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Cir*cus/Car*ni*val :: Call for Entries


(SCENE) Metrospace Announces Call To Artists for "Cir*cus/Car*ni*val" Exhibition
August 2, 2005

EAST LANSING, Mich.- East Lansing's alternative art space, (SCENE) Metrospace announces a call to artists for an upcoming exhibit entitled "Cir*cus/Car*ni*val" to be held at (SCENE) Metrospace in Nov. 2005. All artists over the age of 18 are invited to participate. Artist applications will be accepted through Sept. 30.

(SCENE) Metrospace is looking for artists whose work incorporates circus or carnival themes or subject matter that relates to the cultural tradition of the circus and the carnival.  Installations and performance event proposals are preferred, however artwork in any media will be reviewed, including but not limited to, painting, drawing, sculpture, video, and sound.

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/or 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 Emma Kruch, Coordinator, 410 Abbott Road, East Lansing, MI 48823. Application deadline is Sept. 30, 2005.

(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 Emma Kruch at (517) 319-6832.

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REO Town Call for Artists

I received this from Krys Tourtois:

Call for Artists


The first annual REO Town Art Market will be held on the historic streets of REO Town in Lansing, Michigan.  REO Town is known for its unique atmosphere, which combines a respect for culture and history and an acceptance for new ideas.  This event will showcase a wide variety of Lansing’s artists and musicians, as well as local businesses.


This show is open to anyone who wishes to participate!  This is not a juried show, just an opportunity for artists and musicians to exhibit their talent.  We welcome all types of creative people, along with their friends and family.

There is a $10 entry fee and a $5 table rental fee. 


Artists may arrive at 10:00am on August 20th to set up their tables.  The Art Market will run from noon until 6pm.  Spaces will be approximately 8ft. wide and will run along South Washington on the sidewalks.  Spaces are first-come, first-serve on the day of the event.  Artists who have special requests for space for a tent or a different exhibit space should indicate that when registering.



·                     We are looking for a diverse array of vendors: fine art, crafts, food goods,               jewelry, clothing, musicians, etc.

·                     Demonstrations welcome!

·                     All work sold must be made by the artist selling the work.

·                     Registration deadline: August 5th, 2005


Julie Burtch
REO Town Commercial Association
1027 S. Washington
Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 485-2795

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Independent Music Sought

It Takes A Village To Make Records, an independently-run music label, seeks tracks for an upcoming, FREE sampler of independent music and soundscapes. ITAV specializes in unique, handcrafted recordings, a hands-off approach to creative control and copyright ownership, and visually stunning graphic design and packaging. ITAV releases are designed to grab potential purchasers from across a room and draw them to your music.

"First-hand Accounts, Theories, and their Repercussions" will act as a calling card for ITAV, rather than a label roster compilation. In that spirit, ITAV seeks music of all forms, from traditional folk to noise. Additionally, songs which demonstrate a strong independent vein are desired, whether that is shown by experimental qualities or simply by the song's lack of slickness. "First-hand Accounts" will contain live tracks, demos and/or alternate versions and home recordings. Tracks are sought from all types of artists, famous or unknown.

Artists will retain full rights to their music. "First-hand Accounts" will be distributed FREE as an educational tool and an example of ITAV's creative expertise. For that reason, ITAV cannot offer compensation for your track, however full credits will be included in the packaging, including songwriting credits, "appears courtesy of..." messages, and/or internet resources.

ITAV is cultivating a diverse artist base for this project and for their emerging catalog. For more information and to submit your tracks, contact

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Annette Berkobian at Magdalena's Teahouse


Annette joins us from San Francisco to present "I Am My Mother's Daughter," a one-woman show with additional drumming, music and poetry from Paloma, Miko, Aaron Curtner, Tim Lane, Natalie and Megan...

Come see what it's all about at this great performance venue, provided by Miko.

So what is annette's project about anyway?

That is a great question!

