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Eminent Domain | Appropriation in Creative Practice

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Dispatx Art Collective | Curatorial Platform
 
Eminent Domain examines notions of blockage, recourse and resistance that can emerge in diverse contexts – and what it can mean when these manifestations are channelled into artistic product.

The seventh collection of Dispatx Art Collective includes works developed by visual artists, musicians, writers, dancers and performance artists. The collection, which can be seen in Show, includes works developed online as part of the site as well as submissions of completed work related to the theme. In addition, and as a part of an ongoing investigation of curatorial practice, the Eminent Domain forum will remain open throughout the duration of this collection.

The curatorial narrative is best articulated through a correspondance between various readings. While projects such as Hospital 106 4º1ª by Jordi Canudas and Isabel Banal and Someone Called Me... by Emma Wilcox are the works which most directly address the theme at hand, projects such as Green Screen by Neil Chapman and David Stent, or Ellen Zweig’s My Language Overwhelms Her Text, use literary fiction to generate multiple attempts and points of inflection.

We are also pleased to announce the start of exploration of works related to the theme Appropriation in Creative Practice, which can be followed over the coming six months in Make. These pieces, including works by Sandra Gamarra, Scott MacLeod, Åsa Ståhl and Adad Hannah, also include among them the projects funded through our inaugural commissions program. The completed collection will be published in March 2008.

We are open for submissions of completed work until the 26th of January 2008. For more information: dispatx.com/submissions/

About Dispatx
Dispatx Art Collective is the leading curatorial platform for the development and presentation of contemporary art and literature. Make is a showcase for work in progress related to the current theme, Appropriation in Creative Practice. Projects are developed online via integrated documentation tools allowing artists to post regular updates to their work in a continuous investigation of the creative method.
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Improvised Maps | Eminent Domain

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Dispatx Art Collective
 

We're pleased to announce the publication of the sixth edition of Dispatx, which coincides with a complete redesign of the website. Curating and developing works from poets, photographers, painters and writers, for this edition we once again present an extremely diverse set of responses to the notion of Improvised Maps. These works in Show include a dozen projects developed online over the last five months and seven additional submissions including work from Gonzalo Puch, Denis Masi, Andrea Brady and Daniel Canogar.

In addition the exploration of the theme Eminent Domain can now be followed on a daily basis. Until June 2007, the Make area of the site will feature the work of seventeen projects chosen to explore the theme. These include works by Emanuel Licha, Juan delGado, and Paulina Varas. The Studio, an integrated set of documentation tools, allows the artists to post regular updates to their work in a continuous investigation of the creative method - the organisational process that translates creative vision to creative product.

Through making comments on the artists' process in Make, site visitors form a part of this organic process. We have provided a set of tools allowing you to create private collections, leave comments, and subscribe to RSS feeds for the projects that interest you the most. To familiarize yourself with these changes, please take the site tour.

About Dispatx
Dispatx provides the tools of a socialised internet for the development and presentation of contemporary art and literature. Visitors are invited to interact with the artists via the online display of their working processes, and to create unique private collections of the finished works. Through this process we seek to establish a new curatorial discourse based on artistic working practices.
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once in a while you find something truely extraordinary...

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it
appears
as if
it is
all
here:
                  ubu



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The Deadline approaches, but do not fear...

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This is merely the deadline for calls-for-proposals (letters of intent, really).  The finished sound pieces should be delivered no later than September 4.

(SCENE) Metrospace announces a Call-For-Proposals for "Sonic Landscapes," a sound-based art exhibit

EAST LANSING, Mich. - East Lansings alternative art space, (SCENE) Metrospace announces a call to artists for an upcoming exhibit based on the act of creating and experiencing SOUND. All artists over the age of 18 are invited to participate. Applications will be accepted through Friday, August 4.

Whether we experience it as entertainment or as an integral part of our daily lives, sound is not just something we hear. It is something we feel - emotionally and otherwise -- and is often deeply ingrained in our personalities. (SCENE) Metrospace is looking for artists whose work incorporates sound. This could be interpreted through an assortment of medias and styles including but not limited to: recorded sound, found sound, manipulated sound, sound assemblage, field recordings, sound-producing devices, sound-based installation, interactive pieces, performance, and video. Artwork in any media will be reviewed.

