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put it all in perspective

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When you're having one of "those" days, and it just doesn't feel like the planets are in alignment for you, take a peek at this powers of ten applet to put it all back into perspective.....

View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.

 .......all thanks to the designers, Charles and Ray Eames, the initial "powers of ten" creators.



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discussion

  • ahh... the eames'- my role models and heros. yes i know, i'm a design nerd, but...more
    - [ben]
  • I love this film!
    - [stargrazer]
  • i remember when i received the Eames' "powers of ten" book as a child. it is co...more
    - [Ande]

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the weather project

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an inspiring (and overwhelming) work has been installed in the tate modern's turbine hall [a 500ft x 115ft space]: the weather project by olafur eliasson. the size of the installation itself is amazing (especially since it is indoors), and the atmosphere created by the large sun-like mass of mono-frequency lamps, a ceiling length mirror, and the ever present haze caused people to either stare in awe, sit, or lay down when i visited it (see picture).

link:
understanding the project

"In this installation, The Weather Project, representations of the sun and sky dominate the expanse of the Turbine Hall. A fine mist permeates the space, as if creeping in from the environment outside. Throughout the day, the mist accumulates into faint, cloud-like formations, before dissipating across the space. A glance overhead, to see where the mist might escape, reveals that the ceiling of the Turbine Hall has disappeared, replaced by a reflection of the space below. At the far end of the hall is a giant semi-circular form made up of hundreds of mono-frequency lamps. The arc repeated in the mirror overhead produces a sphere of dazzling radiance linking the real space with the reflection. Generally used in street lighting, mono-frequency lamps emit light at such a narrow frequency that colours other than yellow and black are invisible, thus transforming the visual field around the sun into a vast duotone landscape."

the artist presented his work at the tate modern on november 18th. view the webcast (real media player needed).



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  • //////////////////////''''''''''''''''''' ''''';;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;...more
    - [ben]
  • all I can say to that is: ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||-|||...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think that scale in and of itself can be a very intriguing medium. This goes...more
    - [stargrazer]

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jowai > one week away!

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there is less than a week left to submit entries for the outside circle collective's publication, jowai: the journal of words and images. thanks to all those that have submitted work thus far. we've got a healthy collection of photos, short stories and poems, but we still want more! we are especially lacking in handmade art (paintings/ sculpture/ collage/ drawings/ crafts/ etc). so if you've got some work you haven't sent in yet, don't miss this opportunity to get your art out there!

all entries can be emailed to
ben@gaydos.org. when emailing images, please keep the images hi-res (+150dpi).   the entrants will be notified when published. questions? email ben (see address above).

entry deadline: nov15 (11.15.03)


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discussion

  • It would be fun to print off the min-JOWAI, make a bunch of copies and distribut...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • If you are going "home" for the holidays, consider taking a stack of mini-JOWAIs...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • definietly! these are good ideas peter. thanks...
    - [ben]

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

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happy halloween

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a little halloween imagery from digital blasphemy
"two pumpkins jack"



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the tube map

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"It's almost impossible to improve and is beautiful to look at - an image of a perfect piece of design."  Gert Dunbar - Professor of Graphic Design, Royal College of Art
 
the london underground map had been discussed in at least one of my design classes as being an important navigational icon. not until i had to use it did i really appreciate it's near perfection (it hasn't hardly changed since 1931). london is a large city, immensly intimidating upon first arrival, but as soon as one looks at the map determines which zone they're in and where they're going to, the rest is a breeze. nearly every other large metropolis has designed their transit maps after this one designed by henry beck (looks a lot like chicago's el and new york's subway maps doesn't it?).
 
"The map was considered unconventional at the time because previous maps followed the layout of the land. Beck saw obvious problems with this approach as the transport system expanded and the complexity grew (Garland, 1994), and developed a piece of design which made the transition from map to diagram.

That it is now called a planner is testament to its functionality and acceptance."
 