It is about the fact that...

v Without our mothers we would not be, simply! So please invite your mother, her spirit, your family members, friends who are family members, or for that matter, anyone who is kind-hearted

v Your mother was originally black, that is an archeological fact.

v My relationship with my Ma was never easy but it turned into true beauty.


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Unleashing The Rock Poster


Here is a recently completed poster design for the Detroit-area indie/rock band Stare Into The Sun. I've always loved the interface between music and graphic design, exemplified by everything from jazz LP covers to the many wonderful rock fliers created by such genius minds as Rick Griffin and Frank Kozik

My goal was to create a poster that reflected the band's aesthetic, while at the same time tempting viewers to steal the poster for their apartment or dorm room walls. Ultimately, getting the band name out there and drawing people to gigs is the purpose of a good poster -- so we communicated extensively to make sure the final design was clearly readable and visually arresting.  This was a quick turnaround project -- Kevin from SITS contacted me on July 4 and the design was mailed July 7!

Check out Stare Into The Sun, The Black Spoons, and Tiny Amps of Corduroy Tuscadero at Hamtramck's Painted Lady (2390 Jacob), this Saturday, July 16 2005.

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  • The poster is such a community oriented design vehicle. I am currently doing a g...more
    - [Design]
  • I really enjoyed bird machine's work. Feeling very inspired...
    - [stargrazer]
  • nice poster, Peter!! I really like it!
    - [pax]
  • you can click on the poster image for a closer look.
    - [stargrazer]

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Dispatx :: Call for Submissions


Dispatx Art Collective
is calling for collaborative project proposals and submissions based on the current theme for exploration : Abandonment

We see this theme as tremendously rich in connotations both positive and negative, and 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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Dispatx Art Collective :: Scar as Sign


Dispatx Art Collective are pleased to announce the publication of our third edition - Scar as Sign. The works making up this issue explore the theme in a diverse manner, confronting concepts from personal experience and showing their significance in a much broader sense.

Our bodies, relationships and environments are defined by information built up over time, as if there were an implicit will governing what should be preserved. Through dislocations in the storage process, wounds can be generated, and attempts to erase these wounds from our memories give rise to scarring. In their turn, lasting scars are then converted into objects of great significance. To talk of these significations is to talk not only of the object itself but also of all that it signifies. Human memory is thus made up of a tension between defects and the processes undertaken to hide them.

The edition is made up of 13 works in various media including photography, sculpture, sound and poetry. It is the result of 4 months' collaborative development of the theme by 17 different artists, and can be seen at

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  • great compilation, oliver! i am impressed with the scope and execution of dispat...more
    - [ben]
  • Ben - thanks for your comments on dispatx ... at this present time we are co...more
    - [dispatx]
  • Lots of great work! The cello piece is very striking.
    - [stargrazer]

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A Quarter-Century Celebration


Hello...  hello...

@ Lager House (1254 Michigan Ave. Detroit, MI 48226)
... near ol' Tiger Stadium

Come see me and:

Thes One (of People Under The Stairs)
Starving Artists Crew
DJ House Shoes
DJ Benny Ben
Crate Digga
DJ Superlative

... and more grace the storied rock stage with some glorious hip-hop mischief.

More details to come.  You look really awesome today.

Here's part of the press release:


On August 26th, GAMBIT THE MC (G.A.M.) is having his official 25th birthday celebration at Lager House in Detroit.  The Virgo, whose real birthday is August 30th, will have some of his friends, such as Fat Beats recording artist Starving Artists Crew, perform. 
Detroit is unlike any city in America that has a hip-hop scene.  It is chockfull of folks that consider themselves “masters of ceremony.”  GAMBIT THE MC is no exception, but he has been steadily paying his dues to make himself a household name.  He has done shows all over Michigan, opening for notable underground hip-hop artists like Quannum’s Lyrics Born and Rhymesayers’ Blueprint.
Party patrons should expect a DJ-laden roster, with rap performances by Team Double Stuf Oreo (GAMBIT and DJ Benny Ben) with special guest SelfSays and Starving Artists Crew.  DJs slated to spin are Detroit tastemaker House Shoes, People Under The Stairs’ Thes One, former college radio deejay Benny Ben and up-and-comers Crate Digga and Superlative.

