Tuesday, August 30
Monday, August 29
"We all know what Rosie the Riveter looked like, and what she stood for. Ford-era production line labor -- and the rise of powerful unions -- left us indelible portraits of work in mid 20th century America. Before that, Dickens created searing portraits of labor in the proto-industrial era, as Millet and his followers recorded a vivid picture of agrarian labor in mid 19th century Europe. But what does work look like today in a global economy marked by outsourcing, rapid migration, disruptive economies, and a state of labor that seems fractured, precarious, and almost invisible? With video, sculpture, photography, and performance art from 25 artists, this exhibition examines the way labor is represented today (and how some contemporary workers choose to represent themselves)."
MASS MoCA, The MASS MoCA Blog, Bureau for Open Culture
"Party Supplies is part of the Fool's Gold family here in Brooklyn. Instead of writing a paragraph about what he does, watch the video below for some live Party Supplies remix action! He just released a new mixtape with his take on tracks of Arcade Fire, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, the Weeknd and more."
Brooklyn Radio, "PS", YouTube - Party Supplies "Home" Remix, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home (Party Supplies Remix), "Mama Don't Dance" LIVE, Remixing a few original ideas live...
Sunday, August 28
"Hurricane Irene, which first hit the Bahamas on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, is a slow-moving massive storm. It advanced at 14 miles an hour, half the speed of typical hurricanes along the coast, in an unusually broad path that extended more than 260 miles from the center in some directions. It has affected at least a dozen states along the East Coast of the United States."
NYT, NYT: Readers’ Photos of Hurricane Irene, NYT: Damage and Flooding Scar Atlantic Seaboard, CBS News (Video), YouTube - Hurricane "Irene" 2011 (Video)
"The Michael Nyman Band, formerly known as the Campiello Band, is a group formed as a street band for a 1976 production of Carlo Goldoni's 1756 play, Il Campiello directed by Bill Bryden at the Old Vic. The band did not wish to break up after the production ended, so its director, Michael Nyman, began composing music for the group to perform, beginning with 'In Re Don Giovanni', written in 1977. Originally made up of old instruments such as rebecs, sackbuts and shawms alongside more modern instruments like the banjo and saxophone in order to produce as loud a sound as possible without amplification, it later switched to a fully amplified lineup of string quartet, double bass, clarinet, three saxophones, horn, trumpet, bass trombone, bass guitar, and piano. This line up has been variously altered and augmented for some works."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds, Water Dances, The Heart Asks Pleasure First, Dreams of a Journey, Wedding Tango, The Promise
"The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, may be the most important and influential fantasy books ever published. Next to these, Tolkien wrote and published an enormous amount of other books: Farmer Giles of Ham, Smith of Wootton Major, Roverandom, Mr. Bliss, Children of Hurin, Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun... to name some. The aim of this website is to show all books which are curently inside the Tolkien Library."
Tolkien Library, YouTube
Saturday, August 27
"White Columns is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in the United States by Dusseldorf-based Horst Ademeit (b. 1937.) Working independently, and outside of the context of art, since the late 1980s Ademit has embarked on an obsessive program of collecting evidence – through photography and meticulous note-keeping – that would establish, in his mind, the existence of what he called 'cold rays,' unseen forces that he believed severely impaired and impacted upon his life and surroundings."
White Columns, Hamburger Bahnhof, ArtCritical, Galerie Susanne Zander
Friday, August 26
"Since the break-up of Talking Heads in 1991, David Byrne has made a good career for himself as a solo artist, working in film and music, and also becoming an active supporter of cycling. Overtly intellectual, Byrne has given lectures on a great variety of topics – from Carl Jung to the ways in which venue and context shape artistic creation. The TED talk above was given in February 2010 in Long Beach, California, and here David Byrne presents his ideas on the interrelationship between music and architecture."
YouTube - Open Culture
Wikipedia - "Sam John Hopkins (March 15, 1912 – January 30, 1982), better known as Lightnin’ Hopkins, was an American country blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and occasional pianist, from Houston, Texas."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Baby Please Dont Go, Goin Down Slow, Mojo Hand, Rare Performances 1960-1979 - Parte 1, Parte 2, Parte 3, Parte 4, Parte 5, Parte 6, Parte 7, Parte 8, Parte 9, Texas blues legend - Where Lightnin' Strikes
Installation view of Pig Pen
Wikipedia - "Sterling Ruby is a multi-disciplinary artist who has become known for his richly glazed biomorphic ceramics, large-scale spray-painted canvases, poured urethane sculptures, various forms of collage, and video work. ... He takes his subject matter from a wide range of sources, including marginalized societies, maximum security prisons, modernist architecture, artifacts and antiquities, graffiti, the mechanisms of warfare, and urban gangs. His work has often been cited as invoking minimalism as a means to expose underlying systems and social power structures."
