Tuesday, May 31
NYT, A. O. Scott - "And then there is Agnès Varda, the only female filmmaker associated with the Nouvelle Vague at its high-water mark and now, at 81, an artist of undiminished vigor, curiosity and intelligence. That is certainly how she appears in 'The Beaches of Agnès,' her latest film, which opens in New York on Wednesday, after winning a César (the French equivalent of an Oscar) for best documentary feature in February."
NYT, The Beaches of Agnès, Roger Ebert, YouTube - The Beaches of Agnès, P.O.V. | The Beaches of Agnes: Behind the Lens | PBS
"One thing is missing from the picture chronicle of the paleocycle: a photo album of paleocyclists. Not a massive album, indeed. From before the spreading of the “safe bicycle” in the 1890s and of the “bicycle craze” it has brought with itself, there are not many bike photos. Not only the bicycle, but also the camera was a new invention and a rare good. Moreover, until the end of the century the moving of any of the two wanted a full man, so the gentleman sensitive of novelties had to choose: either pedaling, or dragging the heavy camera."
Monday, May 30
"Through an intimate and elegant use of the medium, Joan Logue's work defines the art of video portraiture. Capturing the essence of subjects that range from avant-garde artists to New England fishermen, her video portraits are minimalist dramas precisely composed, richly nuanced, and highly expressive of the character of the 'sitter.'"
Wikipedia - "Kara Walker (born November 26, 1969) is a contemporary African American artist who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence and identity in her work. She is best known for her room-size tableaux of black cut-paper silhouettes."
Wikipedia, PBS - art21, Google, YouTube - Kara Walker, Kara Walker: Cut and Construct, Meditation on 'My Complement ...'
Meg Chang, Jill Green, Douglas Dunn, Gabriella Hiatt, Kevin Ho, Kiori Kawai and Elaine Summers
Wikipedia - "Danspace Project was founded in 1974 to provide a performance venue for contemporary dance. Its performances are held in St. Mark's Church in the East Village area of the Manhattan borough of New York City."
Wikipedia, Danspace Project, YouTube - Potemkin Piece at the Danspace Project, Exhausting Love at Danspace Project, Persona - Danspace Project, vimeo - Unbounded - Danspace Project
Sunday, May 29
Wikipedia - "A Tribe Called Quest is an American hip hop group, formed in 1985. It was composed of rapper/producer Q-Tip (Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, formerly Jonathan Davis), rapper Phife Dawg (Malik Taylor), and DJ/producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad."
Wikipedia, A Tribe Called Quest, last.fm, YouTube - Check the rhime, Electric Relaxation, Oh my god, Jazz(We've Got) & Buggin' Out, Find a Way, Scenario, Award Tour
"The New York Public Library has many items that help to document emerging human rights movements at important times in their development. Two 19th-century works show the struggles of women and gays as they challenged the status quo and progressed toward larger roles in political life."
NYPL - Video
Saturday, May 28
"The Strangeloves were the creation of an American songwriting/production team in the 1960s who were from New York, but pretended to be from Australia. Their biggest hits were 'I Want Candy,' 'Cara-Lin' and 'Night Time'."
Wikipedia, YouTube - I Want Candy, Cara Lin
Friday, May 27
Wikipedia - "Very exhibits one of many turning points the Pet Shop Boys would make to their music, shifting from the subdued electronic pop of Behaviour to richly-instrumented dance arrangements. The content and lyrics led to Very being called their 'coming-out' album, since it was during this time that Neil Tennant had publicly discussed his long-rumoured homosexuality."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Can you forgive her?, I wouldn't normally do.., Liberation, Dreaming Of The Queen, Yesterday When I Was Mad, The Theater, To Speak Is A Sin, Young Offender, One In A Million, Absolutely Fabulous, Euroboy, Girls and boys, Go West Live Brits 1994, Go West (Discovery Live in Rio)
Wikipedia - "Ellen Jane Willis (December 14, 1941 – November 9, 2006) was an American left-wing political essayist, journalist, and pop music critic. ... She is also known for her feminist politics and was a member of New York Radical Women and subsequently co-founder in early 1969 with Shulamith Firestone of the radical feminist group Redstockings."
Wikipedia, Ellen Willis, Sex, Hope, & Rock 'n' Roll: The Writings of Ellen Willis, Was Ellen Willis – Feminist, Activist, Genius – The Best Rock Critic of All Time?, The Paris Review, amazon, YouTube - OUT OF THE VINYL DEEPS: Ellen Willis on Rock Music
Wikipedia - "The East Village Other (often abbreviated as EVO), was an American underground newspaper in New York City, New York, during the 1960s. It was co-founded in late 1965 by Walter Bowart, Ishmael Reed (who named the newspaper), Allen Katzman, Dan Rattiner (of Dan's Papers), Sherry Needham and John Wilcock. The paper's design, in its first years, was characterized by Dadaistic montages and absurdist, non-sequitur headlines. Later the paper evolved a more colorful psychedelic layout that became a distinguishing characteristic of the underground papers of the time."
