Saturday, March 31

Larry Jordan

Wikipedia - "Larry Jordan is an independent filmmaker who has been working in the Bay Area in California since 1955, and making films since 1952. He has produced some 40 experimental and animation films, and three feature-length dramatic films. He is most widely known for his animated collage films. In 1970 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to make Sacred Art of Tibet. His animation has shown by invitation at the Cannes Film Festival."
Larry Jordan
MUBI: Watch Films by Larry Jordan
Films (Video)
Jordan’s Animated Journeys
UbuWeb: Larry Jordan (Video)
Tableaux Vivant: Notes on Lawrence Jordan
YouTube: Our Lady of the Sphere (1969), Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Gustave Dore with Orson Welles, Samuel Taylor Coleridge) part 1, part 2; AMERICAN AVANT-GARDE, Video expert Larry Jordan talks to The Drum

Church of Anthrax (1971)

Wikipedia - "Church of Anthrax is a collaboration between John Cale and Terry Riley. The record was released in February 1971 by Cale's record company, Columbia Records, nearly a year after the material was recorded - whereas in fact it was recorded prior to Cale's solo debut Vintage Violence."
YouTube: The Hall Of Mirrors In The Palace At Versailles (with John Cale), Church of Anthrax, The Soul of Patrick Lee, The Protege

Florian Rivière - Urban Hacktivist

"Florian Rivière is an 'urban hacktivist'. He founded and led from 2008 to 2012 the collective 'Democratie Creative' very active in the public space of Strasbourg. Inspired by the hacker culture, he reinvests and diverts public space to allow citizens to reclaim their environment. His interventions, between urban design 'Do It Yourself' and upcycling, have the particularity to be spontaneous and raw, exclusively made with objects found in the street, and always with humor."
Wooster Collective
Florian Rivière

Friday, March 30

Earl Scruggs

Wikipedia - "Earl Eugene Scruggs (January 6, 1924 – March 28, 2012) was an American musician noted for perfecting and popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style (now called 'Scruggs style') that is a defining characteristic of bluegrass music. Although other musicians had played in three-finger style before him, Scruggs shot to prominence when he was hired by Bill Monroe to fill the banjo slot in his group, the Blue Grass Boys."
YouTube: Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Ground Speed, Orange Blossom Special, Breakdown, Home sweet home, Lonesome Road Blues, Katy Hill, Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow and Home Sweet Home, Cumberland Gap, Turn Your Radio On, Crying Holy unto the Lord, Earl Scruggs & Steve Martin - Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Earl's Breakdown, Doc Watson & Earl Scruggs Play At Doc's Home, Earl Scruggs & The Byrds - Roger Mcguinn, Earl Scruggs Performs At Anti War Demonstration, Earl Scruggs Banjo -- The Only Video Documentary

Rooms with a View The Open Window in the 19th Century

Interior with Young Woman Tracing a Flower, Martin Drolling
"This exhibition focuses on a subject treasured by the Romantics: the view through an open window. German, French, Danish, and Russian artists first took up the theme in the second decade of the nineteenth century. Juxtaposing near and far, the window is a metaphor for unfulfilled longing. Painters distilled this feeling in pictures of hushed, spare rooms with contemplative figures; studios with artists at work; and open windows as the sole motif."
Met Museum
Met Museum - Featured Catalogue: Rooms With a View
NYT: Romantics Shining Clear Light on Daily Existence
The New Yorker: Inside Story
TNR: A Room of One’s Own
The New Yorker: Romantic Windows (Video)
CBS (Video)

Thursday, March 29

Adrienne Rich 1929–2012

"Poet and essayist Adrienne Rich was one of America’s foremost public intellectuals. Widely read and hugely influential, Rich’s career spanned seven decades and has hewed closely to the story of post-war American poetry itself. Her earliest work, including A Change of World (1951) which won the prestigious Yale Younger Poets Award, was formally exact and decorous, while her work of the late 1960s and 70s became increasingly radical in both its free-verse form and feminist and political content."
Poetry Foundation
The Paris Review: In Memoriam - Adrienne Rich
YouTube: What Kind Of Times Are These?, ChilePoesía 2001
Poets: Diving into the Wreck (Video)
NYT: A Poet of Unswerving Vision at the Forefront of Feminism

