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Collaboration .1 Performances

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We have organized a diverse performance schedule to correspond with Outside Circle's visual art exhibit, on display at Caffe Latte in East Lansing, Michigan, May 2-28.

Here are the impoortant dates, hope everyone who is able can join us!</p>I am organizing a "field trip" to visit Jeremy Couillard's exhibit at Izzy's Raw Art in Corktown, that will depart from the cafe at 11 a.m. on May 15.  Space is limited by the number of drivers/seating we have.  Drop me a line at richar66@msu.edu if you can volunteer to drive or if you are interested in joining us for this trip.

  • Sunday, May 2, 1pm-5pm    Artists Reception.  Featuring poetry by Tim Lane and Veronica Fitzpatrick.
  • Wednesday, May 5, 10pm     "Asses of Evil" - a staged reading of monologues from the one-man stage play by Andrew Towler, followed by poetry from Lansing art activist Aaron Curtner and original storytelling by Stargrazer (me).
  • Tuesday, May 11, 9pm    Because.  Because is a brother-sister singer-songwriter duo consisting of baritone ukelele and vocal harmonies.  
  • Wednesday, May 12, 9pm    An evening of electronic music featuring turntables and laptops.  Performers may include (but are not limited to) Scott Neumann, Carson Duke, Trent Abbey, and George Rahme.
  • Saturday, May 15, 10:30am    Field Trip to Izzy's Raw Art/Detroit.  We will be visiting an exhibit featuring the artwork of Jeremy Couillard, Antoine Debeauclard, and Mary Klopfer.  Other stops on the trip T.B.A.  We will depart from Caffe Latte at 11 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 19, 10pm     Harvey the Rabbit.  Harvey is an experimental noise-rock trio.  Their performance will be followed by rock'n'roll from the recently re-named Red Teeth (formerly King of the Monsters)
  • Saturday, May 22, 4pm    Capitol Songwriters.  The Capitol Songwriters are a songwriting workshop group that features members of the Lash, the Saltines, and others, performing original compositions in acoustic settings that recall traditional folk, country, bluegrass, and twang styles.   Their performance will be during East Lansing's annual Art Festival, so come down prepared to see lots of artwork.
  • Sunday, May 23, 4 pm    Keith Billik.  Keith's talents have been recently heard as banjo player for Hot Toe Mitty, who we dearly miss, and sax and other instruments with the Surrogate Band.  I know he's bringing his banjo,  who knows what (or who) he'll bring along with him?  Also taking place during the Art Festival, this is sure to be an excellent conclusion to a great weekend of art and music.
  • Monday, May 24,  8pm    State of the Collective.  This is an artist talk describing many of the artworks exhibited at Collaboration .1.  It will be a panel discussion with Q & A, followed by a quick history of OCC from birth to the present, discussing the web-based forum, Fort Wendy, Collaboration .1, our international efforts and future endeavors.
  • Friday, May 28, 7-10pm    Closing Reception.  Featured will be the interactive web-based art piece "Google Storybook" by Louis Rawlins, original music by Ann Arbor's Marita Esteva, and folk guitar by Lansing's Medicine Crow.
Mark your calendars!




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discussion

  • Every Thursday is open mic night at the cafe, too.
    - [stargrazer]
  • May 5: I think we drove more people away with this low-key word happening than...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • quite a line-up! great job organizing, peter.
    - [ben]
  • May 11: Despite my efforts to be a concerned, engaged artistic person, I am occ...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • May 12: We actually got some press (from City Pulse) for our night of electroni...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Please note that Keith Billik, award-winning banjo player (and expecting father...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • May 15: The trip to Detroit departed from the cafe arround 11:15, making a leis...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • May 19: OCC's most well-attended event yet took place this evening, as the cafe...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • May 22: A hot and humid day, with dark storm clouds looming over the art festiv...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey there...just a note to say that I am cancelling the artist's talk. If anyon...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • May 23: This was the classic third-party miscommunication scenario. Keith got...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Attention Artists -- I am encouraging everyone to pick up their artwork after th...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Tomorrow's the big day! Be sure to wear your Sunday best!
    - [stargrazer]
  • May 28: With the holiday weekend dominating peoples' thoughts, the closing was...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Two things:The cafe is soliciting artists to fill its walls. No need to be...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • thanks for all of your hard work in coordinating this show peter. it sounded ama...more
    - [ben]

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Group Show Press Release

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> > Feel free to download and distribute this press release.

