WELCOME TO V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #57, February 2007. HERE’S THE NEWS FROM SAN FRANCISCO… ALL READERS ARE INVITED TO SEND CONTRIBUTIONS AND FEEDBACK!
1. *ATTENTION NYC DWELLERS*: Thurs Feb 1, 7pm – PRANKS 2 Book Celebration, Bluestockings Bookstore/Cafe, 172 Allen St, (East Village, NYC). Video clips; Panel with pranksters Ron English, John Law, Julia Solis. Scott Beale will present a clip of “You’d Better Watch Out,” his “Santarchy” film.
2. (also NYC area*) Sat Feb 3, 8-12pm PRANKS 2 Book Celebration, 58 Gallery, 58 Coles St, Jersey City, New Jersey. Meet Pranksters Ron English, John Law, Julia Solis! Scott Beale will be present.
3. Sat Feb 10, 6:30pm: RE/SEARCH presents the COUNTER CULTURE HOUR featuring an interview with SRL crew member Jonathan Moore taped at monochrom’s Dec 2006 ROBOEXOTICAevent, Vienna Austria, and a 3-minute experimental film by Marian Wallace shot at a fabulous Vienna chocolate store. Cable Channel 29 (S.F. only), 6:30pm
4. Sun Feb 11, 2007: RE/SEARCH Presents MONOCHROM from Vienna: Talk Show Taping at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, 7:30pm. Featured guests: Hacker Lawyer Jennifer Granick and Bondage Chemist J.D. Lenzen, MONOCHROM personnel, and the MONOCHROM AllStars Band!
5. RE/Search Book Distributor declares bankruptcy! Yikes! **Please help keep us alive; order a book!**
5A. Stephane von Stephane‘s column: more Jonah Sharp, etc
6. What We’ve Been Reading, Listening To, etc: William S. Burroughs‘ Ghost of Chance. Job Jumper by Phil Irwin. Ursula Hegi‘s Stones from the River. Ricky Poynor‘s Designing Pornotopia: Travels in Visual Culture (The future involves the “porn-ification” of everything…)
7. Recommended Links – thanks to: You Know Who You Are
9. PRANKS 2, Industrial Culture Handbook reviews
10. Feedback from Readers
OUR “AD” here: RE/Search’s INDUSTRIAL CULTURE HANDBOOK is back! limited edition hardback (RE/Search’s edition 1000 copies – V. Vale will autograph on request), gorgeous, $40. On glossy paper. Now $35 (plus $4 shipping U.S.; $15 Air Overseas). To order: firstname.lastname@example.org, call 415-362-1465, or try our order blank at www.http://www.researchpubs.com.
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1. Thurs FEB 1, 7pm – PRANKS 2 Book Celebration (RE/Search Publications’ latest book)
Bluestockings Bookstore/Cafe, 172 Allen St, NYC 10002. 212-777-6028. $5 donation request for support of venue [no one will be turned away for lack of funds]. (Thanks to Jeff Stark, former SF Weekly writer, now in NY.)
PANEL and VIDEO SHOWING includes excerpts from Ron English’s “Popaganda” and Scott Beale’s “You’d Better Watch Out” documenting the Cacophony Society‘s wild “Santarchy” escapade in Portland. (For the past ten years, groups of folks dressed up as Santa Claus have invaded department stores, hotel parties and other events, causing ideological havoc and consumer confusion–anarchic fun! Over the years, the Santas have spread to major cities over the planet.)
Far more than a video show, the Feb 1 evening will encompass a Panel (taking audience Q&A’s) with local New York artists who appear in RE/Search’s newest book, PRANKS 2: Ron English, Julia Solis, and JOHN LAW from San Francisco. All interested in RE/Search’s 30-year history, pranks, and cultural subversion in general are urged to attend and meet-and-greet featured pranksters both before and after the show. This is a rare opportunity to engage with prankster pioneers, while supporting the counterculture RE/Search publishing enterprise. PRANKS 2 books available for autographing.
Also from San Francisco, Laughing Squid founder/filmmaker Scott Beale (maker of “Santarchy” video), and NYC’s Pedro Carvajal, director of “Popaganda” film, will be present. www.popaganda.comupcoming.com Jeffslistnonsense.nyc
2. Sat Feb 3, 8-12pm PRANKS 2 Book Celebration (RE/Search Publications’ latest book)
58 Gallery, 58 Coles St, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302 – Contact Orlando Reyes at email@example.com – 917-349-1693 – www.fifty8.com – free
Directions: Grove Street PATH Station – Walk 4 blocks West (Away from NYC) on Newark, turn right on Coles St. Gallery is storefront in middle of block.
PARTY, PANEL and VIDEO SHOWING includes excerpts from Ron English’s “Popaganda” and Scott Beale’s “You’d Better Watch Out” documenting the Cacophony Society’s wild “Santarchy” escapade in Portland.
