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AUTHORLESS: a musical project losing its identity


The Authorless Project offers 10 song demos by Stargrazer.  It is the proposal of The Authorless Project that interested musicians, writers, and recording artists of all genres, ages, and backgrounds treat these "root" demos as if they were their own:  free reign is given to re-record, rearrange, re-write or re-mix the root demos. 

ROUND ONE:  In the first round of Authorless, these ten demos will be distributed to ten musicians of all stripes and experience.  These first-rounders are free to re-record – or even re-write – any or all of the songs.  They can focus on just one song, split songs into more than one song, or combine songs.  They are free to "cover" a song in their own style – or to work with only the existing root recordings.  They're welcome to mix-and-match, cut-and-paste, stir, augment, fracture or alter the entire context of the song (or songs).  It can become a string quartet or black metal.  It can be deconstructed into obscurity, or lovingly/roughly translated into any mood(s) that suits the participants.  Heck, you can turn an instrumental into spoken word if you want! 

The catch is, you only have two months to complete your part of the project.  If you don't have the time, just aren't feeling it, or don't want to participate for any reason, just pass the root demos along to someone else. 

ROUND TWO:  After the first sixty days, our next round begins.  Round One picks whomever they want to be in Round Two.  The new recordings and all the root demos are passed on to the next set of authors, and the same rules apply:  Anything goes.  Preserve the song, augment someone's ideas, or mutate it.  After another sixty days, all the results, plus the results of round one and the root demos, are passed on to the Round Three participants.

ROUND THREE – ROUND SIX: Same as the preceding rounds.

ROUND SEVEN:  All recordings from rounds 1-6, plus the original root demos, are sent to Satellite Park Studios for Paul Roessler (The Screamers/Nina Hagen/45 Grave/and tons of fine SST Bands) to sort through, mix, add and subtract from, and finally master into the final "Authorless" album.  Who knows what amazing forms these little seedling songs will grow into?

Artwork by Travis Pickard has been licensed to augment the final AUTHORLESS recordings.

To participate in ROUND ONE of AUTHORLESS, contact Peter at:  stargrazer {at} gmail {dotcom}.  ROUND ONE begins July 1, 2008.

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(SCENE) Announces a Call-for-Proposals: 3D and 4D art

(SCENE) Metrospace Announces a Call-for-Proposals for a Themed Exhibit of Sculpture and Time-based Artwork

East Lansing's alternative art space, (SCENE) Metrospace announces a call-for-proposals for an upcoming exhibit of artwork which engages time and physical space. All artists over the age of 18 are invited to submit proposals. Proposals will be accepted through Friday, March 18, 2008

The exhibit, which will be displayed May 3 - June 15, 2008, is titled “3-D/4-D,” and will focus on three-dimensional and four-dimensional works of art, in other words, the gallery’s interior space will be occupied by sculpture, kinetic artworks, and hybrid artworks that explore notions of time, change, and/or physical space. Artists are invited to submit any number of pieces that explore this theme.

The “3-D/4-D” theme may be interpreted through an assortment of medias and styles including but not limited to: sculpture, performance, video, sound, graphic design, photography, collage, painting, installation, interactive or kinetic works of art, and drawing. Artwork in any media or any combination of media will be reviewed. Artists of all types are invited to submit current, original works for this exhibit.

Entry materials must include a current artist's biography and/or artist resume, as well as an artistic statement to accompany proposed artwork(s). Proposals may include images (.jpegs or .gifs) of actual or representative works, either on a CD mailed to the address above, or e-mailed to All entry materials are due Friday, March 18, 2008 in order to be considered for the exhibit (submissions with missing information cannot be considered). Artists must also include a SASE for the return of their materials. There is no entrance fee. Early submissions are encouraged.

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(SCENE) Announces A Call-For-Proposals: "Collage"


EAST LANSING, Mich. - East Lansing's alternative art space, (SCENE) Metrospace announces a call-for-proposals for an upcoming exhibit based on the concept and technique of collage.

(SCENE) presents an in-depth investigation into an artform that has evolved from scissors, glue, and magazines into the contemporary fine art realm, encompassing assemblage, video and audio collage, and conceptual artworks.