> > OCC23.pdf



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  • Download & Post!
    - [nick]

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OCC Meeting

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We're having an OCC related meeting this Saturday (04.03.04) @ 4:15 pm in East Lansing Michigan's most beloved gathering place, the Peanut Barrel. Come and join us as we discuss Outside Circle's approaching group show (May 2nd), promotions (posters and flyers) / OCCswatteam and finalization and distribution of JOWAI, OCC's journal of word's and images. Your presence and input will be greatly appreciated.
 


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discussion

  • So far it looks like Louis, Peter, Ben and I will be there.
    - [nick]
  • It was good to reconvene at the PB, one of the birthplaces of OCC. It was nice...more
    - [stargrazer]

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MECK: The Pulse

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Thursday, April 1, 2004 @ 7pm

3rd Floor International Center on the MSU campus

Come see Jean Lee (fellow OCC member) and her drum band perform both traditional and non-traditional percussion music on Korean drums.  Join in the gathering of song and dance driven by the powerful sound of these drums.  No one leaves with out dancing and/or drumming!

 



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  • wow, everyone must be super busy........no postings in the last 5 days
    - [Jeanne]
  • But it's the good kind of busy. I'm furiously working on some all-text drawings...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey Jean, I really enjoyed the performance. I think it will be dramatic and enl...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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lots of new images on www.shakthidance.com!

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Hey guys- I did a photo shoot last week on my roof in Brooklyn and on the beach at Far Rockaway with my friend Erin's little sister Silvi Wool . . . lots of new images here: http://www.shakthidance.com/album also see a new flyer I designed for my classes here: http://www.shakthidance.com/classes.html peace and creativty . . . . gayathri


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  • gaya, i love the new photo album and the flyer is great!
    - [Ande]
  • the photos are wonderful, your photographer got some nice shots, gayathri!
    - [ben]

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unCAGEd: The Exploration of Non-Intention

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unCAGEd: the exploration of non-intention

"A mixed-medium event based on the theories of John Cage, presented in collaboration with UMS in support of Merce Cunningham Dance Company's 50th Anniversary tour

  • friday, march 12, 2004
  • dance gallery studio, 815 wildt st., ann arbor
  • show 10 p.m.

The Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) presents a special event inspired by the musical approaches of John Cage. unCAGEd is a night of art, music, dance and spontaneity, honoring the week-long residency of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, with whom Cage famously collaborated. As part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's 50th anniversary tour, Ann Arbor's University Musical Society (UMS) is presenting two performances at the Power Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, March 12, and Saturday, March 13. (For tickets to the Power Center event, contact the UMS Box Office at 734-764-2538 or the UMS website at www.ums.org.)

unCAGEd features a varied group of Detroit and Ann Arbor-based exploratory artists, musicians and performers working/playing in the Cage frame of chance. After choosing 10 artists, the curators of this event paired them up into collaborative teams or two, literally picking names out of a hat. Set into motion by a Cageian preset of "the exploration of non-intention," each pair acts out their interpretations, and the possibilities of mixed-medium collaboration are endless, reflecting the pure energy felt in Cunningham's guided improvisation.

