Dziga Vertov's classic Chelovek Kinoapparatom (Man With A Movie Camera 1929) available for free download from the Internet Archive
Doug Aitken's Sleepwalkers an eight screen video installation on the facade of MOMA following the journeys of five New York city inhabitants.
Installation view of Hachiya Kazuhiko's Open Skies 2.0 exhibition at the NTT Intercommunication Centre, Tokyo. Hachiya is best known for his Air Board series of jet engine powered hoverboards based on the hoverboard from the Back To The Future.
This exhibition itself was a gallery based presentation of the process of planning, building and flying self built aircraft, but unlike the AirBoard you can't fly in a gallery so instead visitors were offered the chance to win a simulated ride by completing various tasks. I'm interested at the moment (as my MA show approaches) in approaches to presenting work which happens outside of the gallery in a gallery context and this impresses me wioth it's effective balancing of sculptural objects natural to a gallery space with process documentation which can come across sometimes as tedious and a bit overly precious if not handled properly. The obvious comparison (flying machines) is of course with Belgian artist Panamarenko except with the (not only) conceptual difference that these flying machines actually left the ground. Of course, me being me, I wondered did they actually fly, would it be better work if they didn't but the artist went to elaborate lengths to convince us that they did, or does it matter?
More images at my flickr page.
I'm back from Tokyo which was a fantastic experience in an amazing city which is exactly as cool as you'd imagine it to be. More in the next few days or so and I'm slowly uploading some pictures to my Flickr page. The above picture was taken from the Tokyo city view on the 52nd floor of the Mori building.
Jon Ronson in the Guardian reports on the high school shooting plot in North Pole Alaska the most Christmassy (not to mention scariest)town in the world where 13 year old kids answer letters to Santa.
For sale on ebay (current bid $25,100) one of only two surviving copies (the other copy said to be owned by David Bowie) of the acetate of the first velvet Underground recording (with alternate versions of what was later to be released as The Velvet Undergroung & Nico) The auction listing has a good history of the recording which was bought for 75cents in 2002
You know Christmas is coming when all the Christmas Sucks searches start coming in so here it is again Tom Waits and Peter Murphy Christmas Sucks (direct MP3 link up until my bandwidth goes)
Lets not forget the Christmas cheer of "childrens'" letters to Christopher Walken
Now kids drugs are all fun and games but sooner or later you'll end up on the Bing Crosby Christmas special singing the little drummer boy...
Every good artist has at least one quote, aphorism or soundbite attributed to them, yet the new media artist barely has time to keep up with the rapid change of technology let alone spend time thinking of witty aphorisms.
Garrett Lynch's Quote Me is a work, triggered by users to its web page, that reuses quotes and the date they were expressed from various online sources for the busy new media artist who hasn't time. Quotes are relevant comments to current political and social events, both nationally and internationally, taken from the current headlines of a handful of global newspapers via their respective rss / xml feeds, yet placed without context or explanation.
more about the work here
I've been thinking about Warhol a lot recently and really seeing his influence on a lot of current 'media art' so I was amused when I discovered (via Kottke) that Barneys department store in New York are selling
limited edition soup cans with authentic reproductions of Andy Warhol designed labels. Printed on special quality paper and with Andy's signature (reproduced). Campbell's soup with Warhol labelsThe must have xmas gift for the f**king eejit in your life and a snip at only $48, but nonetheless something which would have amused Andy as long as he got well paid for it.
Keeping with that theme I also discovered recently the BMW art car project which Andy did in 1979 painting, unlike other artists, directly on the car with a paintbrush and seemingly unlike other artists the only one who had a bit of fun with such a naff idea.
via hanne mugaas artblog
Art Forum has a fascinating account of the burgeoning Chinese contemporary art market (image from Chinese Crackers, 2006 film based on Ed Ruscha's 1969 Crackers) booming with new money and I can't help but compare it to the Irish contemporary art scene. Throughout art history important periods of development in contemporary art have tended to coincide with economic booms as new money got into new art, think of the Renaissance, the Impressionists, abstract impressionism etc.. It's obviously happening in China right now so it would make sense that with all the new money in Ireland that there would be an almost Frieze-like unseemly scramble for the latest cutting-edge art, right? Well... not exactly. Have a look at the results from the latest record breaking Adams Irish art auction and it becomes obvious that there is a boom in the Irish art market alright but it's not contemporary art that's selling. I wonder what is about the Irish that sets us apart from this particular historical trend?
An interesting event next Tuesday 12th, 7pm at the Odessa Club in Dublin Dale Dougherty and Sherry Huss of MAKE magazine will give an informal presentation followed by a conversation about their work in creating Maker Faire, an event bringing together art, science and home-made technology.
via the excellent Blackletter Irish Arts portal.
Street lights are to be turned off this Thursday in Reykjavik so that people can see the stars without any light pollution. The event, which is part of a film festival, takes place at 22.00 for half an hour and will be accompanied by an astronomer describing the night sky over national radio. What a great idea, can you even imagine something like that in Dublin?
From 1982 a radioplay interview album for the release of Lou Reed's Blue Mask album complete with scripted intros for the DJs including this gem
As part of the all hawaii eNtrées / luNar reGGae exhibition opening tomorrow at IMMA Pallas studios in the spirit of global and local exchange and by way of introduction to the artists of Dublin City, has invited the international artists from All Hawaii Entrées / Lunar Reggae, to select a Best XI of artists, for a Virtual football challenge, off-site in the Pallas studios. Participants include from the local side Brian Duggan, Mark Cullen, Gavin Murphy, Gillian Lawlor, Vanessa O'Riely, David Beattie, Mark Cullen, Niamh McCann, Seodin O'Sullivan, David Beattie, Vanessa O'Reilly, Conor McGarrigle,Tim Redfern, John Buckley and LIVE commentary from Nevan Lehart and on the art star side Anri Sala, Carsten Höller, Jorge Pardo, Dominique Gonzalez Forester, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Doug Aitken, Douglas Gordon, Liam Gillick, Sarah Lucas, Alighiero e Boetti, Sarah Morris, Cerith Wyn Evans and Michel Majerus. Kick off is 3pm Thursday 30th at Pallas Studios 17 Foley St Dublin 1.
You may or may not have noticed that GoogleBono has been offline for the last few days, this was due to the Google Maps switchover to version 2 of the API which I had neglected to upgrade to. As the coding of the first version was such a terrible hack it was also an opportunity to do it properly but now I'm glad to say that the new and improved Bono Probability Positioning System V. 2.01 is now back online.
Minister of Justice Michael "rottweiller" McDowell backs a report which recommends giving people more power to defend themselves from intruders in their own home, presumably on the ground that given his inability to maintain law and order the only solution is the indivualisation of law enforcement aka taking the law into your own hands. What's next, arming the law abiding people of Moyross so they can defend themselves against the drug gangs?
The Guardian reports that German euro notes are literally falling apart with over 1500 cases reported recently. One theory is that German clubbers are using euros to snort crystal meth which can contain sulphates which when combined with human sweat produce an acid which eats away the notes. Back to the drawing board for a drug resistance currency.
Ars Virtua Artist-in-Residence (AVAIR) is an extended performance that examines what it means to reside in a place that has no physical location.
Ars Virtua presents artists with a radical alternative to “real life” galleries: 1) Since it does not physically exist artists are not limited by physics, material budgets, building codes or landlords. Their only constraints are social conventions and (malleable-extensible) software. 2) The gallery is accessible 24 hours a day to a potentially infinite number of people in every part of the world simultaneously. 3) Because of the ever evolving, flexible nature of Second Life the “audience” is a far less predictable variable than one might find a Real Life gallery. Residents will be encouraged to explore, experiment with and challenge traditional conventions of art making and distribution, value and the art market, artist and audience, space and place.
deadline is 21st of November and there is a stipend in real money.