Far more than a video show, the Feb 3 evening will encompass a Panel (taking audience Q&A’s) with local New York artists who appear in RE/Search’s newest book, PRANKS 2: Ron English, Julia Solis, the YES MEN (tentative), JOEY SKAGGS (tentative) and JOHN LAW from San Francisco. PRANKS 2 books available for autographing.
Also from San Francisco, Laughing Squid founder/filmmaker Scott Beale will be present. Special performance by Earl Norman. Listen to Big Empty Ego by Earl Norman and Ron English. Pedro Carvajal, director of “Popaganda” film, will be present.
3. Sat FEB 10, 2007, 6:30pm: RE/SEARCH presents the COUNTER CULTURE HOUR featuring an interview with SRL’s Jonathan Moore taped at shifz & monochrom’s Dec 2006ROBOEXOTICA festival, Vienna Austria, and a 10-minute experimental film by Marian Wallace on a Vienna candy store. Cable Channel 29 (S.F. only), 6:30pm (RE/Search’s Counter Culture Hour airs 2nd Sat of month, 6:30pm; set your “VCR”!) Jonathan Moore, who with David Fine constructed a “cocktail robot” for Roboexotica, talks about appreciating Vienna, hacking, SRL, his checkered past, and our Internet (no-pay-for-content) future, and two Slovenians from postLab/Cyberpipe (Borut Kumperscak and Mija Lorbek) educate us, too. Marian Wallace’s short film, A Candy Store (piano soundtrack by V. Vale) will cause viewers to instantly crave the most beautifully crafted chocolate they can find!
Watch for more – future episodes of the Counter Culture Hour, featuring ROBOEXOTICA artists! [Over 12 hours of video was shot in Vienna!]
4. Sun Feb 11, 2007, 7:30pm: RE/Search Presents MONOCHROM (six members) from Vienna, Austria at the S.F. Exploratorium – party & live ironic TAUGSHOW (“talk-show”) videotaping featuring Hacker Lawyer Jennifer Granick, Bondage Chemist J.D. Lenzen, Evelyn Furlinger (monochrom’s resident linguist), and the MONOCHROM ALLSTAR BAND, hosted by Johannes Grenzfurthner. This may be your chance to be on Vienna TV!) MONOCHROM is featured in RE/Search’s new PRANKS 2 book; they executed one of the most complicated international art pranks ever. $10. reservations at 415-362-1465.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: “Taugshow is a project by monochrom. But what is monochrom? monochrom is a worldwide operating collective dealing with technology, art, context hacking, and philosophy which was founded in 1993. They specialize in an unpeculiar mixture of proto-aesthetic fringe work, pop attitude, subcultural science, and political activism. Their mission is conducted everywhere, but first and foremost in culture-archaeological digs into the seats (and pockets) of ideology and entertainment.
“Among their projects, monochrom has released a leftist retro-gaming project, established a one-baud semaphore line through the streets of San Francisco, started an illegal space race through Los Angeles, buried people alive in Vancouver [and San Francisco], and cracked the hierarchies of the art system with their Georg-Paul Thomann Project, documented in RE/Search’s PRANKS 2 book. In Austria they ate blood sausages made from their own blood in order to criticize the grotesque neoliberal formation of the world economy. Sometimes they compose melancholic pop songs about dying media and they have hosted the first annual festival concerned with cocktail robotics. At the moment they’re planning a conference about pornography as one of the driving forces of technological innovation. They also do international soul trade, propaganda camps, epic puppet theater, aesthetic pregnancy counseling, food catering, and – sorry to mention – modern dance.” More info: wikipedia, monochrom.net
“MONOCHROM produce a regular TV talkshow for a Viennese community TV station and put it online on their page under a Creative Commons license. Taugshow is referring to the Viennese slang term ‘taugen’ (to dig something, to adore something). We produce a TAUGSHOW! Our guests are geeks, heretics, and other coevals. A joyful bucket full of good clean fanaticism, crisis, language, culture, self-content, identity, utopia, mania and despair, condensed into the well-known cultural technique of a prime time TV show.”
V. Vale was a “guest” on their TAUGSHOW #9 and it was very funny (at least, Vale thought so). Monochrom’s Taugshow #9 is online for download. Taugshow #9 (Roboexotica Special) was recorded at dietheater/Konzerthaus, Lothrinerstrasse, Vienna / Friday, December 8, 2006 / 8:00 PM. TAUGSHOW #9
Newsletter readers are invited to come support a RE/Search event and meet the (6) monochrom folk – they’ve come 6,000 miles! The hard-to-find RE/Search backlist of books will be available at discounted prices (including the NEW Industrial Culture Handbook limited-edition Hardback for show-special price of $25, not $40), and beer/wine will be on hand to soothe the stressful spirit. Our thanks to Liz Keim of the Exploratorium, plus everyone who helps RE/Search put on events.