Collaborating artists who are involved in unCAGEd:

Nazanin Arandi
Mike Dykehouse
Elliott Earls
Viki Hott
Jeremy Kallio
Erin Knowles
Melanie Manos
Chris McNamara
Brent Sommerhauser
Scott Zacharias

Music by Ghostly International

Directions:

Take 94 west to 96 west (which is accessed right after the Grand River exit in Detroit) and follow that highway all the way to Ann Arbor (14 begins at I-275 but you don't have to make any turns, just continue going straight), exit at Business 23 (exit 3). Business 23 becomes Main Street. Turn right at the second light (Summit). Turn right on the first street past the railroad tracks (Wildt). Dance Gallery Studio is the only commercial building on the left side of the street.

CAID would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of unCAGEd:

Dance Gallery Studio

University Musical Society

WDET-FM Detroit 101.9

.:motormouth:.

Ghostly International

For further information on the unCAGEd event, please email uncaged@caidonline.org"

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  • i got a chance to see merce cunningham dance co perform one cage piece with kron...more
    - [ben]

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Tim Lane

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Continuing the OCC Member Profile series is the wonderful work of poet/painter Tim Lane: 

 
feet flash good resized.jpgSeattle Love Poem

for Sheila

I won’t spend the afternoon in a café because that would just be missing you.
I won’t catch a bus back downtown to the Seattle Museum of Art now that I’m uptown
Because that would just be
Missing you.
I won’t drink another Coke. I won’t clean Amber’s apartment. I won’t shave.
I will not.
I won’t go to a used bookstore & browse through books I don’t want to buy
Because that would just be
Missing you.
I won’t cook rice, won’t go see a film, won’t flip through magazines.
I won’t listen to Kind of Blue or think of Woody Allen’s Manhattan while so much
Distance
Separates us
Because that would just be missing you.
I won’t go to the post office, won’t call you at work.
I won’t type.
I won’t write this poem.

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Tim Lane has been interested in poetry and art since he was young, but it wasn’t until his early 30s that he began to paint.  Originally from Flint, Michigan, he now lives in Lansing.  In 1996, he earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Michigan State University.  Presently, he is looking for a publisher to publish a manuscript of poetry entitled Pure Pop.  In June, he'll be part of a five-person show at Buckham Gallery in Flint, and in November he'll have a two-person show at Otherwise Gallery in Lansing.  He has worked as a middle school English teacher and an assistant high school track coach in Fort Washington, Maryland.  For now, he is a homemaker, devoting most of his time to the daily care of his family.

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Tim also has an online gallery space, www.theatticwhichisdesire.com, to which he encourages artists to submit their work. Tim and The Attic were recently profiled in The Noise

Click on the images above and to the right to see more paintings. 
Read more of Tim's poetry:
5 Poems
 


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  • Thanks for Tim's Profile, Ben! Very immediate, very personal.
    - [nick]

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Homemade Music

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There is exciting potential in the use of homemade musical instruments.  There was a time in distant history when a musician began their career by fabricating their own instrument.  Over time, instrument building has become its own specialized profession.

Kind of like the origins of the picture frame.  Originally the gilt alcoves and shrines that religious paintings were displayed in, ornate frames then evolved to be carved by the painters themselves.  Over time, it became its own separate specialization.

One that is still boxing us in.

What I want to know is:  Have you ever designed, built, played, or recorded your own instrument?  Do you know of artists or ensembles that perform on handbuilt instruments?  And, are you interested in developing such an ensemble?


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discussion

  • Yes, but only in small instances.For example, I made a little stretching...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Peter: I think there are two sides - manipulated instruments / pre-exising objec...more
    - [nick]
  • for me home made music has been more about appropriation than the actual constru...more
    - [ben]
  • nick is your "pen click" song up on the web?
    - [ben]
  • Whenever us Koreans get together to get drunk over good food, we always end up s...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • I think it could be rewarding to integrate homemade instruments into songs or im...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nick, I was thinking about your point, and that's true: many "homemade" instrum...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Peter, I'd be interested in hearing more about the "Bazooka"... I had no clue!...more
    - [nick]
  • Let me look that one up again...I find myself taking a lot of delight in...more
    - [stargrazer]

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FuseLeeds04

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FuseLeeds04 is going to be an amazing event those in the British Isles won't want to miss. Many of the events are free, and nearly all other are quite reasonably priced.
We on the other side of the atlantic will be jealously waiting to hear how it was...