2007 December: Adrienne Rich
2011 February: The Young Insurgent's Commonplace-Book: Adrienne Rich's "Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law"

R. L. Burnside

Wikipedia - "R. L. Burnside (November 23, 1926 – September 1, 2005), born Robert Lee Burnside, was an American blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist who lived much of his life in and around Holly Springs, Mississippi. He played music for much of his life, but did not receive much attention until the early 1990s."
YouTube: Poor Boy A Long Way From Home, See My Jumper Hanging On the Line, Poor Black Mattie, Rollin and Tumblin, Mississippi Blues, Going Down South, When My First Wife Left Me

Alexis Smith

Passion and Technicolor, 2009
"Alexis Smith is an artist who uses collage and installation to create alternate narratives and understandings of popular culture. Born and raised in Southern California, Smith considers herself a “product” of the entertainment industry. In this video, Ms. Smith gives us a look at how the materials in her studio become artworks, and explains how shared ideas about objects and images lead each viewer to have a unique experience with her work."
MoCA (YouTube)
Pasadena (Video)
Margo Leavin Gallery

Wednesday, March 28

Kathy Hinde

Bird Sequencer by Kathy Hind and Ivan Franco
"Kathy Hinde has created video and sound for theatre and live art performances alongside making installations and site specific work. Her approach combines different art forms frequently through collaborations with other practitioners and scientists. She is keen to share her creative process, and regularly makes artworks that rely on input from the audience. She has shown work across Europe, Scandinavia, China, Pakistan, USA, Colombia and Brazil."
Kathy Hinde
Installations (Video)
Visuals (Video)
Music / Sound (Video)
Performance (Video)
Participatory (Video)
vimeo: Kathy Hinde's videos
YouTube: TEDxAldeburgh - Piano Migrations

Bob Marley: Live in Santa Barbara

"Bob Marley: Live in Santa Barbara 1979"
YouTube: 1:34:54

2010 November: Bob Marley and the Wailers
2011 May: Live 1973 - 1975
2011 July: Tuff Gong Studios 1980

Robert Smithson - Asphalt Rundown, Rome, 1969

"Asphalt Rundown, Rome, 1969, was Smithsons first flow, situated in an abandoned and mundane section of a gravel and dirt quarry in Rome. A large dumptruck released a load of asphalt down a gutted and gullied cliff already marked by time."

2007 November: Robert Smithson
2010 April: Spiral Jetty

Tuesday, March 27

Songs for A.E.

"The American Composers Orchestra's continues its multi-year Millennium series at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, February 27 at 3pm with 'Lindbergh...', a thematic program devoted to flight--one of the 20th century's pioneering technological and human achievements--and to the heroes of early aviation. The concert's centerpiece is Kurt Weill's The Lindbergh Flight (Der Lindberghflug). Composer/electric violinist/performance- artist Laurie Anderson will perform the world premiere of Songs for A.E., dedicated to Amelia Earhart. Also on the program is Samuel Barber's Night Flight, and the U.S. Premiere of Act V of the Philip Glass/Robert Wilson opera The White Raven with Robert Wilson narrating.
American Composers
YouTube: Laurie Anderson - Songs For A.E. (part 1 of 3), (part 2 of 3), (part 3 of 3)

Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard

"There’s an exhibition currently hanging at one of my favorite museums, the extremely comfortable Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, called Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard. It bascially shows how the advent of personal photography in the late 1800′s, with the invention of the Kodak handheld camera, changed how many artists worked. The camera allowed artists to capture moments without their easel as well as permitted them to ponder an image long after the moment had passed. This exhibit focuses mainly on the effect fo the camera on the Post-Impressionists, such as George Hendrik Breitner, whose photo of a girl in a kimono and the resulting painting is shown here."
Redtree Times
Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard (vimeo)
Phillips Collection: Exhibition Images
amazon: Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard

Vhils Solo Show

"Following the two months long action in the city of Shanghai, VHILS shows to the public his unusual work, chisels-carved walls, acid-engraved metal or laser-cut posters. VHILS’s artwork is a revolution in the stencil technique in its use of unusual tools. Through the destruction of walls, he explores the layers of urban space and its history. Old papers, worn out posters, wood panels, brick walls are attacked with chisels, jackhammer, acid, or explosives, in order to sculpt his stencil on the wall. VHILS’s portraits underline an important contrast between new and ancient ; he makes visible the inside face of these buildings."
Magda Gallery
Vhils Covers Shanghai (YouTube)

2009 May: Alexandre Farto

Monday, March 26

Live at Montreux 1980/1974

Wikipedia - "Live at Montreux 1980/1974 is the first official DVD by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison. It was released on October 16, 2006. The films consist of two separate performances by Van Morrison at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland."
YouTube: 1980, 01 Wavelength, 02 Kingdom Hall, 03 And it Stoned Me, 04 Troubadours, 05 Spirit, 06 Joyous Sound, 07 Satisfied, 08 Ballerina, 09 Summertime In England, 10 Moondance, 11 Haunts Of Ancient Peace, 12 Wild Night
YouTube: 1974, 01 Twilight Zone, 02 I Like It Like That, Harmonica Boogie, 04 Bulbs, 05 Swiss Cheese, 06 Heathrow Shuffle, 07 Naked in the Jungle

Reanimation Library

1965, Let's Find Out About the Moon, Yukio Tashiro
"The Reanimation Library is a small, independent Presence Library open to the public. It is a collection of books that have fallen out of routine circulation and been acquired for their visual content. Outdated and discarded, they have been culled from thrift stores, stoop sales, and throw-away piles, and given new life as a resource for artists, writers, cultural archeologists, and other interested parties." 543 Union St. Brooklyn, NY
Reanimation Library
MoMA: Print/Out
YouTube: Reanimation Library

Bernhard Brungs

Piero Sraffa
"Not the first time a young artist has turned to the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein for inspiration, but in this approach Bernhard Brungs uses the philosophically historical as a means threefold. Brungs depicts artistic ambition, the male gaze as well as the logical reasoning as an end unto itself. In his exhibition at Mittwochsbar, Brungs presented new works, which he completed while attending the Lenikus Collection residency in Vienna."
Applause Exhibition
Produzenten Galerie
Tomio Koyama Gallery

Sunday, March 25

Bonnie Tyler - "It's A Heartache"

"It's a heartache
Nothing but a heartache
Hits you when it's too late
Hits you when you're down
It's a fool's game"

Beyond the Gardens: The Fungarium

"Most people know Kew Gardens as home of the world's largest living plant collection but are not aware that it is also the location of an internationally important botanical research and educational institution. Going beyond the gardens as we know them, Lonelyleap produced two films for 2012's Tropical Extravaganza Festival which showcase the behind the scenes work of Kew's scientists whilst also exploring two of the festival's themes, Earth and Air."
vimeo: The Fungarium, The Millennium Seed Bank Partnership

Saturday, March 24

Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art

"Diego Rivera was the subject of MoMA’s second monographic exhibition (the first was Henri Matisse), which set new attendance records in its five-week run from December 22, 1931, to January 27, 1932. MoMA brought Rivera to New York six weeks before the exhibition’s opening and gave him studio space within the Museum, a strategy intended to solve the problem of how to present the work of this famous muralist when murals were by definition made and fixed on site."
MoMA - Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art
NYT: Time Capsule With Pulse on Present
Google: Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art
Economist: A moveable feast

2008 May: Diego Rivera

Zoë Keating

Wikipedia - "Zoë Keating (born February 2, 1972) is a Canadian-born cellist and composer based in San Francisco, California. In her solo performances and recordings (particularly the ongoing project she calls 'One Cello x 16'), she uses live electronic sampling and repetition in order to layer the sound of her cello, creating rhythmically dense musical structures."
Zoë Keating
Soundcloud (Video)
YouTube: Plays"Escape Artist", Avant-garde Cellist Zoe Keating, Radical Cello, Optimist at TEDxSF, Sun Will Set, Optimist

