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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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discussion

  • 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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discussion

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

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The Two Minute Media Revolution- The Media Carta

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"know the media, change the media, be the media"

"The "Two-Minute Media Revolution" is a campaign to demand that two minutes out of every broadcast hour be made available for advocacy messages that could come from anyone, on any topic."

"We, the undersigned, are troubled by the way information flows and the way meaning is produced in our society.

WE HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE in what we are seeing, hearing and reading: too much infotainment and not enough news; too many outlets telling the same stories; too much commercialism and too much hype. Every day, this commercial information system distorts our view of the world."

To learn more about and/or sign the Media Carta, please visit www.mediacarta.org.

To learn more about the genesis of the Media Carta, please visit http://adbusters.org/magazine/51/articles/genesis.html.



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discussion

  • Ande- Is this you, who went to U Michigan? And you have a tattoo of a willow t...more
    - [shakthi]
  • hi gayathri, it's me, thanks for looking me up and for the message!
    - [Ande]
  • The media is a tool that is currently steered by dollars instead of by "news" an...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • ande also has a tatoo of glenn cambell on his belly.
    - [ben]

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Al-Muajaha: For All the News UnProfitable to Print

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samara.jpg
"The pages of Al-Muajaha capture the confusion on the streets of post-war Iraq"
-Andrew Stern, from www.adbusters.org, Jan/Feb 2004

For the stories from Iraq Rupert Murdoch will never tell, please visit www.almuajaha.com.



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discussion

  • Hey wait a minute...I thought the war was over.
    - [stargrazer]
  • declaring the war "over" was a clever ploy by the bush party to avoid paying sol...more
    - [Ande]
  • Are wars an inevitability of governments? Centralizing and depersonalizing your...more
    - [stargrazer]

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We are Everywhere

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"We are Everywhere falls somewhere between an activist anthology and a grassroots history, agitational collage and direct action manual. It traces the anticapitalist movements from their emergence in 1994 to the present, documenting the rise of an unprecedented global rebellion - a rebellion which is in constant flux, which swaps ideas and tactics across oceans, shares strategies between cultures and continents, gathers in swarms and dissolves, only to swarm again elsewhere."

Photo by Tim Russo
"existence-resistance" photo by John Jordan

For information on the "irristable(sic) rise of anticapitalism", please visit http://www.weareeverywhere.org



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discussion

  • History as propaganda: The "winners" of global conflicts write the story that w...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is this the "marketing" of history?
    - [stargrazer]
  • Activism doesn't have to be joining in a protest march or other such high-visibi...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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discussion

  • 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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occ-oaster

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for those that like to say it with style... we have occ business cards available for download. they are available in two formats:

  1. .eps for those who own adobe illustrator and would like to add their name and address
  2. .pdf for those who would like to write their name and address in by hand 

we recommend a stiff card stock when choosing paper to print the cards on.
if you encounter problems, or do not have illustrator and would like a personalized card, email ben@gaydos.org



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discussion

  • Hey, I want to make some business cards for our tv show...how to do I do that? A...more
    - [name not provided]
  • i'd make em yourself, or have a friend do them, otherwise you're going to pay mo...more
    - [ben]
  • Hiram, a good source of cheap, heavyweight paper stock (that will still go throu...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I recommend 67 lb. Bristol Vellum. It is pretty cost effective. I get the crea...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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discussion

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

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testing: one, two, batik

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"turtle island"
batik by
ande m. johnston
this is a test to see if i can insert an image into my weblog posting
turtle island is a native american creation myth


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discussion

  • great job champ!
    - [ben]
  • thanks ben! i just needed to sit down and figure it out!
    - [Ande]
  • is there anyway to insert the picture other than making the .html img src refere...more
    - [Ande]
  • it does have to be an image source reference. spaces does have an image library,...more
    - [ben]
  • I've been wondering about that, too, so I can visually spice my posts.
    - [stargrazer]
  • thanks ben!
    - [Ande]
  • kein problem
    - [ben]

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Humanitarian Design

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"Architecture for Humanity is a registered nonprofit organization founded in 1999 to seek and promote architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises.

