May 11th, 2015





The artist who lays eggs with her vagina – or why performance art is so silly


In my work, seriousness was essential, otherwise the jokes fall flat.

In my work, jokes were essential, otherwise the seriousness would dissipate.

Why do I compare a joke to a poorly-made cake?
Why do I think seriousness is a gas (a form of matter, ungraspable, boundless, evanescent, chaotic and ghostlike[1])?

June 5th, 2012

John Baldesarri sings Sol LeWitt

found via A Brief History of John Baldessarri (sung by Tom Waits)

May 29th, 2012

Some excerpts from Unlikely Persona: Jerry Hunt (1943-1993)

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Jerry perform. It was in 1984 at a music festival in Ohio. The curtain opened to reveal upstage a modest clump of homemade and off-the-shelf electronic instruments. Jerry appeared from behind the setup, pushed a few buttons and began the piece. The music coming from the loudspeakers was a tapestry of sampled instruments — mainly bowed strings — constantly churning out a dense micropolyphonic web based on clusters of slow and fast trills. This was accompanied by a host of high-frequency percussive sounds emphasizing rattles, sleigh bells, wind chimes and the like. Loud and unrelenting, it reminded me of a Texas insect chorus on a hot summer night.

While this was going on, Jerry paced the stage holding a variety of homemade hand props: staffs, rattles, different kinds of wands and bells. The rattles were shaken, the staffs stamped loudly on the stage. Some of the wands were quite phallic, and Jerry would make strange motions with them as though they had magical powers. Other wands looked like religious talismans created from junk: an umbrella handle that turned into a cross at the far end, or a stylized metal rod bent into the shape of an astrological symbol. Jerry took out some strange nightlights that he plugged into electrical outlets all over the stage. Later he brought out an old brown suitcase, sat on it like a child’s hobby horse, and slapped it like a bass drum using a thick wooden stick.

The performance was redolent of shamanism, as though demons were being exorcised from the auditorium. But it came from a most unlikely persona: the lanky, bald, bespectacled Jerry Hunt, wearing his trademark unironed white dress shirt, long narrow tie, off-white jacket with unbuttoned cuffs and loose fitting trousers. It was a look I call “central Texas meat inspector” — certainly not what you’d expect from a shaman. It was amusing to watch the spectacle of this mysterious ritual being performed by an utterly mundane-looking man.


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January 28th, 2009

Lack Cty Dept. of Arts & Kultcha is on the Twitter

April 7th, 2008

henri and the typewriter

October 1st, 2007

central texas meat inspector

March 17th, 2007

recycled robot puppets &c.

January 18th, 2007

now THAT’s a haunted house

January 15th, 2007

picasso paints a painting

January 9th, 2007

I have no one to call, and I am calling them.

December 28th, 2006

Updike has psoriasis.

Karen plays with dolls.

December 15th, 2006

Bill Irwin, Dr. Suess, and Walt Disney

November 7th, 2006

November 7, 2006 A Neuroscientific Look at Speaking in Tongues

The passionate, sometimes rhythmic, language-like patter that pours forth from religious people who “speak in tongues” reflects a state of mental possession, many of them say. Now they have some neuroscience to back them up.

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania took brain images of five women while they spoke in tongues and found that their frontal lobes — the thinking, willful part of the brain through which people control what they do — were relatively quiet, as were the language centers. The regions involved in maintaining self-consciousness were active. The women were not in blind trances, and it was unclear which region was driving the behavior.

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October 30th, 2006

bruce’s joke book

August 17th, 2006

radical software

August 11th, 2006

linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty

August 11th, 2006

piano burn

August 7th, 2006

Keaton Appreciation

July 28th, 2006

interview with Paul Reubens.

July 24th, 2006


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