An Essay On The Tube Map  Doug Green, March 2000
 


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  • i love the tube. i rode the subways in boston this summer and loved it! I only...more
    - [Ande]
  • Like dendrites or axon clusters...
    - [stargrazer]
  • I just ran across cartoonist/illustrator/blogger Kean who organized online photo...more
    - [nick]
  • i really liked Kean's page, Nick. cool images of new york, and an intersting way...more
    - [ben]

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the art of greg martin

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Here is a digital artist that has a very cool vision, as well as a very cool site:

http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/index.html

take a look, and someday, I might even figure out how to include a cool sample in my posting!

p.s. all the links to pieces are new pop up windows, so if you have a pop up stopper running, disable it as you look at this site or you may not be able to view any of the works.



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  • cool samples are a quick dragndrop away. just open a window with the image you w...more
    - [ben]
  • pretty amazing work. like to know his methods and tools.
    - [ben]
  • Outer space is what initially got me into art, so I respond to these on that lev...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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OCCUK

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OCCUK- that's funny to say out loud (try it), but it happened anyway. OCCers Scott McGlaughlin, Julia Yezbick, and myself (Ben Gaydos) have started spreading the word on this side of the atlantic, and have expanded the collective's roots to the United Kingdom. Scott has started a London chapter, and Julia and I have begun finding more and more inspired individuals interested in the collective here in Manchester. So don't be wierded out when you see events posted that you can't get to without hopping /on a plane or boat (we'll put you up if you do though). Cheers! 


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  • OCCMIF (OCC My Imaginary Friends) has also started a chapter here in the lining...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • seriously peter. i'm not making it up. i really am in england... seriously.
    - [pax]
  • no really.
    - [pax]
  • Sweet! I wanna join. OCC-MIF is even funner to say than OCCUK. The latter jus...more
    - [name not provided]
  • i was chocking... and my medical insurance is an ocean away... OCCUK!
    - [ben]
  • Oh Julia, I know you are really in England (or at least, I imagine that you are)...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • All the droll daftness aside, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our frien...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • OCC MIF has a nice ring to it, this is my first post to OCC in general, be in UK...more
    - [heyboo]
  • I think that there is such a thing as "activist fashion." It has a limited sphe...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • What's a fro hawk? I can kind of picture it... I learned from NPR tha...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I am offering classes is how to be un-hip. Students will shadow me through a ty...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Can anyone think up a project that OCC and OCCUK could do collaboratively?
    - [stargrazer]
  • Something net-based, or physical? I've never had it work well, but I'v...more
    - [name not provided]
  • There has been an OCC diaspora...we are very decentralized right now, which give...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Granted. But to the first question -- would you envision such a collaboration a...more
    - [name not provided]
  • well, i think that jowai is considered to be a global OCC collaboration, and i t...more
    - [ben]
  • Like a hirsute saggital crest?
    - [stargrazer]
  • Come to think of it, sounds a lot like what my hair looks like when I wake up in...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • sleepster.
    - [ben]

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

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speaking of video...

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vaskulas

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


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

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call for entries > jowai

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the journal of words and images (OCC's first publication) is seeking your artwork, photography, poems, essays, etc for issue number 1.
2 versions will be produced:
a free pocket sized, printer and copier friendly version, and a larger full color version.
 
all entries can be emailed to ben@gaydos.org. when emailing images, please keep the images hi-res (+150dpi) but file sizes below 20mb.  larger files may be sent snail mail. the entrants will be notified when published. to request snail mail address, as well as any other questions, email ben (see address above).
 
entry deadline: nov15 (11.15.03)


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  • Ben, I will send some jpegs your way. Also, I would like to enter the two "word...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey! It finally got it posted. Strangeness. Here is an entry, I'm no...more
    - [name not provided]

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my favorite f words

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f-off
recently i visited the manchester art gallery to see an exhibition by jim partridge, a UK woodworker. known for his furniture, vessels and site specific outdoor work, as well as his unconventional tools and treatments (chainsaws, blowtorches, and bleach), what struck me above all was his balance of form and functionality. architect louis sullivan is known for his famous quote, "form follows function," but for me creating a healthy balance between the two is more important. afterall, why not sit on something that looks nice too?
for more of mr. partridge's work, including some good looking benches, (which feel nice too- i sat on all of them), check out
comments on the above f words, or others?
please post ->



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  • I would have to agree that a healthy balance needs to be maintained between form...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Oh, and I forgot to mention my stapler and tape dispenser that I purchased from...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Sometimes form swallows function. This is a sort of design deception (although...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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  • 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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Everyone and No One

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I was so impressed with the four-panel mixed-media mural created by Fort Wendy's attendants that I have taken steps to preserve the finished pieces and present them mounted on masonite panels. If these are the first fruits of our collective labor and inspiration, then we have a bright future ahead!