Their design skills, ability to communicate ideas and experience working with people from all walks of life, afford architects and designers a unique opportunity to help others. Health care, education, the arts, business and government necessarily require structures in which services can be provided and ideas exchanged. We believe that where resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable and collaborative design can make a difference."

 


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discussion

  • the mobile aids clinic is amazing. it wonderful when people learn that they can...more
    - [ben]
  • Is anyone familiar with the "peoples' architect," Hassan Fathy?
    - [stargrazer]
  • have not heard of him peter. do shed some light...
    - [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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discussion

  • 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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[FLAK] Detroit @ 00:00:55

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[FLAK] detroit, a Detroit, Michigan-based "cultural forum of creative individuals," presents Detroit @ 00:00:55, an evening of 55 second films this Friday, October 24th, at Cranbrook Art Museum.  This evening will feature dozens of 55 second films about Detroit. You'll see the work of several OCCers!

Doors at 6pm.  Movie at 7pm sharp.  CDs are for sale.  Other art by faculty and students will be having an opening reception.  Entry is $4 for students/seniors, $6 for the rest.

 


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discussion

  • julia and i got some feedback on the event: apparently it was a sold out show, a...more
    - [ben]
  • Congratulations on your inclusion in this event, Ben and Julia.
    - [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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discussion

  • 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

more pics



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discussion

  • 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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the art of wierdness

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cheese rolling: www.cheese-rolling.co.uk

extreme ironing: www.extremeironing.com

international bed racing: www.bedraceusa.com

the sport of cup stacking: www.worldcupstackingassociation.org

world memory championship: www.worldmemorychampionship.com

toe wrestling: www.worldtoewrestling.org

log rolling: www.logroller.com

camel wrestling: www.allaboutturkey.com/camel.htm

 



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discussion

  • wow. the oddities that boredom creates is well... creative, at least.
    - [pax]

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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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discussion

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

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Paint to the Music

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I have to say that I am still riding the crest of the creative ripples from Fort Wendy, and I've been inspired to organize a night of "painting to the music."

Participants can either bring paints/canvases/etc., or musical instruments. One medium can inspire the other as we strive to close the loop.

Looks like the farmhouse/Fort Wendy is booked for the fall, so I am seeking alternate locations. Does anyone know of available space where this could be a mid-October reality?

This is definitely not closed to other modes of expression -- integration is a key concept.

How's October 18 or 19 look?



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discussion

  • Members of NPH have been trying to organize a public show of simultaneous music...more
    - [automaton]
  • peter, let me know if you get something going in conjuction with NPH.
    - [ben]
  • What's NPH? This sounds interesting. I could do Oct. 19th, but not 18th, I thi...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I think it would be great to hook up with NPH. I like Louis' idea of harnessing...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • neo pseudo happening is another loc...more
    - [ben]
  • Sounds like a good short synopsis, Ben. The NPH and OCC groups would benefit a g...more
    - [automaton]
  • I am committed that evening, can anyone else make it? If not, I'll make a point...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • anyone going to be able to head to the NPH meeting tonight?
    - [ben]
  • Is there still any interest in a painting/music night? I think I may have found...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I'm still very interested...I've been sequestered in my loft (painting, at that)...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • you should get a hold of edmund to see if/when NPH is going to do their paint to...more
    - [ben]
  • I ripped apart some bits from Radio Shack last weekend, and got something workin...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Let's let Louis' idea ripen a bit. I am intrigued with the motions of brushes a...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • From the October 22 issue of the Lansing Noise: "Art in the Dark" <...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • The post above is a little different tack than our discussions have been taking....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • This is my review of the NPH event: Two large square pieces of masonite...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Judith Rosenberg did some really interesting paintings in the 1940s and 1950s th...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • great review peter! we really should pursue our ideas. it would be neat to have...more
    - [ben]
  • On February 27th, I participated in a paint-to-the-music event at Club X-cel, an...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Amazing how music can influence the art. Maybe next time we can make suggestion...more
    - [nick]
  • I'll ask Aaron next time I see him if anyone has been documenting these events.
    - [stargrazer]

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Busker Du

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It's official: musicians, grab your gig bags. Singers, stretch your vocal cords. Poets, warm up your word-play. A week from this Thursday, on September 11, OCC members and associates will appear all over the world (thanks Ben and Julia!), bringing music and thought to streets, parks and other public places.

