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Fort Unit-Sun Location Announced

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OCC's second annual weekend retreat, Fort Unit-Sun, will be on fifteen wooded acres outside the small village of Fife Lake, Michigan, late August or early September.  We hope to time things so that we are there in the midst of northern Michigan's dramatic autumn color change.  Stay tuned for more details.

Our host will be the lovely and talented mixed-media artist Nick Fisher, who we know for his wise and twisted take on the surreal and the fantastic.  Recently, Nick has also been producing some great poster designs:




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discussion

  • i'm hoping i can figure out the meaning behind the fort unit-sun title faster th...more
    - [Ande]
  • It ain't me, it ain't me...
    - [stargrazer]
  • Correction: 11 acres...
    - [stargrazer]
  • how about september 18th, which is a saturday and also happens to be my birthday...more
    - [Ande]
  • Check with Nick, but that date sounds good to me.I think we should brainstor...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Looks like August 28-29 is the weekend for the retreat, renamed "Compound (x)."...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Sacred and Profane: A Collection of Sonic Art

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Curated by Liz Copeland and Clark Warner
On display from May 7 - May 31, 2004
Opening reception on Friday, May 7th, 7:30pm until 11pm
Detroit Artists Market

"Liz and Clark have put together the sound exhibition which will be at Detroit Artists Market throughout May. Artists involved include Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto), Warn Defever (His Name Is Alive), Richie Hawtin (Plastikman), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Tadd Mullinix (Dabrye/James Cotton), DJ Olive (WE/Liminal), Roedelius (Cluster/Kluster) and Mark Van Hoen (Locust). Go to the ai website for a link to Detroit Artists Market and more details."



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discussion

  • Nick, do you know if this will be open on Saturday, May 15? I am organizing an...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • looks (and sounds) amazing...
    - [ben]
  • this link wouldn't work for me...
    - [stargrazer]
  • I attended this show and found it to be remarkable and exhilarating. See it if...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Don't miss ...more
    - [nick]

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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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discussion

  • Download & Post!
    - [nick]

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dreamorphans film fest

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2nd Annual Dreamorphans Film Festival!  

From the dreamorphans website:
The wait is finally over! On Wednesday April 21 st 2004, Dreamorphan Films will be holding its second annual film festival. More than just a screening, "We Do Films" will be an amalgamation of groundbreaking art, independent cinema, and LIVE music.
View the trailer (14.4mb).

This years event will be held at Lansing 's historic Temple Night Club ( http://www.templeclub.com ) located at 500 East Grand River in Old Town . Doors open at 7pm and the event is free (donations appreciated). All Proceeds will go to the King-Chavez-Parks program.

Various Michigan area Film companies and Music labels will also be present. Including
Jolly Roger Films and many more. So “We Do Films” will be a valuable networking opportunity as well. And if that weren't enough, the Diego Rivera Quartet will be playing some of the hottest jazz around from 7pm-9pm .

Films will start at 9pm , but we are urging everyone to please come early in order to keep interruptions to a minimum.


Need Directions: http://www.templeclub.com/directions.htm

check out the dreamorphans site for more info.
 


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discussion

  • i may be there a little closer to 9pm when i am done with class, but i look forw...more
    - [Ande]
  • i'll be there!
    - [ben]
  • Despite some technical glitches at the beginning, this was a great event to atte...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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discussion

  • 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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pj richards: artist | graphic designer

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mending the rift
new site design


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discussion

  • thanks, Ande!I would love feedback from OCC-ers on the new design and naviga...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I noticed that clicking on the word "site" above takes you to the home page, whi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Could MAC users especially let us know how the pop-ups & navigation work for the...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • peter [&ande]- i've been meaning to tell you (though i think i did in person): t...more
    - [ben]
  • Hey. I apologise I haven't given time to really delve into the site. E...more
    - [name not provided]

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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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discussion

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

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First OCC Member Art Show/Musicians Wanted

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mural detail 2Maybe you know him, maybe you don't...but Chris Alvarado is now a part owner of Cafe Latte, nestled in the colorful "gerbil cage" parking structure in downtown East Lansing.  He has expressed an interest in having art shows at the cafe, and I have begun discussions for an OCC art show in May, 2004.

