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V. VALE RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER JUNE 2010 : Twits for Tweets, Atrocity Exhibition, John Waters, Arthur Koestler, MicMacs



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2. Meditation Space
3. Counter Culture Hour with JOHN SHIRLEY: 6 PM Pacific Time, Saturday June 12 – also simulcast on-line
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing
6. Moritz reports from Germany (Stephane von Stephane will reappear in future)
7. Recommended Links – send some!
9. Letters from Readers


1. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR, V. VALE, RE/SEARCH FOUNDER (and also the founder of SEARCH & DESTROY magazine before that): I started a Twitter Account to capture aphorisms, thoughts and quotes “on the fly.” It works! In just over three weeks there are now 367 “twits” – visit valeREsearch to see them all. I like the fact you are limited to 140 characters. I am posting a couple days’ worth below in lieu of the usual “Message from Your Editor.” You can “follow” me on Twitter (Twitter account: valeREsearch) or visit periodically to harvest quotes you like…I’ve also started posting more on Facebook: “Re/Search Group” and “Re/Search Publications” Fan Page…
The below “twits” are written in REVERSE ORDER – best to start at the bottom and work upward…

() “RADICALS FOR CAPITALISM?! If You’re FOR Capitalism, You Ain’t Radical- You’re CONSERVATIVE! Or BRAINWASHED, Stockholm Syndrome-style.”


() “Each of Us Is OUR OWN Central Intelligence Agency, Magnetizing the Most Futuristic Ideas, Culture, Experiences & Pleasures…”

() “PROOF Your BRAIN Is Like SWISS CHEESE: Reread ‘WAR & PEACE’ & Discover Passages You Never Saw Before…”

() “There is NO SUCH THING as RADICALS FOR CAPITALISM – unless you think the entire world is just 100% privileged white fe/males.”


() “CAPITALISM = PERMANENT WAR: Against ‘Competitors,’ ‘Rivals’; For Control of Scarce Resources, Land, Commodities, Other Humans…”

() “Too bad there isn’t a TRUE Central Intelligence Agency where all the wisdom of the planet is centralized & downloadable FOR FREE.”

() “The most memorable moments in a prose work of fiction are POETIC. Everything else fades away…”

() “The ONE Piano Book to Take to a Desert Island: THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF KEYBOARD PICTURE CHORDS ($14.98 @ the Hated B&N Chainstore).”

() “Make the BEST Cupcake in the World & People Will Beat a Path to Your Door.”


() “DOMINANT CELEBRITY CULTURE INJECTS US WITH: fear, inferiority complexes, trepidation, servility, despair, abasement.”

() “In a city, passing strangers can utter epiphanies (or dreadful cliches), then vanish forever out of your life…”

() “It’s so much fun to EAVESDROP & SPY on people while out in the world — WHY?”


() “LOOK, Don’t See. LISTEN, Don’t Hear.” – Lee Child

() “Form an Amateur “THINK TANK” and Brainstorm for Ideas! TAKE NOTES! In theory, it’s THE IMAGINATION WHICH CREATES THE FUTURE…”

() “What with the Economic Downturn & more “free” time — a perfect excuse to stay up with friends All Night, just talking!”

() “What ARE YOUR Top 100 Books? Recordings? Movies? Artists? Film Directors? Musicians? Actors? People?”

2. Visualize an empty room…

3. Counter Culture Hour – Sat June 12, 2010 – 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME. (We hope to Air this at its listed time this month. Due to a mix-up, the April’s show was reshown in May, sorry.)
JOHN SHIRLEY, acclaimed founder of the CyberPunk “movement” in the 80s, a Punk Rock songwriter/singer/bandleader, and Futuristic Speculative Fiction Writer, is interviewed by V. Vale. The Counter Culture Hour is edited/produced by Marian Wallace; interview by V. Vale.
The Counter Culture Hour (aka RE/SEARCH TV) is also ON-LINE as well as on cable access San Francisco Channel 29 — 6:00pm Pacific Time, Sat April 10, 2010 ALSO on-line (simulcast) – at this link:

USA west coast: 6:00 PM Saturday,June 12
USA east coast: 9:00 PM Saturday, June 12
London: 2:00 AM Sunday, June 13
Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, June 13
If you cannot get this online (we have heard some complaints about this), please write us to get a DVD copy.

Would you like to have a Counter Culture Hour showing in your town? Please write and ask us how you can do this. (write:

The new management of the Public Access Station is working towards having all shows available all the time in an archive, and we are looking into other hostings for the show, also as an audio MP3. Or, contact us for a DVD now!

4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)

() FREE. NOW at San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St, 4th floor: CLUB FOOT Exhibit of Photos, Posters, Artifacts from 1979-1986 S.F. performance space. RE/Search helped organize a Cabaret Voltaire performance there circa 1980! Most crowded event: when Diamanda Galas performed…

() ZINESTERS: REGISTER by July 1&Save$ for table at SFZINEFEST Sept 4-5 – V. Vale will be a Featured Speaker

() ARTISTS: $25REGISTER by June 15&Save$50 North Beach ArtWalk (Sell Your Art!)