FuseLeeds04 is a major new international music festival taking place in Leeds between 3-7 March. The festival celebrates new music across the spectrum of Jazz, world, classical, electronica and pop; and will feature performances by Django Bates, Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead), Yo La Tengo, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Bill Frisell, Malian Djelimady Toukara, The Smith Quartet, Sikth, South Asian Music Youth Orchestra, Tabla Beat Science (Zakir Hussain/Bill Laswell), Kate Rusby and RJC Dance amongst many others. The programme will see spectacular live concerts, exclusive new commissions, film and video screenings, dance, and an extensive education and fringe programme.

FuseLeeds04 is a joint partnership between Leeds City Council, Leeds College of Music and Leeds Jazz, broadcast in association with BBC Radio 3. Django Bates is the Festival's first Artistic Director.
http://www.fuseleeds.org.uk/FuseLeeds04



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  • Wow. What a line-up!
    - [stargrazer]

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the OCCswat team

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is your life lacking excitement? adventure? a sense of purpose?
if so, that's really too bad...

...anyway, we've devised the OCCswatteam to spread the word about our artists and our collective: an elite force of proactive art lovers who want to let people know that art is being created every day- galleries are unvieling new work, music is being performed, poets are speaking, films are being exhibited, dancers are well, dancing, thespians are taking stage, web gurus are punching new codes... and all that other important stuff we do as artists.  

we would like OCC members, across the globe, to spread the word locally. all you have to do to sign up is click my profile at the bottom of the screen, once on your profile page check off the OCCswatteam  newsletter box and you're officially cool. we'll contact you and send you your official swatteam gear, which will include:

  1. OCC Fliers/Poster
  2. [mini] JOWAI, The Journal of Words and Images
  3. OCC stencil
  4. Personalized OCC "business" cards
  5. The OCC CD-Rom

sound wicked-cool? it probably is.

if you have any questions about life threatening obligations or sketchy covert operations you might be involved in contact ben@edict.com

 



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  • sweet! count me in for the UK distribution team!
    - [pax]
  • Thanks to the 6 of you who have signed up so far! We promise not to take advant...more
    - [nick]
  • we do?
    - [ben]
  • use me, abuse me. I'm really looking forward to that stencil!
    - [stargrazer]
  • One thing I can do is post links to juried shows in Michigan and the surrounding...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Definitely Peter.
    - [nick]

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show the love

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Two events are being held this weekend in Michigan which will include the art of three OCC peeps, Tim Lane, John Lindenmayer and Peter Richards. Get out and support them this weekend. Open your hearts.

Burning Desires
Hear Tim Lane along with several other Mid-Michigan poets read their poetry at the 11th annual Burning Desires: An Afternoon of Erotic Love Poetry, 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14, at Otherwise Gallery, 1207 Turner St., Old Town. Lansing, MI  517-371-4600

32nd Michigan Annual Juried Art Competition
Peter Richards'  paintings and John Lindenmayer's photography will be on disply in the 32nd Michigan Annual Juried Art Competition at the Mt. Clemens Art Center (125 Macomb Place, Mt. Clemens, MI). Opening on Sunday, February 15, from 1-3 p.m.




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discussion

  • I neglected to mention in my original post that Outside Circler John "Redbeard"...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i ammended the announcement to include john- sorry we forgot ya, john.
    - [ben]
  • nice work, john and peter, the michigan annual was a great show! lots of diversi...more
    - [ben]

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MIESKUORO HUUTAJAT

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This group performed on the ice floes of the frozen Baltic sea by serenading a stranded ice breaker. 

Interesting concept.  Take A Listen...