So get some finished work ready to hang.  The space is somewhat limited, and we will have to be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  While you are responsible for "jurying" your own work, he is asking that everything be framed and wired for hanging (like me, he HATES those little sawtooth hangers...OK, I taught him to hate them).

Part of Chris's vision for vitalizing the cafe is to have openings for these shows, and we are seeking musicians (poets, too) both for the First Sunday Gallery Walk and for an evening reception to close the show.  Once again, this will be on a FCFS basis, so express your interest now.

The show will feature the public debut of the group mural completed at Fort Wendy last summer.  Press is being arranged.
 
Please check the exhibit prospectus for the entry procedure and other important information.


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discussion

  • Peter, Thanks for taking the time to arrange this. I'm certain many OCC'er will...more
    - [nick]
  • this is awesome! thanks peter!
    - [ben]
  • i was thinking of the possiblity of having some OCC films shown there as well pe...more
    - [ben]
  • Interested. But, similarly, I don't have work that 'hangs' really. Int...more
    - [name not provided]
  • sounds great! i would love to perform in may! i didn't realize some of the own...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • of course jean!
    - [ben]
  • louis, we can get a hold of a projector, for the openinging, if your work would...more
    - [ben]
  • I know that there are some computer terminals at the cafe hooked up to the web....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Cool, thank you Ben. I will discuss with Peter the details then. My wo...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Oh, I meant to say too: I can help out with any graphic work that might need to...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis, thanks for volunteering to help out. I'll add you to my list and let you...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • A quick update:A little bad news first. Since the cafe is a commercial e...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Are projected works compeltely called off, or just dim lights? Depending on the...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I'd say if we can pull it off without violating any of the regulations they are...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • The projector ben is refering to is pretty bright. Bright enough to run with li...more
    - [nick]
  • Let me know when you get layout specs, Peter. I sent you an email for a rough p...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Got the proposal this evening. I'll post the layout as soon as I can get down t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • A few questions:Can someone organize a separate 3-D and 4-D show in the n...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Please give me a hand remembering who had a hand (or paintbrush) in the OCC mura...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Peter, I have played my violin with only the skin drums, but I have not tried to...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Does that mean improv is out, too?
    - [stargrazer]
  • Well i can improvise on violin, but Meck is not that confident in improvising qu...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Just sounding out the possibilities. I don't have a preconceived notion of what...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • You forgot Rachel Yezbick in the group mural. I don't know Molly's last name, bu...more
    - [ben]
  • Uh, yeah...guess I knew that. Thanks for the clarification.
    - [stargrazer]
  • Okay, here's the scoop: It looks like, for the Sunday afternoon opening, that f...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think this might be a better way to do it though, as you mention. Hav...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I think, Louis, since your piece is of an interactive nature, not a sit-down-and...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i would like to include the poster/handbills in with our OCCswatteam stuff (to b...more
    - [ben]
  • Looks like the show may be closed at this point to further artists. I will conf...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Musicians/Poets so far are:For the opening: Meck, Tim Lane, Veronica Fitzpa...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey. Sorry it's been a while since I've replied. Been finalising school things...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Congratulations on the move to New York! I'll see what I can do about the floor...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Ande, if I sketch the Cafe for Louis, can you scan my sketch?Until then, wil...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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discussion

  • 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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discussion

  • 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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the peter saville show @ urbis

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Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures

hey mancunians >>>
the peter saville show, a career spanning retrospective of "one of the most influential designers of our times," is on display at manchester's urbis museum.
peter saville started his career for the now legendary factory records, home to joy division/new order and the hacienda club and since has continually challenged contemporary design.

As Art Director and co-founder of Factory Records in the 70s/80s, Saville’s startling sleeves for Joy Division and New Order managed to intuitively capture the mood of a new musical wave. These are shown in all their deconstructed glory: the original Pantone codes for Power, Corruption & Lies; the floppy disk from a sequencer which inspired the pop art tribute sleeve for Blue Monday; and the architectural observations which informed the cross-cultural references of Atmosphere.

peter saville, the design museum

Much has been made of Saville’s use of semiotics and “borrowed” images, yet what really comes across in this beautifully constructed exhibition is the sense that he was a master of his source material, rather than a slave to it.

the peter saville show will be running from Jan 23 to Apr 18. Admission is £5.