The exhibit will be juried by North Carolina-based Julie Thomson, whose dedication to collage includes self-publishing La Colle, a 'zine style journal chronicling collage artworks, as well as providing information and reviews about collage artists and collage-themed exhibits.

Artists of all types are invited to submit current, original works for this juried exhibit. The exhibit will take place from October 27, 2007 through December 16, 2007. All entry materials are due Friday, October 5.

Entry materials must include a current artist's biography and/or artist resume, as well as an artistic statement to accompany the proposed artwork(s). Submissions may be sent as .jpegs or .gifs, either on a CD mailed to the address below, or e-mailed to

(SCENE) Metrospace Gallery
c/o Peter Richards, Director
410 Abbott Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823

For more information, please contact Peter Richards at (517) 319-6832, or visit

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Cassette Culture


Leaderless: Underground Cassette Culture Now
Exhibition on view from May 12 – May 26, 2007
Opening Reception and Book Launch: Saturday, May 12, 5 – 7 PM

Printed Matter, Inc. is pleased to announce an exhibition surveying contemporary American cassette culture. Leaderless: Underground Cassette Culture Now will open on May 12 and run through May 26. Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Avenue at 22nd Streets.

From bedrooms and dorm rooms, garages and dingy basements, Printed Matter and Heavy Tapes have gathered the leaders of the American underground tape culture movement—a geographically and generationally diverse community centered around the thriving noise, psych, and experimental music scenes. Such an exhibition might lead one to believe that “tapes are back” though the truth is that they never left, having been the chosen medium of this particular community from the late 70s onward. Unlike manufactured CDs or vinyl, tapes are analog, cheap and easily made at home with accessible and rudimentary equipment (i.e. no computers), making them the logical choice for a community that is constantly evolving and producing. Tapes also offer a unique perspective for those who are put off by the ubiquity and harsh aesthetics often associated with CDRs.

For the duration of the exhibition, Printed Matter’s back room will be transformed into a cassette shop—with hundreds of titles exhibited and available for purchase. Boom boxes will give audience members the opportunity to sample and explore. Guest curators (among them Thurston Moore from the iconoclastic noise band Sonic Youth, Chris Freeman—the founder of cassette distributor Fusetron, and Dominick Fernow of Hospital Productions) will also present out-of-print cassettes from their collections.

Labels to be featured include 23 Productions (WI), AA (MI), American Tapes (MI), Animal Disguise (MI), Bone Tooth Horn, Callow God (CA), Cherried Out Merch (OR), Chondritic Sound (MI), Drone Disco (OH), Ecstatic Peace (MA), Fag Tapes (MI), Fuckit Tapes (NY), Gods of Tundra (MI), Hanson Records (MI), Heavy Tapes (NY), Hospital Productions (NY), Iatrogenesis (OR), Ides (IL), Friendship Bracelet (MA), Loveless Tapes (NJ), Middle James CO (ON/CA), Monorail Trespassing (CA), Nihilist Productions (IL), Not Not Fun (CA), Psychform (WA), RRRecords (MA), Rundownsun (BC), Since 1972 (NY), Spite (NY), Stammer Tapes (NY), Swampland Noise (CA), Throne Heap (NY), Tone Filth (MN), Trash Ritual (NY), and Troniks (CA), among many others.

To celebrate the launch, experimental tape manipulator G. Lucas Crane vs Non-horse will perform.

Leaderless: Underground Cassette Culture Now coincides with the No Fun Fest—a four day noise festival that will take place at the Hook in Red Hook, Brooklyn from May 17 – 20th. Now in itsfourth year, No Fun Fest features some of the world’s premiere noise musicians and practitioners.

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Improvised Maps | Eminent Domain

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.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons license | ISSN 1750-9505

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Ann Arbor, MI, March 9 -19, 2007
Entity, the University of Michigan’s premiere digital arts coalition, invites you to attend SYNC 07, an annual Multimedia Digital Arts Festival occurring March 9 th through the 19 th at the Duderstadt Center on the University of Michigan north campus. The festival features cutting edge works and performances that find a point of union between art and technology, and are offered in a range of mediums from digital painting, photography and animation, to installation and multimedia performance.
New technologies offer us increasing opportunities to explore artistic intentions and can provide us with new insights into both the art we experience and the world at large. SYNC 07 takes this as a new frontier in the aesthetic encounter and adopts this as the unifying theme that will bring together artists and thinkers for several days at the beginning of March.