Those of you checking out Ande's photo link will note that the panels are doubled over like potato chips (from just being painted on one side), so I gessoed the backs, which flattened them nicely. I also varnished the front surfaces to keep the pastel, charcoal, etc. from getting smudged. This had the added benefit of zinging up the color a bit and giving a slight gloss to the surface.

Once we get a few more collective pieces under our belts, we should seek out exhibit opportunities for the collective. They could combine group projects with individual pieces from collective members, or focus solely on group projects.

Thoughts?



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  • Peter - thank you for taking the time to save this work. I'm happy Ande was abl...more
    - [nick]
  • We can have what amounts to a permanent gallery online. I think that if...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i think for exhibitions they should be done with both ideas (group and solo work...more
    - [ben]
  • Lansing Art Gallery is booked through mid-2005, but they will likely do another...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • See the FLAK calls-for-entries for ideas.
    - [stargrazer]

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How would you define music?

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We all seem to have a common bond through music, so I'm here to ask everyone several questions about what role music plays in their lives.  Later, we can use our answers to help us shape our philosophy on music.  You don't need to answer every one of them in a single answer, just whatever question you have something to say about.

Music: 

1.  What is it? 

2.  What purpose does it serve? 

3.   Where does it come from? 

4.  How does it "fit" in contemporary society and culture?

 



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discussion

  • Music. Personally, it serves as a sort of theraputic device. Both the creation...more
    - [name not provided]
  • There is an inscription over the stage in Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Arts...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • music, for me, is an addiction. I'm a willing and aware addict, though...
    - [stargrazer]
  • ...or is it the duality between "discipline" and "indiscipline?"
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nice posting guys...........hmmm......do you really think music is the universal...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Heh. Well, I'm finishing a Mathematics degree, and harmonics realte to math pre...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Okay, music is probably not THE universal language, nor is it really a language...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Music could be the universal language, where each of the styles, attributes, rhy...more
    - [nick]
  • I think that's a good point. No matter how widely divergent a culture is, the m...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • So then, how does one categorise music that absorbs such sounds as the environme...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis beat me to the punch. The rise of of portable digital recording devices...more
    - [nick]
  • Additionally, recording software such as pr...more
    - [nick]
  • Oo! Abelton Live is pretty neat too. I used that recently. It does some prett...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Do you mean sampling from sources that are not traditionally regarded as musical...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Ya know, my eye scanned this last post, and I read: "It's all in the ear of the...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I guess I can see that, in the sort of flippancy of the statement. It tends to...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hehe...usually what I hear from my family is something along the lines of: "Coul...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I think we are starting to distill all the gray areas at work here. Music appre...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think we've got the makings of a thesis here. =-) Peter, I'll give your...more
    - [nick]
  • Uhh, Nick, you seem to have missed the critical point that the landscapers were...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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Add It Up

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The Outside Circle Collective group found-object sculpture has been launched! As part of the Fort Wendy retreat, a metal oven-bracket and a black bound journal were presented to northern Michigan artist Nick Fisher. Nick will add something to the bracket, photograph its changes and document it in the journal; then pass sculpture and journal along to the next person. In this manner, the sculpture will grow and accrete objects in an intuitive way and its changes and development will be logged in the journal. It is not constrained to OCC members, and like Paddle-to-the-Sea it may never return to us, but rather enter the ocean of greater consciousness. Then again it may bob to the surface at unexpected times and in unexpected forms. It is our hope that images of the sculpture will be submitted to the Collective periodically so we can watch its transformations.


