Updated blog is now at Interference Patterns. Sorry for the inconvenience.
(from NYT article)
BAGHDAD, Feb. 27 — A revival of the classic "Epic of Gilgamesh" is scheduled to open in about two weeks at the Rashid Theater in downtown Baghdad. The troupe, rehearsing every afternoon in a dusty, ill-lighted space upstairs at the government-run General Organization for Theater and Cinema, realizes that its ancient odyssey about life and death along the Euphrates may be overshadowed by an all-too-vivid, modern version right outside at just about the same time."If the war happens, we will present the play, even if we only draw a small audience," said Kasim Al-Sumary, the director, optimistic that a few brave souls might wander abroad even in the face of an American attack. "If we only thought about war, we could not go on with the rehearsals."
Wednesday, February 5, 2003 - CNN article:
British theatre-goers are flocking to a new farce which mocks U.S. President George W. Bush as a pyjama-wearing buffoon cuddling a teddy-bear while his crazed military chiefs order nuclear strikes on Iraq. "The Madness of George Dubya" -- which mercilessly satirises British Prime Minister Tony Blair as well as Bush -- has proved such a success at a fringe theatre in London that it is moving to a larger venue next week for an extended run. "As war comes closer, the mood among audiences has changed," actor Nicholas Burns, who plays Blair, said after a performance this week. "The audience is actually laughing more, but the tension behind their laughs has grown. People are scared."
Director Justin Butcher wrote "The Madness" in three days after Christmas -- then rehearsed it in six -- in a fit of pique against the American establishment following a brush with some U.S. security agents on a trip to Romania. The agents were in Bucharest preparing for an imminent Bush visit and interrogated Butcher and a friend in a hotel after overhearing a conversation between them that they said they were "not comfortable with," the director said. "That was a key influence in my feeling that in the arts scene we were in need of a wakeup call about the influence of American imperialism in the world," Butcher told Reuters after a full house had again cheered his play to the rafters. "This is not a racist, anti-American thing. It's a satirical attack on what the U.S. and British governments are doing."As well as echoing in its title a 1994 film, "The Madness of King George," about Britain's 18th century King George III, Butcher's satire re-works plot elements from Stanley Kubrick's 1964 classic "Dr Strangelove." Throughout the play, Bush -- with a cowboy hat and Superman T-shirt as well as his pyjamas -- wanders around uttering an idiot's commentary from the bunker (or "bunkbed" as he calls it) where his "special guys" have put him for safekeeping. "Often times I get confused and forget stuff," he says, as he rails against the risk from "Islamic tourist states." "Tourists are brown folks who get on planes and come to America and do bad things, so we're having a war on tourism," he says in one of various risque wisecracks in the play.
(condensed from NYT article: may require free registration;):
Official PBS site that includes songs, pictures, and stories.
PITTSBURGH — Fred Rogers, who gently invited millions of children to be his neighbor as host of the public television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for more than 30 years, died of cancer early Thursday. He was 74. Rogers died at his Pittsburgh home, said family spokesman David Newell, who played Mr. McFeely on the show. Rogers had been diagnosed with stomach cancer sometime after the holidays, Newell said.
Rogers composed his own songs for the show and began each episode in a set made to look like a comfortable living room, singing "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood," as he donned sneakers and a zip-up cardigan. His message remained a simple one throughout the years, telling his viewers to love themselves and others. On each show, he would take his audience on a magical trolley ride into the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, where his puppet creations would interact with each other and adults. Rogers did much of the puppet work and voices himself.
Rogers taught children how to share, how to deal with anger and even how not to fear the bathtub by assuring them they'll never go down the drain. During the Persian Gulf War, Rogers told youngsters that "all children shall be well taken care of in this neighborhood and beyond -- in times of war and in times of peace," and he asked parents to promise their hildren they would always be safe.Rogers' gentle manner was the butt of some comedian's jokes. Eddie Murphy parodied him on "Saturday Night Live" in the 80's with his "Mister Robinson's Neighborhood," a routine Rogers found funny and affectionate.
