Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
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Monday, November 30, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Photo by Phillipe Glade, from his blog, http://thisisblackrockcity.blogspot.com/
I'm not sure whose artwork it is that is represented in the photo, but it is from Burning Man, I think 2008. It's a beautiful image of a great piece that looks like it is out near the perimeter fence way on the edge of the playa.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
With reference to the rhizomatic potential of literature, Deleuze and Guattari write:
assemblage with the outside, against the book as image of the world. "
From Amy Herzog's Images of Thought and Acts of
Creation: Deleuze, Bergson, and the
Question of Cinema
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sunday, November 8, 2009
First group dowsing expedition took place on November 7, 2009. I've put up a Google Map with the GPS points at which our dowsing rods crossed. This, of course, is by no means a survey of the neighborhood, but it is a start. If you do a search on Google Maps, under "Dowsing for Water in Brooklyn" you should be able to view the entire interactive map, or click on the link below. It may take a little while to load.
One of the things I find really interesting, was that as we got closer to the old McCarren Park pool, which is the site of an old spring that fed the Bushwick Creek, there were several GPS anomalies. There were numerous times the GPS defaulted to an incorrect location at 24-48 Dobbins Street, which is several blocks away. I will check out this location to see what was there historically. Lastly, the final reading that was taken at the pool was another GPS anomaly that defaulted to the Cemetary of the Evergreens in Queens, NY, next to the Ridgewood Reservoir. I did not even know there was a reservoir in Ridgewood. It makes me wonder if there was at some time a connection between the spring where the abandoned pool is now located (that we know for sure existed from old maps) and whatever the original source for the Ridgewood Reservoir. More research to be done....... I did not expect anything like this.....here is a link to a wikipedia entry about the reservoir: Ridgewood Reservoir which, according to wikipedia is a decommissioned 19th Century Reservoir.
Thank you all for your help. This is a great start for the project.
View Dowsing for Water in Brooklyn in a larger map
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Leonor Fini produced the most outré art, liked to cross-dress and had a penchant for living in ménages à trois. And yet, despite once being infamous around the world, Leonor Fini is all but forgotten these days.
Leonor Fini, a woman Surrealist artist who was infamous in her time, who like so many women artists have been lost to history, and forgotten by historians. The Telegraph from the U.K. has a great article on this fascinating artist: Leonor Fini: Surreal Thing. In her time she was "Queen of the Paris art world", was one of the most photographed people of the 20th Century, and led a fascinating bohemian lifestyle. She was contemporaries in Paris with people like Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Salvador Dali, Balthus.
This was the same crowd my great Aunt Denise Marson hung out with during the 1950's and 60's in Paris. Denise was best friends with Aube Breton, the daughter of Andre Breton. Denise has wonderful stories about Max Ernst, Andre Breton, Dorthea Rockburne, Cecil B. DeMille and other Paris luminaries. Denise is an octegenarian ceramic artist, now living in Montreal and her husband Roland Giguere was a well known poet. Next time I see her in Montreal, I will ask her if she remembers Leonor, and if so, I'll bet there are some great stories to tell!
Monday, November 2, 2009
A new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) called, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, is of interest. http://www.lacma.org/art/ExhibTopo.aspx
The show includes Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Joe Deal, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, Henry Wessel, Jr., Timothy O'Sullivan, Walker Evans, Ed Ruscha, Robert Smithson, Dan Graham, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation.
Why aren't there more women in this line up? I can think of many who should be represented - Meridel Rubenstein, Linda Connor, Kim Stringfellow, Catherine Wagner, Laura Cohen, among many others. Given the fact that the show is an updated redux of a 1975 show of the same name at the George Eastman House, LACMA missed an opportunity to level the playing field in the "New" Topographics.
Nevertheless, it looks interesting and I plan to see it when I'm in Los Angeles later this month. The show runs Oct. 25, 2009 - January 3, 2010.