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discussion

  • check out http://home.comcast.net/~ficknisher for a peek under this gentle giant...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nick (Fisher), a small package of some importance will be arriving in the mail s...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Any progress on this?
    - [stargrazer]
  • Okay, Nick...I have been remiss. I misplaced the photo of the oven bracket and...more
    - [stargrazer]

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cinematic photography

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"Upon viewing Philip-Lorca diCorcia's photographs, you may think if you had been there at that moment, you could have taken the same photo. His photographs are ordinary yet abduct the viewer's imagination. Looking at one his images, we are encouraged to make up our own stories. Though the photos look simple to take, in reality each scene has been well choreographed by diCorcia long before the shutter has been clicked."

"...His photographs are not candids."

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discussion

  • I find it true what has been said of diCorcia's photographic style: that it draw...more
    - [pax]
  • since their respective creations, photography and film as mediums have constantl...more
    - [ben]
  • How about this: Truth is only opinions that are in agreement. Heck - thi...more
    - [nick]
  • consider the defini...more
    - [nick]
  • "Can truth be created...?" My mom says that truth fits two criteria:...more
    - [stargrazer]

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rivers and tides

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julia and i got a chance to see an extraordinary film on sunday documenting the work of artist andy goldsworthy. incredibly moving and poetic, intertwining the sparse but beautiful soundtrack by fred frith, goldsworthy's insightful commentary, and director/cinematographer thomas riedelsheimer's equally profound camerawork makes for a balanced, gently powerful film. highly, highly recommended.

"The singular mind of Andy Goldsworthy is at work in 'Rivers and Tides.' When "Rivers and Tides" begins, it's not clear that its subject, British environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy, will be able to command our attention for 90 minutes. By the time it's over, however, we take our leave with reluctance, even sadness. It has been a kind of privilege to see the world through this man's eyes.

Goldsworthy is celebrated for creating art in the wild using whatever natural materials are at hand, stones and driftwood as well as leaves if it's summer and ice if it's winter. He puts enormous effort into making these pieces look effortless, as if they could have been on site all along.

Because his works are often delicate and always open to the elements, they frequently last a finite amount of time. "The thing that brings a work to life," the artist says, "will cause its death."

rivers and tides

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discussion

  • Looks cool!
    - [nick]
  • Fred Frith has a number of far-out records if anyone digs the abstract guitar st...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • surprisingly, frith's score doesn't utilize his guitar all that often in this fi...more
    - [ben]
  • You'd be surprised at some of the more "ambient" sounds that frith can coax out...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Holy archipelaggios, Batman!
    - [name not provided]
  • ...but we were talking about andy goldsworthy.
    - [stargrazer]
  • yeah he does some neat stuff too.
    - [ben]
  • Improv nature-sculpture at the retreat? With ambient nontraditional guitar acco...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • sounds fun to me!
    - [pax]

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fashiontech prototypes

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"IDEO Japan's e-fashion won Design Distinction in this year's Annual Design Review for ID Magazine. Included in the collection is jewelry that throbs to the wearer's rhythms, a shirt equipped with a camera in the front that sends the captured image to a circular display on the back, a shoe that records distanced walked, solar panel glasses that protects as well as store power (eliminates need for batteries to power another wearable fashion item, I suppose), pants with touchpad keyboards in the fabric on the two sides of the pant legs, and bags and make-up light up when opened. The lead designer for this line is Naoto Fukasawa."

Some ideas include:

  • Pulse Necklace and Bracelet: Jewelry that pulses in reaction to the wearer's body rhythms
  • Hole in the Body: A camera pointing out the front of the shirt sends an image to an LCD panel on the back
  • Make-up Light: Adds light to the makeup routine
  • Bag with Interior Light: Interior of bag lights up when opened
  • Solar Sunglasses: Beautiful solar panels do double duty, blocking sun and storing power
  • Tachometer: The shoe records data about distance walked

[ via Bev ]



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discussion

  • As a design head, I always get excited about IDEO concepts. IDEO dreamed up many...more
    - [nick]
  • is ideo based in japan? or are they international?
    - [ben]
  • i don't like neat squeeze toothpaste.
    - [ben]
  • I don't like toothpaste.
    - [name not provided]
  • IDEO is based in california, but has offices in Germany and Japan (and probably...more
    - [nick]
  • I would like to see more accesories/personal electronics that derive their own p...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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discussion

  • 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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