IMDB cast list for Mr. Rogers' neighborhood.
Lengthy Capt. Kangaroo vs. Mr. Rogers grudge match site.
About.com has a nice collection of links.
Nice Salon.com article from 1999.
Click on sound collage for an, uh, sound collage. Kembrew calls it "Mr. Rogers - Satan = Elvis"
requires RealPlayer, which means I haven't heard it yet
Another collage from Escape Mechanism
Jack Bowman's Mr. Hitler's Neighborhood performance piece uses the show's format. Creepy.
AlterNet article: Goodbye, Mister Rogers
GetYourWarOn has a nice tribute
G'bye Mr. Rogers; we'll miss you.
Michael Essany may still be in college and may not even have a driver's license, but he has convinced stars like Tom Green, Kevin Bacon and Jewel to appear on his local cable access talk show -- in his parents' living room. Essany's cable access show, which he started at the age of 15, is far afield of reality shows like The Osbournes, The Anna Nicole Show and The Bachelorette: There's no swearing, scheming or skinny-dipping. The shock value lies in its wholesomeness. Essany's a kid with an uncommon work ethic, supportive parents and big dreams.
"He's a straight-A student, but he's not like a regular kid. He's a kid with a mission," said Gibbons, who appeared on Essany's show as a guest in absentia in 1998 (she was on the phone while her headshot was propped on the chair reserved for guests). Essany's mom, who also takes care of the show's food services, hair and makeup, isn't the only family member involved: Dad also works, running the camera and sound. "I always want to work with my mom and dad, even when I have a big gig on late-night TV," said Essany. "Mom and Dad will always be part of my career.""One thing that defines Essany as interesting is he's on cable access. Once he makes it to the big time, will it be all that interesting?" asked Robert Thompson, pop culture professor at Syracuse University. "You like the show because it's quaint and charming and low tech ... That will be taken away once it gets a budget."
E! Online's pages for the Michael Essany Show.
Electric City pub'ed my "letter to the Editor" responding to a Gene Padden column from two weeks ago (not currently available on-line):
You live in an interesting universe - one where if protest and dissent is so widespread and committed as to have "web-rings" created for it - that it must therefore be pointless and trivial.
Somehow your belief in predestination helps inform this - but other dissenters and protesters have not been so limited - protesters such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatmas Ghandi, and Jesus of Nazareth.
"Love thine enemy" and "turn the other cheek" are difficult principles to put into action in a world plagued by weapons of mass destruction. But when faced by maniacs who view war as "cleansing" or an "honorable" method to dispose of masses of people, sometimes principles are all that we can cling to and, perhaps, strive for.
It's interesting that you like that 50's expression "cool" while denigrating those like the next decade's "hip" - because the "hippies" are those most-often credited with the phrase "make love, not war." And the thought behind that is at least as old as Aristophanes' "Lysistrata" - 400 B.C. The women of Athens, under the leadership of Lysistrata, unite with the enemy women of Sparta in their disgust for an unending war. The women "withold their favors" from the eternally fighting men, until the men realize there is something much more productive they prefer to making war.
Perhaps you are at peace, compassionate Mr. Padden, knowing that the poor and the hungry are poor and hungry because they are being punished, and that the coming war will cleanse the world of masses of people. But not all of us are at peace with these issues. On Monday, March 3rd, 2003, communities around the planet will raise their collective voice for peace by producing readings of Lysistrata in order to 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? Please join us at the Afa Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave, on March 3 to participate in NEPA's reading of Lysistrata - and to think about making something other than war for a change. You can find out more about the reading by visiting www.AlternativeToNoise.com.
Sorry Mr. Padden - no web-ringPeacefully yours,
Gene Padden responds:
Michael, thanks for reading - I know you to be one of the faithful. We support everyone's voices, not just my maniacal rants and I will try to attend your meeting. It sounds like you misread some things. I never detracted from King, Christ, etc. I am speaking strictly of today's anti-war protesters. Further, dying for one's country in a war is indeed honorable. It should also be known that I do think about issues other than war. In this situation, however, I believe it's a last resort that must be considered. We can agree to disagree on that.
