Updated blog is now at Interference Patterns. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Friday, January 31, 2003

Drinking as Performance

That's what happened last June when comedian Tom Green got staggeringly — and deliberately — drunk by chugging Jagermeister on the Tonight Show. It was an experiment that spiraled out of control as Green began to mumble incoherently, spilled his drink on actress Rosario Dawson, and later admitted to vomiting in his limo after the show.

In the recent HAPPY TIMES, John Bert decided to drink a six-pack (bottles) on-stage starting around eleven p.m. (fortunately, his other planned piece, urinating into one of the bottles, didn't come to, er, pass). As part of "James Joyce Phone Home" back in June of 2001, I listened to an audiobook of Ulysses, repeating it back to Mike B over a walkie-talkie, who was drinking a bottle of Whiskey and repeating what he heard. It was an experiment in transmission and noise, but it was over far too soon for the alcohol to have any effect. Later that night, we had the Whiskey out for readers in the Bloomsday marathon; we soon realized that, if you plan on staying awake and reading for 24 hours, getting drunk or even drinking alcohol at all is a bad idea.

And for that matter, I'm sure drinking alcohol in general IS a bad idea. So, I'm not condoning it for performance or anything. Hey, this is off the record, right?

1/31/2003 02:10:08 PM

Lysistrata Project

the NEPA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre manifestation will be Monday, March 3 (03-03-03), 8pm in the Afa Gallery. Volunteers are still needed!

more information to come in the next few days. Stay tuned for a meeting next Wednesday.

UPDATE The meeting is Wed, Feb 5 7:30pm at the Northen Lights Expresso Bar 536 Spruce St, Scranton. Call them at 342-3200 for directions.

click on my picture to email me about the project.

you can also visit LysistrataProject.com
1/31/2003 08:16:12 AM
Thursday, January 30, 2003
new home

The xradiograph staff has moved into a new HQ, so things may be a bit rough over the next coupla weeks as we try to figure out exactly which box we packed things into. If there's something that you can't find back... just give us holler.
1/30/2003 06:51:48 PM

Call for Samples: Feed the Translocal Mixer

As a part of the \\ How Latitudes Become Forms: Art in a Global Age\\, an exhibition organized by the Walker Art Center, The Re:combo collective is looking for audio files that represent the cities` noise echology: street noises, speech, free music, rumours. All this pieces will be used on the *Tanslocal Mixer*, a new Flash-based project that uses sliders to allow participants to create their own mix of world sounds-a kind of urban synth online, on the fly.

Please, send open sound files to translocalmix with your informations (at least name, City and Country), or get connected to WalkerArt.org, sign up, and upload directly to the Opus Software (Open Platform for Unlimited Signification) by Raqs Media Collective, which is also part of the Translocations exhibition.

Grande abraco! by Re:combo
1/30/2003 10:40:44 AM

Highly Ritualized
Political Performance Art

excerpted from Washington Post article
The State of the Union is itself highly ritualized political performance art. The House sergeant-at-arms sounds Elizabethan as he heralds the arrival of the commander in chief. While the vice president, in his big chair, seems to slumber with his eyes open, the president's soliloquy follows strict rules. The last innovation came in the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan perfected the homey salute to carefully planted real Americans in the gallery. At the end, God's blessing is requested, the scene cuts to Statuary Hall for the dueling spin doctors, then network correspondents sum up it all up in ways that never quite match your own impressions sitting at home.

Not that the message doesn't matter. A year ago President Bush uttered the phrase "axis of evil," which helped define the nation's foreign-policy priorities. The best political performance art always has a message.
1/30/2003 09:07:08 AM
Tuesday, January 28, 2003

Local Vigil Wed. Jan 29

National Peace Groups are calling for local vigils on Wednesday to respond to President Bush's State of the Union Address. Since we vigil every Friday at noon, we decided to use this opportunity to give those who might not be able to make a daytime vigil a chance to witness for a peaceful solution to the crisis in Iraq.

We will vigil at the FEDERAL COURTHOUSE, which is across the street from the County Courthouse on the 200 block of North Washington Avenue in Scranton. Gathering time will be 7:00 PM. Please bring a candle and one or two (or more) friends.

The good news is that the temperatures should be a little warmer - not balmy, but warmer than they have been lately. See you on Wednesday.

P.S. We will still have our regular noontime vigil on Friday from 12:00 - 1:00 PM at the County Courthouse.

The Peace Center continues our Peace Vigil every Tuesday from 12 to 12:30 on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre.