"MIESKUORO HUUTAJAT (Men's Choir Shouters) was formed in 1987 in Oulu, Finland, by a group of young men who clearly had nothing better to do. The idea was to dress ca. 20 men in black suits, white shirts and black rubber ties, and train them to shout some of the most beloved songs in the Finnish song heritage."

[ more at http://www.huutajat.org/ ]



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discussion

  • the recently made film about this group, entitled "Screaming Men" by director Mi...more
    - [pax]
  • The concept of creating a concert performance of screaming men is actually not t...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • I'll look into my sound files and see if I can find a sample of what kecak sound...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • cak cak cak cak cak ak ak ak ak. there's a scene in "baraka" with the javanese k...more
    - [ben]
  • Gamelan music can be profoundly beautiful. Balinese gamelan tends to be more "p...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Shakthi Dance

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Here is a site my friend Gayathri has put together to hightlight
her Classical Indian dance, Bharatha Natyam.



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  • Ande- Thanks for posting this! Folks, this is my first website for my dance com...more
    - [Dance]
  • Ben- I accidentally erased your comment. Would you guys be interested in havin...more
    - [Dance]
  • gayathri, that strange that you could delete another user's comment... wierd- i...more
    - [ben]
  • accidentally erased the your kind comment when i was trying to edit my blog . ....more
    - [Dance]
  • please, gaya, send us a copy of your video!
    - [Ande]
  • This is a tradition full of beauty and grace, and fairly demanding from what I'v...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • just added OCC to my links page: http://www.shakthidance.com/studentresources.h...more
    - [Dance]
  • Hey Peter- So glad you like the page! Check out the links as well at http://ww...more
    - [Dance]

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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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  • 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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Sheer Art Attack!

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(from peter richards)

Patricia Wheeler, a grad student at Michigan State University, is staging an event called Art Attack!, December 3, 4, and 5. It will take place in the Arena Theater, located in the basement level of the MSU Auditorium, and will feature artwork by (me) Peter Richards and Outside Circler John Lindenmayer (http://www.redbeardart.com) among others. There will be four short plays with curtain at 7:00 pm each day, followed by an hour DJ set by Scott Neumann in the lobby. Artworks will be available for sale.



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  • peter has had problems posting on the weblog recently, please let us know if you...more
    - [ben]
  • Patti's not a grad student. Sorry Patti.
    - [jgi]
  • Sorry, must have scrambled the info Scott gave me. I know someone, somewhere is...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I wanted to turn in a short review of ArtAttack!, however, being that I am one o...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Does anyone know how we can contact Patti Wheeler to participate in and/or help...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Performance Art as Ritual: Samhuin: /sow - en/

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Sawhuin is celebrated each year on October 31st, as the Celtic New Year, symbolizing the transformation of summer into winter.  In Edinburgh, Scotland, a group of people from the community get together and celebrate this occasion in the form of a grand procession and performance culminating at a central square. Brightly colored hand-made costumes, music, torches, and screams mark the pieces with an air of tradition dating back to Gaelic folkloric roots and legends of  the "green man" (nature) battling the inevitable changing of seasons.  The seasonal festivals that take place each year in Edinburgh are organized and put on by the Beltane Fire Society, a non-profit group of volunteers commited to fostering an awareness of Celtic and Medieval folklore through performance art among other means.
I had the opportunity, with a friend and classmate of mine, to film the event for a class, but if you are interested in watching the footage, you will have to wait until Christmas (unless you are in Manchester). However, Ben has provided us with these stills from his own footage to illustrate the beauty of this convergence of color and tradition.
(The Celtic Medicine Wheel may help to explain some of the underlying folklore.)
 
For the sake of discussion: what rituals (daily or otherwise) can you think of that would constitute a form of art, in your mind?
 