As the discipline of digital arts enters its adolescence a more diverse group of artists are trying their hands at expressing themselves with the aid of ones and zeros. This year's SYNC 07 Digital Arts Festival will display some of the best cutting edge talent in the area. From March 9th to the 19th the Duderstadt Gallery will be home to video, audio, 2d and 3d art - all either created by digital means or commenting on the increasingly digitized space in which we dwell. This year's show will highlight a diverse sampling of the endless possibilities the digital realm has to offer.

The Gallery Opening will be held on Friday March 9 th , from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The schedule of performances is as follows: (all performances start at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the Video Studio in the Duderstadt Center)

Mar. 9 th :

Bubblegone ( crafts an improvisational web of audio and projected video that is a reflection of humans as living beings taking in stimuli, processing it, and re-experiencing it throughout their lives.
bill van loo & j. schnable ( released their first collaborative album, "Raindays," a three year effort accomplished during spare moments of inspiration and cross-country visits. Both vivid and introspective, the songs are balanced with an energy that doesn't explode, but blossoms and slowly emerges in unexpected ways. Their live performance expands on the groundwork of the recorded material through improvisational rhythms and melodies.  Live visuals provided by Jon Hudson.
My Dear Disco: Dancethink Music ( combines exotic instruments such as Uilleann Pipes (Irish bagpipes) and Didjeridoo along with live laptops, synthesizers, vocals, saxophones, electric guitars, bass, and electro-acoustic drums. They’re pushing the boundaries of dance music by giving the audience a highly dynamic show where each original song has its own distinct, highly composed and thought-out identity.  Live visuals by VJ Techno Vision.
Mar 10 th :

The Betamales ( Ian Fulcher (of Hot Meat for Young Lovers and Drafted by Minotaurs on trumpet, various inputs, trashpedals) Vince Swain (of Dabenport on guitar, effects) and Paul Bancel (of The Riots on Drums) perform abstract, ambient noise soundscapes to short silent films.


de • fenestra: ( will feature Elijah Church (tabletop guitar, sheng, wood flutes), John Wolf Mcintyre (theremin and harmonium) and Will Soderberg (laptop, signal processing, midi guitar) performing live improvised electronic music with projected video accompaniment. ( reshapes reality by deconstructing and reassembling the world around them to create new understandings and new levels of communication. The simultaneous combination of technology, media, and movement in their live performances and recorded projects drives home the true meaning of seamless integration.  They will be joined by nationally renowned sculptor Steve Baibak, and performing artist Natalie Winans.

For more information, visit, or email

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(SCENE) Metrospace - Moving, Movement, Motion!


(SCENE) Metrospace's home of the past three years at 303 Abbott is now closed for business. We will be re-opening at our new location, 110 Charles St., very soon! Please check for updates.

Our next exhibit, "Motion," will open Friday, May 11 from 6-9 PM with a public reception at 110 Charles St.

Artist applications to be included in "Motion" are being accepted through April 6, 2007. Please include a project description, photographs or digital images of representative artwork, a current resume, and an artist statement with your proposal for the exhibit. Exhibit proposals may be mailed to:

Peter Richards, Director

(SCENE) Metrospace Gallery

410 Abbott Rd.

East Lansing, MI 48823

(please include a SASE with appropriate postage if you'd like any of your materials returned)

Questions? Contact Peter via e-mail at or by calling (517)319-6832.

Thank you for all your support and patronage at the Abbott Rd. location! We have truly made local history together as artists and art supporters in what was once merely a deserted bank. We look forward to an exciting schedule of exhibits, all-ages music events, theatrical performances, poetry, dance, and independent film in our new home. (SCENE) would like to thank the Downtown Development Authority, The City of East Lansing, and our neighbors at Ciesa & Associates for their generous support and endless willingness to make (SCENE) a successful, community-based progressive art and performance space.

We have a lot of work to do -- if you can volunteer some time, some expertise, some materials, or would like to make donations, please contact the director using the information above!

Thank you for your support of the arts.

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(SCENE) Metrospace Update

(SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing's alternative art and performance space, will soon be leaving it's home of three years at 303 Abbott.  An exact date and destination are unknown at this time, but the former Kent Bank building on the corner of Abbott and Albert is slated for demolition sometime in 2007.