I'm exhibiting in the 1st Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media at the University of Nevada, Reno until December 15th. RIFNM 06 highlights an international selection of work by graduate and Phd students working with new digital technologies for the creation of art. Artists working in and across disciplines were invited to submit works to be considered for five interrelated events/venues: exhibit, netart, perform, project(full-dome) and present. The resulting festival schedule of events presents a unique opportunity to directly experience innovative work being created by a diversity of emerging artists exploring digital systems for visual and experiential production.
-Arthur Elsenaar and Remko Scha, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
-Gudmundur S. Gunnarsson, Mills College
-Sabrina Berryman, University of Utah
-Margaret Noble and Edyta Stepien, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
-Jolanta A Lapiak, NSCAD, Nova Scotia, Canada
-Martin Machado, San Francisco Art Institute
-Suzanne Yo Martinsen, University of Central Florida
-Pete Froslie, Massachusetts College of Art
-Alejandro Duque, European Graduate School, Switzerland
-Jamie Timms, University of California, Santa Barbara
-Mike Godwin, University of California, Santa Barabara
-Conor McGarrigle, National College of Art & Design Dublin, Ireland
-Stephanie Jeanjean, Graduate Center of CUNY (City University of New York)
-Melissa Grey and Robert Kirkbride, The New School, New York City
-Pamela Kray, The New School, New York City
-So Jung Kwon, Otis School of Art and Design, Los Angeles
-Si Jae Byun, School of Visual Arts, New York City
-Walter Nelson, Griffith University, Australia
-Stephen Cady, University of Illinois, Chicago, School of Art and Design
-Jeanne Jo, Rhode Island School of Art and Design
-Jake Lee High, Massachusetts College of Art
Looks like the war on terror has moved on to insects with this video of american soldiers in Iraq pitting a big spider against fire ants, it's probably vital field research vital to the building of a giant robo-spider which will win the war on
foreigners terror for ever.
Trevor Paglen's photographs of 'secret' US military bases and CIA 'black Sites' using high power telephoto lenses in the 1300 - 7000mm range at distances of up to 40 miles.
From Rhizome every death in the Friday the 13th series, 7 minutes worth back to back in chronological order
Similar is Jamie Shovlin's print Every Victim and Manner of Death in the Friday the 13th film Series
and of course the McCoys sublime Every Anvil which does a similar thing with Looney Tunes.
From the autumn update at the great UbuWeb Bruce Nauman's Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square available to download. I saw this during the summer at the excellent Mouvement des Images exhibition at the Pompideau in Paris and it really is worth the download.
New Scientist reports that researchers have unveiled a working invisibility cloak that works in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum
The cloak works by steering microwave light around an object, making it appear to an observer as if it were not there at all. Materials that bend light in this way do not exist naturally, so have to be engineered with the necessary optical properties.
In a real-life life is just like Lost in Translation moment Bill Murray turns up at student party in Scotland and does the washing up. Of course the students were all blonde, Swedish and persumably looked like Scarlett Johansson
As part of his Anti Tour 2 - the Nineties for DEAF06 festival musician/artist Denis McNulty is touring apartments (preferably built in the 90's) in Dublin city centre (i.e. the part of the city between the North and South circular roads). Interested in hosting a performance check out the details here.
Kicking off an idiosyncratic series of reports of what caught my eye at the Frieze Art Fair in London which I caught on Saturday. The image is of Alexei Shulgin (of easylife, 386dx fame) & Aristarkh Chernyshov's Medamirror an interactive work with a camera pointing at the viewer and software which then scrambles the image in a variety of ways. It wasn't clear if the software was contained within the frame or whether there was an external computer - though the only visible external cable was for power- all contained in a very slick acrylic/plexiglass type frame. I counted 15 red dots.
More images at my Flickr Frieze Set
Art Review's annual list of the most important people in art, topped by François Pinault owner of Gucci and Christies, biggest movers the Frieze founders up to 8 from 33 and Google in at 100. Interstingly Jerry Saltz, art critic for the Village Voice (who is actually a good critic) is at 57, Thomas Hirschhorn at 42 and Andreas Gursky at 22. Bruce Naumann is the highest placed artist at 9 followed by Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst at 10 and 11 respectively.
The Art Newspaper (PDF) reports on the Frieze art fair preview in London yesterday with more celebrities, more collectors and Tracey Emin's breasts all the important topics are tackled.
I'll be heading over to London on Saturday to check it out.
An interesting article from the Washington Post about the propaganda war being waged in gaming as Islamogaming companies respond in kind to the inherent propaganda of American war games. From the ridiculous Night of Bush Capturing (aka Quest for Bush modded from Quest for Saddam) to the more substantial Afkar Media's Under Ash.
From Art Forum a report that curators Eric Troncy and Stéphanie Moisdon turned down an invitation to curate this year's Parisien Nuit Blanche citing technical and structural reasons with Troncy adding the immortal words
A crowd is not a proper condition for the reception of a work of art.
The Nuit Blanche was run by former Palais de Tokyo co-directors Nicolas Bourriaud and Jérôme Sans and had 1.5m visitors up from last years 1.3m
Carsten Holler's installation at the Tate Engine Hall which open tomorrow. The installation consists of five slides including one which falls five stories, and yes you can slide on them.
Celebrity interviewer Lynn Barber on her year as a Turner Prize Jurist, the big question is why was she on the jury in the first place?
Oh yeah and the short list is out too.
Real Time Rome is an MIT SENSEable City project which uses aggregated data from mobile phones, buses and taxis in Rome to give real visualisations of the dynamics of the city. Curently on show at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.
via emprye list
After a five year gap Sparklehorse are back with a new album Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain and they're touring with dates in Dublin on the 14th & 15th of October. It's great to see to him back and healthy the last time I saw him in 2002 I wondered if I'd ever see him again.
I see from signal vs noise that HP are offering a slimming effect (ie they stretch the image)in their latest digital cameras, weird but hardly surprising.Most photo processors here add a tanning effect colour adjustment during the summer months to keep the punters happy, I wonder will they now take it on themselves to slim the nation as well?
Tonight is Culture Night in Dublin where museums and galleries and cultural institutions stay open until 9pm (some 'till 10).It's a great idea and I welcome it as such but the execution is so disappointing. 9pm is late night shopping, the Tate opens till 10pm every Friday and Saturday so it's hard to get excited about opening an extra 3 hours once a year. Culture Night is based on La Nuit Blanche in Paris which is a 7pm - 7am night of inspired mayhem which takes over the city. While I accept that you've got to start small it would seem to me to that midnight should be the starting point. Still go out and support it, maybe next year...
I saw Michel Gondry's brilliant (his best yet and Gael García Bernal's best role) new film La Science des rêves / The Science of Sleep in Paris during the summer. Watching it I thought that the sets belonged in a gallery - turns out I was right and Deitch Projects in New York have an exhibition of the sets. Interestingly Sophie Coppola's Marie Antoinette was also released in France this summer and like The Science of Sleep has still to hit the cinemas here yet.
I was at the launch of newest Irish literary sensation Mia Gallagher's first novel Hellfire last evening. Hellfire is the big autumn Irish book from Penguin Ireland, the weekend papers were full of reviews and interviews, and you can't miss it in all the bookshops. It's great to see books of this calibre get the attention they deserve. IMO this is a major new Irish literary voice and Hellfire is an important novel about where Dublin is now that everyone should read. Recommended.
Conflux is the annual New York festival for contemporary psychogeography, the investigation of everyday urban life through emerging artistic, technological and social practice. It also has lots of very cool projects and is well worth checking out.
When you're younger: Do More. Think Less.
When you're older: Do Less. Think More.
30 years later Claude Lelouch retraces his route from C'était un Rendez-Vous in the original car and reveals that he was the driver, that the Ferrari sound was added later and that he was meeting his wife.
The art vending machine at the Project Arts Centre, Dublin. I attended the opening at Crawdaddy last night where it was an almost complete sell out but there should be still work left in the Project and Connolly Station.