Friday, March 23

Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy

"Documentarian Thomas Riedelsheimer shows us Andy Goldsworthy as he creates art in natural settings using natural materials such as driftwood, ice, mud, leaves, and stones. Goldsworthy comments on his “earthworks” and occasionally responds to off screen questions from Riedelsheimer while he painstakingly builds his outdoors sculptures."
Top Documentary Films
YouTube: Rivers and Tides 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

2007 November: Andy Goldsworthy: Roof

Thursday, March 22

Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition

"As the seventh century began, vast territories extending from Syria to Egypt and across North Africa were ruled by the Byzantine Empire from its capital, Constantinople (modern Istanbul). Critical to the wealth and power of the empire, these southern provinces, long influenced by Greco-Roman traditions, were home to Orthodox, Coptic, and Syriac Christians, Jewish communities, and others. Great pilgrimage centers attracted the faithful from as far away as Yemen in the east and Scandinavia in the west. Major trade routes reached eastward down the Red Sea past Jordan to India in the south, bringing silks and ivories to the imperial territories."
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Blog
amazon: Byzantium and Islam
NYT: Ornate Links Tethering Cultures in Flux
YouTube: Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition—The Red Monastery

Waiting - J Butler

"Waiting is comprised of songs written in 2011, using material and field recordings collected over the past 2 years. Although created using electronic means, many of the pieces draw inspiration from natural sounds and surroundings. 'Buhl Park' uses a bed of drones overlaid on a field recording of crickets and children playing in the park, while 'Dream Analysis' was inspired by a storm siren. J Butler - electric piano, field recordings, guitar, lapharp, photo, sampler, synthesizer."
J Butler

Rackstraw Downes

Sprowls Bros. Lumber Yard, Searsmont, ME, 1978-90
Wikipedia - "Rackstraw Downes (born 1939) is a British-born realist painter and author. His oil paintings are notable for their meticulous detail accumulated during months of plein-air sessions, depictions of industry and the environment, and elongated compositions with complex perspective."
Betty Cuningham Gallery
NYT: Street Life as Still Life
Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings, 1972-2008
art21: (Video)
The art of Rackstraw Downes (Video)

Wednesday, March 21

The Art of Arts - Anita Albus

"There was a time, five hundred years ago, when science was regarded as an art, and art as a science. And in the contest between the senses, the ear, through which we had previously received all knowledge and the word of God, was conquered by the eye, which would henceforth be king. A new breed of painters aimed to reconcile the world of the senses with that of the mind, and their goal was to conceal themselves in the details and vanish away, like God. A new way of perceiving was born. Anita Albus describes the birth and evolution of trompe-l'oeil painting in oils in the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries, focusing her attention on works by northern European artists—both major and minor."
amazon: The Art of Arts: Rediscovering Painting

"Always on My Mind" - Pet Shop Boys

Wikipedia - "'Always on My Mind' is an American country music song by Johnny Christopher, Mark James and Wayne Carson, originally recorded by Brenda Lee in 1972. Allmusic lists over 300 recorded releases of the song in versions by dozens of performers. While Brenda Lee's version had stalled at #45 on the country charts in 1972, other performers would reach top 20 (including #1) success with their own versions: Elvis Presley in 1972; John Wesley Ryles in 1979; Willie Nelson's Grammy Award winning version in 1982; Pet Shop Boys in 1987."
YouTube: "Always on My Mind" - Pet Shop Boys, Live, Wembley Arena Tour in 1989, Top Of The Pops - 1987

2008 September: Pet Shop Boys
2010 November: Pet Shop Boys - 1985-1989
2011 January: Behaviour
2011 May: Very
2011 December: Bilingual