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  • happy 25!
    - [ben]
  • Thanks for sharing! Hope to see some OCC'ers there!
    - [nick]

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Poems of Loss and Desperation


Paintings and Poetry
Travis Pickard and Tim Lane

July - 26 August

Reception for the artists:
Friday, July 8, 5-9pm

Visit the Susan Hensel Gallery

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  • you can see Travis and Tim's photos from hanging the show at www.theatticwhichis...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Journal of Motion and Sound now shipping


For those of you who pre-ordered JOMAS last week, it begain arriving on door steps and mailboxes Tuesday.

For those of you who didn't pre-order, we still have a few low edition packages left with issue numbers under 50.

JOMAS is available for sale online for $35.00 USD. JOMAS includes:

  • 1 Sound CD full of Music, Poetry, and Sound Installations
  • 2 Motion DVDs of Experimental Film, Animation and Documentaries
  • Liner Notes
  • White Triple Disc Packaging with a handpainted "jomas dot logo" cover

You'll find work by Outside Circle artists such as:

Abraham Olguin, Andrew Patterson and Dustin Edwards, Animal, Anne Delmariani, Antonio Zirión, Arctic Circle, Ben Gaydos, Bryan Bickel and Scott Pruett [Init], Christopher Irvin, Dan Gorman [DanSiezure], Evie Wright / Nick Lyon, Hernán Apablaza, Hugh Hartford, Jancee Warnick [The Jancee Pornick Casino], Jenn Brigham, Ben Gaydos, Nick Gaydos and Alison Lugo, Jim Ryan and Deon Foster [], Julia Yezbick, Julie Meitz, Louis Rawlins, Meck [Featuring Jean Lee], Nayiri Bardakjian, Outside Circle Collective (vocals by Rachel Yezbick), Paul Gabel, Pilvari Pirtola, Potter-Belmar Labs, Radio Ruido, Ryan Seslow, Stargrazer, Thatshim!thatstheguy!, The Argyle Wishlist, Tim Lane, Tony Gault, Whitehorse, and Zev Robinson.

Get your copy today!

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JOMAS Release Party a success!


A big thank you to all who performed, helped set up and contributed making the Journal of Motion and Sound (JOMAS) release party a sucesss.

We debuted the each of the discs of JOMAS on the big screen, in the quieter side room as well as the listening stations.

For those of you who were not able to make it to Detroit last Friday, you missed five great performances by:

We've got a few pictures up on Flickr

 JOMAS Release Party - Tim Lane's Poetry Reading JOMAS Release Party - Calliope and Julie Meitz

If you took any pictures at the JOMAS release party, please feel free to add them to the Outside Circle Collective group photo pool. (Its free!)

The 555 Gallery was especially kind in letting Outside Circle use their space to throw the party. Please help support them and check out their upcoming shows!

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Deadline Approaching for mini-JOWAI .02


Poets Needed...

Poets of all types are sought for publication in [mini] JOWAI .02, the second pocket-size journal of words and images from OCC.  Unleash your muse!

Artists Needed...

Painters, illustrators, graphic designers, photographers and mixed media artists are sought for publication in [mini] JOWAI .02.  3-D artists are encouraged to submit photographs, documentation or diagrams of their work.  Expose your creativity!

Writers Needed...

original non-fiction, essays, short fiction, journalism, excerpts of longer stories and experimental prose are sought for publication in [mini] JOWAI .02.  Tantalize our audience!

Deadline June 15, 2005 

[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
  • registered OCC membership is encouraged (it's FREE, after all, and we'll be promoting your creative efforts for free, as well).  Register at .
  • 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

Tell your friends and colleagues!