I think I could have been briefer and more coherent. So it goes.
And my apologies for the late mention, but Jack Bowman's Performance Art News has been featuring the NEPA-Whirl site for the month of February. As well as the Artists for Art site and the a2n performance series.Jack's got a quirky listing of news & information, and his own site features video of a number of his pieces and others in the apparently quite-active Dayton, Ohio performance scene.
4 pm, Sunday, February 23 $5 suggested donation ($3 students & starving artists)
Afa Gallery 514 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton
On Sunday, February 23 at 4pm, Artists for Art presents a staged reading of Finding Miss Kubelick, the new play from regional playwright Mark Zdancewicz. Due to adult language and themes, this material may not be suitable for all audiences.
Finding Miss Kubelick is a black comedy that takes a very cynical look at love and the many forms it assumes. Focusing on "Charlie" and "Austin", two friends who have recently lost more than 300 pounds and are only now beginning to date, it poses the question, "Is it possible to love someone without wanting anything in return?"
The reading features the talents of Ron Araya, Rachel Andrelka, Jack Evans, Jane Fagley, Ellen O'Brien, Dan Rossi, Michael Paulukonis, and Alicia Grega-Pikul.
Mark Zdancewicz says "I've acted in some plays around here, directed some plays around here and written some plays. I'm a better director than I am an actor and in my own humble opinion, I think I have the potential to be a good playwright. The end." Billy Wilder's The Apartment, starring Shirley MacLaine as Miss Kubelick, is his favorite movie."Finding Miss Kubelick" is presented as part of Artists for Art's alternative to noise performance series. For further information or to schedule an audition, please call Michael Paulukonis at 570.383.0251 or contact via email.
Like I said, I've been busy.....
cf. Egyptian Fax Chamber
The Chinese have raised another army of remarkable dimensions, hundreds of foot-tall terra-cotta warriors, along with horses and chariots, that come from the depths of a tomb site south of Beijing. Archaeologists and conservators are working overtime to preserve the colorful painted decorations of the 2,000-year-old figurines as they are being exposed to air and removed from the ground.
This is not the first or the biggest such find. The most famous one, excavated in the 1970's at a imperial tomb outside the city of Xian, included 7,000 terra-cotta figures of soldiers, all of them life-size. A second company of clay soldiers, including farm animals, was found in 1990 in the vicinity of Xian.
The Weishan site, as archaeologists are calling it, may spread over as much as 10,000 square feet, Archaeology magazine reported in its current issue. If so, excavators predicted, the site may hold several thousand of the figurines, an impressive funerary display indicating that this was the burial place of a nobleman or close relative of a ruler of the Han dynasty, one of China's longest and most powerful, extending from 206 B.C. to A.D. 220. Experts said the tomb appeared to date from the first half of the Han rule.
History of the Williams Mix
Saturday, March 22, 2003, marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere performance of John Cage's Williams Mix (1951-53) for eight monaural magnetic tapes, the first octophonic tape music composition in the world, created and performed with eight speakers surrounding the audience.
To celebrate this historic piece and its first performance 50 years ago, Austin will create the Williams [re]Mix[...stallation], a continuously performing octophonic sound installation to be installed at Engine 27, implemented with Austin's recently developed Williams [re]Mix[er] (1997-2001), an interactive I Ching composing program. The program, in operation, creates ever-newer versions and realizations of Cage's original work, calling on a recorded sound library of hundreds of sounds. The program's functionality is modeled on the compositional processes used by Cage to create his Williams Mix, these processes extrapolated and applied from Austin's analyses of Cage's 192-page score, his sketches, and the eight monaural, analog tapes for the piece.
From February 14 to March 16, 2003, everyone is invited to upload soundfiles via the web for inclusion in the library to be used during the new multiple Williams [re]Mix[ed] realizations to be played during the installation.