Select a location and a time of day, and let fly with your muse. Remember to sing loud, play only unamplified instruments, and put a hat or instrument case on the ground. Keep the change!

If your time permits it, spend at least 2-3 hours playing out. Don't forget to note how passers-by react. Do they walk by coolly, without eye contact? Do they smile and toss some coins? Do they linger and watch for a while? Do they shout "Freebird!" from across the park? Do they talk to you? Do they join in and sing?

Feel free to play as individuals or in small combos. Let us know where you played and how things go!



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discussion

  • consider taking some colored sidewalk chalk with you and leave it laying out. I...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I'm game! If you can, take a picture digital or otherwise and send it to me wit...more
    - [nick]
  • I think in this scenario, the camera can definitely be utilized expressively and...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Do we know where and when people are planning to play? A mini group jam outdoor...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • I'm planning on doing something in Rochester, MI. Maybe the park?
    - [nick]
  • I'll be taking the 4:30 shift at Ferris Park (Lansing) with Tom Manley and possi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • all i have to busk with is a nepali singing bowl, but i felt it was appropriate....more
    - [ben]
  • Today's the day, yo. Don't forget to remember to take pictures!
    - [stargrazer]
  • Very appropriate! Heck, bust out the pots and pans!
    - [stargrazer]
  • Report from the front lines: Myself, Tony Sills, Tom Manley and Lloyd (s...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • a couple interesting things i've found in manchester relating to busking: i fou...more
    - [ben]
  • Interesting that the "Ill Communication" exhibit of street art on urbis advertis...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I "play out" a lot (in my back yard) -- but my audience is mostly a family of de...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Proposal of "Controlled Chaos"

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Has anyone heard about these outbreaks of "controlled chaos" that's been going on in major cities across the U.S.?  This is where folks get on their cell phones and on a whim, agree to meet somewhere at a specific time (we're talking guys and gals in suits on their lunch breaks) and create a major scene like making animal noises for two minutes, then stop suddenly and just get on with their day. 

It may sound silly to some, but to me it makes perfect sense as to why people would feel a need to take a moment out of their busy and serious work day to be silly even if it is just for a few minutes.  It's fun and entertaining and it reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.  Besides, I've always wanted to travel with my drum mallets and maybe when we're in a group somewhere public, we might start drumming on whatever is in sight for a few minutes, then suddenly stop.  What do you think?  Should the OCC put on some controlled chaos of our own?

 



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  • jean check out ...more
    - [ben]
  • has anyone ever been mailbox drumming? This usually occurs late at night, on wa...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i always have my drunksticks with me for that sole purpose.
    - [ben]
  • hey ben, I checked out Nick's posting about the mob flashers, and i guess we cou...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • is that the same thing you were talking about? they meet up in malls and other p...more
    - [ben]
  • it might be the same thing, but uh, how do you all feel about flashing???
    - [Jeanne]
  • um... it doesn't involve nudity... unless you want it to.
    - [ben]
  • i was just kidding. flashing is not my thing. i'd rather make a lot of noise a...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • the trend has actually been on the decline. For an even deeper look at the "nex...more
    - [nick]
  • Why must we always be late bloomers? Ach, some would say the nightblooms are th...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • it would be neat to look through satellite photos or films to see what patterns...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Busker's Delight

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I know that we harbor musicians in our midst (gasp!), and I know of a tried and true way to spread your songs. From subway tunnels to university quads, the ancient art of busking has filled the air of public spaces for centuries, since minstrels and bards first stumbled empty-bellied into Old World fiefdoms. Playing unamplified music in public places not only gives enjoyment to passers by, it also recaptures parks, bus stops, etc. in the name of music! I propose a busking syndicate be formed among and outside of the OCC. The sudden appearance of diverse street musicians would be a welcome break from the typically averted eyes of strangers passing on anonymous sidewalks. Tips, of course, belong to the musician.