In the mean time, (SCENE) continues a full schedule of exhibits and entertainment:

Friday, January 19 - (SCENE) debuts "DATA TRANSFER," an exhibit of technology-driven art with a public reception from 6-9 PM featuring music by Blank Artists:  a live set by Theater of the Absurd and a DJ set by Drew Pompa.  Additionally, there will be interactive digital sand-painting on an illuminated sand table provided by David Ringlein.  The public can produce and print their own full-color digital sand paintings!

Saturday, January 20 - witness the return of 517NoiseFest:

visit 517Noise for more details!  This is a shared event spanning three communities and three venues: the DAAC in Grand Rapids and the Panopticon in Lansing.  Noise artists appearing on the Friday and Sunday bracketing (SCENE)'s Saturday show include such noise movement luminaries as Dead Machines, Hot Tapes, Princess Dragon Mom, Aaron Dilloway, and Treebot.

Thursday, January 25 -
(SCENE) will host virtuoso marimba soloist Nathaniel Bartlett.  Feauturing a state-of-the-art digital sound projection array, Bartlett plays "serious modern Western art music on a serious modern instrument - the modern marimba."  We are pleased to stage this concert, which is open to the public.  Doors open at 6:00 PM, the music begins at 7:00 PM, and there is a nominal cost of $5 for this unique sensory experience, offering "total immersion in sound."  Seating is limited.

Stay tuned for more breaking news, including the unveiling of our brand new website!!

(SCENE) Metrospace is located at 303 Abbott Rd. in East Lansing, Michigan.  Regular hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 6-9 PM and Sundays from 1-4 PM.  Additionally, the gallery is opened through the gracious support of volunteers Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons from 1-4 PM.

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Wishing for Synchronicity : Works by Pipilotti Rist


Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, USA
Dates: On View Through January 14, 2007

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents first U.S. survey exhibition for Swiss video artist Pipilotti Rist

HOUSTON, Texas – This fall, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presents Wishing for Synchronicity: Works by Pipilotti Rist, the first comprehensive U.S. survey of the seminal work of the Swiss video artist. Organized by curator Paola Morsiani, the project brings together Rist’s most significant work from the mid-1980s to the present. Wishing for Synchronicity: Works by Pipilotti Rist is on view through January 14, 2007, touring nationally following its Houston presentation.

“Pipilotti Rist is a tremendously innovative and distinctly personal voice in contemporary art. As a master of her chosen media, she uses her large and small projections to place the viewer within her world, provoking the contemplation of broad issues through her individual actions,” said Contemporary Arts Museum Houston Director Marti Mayo. “We are proud to have organized her first survey exhibition in the U.S. for our diverse regional, national and international audiences, thereby continuing the Museum’s almost 60-year tradition of presenting the best and most exciting art of our time.”

Wishing for Synchronicity: Works by Pipilotti Rist includes eight of Rist’s early single-channel videos, six large projections, and three additional works. The exhibition features a selection of significant works spanning her career, such as I’m Not the Girl Who Misses Much (1986) and Sip My Ocean (1996), in which pleasurable images and music quickly become metaphors for hysteria and suffocation, and Ever is Overall (1997), in which the camera follows a female walking through city streets, smashing car windows with an iron flower as she meanders.

“Through her use of video, Rist combines the worlds of art history and mass culture to create her own visual language,” said exhibition curator Paola Morsiani. “She uses this convergence to intelligently explore the power of our mind and its connection to the body as well as the pervasiveness of our sexual experience and its link to our mortality; and she expresses her profound empathy and hope for the times in which we live.”

Rist recently accepted a prestigious commission to create the visual identity for The Armory Show 2007, The International Fair of New Art, to be held next February in New York City.

Rist was born in 1962 in Switzerland, and studied at the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria and the School for Design in Basel, Switzerland. Her work has been shown at the Venice Biennale; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland.

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Eminent Domain | Call for Proposals


In old English law, eminent domain refers to the power of the state to take private property without the owner’s consent. Since the mid-19th century it has been employed as part of large-scale development projects and urban renewal – controversial practices that can be extremely destructive for local communities. The policy is often implemented when there is a perceived obstruction blocking the progress of a particular project and powers of override must force its conclusion.