Some good resources
Essay on the aesthetic behind the "silent" composition 4'33"
British composer charged with copyright infringement over silent track
John Cage is one of those figures that generates great love and great hostility. I don't know that I understand but a fragment of what he was all about, but he was a big influence on my work and thinking.
Every Third Friday of the month, 7:30pm--Tudor Bookshop, Kingston. Each evening will feature one or two live'n'kicking hipster poets reading their poetry interspersed with a free-for-all open mike where all are welcome to read their own work! MC & host: Mike Lindgren (288-9697)
February 21--Helene Caprari & Michael Paulukonis
you heard it here, first
GESAMKUNSTWERKNicholas Primich 5/11/02
Between 1962 and 1965 (De Domizio 1997:28), Beuys was part of the Fluxus movement, which based itself on a connection between art and life and was directed towards a new order of human society. Often working with the concept of chaos Beuys awoke to the idea that a new situation could be created from it. Another idea of Beuys' by which art is available to everyone and useable anywhere and everywhere came from this period (De Domizio 1997:28), namely vehicle art.
In a certain sense, Beuys was an anarchist (Stachelhaus 1991:106). He had no time for the mind-set of democratic compromise, but was rather interested in breaking through the limitations that had been imposed on democracy. Beuys meant very seriously when he said (Stachelhaus 1991:106) that he had nothing to do with politics but that he only knew art, this keeping within the principles of his expanded concept of art, the idea that art is the primary factor governing our existence and our actions.
In 1974 Beuys (De Domizio 1997:49), together with the Nobel Prize Winner Heinrich Boll, established what could be considered the artist's most important creation, aimed at a real form of progress with respect to existing educational institutions: the 'Free International University', (Luckenbach 1997) which admitted all students and function outside of the existing academic system. Often using the blackboard as a demonstrative tool, his actions became lectures in which he directly addressed his audiences.
Another large part of Beuysian thought was the concept of 'Social Sculpture' (De Domizio 1997:83), whereby art is a daily act, a broadened and dilated action, not localised, not univocal, not limited to the relative content of the art object but art as the creative commitment of living, entirely incarnated in behaviour. A way of transforming the world into 'Social Sculpture', in which no man needs to acknowledge himself, but rather is and acts as an 'artist', the demiurge of every moment of his life (De Domizio 1997:83).
The plays on this website were mostly composed in the way that Max Ernst made his Fatagaga pieces toward the end of World War I: texts have often been taken from, or inspired by, other texts. Among the sources for these pieces are the classical plays of Euripides as well as texts from the contemporary world.
Please feel free to take the plays from this website and use them as a resource for your own work: cut them up, rearrange them, rewrite them, throw things out, put things in, do whatever you like with them—don't just make a few cuts or rewrite a few passages, but pillage the plays and build your own entirely new piece out of the ruins—and then, please, put your own name to the work that results.
The next planning meeting for the NEPA/Scranton Lysistrata Project ("the world-wide theatrical event for peace") will be Sunday, Feb 16, 1pm at the Afa Gallery, 514 Lackawanna Ave, Scranton.
Contact Michael for more information.
: activism begins with you.
> > > > Synopsis: The 12hr-ISBN-JPEG Project began December 30, 1994. A `round-the-clock posting of sequenced hypermodern imagery by Brad Brace. The hypermodern minimizes the familiar, the known, the recognizable; it suspends identity, relations and history. This discourse, far from determining the locus in which it speaks, is avoiding the ground on which it could find support. It is trying to operate a decentering that leaves no privilege to any center.
Pointless Hypermodern Imagery... posted/mailed every 12 hours... a stellar, trajective alignment for the 00`s! A continuum of minimalist masks in the face of catastrophe; conjuring up transformative metaphors for the everyday... A poetic reversibility of exclusive events...