MONOCHROM graciously hosted V. Vale, Marian Wallace (the RE/Search clan also included Valentine, Judy & Margaret Wallace), Eddie Codel (google bliptv), Simone Davalos, David Calkins, Kal Spelletich, Violet Blue, Jonathan Moore, and Jacob Appelbaum at the hyper-fun, fabulous, December 2006 sixth Roboexotica Exhibition and Conference in Vienna. Go to www.roboexotica.org for schedules, maps, photos, etc. Also check out www.monochrom.org and Google for blogs, photos, short videos, etc from the above-listed participants. Check RE/Search’s MySpace for videos, too.
TAUGSHOW GUESTS on Sun Feb 11:
J.D. LENZEN ON LONG-CHAINED MOLECULES AND KNOT EFFICIENCY
“J.D. Lenzen is a classic San Francisco bohemian. By day he works as an environmental chemist, and by night he teaches rope bondage instruction workshops as a member of Two Knotty Boys. Co-author of the rope bondage instruction guide “Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes”, J.D. also writes fictionalized novels�his first, “Soft Candy”, is scheduled for release this spring. A part time actor, J.D. also paints lowbrow pop surrealist paintings and is an accomplished singer/songwriter.
JENNIFER GRANICK ON LAW AND OTHER HACKS
“Jennifer Granick is Executive Director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic. She joined Stanford Law School in January 2001, as Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the Center for Internet and Society (CIS). She teaches, speaks and writes on the full spectrum of Internet law issues including computer crime and security, national security, constitutional rights, and electronic surveillance, areas in which her expertise is recognized nationally.
“Jennifer Granick came to Stanford after almost a decade practicing criminal defense law in California… At Stanford, she currently teaches the Cyberlaw Clinic, one of the nation’s few law and technology litigation clinics. She continues to consult on computer crime cases and serves on the Board of Directors of the Honeynet Project, which collects data on computer intrusions for the purposes of developing defensive tools and practices, and the Hacker Foundation, a research and service organization promoting the creative use of technological resources. She was selected by Information Security magazine in 2003 as one of 20 “Women of Vision” in the computer security field.”� http://www.granick.com/blog
5. **AMS, the mega-corporation who owns RE/Search’s distributor PGW (who also distributes Soft Skull, Henry Rollins’ 2.13.61, etc) declared bankruptcy, thus throwing dozens of independent presses into financial chaos. To help us weather this period of no money, please order a RE/Search book or two – give a book as a gift, or use your imagination … We recommend the recent J.G. Ballard Conversations & J.G. Ballard Quotes, Punk ’77 3rd Edition, and especially PRANKS 2 – funniest book RE/Search has published in awhile…
5A. Stephane von Stephane’s column: more Jonah Sharp, etc.
I recommend seeking out Alien Dreamtime, the recordings Jonah did with Terrence McKenna. Didjeridu by Stephen Kent. The music is great and T.McK. had lots to say. He was way ahead of his time and I would recommend any book by him. I would also like to recommend the latest cd by Ozric Tentacles. It’s called The Floor’s Too Far Away. (We’ve all felt like that before). It’s on Magna Carta. Vale, Marian and I were treated to the first listen (before the cd was released) on the tour bus with the Tentacles after the S.F. show. Songs like Ping, Armchair Journey and Etherclock are why I love this band. Ethereal, transcendent, beautiful and complex.
Corrections my last column: The bizarre casino where Blondie performed was Table Mountain Casino, not Konocti Harbour (though they did perform there too and that place was bizarre also). The correct spelling of the artist Jonah Sharp is currently working with is Zakir Hussein (though I found it spelled Hussain also). In the piece about Lou Reed, I used the word ascetic-istas, forgeting my usual lisp. I meant aesthetic-istas. Either one works but the latter is more to the point. So, here’s another wee tidbit of Jonah interview:
S.v.S: I wanted to ask you about Terrence McKenna. He died before the Millennium, and he was kind of targeting the changing of the century as an important moment…
JS: Terrence McKenna would talk about the Mayan calendar, the year 2012, he figured there could be a ‘chaostrophy’ he called it…and I said, “Well, what’s gonna happen: is the world gonna blow up or will we microwave ourselves, infrared waves, or…?” And he said, “No, it could be something like we advance technology till it’s too clever for itself, fuck with technology and invent time travel inadvertently, something like that.”
I met Terrence through Richard, who had joined the Shamen as a keyboard player and toured the world with them for about six months being a pop star. He had been making their clothing for them, then suddenly he’s on Top of the Pops. (laughs) Here I’d been working my ass off as a musician and you’re a fashion designer and now you’re on Top of the Pops!? Anyway we asked Terrence to come and talk while we played music underneath him live, and Terrence didn’t hesitate to say yes. It was a chance to do something different and reach people he normally wouldn’t reach. He knew he was being taken seriously as an acdemic, philosopher and writer and it really tickled him that he was reaching a whole new generation of young people. In actual fact I think that the people who came to those shows were the usual San Francisco audience. 60 percent dead-heads… [This resulted in the Alien Dreamtime recordings—two live shows at Transmission theater, S.F. in 1993]
S.v.S.: Did you get to spend time with him apart from those shows?