The Peace Center
Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice
71 North Franklin Street (Kirby Health Center)
Wilkes-Barre PA 18701
FAX: 570-823-0412
E-Mail: peacewb@sunlink.net
Website: peacewb.org
1/28/2003 08:22:55 PM

URL Generator Machine

According to Arthur C. Clarke, the world will end after a bunch of Tibetan monks will have finished to compile a list of the nine billions names of God. What will happen to the Web world once.....?
another cube-farm filled with a million digital monkeys.....

thanks to the mysterious people at the 5k.org.
1/28/2003 08:16:22 PM

I am a poser freak who is lost on pretense

Seems as though somebody googled "Kurt Shotko" and didn't like all of the results, which listed my posting here

i am an anti-tobacco activist. what are you ? you scumbag how dare you make fun of me.....tobacco is the deadliest drug on the planet... what do you do?





My partial apologies for inflicting all of this upon you, the gentle public. Kurt, if I have any factual innacuracies within my earlier posting, I welcome correction.

Have a nice day.
1/28/2003 09:10:34 AM
Cousin Oliver I am Cousin Oliver.

Without me, The Brady Bunch would have quit while it was ahead

Which Brady Bunch character are you?
brought to you by Quizilla

becuase, JUST ONCE, I hadda try one of these things.
1/28/2003 08:26:23 AM
Sunday, January 26, 2003


(article has been abridged and re-arranged for emphasis. for original source, click on headline)
On Saturday, participants said they were hoping their presence would cause war planners not to carry through on threats to attack Iraq, which they accuse of amassing weapons of mass destruction in violation of U.N. resolutions.

"The potential for white Western body parts flying around with the Iraqi ones should make them think again about this imperialist oil war," organizer Ken O'Keefe, a former U.S. Marine in the 1991 Gulf War, said Saturday.

The group of about 60 volunteers includes Britons, Americans, Spaniards, Brazilians, Australians and Israelis, ranging in age from 20 to 60. The activists planned to drive day and night through Europe and Turkey, arriving at the Iraqi border by February 4 or 5, where they will be given entry visas by Iraqi officials, volunteer Sue Darling said.

"What we are intending to do is to make it politically impossible for President Bush and Tony Blair to have this war," said Joe Letts, owner of two of the buses and a driver. Letts, a father of four, said the anti-war coalition asked for his help in planning the route to Baghdad. Letts then offered to lend his buses and himself to the cause. The top levels of the buses have been converted to accommodate cots for the two-week journey. Letts' buses are red, but the third bus and the taxi have been painted white. A white flag intended to symbolize peace was placed on the taxi's roof.

"We will run the risk of being maimed or killed, but it is simply the same risk that innocent Iraqis will themselves face," O'Keefe was quoted as saying in a December online interview. "I would rather die in defense of justice and peace than 'prosper' in complicity with mass murder and war," he said.

"We would not recommend that people allow themselves to be used by a tyrant and a dictator who has a history of doing horrible things to even his own people as well as his neighbors," White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card told Fox News Sunday. "So this is not the time for people to call themselves human shields."
1/26/2003 07:44:47 PM
Theatrical Event for Peace


A Theatrical Act of Dissent

On Monday, March 3rd, 2003, theatre artists from around the planet will raise their collective voice for peace by producing readings of Lysistrata in order to:
- Let the Bush Administration know that we oppose their war on Iraq.
- Offer events where citizens can unite to enjoy an evening of spirited, comedic theatre while raising public awareness about the volume of war opposition.
- Provide a humorous entree into a healthy community dialogue: What CAN we do on a local level to stop "diplomacy by violence" in our world?

For more details, visit the Lysistrata Project.
1/26/2003 11:03:22 AM
Friday, January 24, 2003
I'm Hep

because I am hep to your jive, I am hep to the rebop, my man.

yeah. (snaps fingers).

I think this was originally purchased by my parents in the early-to-mid 70s as part of an "auction box"-- in this case, a round tin filled with buttons and whatnot that my sister and I loved to sort and sift through. The tin itself probably dated to the 20s, but the contents were from whenever. The pin must have been from the 30s to 40s. ???
1/24/2003 12:22:39 AM

The Brady Bunch: Live on Stage!

thank goodness Linda E's been taking care of this--I mostly get to sit back and watch the hideous colors.