A post-rhetorical, continuous, apparently random sequence of imagery... genuine gritty, greyscale... corruptable, compact, collectable and compelling convergence. The voluptuousness of the grey imminence: the art of making the other disappear. Continual visual impact; an optical drumming, sculpted in duration, on the endless present of the Net.view 'em
~ This interminable, relentless sequence of imagery began in earnest on December 30, 1994. The basic structure of the project has been over twenty-four years in the making. While the specific sequence of photographs has been presently orchestrated for more than 12 years` worth of 12-hour postings, I will undoubtedly be tempted to tweak the ongoing publication with additional new interjected imagery. Each 12-hour posting is like the turning of a page; providing ample time for reflection, interruption, and assimilation.
ISBN is International Standard Book Number. JPEG and GIF are types of image files. Get the text-file, 'pictures-faq' to learn how to view or translate these images. ftp sitefound via rumori
Lysistrata Project--NEPA versionPlanning continues for the reading of Lysistrata on Monday, March 3. I've been casting this week (in-between work on V-Day), and hope to announce the slate soon. In the meantime, click on the Lysistrata Project icon over on the left to get more information over at the a2n site.
A CLASSICAL MUSIC & POETRY COLLABORATION
Saturday, February 15, 2003 at 7:30 p.m.
at Shopland Hall, 4th Floor Theater
Scranton Cultural Center, 420 North Washington Ave., Scranton, PA
Admission: $5 public, $3 members, students & senior citizens
featuring The Mulberry String Trio with Joseph Knaus, viola, Ken Clendenning, violin, Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida, cello; and poets Jennifer Hill Kaucher, Dennis Toomey, Susan Luckstone Jaffer & Richard Aston.
Original music composed by Joseph Knaus, with the evening's Emcee, Erika Funke of WVIA-FM Radio.
For further information Rondo Semian 570-344-3052 or via email.
I'm a board member, so I better be there.
the first viennese vegetable orchestra
the first viennese vegetable orchestra consists exclusively of vegetable-based instruments, although where necessary, additional kitchen utensils such as knives or mixers are employed. this creates an autonomous and totally novel type of sound which cannot be achieved with conventional musical instruments. marinated sound ideas and canned listening habits beg for expansion! this music is a playful departure from the conventional way of looking at vegetables as mere means to still an appetite. the instruments are subsequently made into a soup so that the audience can then enjoy them a second time...more info about the orchestra
The First Swiss Watch?(from CNN article)
Archeologists studying the remains of a wealthy archer found in a 4,000-year-old grave exhumed last year near the renowned landmark said Monday he was originally from the Alps region, probably modern-day Switzerland, Austria or Germany. "He would have been a very important person in the Stonehenge area and it is fascinating to think that someone from abroad -- probably modern-day Switzerland -- could have played an important part in the construction of the site," said archeologist Andrew Fitzpatrick in a statement. The so-called "Amesbury Archer" was found in a grave in southern England about three miles from the landmark, buried with 100 items, including gold earrings, copper knives and pottery. Researchers hailed the find -- from about 2,300 B.C. and the oldest known grave in Britain -- as one of the richest early Bronze Age sites in Europe. "Different ratios of oxygen isotopes form on teeth in different parts of the world and the ratio found on these teeth prove they were from somebody from the Alps region," said Tony Trueman from Wessex Archeology.So what about the Gods from Outer Space theory?
website of jörg piringer:
born in 1974. currently living in vienna/austria. member of the institute for transacoustic research. member of the vegetable orchestra (das erste wiener gemüseorchester). student at the schule für dichtung in wien (curd duca, sainkho namtchylak, etc). master degree in computer science. sound poet.contains all of the headline-promised material, and more. link to join the "soundpoetry mailinglist" as well.
found via rumori
Creative Class Articlelast fall's article (penned by Brigitte Geiss) from the NEPA Business Journal that "features" me is now within xradiograph.
oh, yeah. and there's a lot of construction going on. If you're going to link to me (all you legions, you), link to http://www.xradiograph.com which will cheerily re-direct you to wherever I may next end up.
don't ask; it's a long story.
from NYT story By MAUREEN DOWD
When Colin Powell goes to the United Nations today to make his case for war with Saddam, the U.N. plans to throw a blue cover over Picasso's antiwar masterpiece, "Guernica." Too much of a mixed message, diplomats say. As final preparations for the secretary's presentation were being made last night, a U.N. spokesman explained, "Tomorrow it will be covered and we will put the Security Council flags in front of it." Mr. Powell can't very well seduce the world into bombing Iraq surrounded on camera by shrieking and mutilated women, men, children, bulls and horses.