JS: Yes, I went to his house, it was actually the first time I had driven out of San Francisco, seen that sort of Northern California Redwoods thing. He had an A-frame house out in the woods…it was cool… [end]
6. What We’ve Been Listening To, Reading, Viewing, etc…
() William S. Burroughs’ Ghost of Chance – sorry, can’t find our copy, because we had some great prophetic quotes highlighted…next time! Burroughs will remain ahead of his time perhaps FOREVER, at the rate our society is “progressing” toward economic/social/educational justice for all…
() Joe Donohoe’s Specious Species #1. $5 from 415-571-9290, or send $7 to Joe Donohoe, 3345 20th St, SF CA 94110. Very interesting magazine from Joe D, who wrote an introduction to RE/Search’s J.G. Ballard Conversations book. Featured interviews include Bucky Sinister, Christian Parenti, Elaine Pagels (Gnosticism expert), Kevin Epps/Kevin Kelly (movie: Straight Outta Hunter’s Point) and Mats, cartoonist extraordinaire. This publication is 100% content, no fluff, and is definitely recommended (and also hard to find, so you’ll be getting a “rare” object).
() Job Jumper by The Whiskey Rebel (a.k.a. Phil Irwin). This proto-situationist “autobiography” is much more addicting than one might think. There is a kind of dark humor that can be obtained from looking back on atrocious work experiences, including almost freezing to death – literally – on a temp job in Alaska (p.199). This book was highly recommended by Jello Biafra – it is an American saga focusing on the number one problem today: survival, and is finally coming back into print. The author was in “Punk” bands, too. For info contact Phil Irwin, PO Box 1781, San Marcos TX 78666; firstname.lastname@example.org. Like many independently-published books, this one will probably be difficult to find – like, NOT at your local chain bookstore in the nearest mall…
() Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi. This is “War and Peace” written by an amazing German-born American author; it traces the life of a female in Germany from 1915-1952, who just happens to be a “dwarf.” Clearly and chillingly illuminates how easy it is to gradually succumb to fascism. Throughout the entire narrative a very dark kind of humor predominates. Features a large cast of perfectly-etched characters whose sometimes puzzling behavior is usually ultimately revealed as stemming from basic behaviorist/survivalist logic. Some beautiful episodes here and there. Epic!
() Pan’s Labyrinth. Three Mexican filmmakers, friends for decades, constitute a “group” – and there’s the theory that it takes a group to produce “great artists.” One of them, Guillermo Del Torro, interweaves a hyper-realistic fascist-state indictment with a quasi-children’s fantasy tale starring an 11-year-old female “heroine.” Here we have the conflicted apprehension of the patriarchal male as sexy and very sure of himself, surrounded by indecisives, and served by a fake-subservient maidservant who finally comes out of the closet into a courageous, though weaponly-ineffectual, persona. At the end we have the choice of two endings, one of which is satisfyingly happy. A kind of schizophrenic movie viewing experience that we end up labeling as “great” – very satisfying. Highly recommended. Now we want to see “Babel,” “Children of Men,” and maybe all the earlier films by these three Mexican filmmakers (the other two are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron, plus writer Guillermo Arriaga), who may embody a kind of cinema renaissance in themselves …
() Rick Poynor’s DESIGNING P-RNOTOPIA: Travels in Visual Culture (Princeton Architectural Press) is the kind of book we’re always searching for. To quote from the inside cover flap: “Explicit se-ual imagery has erupted in every medium and on every surface. While there’s plenty of pointing and laughing going on, hardly anyone has stopped to seriously consider its impact. Behind the outbreak of se-ual images into global visual culture lies the normalization of p-rnography. In the last few years, the rapid mainstream aceptance of p-rn, and the complete turnaround in social attitudes to it, has been one of the most momentous developments in every day life… Rick Poynor explores the past decade of advertising and design and the invasion of se-ual imagery into everyday life.” His book “covers a wide area of subjects, from magazines, billboard advertising, branding, illustration, photography, tattoos, and music graphics to architecture, and includes interviews with architect Rem Koolhaaas,” etc. Peter Saville and Stefan Sagmeister are considered. For anyone interested in visual culture and its effect on our daily lives.