Presented by the Pennsylvania Repertory Theatre in partnership with the Artists for Art performance series
January 24, 25, 31 & February 1. 8:00 PM
AFA Gallery: 514 Lackawanna Ave., Scranton
$10 Advance tix $12 tix at the door.
e-mail for more info, or visit the Brady Page
(Advance tickets are available at Northern Lights Espresso Bar, 536 Spruce Street, Scranton. 570.342.3200)

Evening will include the complete Brady Bunch Episode: Greg's Triangle plus a Brady Bunch Trivia Contest with groovy prizes. The audience is encouraged to dress a la Brady. BYOB (21 and older only please!) Refreshments will be available.

Special Appearance by Scranton Mayor Jimmy Connors as Bobby Brady at first 3 shows!!

Now, the next thing I wanna see on-stage is Love, American Style.
1/24/2003 12:13:32 AM
Tuesday, January 21, 2003

The real Crime Wave

I got this battered, second-hand bought-used-from-a-video-store movie from David L. as he was trying to winnow his possessions (hah! good luck). I didn't think much of it, looked.... cheap, low-budget. In a bad way? Kinda. But I was bored (and was avoiding watching Boys Don't Cry). So I popped it in.


Weird colors, bizarre voice-over narration by a 12-year girl who's relationship to Steven Penney (the silent protagonist) is never quite clear, nuclear accidents, color crime stories that never get middles, psychotic script-doctors, and... more!??!? :::whew:::

And it seems that after Paizs went through three years of hard work and created a beautiful 50s-style credit sequence, Sam Raimi released Crimewave to much larger hoopla stateside, so despite the extra space and capital "C" (two words, see?!), the video distributors slapped a big ol' ugly "The Big" onto the video tape.

I'm not going to bother trying to describe the rest of it, plenty of others have tried. It's now up there in my top 10. Apparently Canadian John Paizs has a handful of other , just-as-un-obtainable films out there, so I'll keep on looking.
1/21/2003 08:56:52 PM
Sunday, January 19, 2003

Digital Mona Lisa

found via Boing-Boing
Digital Mona Lisa is an extraordinary example of computer graphics from a bygone digital time. This image represents state of the art computer graphic rendering for the time of it's creation, 1965. The condition is outstanding and of museum quality.
an early (the first?) line-printer printed digitized "computer picture" (although Ted Nelson has a problem with this term).

Some current ASCII-image converters:

Links to ASCII-art software
Links to ASCII-art pages
1/19/2003 03:31:27 PM
Friday, January 17, 2003

Travels on the Bad F*cker Highway

the blog of Mikita Global Services is linked over in my hobby-link-farm on the left. But I just felt I should point this out again.

Plus, he's got sock puppets!!!!

The days are coming when the cultural activist without a sock puppet will not show his or her hand on the street. Think about it, Peter Schuman.

I knew Kent back in BP. Or I should say, I met Kent back in Budapest. I don't think I knew him at all, no. But gosh darn it all, I wish I did. We drank a lot of beer and coffee together, and I don't remember ANY of this personality..... Maybe I should have had more coffee, instead.

Speaking of BP, Mike B. recorded me rambling about the taste of Unicum last week. It was supposed to be for the HAPPY TIMES CD by my ramble wasn't quite to his taste. Nevertheless, he gifted me with two lucious .75L bottles this week, and I'll be posting their slinky photos and the MP3 of the ramble soon..... salivate, x-ray techs!
1/17/2003 11:10:35 AM
Thursday, January 16, 2003

Lessons Learned*

- Do not leave toaster unattended.
- Children should be supervised.
- Microwave cooking is not recommended.

* from a box of pop-tarts.
1/16/2003 12:44:16 PM
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

V-Day at AFA

Artists for Art has partnered with the presenters of V-Day Scranton 2003 to organize Celebrating Women, an exhibit at the Afa Gallery. The exhibit will run from February 6 to March 1, 2003. A focal point of V-Day is the production of Eve Enseler's The Vagina Monologues at the Mellow Theatre at Lackawanna College on Friday, February 14.

Call to Artists
We are looking for artwork by women in all media that celebrates and supports women's issues as well as the artist's interpretation and reaction to the Vagina Monologue theme, and V-Day's vision of a world without violence toward women.

Drop-off: January 31 & February 1, 2003 noon-5pm
Afa Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton 570.969.1040
Pick-Up: March 1, 2003, between noon and 5 pm
Fee: $10 for up to 3 entries
(both the entry fee and a portion of sales donated to V-Day Scranton 2003)
Works will be juried for relation to the theme and available space. All works must be ready to hang
Opening Reception: Friday, February 7, 7-8pm
Participating artists are asked to bring finger food to the reception. Gallery sitters are also needed.