Above: Bernd and Hilla Becher
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
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Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Chlorophyll is the substance which makes green plants green. The chlorophyll molecule has the unique capacity to convert the energy of the sun into chemical energy (through photosynthesis), which the plant uses to make carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water, and as a byproduct, furnish the earth with oxygen.
Ultimately, all living things—plant and animal—derive their energy, and therefore their life, from solar energy through photosynthesis.
Hemoglobin is the substance in human blood that carries oxygen from the lungs to the other tissues and cells of the body.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
A putting in words of what is already in the air.
The more this declaration is being read, thought or spoken out, the more its energy will manifest in our world and in our society.
If what is written here resonates with you, make it your statement.
Find ways to read it, share it and put it into action.
DECLARATION OF CULTURAL REVOLUTIONARIES 2009
_live, act, work with and not against nature
_know that life is too complex to understand it intellectually
_build and support local, self-governed economies
_value and safe-guard diversity of all kind
_value interdependence, since they know that nothing is separate
_regard themselves as equal to all life forms
_protect and support life
_love and support children unconditionally
_work on themselves towards greater awareness
_know about ecological principles and integrate them into their lifes
_see music and dance as an integral part of their expression and communication
_live on an animate earth and regard it as sacred
_know how to grow their own food
_appreciate their sensory awareness
_make the shift from thinking ‘either, or’ to thinking ‘as well, as’
_share their knowledge
_understand and integrate process as a way of being
_are not identified with their body, thoughts or emotions
_see the mind as a tool
_realize that there is no right or wrong
_are not identified with any social tag, their past or their future
_are aware that the very essence of who they are is life itself
_take responsibility for their emotions
_are aware of and value their relationships to their living and seemingly non-living surroundings
_value and integrate the wisdom of women
_value and integrate the wisdom of indigenous cultures
_value generalist knowledge
_are aware of change as one of the core principles of evolution
_work towards diversification and decentralization
_engage in and create bonds to the place where they live
_turn from dependent consumers to responsible producers
_are looking for ways so that their interests and talents may unfold
_have the courage to resist and disobey laws that render self-rule, self-provisioning, and self-sustenance illegal
_are informed about the current money system and identify it as a contemporary form of enslavement
_identify and boycott biological, cultural, social and philosophical monocultures
_boycott monopolies of any kind
_question everyone who promotes one solution
_value environmental and human ethics over profit maximization
_boycott corporations and banks operating for profit maximization
_reclaim land and forests as common good
_reclaim water as common good
_reclaim biodiversity and knowledge as common good
_are aware that they participate in the process of co-creation at all time
_allow life to unfold through them
Cultural Revolutionaries and The Declaration of Cultural Revolutionaries in 2009
created and stated by www.art-ecology-education.org
February 10, 2009 (Baltimore, Md.)—Planit will host Mayor Sheila Dixon and partners in the Initiative for a Cleaner Greener Baltimore in a private reception on February 11th to unveil two 30 second TV public service announcements aimed at stopping Baltimore residents from littering. The two spots, entitled “Butts” and “Paper Cups,” depict trash “vigilantes” who publicly call attention to “casual litterers,” in order to make viewers aware that even seemingly small, inconsequential pieces of trash are a big part of a growing trash problem.
Planit, a strategically driven marketing and communications agency, produced the spots as part of the $2 million Cleaner Greener Baltimore initiative, which began in Spring 2007. The Cleaner Greener Baltimore campaign is intended to change the public’s perception of littering and the behaviors that contribute to litter problems. The campaign has also included advertisements placed on city trash trucks and city-owned trash receptacles.
“The message, ‘Don’t make excuses, make a difference,’ is hard-hitting and confrontational. And that works really well here” says Planit President Matt Doud. “The goal isn’t just to tell people not to litter, but to empower them to call other people out when they see them doing it, even if it’s something that seems insignificant like a paper cup or a cigarette butt.”
The two spots will begin airing on February 16th on WBAL, the media partner for the Cleaner Greener Baltimore initiative.
The Cost of Litter no wonder there's so much litter, apparently one trash can costs $500 ???