In investigating this theme we call for artists to recast the concept of eminent domain in the context of creative work. Here it becomes similar to recourse – in the face of blockade, alternative and often radical tactics may be resorted to in order for an idea to move forward. At a point of critical mass existing systems begin to fail, invoking a form of negation and opening up a space of uncertainty. This uncertainty may force a radical reformulation of a work at a crucial moment of its incompletion and potential.

The concept of regeneration is helpful in investigating this theme with regard to process revision and its relation to the creative method. Literally beginning again, regeneration suggests a recursive, self-referential procedure. It also indicates different approaches to revision: on one hand there can be subtle, incremental modifications of existing structures, systematically inching toward a result. On the other there can be a Kuhnian paradigm shift – a more radical action that can demand a clean slate from which to begin from scratch.

The interplay of these strategies and the conditions that formulate them are fascinating areas of exploration. To what extent are points of resistance and conflict essential for shaping creative decisions? Are great ideas born of frustration or along paths of least resistance? What kind of space does this recourse open up?

In this context, the theme of eminent domain speaks not only to literal interpretations concerning revised landscapes, power relationships and innovation from decay, but also to a broader theoretical reading about the space opened up by an enforced change of approach. The use of these concepts, either as the subject of investigation or as a guide to process and methodology, will result in a fascinatingly diverse group of projects for the next edition of Dispatx.

For more information on how to submit, please click here.

Dates :

Final date for sending project proposals : 16 December 2006

Publication of collaborative project proposals : 15 January 2007

Details :

Dispatx ( provides the tools of a socialised internet for the development, organisation and presentation of contemporary art and literature.

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once in a while you find something truely extraordinary...


as if
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The Deadline approaches, but do not fear...


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


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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"Anger: the Best Medicine" exhibit opens this Friday!

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... also including a late arrival, a brand new sculpture by Matt Cygnet which will stop you in your tracks.

WHERE:  SCENE Metrospace Gallery, 303 Abbott Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823

WHEN:  6-9 P.M., Friday July 21

WHAT:  An opening reception featuring poetry by Nicolas Hampton and other local voices, refreshments, and mingling artists.  FREE and open to the public, however space is limited...

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New Edition | Call for Submissions


Dispatx Art Collective are pleased to announce the publication of our fifth edition, The Plague of Language. Fifteen projects related to the theme can be seen online at, featuring poetry by JH Prynne and Rod Mengham, sound pieces from Paul Whitty and Chris Mann, and a full length interview with Marc D Hauser of Harvard University. [more] [press]

We are also actively seeking proposals for collaborative projects related to the new theme in exploration : Improvised Maps.  This theme explores correlation, translation and recursion, and relates closely to the creative method – the organising process which translates creative vision into creative output. [more]

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dancing with a tapatio band in guadalajara

Saludos y Besos to the OCC community. . . .

I just got back from Guadalajara, Mexico, a beautiful city with a happening music/arts/dance scene . . . I spent two weeks teaching classes, doing TV and radio interviews (yes, in Spanish!), and doing shows. 

I thought you might enjoy hearing some of the music by the cool Mexican band, Tragicomi-k  that I did a gig with.  They are rock-ish, and they use an array of Arabic and Persian drums in addition to Western percussion instruments.  They also have a kick-ass dancer, Amanda Morales who does flamenco, and she and I danced together with the band . . .I have to say it was pretty awesome . . . .we'll definitely be doing more together!   :)

Here's Tragicomi-k's myspace link:

And here's a link to a band that I'll be working with on my next trip, Chango Marrango:

I'm in the process of updating my website with pictures from Mexico, and a video of the piece I did with Tragicomi-K and Amanda . . . visit us at  . . .

Love and peace,
Gayathri   ~   857.526.1149   ~

"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."   -- Friedrich Nietzsche

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CD Release March 25 / "They Die In Movies"


Saturday, March 25th at Scene Metrospace Gallery, bear witness to the culmination of months of labor and love...

They Die In Movies is a narrative-based installation produced and directed by Jeni Mc, featuring fashions by Berry Noxon, and photography by Cody Hinze and Juan Beltran.  It is film-themed and has been variously described as "a movie that never happened" and "a look through a director's eye."  The exhibit takes place during the East Lansing Film Festival and continues on through May 13.