To apply, artists must submit images or documentation representative of the work to be exhibited, a description of your project idea, an artistic statement and a resume. Artists must also include an SASE for the return of their materials. There is no entrance fee. Please send your information to: (SCENE) Metrospace, C/O Peter Richards, Coordinator, 410 Abbott Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Application deadline is August 4, 2006, and early submissions are encouraged.

(SCENE) Metrospace is located at 303 Abbott Road, at the Albert Street intersection and is open Fridays from 6-9 p.m., Saturdays from 6-9 p.m., and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. during scheduled exhibits. For more information, please contact Peter Richards at (517) 319-6832.



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Repercusiones y Resonancias

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The 2nd Annual Journeys of Visual Anthropology
A week long event featuring:
  • The independent documentary movement against the new Radio and TV National Law.
  • Documentary, memory and social movements.
  • Institutional programs that promote viusal anthropology.
  • Visual anthropology and religion.
  • Anthropological photography and photojournalism.
  • From documentary to video-art and the philosophy of images.
  • Screenings of mexican contemporary ethnographic documentaries  (including Q&A sesions with the directors and comments by anthropologists)
  • Opening: "In the pit" by Juan Carlos Rulfo, comments by Nestor Garcia Canclini
  • Perspectives: A photo exhibition by Jose Carlo Gonzalez
  • La Revolucion imaginada: A traditional votive paintings exhibition by Alfredo Vilchis
From August 14th to August 18th. Nacional School of Anthropology and History, Mexico City.
View program here.

 


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Artist Video Series

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Artist video series

Reading about artists can be moving. Seeing their work can be inspiring and, at times, can provoke us to action. Hillman Curtis, in his video series, allows us to experience leading designers through sound and motion, uncovering what it is about them that inspires him. Curtis profiles such  luminaries as Stefan Sagmiester, Billy Bragg, Paula Scher, Badly Drawn Boy and Pentagram as well as profiling some of his favorite movies like LA Doce Vita and Spinal Tap.

Curtis has even more videos on his site. See the entire series
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David Carson
"The starting point is never to make something ugly, or to make it hard to read, or to make it award-winning, or to make it pretty. The starting point is to try to interpret something." Time: 3:50

More...
Milton Glaser
"And I am still astonished. Things still amaze me. And I think that's the great benefit of being in the arts: where the possibility of learning never disappears. Where you basically have to admit you never learn it." Time: 5:55

More...

from AIGA.


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Art and Science Collaborations

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Synapse.net
is an Australian web-based organization that promotes the interface between science and art:


go back to gallery
The Synapse database is an online resource promoting the nexus of art and science.


Synapse encourages creative and experimental collaborations between artists and scientists. It has been developed by ANAT (Australian Network for Art and Technology) as a major component of the Australia Council's New Media Arts Board Synapse Art and Science Initiative.

The database can be searched by artist, project or science organisation. It contains information on exhibitions, collaborative projects and areas of science interest and includes a showcase of artworks in the online gallery.

The Synapse database is a resource for artists, scientists, researchers, curators and industry to develop innovative and dynamic collaborations and connections.



Feedback is welcome and we invite submissions from Australian artists, scientists and organisations to be included in the database.




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  • Anyone out there from the Lascaux Project?
    - [stargrazer]

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mini-JOWAI Volume 2 Call For Entries

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[mini] JOWAI* is a free, pocket-size publication of Outside Circle Collective showcasing the work of creative individuals.  It is made available to the worldwide public through generous people like yourself who print the journal from the internet and place it on their favorite public countertops and information racks.  [mini] JOWAI seeks submissions for Volume 2, which will be published mid-summer 2005.

Want to see your creative work published?  Send your stories, poems, essays, musings, graphics, paintings, photos, drawings, etc. to JOWAI for the next issue!

  • entries should be sent to outsidecircle@gmail.com
  • registered OCC membership is encouraged (it's FREE, after all, and we'll be promoting your creative efforts for free, as well).  Register at http://spaces.outsidecircle.com .
  • entries should be text (.txt) files for poetry or prose, TIFF (.tif) files (or high-quality .jpegs) for artwork or photography. 
  • All images should be at least 200 dpi.
  • entries should be suitable for black-and-white reproduction
  • additional instructions should accompany the artwork or text in an attached e-mail
  • please include your full name, geographic location, and e-mail address
  • you will retain full copyright of all your work
  • deadline for submissions is June 15, 2005

Artists and writers featured in the premier issue of [mini] JOWAI included:  Jan Fox, Julia Yezbick, Peter Richards, Scott McLaughlin, Tim Lane, Travis Pickard, Joe Scott, Antonio Zirion, Jeremy Couillard, Rebecca Gaydos, and Kristen Kaszeta.  Layout and design by Ben Gaydos.  Download it here.

