon (born 9 December 1942, Port Antonio, Jamaica), Stephen Taylor and Aston Morris. The group started out recording for Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd in 1966."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6)

Max Jacob


Wikipedia - "Max Jacob (July 12, 1876 – March 5, 1944) was a French poet, painter, writer, and critic."
Wikipedia, 3 poems by Max Jacob

Wednesday, April 28

Summer Hours


"In 1992, I went to Paris to see some movies that weren’t turning up on these shores, at least not as quickly as I wanted them to. At the time, it meant something particular to be going to Paris to see movies. Paris meant 'cinema' and all that the term implied, as distinct from movies or film. To a certain extent, it still does. And cinema meant a response to the world, as opposed to a distraction from it, an engagement with the present and the past, historical and aesthetic—in essence, a dismantling of the barrier between the two."
Criterion, (1)

The Third & The Seventh


"A full-CG animated piece that tries to illustrate architecture art across a photographic point of view where main subjects are already-built spaces. Sometimes in an abstract way. Sometimes surreal."
Laughing Squid, The Third & The Seventh

Grounder to Buckner


"The Mets' 10th-inning comeback is capped off by Mookie Wilson's grounder that squibbed through Bill Buckner's legs and into baseball history"
MLB, W - 1986 World Series, W - Game 6, DVD In My Pants

Tuesday, April 27

Neil Young - Part 2


Wikipedia - "After providing the incidental music to a 1980 biopic of Hunter S. Thompson entitled Where the Buffalo Roam, Young released Hawks & Doves, a short record pieced together from sessions going back to 1974. 1981's Re-ac-tor, an electric album recorded with Crazy Horse, also included material from the 1970s."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Powderfinger, Mr Soul, My My Hey Hey Farm-Aid '85, Phoenix Festival 1996 - Hey Hey My My, Goin' Home, El Dorado (Amsterdam 1989), All Along The Watchtower (NYC) Steve Cropper, Rockin' In The Free World - Acoustic 1989, (1), Blowin' in the Wind (Uniondale, 1991), Cry, Cry, Cry, Interstate, Dead Man, Nashville, (1), Sample & Hold, Willie Nelson - Working Cowboys, Four Strong Winds

Material World


"Seven artists have been invited to transform MASS MoCA’s second and third floor galleries into a series of site-specific installations. The selected artists, Michael Beutler, Orly Genger, Tobias Putrih, Alyson Shotz, Dan Steinhilber, and collaborative team Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, are known for their innovative investigations of both space and material. Each tend to use a single, simple material in a given work."
MASS MoCA, (1)

Rainer Ganahl


"As I have done with Sigmund Freud, Lenin and Handke (his goal keeper book), I I'm kicking the book of Karl Marx to its full destruction. I don't do that out of hatred for the authors but out of a reminder that books were destroyed in the past (particular those of the firsts 3 authors). I do that also because it is quite an intense act of expression that transcends reading. The relationship between violence, destruction and (re)creation is quite challenging and provokes interesting questions that go beyond my pure will to 'just make art'."
UbuWeb

Monday, April 26

I Need That Record!


"The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally."
Record Store Day, Pitchfork

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence


"In 2008, the Smithsonian American Art Museum acquired the definitive record of Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1972-76, a major early work by world-renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Running Fence, the culmination of 42 months of collaborative efforts, was 24 1/2 miles long and 18 feet high, with one end dropping down to the Pacific Ocean."
Smithsonian Institution

Sunday, April 25

Erika Iris Simmons


"iri5 is an imaginative painter and sculptor who is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through art. Her works are often noted for their unique and innovative style that focuses on recycling found materials, such as old cassettes and used books."
Erika Iris Simmons, flickr

Sir James George Frazer


J.M.W. Turner
Wikipedia - "Sir James George Frazer (1 January 1854, Glasgow, Scotland – 7 May 1941, Cambridge), was a Scottish social anthropologist influential in the early stages of the modern studies of mythology and comparative religion. His most famous work, The Golden Bough (1890), documents and details similar magical and religious beliefs across the globe."
Wikipedia, The Golden Bough, YouTube

Saturday, April 24

Roy Orbison


Wikipedia - "Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988) was an American singer-songwriter and musician, well known for his distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly / country & western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube - Oh Pretty Woman (1964), Blue Bayou, In Dreams, It's Over, Running Scared, Crying, Goodnight

