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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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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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Artist Events in the Detroit area

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Here is what is going on in my neck of the woods that I thought might be interesting to fellow OCC'ers in the greater Detroit area. We're interested in getting more events into Outside Circle Collective's community (especially people in the Lansing, MI US, Chicago, IL US, Manchester UK, areas.

The Art Guys
Feb 12th - The Art Guys are contemporary court jesters, and art is their chosen milieu in the tradition of Marcel Duchamp, Fluxus, and Andy Warhol. From Houston, Texas The Art Guys work in a variety of media including sculpture, performance, video, sound and macrame. 603 E. Liberty St, Ann Arbor MI USA [
more ]

Food Jazz and Poetry
Feb 14th - Entertainment lined up for the evening includes some of Detroit’s most creative and talented poets, & comdians with the smooth sounds of live Jazz music. Tickets are $20 per person (seating is limited, price includes dinner). For more information and tickets call (800) 520-0853. 17132 Conant, Hamtramck MI USA

Pewabic Pottery's First Hundred Years
Feb 18th - This lecture will be presented by Dr. Thomas Brunk. He has been referred to as "the Pewabic tile historian." His presentation will explore the pottery's history, its plans for the next century, and the unique relationship of Pewabic Pottery with the University of Michigan and Charles L. Freer, founder of the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art. No admission charge. 911 N. University, Ann Arbor MI USA (734) 764-0446 [
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Art in the Barrio
-> Feb 28th - An exhibition of paintings by Larcenia Talley and John Simms examine the theme, exuberance and pleasure of being alive, aware and artists.  Both artists are members of the National Conference of Artists, Detroit Chapter.  Both also share a similar debt to their mothers as their early teachers, and after a career in another field have become professional artists. "The Joy of Being" is on display at the BHA Gallery in southwest Detroit. Exhibits at the BHA Gallery are sponsored and organized by The Hispanic Art and Education Center at Ste. Ann de Detroit, a not-for-profit organization. Detroit, MI USA [
more ]

CCS Art and Furniture Show
-> Mar 12 - The furnishings, designed by CCS student and alumni, will range from functional to sculptural. The show opens Saturday, January 31st, with a 7 p.m. reception. A spectacular multimedia presentation by CCS's Animation Department will also be a feature of the evening. The event is open to the public and runs through March 12th. [ 
more ]

Techno, Detroit's Gift to the World
-> June 30th - The exhibit, which runs through June 30, 2004, is the first dedicated to techno, a Detroit-born style of music that has kept people dancing for more than 20 years. For more information, call (313) 833-1980. Detroit, MI USA [
more ]



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discussion

  • Is this something I should keep updating?
    - [nick]
  • definetly. this weekend peter and i discussed getting more group activities func...more
    - [ben]

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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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not to belabor the point...

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...but does anyone else find the fact that CBS refused the moveon.org and peta ad campaigns in favor of flatulating equines (and in the single most recent proof to me that there is a god with a sense of humor and of poetic justice) to instead be slapped with perhaps the single largest FCC fine in recent history for the janet/justin fiasco too funny for words.  not that any member of the occ actually saw said event (at least not while watching the superbowl), but I bet CBS wishes they had moveon.org's $875,000 right about now.
 
pillow fight Big Meat Veggie Guy
p.s.  all kidding aside, the peta spot (and the director's cut)  is one of the funniest things i have viewed recently!  

god bless the american media!


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discussion

  • mmmmm.......zucchini..........you know, i have a great recipe for zucchini bread...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Just watched the movie "American Splendor," about comic book writer Harvey Pekar...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hahahaha...As someone who normally can't stand PETA's propoganda, I have to...more
    - [name not provided]

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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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travis @ the trillium

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Come to OCC'er Travis Pickard's opening at the Trillium Gallery in East Lansing, MI.

It's this Sunday (February 1st) from 1-4pm.

Travis' work is stunning. Anyone from the Lansing Area is sure to have encountered his work at galleries, local events, newspapers, cafes, and restaurants. Travis Pickard views his artistic experience as an ongoing process. Much of his interest lies in the depiction of humans, which he says are 'a strange bunch'. “I look at artists as the historians of our time. I want to keep ideas alive. It could be another form of reproduction, another drive humans have to physically and mentally evolve. Art is definitely an evolution. I find it satisfying to be one of the present day researchers.”