* JOWAI = Journal of Words and Images.  A full-size, full color limited edition of 2003's premier issue featuring additional artists and writers is available for $20 U.S. funds.





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  • the deadline for submissions has been extended to June 15, 2005.
    - [stargrazer]

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logo graveyard.

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BP 'Shield' Gateway 'Cow-Spotted Box' NASA 'Worm' USSR 'Hammer and Sickle'

a commemoration of logos withdrawn from the ocular landscape.

+ + + logo r.i.p. + + +


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  • may the gateway cow box forever rest in peace. moooooooooo!
    - [Ande]

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Alphabet Synthesis Machine

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Alphabet Synthesis Machine
Software by Golan Levin with Jonathan Feinberg and Cassidy Curtis

The Art21 Alphabet Synthesis Machine is an online artwork which allows visitors to create and breed personalized "nonsense alphabets"—coherent sets of abstract forms which might resemble the plausible writing systems of imaginary civilizations or unfamiliar societies. It is an aid to explorers of the liminal territory between familiarity and chaos. An interactive Java applet, the Machine invites
you to evolve the letterforms of a personalized "alien alphabet": the possible writing system of your own
imaginary civilization.

click here to visit website






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  • I like this!
    - [stargrazer]

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socialist designers manifesto

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Socialist Designers is a collective of politically conscious graphic designers who have agreed to follow an "indisputable set of rules." SD was founded October 2001 by Fabrizio Gilardino, an Italian graphic designer based in Montreal, Canada.Their "Vows of Chastity" were inspired by the DOGME 95 manifesto written in 1995 by Danish filmmakers Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville) and Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration):

1. Design must be done on location. "Props and sets" (i.e., stock photographs and illustrations) must not be brought in.

2. Design must be done in spot colors. Four color process and varnish are not acceptable.

3. Photoshop filters and any other filters are forbidden.

4. Design must not contain superficial elements.

5. Temporary and geographical alienation are forbidden (that is that design must take place here and now).

6. "Genre" design is not acceptable.
       -Montreal, Fall 2001

"We are socialist because we have social concerns, because we are interested in a very specific way of thinking about life, about a better life. Being ocnscious of the fact that anything you do in a certain way is very political. Every time you talk, every time you buy something, every time you apply certain priciples (conscious or unconscious or whatever), you make a political statement. I really have problems when graphic designers say, 'I'm not into politics,' or, 'Politics bother me,' or, 'I'm not interested in it.' That's so absurd to me. I can't relate to this way of seeing things."
-Fabrizio Gilardino


Click here to view some album cover art the Gilardino has done for DAME (a Canadian music distribution and promotion company)- try to see if there is a difference in his post manifesto work (+ '01).



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  • imposing limitations is often (counterintuitively) liberating. "Anything g...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • god.
    - [ben]

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anyone can rock the party.

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vice magazine's
guide to djing, covering the essentials: technique, gear, perks and etiquette.

by amy kellner


You know that thing called DJing? Playing records in bars or at stupid art openings for money? Guess what DJing is? The biggest fucking bullshit con of all time! People who get over as DJs are making the easiest money ever, because they've convinced every PR person and club owner in the world that they're doing something only a few natural-born geniuses can do. It's laughable. A 70-year-old blind Ethiopian leper with 10 broken fingers can "spin" just as well as any B-list celebrity at any instore party for some gay snowboarding jeans company. I promise[...]

I've been making loads of supplementary income by DJing for a few years now, and I can barely even scratch my own back. All you really need is a CD burner, Kazaa, and passably cool taste in music. Here, I'll tell you all about my life as a party DJ[...]

click here for the full article.



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  • djs aint shit but hos and tricks
    - [Ande]
  • cool purple bowling ball vinyl.
    - [stargrazer]

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the corporation

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I highly recommend this compelling (though somewhat long winded) film to all. It definetly sheds a broader perspective on how and why many corporations end up functioning in a socially negative way, and how to make a difference through activism.

From the website's synopsis:


One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, corporation is today's dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. In this complex and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation's increasing preeminence. Based on Bakan's book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation's inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, THE CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.