For further information on the exhibit or to volunteer, please contact the Afa Gallery at 570.969.1040 or contact Michael Paulukonis at 570.383.0251 or via email


Open House/Auditions

The open house / auditions for V-Day Scranton's 2003 production of The Vagina Monologues will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m. (MEN are invited to not only participate behind the scenes but also to audition.) We will be in a first floor multi-purpose meeting room at Lackawanna College (Washington Avenue and Vine Street) in Scranton. There will be signs at the main entrance to direct you. For further information, please contact v-day scranton

I post this not only becuase it's a good cause (and a good piece of theater), but also becuase I put together a silent auction for V-Day Scranton in 2002, and that grew into the exhibit this year, that I am supposedly "coordinating."

Well, I wrote the proposal, anyway..... A lot of people are working on the exhibit.
Kudos to Judy, Marcia, and Alicia for not lynching me!
1/14/2003 10:56:34 PM

Peaceful Picket of Bush on Thursday in Scranton

I got the following mail today:

Peace Center Friends:

President Bush will visit Scranton on Thursday, January 16. To be part of a "Peaceful Picket" with members of Scranton Fellowship of Reconciliation, WaynePeace, and the Peace Center, gather at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of Spruce and Jefferson Sts. in Scranton. Bush's motercade is expected to pass there on the way to a speaking engagement at Mercy Hospital. Picketers will then walk to Mulberry St., which will be on his route to a noon speech at the University of Scranton. Bring signs. Anyone interested in carpooling from Wilkes-Barre can meet in the parking lot of the Peace Center (Kirby Health Center), 71 N. Frankin St. at 9:30.

Also, there will be a Peace Vigil on Public Square in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday, January 18 at noon in solidarity with the national march in Washington that day in opposition to war with Iraq.

The Peace Center
Interfaith Resource Center for Peace and Justice
71 North Franklin Street (Kirby Health Center)
Wilkes-Barre PA 18701
FAX: 570-823-0412
E-Mail: peacewb@sunlink.net
Website: www.peacewb.org


They also organize a Peace Vigil every Friday at noon at Courthouse Square, in Scranton. Mike B. & I attended last Friday (these things always seem to be during work hours-- and I usually work! I had Friday off). It was cold. But there were 20-30 people there, as well as Kurt Shotko, NEPA's most self-important neo-liberal crypto-fascist gadfly. He was marching about with his "George Bush is a Killer" sign backed with "Republicans are Whores for Drug-Pushers and Rapists." The organizers of the vigil politely asked him to not display that particular sign right in their (our) midst (his other signs quoting MLK and speaking of peace and justice were very apropos), and Kurt got incensed and started shouting about free speech, how he had more right to be there than anybody else, that he was more of ana activist than we were, etc. I suggested we all move very quietly as far away from him as possible, and that seemed to defuse the situation. Although he came over at the end of the vigil, apologizing to us for our not understand the sign ("I'm sorry you don't understand"), since most of were obviously conservative fundamentalists who voted for Bush in the first place (the two RC nuns in the group were not amused).

Kurt has very little real idea of what a "peace" vigil or demonstration is all about.

Love thine enemey, Kurt. And turn the other cheek.

And if you're going to go on record supporting the legalization of marijuanna and talk about how much weed YOU smoke, better stop complaining about drug-pushers. Remove the plank from your own eye first....


Update of Peace Actions/Vigils received from Jay Sweener, musician, power ebay seller, and Green Party-provacateur.

Vigil opposing war in Iraq. Held every Friday from 12:00 to 1:00 PM on the Courthouse Square 200 North Washington Avenue in Scranton, sponsored by Scranton Chapter, Fellowship of Reconciliation. Susan Hanley email susan (570) 961-2021

Weekly Vigil for Peace In Iraq
Tuesdays at Noon, Public Square
Sponsored by The Peace Center 823-9977; website www.peacewb.org

Weekly Meeting/March/Vigil
During the winter months, we are gathering first in the Guild Room at Grace Episcopal Church (on Church St. in Honesdale, just south of Central Park), at 5:00 PM each Friday evening, to share news, opinions, information, and resources. From there, we march to the Miller Pavilion on Main Street for some public witness and singing.
Contact: Kathy Dodge kdodge@ptdprolog.net (570) 698-6173
Sponsored By: WaynePeace www.waynepeace.org

Honesdale Saturday, January 18th
For those not going to Washington, D.C. on January 18th, but who would like to participate in the national peace effort for Iraq, there will be a local rally in Honesdale. It will take place in the central park at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 18th. There will be a march to the pavillion on Main Street for singing and public witness. For information, call (570) 785-3935.