Wikipedia, Ephemera Press, Google, The East Village Other - Video
Wednesday, May 25
"HERB & DOROTHY tells the extraordinary story of Herbert Vogel, a postal clerk, and Dorothy Vogel, a librarian, who managed to build one of the most important contemporary art collections in history with very modest means. In the early 1960s, when very little attention was paid to Minimalist and Conceptual Art, Herb and Dorothy Vogel quietly began purchasing the works of unknown artists."
HERB AND DOROTHY, pbs, Wikipedia, YouTube
"In 1984, the landmark production of Einstein on the Beach was staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. It was the first time since 1976 that its principal creators - composer Philip Glass and director/designer Robert Wilson - had collaborated on restaging this tradition-breaking opera. Interviews with Glass and Wilson along with clips of rehearsals and performances offer insight into this important work, making it accessible to all audiences. The film is a rare look at the creative process of two of the most important figures in American contemporary music and theatre, essential viewing for everyone interested in the evolution of the performing arts in our century."
Tuesday, May 24
"Claire Barclay is a leading figure in a generation of young sculptors who have re-engaged with craft techniques and the symbolic resonance of materials. The architectural mix of the East End with its dark cobbled alleyways, Georgian townhouses and modern buildings are refracted into her sculptures. Door and window-like forms create the basis for structures around which fabrics and objects are gathered."
Whitechapel Gallery - Video
Wikipedia - "A détournement is a technique developed in the 1950s by the Situationist International, and consist in 'turning expressions of the capitalist system against itself.' Détournement was prominently used to set up subversive political pranks, an influential tactic called situationist prank that was reprised by the punk movement in the late 1970s and inspired the culture jamming movement in the late 1980s."
Wikiedia, A User’s Guide to Détournement, Détournement, Dagwood, Google
Monday, May 23
"This is the segment from Miami Vice Season 2 Ep 8 which has part of the song 'Hello Earth' by Kate Bush in it. I'm posting this because I finally got the episode and a buddy and I have been trying to catch this scene for a long time. Miami Vice was a fun show when we were growing up and we both love Kate Bush."
YouTube - Hello Earth - Kate Bush, David Johansen - King of Babylon, Going Under - Devo, Afrika Bambaataa - Renegades of Funk, Godley and Creme - Cry, The Damned - In Dulce Decorum, Iggy Pop - Real Wild Child, Steve Jones - Mercy, Red 7 - Heartbeat, Pete Townshend - Face The Face, The Who - Baba O'Riley, Public Image Ltd - Order Of Death, Etta James - You Want More, Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight, Leonard Cohen, Frank Zappa
2009 July: Miami Vice
In Heaven Everything is Fine
Wikipedia - "Ged Quinn (born 1963, Liverpool) is an English artist. He studied at the Ruskin in Oxford, the Slade School of Art in London, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He specialises in allegorical paintings that include contemporary images (generally on controversial topics in Western cultural history) in idyllic scenes based on classical paintings such as the pastoral works of Claude Lorrain and Caspar David Friedrich."
Wikipedia, Saatchi Gallery, Wilkinson Gallery, frieze
Sunday, May 22
"The Directors of Marlborough Chelsea are pleased to announce that an exhibition featuring the contemporary Cuban artists Abel Barroso, Roberto Diago, Kcho, William Pérez, and Ernesto Rancaño will open May 19 and continue through June 18, 2011. The extensive exhibition will be held on both the first and second floors of the Marlborough Chelsea Gallery and will include works varying in size and media, from intimately-sized etchings on acrylic board to large-scale sculptural works."
"Whistler & His Jug Band came up out of Louisville, Kentucky, and became the first recorded jug band, according to R Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country. They recorded at least twenty-one songs between 1924 and 1931. The names of the musicians remain unknown."
Whistler & His Jug Band, YouTube - Foldin' Bed, Jerry O' Mine, I'm a Jazz Baby, Jail House Blues, Chicago Flip
"We shall live again, we shall live. What is it children that falls from the sky? Tayi, taya, tayi, aye aye. Mannah from Heaven from the most high, Food from the father, tayi, taye aye. We shall live again, we shall live again, We shall live again, shake out the ghost dance."
Saturday, May 21
"Meredith Monk celebrates the release of her new album, Songs of Ascension, with a live concert. Join New Sounds’ John Schaefer for performance and conversation with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble, along with the Todd Reynolds Quartet."