The website also has a myriad of ways you can get involved in grassroots activism including a Global Referendum on Corporate Power, their own iniative i-corp,  as well as an all encompassing links list of important activist and awareness organizations.


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  • another amazing documentary that ben and i saw dealing with socio-political issu...more
    - [pax]

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A question of postmodernism

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I ran across an essay on Post-Modernism by Australian author Mark Davis today.

"What to do about Postmodernism? Hardly anyone likes it. Historians worry about the loss of historical memory. Moralists complain about the breakdown of civilisation...

...The Arts, as you knew them, no longer seem to be taught. Or are taught in ways that seem counter-intuitive."

For as much as people talk about the term "Post-Modernism" - this article is a simply way of explaining it.

[read the full article]


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  • postmodernism bugs me. i concede that it is a valuable way of thinking, but mos...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • that's so postmodern of you not to like postmodernism, peter. reject the western...more
    - [ben]
  • George Marsden writes, "With the postmodern denial that we can have any acc...more
    - [OtherPlace]
  • If you need to surface (just briefly) from postmodern critical theory, "The...more
    - [OtherPlace]
  • Roxanne Frith, whose fine art photography includes portraits of cadavers, gave m...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey, Anne Marie. Thanks so much for the link to the Postmodernism Generator. T...more
    - [name not provided]
  • funny louis- i've been spending all my "reading time" with poynor's bo...more
    - [ben]
  • Really? Very cool. Have you been following the debate in Emigre then? There a...more
    - [name not provided]
  • i haven't read the articles in emigre 66 yet (67 doesn't continue the debate, do...more
    - [ben]
  • ...and using a book called "No More Rules" as a bible of postmodern de...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • what state does it exist in? there are more than just two perspectives to any su...more
    - [ben]
  • Ben, it's funny to read both of your above posts as the first asks me what veins...more
    - [name not provided]
  • by saying "viens" i meant sources, not necessarily what movements/scho...more
    - [ben]
  • I don't know.. Though I definitely mis-understood the question (I had to re-rea...more
    - [name not provided]
  • your comment about understanding the printing process reminded me of something i...more
    - [ben]
  • Now that's pretty cool..
    - [name not provided]
  • There seems to be a tug of war between design as a vocation and design as a mode...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • (A belated "your welcome" to Louis. I'm glad that you liked the post-m...more
    - [OtherPlace]
  • my (biggest) gripe with postmodernism is the tenet that there is "no"...more
    - [stargrazer]

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color in motion

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if you thought color theory was a blast before, hold on to your crayons... top props for claudia cortés' color in motion. it is a stellar interactive site that makes learning, teaching, and experiencing color theory possibly as fun as it ever could be. it's clean and impeccably well crafted design is a pure delight for all who enjoy color, it's symbolism, and it's universal and cultural communicative powers.  created as cortés' MFA design thesis at Rochester Institute of Technology; it has won numerous web design and teaching awards and recently won ID magazine's best of category (the highest award) for it's annual student design review. jospeh albers would definitely dig it.




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  • Great site ben. This is very cool. Yellow and Blue are friends.
    - [nick]

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Logoizing Abu Ghraib

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stop bush

here is an interesting article by Paul Schmelzer.

Image credit: www.pleasevote.com



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  • Very thought provoking. Thanks Ande.
    - [nick]
  • "...young people expressing their individuality and nonconformity through a tren...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Radical Feminist Artists Manifesto

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(this doesn't necessarily reflect my views, but I think it is an interesting and timely effort, and at least worthy of exposure and dialog -- Peter)

Radical Feminist Artists Manifesto

1.  For centuries men have dominated the art world.  Although some progress has been made, the truth is men make the art, run the galleries, and curate their museums.  The world of art is a boys club and they have put up a sign "No Girls Allowed."

2.  Women who make art are seen as lesser artists than men.  The term "Artist" itself is synonymous with men, which is why women are always given the qualifier as "Female," thus dividing artists into two categories; Artists and Female Artists, the latter of which has always been viewed as inferior to the other.

3.  It is a myth that art is judged on merit.  The art world is clearly based on favoritism.  An Artist's advancement is based on whom they know, not what they do, and the system favors men.  The truth is that if you are a woman you face a longer, harder, uphill battle for recognition than a man.

