Anyone working with film and/or video in the last fifty years likely owes much to Nam June Paik, and is also likely to know it. Who among us has not come face to face with "TV Cello" or "Global Groove" and been rendered speechless.
Don’t miss the chance to see this new show of the late artist’s work at Andrewshire Gallery, LA this month. From the press release:
"Nam June Paik died on January 29, 2006. His presence lingers in the surprising array of ideas and artworks he left behind. These works signal the contribution the artist made to contemporary art and culture. Paik’s often whimsical compositions, video-objects and installations are studied portraits wherein the artist himself seems to look out across the distance from the work to a point inside each of us. These artworks, already held in preservation, are perpetually connected to us while appearing suspended in time due to their vintage look. They serve as elucidations in which the artist and his countless viewers are portrayed and linked even as their mutual search for meaning is in flight. In his absence, Paik somehow still lives out the revelations he experienced in the bounds of the work which endlessly reproduces his era and his vision."
Nam June Paik
April 21–May 12, 2007
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21, 6–8:30PM
3850 Wilshire Blvd #107, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Director, John Souza
Web site, http://www.andrewshiregallery.com
Hours, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
"…This amazing art installation was made by Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo for the International Instanbul Biennale in 2003. She used over 1,550 chairs stacked on an empty lot between two buildings!"
"Doris Salcedo makes sculptures and installations that function as political and mental archaeology, using domestic materials charged with significance and suffused with meanings accumulated over years of use in everyday life. Salcedo often takes specific historical events as her point of departure, conveying burdens and conflicts with precise and economical means." —White Cube
"As alternatives to the white cube, artists reconfigure buildings such as abandoned butcher shops and bombed-out department stores. The new After the Butcher project turns a former meat-processing plant into a space for site-specific installations, while the artists of super bien! host exhibitions in a glass greenhouse. General Public animates a derelict building with shows, film screenings, and performances, and the collective Chaos Computer Club set up an interactive LED display in the windows of an empty office building, enabling passersby to generate light shows with their cell phones. Far more common, however, is for artists to open project spaces in their spare bedrooms; Croy Nielsen, for example, is an exhibition venue in an expansive apartment in Prenzlauer Berg."
Another fabulous idea from Eytan Kaufman, Int’l. Assoc. AIA: The Hudson World Bridge. I might even consider moving in…
"The bridge, designed in consultation with Ove Arup engineers, would span the Hudson at 34th Street, and would be not so much a transportation corridor as a destination, providing the city with a gathering place like no other. The surface of the bridge, nearly a mile long and 200 feet wide, would provide more than 10 acres of green park and plaza to be used for cultural and commercial activities. Hanging above the park would be a capsule-shaped building containing hundreds of thousands of square feet of meeting and exhibition space. At either end are hotels and ramps for emergency and service vehicles. (Automobiles would not be permitted on the bridge, but there would be escalators, moving sidewalks, and cable cars.) With its 34th Street location, the bridge could supplement the Javits Center, and would do so in far more spectacular fashion than the addition now planned. It could also do something the Javits Center has so far failed to do: attract development to Manhattan’s Far West Side."
Vers la fin d’un discours extrêmement important
le grand homme d’Etat trébuchant
sur une belle phrase creuse
et désemparé la bouche grande ouverte
montre les dents
et la carie dentaire de ses pacifiques raisonnements
met à vif le nerf de la guerre
la délicate question d’argent.
(Near the end of an extremely important discourse
the great man of state
tumbling on a beautiful hollow phrase
falls over it
and undone with gaping mouth
shows his teeth
and the dental decay of his peaceful reasoning
exposes the nerve of war
the delicate question of money)
Need a little adreanaline rush? Click here to get 9 minutes a unadulterated, uncut speed with this little cult classic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyabObFKp0s
According to Studio 109
"This short film by seminal French director Claude Lelouch presents a unique experience of the urban environment. A nine minute tour of 1970’s Paris from a moving vehicle. There are some pretty tense moments as the driver speeds through the cobblestone streets. There is a lot of controversy surrounding the nuts and bolts of the film. Who was driving? What type of car? Was it staged? Has it been altered to make the cars speed appear faster? But the overwhelming consensus is that Lelouch himself was driving, the roads were not block off, and he reached top speeds between 90-140 mph in a Ferrari 275 GTB before ending his voyage at the Basilica Sacre Coeur."
via Studio 109
Thinking gives off smoke to prove the existence of fire
There are wonderful shapes in rising smoke that imagination loves to watch
But it’s a mistake to leave the fire for that filmy sight
Stay here at the flame’s core
via Whiskey River
"In this radio drama, middle-aged, doctoral candidate Irving Paley is obsessed with a work of contemporary sculpture in downtown Manhattan, and the ways it affects those who pass by it regularly. On an answering machine he collects the stories of a range of New Yorkers, all of whom have some relationship to Alamo, aka “the Cube.” Over the course of an interview with a public radio reporter about the project, Paley reveals how the Cube has slowly consumed his life, while back at the sculpture, a mystery surrounding the artwork deepens."
You can find more on this one here http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/audio_library_2004.asp Be sure to check out the interview with Moody:
> You’ve recorded several of your short stories for the radio, with musicians and artists playing along. How do you imagine the experience of hearing these versions of the stories differs from reading them?
Well, I think literature really benefits from being performed. It makes the beauty of the language more apparent, and it makes an implied voice an actual instrument. I always feel like I understand literature better when I’ve heard it read aloud. For example, there’s a recording of James Joyce reading some of Finnegans Wake. That’s a very difficult book, but it sounds fabulous when Joyce reads from it.
I’ve watched this 3 times so far and it gets better each time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQyp9y_9s10
"SOHO stands for Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. The SOHO Gallery has movies and animations on sunpots, solar flares, photon showers, and comets. This video of solar flares was made from SOHO’s images. Push Play or go to YouTube.
CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien spent many an hour in deep discussion in the Rabbit Room at the Eagle and Child. Every Tuesday morning, these two luminaries held meetings of the Inklings, a literary group consisting of fellow writers in the Oxford community. Although the group began gathering across the way at the Lamb and Flag pub in 1962, the Rabbit Room remains the favorite spot for literary fans.