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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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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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discussion

  • 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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something to be happy about...

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 Yeah!  Sometimes, well most of the times, I am pretty dubious about the whole of human beings and the way we carry on as the Masters of the Universe (lower your voice about 5 octaves when you say that last part).  But, there are times when we can be quite impressive; from small stuff like a stranger returning your lost wallet--with all the cash still there, to something huge like three States and 134 cities repealing the what-a-stupid-name-Patriot Act (it’s about as bad an Iraqi Freedom). You see?!  It’s a start to a growing nationwide sentiment that our freedoms are at risk and we won’t let it happen!  This strong reaction isn’t just limited to young liberal but the older conservatives too!  And speaking of “young liberals”, way to go Ann Arbor in being one of the 134!   Okay, no more !!’s, well maybe just a couple.  What is great is that some cities are really taking action against the act.  In Arcata, California, the City Council passed an ordinance barring city workers from enforcing the Patriot Act.  In Berkley, California, the public library director erases records of all returned books each day, along with the list of web sites visited on their computers. I believe that this is just the start.  History has shown that our freedom is always in danger when national security is a political-platform-huge issue.  The thing to remember is those acts like the Espionage Act, Trading with the Enemy Act (what a funny name!), Alien Sedition Act have been repealed when the people snap out being scared and realize what’s at stake.  I realize that I am being super optimistic, but good gravy, one has to have a little hope.


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discussion

  • Cali, this is truly encouraging. When we approach our fears with common sense a...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • You know, the Red Scare of the 1950s came before the cultural and artistic revol...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • We are entering the Age of Aquarius (known among astrologers as the Age of Indep...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • okay this is freaky, and real (from the nytimes this morning), and it also has n...more
    - [ben]
  • "The more you tighten your grasp, the more systems will slip through your finger...more
    - [stargrazer]

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moving outside the circle

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well, the day has finally come... i have my first public screening of one of my films. it'll be on friday, June 20th at 8pm at the education center on university of michigan's campus.  the film is called "khate: the street children of nepal" and is composed of footage that i shot while in nepal during the winter/spring of 2001. i've been calling it an artistic documentary, whatever that means. the film itself is only 12 minutes long, but i'm hoping to have an open discussion as well following the screening. e-mail me with any questions: juliayezbick@yahoo.com

 



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discussion

  • highly recommended. and i'm not just saying that to get points.
    - [ben]
  • it went well, thanks to all who came, and those of you who missed it... it'll be...more
    - [pax]

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| t | h | e | _ | g | r | i | d |

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"the grid is not only something we can't get out of... it runs right through us, it dominates the way we look at the world around us." - dan cameron

npr's studio 360 tackles what probably every art student has found to be one of the most liberating and constricting things they were taught.

the show investigates the origin of the grid and how it can be applied not only to 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional visual spaces, but aural spaces as well. the grid, which is often misread as limiting those who function with and within it, is discussed here not only through it's rigid lines, but also the openness of its neccesity, practicality, and instinctual relationship that we share with it.

chuck close is the show's guest.

check out the audio archive of the show: http://www.wnyc.org/studio360/show.html



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discussion

  • The concept of the grid brings out the mathematical side of artistic thought and...more
    - [pax]
  • We did a design project with non-linear "grids." They were arrived at by cuttin...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • that's refreshing peter, freeing the composer of the initial binds that the grid...more
    - [ben]
  • Ben, sorry about the lag time -- It was in Professor Funk's 8-hour Design class,...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Peter, I'd be interested in seeing the results. Any chance you have that file o...more
    - [nick]
  • I've listened to this studio 360 show twice now... with a month or two to digest...more
    - [nick]
  • Uhh...it's on one of those Zip 100s. I may have a hard copy I can scan, though....more
    - [stargrazer]
  • yeah preetty cool stuff, huh? peter, if you can wait until i get back i can put...more
    - [ben]