 

Check out Travis' website.

The Trillium Gallery is located at
207 E Grand River Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone:  517.333.3130
Trillium Map



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discussion

  • At last, an opportunity to meet some of the new OCCers! And to see some of thei...more
    - [Ande]
  • We need more like this. Brilliant.
    - [nick]
  • Great show, Travis! It was nice to meet another member of the OCC! And your we...more
    - [Ande]
  • Travis and I have been working on organizing a critique night for artists in the...more
    - [stargrazer]

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"Glassblowing is not a Crime"

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here is an essay i wrote in response to the following article:

http://www.arcataeye.com/top/031020top03.shtml

 

sweet pipe dreams!

 



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discussion

  • nicely written article andy! good advice: become a "limited liability company" (...more
    - [ben]
  • andy, just so you know- if you would like to have your posts' included in the em...more
    - [ben]
  • thanks ben, I have added that "release" to the articles on this page and will co...more
    - [Ande]
  • no prob andy, let me talk to mr. lusch and see how it's going...
    - [ben]

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Here's the Price of Fame: $218.32

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An interesting article at Wired today:

Thumbnail photo: "Jonathan Caouette has turned heads at the Sundance Film Festival with the most basic of tools: old home movies and a bargain-basement editing program. By Jason Silverman."



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discussion

  • i will admit it, i edited a 35 minute film in imovie. props to desktop editing a...more
    - [ben]
  • "People assumed that one day film would be as accessible and inexpensive as writ...more
    - [ben]
  • Hell ye-ah to the democratisation of artforms! I look forward to a film culture...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • what about the $2000 investment to purchase the mac with imovie on it in the fir...more
    - [Ande]

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bush in 30 seconds

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a political advertising contest
sponsored by
http://www.moveon.org.
 
a very funny look at the very serious
topic
of "anyone but bush in 2004."


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discussion

  • Ande, I thought this was a really interesting way to come up with a neat commerc...more
    - [nick]
  • these are funny, to the point, powerful, and funny. they're also funny. nice fin...more
    - [ben]
  • the sad part about the way the media works, moveon.org tried to purchase adverti...more
    - [Ande]
  • Wouldn't want to cause a panic. Any deviation from "business-as-usual, supersiz...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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FILM SCREENING - Robert Rauschenberg: Man at Work

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Need a break from the TV? Go visit Cranbrook Art Museum:

FOURTH FRIDAYS
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 26, 5 PM - 9 PM
7 PM FILM SCREENING Robert Rauschenberg: Man at Work 

INFO: “Robert Rauschenberg: Man at Work” (1997, 56 minutes).

"This film documents one of the most influential artists of this century, Robert Rauschenberg, who possesses an indefatigable zeal for fusing life with art. The highlight of this program, filmed at the artist’s Captiva Island studio, is Rauschenberg’s autobiographical work, the multi-paneled “1⁄4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece,” begun in 1981 and intended to exceed the length of its name, which is being shown for the first time in its entirety in this film.

For more information, please call 248-645-3314. See MAP."



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discussion

  • Check out the painter James Havard, whose ideas parallel Rauschenberg's in some...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Snow Sculpture

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Some of you OCC'ers from Michigan may have noticed the first white stuff of winter on the ground yesterday...

Well, since 1998, 13 teams from all over the world have worked on transforming the 20-ton, 10 x 10 x 12-foot tall blocks of snow into works of art at the International Snow Sculpture Championships.

This all happens in Breckenridge, Colorado in late January / early February each year.

How do they make those big blocks of snow? View the Videos!

Although, Sunday's snow in Michigan may not be enough to do this in the backyard, we should keep this in mind for any future winter OCC gatherings!



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discussion

  • Hey peter, do you remember the year we did snow sculptures at Living God and we...more
    - [Ande]
  • good idea nick. does anyone know if t.c. nick still planning on hosting a gather...more
    - [ben]
  • Yes I do remember the big blue shark! Seems that it started out as a hippo and...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Haven't talked to Nick (Fisher) for a while, but I plan to be in Traverse City a...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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  • 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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Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein

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"Meadowbrook Theater in Rochester, Michigan, will be hosting a special performance of the Boarshead Theater's Dark Night series entitled "An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein," written by Shel Silverstein and directed by Christy Pierce; on Monday, November 3rd. The performance will include original music by Peter LeClair of the Lansing-via-Rochester band With Special Guest.