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A Piece of Pickard.


Travis Pickard is heading Southwest soon and is having a "Moving to New Mexico" Art sale at the Lansing Art GalleryJune 4 to June 17th. The last day is a silent auction ala’ “no reasonable offer refused” June 17th from 4-6pm. Please join! The address: 113 S Washington Square Lansing MI 48933Travis is currently showing in Skin Deep at (Scene) Metrospace (303 Abbott Road, East Lansing, MI). Show hangs til August 14th.If that's not enough, the City Pulse newspaper just wrote about Travis...

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  • a "revealing" look at Travis in City Pulse!
    - [stargrazer]

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JOMAS Pre-Order!


It's almost time for the JOMAS release party!

The Journal of Motion and Sound is available for pre-order, with a special price, if purchased online before this Friday's release party at 555 arts in Detroit, jomas;series.01.
The journal features two Motion DVDs and one Sound CD in white on white handpainted packaging.

$35.00 USD - Regular Price

$30.00 USD - Pre-order price (before this Friday's release party - 6/10)

We'll start shipping on Saturday, 6/11/2005 and will send tracking numbers via email.

IMPORTANT: If you're going to be attending the release party, contact us and let us know how many copies you'd like. We'll send you a link in email to purchase through PayPal. We can save you money on shipping, by bringing them to you.

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  • Excellent job on the packaging! Good flow to the (very diverse) content as well...more
    - [stargrazer]

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JOMAS Volume 001 JOMAS Series 01
nick hooked us up with a really nice home for JOMAS. we'll be using it to promote the compilation, any "jomas; series" shows (like the one on June 10th), AND, most importantly, it'll be a great way to promote you guys! we tried to provide hyperlinks to each artist's website (if you have a site and you're not linked to it, contact us), and we'll be profiling individual artists on the site each month or so. check back often and spread the word!

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  • nick, it looks AMAZING!!! swell job!
    - [pax]
  • thanks julia! I had fun... :)
    - [nick]
  • Hi Ben, Nick and Julia, Wow... the Jomas release party was very impressive. Cong...more
    - [Tammy]

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jomas;series.01 flyer


[flyer detail]

click on the images below to download and
print jomas;series.01  flyer.


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  • nice job! thanks ben!
    - [pax]

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Eastwood Art Fair Volunteers Needed (Lansing, MI)

The Michigan Guild of Artists and Artisans is looking for volunteers to help out August 19 - August 21, 2005 at the Eastwood Art Fair held at Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing, Michigan.

If you can lend a hand, drop Alan Bogl, the operations manager, a line at 734-662-3382 ext, 104.

For those of you that don't know:

The Michigan Guild is a non-profit, membership organization of professional artists. Although a great many members reside in Michigan, Guild members can be found throughout North America and Europe. The Guild’s mission is to promote community awareness, understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and to maintain a support network for artists, which provides educational, mentoring and marketing opportunities. The Guild is recognized and valued for its ability to bring the fine art and fine craft directly to the individual via its art fairs and festivals. It is committed to help preserve and enhance arts and culture in every community.

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  • nizzick, yo posts is tha schizzle witout gizoogle
    - [Ande]

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a gift


rositadreamsrosita, hope you like it

more is in the makings

of the chaos

s00n sEE



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  • welcome, frank! i like your work!
    - [ben]

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jomas release party!



June 10th, 2005, 8pm
555 Gallery
4884 Grand River Ave.
Detroit, MI 48208

The international artist’s collective, Outside Circle (, is celebrating the release of their first edition of the Journal of Motion and Sound (JOMAS), with an experimental media event featuring artists from the double DVD/CD compilation. The event, jomas;series.01, will feature live audio-visual performances from Potter-Belmar Labs, The Shenanigans, and Calliope (with film jockeying by Julie Meitz), DJing by Chuck Sipperley, poetry by Tim Lane, and cutting edge films from around the world. Suggested $5 donation at the door. 8pm, 06.10.05.