WNYC - Video, amazon
"Robert Montgomery works in a poetic and melancholic post-Situationist tradition. Since 2005 he has carried out his WORDS IN THE CITY AT NIGHT project where, echoing the Situationist concept of detournement, he hijacks advertising space in the city, often illegally. His texts are part poetry, part an enquiry into our collective unconscious."
Friday, May 20
"Dear Lorin, A time comes when it’s healthful to put aside obscurantism and turn to bedrock, if only briefly. And while I flatter myself in thinking you know me as a man not prone to get overly excited about digital-remastering projects, nevertheless there are instances in which the beauty of the original song lay precisely in a primary attempt to expose its elements, and in these cases the additional stripping away of hiss and other shit can be revelatory, or in this instance (Best Ever: Buddy Holly, Techniche 2009), transformative."
The Paris Review - Video, Wikipedia - Not Fade Away, YouTube - Buddy Holly, Not Fade Away
Hartland Four Corners, Vermont, 1994.
"All across the United States, large and small cities are closing public libraries or curtailing their hours of operations. Detroit, I read a few days ago, may close all of its branches and Denver half of its own: decisions that will undoubtedly put hundreds of its employees out of work. When you count the families all over this country who don’t have computers or can’t afford Internet connections and rely on the ones in libraries to look for jobs, the consequences will be even more dire."
NYBooks, San Francisco Public Library. Public Library: An American Commons - A photography exhibition by Robert Dawson
Wikipedia - "Imaginary Landscape No. 1 is a composition by the American composer John Cage. Written in 1939 at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, the work is the first in Cage’s series of five Imaginary Landscape pieces."
Wikipedia, Art of the States - Video
Thursday, May 19
"Hear the words of the Rastaman say: 'Babylon, you throne gone down, gone down; Babylon, you throne gone down.'"
amazon, YouTube - Concrete Jungle, Rastaman Chant, Stir It Up, Concrete jungle, Duppy Conqueror, Burning and Looting tonight, No Woman No Cry, I shot the sheriff
Wikipedia - "OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a collaborative project to create a free editable map of the world. The maps are created using data from portable GPS devices, aerial photography, other free sources or simply from local knowledge."
Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap, twitter, amazon
Miniature from a manuscript of the Roman de la Rose
"Welcome to the Roman de la Rose Digital Library, a joint project of the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The creation of this resource and the digitization of manuscripts from the BnF was made possible by generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The goal of the Roman de la Rose Digital Library is to create an online library of all manuscripts containing the Roman de la Rose poem. We will have digital surrogates of roughly 130 Roman de la Rose manuscripts available here by the end of 2009."
Roman de la Rose Digital Library
Wednesday, May 18
"Christiane Paul, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art and author of the book Digital Art (Thames & Hudson, London) goes inside of Yucef Merhi's installation, Super Atari Poetry (2005), a unique poetry generator based on the notorious Atari 2600 Video Computer System. To experience the complete version and other features, please visit."
YouTube - Christiane Paul
"Blink and you’ll miss it. Turning the urban landscape in on itself with installations that are almost to subtle to be noticed while passing by in an individualistic frenzy, Isaac Cordal uses the grey functionality of cement to question the lack of colour and vibrancy in so much of our lives through his tiny figures."
Tuesday, May 17
Wikipedia - "Movement is the debut album by New Order, released in November 1981 on Factory Records. At the time of its release, the album was not particularly well received by critics or consumers, only peaking at #30 on the UK albums chart."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Dreams never End, Everything's Gone Green, Procession, Temptation, Truth, Chosen Time, Denial, In A Lonely Place, ICB, Senses, Ceremony
Wikipedia - "There are three related types of Neolithic earthwork which are all sometimes loosely called henges. The essential characteristic of all three types is that they feature a ring bank and ditch but with the ditch inside the bank rather than outside. Because of the defensive impracticalities of an enclosure with an external bank and an internal ditch, henges are not considered to have served a defensive purpose (cf. circular rampart)."
Wikipedia, Marden Henge: Stonehenge's big brother
Monday, May 16
Wikipedia - "The Paris Métro or Métropolitain ... is the rapid transit metro system in Paris. It has become a symbol of the city, noted for its density within the city limits and its uniform architecture influenced by Art Nouveau. The network's sixteen lines are mostly underground and run to 214 km (133 mi) in length."
Wikipedia, Paris Métro, Paris Pages, YouTube - Métro de Paris -MF 01, Ligne 2
"I first met Jorge Macchi in 1998, in a workshop on experimentation in theater which brought together a group of writers, composers, theater directors, and visual artists. I’m a composer and sound artist, so we met on my turf, in the territory of the performing arts. My involvement with the visual arts was minimal then."