Hollow Earth


Wikipedia - "According to the Hollow Earth hypothesis, the planet Earth is either wholly hollow or otherwise contains a substantial interior space. The hypothesis has long been contradicted by overwhelming observational evidence, as well as by the modern understanding of planet formation; the scientific community has dismissed the notion since at least the late 18th century."
Wikipedia

Friday, April 23

Beat Hotel


Journalists, cameramen and fashion designers relax in the Beat Hotel in 1960
Wikipedia - "The Beat Hotel was a small, run-down hotel of 42 rooms at 9 Rue Gît-le-Cœur in the Latin Quarter of Paris, notable chiefly as a residence for members of the Beat poetry movement of the mid-20th century."
Wikipedia, The Beat Hotel, Gallery Package - The Beat Hotel, The Beat Hotel. Ginsberg, Burroughs, and Corso in Paris, 1958-1963, YouTube - The Beat Hotel, The Beat Generation (Part 1), The Beat Generation (Part 2)

Francisco Goya


Third of May, 1808
Wikipedia - "Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (30 March 1746 – 16 April 1828) was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker regarded both as the last of the Old Masters and as the first of the moderns. Goya was a court painter to the Spanish Crown and a chronicler of history. The subversive and subjective element in his art, as well as his bold handling of paint, provided a model for the work of later generations of artists, notably Manet and Picasso."
Wikipedia, WebMuseum, Met Museum, Francisco Goya, YouTube

New York Daily Photo


Enchanted April
"New York City - a place of diversity. Visit a daily photo blog of the timely, the timeless, the classic, the unexpected and the hidden gems by a long time resident who shares his love of New York."
New York Daily Photo

Thursday, April 22

Drone music


Wikipedia - "Drone music is a minimalist musical style that emphasizes the use of sustained or repeated sounds, notes, or tone-clusters – called drones. It is typically characterized by lengthy audio programs with relatively slight harmonic variations throughout each piece compared to other musics. La Monte Young, one of its 1960s originators, defined it in 2000 as 'the sustained tone branch of minimalism'."
Wikipedia, amazon - "The best of drone music, "Stars Of The Lid And Their Refinement Of The Decline", The Platypus Affiliated Society

The Whole Earth Catalog


"In 1968 Stewart Brand launched an innovative publication called The Whole Earth Catalog. It was groundbreaking, enlightening, and spawned a group of later publications. The collection of that work provided on this site is not complete — and probably never will be — but it is a gift to readers who loved the CATALOG and those who are discovering it for the first time."
The Whole Earth Catalog, Wikipedia

SST Records


Wikipedia - "SST Records is an American independent record label formed in 1978 in Long Beach, California by musician Greg Ginn. The company was initially called Solid State Transmitters through which Ginn sold electronics equipment."
Wikipedia, SST, Perfect Sound Forever, SST Records

Wednesday, April 21

Stand by Me


Wikipedia - "Stand by Me is the title of a song originally performed by Ben E. King and written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller."
Wikipedia, You Tube - Ben E. King, John Lennon, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Cassius Clay, Mink DeVille, Andy, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora & Friends, Spyder Turner, Playing For Change Song Around the World

Humberto Solás


Wikipedia - "Humberto Solás (14 December 1941 - 18 September 2008) was a Cuban film director, credited with directing the classic film Lucía (1968), which explored the lives of Cuban women during different periods in Cuban history."
Wikipedia, film reference, Guardian, Fandango, YouTube - Lucia, amazon, Cuba Now, In Praise of a Famous Cuban: Humberto Solás and the Power of Melodrama

Letters from Camp


"In the early 1950s while at Black Mountain College, Charles Olson had a dream of an atomic holocaust. The threat of the bomb hovered over Olson. Between the death of FDR and the bombing of Hiroshima, which Olson considered the end of history, Olson revised Call Me Ishmael and wrote his first mature poems. Out of death and destruction arose Olson the creator."
Mimeo Mimeo

Tuesday, April 20

Hugo Ball


Wikipedia - "Hugo Ball (February 22, 1886 – September 14, 1927) was a German author, poet and one of the leading Dada artists."
Wikipedia, Ubu, DADA Companion, YouTube - Gadji Beri Bimba, The ABC's of DADA, The ABC's of DADA - 2, The ABC's of DADA - 3