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Below: Google Earth images of Bushwick Inlet, and surrounding area in 2009.
Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, Eve Andrée Laramée is seeking a team of volunteers to work collectively on a project on dowsing for water in Brooklyn. This experimental project titled, Finding a Diamond in the Middle of a Muddy Road, will be conducted with a skeptical eye, yet an open mind, and will involve mapping the Greenpoint-Williamsburg, Brooklyn area using sets of dowsing rods and a GPS unit. The intention is to examine how the information recorded through the procedure of dowsing (also known as water divining or water-witching) compares/correlates to historical maps of the springs, creeks and streams that existed near Bushwick Creek, now known as Bushwick Inlet, prior to the urban concrete strata now covering it.
If you would like to be a part of this project, please contact the artist at: wander at earthlink dot net
Participants will receive a set of dowsing rods to keep.
A blog has been set up for the project, and more information will be posted on it:
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Luxury Condos, and the rest
The Making of a Place
“Time forks perpetually towards innumerable futures,” wrote Jorge Luis Borges in his short story, “The Garden of the Forking Paths.” Considering the range of futures from sustainability to dissolution, Woven Spaces, a local not-for-profit arts initiative, encourages artists to conceive of multiple possible worlds from within their local community. This is the central concept behind “Luxury Condos, and the rest” an exhibition that imagines the landscape of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg of tomorrow by the talented local artists of today.
Woven Spaces, in preparation for the exhibition, is pulling together visual artists, architects, filmmakers, dancers, and performance artists who have lived in the Greenpoint/Williamsburg area for at least three years, to respond to the challenge of dreaming up where the community is headed. Each artist is invited to predict the future of this place, reflecting, evaluating, or dreaming up directions. The artist’s paths are innumerable: from Utopian to apocalyptic or surrealistic, to comical or satirical. Whether re-conceiving the urbanism of high-rise luxury architecture set beside industrial abandonment, avenues closed to traffic and covered in grass, or a complete replacement of what is here by new infrastructures and socio-economic groups; we welcome all visions.
During the course of the economic downturn, Woven Spaces identified artists’ concerns over exhibition space for more experimental forms of presentation and varied financial support for the arts. We are encouraging viewings and events in non-traditional spaces and are working to secure industrial interiors, storefronts, rooftops, streetscapes and the riverfront areas. We believe interconnectivity with the various sectors of community will expand audiences, and foster new communicative and creative relationships that enjoy and support the arts.
The first exhibition of the series will be held over three consecutive Saturdays in October of 2009 in Greenpoint’s Transmitter Park, as well as interior spaces yet to be confirmed. In May and October of 2010 we will hold the second and third exhibitions. The programs include film, video, performance, painting, and various types of mixed media and installation. We envision a series of panel discussions with artists, art professionals, and community activists alongside the exhibitions. The events are free and open to the public, and will be thoroughly publicized through local publications, email blasts, and using on line resources. The artists are selected through our own curatorial scouting and local gallery recommendations. We are also reviewing work through open submission calls, listed in the Brooklyn Arts Council and Woven Spaces websites.
Luxury Condos, and the rest: October 3rd Program
Transmitter Park, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, starting at 4pm.
5:30 pm – Artist Eve Andree Laramee, presentation on freshwater springs feeding Newtown and Bushwick Creeks – introducing larger project for Spring 2010
5:45 pm – Architects Evangeline Dennie & Kubi Ackermann, presentation on rooftop farming, green construction and urban ecosystems.
Ongoing art installations by Cris Dam and Ethan Pettit
6pm – 8 pm
Music by Slim Francis and James Catholic & the Sects
Wine sold by OSA
8 pm – 9 pm
Films: Keith Rodan, Jonas Mekas, Angela Christlieb, Elle Burchill, Moira Tierney, Jim Jennings, and Sara Kraushaar. (Dress warm and bring a blanket!)
After party – River Barrel Cafe, 160 Franklin Street. (Joining new Greenpoint artists alliance.) After after party – Coco 66, 66 Greenpoint Avenue.
