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Fifty People, One Question: Brooklyn

“Take 5 minutes out of your day and WATCH THIS BEAUTIFUL VIDEO! really.


Fifty People, One Question: Brooklyn from Crush + Lovely on Vimeo.

Art Basel Miami: Let the Games Begin!

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Kim Joon, Bird Land-Armani (detail), 2008

Just got this great summary from Artkrush who will be on the scene again this year bringing you all the goodness to be found. Be sure to keep checking back as the month develops…

"?Talk
of bursting bubbles and crashing markets has bled through the front
page and into the art sections of today's news. And so, as crates of
canvas arrive in Miami postmarked from around the world, the most
coveted position available in today's art world is that of the
spectator."

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Magic Pen Writes in Helvetica from Plexifilm

Got this in my inbox today. The hilarious group over at Plexifilm [same guys who made 'Helvetica'] are giving away official Helvetica-writing pens with any purchase of ‘Objectified’ swag. Ha! I love this idea. If it had command-z as well, I’d buy a gross…

Magic pen writes in Helvetica

Ahhhh… technology. The geniuses at Plexifilm have spent the past two
years developing a Sharpie pen that actually writes in Helvetica! This
pen is so experimental that it’s priceless… literally. You can’t buy
one, but you can get one free with any Helvetica-related purchase
(DVD, T-shirt, etc.). Get your free pen while they last. It’s a great
gift for that person in your life with sloppy handwriting…

* Warning: if you are John Downer or Marian Bantjes then the pen will
actually write in Helvetica. Otherwise, your results may vary. Do not
swallow. Keep away from open flame and co-workers. May cause
drowsiness.

Northwest Film Forum Holiday Party, 12.4.08

Got this in my inbox. Be there or be, well, out of luck!

Happy Holidays from NWFF 


Please come to our annual holiday party!

Happy HolidaysThursday, December 4, beginning at 7pm
at Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Ave (between Pike & Pine on Seattle's Capitol Hill)

Free!
The sun is setting at 4pm, so it must be time for our annual Holiday Party!


Featuring 

* DJs warming your chestnuts with festive, danceable tunes

* Vintage holiday TV shows


* Back alley dreidel games


* Your favorite film critic as Santa!


The film community is coming out for some holiday cheer. 
Join us for
dancing, camaraderie and the second annual building-wide eggnog
competition.

more here: http://www.nwfilmforum.org/

Northwest Film Forum’s “Local Sightings” Film Fest, 10.3-8.08

Found this in my inbox and thought I’d pass it along. Should be a doozie!

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Live bands, DJs, unique drinks…free haircuts!

 

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Pecha Kucha Night at CoCA, Seattle. Thursday 7pm

Just found out about this one and won’t be able to make it because I’ll be in San Jose covering West Coast Green. But you all should go! These are great…

Please join CoCA as we play host to Pecha Kucha Night. This month’s theme is "Trouble". You’ve got some, we got some – let’s share. We’ve
assembled an incredible roster of writers, visual artists, race car
drivers, actors and other creative luminaries. Share ideas, see great
work – we’d love to see you there!

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The Fabulous Stains at Grand Illusion 9.12.08

FabulousstainsThis rarely-seen cult classic never recieved a theatrical release! I saw a crappy VHS copy in college and haven’t seen it since. Great cameos from The Tubes, The Clash and The Sex Pistols.–and now the awesome Grand Illusion theatre in Seattle is screening it tomorrow night in celebration of its release on DVD.

As soon as I get done typing, I’m clicking over to Amazon to pre-order my copy.

See y’all tomorrow night!

Glow, All Night Art-mania on Santa Monica Pier

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So you couldn’t make Coachella because you got the flu. You couldn’t use your comped tickets to WMC because of a business trip to Birmingham. And you completely flaked on SXSW. Well now is your chance to make up for it: Glow, this weekend on Santa Monica Pier…

Here are some highlights via Thrillist:

Primal Source: Surreal
images projected on this beach-based 40-foot wall of mist’ll move based
on the sounds of voices around the installation, allowing you to see
what "Dude, that’s totally a 40-foot wall of mist!" looks like.