() Re-reading Henning Mankell’s Sidetracked… contemporary Euro-noir mystery writer, a favorite of Ed Hardy…
() Unknown Museum curator/artist Mickey McGowan gave us the best christmas present: a Martin Denny album we’d never been able to find, titled Spanish Village – image Latin numbers given the “Exotica” treatment! (Well, Exotica music itself always had Latin stylings incorporated with bird calls, etc.) Thanks, Mickey! He also sent along “A Holiday in Hi-Fi” by Kermit Leslie & His Orchestra, featuring an Exotica song, “Jungle Flower.” Wow! It had a great cover…the whole concept of the 12″ vinyl LP cover as an artwork and medium in itself has only been recognized by a few installation “artists” – but fortunately, there are now entire websites displaying amazing “lost” covers from our collective music-loving past…
7. Recommended Links:
() http://www.interestingideas.com/ii/nancy.htm – “Nancy Boys”?
() couple role-plays the political way: http://www.glumbert.com/media/roleplay
() http://flickr.com/photos/18025993@N00/ – I actually have some of these – but not “Scottish Singalong”
() “I thought you might get a kick out of this article I wrote on my site – it got picked up by Make, here is their link to it: http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2007/01/how_to_dimensio.html
It is all very low-end, but lots of fun; stereo photography with a pair of inexpensive digital cameras. – best, – Phil”
() Mom always said television was bad for your eyes — now Moe Howard would prove it – http://www.ratical.org/ratville/3stooges75yrs.html
– THE THREE STOOGES’ best era, roughly 1932 to 1950, coincides with some of the most troubled years in American history. During the 1950s, the Stooges were prosperous, well-fed suburbanites, and it was a coasting decade for Moe and his partners. But they were at their finest impersonating near-homeless tramps, dealing with the terrible Depression.
“Don Morlan, a professor in communications at the University of Dayton, describes himself as “a lifelong Stooges fan” and a member of the Popular Culture Association, which holds annual conventions at which Morlan and other fellow academics, discuss aspects of the Stooges’ work. Morlan is no stranger to the media. A college professor who defends the Stooges is a novelty, and he tells me that any time he presents a paper on the trio, his phone begins to ring.
“Morlan delivered a paper at the Conference on Popular Culture titled “A Pie in the Face: The Three Stooges’ Anti-Aristocracy Theme in Depression Era Film” mentioning “the ideological statements about economic class differences” in the Stooges’ work.
“In seven or eight shorts during the Depression era,” Morlan says, “their subject was bringing the aristocracy down to their own level, as in other piefight comedies of the era”…
“The Stooges were not just pie fighters — they used that particular gag in only about 10 of their comedies. Morlan counts 34 out of 190 Stooges shorts as being about class conflict. In his paper “A Pie in Face” he writes, “Feature-length films in the 1930s which addressed Depression or financial class issues tended to ridicule the values of the rich rather than the people themselves. The Stooges did both.” Frank Capra’s You Can’t Take It With You joshed the wealthy, eccentric Sycamores. But the hungrier, angrier Stooges wanted to wreck their own party, as in 1936’s short “Ants in the Pantry,” in which they play exterminator-provocateurs. The trio attack a mansion, salting the place with moths and mice to drum up business for their pest control service. We see a close-up of a tea-party cake being peppered with live ants. Could Luis Bunuel have improved on it?” – Phil
() David Lynch Interview: http://www.avclub.com/content/node/57805
() “I thought you might be interested:
http://www.sfbg.com/entry.php?entry_id=2672&catid=110&volume_id=254&issue_id=278&volume_num=41&issue_num=17 – from Dave K.
() Go to www.michaelmoore.com – see his latest letter to the President about increasing troops…
() “Lately the boundaries between creative forms and commercial forces have all but vanished…We are here…to sell images and to assist in promoting the ‘narratives’ at the core of most brands…The challenge for designers right now is to be super-creative and super-innovative and yet to realize that this is a business…Designers can change the way people see…What it’s all about is memory of brand… selling consumers on the dream that in a [commodity] can be found the secret of having a life more glamorous, dimensioned and storybook than one’s own.” – condensed from an article by Guy Trebay, our favorite style columnist (N.Y. Times, etc)
() On Brand-Building: 1. Position yourself as an expert. Offer classses; teach; write product reviews, testimonials, tutorials, submit them for publication….become a trustworthy authority. 2. Communicate well, and communicate often. Return phone calls and emails quickly; regularly contact folks to keep them posted of an event or order status. 3. Be accessible; list your website and phone number, etc. 4. Be consistent, stick with one identity concept/theme. 5. Reach out – be active in your community; be active in local fund-raising, put in volunteer hours. – condensed from an article by Khara Lintel Plicanic in Studio Photography, Jan 2007
() “Strategy: locate the overlooked gaps and occupy them. The street is increasingly treated not as a civic space in which an active community defines its own needs and priorities and expresses itself in its own way, but as a commercial space whose purpose is to sell things to herds of essentially passive consumers.” – Rick Poynor, Designing P-rnotopia
() “My interior life would be impoverished in no significant way if I never saw another ad or commercial again.” – ibid
() “Business…tries to annex just about every worthwhile aspect of life – mystery, sensuality, intimacy, love – for commercial purposes.” – ibid