More pictures at my Flickr
The Fringefest Vending Machine Project launches tomorrow at Crawdaddy 6pm, all are imnvited. The machines will be in the Project Arts Centre, Crawdaddy and Connolly Station and there's a full list of all the works available. Some pretty good stuff there and all for a fiver! Methinks you'll have to move fast to get your hands on some of those. I must mention that my work whereismyart.com - a limited edition of 12 - will be for sale in the Project Arts Centre machine.
Ferris wheel going up for the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures which is on this weekend . There's so much going on it's practically impossible to give recommendations but check out the schedule here. That said Trans-Global Underground & Trio Bulgarka on Sunday look particularly good.
Henrik Håkansson's After Forever (ever after) at the same exhibition. More at my Flickr account
Turn me on dead man an exhibition by Paul Murnaghan at the Basement Gallery Dundalk open this Friday the 18th 7.30 pm
The title of Paul Murnaghan’s latest exhibition refers to a reversed message embedded in a 1960’s vinyl album, it could also be read as an elastic mantra applicable to varied factions through the ages. This new body of work comprises of drawing, installation, video and sound. The drawing is a necessary device, used only to reference places and people from a past life accessed through hypnotic regression.
Murnaghan acts as documenter, illustrator and guinea-pig whilst exploring elements of cultural phenomena such as glossolalia 1 and reverie. By aligning diverse psychologies, he leads us to a place of obsessive yet common conviction, that allows the seemingly neurotic to be declassified and returned to the norm.
His practice is process-based, it often involves the construction of mnemonic devices and immersive research within disparate environments. The results when gathered, documented and positioned, display an intricate and potent sense of inquiry into the mechanics of memory and belief.
Basement Gallery Town Hall
Crowe St. Dundalk 042 9396437
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 10 - 4:30 Saturday 10 - 1
A great quote from composer Morton Feldman
My teacher Stefan Wolpe was a Marxist and he felt my music was too esoteric at the time. And he had his studio on a proletarian street, on Fourteenth Street and Sixth Avenue. . . . He was on the second floor and we were looking out the window, and he said, “What about the man on the street?” At that moment . . . Jackson Pollock was crossing the street..
Thge 2006 edition of FILE Electronic Language International Festival opens today in Galeria de Arte do SESI São Paulo, Brazil. I'll be showing the Bono Probability Positioning System version 2 AKA Google Bono. The exhibition continues until September 3rd.
The connection is that we share a birthday, happy birthday Fidel.
The locations for the Vending Machine Project which is taking place this September as part of The Dublin Fringe Festival 2006 have been announced. The machines will be selling art in Connolly train station, the Project Arts Centre and Crawdaddy (Harcourt St) and the participating artists will be:
Mark Beatty (IRL), Clare Louise Bligh (IRL), Cyril Briscoe (IRL), Alan Burns (IRL), Robert Christian (IRL), Declan Clarke (IRL/UK), Brian Coldrick (IRL), Roisín Cunningham (IRL), Niall de Buitlear (IRL), Nuisance Bears (IRL), Neva Elliott(IRL/UK), Tristan Fennell (IRL), Dermot Finn (IRL), Grainne Finn (IRL), Niall Flaherty (IRL), Damien Flood (IRL), Stephen Gaughan (IRL), Cliona Harmey (IRL), Joan Healy (IRL), Leah Hilliard (IRL), Barry Jacques (IRL), Annika Johansson (IRL/Finland), Frankenstyles (IRL/USA), Anthony Kelly (IRL), Tara Kennedy (IRL), Dogmedia Productions (IRL), Marina Kessopersadh (IRL), James Kirwan (IRL), K Bear Koss (IRL/USA), Lee Sang Hong (Korea), Hazel Lim (Singapore), Sarah Lincoln (IRL), Paul McCann (IRL), Conor McGarrigle (IRL), Caroline McNulty (IRL), Mark Garry/Nina Hynes/Karl Burke (IRL), Caitriona Moore (IRL), Eli Normal (IRL), Padraic E. Moore (IRL), Ben Mullen (IRL), Charlotte Murray (IRL), Paula Naughton (IRL), Barbara Nealon (IRL), Fergus Niland (IRL), Seamus Nolan (IRL), Jane O'Sullivan (IRL), Alex Pearl (UK), Christian Reeves (IRL), Sheila Rennick (IRL/UK), Emma Robertson (UK), David Roche (IRL), Ben Roosevelt (IRL/USA), Nina Tanis (IRL/USA), David Stalling (GER), Jason Taylor (UK), Keith Walsh(IRL), Robin Watkins (IRL/Sweden), Conor Wickham (IRL), John Younge (IRL).
The Maysles brothers cult documentary Grey Gardens is showing tonight on BBC4 for those of you who get the channel. The film tell the story of Big Edie and Little Edie, mother and daughter, lived with a menagerie of cats and racoons in their derelict mansion in the posh Long Island seaside resort of East Hampton. Their genteel squalor became a cause célèbre when Jackie Onassis, Big Edie's niece and Little Eadie's first cousin, tried to help them clean up the house.
Don't miss James Coleman's slide-tape installationI N I T I A L S (which I'm glad to say is beautifully installed) at IMMA until the 3rd September. James Coleman is probably the most important and certainly the most influential contemporary living Irish artist whose work is bizarrely rarely seen in the country.
I N I T I A L S Coleman uses a slide-tape format (multiple transparencies projected with synchronised audio tape) in his continuing investigation of the psychological, social and historic conditioning of perception. We see an unusual assortment of people in what could be a hospital setting, but might, with equal relevance, refer to a TV drama studio, with the attendant preparatory rituals for both settings. As the piece progresses, the voice of what appears to be a child spells out words or utters disparate statements, diverging more and more from the sequence of events depicted visually, calling into question photography’s traditional claim to documentary authenticity.
A further element of uncertainty is introduced through the variety of different genres in which the artist chooses to present the images, from popular television soap opera style to the serenity of a 17th-century Dutch portrait. Cocooned in a darkened and carpeted space, the work challenges the viewer to move through the space and find their own vantage point, thereby becoming part of the core experience of deconstruction and reconstruction. Lynne Cooke in a recent essay on Coleman’s work describes the process whereby “weaving references drawn from film, from drama and from painting, Coleman situates his trilogy in a hybrid realm, one that allows him to comment obliquely on these canonical art forms and their traditions without, however, fully subscribing to any.”
I saw dEUS not once but twice while in Paris, first at the Solidays festival where the picture was taken (there's more if you're interested on my flickr page)I saw them last November in Dublin when this tour kicked off and they rocked then but have since turned it up a few more notches and that in front of a French audience determined to confirm the national stereotype that they can't rock. I also caught another inspired performance on the opening night of the Paris Plage where they where joined by Stef Kamil Carlens (co-founder now in Zita Swoon)which just added to my belief that they're the best live band on the road today. They'll be at the Electric Picnic in September, don't miss them.
Blackletter.ie is a new collaborative workspace for Irish contemporary art created by Alan Butler, Cliona Harmey and Niall Flaherty the site features news, articles, an art calender with a self publishing feature but their opening project a google maps mashup showing ephermal, temporary and location based artworks around Dublin shows that this is going to be a lot more clued in then art.ie for example. Of course the success of projects like this rely on users so go sign up now!
While I was gone Eimear McKeith interviewed me about the Net Art Open for The Sunday Tribune and the article (which was excellent) appeared last Sunday (23rd July. I'll scan it and put on the site shortly. The Net Art Open also featured in Italian paper L'Unita and on two of my daily reads Rhizome and Random Magazine. Needless to say traffic to the Net Art Open has been pretty crazy since.
I'm going to be taking a break from blogging until August.
I won't be completely offline though as I'm participating as a guest in the - empyre - soft-skinned space discussion on 'Bare Life' as part of the Document 12 magazine project, maybe you can join me there. Full details below
July 2006 on -empyre- soft-skinned space: "Bare Life"
Please join guests Jordan Crandall (US), Tina Gonsalves (AU), GH
Hovagimyan (US), Conor McGarrigle (IR), Susana Mendes Silva (PT), and
Michele White (US) as we address
a question posed by the upcoming Documenta 12:
"What is bare life?"