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  • We'll talk about this more at Fort Wendy.
    - [stargrazer]
  • having experienced the busker scene on the streets of boston, i say please, some...more
    - [Ande]
  • Where exactly do you live?
    - [stargrazer]
  • You know, there's just not enough busking happening in the streets of Lansing an...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Maybe we could coordinate a particular day and time when all of a sudden, musici...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Draft your musician friends!
    - [stargrazer]
  • seemingly spontaneous busking? nice. that sounds a lot like the flashcrowd happe...more
    - [ben]
  • The hills are alive...
    - [stargrazer]
  • One of the things that we didn't get to at Fort Wendy was the busking workshop....more
    - [stargrazer]

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DoubleTake

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DoubleTake Magazine is a periodical devoted to documentary studies.  It was founded by the reknowned child psychiatrist Robert Coles, who is also connected to the Documentary Studies program at Duke University and has taught at Harvard University. DoubleTake seeks to bring an aesthetic quality to academia, whether through creative writing or photography, or whatever your personal choice of documentation may be.  I find it very encouraging that intellectuals have not lost sight of the importance of creativity and artistry to learning and the development of the mind.

Also... keep your eyes out for the next issue entitled "Children of War" - you just may find a photograph or two of mine.Issue Cover

  



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  • If intellectuals are aware of the importance of creativity, why do our politicia...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • who said politicians ae intelectuals? ...it is amazing how much aesthetics are o...more
    - [ben]
  • No one ever said politicians were intellectuals...but I think that it illustrate...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Would anyone be interested in producing an OCC 'zine? It could even be web-base...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i think that's a great idea... designers? anyone want to take the reigns?
    - [ben]
  • Hi. Interesting discussion. I came by on Nick's suggestion....more
    - [name not provided]
  • If we could get 2-3 people to spearhead such an effort (maybe a poet, a designer...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • True enough. I'll be suffering from many classes at school quite soon, but I th...more
    - [name not provided]
  • The unholier the better. Who do we know who would look good in an editor-in-chi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • If it were web-based, maybe we could set up something that would publish itself...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Bring photos, artwork, poetry, design work, etc (of scannable size) to Fort Wend...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Outside Circle weekend retreat at Fort Wendy

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I am pleased to announce the first OCC weekend retreat, August 22, 23 and 24 at Fort Wendy. What is Fort Wendy? Fort Wendy is more of an idealized meeting point for creatively minded people than it is an actual location...e-mail me at richar66@msu.edu for directions to the Fort this time around. There is plenty of camping space, a pit for bonfires, walking and mountain-biking trails, abundant wildlife, and I am told that crop circles have been appearing in the area. Details will be released to the collective as they unfold. If you have ideas or would like to help out as a volunteer, contact me or Ben.