Wikipedia, Foxy Production, Sprueth Magers, YouTube - Lifestyle Sterling Ruby
Thursday, August 25
"Christian Marclay is a New York based visual artist and composer whose innovative work explores the juxtaposition between sound recording, photography, video and film. As a performer and sound artist Christian Marclay has been experimenting, composing and performing with phonograph records and turntables since 1979 to create his unique 'theater of found sound.' A dadaist DJ and filmmaker, his installations and video/film collages display provocative musical and visual landscapes."
USF, Met Museum
"The educator and cartoonist James Sturm is another of my favorite people in comics. He's the co-founder of The Center For Cartoon Studies, the author of 2010's fine book Market Day and one of the driving forces behind the publication of Denys Wortman's New York. If there were a tree chart of 2010 comics events and underlying issues with lines drawn to the cartoonists engaged in some element of said issues, Sturm would appear on it looking like a marionette with tangled strings."
CR Holiday Interview #17, NYT: In One Sad Day, an Old World Artisan Confronts a New World, npr: 'Market Day': Beauty And History In Handmade Art, Products by James Sturm, James Sturm Heads to the "Market", Slate: Life Without the Web, YouTube - The Conversation: Giving Up the Web
Wednesday, August 24
"In the first major presentation in an American museum of Jitish Kallat’s work, the contemporary Indian artist has designed a site-specific installation that connects two key historical moments—the First World Parliament of Religions held on September 11, 1893, and the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on that very date, 108 years later. The resulting work, Public Notice 3, creates a trenchant commentary on the evolution, or devolution, of religious tolerance across the 20th and 21st centuries."
The Art Institute of Chicago, YouTube - Jitish Kallat's Public Notice 3 at the Art Institute of Chicago
Wikipedia - "Eddie Cochran (October 2, 1938 – April 17, 1960), was an American rock and roll pioneer who in his brief career had a small but lasting influence on rock music through his guitar playing. Cochran's rockabilly songs, such as 'C'mon Everybody', 'Somethin' Else', and 'Summertime Blues', captured teenage frustration and desire in the late 1950s and early 1960s."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Summertime Blues, C'mon Everybody, Money Honey, Nervous breakdown, Don't blame it on me, Be honest with me, Long Tall Sally, White lightening, Teenage Heaven, Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young (1955)
Tuesday, August 23
Robert Breer, top, in a shot from “Fist Fight” (1964).
Wikipedia - "Robert Carlton Breer (September 30, 1926 – August 11, 2011) was an experimental filmmaker, painter, and sculptor. 'A founding member of the American avant-garde,' Breer was most well known for his films, which combine abstract and representational painting, hand-drawn rotoscoping, original 16mm and 8mm film footage, photographs, and other materials."
Wikipedia, frieze, mubi, Robert Breer, Kinetic Poet of the Avant-Garde, YouTube - Eyewash (1959), A Man And His Dog Out For Air (1957), Blazes (1961), Swiss Army Knife with Rats and Pigeons (1980), 69 (1968), 70 (1970), Robert Breer, Screening Room with Robert Breer (1976)
"The large-scale portraits in Gaspesia: Les portraits en papier represent former employees of Papiers Gaspesia, a pulp and paper mill founded in 1912 by Percy Milton Chandler in Chandler, Quebec. Named for the mill’s founder, the port city’s economy and social organization depended heavily upon this industry."
"The title of this documentary on Rainer Maria Fassbinder is just slightly changed from the title of a film that director made in 1976, entitled Ich Will Doch Nur, Dass Ihr Mich Liebt ('I Only Want You to Love Me'). The wunderkind of postwar German filmmaking died at age 36 in 1982 after making over 50 films in his short fifteen year career. He tended to produce resolutely experimental films using members of his theatrical troupe, the 'Anti-Theater'."
Monday, August 22
Wikipedia - "'Spirit in the Night' is a song written and originally recorded by New Jersey based singer/songwriter Bruce Springsteen for his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973). It was also the second single released from the album."