Peter Saville's Website ::  Urbis' Website  (info) :: 24 hr party people (article) :: BBC Manchester's Saville Interviews (articles, interviews, and galleries)



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discussion

  • cool! thanks ben! i'll check it out!
    - [pax]
  • Peter Saville is the man. The original sleeve for Unknown Pleasures was embosse...more
    - [stargrazer]

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only because she is too modest

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here is a starting point for some of jean's music (a little teacher portfolio, so to speak).  there are only a few samples from meck, but more from her piano recital is soon to come (and i think i have a minidisc with some violin, drum and weed whip somewhere from the fort wendy days, if i could only get jean, ben and tod to sign off on it!)

http://www.msu.edu/~leejean/projects/audio.htm

senior recital

p.s. your piano recital was brilliant, jeanne.  anyone who was there, knows!

now if we only had more server space!


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discussion

  • ande any music that i was involved in that includes a weed whipper needs to be h...more
    - [ben]
  • what's a weed whipper? i don't remember playing with any..........
    - [Jeanne]
  • jean- a weed whipper is a mechanized garden tool that disperses unwanted growth...more
    - [ben]
  • Just wanted to say, as a witness of Jean's recital, that she played some beautif...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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fun, fun, fun on the autobahn!

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hi all!! sorry for my long absence! well, i am back in manchester and more than excited for the upcoming KRAFTWERK show!!  these four germans are coming to the APOLLO in manchester on 17 MAR 04.  check out their tour dates and great flash videos on their official websiteDon't miss the hours of fun that can be had with the "BIONG BOOM TSCHAK" and the "POCKET CALCULATOR" links!! Also if you click on the "FOTO" link there's a great pic of them at the State Theater in DETROiT from June 11, 1998!! sorry i couldn't copy it on here cuz its part of a flash video :(



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discussion

  • i might just be bored, but this literally is hours of fun!
    - [pax]
  • they'll be in toronto too for all you representing N.A.
    - [ben]
  • See kraftwerk if you can. I saw them in Detroit a few years back and they don't...more
    - [nick]
  • i just found out that they're sold out here..... bummer. i'm still going to try...more
    - [pax]
  • i really liked "nummern" i could listen to the german say "vier" over and over a...more
    - [ben]

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plastikman speaks

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for a look, listen & feel of the 2003 plastikman release, closer:
http://www.plastikman.com

Now, though, nascent verse/chorus/verse structures were emerging. 
In the case of the single “Disconnect,” a seething, long fused potboiler
that seems to address the masochism involved in a dysfunctional
relationship, Hawtin suddenly found himself with “this song that was,
like, four verses and had absolutely no music to go with it.  How the
hell did I go from being an instrumental, electronic artist to recording
vocals?” 
-Ben Rayner, June 2003



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discussion

  • You know. I've not heard anything but that track, 'Disconnect', and I was far f...more
    - [name not provided]
  • any idea what happened to the images that I included in this post? Were they ta...more
    - [Ande]
  • Ande, I had to remove them because the referenced files on your hard drive. Fee...more
    - [nick]
  • thanks nick!
    - [Ande]
  • i enjoyed what i heard of this album- dark yes, but good. they use velum in the...more
    - [ben]

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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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The problem with music...

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For all of those interested in the music industry or trying to sign your "band" to a "major label," I implore you to check out this short essay by famed record producer Steve Albini. He lays out just why signing to a major label is a bad idea in today's music world. DIY for life!

http://www.negativland.com/albini.html



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  • steve albini's essay is quite enlightening- most realize that the music industry...more
    - [ben]
  • check out negativland's most recent work a book/cd combo of letters/stories foun...more
    - [ben]
  • many people who would otherwise happily release music on an "indie" label of the...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i agree a lot with what you say peter, though i wonder about musicians that aren...more
    - [ben]
  • I would be one of those artists. I sing real loud when no one's home, but as so...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • jandek
    - [ben]
  • or, if they are seeking listeners at all. One would assume that they are if the...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Albini's "balance sheet" really tells it: the industry harvests the talent, pay...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • What about when independent labels get big? Like Merge or, well, Sub Pop? It's...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Forward this essay (or link) to any friends you have who are serious about music...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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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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