Monday, November 30, 2009

Perhaps another way of being lost

ArcEnabled 1 from Adam Keller on Vimeo.

Check out Adam Keller's performance Friday in Philadelphia at extraextra, a new gallery/performance space started by 4 MICA

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Let's Get Lost

Photo by Phillipe Glade, from his blog,
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


"Deleuze and Guattari, in their discussion of the rhizome, make a distinction between a map and a tracing. The trace is described in terms strikingly similar to Bergson's model of "cinematographic thought": The trace is "like a photograph or X ray that begins by selecting or isolating, by artificial means such as colorations or other restrictive procedures, what it intends to reproduce."[12] The strength of the map, by contrast, is that it never operates by means of resemblance. While a map functions always in relation to something beyond itself, it engages in those relations as a tool-box, a set of potentialities that are never predetermined and that can in turn effect changes upon the images and objects they come up against: What distinguishes the map from the tracing is that it is entirely oriented toward an experimentation in contact with the real. The map does not reproduce an unconscious closed in upon itself; it constructs the unconscious.... The map is open and connectable in all of its dimensions; it is detachable, reversible, susceptible to constant modification....A map has multiple entryways, as opposed to the tracing, which always comes back "to the same."[13]
The function of the map described here, I would argue, suggests a vehicle for thinking outside representation, a modality not dissimilar from that of Bergson's intuition. Like the flow of images that Bergson designates as the real, the map interacts with configurations of elements that defy binaristic classification (subject/object, spectator/text, etc.).

With reference to the rhizomatic potential of literature, Deleuze and Guattari write:

There is no longer a tripartite division between a field of reality (the world)and a field of representation (the book) and a field of subjectivity (the author). Rather, an assemblage establishes connections between certain multiplicities drawn from each ofthese orders, so that a book has no sequel nor the world as its object nor one or several authors as its subject.... The book as
assemblage with the outside, against the book as image of the world.[14] "

From Amy Herzog's Images of Thought and Acts of
Creation: Deleuze, Bergson, and the
Question of Cinema

Travel Log Walking from Bejing to Germany

The Longest Way 1.0 - one year walk/beard grow time lapse from Christoph Rehage on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

WNDRNG: Let's Get Lost

Pictures here and here. They are two facebook albums so you may have to be in the facebook loop and/or friends with me and Rebecca to view them.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

300,000 birds = emergent behavior

This is one of the most beautiful videos I've seen

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Dowsing for Water in Brooklyn

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 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


Sorry it's so late in the game :-(

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lost Surrealist: Leonor Fini

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



New Topographics

A new exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) called, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape, is of interest.

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

Suburban Tract Homes

Some great photos of suburban tract homes by Julia Baum

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Wandering Ear

Wandering Ear is a net.label dedicated to releasing field recording-oriented audio from around the world. All Wandering Ear releases are available for free download in 192kpbs MP3 format.

mapping complexity

Emma McNally's drawings

Here's a link to lots of others "maps"