Simultaneously, It Takes A Village To Make Records will release the much-anticipated "First-Hand Accounts, Theories & Their Repercussions" CD compilation.  A double-length album on one CD, FHATATR is a genre-hopping collection of original independent music from all over the country.

The CD release will feature a giant mix CD swap!  Bring your own homemade mix CD to trade for a copy of the compilation CD -- other than that, it's FREE!  Bring an extra copy of your mix to trade with other release party-goers...

There will also be performances by Rai and Canada, as well as a screening of "Hello and Goodbye" by Detroit's Test Pattern Pictures.

We thank "They Die In Movies" for graciously hosting our CD release.

See you there!


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Scene Metrospace Benefit This Saturday


Saturday, February 11, 7:00 pm

That's Him! That's The Guy!
The Cartridge Family
Free Element

At Scene Metrospace Gallery, 303 Abbott Rd., E. Lansing MI 48823

$5 - All Ages - Doors at 6:30 - Food provided by Flat's Grill

This is a benefit concert for "They Die In Movies," a non-traditional look through the camera-eye of an unrealized film.  "They Die In Movies" is directed/produced by Jeni Mc with fashion and costume design by Berry Noxon, photography by Juan Beltran and Cody Hinze, and "product placement" by local artists.

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  • Holy smokes, the Cartridge Family DESTROYED Metrospace...then got out a vacuum c...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • wish i could've been there.
    - [ben]

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10 New Projects Published for Exploration


Dispatx Art Collective
are pleased to announce the publication of ten projects selected to show the development of the theme in exploration : The Plague of Language. Each artist or group of artists working on a collaborative project has been assigned a space in which they can update the details of their project throughout its development using blog technology.

Press release | Nota de prensa

Project information | Información de proyectos

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Richmond, Virginia (Carytown): Limani Fish Grill announces the opening of its first ever exhibition,
"Waiting..." on Sunday, February 19th.  The exhibit features the artwork of Richmond's waitstaff/ bartenders/ kitchenstafff.  Come feast your eyes and enjoy live music, hors d'oerves and a cash bar. 
Free and open to the public.
From 3pm - 8pm. 3123 W. Cary St. Richmond, VA 23221

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  • If you live in the Richmond, VA area and are currently employed at a restaurant,...more
    - [pax]
  • is that the OCC tag I see on this poster?
    - [stargrazer]
  • indeed it is. occ represented in full force. we had a table with business cards,...more
    - [ben]
  • the show was a big success, and the owner of the restaurant has already given pe...more
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Dispatx Art Collective : New Theme for Exploration


Dispatx Art Collective
is calling for collaborative project proposals and submissions based on the current theme in exploration : The Plague of Language

The theme is underpinned by countless interconnected forms of communication, drawing on the rich history of human utterance and phonology: its consideration suggests a simultaneous reassessment of how we define language and semantics, and highlights an inherent philosophical discourse concerning how we can think about thought, or use language to explore language.

We are looking for collaborators to consider working with us as a part of our 'Work in Progress' area - demonstrating the process that translates creative vision into artistic output - as well as submissions of finished work aligned to the theme.

For more information, submission guidelines and schedule details, please visit

To contact us directly, please email

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First-Hand Accounts, Theories, & Their Repercussions


various artists:  first hand accounts, theories & their repercussions"First-Hand Accounts, Theories, & Their Repercussions," a CD compilation of independent music, is in the middle stages of production.  Over thirty musicians and bands have responded from Texas, New York, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.  Styles range from fingerstyle acoustic guitar to electroclash, from lo-fi to hi-fi, from calm to cathartic.

A profile has been set up ( where you can hear some of the songs, view album artwork, read mini-interviews with the artists involved, and find out how to get your very own copy of this FREE compilation.

This week's songs are from singer-songwriter Jen Sygit, musicologist and fingerstyle guitarist Nick Schillace, Chicago-based organ rockers Oh My God, and Michigan bedroom-recordist Stargrazer.  These songs will be posted until December 9.

Next weeks songs will feature multi-instrumental ensemble Canada, Texan synth-pop experimenters The Mnemonic Devices, electronic music from Rubber Band Banjo, and rock'n'roll goodness from The Casionauts.