4.  Men have been creating art for such a vast amount of time it begs the question what more do men have to contribute?  One can only conclude that men have either failed to contribute all they can or they have nothing more to contribute to art.  The stagnation of the art world over the past years has made it clear that art from the male perspective is dead.  The only thing left for men to do is renounce their position of power and allow women equal opportunity to contribute to the art world.

5.  RFA is dedicated to aquiring equality for women in the arts through organizing women as a united whole and forcing a change in the system.  The time for individual skirmishes has passed.  RFA will achieve its goals through consciousness raisings, promoting women in the arts, and by any other means necessary.  We will achieve equality for women in the arts.

6.  RFA calls on all women to unite in the struggle, and for all men to renounce their positions of power and dedicate themselves to the struggle.  Not for women, but for their own humanity, and for the sake of the arts.  The time for equality is now.  This time we must go all the way.

To join, contact RFA at
r_f_artists@yahoo.com

Please be a good humanitarian and a credit to the art world.  Distribute this information as far and wide as possible.


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  • Thanks Peter. I'm interested to hear what some of our Collective members think...more
    - [nick]
  • As artists, do we even need to polarize ourselves by gender? Artists are an und...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I dislike people who even label themselves artists. If you're called an artist b...more
    - [jgi]
  • Well, I hope you won't dislike me for persisting in labeling myself an artist....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I didn't mean to call you pretentious or anything... I was just having a bad day...more
    - [jgi]
  • Thanks for the healing wishes. Don't worry, I'm notoriously hard to offend. I'...more
    - [stargrazer]

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jowai: the journal of words and images

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jowai: the journal of words and images is now available for your consumption. jowai is the outside circle collective's publication documenting the creative work of it's international membership. poetry, short story, essay, photography, painting, mixed media, and graphic art created by OCC members from 3 continents is showcased within on 24 full-color pages. It is available at several fine bookstores (more info to follow) or from OCC members Nick Gaydos (US), Antonio Zirion (UK/EU, Mexico), Ben Gaydos (US, UK/EU, Asia) Julia Yezbick (UK/EU, Asia) and Nick Lyon (UK/EU). For more information or to place an order please email info[at]outsidecircle[dot]com



jowai specifics:
  • 24 pages of your full color art, photos, poems & stories (pages 2-3,4-5 shown)[3]
  • Slip cover with transfer & origami [1]   
  • It transforms into two 2' x 3.5' murals
  • Rubber band binding (removable pages) [2]
  • Featured artists: Jennifer Brigham, Noah Ullman, Julia Yezbick, Benjamin Gaydos, Antonio Zirión, Nick Lyon, Scott McGlaughlin, Peter Richards, John Lindenmayer, Nick Gaydos, Kristen Kaszeta, Rebecca Gaydos, Louis Rawlins, Jan Fox, Joe Scott, Chris Vanwyck, Tim Lane, Sam Coffman, Andrea Eckert, and Jeremy Couilard


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  • jowai is available at magma books, manchester, a hearty visual arts and design s...more
    - [ben]
  • jowai is available in michigan at Shaman Drum bookstor in Ann Arbor, and Gallery...more
    - [ben]
  • contact info[at]outsidecircle[dot]com for more information.
    - [ben]

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BV's top 105

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This is the top 105 films of a past Professor of mine: hundofive. Though I can't say I agree with the order of all of the films Professor Bill Vincent ranked, I can't say that I've even seen half of the films, I can't speak french, and I also can't say I have a doctorate. I can say though, that if you pick out one of these films next time you go to rent a movie (try the library - Blockbuster has no class), that you will see a film that will make you think... and there's something to be said about that in itself. 

The top ten:

  1. 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963)
  2. REAR WINDOW (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
  3. PERSONA (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
  4. THE RULES OF THE GAME (Jean Renoir, 1938)
  5. THREE COLORS: RED (Krysztof Kieslowski, 1993)
  6. LOLA MONTÈS (Max Ophüls, 1955)
  7. CITIZEN KANE (Orson Welles, 1941)
  8. THE GRAND ILLUSION (lean Renoir, 1937)
  9. THE BIRTH OF A NATION (D.W. Griffith, 1915)
  10. AND THE SHIP SAILS ON (Federico Fellini, 1983)


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not to belabor the point...