   


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  • thanks for posting my pics julia. all i can do is reitterate what you've said, s...more
    - [ben]
  • Trying to get up in the morning, Jules. And eating - definately eating. And cook...more
    - [name not provided]
  • well, everyone needs to eat and sleep, hiram, but what is it about HOW you do th...more
    - [pax]
  • have you seen hiram make a salad? that is ritualistic.
    - [ben]

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the forest for the trees

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in edinburgh there exists a forest: a self-funded, not-for-profit arts café and exhibition space, run and staffed by a collective of volunteers. the forest is an inspiring experiment in arts, food, public space & forum, entertainment, sustainablity, and community. the space the forest (housed in a former church) maintains a gallery, a café/bar, and a gathering area to eat/ sleep /study /converse. it is staffed by volunteers and entirely funded by the food sold off of their menu (the most expensive dish costs £3.50), all of which is either vegetarian or vegan, as well as fairly traded and ethically produced. sound too good to be true? the forest also provides:

Free Bike Hire : passport or credit card deposit required
Free Sewing Machine : just in case
Free Broadband Internet Access : limited to 15mins only when there is a queue
Free Event Space : Host anything, see anything, all for nothin'
Free Workshops : and any event you or your friends wish to have
Ride Share Board : don't like it here, go someplace else
Multi Media Facilities : Super8, 16mm, video and computer projection available
Swap Board : change something old into something new
Open Decks : just ask!
Grants : up to £100 for worthy projects just submit a proposal

those that i talked with were quite interested in OCC as well as creating a dialogue between the two groups. they welcomed OCC's publication, jowai, and encouraged us to enter films in their film festival, and welcomed submissions for exhibition.

 



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  • but do they toss the caber?
    - [stargrazer]
  • i do
    - [ben]

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Jean's Piano Recital!

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Hey folks!

I know I've been MIA but it's because I've been busy preparing two huge performances.  One is a private performance exam in which I perform for 30 minutes in a near empty auditorium for the entire piano faculty and play non-stop while they write notes during my performance and decide if I can graduate, and two is a public recital.  So, I'm here to announce my senior piano recital!  It is on Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6pm in the music auditorium of the MSU School of Music.  It is extremely advanced notice, but I know there are a few of you like myself who need the advanced notice in order to secure the date in your busy calendars. I hope some of you can take some time out and come see it!  Here's the tentative program for the recital:

Prelude and Fugue no. 15 in G Major; bmv 884                                       J.S. Bach

Espana: 6 Album Leaves; Opus 165                                                  Isaac Albeniz

  1. Preludio
  2. Tango
  3. Malaguena
  4. Serenata
  5. Capricho Catalan
  6. Zortzico

Prelude in F minor; Opus 25, No.2                                               Frederic Chopin

Concerto in C minor No. 3; Opus 37                                  Ludwig van Beethoven

  1. Allegro con brio

(A reception will immediately follow the performance)



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  • great jean! can't wait to hear it.
    - [ben]
  • Will you please learn Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2 for me? I l-o-v-e that s...more
    - [stargrazer]

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all barney no rubble

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matthew barney's five film, six (plus) hour long, 8 year, multimedia cremaster cycle is coming to the detroit film theater (detroit institute of arts) this friday, october 31st, through sunday, november 2nd.

dubbed "the most important artist of his generation," by the new york times; barney has been hailed quite the opposite by many critics as well, because of his films "solipsism, banal masculine trials, and sleep-inducing longueurs."

it must be said however, that few artists have ever gone as far as barney has gone as a sculptor, or let alone a film maker. who else has succesfully combined a retired bond girl, the ilse of man, two goodyear blimps, richard serra, a hungarian opera, bronco stadium, the chrysler building in nyc, and installations made of petroleum jelly into one cohesive avant-garde film series whose title comes from the muscle that controls the rising and lowering of the testicles?

other important upcoming screenings:

Nov 5–19,  Columbus, OH – Wexner Center for the Arts
Nov 7–13,  Manchester, England – The Cornerhouse
Nov 7–17,  Chicago, IL – Doc Films

http://www.cremaster.net



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  • I'd love to see this, but it is being shown in Detroit on one of the busiest wee...more
    - [nick]
  • yes they are planning on releasing it in it's entirety in a dvd set. or you can...more
    - [ben]
  • cremaster cycle, i love it! after seeing this work, i think my own have finally...more
    - [Ande]
  • Oi. I, unfortunately, Have not much positive to say, other than I would really...more
    - [name not provided]
  • The scale of this project is impressive. The imagery (and intent, apparently) i...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • "more! more! more!" wait that was the pointer sisters.
    - [ben]
  • i saw #'s 5 and 2 the other day. i can say i enjoyed them a great deal, there wa...more
    - [ben]

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365 A PAGE IN MY BOOK

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MY Idea

A Page In My Book

365

my experiment

one year long

Creativity of all types

short stories, photos, art, poems, etc...

You have one page to fill with anything you desire

send your ideas to apageinmybook@hotmail.com

one submission will be picked daily for 365 days

 

 



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  • mary ann, i took a digital photo of your flyer. if you would like to post it to...more
    - [ben]
  • This is a great idea! Are there any other criteria (i.e. one page per contribut...more
    - [stargrazer]

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golem, golem.

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Yes, quite possibly the same character that inspired Tolkien's golem creature in The Lord of the Rings trilogy was the inspiration for a mulitimedia performance piece by the grrl group doo-cot.

In the sixteenth century Prague Ghetto, a "living man" was made from clay to protect the Jews from persecution. It was the Golem, the legend that has inspired doo-cot's new show....The Golem has become an abiding myth that has inhabited novels and films explicitly and implicitly. It continues to reverberate today, featuring in everything from computer games to academia.... The show features original film footage of Prague which will be mixed live during the performance by Rachael Field. Cutting edge technology and electronic imaging alongside a magic lantern and lots of puppets.  

Anyone interested in folklore, video, mixed media, performance art, Jewish legend, or puppetry should get out to see this beautiful collaboration.

Golem is being performed October 16th and 17th at the Green Room on Whitworth St West in Manchester's City Centre and then in London through November 2nd. Full schedule.



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  • See the really bad 70's horror film of the same name, or the episode of the New...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • golem is an intriguing (and spooky) performance/ puppet/ history/ multimedia shm...more
    - [ben]
  • please make it stop flashing. i'm having siesures.
    - [ben]
  • Oh no! The British have stolen your Zs!
    - [name not provided]
  • you mean Zeds, not Zs.
    - [ben]
  • the golem was also the topic of one of my favorite X-files episodes!
    - [Ande]
  • Gollum, from the LOTR trilogy, was a corrupted mutation of a wood-elf or hobbit-...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • think yer wrong on that one peter... tolkien calls it golem for a reason, and he...more
    - [ben]
  • where's cali on this discussion?
    - [ben]
  • I would agree with the golem assessment. As I've ever known them, it's been the...more
    - [name not provided]
  • right-o!
    - [ben]
  • Not to disagree...I do think Tolkienn has motivations for his characters. But t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Then there is the power issue. A Golem is a fearsome creation, where Gollum inv...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • See Wagner's Ring Cycle, Lohengrin, the Beowulf saga, Arthurian legend and Norse...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I don't mean to be like a terrier with this, but I have given it lots of thought...more
    - [stargrazer]

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prison camp as art and protest

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Camp X-ray is a detainee camp holding primarily Muslim prisoners from Afghanistan, Canada, and Britain.  For the last week in Hulme, Manchester, there was an art installation protesting the way that these prisoners in Guatanamo Bay are treated.  In an abandoned field, the artists involved recreated Camp X-ray, complete with volunteer detainees from the local community, machine guns (fake ones, I'm assuming), guards, holding cells, and barbed wire fences.  Its quite an interesting fly-on-the-wall experience to be riding by on the 86 bus and overhear people's reactions to this display of political commentary on their way to work.  The Guardian reports on the event: This is performance art with a mission to dump state terrorism on the doorsteps of the inner city. It is meant to shock.