Reporters and cameras will stake out the secretary of state at the entrance of the U.N. Security Council, where the tapestry reproduction of "Guernica," contributed by Nelson Rockefeller, hangs. The U.N. began covering the tapestry last week after getting nervous that Hans Blix's head would end up on TV next to a screaming horse head. (Maybe the U.N. was inspired by John Ashcroft's throwing a blue cover over the "Spirit of Justice" statue last year, after her naked marble breast hovered over his head during a televised terrorism briefing.)
Nelson Rockefeller himself started the tradition of covering up art donated by Nelson Rockefeller when he sandblasted Diego Rivera's mural in the RCA Building in 1933 because it included a portrait of Lenin. (Rivera later took his revenge, reproducing the mural for display in Mexico City, but adding to it a portrait of John D. Rockefeller Jr. drinking a martini with a group of "painted ladies.")
The administration's argument for war has shifted in a dizzying Cubist cascade over the last months. Last summer, Bush officials warned that Saddam was close to building nuclear bombs. Now, with intelligence on aluminum tubes, once deemed proof of an Iraqi nuclear program, in dispute, the administration's emphasis has tacked back to germ and chemical weapons. With no proof that Saddam has given weapons to terrorists, another once-crucial part of the case for going to war, Mr. Rumsfeld and others now frame their casus belli prospectively: that we must get rid of Saddam because he will soon become the gulf's leading weapons supplier to terrorists.
from an informant on Oddmusic
PS: In the late 1970s or early 1980s, German artist Jürgen Olbrich staged a performance piece called "Photocopy Rock-n-Roll". I don't think he was using the copier as a sound source, though. Instead, (as far as I can tell from catalogue documentation) he was dancing on the copier glass, taking copies of his feet.........This rang some bells for me, & I googled him. Sure enough--I found something:
a Flux Flag. I was pretending to be a volunteer worker at Artpool when this exhibit was up (I was actually just hanging out and reading everything in the archives that I could and listening to all of their sound poetry cassettes) and I have some vague memories of the show; I think this was when Ben Vautier came to town and signed his name on my arm, turning me into a Ben Vautier piece....
Here is a brief bio from a mail-art encyclopedia.
And another combine at Artpool (I don't remember this one; it's undated; and I was only about for a year or two).
What seems to be his German-language home page. All you monoglot anglophones might want to brave this google translation. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Carson Daly rose to fame as the host of "Total Request Live" on Viacom's MTV. Less well known is his side gig as a superhuman D. J. With a little help from digital editing, Mr. Daly can do a top-10 countdown show tailored to the phoned-in requests of radio listeners in 11 different cities without actually knowing which songs he is counting down. Mr. Daly's syndicated radio show, "Carson Daly Most Requested," is produced by Premiere Radio Networks, a unit of the broadcasting giant Clear Channel Communications. The program runs each weekday on 140 stations — most of them owned by Clear Channel — although only 11 receive the digitally customized version that seeks to simulate a local program.
With a lot of cutting and pasting, the engineers create 11 customized hourlong countdown shows for cities like New York, Philadelphia and Detroit, and two national pop and rhythm-and-blues countdowns for other markets. The customization means Mr. Daly can seem to be telling listeners in a particular city their most-requested songs for that day — without ever seeing the city's top-10 list.
Mr. Daly's show uses technology that is similar to voice tracking, but industry experts said that the digital manipulation of the host's words and phrases is so extensive as to put the show in a league of its own.
Not all of Mr. Daly's sentences are digitally constructed. The show's writers give him longer segments, like gossip roundups and customized introductions for New York and Los Angeles. But much of the material is written with recycling in mind, so a joke about Christina Aguilera that is used to introduce the No. 3 song in Boston can be used on another day when the song is, say, No. 6 in Atlanta.