Monday, April 19

"Walking With The Comrades" - Arundhati Roy


"The terse, typewritten note slipped under my door in a sealed envelope confirmed my appointment with India’s Gravest Internal Security Threat. I’d been waiting for months to hear from them. I had to be at the Ma Danteshwari mandir in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, at any of four given times on two given days. That was to take care of bad weather, punctures, blockades, transport strikes and sheer bad luck."
"Walking With The Comrades" - Arundhati Roy, Arundhati Roy on Obama’s Wars, India and Why Democracy Is “The Biggest Scam in the World” - Democracy Now

The Reverb, workshop Fred Frith


Wikipedpa - "Frith has used a variety of picks with his guitars, from traditional guitar picks to violin bows, drum sticks, egg beaters, paint brushes, lengths of metal chain and other found objects."
Wikipedia, YouTube, solo concert from MÓZG, sound. at REDCAT pt. 1/2, sound. at REDCAT pt. 2/2, Knitting Factory 1992

American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915


John Singleton Copley, Watson and the Shark, 1778
"From the colonial period to the present, Americans have been inventing characters and plots, settings and situations to give meaning to our everyday lives. American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765-1915 includes seventy-five paintings, from before the Revolution to the start of World War I, that tell these stories in scenes of family life and courting, work and leisure, comic mishaps and disasters."
LACMA, (1), Met Museum

Sunday, April 18

Baseball Poems


"Many great men and women have written entire books about every aspect of the game; however, other than 'Casey at the Bat,' few know about some of the other great poems that have appeared honoring our national pastime. Here are several that honor the game of baseball."
Baseball Almanac, Earthlink, The Baseball Poems, Outlaw Baseball, Poetry Foundation - "Baseball and Verse, from Tinker to Evers to Big Papi", Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine, Line drives: 100 contemporary baseball poems, npr - Donald Hall's Baseball Poetry, Extra innings: baseball poems, May Swenson - "Poetry Dispatch No. 111", The Best American Poetry, Hummers, knucklers, and slow curves: contemporary baseball poems

García Lorca — The Seawater Ballad


Joaquín Sorolla, The Beach at Valencia (1908)
"The sea
Smiles from far off
Teeth of foam
Lips of sky.
..."
Harpers, Wikipedia, Poems by Federico García Lorca

Little Eva


Wikipedia - "Eva Narcissus Boyd (June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003), known by the stage name of Little Eva (after a character from Uncle Tom's Cabin), was an American pop singer."
Wikipedia, Little Eva, last.fm, YouTube, (1)

Saturday, April 17

The Battle of Chile


Workers at a protest, from The Battle of Chile. Venezuela /France/Cuba 1973-1979
Wikipedia - "The Battle of Chile is a documentary film in 3 parts, directed by the Chilean Patricio Guzman: The Insurrection of the Bourgeoisie (1975), The Coup d'état (1976), Popular Power (1979). It is a chronicle of the political tension in Chile in 1973 and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. It won the Grand Prix in 1975 and 1976 at the Grenoble International Film Festival."
Wikipedia, amazon, The Rumpus, WSWS, Icarus Films, Patricio Guzmán: The Battle for Chile

Front Cover


"I found a copy of Alan Powers's Front Cover at the local used bookstore last night and was pleasantly surprised to find so many interesting specimens..."
Mimeo Mimeo, amazon

Satyagraha


Wikipedia - "Satyagraha is an opera in three acts for orchestra, chorus and soloists, composed by Philip Glass, with a libretto by Glass and Constance de Jong. The opera is loosely based on the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi, and is the second part of Glass's 'Portrait Trilogy' of operas about men who changed the world, which also includes Einstein on the Beach and Akhnaten."
Wikipedia, W - Satyagraha, Philip Glass, amazon, YouTube

Friday, April 16

Spiral Jetty


Wikipedia - "The Spiral Jetty, considered to be the central work of American sculptor Robert Smithson, is an earthwork sculpture constructed in 1970."
Wikipedia, DIA, Robert Smithson, Getty

The Map Room


"The Map Room is a blog about maps by Jonathan Crowe. It covers everything from collecting to the latest in geospatial technology from a generalist’s perspective."
The Map Room

Cluster


Wikipedia - "Cluster is a German experimental musical group who influenced the development of contemporary popular electronic and ambient music. They have recorded albums in a wide variety of styles ranging from experimental music to progressive rock, all of which had an avant-garde edge."
Wikipedia, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5). Interview with Hans-Joachim Roedelius of CLUSTER. Hans-Joachim Roedelius Performance, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11), (12), (13)

