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Am I Back Yet?

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As some of you know, I've had trouble logging on and posting, both from the Mac G3 at work and my Windows 98 PC at home. I am sitting at a friends computer right now, writing this test weblog entry to see if the problem lies within my profile or if it is some maddening coincidence of these two very different computers that has kept me from spouting my rhetoric. If anyone has any ideas what may be up, please advise -- I miss being able to take a more active part in OCC. While I'm at it, I just had a piece accepted into the 32nd Michigan Annual juried art competition at the Mt. Clemens Art Center (125 Macomb Place, Mt. Clemens). If you are in the Detroit area this weekend, stop by for the opening on Sunday, February 15, from 1-3 p.m. Hope y'all have a happy Valentine's Day!


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  • It would seem that the problem is with the machines. I can't start any weblog t...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • nick- would it help if peter ran windows updates on his pc?
    - [ben]
  • I erroneously reported that the Mac at work is a G3. It is in fact an IMac.
    - [stargrazer]
  • I use both constantly. What browser are you using? I use (lately) Mozilla Fire...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Peter - it sounds like you may be caught between two bad computers (browsers act...more
    - [nick]
  • Recommendations for any Windows computer: keep up to date with ...more
    - [nick]
  • Peter - you should be able to whack Internet Explorer (IE) upside the head with...more
    - [nick]
  • Brace yourselves...I am about to let loose a primal scream of unbridled celebrat...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • wunderbar!
    - [ben]
  • Sweet. It's a happy little browser. I can only guess what it will be like by t...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I've noticed that it's a little more "jerky" sometimes, but otherwise extremely...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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  • 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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fun, fun, fun on the autobahn!

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



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

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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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  • 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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scott hitchcock at creole jan 7-25th

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message from peter richards:


Sunday, Jan. 4 – OPENING RECEPTION: “A Maze in Time” by Scott
Hitchcock.

  Hitchcock earns his living as a research and development physicist at the
Cyclotron at MSU, but he says art is how he truly expresses himself.

 “I’ve never seen art as separate from science,” says Hitchcock, who
is known in the scientific community – particularly in Russia where he has
been invited twice – for his theories on time.

  While coming up with these theories, he produced the huge drawings – 7
feet by 42 inches -- on view at Creole Gallery through Jan. 25.

  While intense, they are created with the most simple of tools: the fat
pencils from Baby Boomers’ school days (remember the pencils engraved with
“School Pal,” “Patriotic-Helpmate” and “Big Dipper”?)

  Scott produced the drawings in the mid-1990s in his garage on a huge
homemade easel. Many include personal musings in script, because Scott says
they make up his diary.

  He would do a drawing, roll it up and store it until it became meaningless
to him. Then he would destroy the drawings by fire. Those in Creole Gallery
were headed for the same fiery fate until artist David Kleis saw them and
encouraged Scott to show them to gallery owner Robert Busby. Robert
immediately grasped the fascinating aspects of the drawings, including a
spectacular one that must be viewed with 3-D glasses.



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  • This is truly an amazing show. At first glance, the drawings appear to be homag...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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  • 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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Sheer Art Attack!

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(from peter richards)

Patricia Wheeler, a grad student at Michigan State University, is staging an event called Art Attack!, December 3, 4, and 5. It will take place in the Arena Theater, located in the basement level of the MSU Auditorium, and will feature artwork by (me) Peter Richards and Outside Circler John Lindenmayer (http://www.redbeardart.com) among others. There will be four short plays with curtain at 7:00 pm each day, followed by an hour DJ set by Scott Neumann in the lobby. Artworks will be available for sale.



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  • peter has had problems posting on the weblog recently, please let us know if you...more
    - [ben]
  • Patti's not a grad student. Sorry Patti.
    - [jgi]
  • Sorry, must have scrambled the info Scott gave me. I know someone, somewhere is...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I wanted to turn in a short review of ArtAttack!, however, being that I am one o...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Does anyone know how we can contact Patti Wheeler to participate in and/or help...more
    - [stargrazer]

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[mini] jowai

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[mini] jowai is available for printing! jowai, the journal of words and images, aims to promote the work of creative individuals through the printed medium. this free, black & white, pocket size (when folded) journal is the outside circle collective's first publication.* it is made availbale to the public through generous people like yourself who print [mini] jowai from the web and place it on their favorite public countertop. 
please feel free to download the pdf formated files and pass them around!