The Dark Night series is put on by the Boarshead Theater's interns, who are given $200 to "mount" each production. This piece was performed in Lansing October 6th and 7th and packed the house both nights.

Attendees will be treated to a show program illustrated by Peter Richards (with invaluable help from Ande Johnston)! The performance is FREE, however your generous donations make more alternative theater possible."

phone: 248.377.3300



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discussion

  • Damn. And I walked right by it on my home from class... It sounds interesting....more
    - [name not provided]
  • Sheer Art Attack!Patricia Wheeler, a grad student at Michigan State Unive...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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kino film festival [manchester]

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manchester's 8th annual short film festival started tuesday, the 21st, and continues through sunday, the 26th.

Special programmes within the main focus this year include:
A new strand of gothic fantasy shorts “Kino Horror”, the continuation of the Latin American theme “Kino Latino”; the focus on the middle east “Magic Carpet”; our cultural diversity strand “Bluefire” focusing on British and International Black and Asian film making; the focus on digital shorts "Inspired by the Medium" for films made on DV and mixed media; our usual brand of quirky, off the wall, provocative and cutting edge new work in “Going Underground”, and finally our regional showcase “Made up North”, aimed at showcasing films from local and regional filmmakers.

download the programme (pdf)

http://www.kinofilm.org.uk



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discussion

  • How did this go. Ben and Julia, did you attend?
    - [stargrazer]
  • we attended one documentary screening- which wasn't all that great, surprisingly...more
    - [ben]

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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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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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Stroll Down Memory Lane, With PDA

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A group of artists wants New York City strollers to jot down memories of landmarks in their PDAs and upload the info. Then others can download the impressions and get a unique guide to the city. Erik Baard reports from New York.

"We want people to use their PDAs to harvest experiences and create another communal sense of the city," Bleecker said. "The initial program download is available through the kiosks, rather than online, because it forces people to go to this physical space to get started and have these experiences. Times Square may be the most tactile, vibrating and resonant place in the world."

[via Wired News]



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discussion

  • "harvesting experiences" sounds like something Serpentor and Dr. Mindbender migh...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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Photo Exhibit Designed for the Blind

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Heard on NPR Tuesday Morning:

"An exhibit at London's Natural History Museum contains photographs that are meant to be touched. Artists created the tactile photos by utilizing a type of plastic in order to create texture which gives the sense of depth, light and shadow." [link to audio]

I'd be interested in getting your reactions to this audio piece.  You'll need either real audio or windows media to listen (but worth it).



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  • i have seen the earth from the air exhibit that they speak of in this piece (the...more
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Close Calls

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some people might call me unlucky.  after a potentially fatal car crash this summer (i walked away relatively unscathed), i woke up this morning to the sound of the smoke alarms in the house going off and my bedroom filled with smoke.  after walking around the house, i found the source of all the commotion- the clothes i had put in the dryer before bed had caught flame and were quickly filling the house with smoke.  after dousing the dryer with water to extinguish the flames, i called 911 and firefighters were on the scene in minutes (i now want to be a fireman when i grow up!)

anyway, after two close calls, i don't consider myself unlucky, but quite the opposite, i feel rather blessed.  how easily could either situation have been fatal?  so i guess what i am trying to say is that nothing makes one realize what a blessing life is like a near death experience (or at least a really close call) and remember to wear your seat belts and put clothes in the dryer when you're around to make sure it doesn't burn your house down.



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  • We had a vent fan motor burn up at the gallery during Sunday's reception. It is...more
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  • glad everybody's safe. i almost got deported in immigration to england... tell y...more
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  • Nearly broadsided by a red-hot pineapple last Thursday at the laundromat...
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listener's circle?

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I'm an avid listener of Studio 360 on Public radio and was thinking about starting an online discussion of the past week's show. 

Any takers?

If you don't get it in your area, you can always listen online at their show archive.



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  • I listen to it sporadically. I could contribute sporadically. =)
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