Horace Andy + Sly & Robbie - Livin´ It Up

"Visa issues were the cause of Horace Andy missing several shows in the US recently, when he was scheduled to share the bill with dub and reggae heavyweights Sly and Robbie. The visa has been issued finally and Andy flew from Kingston, Jamaica to California today, leaving him with a full night to settle in before Saturday's concert. Cherine Anderson opens the concerts, warming up the crowd for Horace Andy's roots reggae crooning and Sly and Robbie's relentless and warm jamming on drums and bass."
amazon: Livin It Up
YouTube: 1/16, 2/17 artist set up, 3/17 bless you, 4/17 zion gates, 5/17 true rastaman, 6/17 king of kings, 7/17 thanks and .., 8/17 livin'it up, 09/17 true love, 10/17 skylarking, 11/17 rastafari..., 12/17 holy mt zion, 13/17 i m alive, 14/17 *gregory isaacs*, 15/17 one love, 16/17 sharing ..., 17/17 **GOODIES**

Tuesday, March 20

Astronomer's Paradise

"Astronomer's Paradise is the first episode of a Atacama Starry Nights timelapse movie series. ... Cerro Paranal is an astronomers paradise with its stunningly dark, steady and transparent sky. Located in the barren Atacama Desert of Chile it is home to some of the world's leading telescopes."
vimeo: Atacama Desert of Chile

Monday, March 19

Marjane Satrapi

Wikipedia - "Marjane Satrapi ...(born 22 November 1969 in Rasht, Iran) is an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novelist, illustrator, animated film director, and children's book author. Apart from her native language Persian, she speaks English, Swedish, German, French and Italian. Satrapi grew up in Tehran in a family which was involved with communist and socialist movements in Iran prior to the Iranian Revolution. She attended the Lycée Français there and witnessed, as a child, the growing suppression of civil liberties and the everyday-life consequences of Iranian politics, including the fall of the Shah, the early regime of Ruhollah Khomeini, and the first years of the Iran–Iraq War."
Nowness - Beginnings: Marjane Satrapi (Video)
YouTube: Graphic novels & her family's influence

2009 July: Persopolis 2.0

Vilhelm Hammershøi

White Doors, 1905
Wikipedia - "Vilhelm Hammershøi ..., often written in English Vilhelm Hammershoi (15 May 1864 – 13 February 1916), was a Danish painter. He is known for his poetic, low-key portraits and interiors."
Vilhelm Hammershøi at the Royal Academy: the poetry of silence
YouTube: Vilhelm Hammershøi

Paris, Texas

Wikipedia - "Paris, Texas is a 1984 drama film directed by Wim Wenders and starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski, and Hunter Carson. The screenplay was written by L.M. Kit Carson and playwright Sam Shepard, and the distinctive musical score was composed by Ry Cooder."
Paris, Texas
Criterion (Video)

Sunday, March 18

The Clash - Apr '80

"See, we ain't got no highs, except for that one with the yellowy eyes. Their first appearance on U.S. television, and nothing like this had ever been seen by American audiences. A watershed moment. I've not seen a better filmed performance of 'London Calling'."
YouTube: London Calling / Train In Vain / Guns Of Brixton, Clampdown

Joe Brainard - Bolinas Journal

"Joe Brainard’s Bolinas Journal is the first book from Bill Berkson's Big Sky Press in Bolinas. Berkson published it shortly after he moved from hometown New York City to the relatively remote beach community north of San Francisco. It's a side-stapled mimeo, classic Lower East Side style, and important link between east and west. Bolinas Journal is a record of Brainard's impressions of the West Coast when he went to visit Berkson and Lewis Warsh (also a New Yorker living in Bolinas at the time)."
Mimeo Mimeo
amazon: The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard

2008 February: Joe Brainard
2010 November: I Remember
2011 October: A State of the Flowers Report
2011 November: Joe Brainard: A Retrospective

Morphogenesis: Prochronisms (1989)

"Formed in 1985 as a spinoff of a seminar on “New Music” taught by Roger Sutherland at City University in London, Morphogenesis was a collective of experimental musicians who developed a distinctive approach to collective improvisation. The group included among its ranks a number of veterans from the far fringes of the British musical avant-garde: Sutherland was an alumnus of Cornelius Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra, Clive Graham was an occasional contributor to Nurse with Wound, and Michael Prime had worked with David Jackman’s project Organum."
New Vocabulary, New Dimensions, New Music by Mark S. Tucker (March 2005)
YouTube: Improvisation 11.11.88, Improvisation 1.9.88