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...but does anyone else find the fact that CBS refused the moveon.org and peta ad campaigns in favor of flatulating equines (and in the single most recent proof to me that there is a god with a sense of humor and of poetic justice) to instead be slapped with perhaps the single largest FCC fine in recent history for the janet/justin fiasco too funny for words.  not that any member of the occ actually saw said event (at least not while watching the superbowl), but I bet CBS wishes they had moveon.org's $875,000 right about now.
 
pillow fight Big Meat Veggie Guy
p.s.  all kidding aside, the peta spot (and the director's cut)  is one of the funniest things i have viewed recently!  

god bless the american media!


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discussion

  • mmmmm.......zucchini..........you know, i have a great recipe for zucchini bread...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Just watched the movie "American Splendor," about comic book writer Harvey Pekar...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hahahaha...As someone who normally can't stand PETA's propoganda, I have to...more
    - [name not provided]

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Finding Music and Art

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I must say that lately I had become disappointed and discouraged with the OCC.  I thought that this site would be a collective for all artists, and that as a musician, I would finally find a niche.  Perhaps I had misunderstood the mission of the OCC, but I was under the impression that in addition to engaging in dialogue about what's out there in the art world, and providing commentary on social and artistic issues, I thought that this site would give us the opportunity to pool our talents together and create our own new projects.   But as a musician, I didn't know where I fit in amongst all the visual art and writing.  So I took off for a while, but I've thought better and decided that I want us to be able to accomodate for more musical creativity at this site and to promote all our growing talents across all disciplines.  Perhaps it is up to me to get more musical activity going.  But it is not only the music that is wanting.  I was hoping to see more of what each of you, our fellow members, are doing.  How about seeing more of your artwork, your writing, or any other project you've been working on?  I want ALL of us who are creating to get more space on this site!  So let's take out those instruments, paints, pens, cameras, and lets get more OCC members in the spotlight!   


Criticism and Theory  

discussion

  • Jean, as much as Outside Circle is yours as it is anyone else's. We, together f...more
    - [nick]
  • you are very correct in your assumption as to what we want and what OCC should b...more
    - [ben]
  • question: what do you want the OCC to be? how can we make it better?
    - [ben]
  • from its inception, one of the main goals of the OCC has always been to get a we...more
    - [pax]
  • The key here is not neccesarily getting a website up and running. I think that t...more
    - [nick]
  • good advice nick!
    - [pax]
  • Hey all, thanks for the feedback. I was afraid that I was truly going to offend...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • if someone would only pick up said cd, some samples would already be available!...more
    - [Ande]
  • little by little, a thing grows and grows! does it take a village to raise a we...more
    - [Ande]
  • Jean, recall the busking and "paint to the music" posts -- I too am in your corn...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I'm not sure about the whole "paint to the music" thing, but you see, I'm not a...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Absoloutely. I am a big fan of the "Baba Yaga" section of "Pictures." Music is...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • maybe once a month we could meet for colaborative arts projects. jean, would you...more
    - [ben]
  • Speaking of Paint-to-the-Music, I have been invited to participate in the next o...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • They sit and wait for inspiration and motivation. I could try some thin...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Club X-cel on South Washington, downtown Lansing. 10 p.m. Friday night (let me...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • hey- have you done much lately?
    - [ben]
  • Due to storage problems and questionable choice of musicians, the paint-to-the-m...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I ran across the piezo-transducers while I was packing. If I can get something...more
    - [name not provided]

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ikeaphobia and its discontents (and how it relates to artists in general)

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Let's face it... it isn't cool or hip to enjoy mass-marketed products, ideas, art or design.

But why do we do it?  Read Adam Greenfield's thoughts:

"It's happened again.

Not for the first time, I was subjected the other day to a heartfelt diatribe on how Ikea has singlehandedly leached all the vitality and vigor out of the world, shoehorned human creativity into an infinity of barcode-anonymous MDF wall units, and spawned endless cyborg armies of khaki-clad, essentially fungible consumervolk.

You read that right: Ikea." [ read more ]

  • Is there a parallel with typical reactions to Starbucks and Ikea with the art world?
  • Is the Bauhausian ideals of bringing good (design) to the masses now uncool?
  • Why does the "Masses" part overrule the good art, ideas and design?
  • Why does society "fight the power" and feel like "the man" is bringing them down?

Thoughts anyone?