Saturday October 10th – Transmitter Park, starting at 4 pm
I. “The Pod” – an installation by Vamos Architects
II. 6 pm – t.b.d. Bar and Lounge, 224 Franklin Street. Debut of ongoing video screenings by Keith Rodan (waterfront footage and more). Screening schedule: Tuesdays through Saturdays, 5-9 pm, until October 30th.
III. After party 6 – 8 pm.
Luxury Condos, and the rest
The Making of a Place
Starting in Fall of 2009, Woven Spaces will be curating a three-part exhibition pulling together artists, architects, filmmakers, and performance artists who have lived in Greenpoint/Williamsburg for at least three years. Luxury Condos, and the rest; The Making of a Place will include a range of works from historical documentation, to reactive, redesigned, or reimagined – covering structural, natural, and recreational geographical aspects of the neighborhoods. The works will be presented within the traditional gallery setting, raw industrial interiors and open space venues.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
"In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness. The whole illusion of a separate holy existence is a dream...There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun....
I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths of their hearts where neither sin nor desire nor self-knowledge can reach, the core of their reality, the person that each on is in God's eyes. If only they could all see themselves as they really are. If only we could see each other that way all of the time."
From T. Merton's book, "Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander."
The landmark designation was installed at the corner of 4th and Walnut in 2008
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Born without knowing into U N I V E R S E cities/raised by misunderstandings about space and time
as well as w/health and happiness.
Labyrinthian cataclysms reek havoc 250 THOUsand years and counting.
Screams and songs ring muffled in air occasionally achieving awesome harmony.
Confusion has a heavenly horizon...
for those who look up
every witch way and every where.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
This is video #7 of the French Artist, Pierre Huyghe speaking on the idea of "Elsewhere" in relation to his work, "A Journey that Wasn't that was partially shot in Antarctica, and part in New York City's Central Park.
There are other videos in this series with Huyghe of the European Graduate School that can be found on YouTube, or the EGS website.
Pierre Huyghe was born in 1962 in Paris, France. He attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (1982-85). Employing folly, leisure, adventure, and celebration in creating art, Huyghe’s films, installations, and public events range from a small town parade to a puppet theater, from a model amusement park to an expedition to Antarctica. By filming staged scenarios—such as a re-creation of the true-life bank robbery featured in the movie “Dog Day Afternoon”—Huyghe probes the capacity of cinema to distort and ultimately shape memory. While blurring the traditional distinction between fiction and reality, and revealing the experience of fiction to be as palpable as anything in daily life, Huyghe’s playful work often addresses complex social topics such as the yearning for utopia, the lure of spectacle in mass media, and the impact of Modernism on contemporary values and belief systems.
TUM TUM is a site-specific interactive narrative that reacts to the viewer's location. Located at Tumwater Falls, in Olympia Washington, this project of Evergreen State College uses a Tablet PC, a GPS receiver, and headphones. As the user moves thru the landscape, the story unfolds in real time & space.
More information HERE.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Rebekah May, a graduate candidate at the Californica College of the Arts. makes work that attempts at mapping the passage of time. The above image is her attempt to map the 4,969 steps she took on 3/27/09.
I think it is a great example of the limitations and possibilities of mapping a the no-where of the Drift.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Some MICA students and Dan D'Oca from Art History are participating in this conference on the "Open City"...
Check out the website: http://www.iabr.nl/EN/open_city/index.php
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
"Our World goes through and through us and we through it, there is no boundry..."- Ursula K. Le Guin
here are some links to some artists i found that were of interest to me...
Welfare State International: they really remind me of the theater i worked with this summer called "Redmoon Theater" and also Nana Projects...I like how they really embody celebration
Strijdom Van Der Merwe
Diana Lynn Thompson
"My work moves from the desire to travel a distance in order to encounter the other. The smallest and most subtle part of my work is in the telling. The majority of the work happens whilst in motion - on the street, the hill or in a room. In this way my process is place and energetically-sensitive, the outcome often unresolved and indeterminate."