2011 April: Scratch Orchestra

Saturday, March 17

“Sugar Baby” by Dock Boggs

"A few artists from the Anthology were truly rescued from oblivion by the american folk revival of the 1960’s and experienced an unexpected new musical career as they were entering their last decade. Men like Mississippi John Hurt, Furry Lewis, Clarence Ashley and Dock Boggs, thanks to the Anthology and a new generation of folk music lovers who searched out for them, had a second chance to play their down-home music in front of an appreciating audience (although a quite different one than 40 years before) and record again."
The Old, Weird America (YouTube)
Where Dead Voices Gather (YouTube)
YouTube: Country Blues, Sugar Baby, Oh Death, Prodigal Son

The Family Hour: An Oral History of The Sopranos

"Since that controversial last episode of The Sopranos, in June 2007, the cast and crew have never spoken so candidly about the show that changed both their lives and the showbiz landscape. With creator David Chase leading the way, Sam Kashner gets a behind-the-scenes history of a national obsession as James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, and other Sopranos insiders talk about their years as a family, the trauma when someone got whacked, and making their peace with the finale."
Vanity Fair

2011 June: The Sopranos

Friday, March 16

The Lovin' Spoonful

Wikipedia - "... Working with producer Erik Jacobsen, the band released their first single, the Sebastian-penned 'Do You Believe in Magic', in August 1965. The Lovin' Spoonful played all the instruments on their records, with the exceptions of the orchestral instruments heard on their soundtrack album You're A Big Boy Now and some later singles. Additionally, aside from a few covers (mostly on their first album) they wrote all their own material, including 'Younger Girl' (which missed the Hot 100), which was a hit for The Critters in mid-1966."
YouTube: Do You Believe In Magic (Live '65), You Didn't Have To Be So Nice, Summer In The City, Rain On The Roof, Darling Be Home Soon, Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind, Daydream, Younger Girl, Lovin' You, Six O'Clock, Nashville cats

Sun Ra Arkestra in Berlin 1986

"Sun Ra Arkestra in concert, Berlin, 1986"
YouTube: pt.1, pt.2.

African Innovations

Three-Headed Figure. Wood, fiber, kaolin
"A complete reinstallation of roughly 200 works from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-renowned collection of African art, African Innovations is organized with a particular focus on the aesthetic, social, political, and cosmological problems addressed by African artists through their work. A dynamic and diverse range of objects that includes wood sculpture, metal casting, terracotta, textiles, and beadwork, African art has a long history of adaptation to and exchange with cultures near and far."
Brooklyn Museum (YouTube)

Thursday, March 15

John Fahey - Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965)

"John Fahey - Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (The Fonotone Years 1958-1965) is the long-awaited box set of the earliest recordings by and the first book ever written about John Fahey. The five CDs feature 115 tracks, most of which are available on CD for the first time. The audio was remastered from Joe Bussard’s reel-to-reel tapes to achieve pristine sound quality."
Dust to Digital (YouTube)
The Wire - Listen to Joe Bussard: An Oral History of Fonotone Records (Video)
iTunes: Joe Bussard's Country Classics (iPod) By Dust-to-Digital (Video)
Dusted Reviews (Video)
YouTube: Buck Dancer's Choice, Wissenschaftlich River Blues, Bury Me Not On the Lone Prairie

2009 March: John Fahey

Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe

Reflection - A Gift from Iwaki, 2004
"Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957, Quanzhou, China) has literally exploded the accepted parameters of art making in our time. He draws freely from ancient mythology, military history, Taoist cosmology, extraterrestrial observations, Maoist revolutionary tactics, Buddhist philosophy, pyrotechnic technology, Chinese medicine, and methods of terrorist violence. This retrospective presents the full spectrum of the artist's protean, multimedia art in all its conceptual complexity. Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe charts the artist's creation of a distinctive visual and conceptual language across four mediums: gunpowder drawings; explosion events; installations; and social projects."
Guggenheim Bilbao
Guggenheim Bilbao - 1
YouTube: Cai Guo-Qiang at Guggenheim Bilbao