This second question underscores the sheer vulnerability and complete exposure of being. Bare life deals with that part of our existence from which no measure of security will ever protect us. But as in sexuality, absolute exposure is intricately connected with infinite pleasure. There is an apocalyptic and obviously political
dimension to bare life (brought out by torture and the concentration
camp). There is, however, also a lyrical or even ecstatic dimension
to it – a freedom for new and unexpected possibilities (in human
relations as well as in our relationship to nature or, more generally, the world in which we live). Here and there, art dissolves the radical separation between painful subjection and joyous liberation. But what does that mean for its audiences?"
Subscribe at http://www.subtle.net/empyre
I'm pleased to announce that the Stunned Net Art Open 2006 launched today. Now in it's fourth edition the Net Art Open takes a different approach to the curation of Net Art online. Rather then present a single event based exhibition selected by a curator or panel of selectors the Net Art Open is an ongoing blog based process which will unfold over the next six months. Curatorial bias has been removed by accepting all work which meets the criteria. The result is a true reflection of the state of Net Art now.
The emphasis in this edition will be bringing the exhibition to the audience, taking account of the changing way people access the net. With so much new work being produced all the time even with the best will in the world it's difficult to keep up so the Net Art Open will be blogged one work at a time with RSS feeds for newsfeed readers and blog aggregators, each entry will be tagged for technorati and del.icio.us and a flickr pool will be created. In addition each entry will feature on the front page of Stunned.
The net art open was started in 2002 by Conor McGarrigle and Arthur X. Doyle as part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.com intervention, subsequent editions were in 2003 and 2004-5..
With France's magnificent victory over Brazil my prediction is that they're going to win the world cup. Which is very convienient as I head off to Paris tomorrow and get to watch the rest of the world cup there.
The opening of Matthew Barney & Bjork's Drawing Restraint in San Francisco gets, appropriately enough, the Artforum social diary treatment. Check out the ad at the end of the page, the hottest new space for the arts community, classy.
The Darklight Film Festival kicks off this Thursday at Filmbase in Temple Bar starting at 6.30. Two events that caught my eye on Saturday a public interview with John Thompson of Electronic Arts Intermix conducted by John Gerrard 2.30-4.45 and Straylight Curator Mark Cullen presents an Al and Al artist talk at Filmbase 5pm
Adam Curtis's powerful three part BBC series The Power of Nightmares which tells the story of the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists and explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion available for free download from the Internet archive. Essential viewing.
Bloomsday events at the James Joyce centre in Dublin have been cancelled because of the state funeral of former Taoiseach Charlie Haughey. There will be still events at the Joyce Tower in Sandycove where Barry McGovern will be reading the Oxen of the Sun chapter from 9am and at the James Joyce House on Ushers Island, more information here And of course there will be a State funeral making it's way through the city.
The BBC board of governers have officially ruled that gay now means rubbish.
The New Scientist reveals that the Pentagon's NSA in the form of ARDA (Advanced Research Development Activity) are interested in the information people post about themselves on social networking sites like myspace and are funding research into it's mass harvesting. A paper entitled Semantic Analytics on Social Networks presented at the W3C's WWW2006 conference revealing how data from online social networks and other databases can be combined to uncover facts about people was part-funded by ARDA. ARDA according to New Scientist is an organisation whose role is to spend NSA money on research that can solve some of the most critical problems facing the US intelligence community principally the problem of how to make sense of the massive amounts of data they collect.
How Bowie made it out of the Great British Book of Smiles. Fascinating as this is it also helps explain his fall from greatness. Obviously the quality of his music is inversely proportional to the quality of his teeth which leads me to believe that his talent was in his teeth. However, my wife believes that his ex wife Angie is the catalyst for all his good music - his early albums sucked, he married Angie around Hunky Dory his first good album and split with her around scary monsters his last good album - another pretty convincing theory but one weakened I think by the strong teeth evidence and don't even get me started on the hair... Yes, the collapse in Bowie's talent is a not infrequent topic of conversation in our home.
A new Christian (as in born again) video game where you get to kill unbelievers ie satanists, catholics, jews, Muslims, Buddhists, gays, and anyone who advocates the separation of church and state - especially moderate, mainstream Christians - you know, the usual crew. Alternatively you could play the antichrist's side.
While you're waiting for that game to be released you can play Rod Flander's Bible Blaster (click on rod's file)
via (the appropriately named) Cory Arcangel
Finnish magazine Seiska is in big trouble after they unmasked Lordi lead singer Mr Lordi, the backlash was so great that they were forced to apologise and to promise that they wouldn't do it again. Eurovision, the spectacle that just keeps on giving.
Fine Art Postgraduate Exhibition opening Friday June 9, 6 to 8pm at the Digital Hub, 10 to 13 Thomas St. This years exhibtion features a diverse range of artpractices that are socially and politically engaged with aspects of contemporary life. Many of this years graduates have employed participatory and collaborative strategies in their work. There will be three performance taking place on the opening night Friday the 9th June 6 to 8 pm Digital Hub Warehouse Thomas street, Barbara Knezevic, K Bear Koss, and Augustine O’Donoghue. Exhibition runs 10 to 18 June. The exhibition runs 10 to 18 June. The undergraduate show takes place at NCAD at the same time.
As a 1st year MA student at NCAD I'd like to add that it'll be great and that all the cool kids will be there!
They call it pollution we call it life, the byline for American TV ads in favour of ...emm carbon dioxide produced by the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Well I think I'm all turned around on the issue, if it's good enough for plants it's good enough for me!
via Z blog
My 14 year old daughter - an early adopter and trend barometer - has deleted her Bebo account, they are so over.
You know those TV programs that laugh at whacky Japanese TV shows, this is the Japanese version.
via TV in Japan
Opening tomorrow 6pm at Four Gallery Dublin Better Than the Real Thing? is an exhibition-in-progress featuring Saoirse Higgins & Simon Schiessl, Enda O’Donoghue, Martin Shannon and Jürgen Simpson that enables endless reinterpretation of ideas by sidestepping the creative limitations of copyright, each of four original artworks by the artists explores separate aspects of reproduction and re-telling of a story and each work discloses different information about the mark of authenticity in art of the present day.
The opening clashes with the Dun Laoghaire IADT School of Creative Arts Graduate exhibition opening also at 6pm, the DLIADT exhibition continues 'til the 8th June and the Four Gallery until 22 July both are worth checking out.
Google Bono has been getting a spectacular amount of visitors since it was launched here last Tuesday thanks in no small part to all the sites that have carried it including (but not limited to) u2.com, u2star.com, U2twilight, rhizome.org, googlemapsmania, nitenichiryu.org, random-magazine, turbulence, pajamasmedia and updaters. A big thank you to all these and everyone else who helped spread the word.
Zagreb city council has issued an official posthumous apology for not recognising his genius to Nikola Tesla exactly 114 years after he presented Zagreb's then mayor with the idea of introducing electric street lightning to the city. The city rejected the idea which contributed to Tesla's leaving for the US where he felt his talents would be more appreciated.
The funniest thing I've seen all year, what a star!
via the eurotastic TCAL
An afterword on Lordi's win in the Eurovision -check out TCAL(my favourite Irish blog) with their new Lordi masthead for all the details. I watched the Eurovision (semis not the final) for the first time in years because of Finland, Lithuania and Iceland's realising that the Eurovision is a joke and treating it accordingly. Meanwhile Ireland keeps trying to win it with total crap that brings shame on the nation, why? Dave Fanning has a great rant on crap Irish eurovision entries and the people who promote them on Marian Finucanes's radio show here (real audio link skip to 1.49) and comes up with the great idea that RTE fund the alternative eurovision people to come up with an appropriate eurovision entry. Either that or the Warlords of Pez as suggested on TCAL sounds good to me
The best art is the most expensive, because the market is so smart.