Manchester Camp X-Ray 3Manchester Camp X-Ray 1

find more info at:

Don't Cross the Line exhibitions

This is Camp X-ray

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  • I think that this is a very effective form of art-as-protest.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is anyone aware of other art-as-protest pieces or events? I immediately think o...more
    - [stargrazer]

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speaking of video...

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vaskulas

i witnessed two of the most original video installation artists around, woody and steina vlaskus, (also founders of the kitchen [phillip glass, peter greenaway, brian eno, etc.]), at the experimental film program, evolution, in the leeds international film festival. most of their work is steeped in technology, and challenges preconcieved notions of video as art as performance. it changed my thinking of the medium, as well as (gasp!) art in general. enjoy: http://vasulka.org/


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  • What sorts of things did they have on display? Looks like really interesting st...more
    - [name not provided]
  • the quicktime videos of the pieces on display are nice. is it the artist in the...more
    - [Ande]
  • Anyone have any other places like this that they visit?
    - [nick]
  • Mmm...I'm not sure if it's like this, per se. But here is a site I found intere...more
    - [name not provided]
  • the work showed at the festival were (on video) examples of their installation w...more
    - [ben]
  • i always wanted a midi violin. mmm... zeta.
    - [nick]

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Waging Peace: A Traveling Circus and Minstrel Show

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This came to me by way of our friend Medicine Crow, and I thought I'd post it up on his behalf.

Peter

Waging Peace! A Traveling Circus and Minstrel Show (A Prospectus):

This is a cooperative, interactive and educational low-tech company of artists, musicians, performers, writers, actors, magicians, preachers, prophets, etc. whose purpose is to promote Peace by breaking down the barriers between individuals and encouraging the growth of organic communities of like-minded people. Our tools are music, dance, poetry, magic, comedy and drama, all salted with humor and a large dose of personal humility. Going from community to community we set up, perform and inspire those in attendance to participate, with us and (more importantly) with each other. We will ask for a standard donation but no one will be turned away.

The members consist of those who want to do more than oppose war. Peace is not the absence of conflict, but rather, its resolution without resorting to hostility or violence: this is best done by promoting and building communities that transcend the usual flotsam and jetsam that separate us as humans.

Money will need to be raised to support the ongoing work of the group and for the sustenance of the players. The skillful use of the faces of dead Presidents, printed on pieces of paper, as an arbitrary medium of exchange seems to have eluded me. Anyone possessing such a gift should come forward sooner that later. As much as I abhor the idea of paying taxes to a Government whose apparent, primary purpose seems to be the waging of war, I am not willing to jeopardize the ongoing mission of the group by trying to circumvent paying taxes. For the present I feel that we must render unto Caesar those things that he claims as his…even if he is a bloodthirsty barbarian. A Green Energy Wizard will need to come forward to help us navigate this quagmire. We must go forward in faith but with our feet firmly on the ground.

“Blessed are the Peace Makers, they shall see God.”

Jesus (Yeshua) of Nazareth

I don’t know about anyone else, but I most definitely want to see God. In fact, seeing God has been on my “To Do” list for as long as I can remember. I cannot begin to count the times I was told, in my days of vagabondage in the early nineteen-seventies through nineteen-eighty, that if I took this pill, climbed that Mountain or joined some group/church/organiziation that I would see God. I tried a few of these things, with some skepticism I’ll admit, and never saw God (or if I did I didn’t recognize Her). This may well be the best way of attaining that goal: It seems pretty straightforward anyway.

Anyone who wants to see God should get in contact with:

Medicine Crow (a.k.a. Michael Iott)

784 Michigan St.

Eaton Rapids, MI 48827

(517) 663-7354

papa@medicinecrow.net

http://medicinecrow.net



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  • Mike hosts and/or coordinates multiple open-mic nights in and around Lansing, wi...more
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