Thursday, April 15

Meredith Monk


Wikipedia - "Meredith Jane Monk (born November 20, 1942 in New York City) is an American composer, performer, director, vocalist, filmmaker, and choreographer. Since the 1960s, Monk has created multi-disciplinary works which dwell in the spaces between music, theatre, and dance, recording extensively for ECM Records."
Wikipedia, Meredith Monk, MySpace, YouTube - Meredith Monk, (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8). Book of Days (1988), Churchyard Entertainment, Walking Song, Last song, Facing North, Boat Song (Recent Ruins), Dolmen Music, An Interview with Meredith Monk, Meredith Monk

Susan Rothenberg


123456, 1988
Wikipedia - "Susan Rothenberg is a contemporary painter who lives and works in New Mexico, USA. Since 1989, she has been married to the artist Bruce Nauman."
Wikipedia, art:21, Sperone Westwater, artnet

Wednesday, April 14

Pinhole camera


Wikipedia - "A pinhole camera is a very simple camera with no lens and a single very small aperture. Simply explained, it is a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Light from a scene passes through this single point and projects an inverted image on the opposite side of the box. Cameras using small apertures and the human eye in bright light both act like a pinhole camera."
Wikipedia, The Pinhole Gallery, Pinhole Photography, Making a Pinhole Camera

Bert Jansch


Wikipedia - "Herbert Jansch (born 3 November 1943), known as Bert Jansch, is a Scottish folk musician and founding member of the band Pentangle. He was born in Glasgow and, in the 1960s, he was heavily influenced by the guitarist Davey Graham and folk singers such as Anne Briggs. He is best known as an innovative and accomplished acoustic guitarist but is also a singer and songwriter."
Wikipedia, Bert Jansch, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6).
Acoustic Routes - part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8

The Art of Illumination


"The Belles Heures (1405–1408/9) of Jean de Berry, a treasure of The Cloisters collection, is one of the most celebrated and lavishly illustrated manuscripts in this country. Because it is currently unbound, it is possible to exhibit all of its illuminated pages as individual leaves, a unique opportunity never to be repeated."
Met Museum

Tuesday, April 13

Werner Herzog's cave art documentary takes 3D into the depths


"From his film about the hostage survivor Dieter Dengler, Little Dieter Needs to Fly, to his examination of the life and death of the eccentric grizzly bear activist Timothy Treadwell, Grizzly Man, Werner Herzog always seems to have an eye for stranger-than-fiction scenarios that make for fascinating documentaries. Over on Roger Ebert's blog, there's news of a new Herzog project that might represent his most important venture into factual film-making yet."
Guardian, Roger Ebert's Journal, Wikipedia

The Troggs


Wikipedia - "The Troggs are an English rock band from the 1960s that had a number of hits in Britain and the USA, including their most famous song, 'Wild Thing'. The Troggs were from the town of Andover in southern England. The band were originally called The Troglodytes (troglodyte meaning 'caveman')."
Wikipedia, last.fm, YouTube, (1), (2)

McCarthyism


Wikipedia - "McCarthyism is the politically motivated practice of making accusations of disloyalty, subversion, or treason without proper regard for evidence. The term specifically describes activities associated with the period in the United States known as the Second Red Scare, lasting roughly from the late 1940s to the late 1950s and characterized by heightened fears of communist influence on American institutions and espionage by Soviet agents."
Wikipedia, Spartacus

Monday, April 12

Pianoless Vexations - Erik Satie


Wikipedia - "Vexations is a noted musical work by Erik Satie. Apparently conceived for keyboard (though the single page of manuscript does not specify an instrument), it consists of a short theme in the bass whose four presentations are alternatively heard unaccompanied and played with chords above. The theme and its accompanying chords are written using strikingly eccentric and impractical enharmonic notation. The piece is undated, but scholars usually assign a date around 1893 on the basis of musical and biographical evidence."
Wikipedia, UbuWeb

Isidro Blasco


Shanghai At Last
"BLASCO combines architecture, photography and installation to explore themes of vision and perception in relation to physical experience. His work often references the realm of private or domestic space. BLASCO normally begins by selecting one angle in a room or outdoors and then constructs a new space from the perspective of that vantage point."
DCKT, Isidro Blasco, artnet, Vimeo