Tobias Meyer, Sotheby's wunderkind, in Art Forum's
art social diary.
Stephen Gerrard and Ryan from the OC.
Plans afoot to disable ad zapping in TV and digital recorders to force you to watch the ads.
Xing Danwen's Urban Fiction series in which the artist creates narrative by inserting herself into photographs of architectural maquettes of real estate projects in China
Spotted posted around Dublin city centre, the text reads John Mac Bride murdered by British imperialists May 5th 1916. When I see something like that quite frankly I'm impressed by the dedication that goes into printing posters and pasting them up. Their choice of patriot, not for them the popular choices like Connolly or Pearse no they went for the more obscure McBride, is also intriguing as is the fact that the posters have no other information on them, they're not an ad for a political party or any other group. You've got to feel that there's a really interesting story behind it all.
Coming soon to a riot near you? A US patent for Systems and methods for dispensing an anti-traction, mobility denial material or to the layperson slime to make you all fall over, has the added advantage of being hilarious and let's not forget the many clubbing applications and it could revolutionise the mud wrestling industry. How could it fail?
via New Scientist
Here's a bit of Irish music history the Virgin Prunes on the the Late Late Show in 1979, a curiosity piece. Check out this if you want to see the legend in action.
This is an oldish gem from Tuppenceworth from the Data Protection Commissioner's report. He received a complaint from people whose back garden was overlooked by LUAS CCTV cameras rather then remove the cameras
Connex (LUAS operators)then modified the system so that the camera /monitor was now showing a black screen when moving over the private property in its range. They also said that these settings cannot be changed by the personnel who are using the cameras and monitors in the Central Control Room of Connex.
Joseph DeLappe's (who I've mentioned before) new work Dead in Iraq in which he enters the online US Army recruiting game America's Army using the login "dead-in-iraq" takes no part in the action and proceeds to type the names of dead US soldiers using the game's text messaging system until he is killed. Since he started in March he's entered 250 just another 2200 odd to go.
The Only Ones perform Another Girl, Another Planet. This used to be the theme tune to Dave Fanning's rock show way back in the days when he used to be cool.
Spare a thought for Scott Crossfield the first man to fly at twice the speed of sound, taking his Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket to 1,291mph (Mach 2.005) and the first man to fly the X-15 rocket plane who died recently aged 84 after his Cessna light plane crashed during a thunderstorm.
Irish born pioneering computer programmer Kathleen McNulty Mauchly Antonelli who programmed the ENIAC and the first UNIVAC died recently. A fact that got strangely little coverage in the Irish media and blogosphere. Dún-na-nGall.com have a very nice tribute page.
via boing boing
I am taking part in an exhibition of work in progress by MA students at the NCAD which opens this Wednesday 6pm at the Backloft Gallery. Augustine St(off Thomas St).. It should be a really interesting show and I'll be showing something quite a bit different from my usual so I hope you'll all make it along. Full details below and please note that it's a short run exhibition ending Sunday the 30th.
You are invited to the opening of
7 - 11 Augustine St.
Wednesday April 26th, 6-8pm
to be opened by
Samantha Corcoran,Ed Cunniffe,Shea Dalton,Francis Fay,Barry Foley,John Graham,Rory Greenan,Sarah Kenny,Barbara Knezevic,Katharine Lamb,Aissa Lopez,Jonathan Mayhew,Conor McGarrigle,Grainne Nolan,Aiseling Noone,Emer O Boyle,Sarah O’Brien,Michael O’Hara,Magnhild Opdoel,Dominic Thorpe,Lorraine Walsh
Weds 26th to Sun 30th April 2006
Continues through to 5.00 p.m. Sunday April 30th.
Opening times 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily.
Mapless is independently organised by M.A. students from the National College of Art and Design
Here's an interesting call for submissions for art content to be sold via art vending machines during the Dublin Fringe festival, how can you resist?
DUBLIN FRINGE FESTIVAL 2006 VISUAL ART EVENT
'THE VENDING MACHINE PROJECT' (curated by Alan Butler and Lola Rayne Booth) are seeking submissions from artists/designers/musicians to create small works to be sold in vending machines around Dublin for the duration of the Dublin Fringe Festival 2006. As part of the Dublin
Fringe Festival, The Vending Machine Project will offer an alternative space for artists to exhibit, engage with the public and promote their work. Selected artists will be required to make 10 small works under the dimensions of 15cm x 15cm. Proposed artworks can be multiples, editions, originals, photos, CD, DVD, etc.
thevendingmachine -at- gmail.com .
- 3-6 images of previous work (.jpg only)
- current C.V .
- short proposal (no more than 300 words)3-6 images of previous work (on CD or prints – NO SLIDES & DO NOT
SEND ORIGINAL WORKS AS SUBMISSIONS WILL BE KEPT ON FILE FOR FUTURE
- current C.V.
- short proposal (no more than 300 words) THE VENDING MACHINE PROJECT c/o Studio 5, Temple Bar Galleries & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland.
DEADLINE: 31st May 2006.
Some images from the first 1916 military parade the first since 1969. While as a once off it's OK I don't think I'd want to see it every year. I saw the Bastille Day parade in Paris the year before last and it was truly a bizarre militaristic affair tied into a colonial past, not really something we want to emulate here. Interestingly while we all know that we have a numerically small army it appears from the evidence of todays parade that the army is also, well, small. At 6'1" I felt like a giant.
I guess it had to happen, a directory of dead myspace members, ghoulish certainly but also an interesting sociological document which shows that american young people die from car accidents and guns or alternatively yet another example of the evils of myspace.
Philip-Lorca diCorcia has won in a privacy case brought against him by one of the subjects of his Heads series in which he covertly photographed passerbys on Times Square in New York. When Mr. Nussenzweig saw his portrait he sued the artist and Pace for exhibiting and publishing the portrait without permission and profiting from it financially and also argued that use of the photograph interfered with his constitutional right to practice his religion, which prohibits the use of graven images. In New York right-to-privacy laws prohibit the unauthorized use of a person's likeness for commercial purposes, but permit it if the likeness is considered art. Gallery Hopper raises some issues with the criteria used in court to prove that the image was art, namely exhibition in a gallery; sale of limited edition prints; and publication in an artist's monograph which seem to define art into a specifically gallery based commercial practice. Interestingly the NY times articles cites Walker Evans NY subway portaits as a classic example of covert street photography, a practice that would, of course, be banned today, not for privacy reasons but under the "war on terror".
It's been a while since we've had a Flaming Lips post but their new album At War with the Mystics is out Monday (and being supported by a TV ad) and they're streaming it from their site (click the audio link). The new video is on youtube along with lots more Lips goodness of which I've picked the above which is The Lips with Cat Power singing Sabbath's War Pigs, and Chan even looks likes she's having a good time, wouldn't it be nice if the Lips' enthusiasm for live performance rubbed off on her.
Now that the Beckett Centenary Festival has kicked off a few things around town that caught my eye. Start with I not I, Samuel Beckett, Philip Guston and Bruce Nauman at the RHA gallery which includes the Bruce Naumann's great Clown Torture installation
and the Neil Jordan directed Not I. The exhibition was having a few teething problems at the opening with monitors on the blink and the sound from Not I being drowned out by another piece but I loved the rooms constructed in the main gallery to show the shorts.
Also check out John Minahan's iconic Beckett photographs at the National Photgraphic Archive and I see that Dublin is going to get a Beckett themed series of projections by Jenny Holzer
Time to pack it up, Bush has now personally endorsed blogs (and that after spoiling cocaine, drink and jesus for the rest of us)
Woman Asks Where People Can See Good Things In Iraq, Bush replies Blogs and the internet
Bill Gates rocks back and forth in an autistic manner under questioning in 1998. I think it kind of humanises him.
The Siqueiros Image Bank is a collection of over 5000 images from the 20th century collected by Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros who compiled the photographs as source material and for the use of fellow artists as a means of inspiration and a source of found imagery. As Siqueiros wrote,
Nothing can give the [artist] of today the essential feeling of the modern era's dynamic and subversive elements more than the photographic document.