People for Peace meet every other week. Next meeting January 25 at noon. Susquehanna County Courthouse.
For more information contact Paul Gere 278-2187 or via email
1/14/2003 07:02:52 PM

My friend Chloe is generally busy, with a tight schedule.

I just wanted to let you know.
1/14/2003 09:29:19 AM
Saturday, January 11, 2003

MPWA Open Poetry Reading Jan 18

Saturday, January 18, 2003 — 7:30 p.m.
at Artists for Art / Afa Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton, PA,
Donation at Door
Come and read your original writings or simply participate as a listener in an open reading format. Michael Paulukonis, coordinator of the Afa Gallery’s Performance Art Series, will host our first open reading of the season. Local poets, writers and musicians are welcome to share their creative efforts and can sign up to read or perform in advance or just before the reading begins. Open readings are intended to provide a forum for novice writers, as well as showcase new creative work.

Just in case you don't hear about it elsewhere.....
1/11/2003 10:58:01 AM


I've been going a little crazy working on HAPPY TIMES, the six-hour performance marathon. Not a lot of web-work this week as a result.

However, we have gotten Mike B's phone interviews recorded and burned to disc for distribution tonight, as well as preparing a whole host of other props, propaganda, material, sonore, etc. It should be enough. In fact, even though I feel underprepared (I have to admit:I don't have the songs memorized that I said I would have memorized), I probably have more than enough material for six hours. We've got more performers than last year, and more idea(s) of what we will be doing. Hopefully, that's a good thing.

rehearsing We also had a rehearsal/meeting on Wednesday that went well.

So. Tonight will happen one way or the other.

we'll see.....
1/11/2003 10:52:12 AM
Tuesday, January 07, 2003

Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan

"The sad story of Kevin, the messed-up thirteen-year-old, is one of the pastimes of the Wild Dada Ducks. It is a story entitled Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan. The Wild Dada Ducks tell this story to one another. Each Wild Dada Duck makes up as much of the story as he likes, and the story is always changing. Sometimes Kevin is an orphan, sometimes a juvenile delinquent, a druggie, a lonely child of feuding parents, a social misfit, a homosexual, a weakling who wants to play sports, and any number of other hard luck characters. Kevin Shapiro, Boy Orphan, is different from the novels in Himler High School Library in that he never solves his problems. Instead, we usually kill him from time to time." (Pinkwater, Daniel, "Young Adult Novel", New York: Tom Dorerty, 1985)

Daniel M. Pinkwater's semi-official Kevin Shapiro site

Kevin Shapiro Stories

Another Odd Kevin Link

apropos of nothing, 'cepting that some new ones might be read at HAPPY TIMES. what better place?!?

par example

Kevin worked for the man, making phone books. It was a tiring job with over-crowded cubicles, dim lighting, radiation-hazard computer monitors, no coffee, air filled with paper dust, and strange, mis-shapen beings that scurried to-and-fro bearing heaped stacks of ad-copy to be processed "exactly as the customer wants." Kevin hated his job, but if he quit, his parole office--Mr Schmendiman--warned him, the work-release program would be over, and Kevin would have to serve out the rest of his sentence. It wasn't fair, Kevin thought to himself every morning. Who cares about WalMart. They have so much money, nobody would ever have missed that store I burned down--they'd just shop elsewhere. And then he'd get out of bed and trudge the five miles to the cube-farm. He was always tempted to walk, to run in the green fields lining his route, but Mr. Schmendiman had also warned him about the ankle-bracelet attached to his ankle. "We can track you via satellite, Kevin," he said. "You go anywhere other than work, and --KABLOOIE--." Mr. Schmendiman laughed so hard snot flew out of his nose and spattered Kevin.

So, like every other day, Kevin walked to work and punched in his code at the door. He got his cup of warm water, downed his meds from the company nurse, and trudged on to his cubicle. Unfortunate, today was the day that the storage racks in the fals ceiling gave way and dumped 7 tons of un-sold phone directories on Kevin's sorry head. Poor Kevin, if only he had died quickly instead of suffering for sixteen long hours under the pile.

