Is It Possible that Nothing Real or Important has yet been seen? Rilke

Wind "Is it possible that nothing real or important has yet been seen or known or said? Is it possible that mankind has had thousands of years in which to observe, reflect, and record, and has allowed these millenia to slip past, like a recess interval at school in which one eats one’s sandwich and an apple? Yes, it is possible."
– Rainer Maria Rilke
The Journal of My Other Self
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Brian Ritchie responds to the Wendy’s Violent Femmes Rape

I grew up listening and singing along to the Violent Femmes like many of you and I nearly did a spit-take when I hear "Blister in the Sun" in that Wendy’s commercial too [what do hamburgers have to do with getting juiced and masturbating…I guess that sort of answers itself]. But my long-dormant teen outrage came oozing up from my lizard brain and I cursed the band and it’s Capitalist capitulations. Turns out Femmes publisher Gordon Gano was behind the move, not the band. Sorry, sorry, sorry…

Salem’s Lots posted its own outrage at the sellout of the Violent Femmes upon hearing the classic "Blister in the Sun" used in a Wendy’s commercial. It turns out Gordon Gano, publisher, sold them out, according to the incomparable Brian Ritchie:

For the fans who rightfully are complaining about the Wendy’s burger advertisement featuring Blister in the Sun. Gordon Gano is the publisher of the song and Warners is the record company. When they agree to use it there’s nothing the rest of the band can do about it, because we don’t own the song or the recording. That’s showbiz. Therefore when you see dubious or in this case disgusting uses of our music you can thank the greed, insensitivity and poor taste of Gordon Gano. It is his karma that he lost his songwriting ability many years ago, probably due to
his own lack of self-respect as his willingness to prostitute our songs demonstrates. Neither Gordon (vegetarian) nor me (gourmet) eat garbage like Wendy’s burgers. I can’t endorse them because I disagree with corporate food on culinary, political,
health, economic and environmental grounds. However I see my life’s work trivialized at the hands of my business partner over and over again, although I have raised my objections numerous times. As disgusted as you are I am moreso.
Brian Ritchie


FBI to Steve Kurtz, you will pay!

KurtzhomeinvasionFBI to artists, Don’t piss us off, or we’ll make you sorry!

Here is a great video documenting the Steve Kurtz case to date. In short, Kurtz makes art that questions US biological warfare/research complex. I’m not the biggest fan of the work, but I am outraged at the trumped up charges by the small-minded FBI middle management who are, no doubt, charged with ‘monitoring’ dissenting opinion.

via Off Center

Graffiti Slam: Spectrum Dance Seeks Graffiti Artists

Grab your cans and your respirator and get over to Madrona Beach…



Spectrum Dance Theater performs March 23/24 at the Moore Theatre. One piece, Short Dances, Little Stories, requires a graffiti artist to paint on the backdrops during the performance (35 minutes). The selected artist(s) will be required to attend a tech rehearsal on March 22, a dress rehearsal on March 23, and the two performances on March 23 and 24. Details TBD.

AUDITION: Saturday, MARCH 3, 2007 10 AM – NOON

800 Lake Washington Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98122


For more information and to RSVP please contact:

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X-Rated Film Poster Gallery

Vintage poster aficionados will love this collection of x-rated film posters from the 60s and 70s. We particularly enjoy tag lines like, "a film for the erector set" and "so adult it smarts"


Link: X-RATED – Adult movie posters of the 60s and 70s.

Via Coudal Partners.

thanks Wit

Ugliest Buildings in New York

In response to the AIA Favorite Buildings in the US list, the folks over at gridskipper have posted their own inverted version.

The Ugliest Buildings in New York list is as divisive as the AIA list, and great for sparking debate. Here is my pick:

The "Blight on Broadway" aka the Nevada Towers. Every time I pass it I can’t help but imagine a restored Nevada Hotel brightening my day.

Here is a side by side comparison. Original hotel on left, blight on the right.

Navadahotel  Navada175_1

The 70s were not perfect…  

Innovation timeline 1900-2050

Check out this great map by Richard Watson of nowandnext, who says on his blog;

"The timeline is offered in the same spirit as the 2007 trend map – it’s open source so people are encouraged to adapt or play around with it or use it in anyway they like. One final point though – please don’t take it too seriously!"

Looking at the full-size pdf, I’m all over the "sleep surrogates" and "invisi-spray"!


get the full picture here

Another February Skies @ GCC Gallery, LA

The vigilant Dennis Hollingsworth captured these videos of another great show going on right now at GCC Gallery; Another February Skies. "Another February Skies", a group art exhibition at the Glendale Community College Art Gallery (GCC) opened February 3 and continues through March 10.

Anoka Faruqee, Mike McMillin, John Pearson and Rebecca Ripple are the Los Angeles-based artists. Their works in this exhibition include large format prints by Pearson, a monumental-scale sculpture by Ripple, paintings by Faruqee and sculptures by McMillin.

And be sure to hit Dennis’ site for the great article on Roger Dickies.

"Axe wielding ghosts." That’s how Roger Dickes aka "Heavyhandz "referred to the top dogs of the art world dialog. We spent the afternoon talking about his work and the arc that led him from an aborted medical degree through art school to his tenured position at GCC and his stewardship of the art gallery there, and his ongoing visual art/musical art studio practice. Roger had gone to school at Art Center and I asked him about the faculty, about the reality of that school’s ambition to match and exceed the reputation CalArts had for high octane theory. I mentioned my recent conversation with Jacques De Beaufort, how Jacques took issue with my identification of the powers that be and the label called "postmodernism" I used to lasso them altogether. "That term is meaningless now, Dennis. Art is bigger than that, this is the lesson of postmodernism." And yet the label persists. How else are we supposed to get a handle on it?

Hit it here.

This is the Blogoshpere: Matt Hurst


Pretty! And this is the explaination from creator, Matt Hurst (not Nathan Gilliat-correction 3:48PM):

Data – I took a hefty amount of blog data – approximately 6 weeks of full index from blogpulse. I then pulled out all the links in posts that were to other blogs and created a data set of blog to blog links.

Graph Building – By inspecting this data set for blogs that have reciprocal links (A links to B and B links to A) we can form a graph of what we might call a social network of the blogosphere.

Partitionaing – This graph will have distinct partitions. For two partitions (X and Y) there are no links between any blog in X and any blog in Y. Each partition may be thought of as a community.

Layout – Each of the communities can be laid out using a standard graph layout algorithm. Further, as there are non-reciprocal links between some of the communities we can actually use these links to layout the different communities with respect to each other (this can be thought of almost as hierarchical graph layout).

Projection – A blog is selected to be the centre of the image and the whole picture is projected on a hyperbolic surface (which gives it something like a fish-eye lens look).

What I have done in this instance is select a blog in a part of the graph that is off centre and used it to form the centre of the projection – thus pushing of the large core mass of the blogosphere to the edge of the hyperbolic surface.

via reBlog

French Court limits Pinocelli Vandalism Fine to $18,600

Duchamp26fountain_1 PORT’s Jessica Bromer reports that a French court has reduced the original $260,000 fine against 78-year-old M. Pinocelli to $18,600. Pinocelli chipped M. Duchamp’s Fountain with a hammer and scrawled on it with a pen.

I imagine M. Duchamp would approve:

"The artist himself does not count, because there is no actual existence for the work of art. The work of art is always based on the two poles of the onlooker and the maker, and the spark that comes from the bipolar action gives birth to something – like electricity. But the onlooker has the last word, and it is always posterity that makes the masterpiece. The artist should not concern himself with this, because it has nothing to do with him.

– Marcel Duchamp, In Art

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