LICKING CURATORS ASS by Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau, Curator Jan Van Woensel invited the artists to do a surprise intervention at the exhbition in the Higher Institute for Fine Arts Antwerp, Belgium. They did and, boy, was he surprised. Warning it does what it says on the proverbial tin.
Download an excellent cover version of Radiohead's Just by Mark Ronson featuring Alex Greenwald taken from Exit Music Songs from Radio Heads a new album of Radiohead cover versions. Incidentally Mark Ronson is son of Mick Ronson of the Spiders.
Get your art shoes on for this week's crop of Dublin openings
Pallas Heights have four exhibitions opening this Friday 24th 6.00 - 7.30pm which'll also be the last exhibition there before the building is demolished.
Fergus Byrne, Fiction, flat 25
Clodagh Emoe, Metaphysical Longings, flat 28
Vanessa O'Reilly, SWARM, flat 29
Via, flat 30
Pallas Heights, 29 Sean Tracey House, Buckingham St, Dublin 1.
Exhibition continues March 28th - 15th May.
Lumens a light based public art work by Seamus Kennedy based at Newtownsmith in DunLaoghaire is being launched today at 6.30 in the County Hall Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire.
SAMUEL BECKETT, PHILIP GUSTON & BRUCE NAUMAN AT RHA
To celebrate the centenary of Samuel Beckett the RHA exhibition combines two of America¹s most outstanding artists of the twentieth century together with three recent films of Beckett¹s shorter plays. The three Beckett plays chosen are from the recent productions by Blue Angel Films/ Tyrone Productions. The British artist Damien Hirst directs Breath, Neil Jordan directs I Not I and Karel Reisz directs Act Without Words 1. These plays will be shown as continuous video projections in three separate rooms in the Academy¹s main gallery.
They will be punctuated by six of the late paintings of Philip Guston
(1913-1980). Bruce Nauman (1941) shows Clown Torture, 1987 and Slow Angle Walk (Beckett Walk). Nauman will also be represented by a major sculpture South America Triangle, 1981, where the lexicon of Nauman¹s and Beckett¹s props overlap.
Opening Thursday 23rd 6-8pm at the RHA Ely Place
MARIE FALKSTEN AT THE LAB
An exhibition of photographs by Swedish artist Marie Falksten opens at the LAB Foley Street, Dublin 1 on Friday 24 March to 22 Apri at 6pm
RAYMOND WATSON AT THE JAMES JOYCE HOUSE OF THE DEAD
Hands of History opens Thursday 23 March 2006 at 6.30.
Exhibition continues until the 23 April. James Joyce House of the Dead, 15 Usher¹s Island, Dublin 8.
This Bebo thing's getting out of hand even the Minister for Justice Michael McDowell has a Bebo page now and I see Dave Fanning's trying to convince people that he's 26 years old on Myspace (use an old photo Dave!).
via coin operated
Tom Moody has an interesting post about archival issues for artists DVD editions, make sure to read the comments.
I have just launched the 2006 call for entries for the Net Art Open. The Net Art Open is an open submission exhibition for internet based artwork which accepts all valid entries. I first created it with Artie Doyle in 2002 as part of the Irish Museum of Modern Art.com intervention subsequent editions took place in 2003 and 2004-5
Click here for more information on how to participate
The Martin Luther Memorial Church in Berlin the last Nazi era church in Germany and the appeal to raise money to stop it falling down.
Now that it seems that the Southpark trapped in the closet (scientology)episode won't be shown here you could always download it from the pirates bay.
And from Variety Southpark's considered response to the affair
So, Scientology, you may have won THIS battle, but the million-year war for earth has just begun! Temporarily anozinizing our episode will NOT stop us from keeping Thetans forever trapped in your pitiful man-bodies. Curses and drat! You have obstructed us for now, but your feeble bid to save humanity will fail! Hail Xenu!!!"
A year in the life base jumping from all over the world
I noticed a search for alien sightings kildare ireland november december 2005 in the server logs, is there something I should know?
Apple also demands all information related to the identity of the persons who created such torrent files and/or who uploaded the software referenced by those torrent files, as well as the identities of all individuals who participated in the uploading and downloading of Apple's software.
Australian reporter asks americans who they think they'll invade next and to point out that country on a map with hilarious consequences.
Everything we need to know about program management, we learned from punk rock is a wonderfully surreal article by two air force majors in which they outline how a punk attitude can help them build a better bomb. Even more alarming is that they actually know something about punk music.
via things magazine
Play a flash version of the original Prince of Persia, still way better then the recent version.
It's hard to screw up a contagious media showdown but the huffington contagious media festival is a textbook example of how to go about it, read this disclaimer from NSA SETI@Home one of the more amusing of a bad lot
The NSA SETI @ Home website is not real. It is not related in any way to the University of California at Berkeley's SETI @ Home program, nor to the actual National Security Agency/Central Security Service, nor to the White House, nor to any other actual government organization. Any resemblance to a real government organization is unintentional, and scary.
Why do they bother?
Congratulations due to Indymedia Ireland on the release of Oscailt 3 the latest version of their opensource content management system. It looks like a very impressive package with lots of useful features and produced in Ireland by the Indymedia technical group. I'm seriously thinking of moving Stunned to it if I ever get the time to redo the site in it's entirety.
On this day in 1962 shot down U2 pilot Gary Powers was exchanged on the Glienicke Bridge in Berlin with Russian spy Rudolph Abel, a classic cold war moment.
Very nice John Peel punk special (two 48MB zip files to download)with a session from the Damned, broadcast first on the 10th December 1976 - probably the first time punk music was heard on the radio pirates excluded. Also worth checking out is a Slits session from 1978.
Kurt Vonnegut in an extract from his autobiography talks about contemporary American politics and wonders why vocal christians always want to put the ten commandments in public places but never the beatitudes from Jesus's sermon on the mount.
The Huffington Post is running a contagious media competition similar to Eyebeam's Contagious Media Showdown but with John Cusack and the Yes Men among the judges and dinner with Ariana Huffington as the prize (no really). Looks like lots of fun.
Spotted in Deansgrange a nicely hacked children crossing sign
Among Bush's holiday reading (he doesn't read much but what he does read has huge impact)Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground a book which asserts that the “war on terror” and associated conflicts is simply a repeat of the U.S. Army’s Indian Wars, but on a nearly planetary scale. Worrying.
End of year brings out the list-geeks, a small selection. Jerry Saltz's amusing take on art power lists and celebrity artists re-enacting the Wizard of Oz. The most annoying things and people of 2005 - a very US focused selection the most annoying Irish things of 2005 were
1. Michael McDowell
2. Louis Walsh and everything he was associated with
3. Those ads on the radio for Dublin pubs (the concept rather then particular establishments) what go down the pub? What a novel idea perhaps I'll try it just to be different
4. David McWilliams (after reading his book which my mother gave me because we were mates in National school)
5. ipods, apple, anything with an i prefix and people who talk about said items
6. Finally I'll just say America to save space which includes yerman, the other fella and that guy, you know the annoying one on the telly...
UPDATE: Had to take the MP3s down as my bandwidth is gone.
Some Christmas songs for you all. Sick of it already? Try the excellent Tom Waits & Peter Murphy - Christmas Really Sucks (direct MP3 link) (or if you believe the authorative Tom Waits Supplement soundalikes ) or if you're a hardcore Christmas nut the absolutely terrifying David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Little Drummer Boy (direct MP3 link). These MP3s are for novelty and testing purposes only and I'll keep them up till my bandwidth goes or I get threatened, whichever comes sooner.
On a related note I've always thought that David Bowie and Bing Crosby video - as an example of where uncontrolled drug use ends up -would make an excellent anti drugs ad, but does anyone listen to me...?