Wikipedia - "Spirit in the Night", YouTube - "Spirit in the Night", Live 1973 in Los Angeles
Wikipedia - "Madness are a British pop/ska band from Camden Town, London, that formed in 1976. The band continue to perform with their most recognised lineup of seven members, although their lineup has varied slightly over the years. They were one of the most prominent bands of the late-1970s 2 Tone ska revival."
Wikipedia, YouTube - One Step Beyond, Night Boat To Cairo, Baggy Trousers, Our House
Wikipedia - "Amateur astronomy, also called backyard astronomy and stargazing, is a hobby whose participants enjoy watching the night sky (and the day sky too, for sunspots, eclipses, etc.), and the plethora of objects found in it, mainly with portable telescopes and binoculars. Even though scientific research is not their main goal, many amateur astronomers make a contribution to astronomy by monitoring variable stars, tracking asteroids and discovering transient objects, such as comets."
Wikipedia, Amateur Astronomers, Backyard Astronomy
Sunday, August 21
"The Gowanus Canal is located in the heart of Brooklyn, bordering the neighborhoods of Carroll Gardens and Red Hook. When the canal opened in 1866, it quickly became the nation’s busiest commercial waterway and also the most polluted. The resulting growth of foundries, oil-storage facilities, dye works, printing plants, cement factories, tanneries, coal yards, chemical plants, paint and ink factories produced so much pollutants that the waterway was dubbed 'Lavender Lake' by locals, inspired by the opaque bluish-purple color of the water."
Charles Le Brigand (Video), Forgotten NY
"A philosophical road comic about two unemployed robots on an improvised interplanetary voyage of self discovery."
Bohemian Drive, The Webcomic Overlook #134: Nine Planets Without Intelligent Life
Wikipedia - "The Jungle Brothers are an American hip hop group that pioneered the fusion of jazz and hip-hop and also became the first hip-hop group to use a house-music producer. The group began performing in the mid-1980s and released its first album, Straight Out the Jungle, in July 1988. With Afrocentric lyrics and innovative beats, the Jungle Brothers were critically acclaimed and soon joined the influential Native Tongues collective."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Straight out the Jungle, Doin' Our Own Dang (Remix), I'll House You (The Gee St.Reconstruction), Because I Like It Like That, Brain, On The Run
Saturday, August 20
Wikipedia - "The fourth album by Elvis Costello, his third with the Attractions, Get Happy!! is notable for being a dramatic break in tone from Costello's previous 'trilogy' of commercially successful albums, and for being heavily influenced by R&B and soul music. The cover art was intentionally designed to have a 'retro' feel, to look like the cover of an old LP with ring wear on both front and back. The title may be a reference to gospel music, where 'getting happy' is synonymous with receiving the Holy Spirit (a meaning that Costello himself hints at in the liner notes to the 2003 edition of the album). The title may also refer to the Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler song of the same name."
Wikipedia, YouTube - High Fidelity, I Stand Accused, I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down, Possession, New Amsterdam, Love For Tender
Wikipedia - "Sollie Paul Williams (August 23, 1917–October 11, 1985), known professionally as Tex Williams, was an American Western swing musician from Ramsey, Illinois. He is best known for his talking blues style; his biggest hit was the novelty song, 'Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)', which held the number one position on the Billboard charts for six weeks in 1947."
Wikipedia, B-Westerns, YouTube - Smoke Smoke That Cigarette, That's What I Like About The West, Every Night, The Talking Boogie, Let's Go Rockabilly
Friday, August 19
WET magazine, 1979. April Greiman and Jayme Odgers.
"Of all movements in art and design history, postmodernism is perhaps the most controversial. This era defies definition, but it is a perfect subject for an exhibition. Postmodernism was an unstable mix of the theatrical and theoretical. It was visually thrilling, a multifaceted style that ranged from the colourful to the ruinous, the ludicrous to the luxurious."
V&M. Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990.
"A study depicting the stylistic diversity found in Parisian graffiti tags. Now on display at Fondation Cartier’s Born In The Streets – Graffiti exhibition until November 29, 2009. Over 2,400 graffiti tags were photographed from April 24 to April 28, 2009, from each of Paris’s 20 districts. All photographs were archived, tagged and sorted by letter. The ten most commonly used letters by Paris graffiti writers were identified for further study (A,E,I,K,N,O,R,S,T and U). From each letter grouping, eighteen tags were isolated to represent the diversity and range of that specific character."