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outside circle happenings

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What does everyone think of taking the outside circle presence outside of the web -- to increase visibility, draw in creative new members, or just to involve and be involved in our local communities? I've always wanted to stage "Action Painting Night," where participants can wear old clothes and engage in a multi-person "painting jam." This would require finding a space (like a warehouse or storage unit) that could be draped in plastic and have large canvases tacked up to walls and ceiling, and rolled out on the floor. Perhaps a meeting previous to the happening, to decide on what supplies are desired (colors and types of paint, brushes/sponges/aerators/balloons/etc.) Of course, food and beverages. Any other ideas for outside circle happenings? Or should we keep it all "cyber?"

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discussion

  • i think that's a great idea peter. we should use the "cyber" part of the circle...more
    - [ben]
  • The concept of "paint jam" was new to me so I searched the web and found photos...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I'm game for meeting in meatspace. Who, What, Why are taken care of. Where,...more
    - [nick]
  • Sounds good to me. I'm always game for hands-on collaborative art! In fact, Pet...more
    - [pax]
  • Anybody have ideas for any smaller-scale collaborations? How about a "traveling...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • that's a great idea peter! would you be interested in starting it?
    - [ben]
  • Sorry I've let this lag for a while...1. Yes, I would be interested in starting...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I am tentatively planning an outside circle happening for a weekend in July. It...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Sherman Alexie coming to Ann Arbor

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Mark your calendars!!! Sherman Alexie, the famous Native American author, poet, and filmmaker is coming to Angel Hall on the University of Michigan's campus on July 7th at 8pm.  The event will be sponsored by the Shaman Drum Bookshop

He is touring to promote his new book "Ten Little Indians."  Some of his other work includes novel's "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven," "Indian Killer," and "Reservation Blues" among many others.  He has also produced and written the screenplays for two films, Smoke Signals and The Business of Fancydancing.



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discussion

  • Julia, thanks for the update. This looks pretty interesting.
    - [nick]

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finding lost art

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Looted Iraqi Art Displayed Online.

"Art historians are building a comprehensive database of the tens of thousands of art treasures looted from Iraq's museums and archaeological sites. They'll document what was stolen and hope it may help recover some of the pieces by making it more difficult to sell them." By Ryan Singel. [via Wired News]



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discussion

  • Nick, this is very interesting. I had heard for some time now, that archaeologis...more
    - [pax]
  • At least, in this day and age, we have photographs that can document what was th...more
    - [nick]
  • the destruction and theft of Iraqi artwork and artifacts is just one more violat...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Andy Goldsworthy

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Andy Goldsworthy is a sculpture/photographer/installation artist/earthworks artist and has done some really beautiful pieces using whatever nature offers him.  Here's what the flier for the show had to say about his work:

"...Andy Goldsworthy's understanding of the unique beauty lying in wait in a specific locale comes from years of working in nature.  His partnership with the land is the result of over twenty years of direct experience. His approach harks back to the kind of relationship with the natural environment that has dwindled in comtemporary society, with its emphasis on the urban environment.  Goldsworthy knows how cold, damp mud on a icy morning feelsin his hands and how it transfers its chiliness to the very bone.  His interactions with nature evoke a time when man was more wed to his natural environment.  By being More deeply immersed in it, he is more connected to it and its forces.  n the process, he confronts nature's rules and forces, inceasing his understanding of what can and cannot be done to control andmanipulate it.  Like others who work in intimate connection with the outdoors, Goldsworthy understands and stoically accepts nature's unpredictable quality, all the while relishing its boundless ability to surprise adn delight."

Goldsworthy's work is on display right now at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.  But if you'd like to check it out, do so soon - its only there till sunday.  Here's what some of his work looks like.

To see more go to www.hainesgallery.com/AG.work.html

 



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discussion

  • ...one of my favorite artists!
    - [ben]
  • julia and i saw the show sunday...wow! ...more
    - [nick]

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