From archive.org a selection of classic movies to download :
Fritz Lang's classic M (pictured)
Luis Buñuel's Un Chien Andalou
F.W. Munarau's 1922 Nosferatu
Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari the sets of which were believed to have been a great influence on Kurt Schwitters Merzbau
Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin
Hitchcock's 1934 The man who knew too much
Bela Lugosi in White Zombie
And finally a 1942 propaganda film for ehh...hemp Hemp for victory
Mathieu KASSOVITZ is an actor and director of La Haine, Nicolas SARKOZY is the right wing French Minister of the Interior and Presidential hopeful who inflamed the riots with his intemperate language(a nice piece which conveys just how inflammatory his language was). Kassovitz has a blog which he used to give his opinions on the riots mostly blaming the 'petit Napoléon' Sarkozy. Sarkozy then used the comments to give his response (search for 7:12 AM) which in as much as you can be certain about these things looks pretty authentic.
It's been heralded as a-Minister-comments-on-a-blog but then you have to remember that it's a blog by Mathieu Kassovitz (not some loser) who hasn't publicly commented on the riots but whose opinion is taken seriously (because of La Haine and because in France they take their artists very seriously)and one presumes Sarkozy's staff were keeping an eye on him to get their response in first. Doubtless though it'll be used to demonstrate what a man of the people he is and of course bloggers tend to think that a knowledge of blogs is in itself a good thing, you know the dodgy idea that blogs are in themselves somehow democratic...haa! see a lot of democracy around here?
After taking the viral marketing thing a bit too literally it seems that Sony are now paying graffiti artists to carry out their latest campaign for the PSP not on billboards but on walls - ie. other people's property - now I'm not a law-talking-guy but as well as being lame isn't that illegal or are laws only for the little people?
you know the one with that guy who was in that jewel thief movie with what's-her-face the blonde with three names was in that high school thing...
The what's that movie wiki for when you don't have enough details to even IMDB it
Apparently Bush is the Antichrist and you thought he was a bumbling idiot! I have to admit I was a little sceptical but they prove their point with numerology, wasn't there an Omen sequel where Damien becomes President of the US and lets not forget the devil sign pix. I dunno it's a little disappointing I suppose I thought the Antichrist would be a bit cooler.
I'm getting a huge number of hits looking for the latest controversial Roy Keane interview arriving here because I linked to his Saipan interview a long time ago, so here is the link to the leaked version.
The Shining trailer (direct quicktime link ~9MB) brilliantly re-edited to give Shining a feelgood romance.
Via the tattered coat who also have interesting background
Q.How many Bush administration officials does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
and while we're on the lightbulb topic
Q. How many performance artists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A. I dunno, I left after the first four hours
Letterman mocks Bush's manly hammering skills, apologies to all our little girl readership but c'mon you know you're no good at hammering stuff but at least you're not pretending to be a cowboy, from the always amusing one good move. And if you liked that you'll love Jon Stewart's Daily Show every day on More4 the new C4 channel (where available).
Kid gets picture of Bush, sticks a thumbtack though it and rephotographs it with himself giving the thumbs up for a school project, walmart photolab call the
thoughtpolice cops who call to the school to investigate. Fuck Yeah!
Spotted near the Project Arts Centre, a poster for the Polish Presidential election. Apparently Polish has overtaken Irish to become Ireland's second language based on the number of people speaking it (officially, of course, English is Ireland's second language)so it's well worth that enterprising candidate's time going after the Irish-Polish vote.
Remember the guy who told cheney to go fuck himself? Turns out to be an ER doctor (and artist and musician) whose house was destroyed by the hurricane, he got handcuffed by soldiers at gunpoint for his trouble and ebay killed his auction (for hurricane relief) of the video his friend shot of the episode. Seems it's ok for Cheney to use the same language in the US Senate but different rules apply to the little people.
In Paris a group called the Dégonflés are taking direct action against SUVs by deflating their tires, an action which is apparently not against the law. Paris doesn't like SUVs the Mayor wants to ban them and certainly, compared to Dublin where 4x4s are like a plague, Paris is thankfully relatively free of them.
Jon Stewart comes back from his holidays to summarise Bush's response to the Hurricane (if you get ntl cable in dublin anyway they show The daily show late), Thomas Friedman points the finger and Keith Olbermann puts the boot in. And finally Senator Landrieu threatens Bush with a punching, no wonder he's scared to go to New Orleans. I've been careful only to use bona fide American sources just in case Angry Man tells me off for suggesting that everything isn't just fine, something to do with trains, leaves and everyone being out of step with the ubermensch - damn emigrants.
File this under why can't Dublin be more like any number of French cities. In Lyon they have a bicycle rental project with 2000 bicycles. You sign up on a website give a deposit by cheque or credit card prepayment, the first 30 minutes are free the next hour 50cent and each subsequent hour €1-2 depending on how you subscribe and as most journeys are under 30 minutes 90% of the users pay nothing. All it takes is a little imagination and a desire to make the city work better.
Flamenco dancers at the Harbour Plaza at yet another successful Dun Laoghaire festival of world cultures .
Political correctness is one of those phrases that I've never really understood but then I came across this website the "world's leading Nationalist Socialist and Facist resource centre" which is "uncorrupted by the forces of political correctness and Liberal Consensus" which means selling Hitler mugs and posters of Reinhard Heydrich. All in all I'll stick with the liberal consensus.
An excellent gallery of B-movie posters
and a gallery of Cuban posters from the sixties including this one of Jesus as a guerilla
Some links that were hanging around:
New Scientist's patent application column. My Dad was a patent examiner so I grew up with a regular supply of interesting and wacky patents, this is something similar.
Interview with Jim Jarmusch
Leave it to Bush #3 (animation) with Samuel L Jackson and Christopher Walken
Mean spirited top ten list of celebrities who look better or worse in HDTV
1600 "classic" books to download for those of you who like reading off screens.
The history of the golden age of Irish Pirate radio
Morgan Spurlock's (supersize me) 30 days living as a muslim (torrent)
Last year I was in Paris on the final day of Le Tour but as I was leaving that day and unfortunately flying Swine-air I had to leave before the race arrived (with ryanair in Paris the bus leaves three hours before your departure - thankfully Aerlingus have matched their prices and fly to Roissy so never again) This year I'll be in Paris again but leave to go south the day before the tour arrives, hmmm.
For the more obssessive among you a huge PDF to download on Lance Armstrong's last Tour. From the comprehensive Tour de France blog
From the Boston Review a must-read Noam Chomsky lecture What We Know On The Universals Of Language And Rights
Which brings to mind the segment at the end of Downfall where Traudl Jung (Hitler's secretary in the bunker) admits grudgingly that not knowing was no excuse, if it wasn't then it's even les so know.
...I have become satisfied that I had no personal guilt and that I knew nothing about it — I knew nothing of the extent of this. But one day I happened to pass by the memorial plaque for Sophie Scholl which was put up in the Franz-Josef-Strasse [in Munich] and I saw that she was born in the same year that I was, and that, in the same year that I started working for Hitler, she was executed — and in that moment I actually felt that being young is no excuse, and that maybe one could have found out some things.
A fantastic collection of photos by Allan Tannenbaum of New York in the seventies, from the days before we learned to hate America because of their freedom, grrr freedom.
And in keeping with the seventies theme the official website of the Go-Go boot mailing list We are a diverse group, all sharing a common enthusiasm for women's boots, and the women who wear them, a diverse group with very specific interests.
via we make money not art
In my mis-spent youth I read more Biggles books then is considered healthy, for those of you spared that pleasure Biggles (Capt Bigglesworth) was a British colonial boys-own-adventurer type who flew around the world teaching foreigners a lesson in many different exotic locations. He was a 'confirmed bachelor' who travelled the world with his mates Algy and Bertie generally leading a lifestyle that I assume got the books in trouble with Thatcher's section 28. There is now an exhaustive Biggles Information web site which lists all the books with their covers, all illustrations and plot summaries. How I ended up as a peace-loving lefty who disapproves of empires and colonialism in general I'll never know.
New evidence from an archeological find in China backs up some long held Creation science beliefs.