() “You want it. You buy it. You forget it.” – Barbara Kruger
() “I shop therefore I am.” – ibid
() “In societies like ours s-x truly represents a second system of differentiation, completely independent of money; and as a system of differentiation it functions just as mercilessly… certain people have a varied and exciting erotic life; others are reduced to mast-rbation and solitude.” – Michel Houellebecq, Whatever
() In visual terms, roughness signifies authenticity and ‘virtue.’ Luxury is conveyed by the absence of photos… For an informal, not-trying-too-hard kind of elegance: creamy, uncoated paper… Line drawings are another sure-fire sign of authenticity.” condensed from Designing P-rnotopia, pp. 29-30
() “There are few consumer experiences that dramatize inequality as vividly as air travel.” – ibid
() “There are almost 2 billion square metres (21.5 billion square feet) of retail shopping space in the world. 39% of this is in the US, 37% in Asia and 10% in Europe.” – ibid
() “Wal-Mart is the world’s largest retailer. Its sales exceed the gross domestic product of 3/4 of the world’s economies.” – ibid
() What is luxury? Luxury is NOT shopping. Luxury is: 1) intelligence 2) attention (to one’s personal/creative thoughts) 3) roughness (an antidote to the unremitting smoothness of the commercial realm) 4) waste (space that is not productive – i.e., not shopping, affords contemplation, privacy, mobility and luxury. – condensed from Designing P-rnotopia, p. 20
() “F-ck all that spiritual bullsh-t about mental growth and exploration and experience – we wanted the goods. The hardware. Cash, clothes, cars, luxury apartments.” – Dazed & Confused, Oct 2000
() “To a certain extent we are all sell-outs now… Sure, it lacks integrity, but the benefits can be pretty nice.” – Sleazenation
() “To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.” – Robertson Davies
() “HETEROGLOSSIA: the idea of a multiplicity of languages all in operation in a culture. Heteroglossia might be defined as the collection of all the forms of social speech, or rhetorical modes, that people use in the course of their daily lives. (Bakhtin calls these “socio-ideological languages”…) A good example of heteroglossia would be all the different languages you use in the course of a day. You talk to your friends in one way, to your professor in another way, to your parents in a third way, to a waiter in a restaurant in a fourth way, etc.
“For instance, I once returned a call from a student (who was asking for an extension on a paper) and got his answering machine; the message said “Hey, dudes and dudettes, I’m not here cuz I’m takin’ the day off to hit the slopes, so catch you later.” The language here was clearly not directed at a student-teacher communication. Rather, the terminology, assumptions, and mode of expressivity were all geared toward a very specific audience. This example shows one kind of language at use–one part of the heteroglossia this student/speaker could have chosen to use. It also shows a fundamentally DIALOGIC utterance–one oriented toward a particular kind of listener/audience, and implying a particular relationship between the speaker and the listeners.” – sent by Karl P.
“One ironic piece of hope is that we have so many more ways of becoming energy-efficient. Cars haven’t improved in decades. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs can save huge amounts of money and foreign oil.” – Robert Henson, The Rough Guide to Climate Change
() “I see HDTV breeding an even less intelligent, less scientific culture than we already have.” – Douglas Rushkoff
() “Technology is progressively effacing nature and society.” – Jacques Ellul, The Technological Society
9. PRANKS 2, Industrial Culture Handbook reviews
[Re: Industrial Culture Handbook] “This book was an inspiration not only to subsequent “Industrial” musicians but to the “Goth” movement as well. The early Industrial Culture Movement involved far more than just making “noise music,” but sought to infuse subliminals, cut-ups, randomness and enlightening memes into all cultural production. With its focus on little-known amazing books, films and magazines, this guide is designed to tell you everything you need to know to experience the full range of delight derived from forbidden knowledge and its sources. You will learn many fascinating histories and ideas, the distinct differences by which concepts are evaluated, the standards by which life can be re-evaluated, how and where “black” knowledge can be obtained, and the secrets of how to live a creative life which minimizes bourgeois restraints stifling authentic and original creativity. Far more than a “book,” the Industrial Culture Handbook is one total guide to the exploration of a truly exciting area of expertise and enjoyment involving discernment possessed by very few. This is a handbook for those rare select individuals who seek total knowledge and connoisseurship, regardless of danger…” order from RE/Search, or call 415-362-1465.
PRANKS 2: “San Francisco’s RE/Search Publications is back with Pranks 2, a new volume of anti-corporate and anti-stupidity shenanigans meant to teach a little and laugh a lot between the lines of social protest. Two rockers find their way inside: Entertaining malcontent and spoken-word sage Jello Biafra hacks off about hacking scenarios, and Ministry’s Al Jourgensen shares tales of subversive resistance within his major-record-label deal. Other political artists turning everything sideways include the Yes Men, John Waters, painter Ron English, comedian Margaret Cho, master satirist Paul Krassner, and those brilliant modifiers of the advertising landscape, the Billboard Liberation Front. Highly recommended, this is smart stuff for those witty enough to throw ideas instead of bombs.” – John J. James,Positively Yeah Yeah Yeah, http://www.pyyy-column.com
“For a good time, order PRANKS 2 from” www.http://www.researchpubs.com or call 415-362-1465.