  1. print notes:
    you will need the current version of adobe acrobat to view the files correctly. you can download it here.
    [mini] jowai is double sided to conserve resources. print page 1 first, then page 2 on the opposite side.
    if printing in uk/europe/rest of the world choose the following: A4 page 1 / A4 page 2.  
    please contact us as to any printing problems that you encounter, or any questions you have.

    print [mini] jowai


 *a full color multi-page version of jowai will be available early winter.  pre-order jowai.



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  • And I thought you were all talk, Benjy... kudos!
    - [jgi]
  • Cheers Ben!!! The Layout itself is a work of art.
    - [heyboo]
  • please let me know if you have any problems with printing/viewing the files. tak...more
    - [ben]
  • looks great , ben. thanks
    - [pax]
  • let the distribution begin!
    - [stargrazer]
  • It even prints out here in Ionia!!
    - [Pete]

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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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  • 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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Jean's Piano Recital!

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Hey folks!

I know I've been MIA but it's because I've been busy preparing two huge performances.  One is a private performance exam in which I perform for 30 minutes in a near empty auditorium for the entire piano faculty and play non-stop while they write notes during my performance and decide if I can graduate, and two is a public recital.  So, I'm here to announce my senior piano recital!  It is on Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6pm in the music auditorium of the MSU School of Music.  It is extremely advanced notice, but I know there are a few of you like myself who need the advanced notice in order to secure the date in your busy calendars. I hope some of you can take some time out and come see it!  Here's the tentative program for the recital:

Prelude and Fugue no. 15 in G Major; bmv 884                                       J.S. Bach

Espana: 6 Album Leaves; Opus 165                                                  Isaac Albeniz

  1. Preludio
  2. Tango
  3. Malaguena
  4. Serenata
  5. Capricho Catalan
  6. Zortzico

Prelude in F minor; Opus 25, No.2                                               Frederic Chopin

Concerto in C minor No. 3; Opus 37                                  Ludwig van Beethoven

  1. Allegro con brio

(A reception will immediately follow the performance)



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  • great jean! can't wait to hear it.
    - [ben]
  • Will you please learn Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2 for me? I l-o-v-e that s...more
    - [stargrazer]

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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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  • 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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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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Free Maya Personal Edition

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"Alias is giving away copies of their highly regarded professional 3D graphics and animation program Maya Personal Edition. The full program normally costs $2000. The Maya Personal Learning Edition restricts users to non-commercial applications through the display of a watermark on images as well as through the use of a special non-commercial file format."



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  • Is utilizing a program like this for artwork considered non-commercial? All art...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i think the main thing is that they put a watermark in the image so it basically...more
    - [ben]
  • Strictly a "learning tool," then, unless you can subvert the watermark into bein...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Oi. What the new art would be... Can you imagine seeing all the piece...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Jenny Holzer might have some fun with this, by twisting the watermark into ironi...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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He's no expert, but he sure likes his beer

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Outside Circle's Hiram Becker is now the Beer Guy at Michigan State University's State News. Here is a snip from Hiram's first article:

"Paulaner is more widely known for its HefeWeizen (reminiscent of an Oberon) but also crafts a quality beer with this bock.

It's a fine beer with a fruity taste. Is that cherry I taste? But watch out - she's a thick one, too. At 7.7-percent alcohol by volume, it sits heavy in the tummy, much more so than your average Hefe. There's no need to drink too much. Because it's so strong and hearty, the Salvator might be more at home in the early spring."

 



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  • I didn't know Hiram drank beer!
    - [stargrazer]
  • beer isn't good unless hiram is with in 25 meters
    - [ben]
  • I didn't know Hiram was such a hunk! meow!
    - [Ande]

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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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OCC October Fest

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The month of October is a very exciting and fun month.  This is the month of apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall colors, hay rides, Halloween, and most of all, BONFIRES!  I propose we choose a day in October to have a bonfire to play music, share poetry, paint pictures, and enjoy a fireside chat!   Perhaps Peter or I (Jean) could host.  October 18th, or October 25th are good dates.  We should also invite the NPH folks to join us.  What do you think? Post your feedback.



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  • the thing about bonfires, if you build it, they will come!
    - [Ande]
  • that sounds great jean. wish i could make it (if it wasn't for that damn ocean!)...more
    - [ben]
  • I won't be able to host, but I can bring some firewood!
    - [stargrazer]
  • October is slipping away...any updates on this?
    - [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
    - [stargrazer]

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