Please visit the profile, listen, leave remarks, add as a friend, etc.


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  • i got a chance to check out the tracks— nicey goods! nick shillace has som...more
    - [ben]
  • Glad you liked it...want to distribute some of the finished comps in Richmond?
    - [stargrazer]
  • New songs posted this morning. Enjoy!
    - [stargrazer]
  • what a cool idea!!
    - [pax]
  • inspired by JOMAS!
    - [stargrazer]
  • The compilation is done and set for a March 25th release -- stay tuned for detai...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Charlotte Smith : Occupation

"The latest project in The Intervention Series comprises a documentary exhibition of Smiths exploration into codes of occupation within domestic spaces.
For Occupation, Smith has examined the day-to-day experience artists have with their studios at Bankley Gallery Studios. Specifically working with the café staff at nearby The Friends Café and the refuse collection organiser for the studios, Smith has reversed the traditional roles of service they provide to the Bankley studio artists and offered their service back to them in their own domestic spaces.
Occupation describes a concept Smith has developed through both a written thought process (embodied by her text Comment) and the relationships she developed with the workers (cooking a meal for one of the café staff and disposing of the rubbish of the refuse organiser.) The thought process follows an exploration into how society has developed a system of appropriation of the spaces they occupy.
Bankley presents the documentation of this process as a series of images, a short publication discussing the work and a comment delivered as both a text in the publication and a talk on the 3rd and 17th of December.

Charlotte Smith
3rd to the 29th December 2005
Artists talk 7pm 3rd December
Repeat Talk 17th December
Private View Saturday 3rd December 6-8 pm
To view by appointment at other times call 07723090150"

[via Paul Stanley]

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One of our OCC members has hit the airwaves.  Whether you're on your way to work or just up really early, check out DJ Nayiri's great selection on Freeform Monday mornings from 6-9am, or catch it online at WCBN (88.3 FM in Ann Arbor).

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Cir*cus/ Car*ni*val

(SCENE) Metrospace Debuts “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” Exhibition Friday, November 18, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich.— (SCENE) Metrospace announces the opening of its latest exhibition, “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” on Friday, Nov. 18. “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” explores the imagination, oddities, animals, wonder, excitement, and misfortunes of the events that have become a cultural tradition: the Circus and the Carnival.

The 12 local and national artists participating in “Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” each explore diverse aspects of the events through various medias and themes:

• New Jersey based photographer Melanie
Heinrich has spent over 30 years of her life documenting behind the scenes of the carnival will display her prints and documentary.

• Beulah based Tara Hackett’s mixed media paintings capture the charm and history of the traveling circus and carnival throughout the 50's and 60's.

• Krys Tourtois, a Lansing based artist will explore an unromanticized and often overlooked aspect of the carnival experience in her paintings of sideshow women.

• Detroit based Carl Oxley explores a happy-go-lucky and exciting view in his colorful pop-art paintings.

• Ann Arbor based Amanda Miller will display her mystifying freak show paintings.

• Lansing based artist Tim Lane will display a quirky and fun carnival game installation.

• Farmington Hills based mosaic artist Ellen Stern expresses an imaginative spin on the circus with her ceramic, fiber, and installation works.

• Highland and Detroit based artists Chris Sandon and Jason Lee Starin will team up to make humorous psychedelic folk art that illustra
tes the stranger side of the events.

• Saginaw based artist Janie Peters will uncover a darker aspect of the circus and carnival, the mistreatment of animals, with her mixed media sculpture.

• Lansing based artist John Kroneman will explore his personal roots to the circus with paintings of his ancestors.

• Columbia, MO based artist Claudia Drake uses digital collage, fusing together antique engravings into her own juxtapositions to express her vision of the carnival.

“Cir•cus/Car•ni•val” opens with a free public reception at (SCENE) Metrospace on Friday, Nov. 18 from 6-10 p.m. The reception will feature a special circus-themed performace from Lansing spacerock favorites, Calliope. Circus and carnival themes events, games, and excitement will take place
all throughout the evening. All food will be graciously provided by Spartan Signature Catering. All ages are welcome, costumes are encouraged, and space is limited.

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  • nice poster ben!
    - [stargrazer]
  • Opening's this Friday!
    - [stargrazer]

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