10. Feedback from Readers:
() “Happening Now: the San Francisco Film Noir Festival at the 1,400-seat Castro Theater!” – Steven
() High-Rise (by J.G. Ballard) coming to the screen: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0462335/ – I saw a discussion of it here: a href=”http://www.ballardian.com/”>http://www.ballardian.com/ – Phil
() “Recommend that all your readers find Matt Smith’s article in SF Weekly: “The cult of personality and secrecy behind Burning Man” – in sum, Burning Man founder John Law is suing his two former partners, and has already garnered considerable sympathy in his fight against the B.M. P.R. Machine: http://www.sfweekly.com/Issues/2007-01-24/news/smith.html
Another excellent article is at http://johnlawspeaks.wordpress.com/2007/01/09/does-burning-man-belong-to-everyone/
There are a lot of other threads to uncover here – best, john s.”
() “Vale � For a number of reasons this newsletter couldn’t have been timelier as the new year has started sluggishly. The first quote by Franklin Rosemont was just the kind of steely determination I needed to hear inside my head. Thanks for the effort you put into this little monthly subversive care package.” – Henry
() “Highly recommend the new Scritti Politti album” – Vermilion Sands
() FEB 1-March 31, 2007: Masami Teraoka work at Catharine Clark Gallery, 49 Geary St, 2nd floor. http://www.cclarkgallery.com
() “Vale, Here’s a link to free lyrics and chords. I just got the words & music for “Black Coffee” (1948). www.jumbojimbo.com – Steven”
() “Here’s Lil Mike’s photo of V. Vale playing piano, Bayview Boat Club, 1-27-07, party hosted by Mike Dingle (Babalou was there):http://sf.metblogs.com/archives/2007/01/berkeley_based_book_groups_ban.phtml
() “I shot Iggy, Glen Matlock, Brian James/Damned, Ivan Kral/Patti and not sure drummer, Old Waldorf, December 1979. I shot two nights at least. I have shots of Glen Matlock backstage with Alice Bag and Patricia Morrison, bassist of Bags, later Gun Club, Sisters of Mercy, and presently, Damned, married to Dave Vanian, mother of their child.” – Jenny Lens
() “Vale – Thanks for reviewing my film! But I don’t have the unconsciouslyconscious.com site up yet! Use this instead – http://www.myspace.com/unconsciouslyconsciousmov – Thanks! Gary Chong
() “Hey RE/Searchers, I thought you guys might be interested in my audio podcasts, Drown Pirate Radio. These are themed musical mixtapes that often times will blur the lines between Mel Torme and Dr. Octagon. I spend a lot of time remixing tracks, or mashing up, or just capturing really obscure sounds for the podcasts. The first two episodes are up, both of theme are “space” themed. I had some help from Otis Fodder and Dana Countryman too: http://www.drownradio.com/2007/01/08/space-mix-tape-02.html
http://feeds.feedburner.com/DrownPirateRadio – Thanks,” Doctor Popular from DrownRadio.com
() “Hey Vale, the Ramones also played that little club on Telegraph (name escapes me) in Berkeley around that time (Jan/Feb ’77) — I remember because I took Jonathan Richman (this was during his Beserkely period) to go see them. 5 seconds into the first song, Jonathan was running, really running toward the door with his hands over his ears yelling “too loud! too loud!” He disappeared into the night and my good friend Edith Mirante and I enjoyed a great Ramones show.” – best, Nicole Panter
() “Just watched Memento Mori (Korean “lesbian romantic horror film” – if you can conceive of such a thing), which came highly lauded – hmmmmm – kind of a mess, you ask me. But, hey, what do *I* know? Watching tons of Hong Kong and Japanese and Korean films from the last 60 years… just watched a terrific film by Uchida – don’t know the US title, but the French title translates as “Murder at Fujiwara” – the only subtitled DVD is from France and only has French subtitles. But what a great film – sort of a historically set Japanese “Blue Angel”, about a silk merchant who ruins himself over a hooker, er, excuse me, geisha – actually, she’s NOT a geisha, yet – at the beginning of the film she is quite literally a street whore; he finances her education and training to be a geisha – but they’re not at all coy about it – her aim is to be a “Number One Courtesan”… WELL worth finding… Outstanding final scene, too!” – Charlie Cockey, Prague
() Our friend Monique (ex-Jo Jo Planteen of the Don’ts, et al) is performing at NASTY, NASTY GIRL! MORE OUTRAGE WITH ANITA BERBER ON 2/17/07 – THE BEAT MUSEUM, 540 BROADWAY (at Columbus Ave), North Beach, SF, 7pm-9pm Suggested Donation $5-$20. NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS! THIS SHOW IS CALLED ‘5 GIRLS–5 GUYS – AN EVENING OF HEDONISM, CEREMONY, AND CELEBRATION’ ( a nite of Performance Art, Live Music, Dance, and Poetry)!