Hope to see you all there!


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  • yea! an event on a night i don't have to work. i can't wait to see folks again!...more
    - [Ande]
  • This is big news!
    - [nick]
  • i'll be done teaching by then and it's on a friday night! yay! i'll totally be...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Grrrrrrrrrrrrr!!
    - [stargrazer]

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a new interactive piece by Louis Rawlins


A big thank you to Outside Circle artist Louis Rawlins who created the new mainpage for our website.

His javascript and typography wizardry bring a unique perspective.

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  • hell yeah, louis!
    - [stargrazer]
  • it's so good it makes me twitch.
    - [ben]
  • looks great, Louis!! thanks so much for doing that!
    - [pax]
  • i've been waiting a long time to see this again. i'm glad it finally found a ho...more
    - [Ande]
  • hi! thank you. it was fun times.
    - [name not provided]

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Lost Formats Preservation Society






The society was founded by design group, Experimental Jetset,  in 2000 with the design of Emigre issue no. 57. It's sole purpose is to save formats from obscurity.
This overview of Lost Formats is not presented in any particular order and not in any way complete. Anyone can nominate their own beloved format by sending a picture and specifications to (Shown here: Viewmaster, Travan, Compact Cassette).

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  • Is that a viewmaster wheel I see? Wow, haven't seen one of those in over two de...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • nostalgia, i love it!
    - [Ande]
  • there needs to be more worm (write once read many) devices in life!
    - [Ande]

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Redbeard Strikes Again

John Lindenmayer, a.k.a. "Redbeard," was honored for the second year in a row at the Colfax Cultural Center in South Bend, Indiana, for his polyptych "Commercialized Landscape," as part of their 16th Annual "Art and Social Justice" exhibit.  Six equal cash awards are given.  The award-winning piece is entirely composed of barcodes and UPCs.  We're proud of John -- for many reasons.  But today we are celebrating his artistic ecellence.

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  • peter, where did the picture go?
    - [Ande]
  • you can post it on your flickr account.
    - [ben]
  • ...or email it to me.
    - [ben]

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The Buddy System Opening


Gallery 555 - The Buddy SystemIt was great seeing so many Outside Circle artists at Gallery 555 in Detroit on Friday, May 6th. Many thanks to Joe Scott for organizing and involving so many great artists.

For those of you who missed the opening of The Buddy System, please check it out. The show is open until May 31st. (To see what you missed: Ben Gaydos and I took a few pictures of the opening and posted them to Flickr.)

For more info, Peter wrote a bit about The Buddy System a few weeks ago.

p.s. Outside Circle Collective has a group pool on Flickr that is open to anyone. Please feel free to post your pictures there. It's free and you get exposure for your work!

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Biting the Apple


I love my new Apple G5 iMac.  It is both beautiful and powerful.  And iTunes is the nearest thing to realizing my dream of cataloguing my massive music collection and setting it on random play.  But it seems most dreams contain an edge of nightmare, as this statement from would seem to indicate:

The iLife isn't quite as harmonious as it seems.  Lurking beneath Apple's beautifully designed digital music players and computers are poisonous chemicals like lead and mercury that can cause birth defects and disabilities.  When the millions of Apple's obsolete computers and other electronic products hit the landfills and incinerators, millions of pounds of toxic lead and other highly toxic materials will be dumped into our air, land, and water.  Apple should live up to its ethical reputation and take leadership to stop the growing mountain of toxic electronic waste from poisoning our families and communities.  It should develop the best recycling system for its used machines and build cleaner and safer electronic products.

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  • Peter, thanks for this post. I went to the site and followed the steps. As I am...more
    - [dispatx]
  • The people behind this campaign seem to want to cast Apple in the light of villa...more
    - [stargrazer]

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