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  • I'm excited, Peter. I'll look that place up in the internet in the meantime. I...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Hiram, I don't think you'll find Fort Wendy (you see, it isn't so much a place a...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • To all: Some things you may want to bring: Camping gear if you will be staying...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • if anyone has any suggestions as to what events could take place at the retreat,...more
    - [ben]
  • those interested in the Stargrazer project, we will have a songwriter's round-ro...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Speaking of volunteers, we could use two or three people to help things run smoo...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Must one attend the entire weekend? I feel like I'm going to be pulled rather t...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Ah, and whichever night I am there, there will be an ad lib cook-in by the fire....more
    - [name not provided]
  • Friday and Saturday nights will also feature around-the-fire discussions about w...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Is clothing required? If so, Is there a dress code? If so, Can we get www.wigg...more
    - [name not provided]
  • happy birthing day to hirma! i think hirams idea of cooking either around the...more
    - [ben]
  • clothing will not be required, but pixelization is a must.
    - [ben]
  • peter, do we absolutely need to rule out any sort of electronic instrumentation?...more
    - [ben]
  • Can I bring a walkie-talkie?
    - [name not provided]
  • Ben, yes. My main concern is that we don't upset the neighbors (who own the pro...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i know you can count on nick, julia, and i to carry share the load. i'm not sure...more
    - [ben]
  • ideas from last nights barrel discussion: possible guest speaker (not telling wh...more
    - [ben]
  • I have invited three guest artists to give a quick talk about their work. Their...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think that we will schedule things loosely, using "morning," "afternoon" and "...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Here's a tentative schedule: Friday afternoon - guests start arriving...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Let's talk about food: Can someone bring a sack of potatos? Or oranges? Veggi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • peter please email itinerary to nick (nick at edict.com) and i as well. we'll se...more
    - [ben]
  • Julia and Ben, can you lead a workshop on Saturday? Ande? Can anyone get ahold...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think i'll be helping people get their work documented and lead somewhat of a...more
    - [ben]
  • Probably not a huge surprise given recent events, but I don't believe I will be...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Bring photos, artwork, poetry, design work, etc (of scannable size or on a CD) t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Top 5 Reasons to RSVP: 1. You'll receive accurate directions ...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Detroit Through Our Eyes

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For those who will be in the Detroit area on July 12, the Bagley Housing Association is hosting a reception and auction to mark the last day of "Detroit Through Our Eyes: Visions of Southwest Detroit Captured on Film," which is a neighborhood photography project created through the eyes of the community. This will be the final day of the showing of these images at the Bagley Housing Association, 2715 Bagley Ave., Detroit. The reception is from 2pm-5pm. For more info, contact the Association at 313-967-9898.


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Creative Outputs, Resources, Misc, Etc.

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http://deviantart.com/
This is an online gallery. Mostly visual artists: painters, illustrators, photographers, and designers. Wide range of talent and skill level as I've seen so far from the contributors. Even contains forums/blogs/posts for discussions, comments, suggestions, and whatnot.
http://www.greyanthology.com/
For those of you that know Casey Sorrow (bald art store manager at Kresge-MSU), this is his site for B&Willustrations Maybe you have something you'd like to contribute?
http://neopseudohappening.org/
Local Lansing (young) artist group looking to expand the creative scene of its environment through projects, experiments, and exhibitions. The group exhibits once a month for a single day at Bare Bone Studios in Oldtown Lansing, during the Sunday gallery walk (. . . for now). Group roster varies from project to project. Core group within NPH: Aaron Curtner, Tim Lane, Latricia Horstman &Dustin Dorothy Smith, Lorie Waldie, Joe, and myself. NPH is looking for creative individuals to get involved in future artistic projects, experimentations, and the like. The site is being renovated currently before the next show in July. Look for it soon! There is a meeting this Friday the 27th, 8pm at Bare Bone Studios (1236 Turner). We'll be going over July's project progress, but we'll answer questions about the group, future projects, etc. if any of you decide to visit. We're planning to go bowling after the meeting!


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  • Seems like it would be good to turn on some of these folks to the collective. W...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I gave the Outside Circle web address to one of the peeps with everyone's e-mail...more
    - [automaton]
  • great ed. share the word and vice versa. i checked out NPH's site and it's prett...more
    - [ben]
  • yes, nice site - i enjoyed the poetry!
    - [pax]

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visual anthropology web-based collectives

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well, in my eternal search to educate myself (and others)... i stumbled upon a few little gems that make me feel more at home in the world.

take at look at www.visualanthropology.net and www.mangotree.org

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  • julia, check out http://www.nmnh.si.edu/naa/ and a great links resource: http:...more
    - [ben]
  • Cool. also, at the websites I mentioned there's this great thing (new to me...I...more
    - [pax]
  • i have seen at least web log ring, but if we do such a thing, it should be a goo...more
    - [ben]
  • Julia, this is only tangentially related, but I've been thinking about "World" m...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • peter, yes, i think that there is a huge difference between "world" music and "w...more
    - [pax]

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