2008 March: Cai Guo-Qiang
2009 October: Cai Guo-Qiang - An Introduction

Wednesday, March 14

Anna Betbeze

"For Georges Bataille, the term informe designated matter that 'has no rights in any sense and gets itself squashed everywhere': the crushed spider, the blob of spit, the big toe. We should, he said, undo the myths that insist on a hierarchy of form and praise the low and debased. Since Bataille celebrated the arbitrary in 1929, many artists have done their best to topple a slew of cherished notions — for instance, that for a painting to be a painting it must actually contain... paint. To the antiform lineage that includes Alberto Burri’s burlap sacks and Lynda Benglis’s poured-latex forms we may now add Anna Betbeze’s highly distressed flokati rugs."
Anna Betbeze: The Filth and the Fury
Kate Werble Gallery

Painting as Paris burned

Constance Mayer (1778 - 1821), The Dream of Happiness
"The latter days of the ancien regime, the fiery chaos of revolution and the dawn of the 19th century were witnessed and recorded by legendary French artists working in a variety of media. A new show at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., explores the particular contribution of female artists over the course of this enormously eventful period in European history."

Joko Sutrisno & Group

"Pemut - a reminder A Gamelan Performance by Joko Sutrisno & Group"
YouTube: Pemut, Pangkur, Puspawarno

Tuesday, March 13

"Strange Town" - The Jam

Wikipedia - "The song 'Strange Town' was released on 17 March 1979 by The Jam and reached #15 in the UK singles chart. Backed by the Paul Weller-penned 'The Butterfly Collector', the single was one of many The Jam singles that did not appear on any of the band's studio albums."
YouTube: Strange Town (1979), The Butterfly Collector, Live

2009 March: The Jam
2011 December: Down in the Tube Station at Midnight - The Jam

Pina Bausch - "Le Sacre Du Printemps"

"This is Pina Bausch's Wuppertal Tanztheater performing the Rite of Spring." 1984, BAM Next Wave Festival.
YouTube: Le Sacre Du Printemps by Pina Bausch Wuppertal Dance Theater
U. Stanford
W - The Rite of Spring

2008 May: Pina Bausch
2009 June: Pina Bausch, 1940-2009

Things - Francis Ponge

Rae Armantrout - "My favorite collection of the work of this French poet is Things, translated by Cid Corman (Grossman Publishers, Inc., 1971). It contains (mostly) prose poems with titles such as 'The Piece of Meat', 'The Oyster,' and 'The Notebook of the Pine Woods.' Ponge is a sort of naturalist. His poems are scientifically precise and full of accurate observation, yet they are also fanciful, subtly metaphorical, and eccentric. There is no poet remotely like him." (Bud...)
Find Articles
YouTube: Translating Francis Ponge at Shakespeare and Company Bookshop

2008 February: Francis Ponge
2011 September: Soap

Monday, March 12

Manu' Dibango

Wikipedia - "Emmanuel 'Manu' N'Djoké Dibango (born 12 December 1933) is a Cameroonian saxophonist and vibraphone player. He developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk and traditional Cameroonian music. He is a member of the Yabassi ethnic group, though his mother was a Duala. He is best known for his 1972 afrobeat single 'Soul Makossa'."
African Musicians Profiles
YouTube: Soul Makossa (Live 1974), Bayam Sellam, Pata Pata, New bell 1972, Super kumba, Bessoka, Night in Zeralda, Electric Africa, Echos Beti

Charles Harbutt

"I love this picture of Charlie’s because it’s light as air, as ephemeral as the moment that produced it, a curl of smoke and rays of light in a shuttered hotel bedroom in Arles, 1975. The photo is introspective and inviting, even dreamy, containing the strong hint that it is the result of just one too many tokes. We can’t read the picture on the wall but it provides balance and mystery."
Two Looks
Visura Magazine