Criticism and Theory  

discussion

  • thoughts just hit: why is it cool to have democratic ideals, yet uncool when the...more
    - [nick]
  • Planet Starbucks! I love the cg sequence that Greenfield references from "Fight...more
    - [Ande]
  • nick - interesting query. i think the unappeal of producing art for a mass audie...more
    - [pax]
  • Julia and Ande - I put some thought into this over the weekend... You are correc...more
    - [nick]
  • I'm still trying to figure out if this cycle comes back to format arts... it cer...more
    - [nick]
  • i don't know- there are certain designs (as well as art objects, movies, fashion...more
    - [ben]
  • The window we are observing is very small - the last 100 years. I'd be very int...more
    - [nick]
  • Why don't we all jump off the fashion/cool treadmill? Expose it as another way...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • The fluctuations imposed on us by the fashion- and image-mongers is not necessar...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • what I'm trying to say is that designers are not "anointed" individuals. Obsess...more
    - [stargrazer]

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"Glassblowing is not a Crime"

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here is an essay i wrote in response to the following article:

http://www.arcataeye.com/top/031020top03.shtml

 

sweet pipe dreams!

 



Comedy and Humor  Criticism and Theory  Education  News, Events and Media   

discussion

  • nicely written article andy! good advice: become a "limited liability company" (...more
    - [ben]
  • andy, just so you know- if you would like to have your posts' included in the em...more
    - [ben]
  • thanks ben, I have added that "release" to the articles on this page and will co...more
    - [Ande]
  • no prob andy, let me talk to mr. lusch and see how it's going...
    - [ben]

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continuation of an essay

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If you haven't checked out the continuation of the Jowai essay, "Nothingism Restated" by Outside Circle's Peter Richards, please do.



Criticism and Theory  

discussion

  • peter's beautifully insightful musings on nothing will be included in the full-c...more
    - [ben]
  • The nothingism writings stem from my being unsure of my basic place as an artist...more
    - [stargrazer]

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the future is now

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In 1969 Charles Eames sketched out a rough visualization of the design process for an exhibition at the Lourve called "what is design?". It consisted of three loose amoeba-like graphical elements floating in the void of his sketchpad, overlapping, intersecting, and connecting to create the most idyllic representation of what design should be. The three layered forms respectively constitute the interests and concerns of the designer, the genuine interest of the client, and concerns of society as a whole. Where the subsets intersect lies the common ground where designers can work with "conviction and enthusiasm". Like much of the Eames' work, the beauty is found in the objects' duality. Floating gorgeously in clarity and in the absence of pretense... churning below are the complexities brought not only by the designer and the client, but society as well. We as designers are given the daunting task of mapping the blurred sovereignty where morals, economics, and personal goals intersect.

We are at the beginning of a new epoch of human viability, where all economies and ecologies are becoming globalized, related and integrated. More than any other discipline, design has placed us, for better of for worse, in this position. More directly, for the last 100 years it has been graphic design acting as the purveyor, instigator, and documentarian of cultural change. Increasingly, however, graphic design has been depreciating its stock as an art form by making itself available primarily as a commercial tool. This, paired with the narrow selection of creative instruments (primarily software), which we allow ourselves to use contributes to the disposable conduit that makes up the majority of design encountered daily. Craft and vocation are left behind, leaving the mass media with unchallenging and comfortable design for the people. We must seek to create work that is both visually and cognitively demanding, but emotionally and intellectually rewarding.

By falsifying our skills as creative artists and knowingly swimming out to the undertow
of an 'autistic economy', where unemployment, inequality, and globalization prevail, finding the area where the "designer can work with determination and enthusiasm" becomes all the more difficult. We designers will not find it alone. Working with colleagues both in and outside of the realm of visual communications cultivates understanding. Collaborating with other fields such as semiotics, social anthropology and linguistics, we educate ourselves in the cultural values that give worth to human life. We must seek to understand, study, and challenge how visual communication determines and reinforces cultural values.

The collective conscious of the design community is beginning to reevaluate its societal role. In his essay published by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Citizen Designer, Rick Poyner states, "We must ensure that design, as an interdisciplinary way of thinking, becomes an integral and equal component of significant public initiatives." melding such initiatives with our clients ideals and our morals, we can better all parties involved. Through these means Eames' pluperfect land seems all the more attainable. This is what we must seek.


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discussion

  • Ben, a very thought-provoking assessment!"Do not commit design in a vacuu...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I like the use of this space for essays and comentary.
    - [nick]

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