Graffiti Taxonomy: Paris, 2009 (Video), Graffiti Taxonomy
Wikipedia - "The 'Dollars Trilogy' (Italian: Trilogia del dollaro), also known as the 'Man with No Name Trilogy', refers to the three 'Spaghetti Westerns' starring Clint Eastwood and directed by Sergio Leone: A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965), and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)."
Wikipedia, A Watershed Role for Clint Eastwood, A Ground Breaking Film for Sergio Leone..., amazon, YouTube - A Fistful Of Dollars, For A Few Dollars, The Good The Bad and The Ugly
Thursday, August 18
Wikipedia - "Andy Denzler (3rd August 1965 in Zurich) is a Swiss artist. The art media he works with comprise painting, printing, screen printing, graphic design, sculpture and drawing. ... Andy Denzler’s works move between abstraction and reality. With the classic means of oil painting, the artist endeavors to fathom the borderlines between fiction and reality. He presents his own perception of the world in his pictures. They are snap-shots of events that take place, blurred, distorted movements, Freeze Frames that stylistically move between Photorealism and Abstract Expressionism. In his paintings Denzler frequently alludes to other media."
Wikipedia, Andy Denzler
Wikipedia - "Johnny Clarke (born January 12, 1955), Whitfield Town, Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae musician. Clarke grew up in the Kingston ghetto of Whitfield Town."
Wikipedia, Roots Archives, YouTube - SHALL ESCAPE THE JUDGEMENT, Marcus Garvey, Rude Boy, I've Got The Handle, Ten To One
Wednesday, August 17
The Card Players
Wikipedia - "Paul Cézanne (...19 January 1839 – 22 October 1906) was a French artist and Post-Impressionist painter whose work laid the foundations of the transition from the 19th century conception of artistic endeavour to a new and radically different world of art in the 20th century. Cézanne can be said to form the bridge between late 19th century Impressionism and the early 20th century's new line of artistic enquiry, Cubism. The line attributed to both Matisse and Picasso that Cézanne 'is the father of us all' cannot be easily dismissed."
Wikipedia, Paul Cézanne - The Complete Works, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Wikipedia - "Kassav' (Antillean Creole for a local dish made from cassava root) is a Francophone zouk band formed in Paris in 1979. The core members of the band are Jocelyne Béroard, Jacob Desvarieux, Jean-Philippe Marthély, Patrick St. Eloi, Jean-Claude Naimro, Claude Vamur and Georges Décimus (who left to form Volte Face and returned). Kassav' have issued over 20 albums, with a further 12 solo albums by band members."
Wikipedia, YouTube - syé bwa, DOUBOUT PIKAN, Jean-Philippe Marthely Rété, Eva, Se Dam Bonjou
Wikipedia - "Big Mouth Billy Bass is an animatronic singing prop, resembling a largemouth bass, popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The fish is made of rubber stretched over a mechanical frame; at first glance it closely resembles a mounted fish."
Tuesday, August 16
"Composer/performer David Gamper is an accomplished designer of electronic music studios and constructor of electronic music instruments. ... For their Roulette TV performance, David Gamper and photographer/visual artist Gisela Gamper create a microcosmic world that opens with images of water bubbles and small organic objects projected throughout the performance area. Small quasi-random sounds of a struck seashell, electric keyboard patterns, tiny bells and wood flute are processed electronically and accompany the visuals. The organic, water images begin to modulate into human hands moving around Tesla coils which in turn emit squiggly rays analogous to the organic images."
Roulette TV: Vimeo
"It was back in 1964. New York City filmmaker, David Hoffman, age 22, was headed down with his new 16mm hand held camera (weight 49 lbs!) to spend three weeks driving the backcountry around Madison County, North Carolina, in the center of Appalachia, with the 82 year old founder of the pioneer Asheville Mountain Music and Dance Festival, Bascom Lamar Lunsford."
YouTube - A Bluegrass Music Classic - On The Porch, Bluegrass Musicians Let Loose in Classic Documentary
Wikipedia - "Wheel of Fortune (X) is the tenth trump or Major Arcana card in most Tarot decks. It is used in game playing as well as in divination. To the right is the Wheel Of Fortune card from the A. E. Waite tarot deck. A. E. Waite was a key figure in the development of the Tarot in line with the Hermetic magical-religious system which was also being developed at the time, and this deck, as well as being in common use today, also forms the basis for a number of other modern tarot decks."