()” RIP 2006: Dirk Dirksen, Ian Cartmill, Wes Robinson; we shall miss you all.” – Bruce Loose
() “Dear Vale- I love the newletter and look forward to it each month. Here, in the small, Republican wasteland where I live and try to make a difference, I long for the days when travel to San Francisco was more frequent. So, I live sort of vicariously thru the info you share. Just had to write about the terrific Jonah Sharp interview – I too, really dug 808 State’s song “Pacific State” and still do. It was cool to hear a veteran dish about the old days and to know that he’s still at it… I check out a lot of the links and they are great too. Keep it coming and Happy New Year! Peace” – Stacey E., Westminster, MD
() “Dear Friends, LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (see http://leap.cc), founded 16 March 2002, consists of current and former members of the law enforcement and criminal justice communities who are speaking out about the failures of our existing drug policies. LEAP’s 12-minute promotional video, End Prohibition Now, can be viewed online at these two sites:
LEAP’s downloadable version: http://leap.cc/audiovideo/LEAPpromo.htm
“Anyone concerned about the failure of our $69 billion-a-year War on Drugs should watch this 12-minute program. You will meet front line, ranking police officers who give us a devastating report on why it cannot work. It is a must-see for any journalist or public official dealing with this issue. – Walter Cronkite”
() “THROBBING GRISTLE” film of a concert in England in 2004, played at Recombinant Media Labs on Dec. 16, 2006. This was part of the Industrial Culture Film Festival put on byMobilization.com and Asphodel, and featured V. Vale and Monte Cazazza speaking live, answering questions. Genesis P-Orridge was in fine voice and played electric violin. Fakir Musafar introduced a body suspension ritual filmed in the early 1980s from “Dances Sacred and Profane.” There were also some short films by Nervous Gender.
“Then I saw the EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN film at the Castro Theater, Jan. 16, 2007. In Nov. 2004, Neubauten played a concert in the gutted remains of East Berlin’s Palast der Republik. I saw the band in 1993, then a few years later at the Warfield (when they had their home-made mechanical instruments on display in a local gallery), and then in 2004 at the Fillmore. The experience of them live is better than on film. Blixa was there in person following the film, sitting on the edge of the stage and being very relaxed and patient with the questions from the crowd. One woman noted the high notes he can reach and wondered if he could do Mariah Carey songs! Blixa had just gotten back from Beijing, and plans to be in SF for most of 2007. As he noted on the stage of the Fillmore a few years ago, the band is perpetually broke. To film the concert they got 3 cameras from Amazon and then returned them… – Steven Gray” – see his photos at www.pbase.com/lautreamont/anon_salon and at his website:www.telepoetic.com
() “Recently in italy Costa & Nolan, the main “new media” book publisher, published a book about networking history in italy (net art, hacking, neoism and other avant-gardes linked with technology). The author, Tatiana Bazzichelli, is famous in italy among people that built the ring of new media arts and she is very active in Europe inside the underground scene (she set up even an indie-p-rn festival in Berlin). www.networkingart.eu The book will be presented in Transmediale, in Berlin, this year. – Mariano”
() [explaining why he could not be present at the RE/Search Pranks 2 celebrations in New York/New Jersey on Feb 1 & Feb 3, 2007:] “I’m on tour for Court TV hype and my Valentines album, but I’ll be thinking of you! – John Waters”
() “Martha Colburn’s new political fairy tale short film, Meet Me in Wichita (7 min) which played Sundance Festival and at the Whitney in NYC (Dec 1, 2006), has a piano soundtrack by V. Vale.” – Chris T.
() Photographs by our adopted son, YOSHI YUBAI (back in Hiroshima, Japan), now at http://www.photomanhattan.com/students13.htm#november92006
() V. Vale recently was a guest lecturer Jan. 25, 2007 at John Leanos’ class at CCA (California College of Arts), 1111 8th St, San Francisco. Class description: “The Surreptitious and the Subversive”… It is a graduate seminar in the Social Arts Practices area, a new area that focuses on engaging in socially pertinent work. My aim for the course is to give students a model for engaging in politically nuanced and subversive work outside of the gallery and ‘art world’s’ profit-driven model. As you know, I’ll be using Pranks 2 as the principal text. Thank you for updating this text. It’s perfect for this context.
“This seminar will consider how hidden, concealed, falsified, and surreptitious art practice and their subversive strategies develop critical relationships between the viewer, work, artist, and social contract. We will look into the mythology of the trickster and coyote and explore the aesthetic and political possibilities of covert messaging as practiced by contemporary artists… Check out some of my work at:http://www.leanos.net”
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