Some Bloomsday events around Dublin for tomorrow. It's going to be a lower key affair compared to last year but still lots to do. I recommend Barry McGovern reading from Ulysses on top of the Joyce Tower in Sandycove (pictured above from last year). This year's episode is Nausicaa
Some free events at the National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street for Bloomsday on Thursday.
Talks by Dr Luca Crispi, James Joyce Research Fellow at the National Library, on "James Joyce: Paper, Pencils and Pens".
followed by Terence Killeen, journalist and author of Ulysses Unbound, on" The Origins of Ulysses".
From 6pm, actor Jim Norton and Joycean expert Roger Marsh will talk about and read from Ulysses in a performance entitled "Wandering Rocks - Bringing Joyce's characters to life in Ulysses." Jim Norton read Ulysses for the acclaimed Naxos AudioBook recording of the novel, published to coincide with the centenary of Bloomsday in 2004.
More information here
If you're a fan of cover versions here's two new MP3 blogs for your entertainment Copy,right? and Music Maniacs both dedicated to cover version downloads fron the weird to the wonderful. On a related note check out Cartel Communique a group who specialise in subversive video cut-ups, very slickly done, check out Bush whacked you may have seen it before but it's still very, very funny.
As I mentioned earlier as part of the BBC's Beethoven Experience free downloads of all nine Symphonies performed by the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Gianandrea Noseda are to be made available for free for a limited period. Get the first five Symphonies now.
The Pomidou centre is rehanging it's collection in the exhibition Big Bang. The rehang which coincides with the closure of the forth floor for refurbishment will be based on the big themes central to art since the start of the 20th century - the artistic Big Bang ; destruction, construction / deconstruction, archaism, sex, war, subversion, melancholy and rediscovery (réenchantement). The exhibition opens on June 15th, more details from their website(french only) and from the Art Newspaper
The full collection of the Pompidou is online here
Southern Dandy Jack White marries Brazilian super(is there any other kind) model in rain forest.
Check out the video for Blue Orchid where new wife Karen Elson is credited as 'talent'. The question is can she drum, does it matter?
Let that be your bit of showbiz gossip for the day!
Private fee paying St Andrews School in Dublin has introduced fingerprint scans to know if it's pupils are present, previously they introduced drugs tests (against Article 16 of the UN convention on the rights of the child this from the school who started the model UN in Ireland)
either someone has a serious big brother complex ar they are the baddest druggiest kids in Dublin, still you pays your money you takes your choices but I would worry about parents who think fingerprinting and drugtesting their children is necessary
I try and keep away from the server logs they can take on a life of their own but I must mention this
A visitor from gate17-quantico.nmci.usmc.mil (126.96.36.199) arrived from search.yahoo.com Iraq sucks 1-20,and visited www.stunned.org/weblog/archives/001795.html
Voyager has officially crossed the "termination shock", the region where the speed of the solar wind drops abruptly from supersonic to subsonic, and has entered the shell of dense solar wind called the heliosheath that separates our solar system from interstellar space and has begun it's interstellar mission.
Depending on your point of view this is an amusing or horrific article on The Museum of Earth History in Arkansas, it's a little different to those you'd find here in old Europe, it presents the biblical account of early history and presents the three epic periods of ancient history often overlooked by modern historians: life before the fall, the post-fall world, and life after the devastating effects of the great Genesis Flood. - in other words they've got dinosaurs in the garden of eden with adam and eve.
All based on the calculations of Archbishop Ussher, Dublin born Ussher (A Trinity man) calculated from the bible that the Earth was created on Sunday 23 October 4004 BC he went on to make a biblical chronology; Adam and Eve were driven from Paradise on Monday 10 November 4004 BC and the ark touched down on Mt Ararat on 5 May 2348 BC on a Wednesday. He didn't, however, give the time of creation as 9am as popularly thought (that was John Lightfoot). Ussher at least had the excuse of doing it in 1650. Recent Gallup surveys have shown that about 45% of Americans believe the Earth was created by God within the past 10,000 years and in 2000, a People for the American Way poll found that:
20% of Americans believe public schools should teach evolution only;
17% of Americans believe that only evolution should be taught in science classes — religious explanations should be taught in another class;
29% of Americans believe that Creationism should be discussed in science class as a 'belief,' not a scientific theory;
13% of Americans believe that Creationism and evolution should be taught as 'scientific theories' in science class;
16% of Americans believe that only Creationism should be taught;
A lot of people think you should argue it point by point but quite frankly I can see advantages of an America that teaches Creation 'Science', somehow I think a military-industrial complex based on faith based 'science' will be a little less scary then the current one based on the real thing.
In Japan popular myths about the influence of bloodtypes on personality are coming under attack with accusations of abuse and discrimination as critics claim it is being used to assign jobs, match couples, even pigeonhole schoolchildren.
The meaning of blood types is usefully explained in this Sailor Moon fan site and apparently I (bloodgroup A+) am perfectionist, orderly, detail-oriented, industrious, idealistic, soft-spoken, careful, fashionable and law abiding suitable careers for me include accountant, librarian, economist, novelist, computer programmer or gossip columnist. Well they've got me pegged.
via can't remember sorry!
Epitonic top mp3 free and legal downloads from a huge variety of music particularly strong on indie and electronic with a large 20th century composers section. In addition to the top download list if you browse the categories every band has at least one free sample mp3. Even better is the Epitonic Radio player which lets you select from 50 music categories and make a streaming playlist of 20-500 tracks or stream entire albums or even select a band and automatically generate a similar band playlist. I can't think of a better way to discover new music.
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If you really want to you can read the script of Star Wars Episode III the revenge of George Lucas, I've scoured the script but still can't find out how Anakin gains 3 feet to become Darth Vader oops gave away the ending. I laugh but I'll go see it anyway if only to say worse episode ever.
A George Lucas story. I heard this from a relative who works in a fancy Hollywood job on the techie side of making fancy Hollywood films. A friend of hers was working for a few weeks sound editing in Lucas' Skywalker ranch. One day ahe was waiting in line to get lunch when she noticed that George Lucas was in front of her in the line. Now normally in Hollywood Directors and stars don't mix with the 'help' so she was pretty impressed with how down to earth he was eating in the same canteen as everyone else and decided to make small talk with him. All went fine she got her lunch and thought no more of it. Next day a memo went around to everyone and I quote Employees are reminded that if they see Mr Lucas in the canteen they are NOT to talk to him. True story!
A trailer for Last Days, the new Gus Van Sant film the last days in question are those of Kurt Cobain. From Gus Van Sant it could be brilliant or utter nonsense.
The lyrics of masters of war pure righteous anger, still relevent 40 years on.
This is new for me apparently there are now gaming sweatshops in places like Romania where workers earn £2.80 for 10 hours of playing online games to sell advanced characters on sites like Gamersloot for hundreds of dollars. I'm amazed that there are enough people who pay that amount of money to cheat in a game, what's the point?
Hunter S Thompson's last HEY, RUBE sports column for ESPN
For his third solo show at RARE, Chris Larson has created a life-size replica of the General Lee (of Dukes of Hazzard television fame) crashing into a representation of the Unabomber's wooden shack. The confluence of these cultural icons serves as a metaphor for the duality inherent in taking into one's own hands the righteousness of the law.
Religious nuts in the US are objecting to Spongebob's appearence in a new video of we are family because he promotes a gay lifestyle, I say don't stop there what if all the kids want to live under the sea, it's the thin edge of the wedge!
From the People's Republic of Cork the t-shirt that says it all
Avoid when what you mean is strangely, coincidentally, paradoxically or amusingly (if you mean them say so, or leave it up to the reader to decide). There are times when ironically is right but too often it is misused.
As Kingsley Amis put it: "The slightest and most banal coincidence or point of resemblance, or even just-perceptible absence of one, unworthy of a single grunt of interest, gets called 'ironical'."
The idiotic "post-ironic", which Amis would be glad he did not live to see, is banned