Monday, August 15
Wikipedia - "War (originally called Eric Burdon and War) is an American funk band from California, known for the hit songs 'Low Rider', 'Spill the Wine', 'The Cisco Kid' and 'Why Can't We Be Friends?'. Formed in 1969, War was a musical crossover band which fused elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae. The band also transcended racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Tobaco Road, Brіght Lights, Bіg City аnd Mystery Train, Love Is All Around, Spirit, Spill The Wine
"He’s been 'fooling around' with woodworking since he was a little kid, 74-year-old Del Short remembers, when his father 'first gave me a handful of nails, a block of wood and a hammer to play with.' That early pounding led through the decades to a vast array of projects, from practical to whimsical to nearly confounding."
The Register-Guard, YouTube - Del's Beautiful New Wooden Machine, Escapement Drive, 1985, Pedal-Operated Wooden Scroll Saw
Wikipedia - "The Communards’ Wall (Mur des Fédérés) at the Père Lachaise cemetery is where, on May 28, 1871, one-hundred forty-seven fédérés, combatants of the Paris Commune, were shot and thrown in an open trench at the foot of the wall. To the French left, especially socialists and communists, the wall became the symbol of the people's struggle for their liberty and ideals. Many leaders of the French Communist Party, especially those involved in the French resistance, are buried nearby."
Wikipedia, W - Paris Commune
Sunday, August 14
Wikipedia - "More Songs About Buildings and Food is Talking Heads' second album, the first of a string of three co-produced by Brian Eno. The album was significantly more popular than their first, Talking Heads: 77. The band's blend of funky bass, bubblegum, country, reggae and punk influences, with David Byrne's unique voice, established the group as a critical success known for their live shows, but still with disappointing album sales."
Wikipedia, Salon, With Our Love, YouTube - Entermedia Theatre, New York, NY 8-10-78, "Uh Oh Love Comes to Town," "The Girls Want To Be With The Girls," "Found A Job," "The Good Thing," "Take Me To The River," and "Thank You For Sending Me Angel", "Stay Hungry", "Cities", "Artists Only", "The Great Curve", "Warning Sign"
Wikipedia - "Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is a retired American Hall of Fame professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Detroit Pistons, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, he was nicknamed 'Dennis the Menace' and 'The Worm' and was known for his fierce defensive and rebounding abilities. Playing small forward in his early years before becoming a power forward, Rodman earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times and was voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year twice. He also led the NBA in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and won five NBA championships (1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 1998)."
Wikipedia, Rodman bares soul in emotional entrance to Hall of Fame, NBA: Video, YouTube
"Anyone who knows R. Crumb’s work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music trading card sets he created in the early to- mid-1980s. Now they are packaged together for the first time in book form, along with an exclusive 21-track CD of music selected and compiled by Crumb himself (featuring original recordings by Charley Patton, 'Dock' Boggs, 'Jelly Roll' Morton, and others). A bio of each musician is provided, along with a full-color original illustration by the cartoonist."
amazon, (1), (2), (3), YouTube
Saturday, August 13
Wikipedia - "Frank Film is a 1973 animated short film. The movie is a compilation of images co-creator Frank Mouris had collected from magazines interwoven with two narrations, one giving a mostly linear autobiography and the other stating words having to do with the images, the story the first voice is relating, or neither. Frank made the film with Caroline Mouris."
Wikipedia, ACMEFilmworks, UbuWeb (Video), Albany - FILM NOTES, YouTube - Coney (1975), Impasse (1978), Frankly Caroline (1998), Celebrity Spews
Friday, August 12
"Talk to Me explores the communication between people and things. All objects contain information that goes well beyond their immediate use or appearance. In some cases, objects like cell phones and computers exist to provide us with access to complex systems and networks, behaving as gateways and interpreters. Whether openly and actively, or in subtle, subliminal ways, things talk to us, and designers help us develop and improvise the dialogue."
MoMA, MoMA - Interactives, blip.tv (Video)
"Also this story starts many years ago. In 1957 while Ghana was obtaining independence with Kwame Nkrumah and the highlife orchestras were close to the new government for celebrating the birth of a country and of a continent. Ebo Taylor was more or less twenty and participated to the cultural movement playing in orchestras like Stargazers and Broadway Dance Bank of Takoradi. In 1962 the family sent him to study music in London, where he met Fela Kuti with whom he played more than once in nightly improvised jam sessions."
T.P. Africa, Analog Africa, YouTube - Afrikafestival Hertme 2010 - Ebo Taylor part 1, part 2, part 3, Guitar Virtuoso Ebo Taylor plays tribute to Ali Farka Toure, Odofo Nyi Akyiri Biara, Nga Nga