Oh, well. He sucked at making ads, anyway.
1/7/2003 11:34:44 AM
Monday, January 06, 2003

HAPPY TIMES 2: the non-stop performance marathon

Saturday, January 11 6pm to midnight
Afa Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton
Admission is free, but a $5 donation is encouraged

HAPPY TIMES is the second annual performance marathon at the Afa Gallery. A product of Afa's "alternative to noise" performance series, HAPPY TIMES is a marathon with no intermissions, no breaks, no pauses, no gaps, no inbetweens: it never stops. For six hours, 10+ performers will keep the space at 514 Lackawanna Ave alive with the arcane enery that results from the collision of the Planned and the Improvised.

The audience is not expected to stay for the the entire six hours, but to treat the event as a "smorgasbord" of entertainment--stop in, taste a few dishes, maybe go out to see a movie, then come back for dessert.

All are welcome to stay for the entirety, and perhaps even join in!

Scheduled performers include Connie Sinavage, Mike Benedetti, Wayne Feldman, Matt Bonewicz, Vanessa Norton, Jason Sherry, Michael Paulukonis, Alicia Grega-Pikul, John Bert, John Baldino, Skip Mendler, and more!

For further information, please contact Michael Paulukonis at 570.383.0251, or visit alternative to noise.

Where are we going?
I don't Know.
When will we get there?
I ain't certain;
All I know is I am on my way.

--Paint Your Wagon

What Will Happen?!
--Jack Keraouc

* = performed last year

** = planned on for this year

one special event every hour
sparklers with God Bless America (on 78 or a Kate Smith recording)
slides continuously on walls--6 or more trays to swap, 1 or two
overhead/opaque projector
bubblegum passed out to audience
** head is shaved
wooden block tower is built: one block every 10 minutes (timer).
Boxing [M. Benedetti piece] for a looooooong time
"An Introduction to Flight" (M. Paulukonis piece)
"Coffee Table Music" (for multiple coffee makers)
"Toaster Etude" (for multiple toasters)
"Dripsody" installation (a George Brecht piece; fluxus)
"Etude Pneumatique" [in absence of Accordion, perhaps] (M. Paulukonis)
* phoned-in contributions
* ladder
* various musicians
Benedetti maps wiring
something through the windows or across the street
** Auld Lang Syne
** Moses Supposes (Benedetti & Paulukonis)
small noisemakers (not New Year's type...from my collection)
matchbox cars
checkers and/or chess for bystanders ("audience")
"tour guide" headset-tape-players (an "explanation" of the performances is given, as in a museum)
** typewriter for audience
sidewalk chalk
toothbrush, toothpaste, basin, glass of water
sandwich is made and eaten
* bowl of cereal
** Ulysses, somehow: read; miniaturized with puppets & boxing;
(panto) mime
* a nap is taken (cot, pillow, blanket. round, wound-up, ringing-type
alarm clock. sleep is feigned for least 30 minutes if not actualized.)
* a chalk-board is used
* a children's book is read to audience as though story-time at the library.
short, educational filmstrips.
78-rpm records are played for enjoyment. (hand-crank phonograph)
French-language lessons on 78-rpm records. (as above)
** balloons: blown up, released, popped, stuck with pins ("tape trick"), batted in air, static electricity stuck to walls; balloon animals.
magic tricks
card tricks
the floor is swept.
* newspaper is read
* audience is polled
new year's resolutions
* other "classic" Fluxus works
**Connie's Box--variations
odd "dramatic" monologues or duets over/under other obscure works
the floor is scrubbed
the floor is coated with Crisco then scrubbed
sandwiches are made, cut into triangels and distributed to performers and audience.
pizza is ordered
(variant: Mike B. wants to see a pizza delivery-person interacting/performing with the audience)
an argument is overheard.
a fight.
bills are paid.

some other things that happened last year:

reading of the names of the dead from the WTC disaster
(all the) pages from a book torn out
remote-control-car played with
cosmic-ray deflector-beanies created for audience
phone calls back-and-forth from the Radisson
Crossing the gallery to look out the door while wearing a bathrobe
Walking through the gallery and exiting front door; running around back to enter via alley & do it again (5 times)
Alicia read notes collected from earlier in the evening
Vanessa didn’t pass out
Puzzles were put together
Mike Benedetti played “X for Henry Flynt”
sailor hats were worn throughout (optional this time around)
the canes were NOT used
[this is perhaps only significant becuase I bought 10 bamboo canes to use. didn't. obviously]

now you know what I've been busy with.

See you there!
1/6/2003 10:47:22 PM
the Other monster, by beebalalou