The Amazing Mental Scope: Get hooked up with an EEG, then climb on the ferris wheel, and your brainwaves will be displayed
via flashing lights on a cylindrical LED display. Onlookers will enjoy
the soft glow of your Pleasure Center as you enjoy top-of-the-wheel
"special alone time".

Poetry Boat: Use
the provided phone to call the three poets on this off-shore boat, and
they’ll compose and read back to you on-the-spot custom poetry. Why are
they out on a boat? Because that’s where they put people with leprosy.

All
the while, there’ll be a kickin’ soundtrack from Djs like KCRW’s Garth
Trinidad and Postal Service member Jimmy Tamborello, aka Dntel –
himself so accustomed to late-night shenanigans he once took his own E.

Check out all the craziness at GLOW

Dream Holiday: Bucky Fuller, Chris Burden and David Byrne

If I were not going to be floating in my father’s Arizona pool week after next, here is a list of the things I would be seeing on my [imaginary] trip to NYC. [not that I in any way take for granted my father's generosity...]

Data_3Erector Set Skyscraper at Rockefeller Center Is Adult Fantasy: …a sweet, old-fashioned tribute to boyhood optimism…Chris Burden’s "What My Dad Gave Me"… [images]- Bloomberg News

BuckywithtensegritymodelDymaxion Man: The visions of Buckminster Fuller: By staging the retrospective, the Whitney raises—or, really, one should say, re-raises—the question of Fuller’s relevance. Was he an important cultural figure because he produced inventions of practical value or because he didn’t?- New Yorker

and of course…

Davidbyrne[David] Byrne’s new installation produced by Creative Time, “Playing The Building,” is located downtown in the Battery Maritime Building, which was built in 1909, closed in 1938 and hasn’t been open to the public for 50 years.

Weltanschauung: The Wind in the Trees

The Weltanschauung, Ignatius J. Reiley spoke of, if you haven’t already guessed or if
you’ve forgotten your high school German, is a kind of personal world view.
Yesterday I had a confirmation of sorts of my current weltanschauung. I’d picked up a translation of Montaigne’s ‘Essays’, and flipping through the collection literally ‘at
random’, I read this passage from “Of idleness”:

“Lately when I retired to my home, determined so far as
possible to bother about nothing except spending the little life I have
left in rest and seclusion, it seemed to me I could do my mind no
greater favor than to let it entertain itself in full idleness and stay
and settle in itself, which I hoped it might do more easily now, having
become weightier and riper with time. But I find-

Ever idle hours breed wandering thoughts
–Lucan

“–that, on the contrary, like a runaway horse, it gives itself a
hundred times more trouble than it took for others, and gives birth to
so many chimeras and fantastic monsters, one after another, without
order or purpose, that in order to contemplate their ineptitude and
strangeness at my pleasure, I have begun to put them in writing, hoping
in time to make my mind ashamed of itself.”

And the moment for me took on the aspect of revelation. I shit you not. The experience of,
‘seeing as in a mirror, dimly’ my own reflection, reminded me of one of
the things that first attracted me to art and literature; a process of
discovery, of learning to be human.

Montaigne wrote this passage in the
late 16th Century
and it is just as relevant today as ever. Not in the term ‘idleness’ per se,
but more specifically, in the false industry of instant information availability.  For example, do
something like Google your name–’chimeras
and fantastic monsters’ indeed!

This is not the idleness artists need. What we need, what I need, is
to be still; to listen to the wind in the trees. Godard said we need
more films with wind in the trees. I trust Godard. I’ve got to go back
into my DVDs and find the scene. Was it “Helas Pour Moi” or something
much earlier?

Here’s one from YouTube:

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