BOMB Magazine, Jorge Macchi, YouTube - La Flecha de Zenon, Super-8, Streamline, Shadows theatre, La canción del final, Caja de música
Wikipedia - "Keith Rowe (born March 16, 1940 in Plymouth, England) is an English free improvisation tabletop guitarist and painter. Rowe is a founding member of both the hugely influential AMM in the mid-1960s (though in 2004 he quit that group for the second time) and M.I.M.E.O. Having trained as a visual artist, Rowe's paintings have been featured on most of his own albums."
Wikipedia, Paris Trans Atlantic, YouTube - Prepared Guitar, Live 2001, Czechia, Brno, Keith Rowe & Kjell Bjørgeengen 2010
Sunday, May 15
"'The West's asleep,' PJ Harvey declares on the first line of her new album, Let England Shake, before spending the next 40 minutes aiming to shame, frighten, and agitate it into action. When Polly Jean Harvey burst into the public consciousness in the early 90s, her gravelly voice, outsized personality, and often disturbing lyrics gave the alt-rock world a crucial shot of excitement."
Pitchfork, amazon, npr - Let San Francisco Shake: PJ Harvey In Concert, YouTube - Let England Shake, The Last Living Rose, The Glorious Land, The Words That Maketh Murder, All And Everyone, On Battleship Hill, England, In The Dark Places, Bitter Branches, Hanging In The Wire, Written On the Forehead, The Colour Of The Earth, BBC interview
Dripping Fireworks (2009)
"Canadian artist Sarah Anne Johnson completed her MFA at Yale in 2004 with a thesis project entitled Tree Planting. This ambitious installation recorded her summers spent in northern Canada in which she engaged in the communal activity of reforesting as a means of income. In this project, Johnson combines straight photographs with photographs recording 'tableaux,' scenes she created with little sculptural figures set in the landscape."
Saul Gallery, (1)
Wikipedia - "The autoharp is a musical string instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers, which, when depressed, mute all the strings other than those that form the desired chord. Despite its name, the autoharp is not a harp at all, but a chorded zither."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Wayfaring Stranger, June Carter Cash - Autoharp Instrumental, Little Old Log Cabin In the Lane, You ain't woman enough to take my man
Saturday, May 14
"Dada came out of the craziness of World War One. 'The birth of Dada was not the beginning of art but of disgust.' Surrealism tried to systematize Dada's anarchy into an artistic blend of Freudian psychoanalysis and Marxist provocation. In the interests of conquering the irrational, Salvador Dali opened exhibitions dressed in a diving suit, Marcel Duchamp turned himself into woman, Benjamin Peret assaulted priests, and Yves Tanguy ate spiders. Andre Breton, nicknamed 'the Pope of Surrealism', led an inspired gang of artists, lunatics and writers."
IMDb, YouTube - "Dada - Europe after the rain" 1/12, 2/12, 3/12, 4/12, 5/12, 6/12, 7/12, 8/12, 9/12, 10/12, 11/12, 12/12
"Shepard writes about the video: 'I have been a fan of Death Cab for years so I was excited to hear from bassist Nick Harmer about his idea to collaborate on a video piece for their song Home Is A Fire.'"
Friday, May 13
"Instant Cinema is a comprehensive platform for experimental film, video and computer art, making the best audio-visual work of artists of all generations available to a worldwide audience. For many years, experimental films and art films were almost exclusively screened in museums and at film festivals. Instant Cinema aims to compensate for half a century of under-exposure of film/video and computer art by exhibiting some of the great classics of recent history, side by side with the work of today’s most talented media artists."
Instant Cinema, Instant Cinema - Film Archive
Wikipedia - "The Death card commonly depicts a skeleton riding a horse. Surrounding it are dead and dying people from all classes, including kings, bishops and commoners. The skeleton carries a black standard emblazoned with a white flower. Some decks depict the Crashing Towers from The Moon with The Sun rising behind them in the background. Some decks, such as the Tarot of Marseilles, omit the name from the card."
Wikipedia - "Autobahn is the fourth studio album by German electronic band Kraftwerk, released in November 1974. The 22-minute title track 'Autobahn' was edited to about 3 minutes for single release and reached number 25 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and performed even higher around Europe, including number 11 in the UK. This commercial success came after the band had released three experimental and purely instrumental albums. Autobahn is also the first of Kraftwerk’s concept albums of sorts, which they have done up to 2003."
Wikipedia, YouTube - Autobahn 1974, Kraftwerk Autobahn on BBC Tomorrow's World 1975