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A little life for Flint

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Those of you from Michigan probably have some idea what kind of shape Flint is in right now. For those of you who've never seen the second Motor City, watch Michael Moore's "Roger &Me"—yep, that's pretty much what it still looks like. Red Ink Studios (www.redinkstudios.com) hopes to change that a bit by setting up free space for artists in a formerly-abandoned building downtown. The group has already set up a similar program in the San Francisco area with some success by taking a percentage of the sale of art created in these free spaces. The artists that are given free studio space also earn their keep by helping out with art classes and programs in local schools—something Flint schools really need. You creative-types know what an impact a little art and culture can have. Let's hope this can breathe some new life into Flintown. I heard about this on Michigan Public Radio, so if you're interested stop by their site or check out Red Ink's.


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  • This is very cool. It took a little computing to remember why I knew this name....more
    - [name not provided]
  • Thanks for this post! I recently moved to Linden (30min south of flint) and am e...more
    - [Erica]

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Peace Art Project Cambodia

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With all of the brewha surrounding the expiration of the U.S. ban on assault rifles, it's great to see something constructive being done with AK-47s and other weapons of collectively massive destruction...Based in Phnom Penh, the PAPC involves 23 students from Royal University of Fine Arts Phnom Penh. "The completed work is exhibited and sold to promote contemporary Cambodian art, young Cambodian artisans and a weapon free society in Cambodia and globally." Anyone know of a similar project in the States? If not, perhaps there should be...

You can check out some of the work, including sculpture and furniture(!) at: http://www.peaceartprojectcambodia.org/sculptureGallery/ and K4 Media at www.k4media.com 

         

 



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  • gives new meaning to "swords into plowshares," which i always thought...more
    - [Ande]
  • There was an artist, a fashion designer I think, who briefly used brightly color...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Project Censored 2005

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The media research group Project Censored (www.projectcensored.org) at Sonoma State University has released their top 25 stories "that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country’s major national news media" in 2003-2004. So they might not be censored in the traditional sense of government blockades on publishing, nevertheless these are obviously important stories that for some reason don't attract enough attention. The top 5: #1: Wealth Inequality in 21st Century Threatens Economy and Democracy; #2: Ashcroft vs. the Human Rights Law that Holds Corporations Accountable;  #3: Bush Administration Censors Science; #4: High Levels of Uranium Found in Troops and Civilians; #5: The Wholesale Giveaway of Our Natural Resources

You can also check the Project Censored's judges to see who decides through a link to Detroit's Metro Times, which published the top 10 in its Sept. 9-14 issue, at http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=6682



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  • the most regrettable form of censorship is self-censorship, where we live in suc...more
    - [Ande]
  • ...or chose to look the other way.
    - [ben]
  • I'm not even going to say the thing that I never seriously considered saying any...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Exactly Ande! Reminds me of Chomsky and his "Manufacturing Consent" an...more
    - [Chad]
  • visit http://www.truthout.org/ - if you seek unabashed ultra liberal press that...more
    - [ben]
  • Sometimes even self-censorship is unconscious or uninformed. For instance, ther...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • what i think is interesting is that we now have to go to another country's media...more
    - [Ande]
  • and who the hell is stargrazer?
    - [Ande]
  • I kind of like the aliases...although, for the record, stargrazer is Peter Richa...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Interesting. I was silently bemoaning the lack of names in favor of weblog titl...more
    - [name not provided]

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Altered books...on purpose and unintentionally

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In 2001, staff at the San Francisco library found that over 600 books on gay/lesbian issues, women's issues and HIV/AIDS were destroyed beyond repair (and the person responsible was charged with a hate crime). Rather than trash them, the damaged books were sent to artists around the world "in the hope of creating art out of this destructive act" and the exhibit was held in May.  Slate.com has a slide show of some of the pieces at http://slate.msn.com/id/2098846/slideshow/2099007/fs/0/entry/2099001/

Dinners & Nightmares by Marlene Russum Scott

It reminded me of an exhibit held at Michigan State's Kresge Art Museum a couple of years ago from Ediciones Vigia, a Matanzas, Cuba publishing company "which brings together poets, writers, illustrators and designers. The small group of about fifteen people uses recycled and natural materials to create handmade books. Only 200 copies of each book are made, all produced at the same time, with each binding and text element added one-by-one."  I'll admit, though,that pictures don't really do the works justice. There is also an International Society of Altered Book Artists which does this sort of thing as well (www.alteredbookartists.com)

cover design for Ediciones Vigia's 15th Anniversary Revista del Vigia by Rolando Estevez



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  • Nice find Chad! Thanks for sharing.
    - [nick]
  • I recommend checking out the book/installation artist Susan Hensel (...more
    - [nick]
  • Peter... my appologies. I was in the process of updating the link above and unfo...more
    - [nick]
  • nice find chad. very interesting stuff.
    - [ben]
  • No Problem, Nick...
    - [stargrazer]

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