() $$ June 10-June 27 (thurs -8PM & Sun 7PM)- HOT GREEKS a Thrillpeddlers revival of the Cockettes classic, Hypnodrome, 575 10th St, SF- $30

() FREE. June 9- July 10, Dan Nicoletta Photo Exhibit, Electric Works,130 8th St, SF

() $. June 11, 9pm BOHEMIAN CARNIVAL 2050 Bryant SF @ 18th 19th St.

() FREE. Sat Jun 12 World Naked Bike Ride SF

() $ Sat-Sun Jun 12-13. THE BURNING MAN FILM FESTIVAL-SF Red Vic Movie House ( 1727 Haight St SF

() FREE Sun Jun 13 Haight-Ashbury Street Faire

() $ Mon-Tu 7:30,9:30pm Red Vic, 1727 Haight St, SF. Jennifer Kroot’s IT CAME FROM KUCHAR (RE/Search is IN this film!) George will be there Monday? Mike will be there Tuesday with a new short video!

() $ Thu June 17, 7:30pm – Terese Taylor, The Blue Macaw (formerly 12 Galaxies), 2565 Mission St, SF

() NEW YORK: June 18, 7:30pm, Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn: JG Thirlwell’s 20-piece Steroid Maximus does the Ectopia album + The Venture Bros (selections).

() FREE Sat-Sun Jun 19-20 North Beach Festival

() $ Mon June 21, 7:30pm Zeitgeist, 199 Valencia St, SF The Goat Family will again be playing for The Tamale Lady’s Birthday Party. Films, too.

() FREE Fri June 25, 7-10pm Mark Bode: Wizards Lizards & Broads, 1AM Gallery, 1000 Howard St/6th St, SF

() FREE. LOS ANGELES! Sat June 26, 7pm, Sinan Revell Show.,_Press_Release.html

() FREE Sun, June 27 “GAY PRIDE PARADE. Starts 10:30 a.m. at Market St/Beale & ends at Market /8th St to Civic Center. Sat-Sun Noon -6pm SF Pride Celebration in Civic Center – to volunteer & help at this event, please contact Arlynne at or Amara at If you should have any questions, you can also call Arlynne at (510) 872-1188. Please let us know your name, tee-shirt size, and what shift you would like to work.

() FREE Tu June 29, 7:30pm BILL BERKSON at Books & Bookshelves, 99 Sanchez/14th St, SF

() FREE Sat-Sun July 3-4,, 10-6pm, Fillmore Jazz Festival, Fillmore St/Jackson-Eddy Sts. – The largest FREE Jazz Festival on the West Coast

() FREE Sat July 10, 2-5pm ALTERNATIVE ENERGY WORKSHOP. Noisebridge Hackerspace, 2169 Mission St, SF

() $ July 15-18, Castro Theater, SF: SILENT FILM FESTIVAL (featuring restored METROPOLIS!)


5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent

() Photo of V. Vale :


() We stick our necks out and name Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s MICMACS “THE MOVIE OF THE YEAR.” Finally, a movie with SATISFYING CONTENT & Plot, beautiful shadowy style (like Brazil), and a group-bonding-role-model-family-ethos reminding us of Spider Baby. There’s a great set reminiscent of the old San Francisco Survival Research Laboratories’ “shop” x 10.. (SRL has moved to Petaluma). One of our new-favorite young actresses, capable of immense flexibility in a number of roles, is introduced. It is a MUST to see this film in a theater, not on a TV set… We could easily see it again… And, we also saw GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO and recommend it for totally different reasons, like: it’s 2-1/2 hours, an EPIC, and the heroine is quite irresistible, while the hero is satisfyingly non-matinee-idol, what with his rough complexion. The flashbacks are gorgeously lit…

() Reading John McWhorter’s Our Magnificent Bast-rd Tongue…

() V. Vale played piano at the Silent Film Festival’s Press Party in May… (

() V. Vale’s review of JOHN WATERS Art Show at Rena Bransten, May 27, 2010: “John Waters made himself accessible to his “admirers” by continually circling through the crowds at his Art Opening at Rena Bransten Gallery tonight, posing with people for photos, and being generally gracious and personable. Great subtle-patterned-sharkskin jacket; positively oracular orange winklepickers. John’s taken Warhol-era Pop Art into New Territories, e.g., transmuting 70s Gay Underground Iconic Signifiers like RUSH into post-Oldenburgian sculptures. His deconstructions of favorite movie stars simultaneously celebrate and lacerate. There’s a lot to ponder here…deep waters below the surface froth; tragedy below the glam and glimmer. Remember that All Life Comes Out of Death! What fun!”

() May 14/June 4 Attended the opening & closing parties curated by Conceptual Artist Chris Farris at The Space Between Gallery, 1 Columbus Ave. ( Saw a compelling trio led by “Emily,” Lance Burden (check ‘em out). Much fun – Monte Cazazza even attended the closing shindig! Monte has a brand-new album, definitely one of the best releases of the year: go to and click under “Monte Cazazza” – you will not regret it. The darkest lyrics, the most sunlit noir Italian Western soundtrack music…

() John C. Sulak’s Review of The Mutants: FORENSIC REPORT / Dirk Dirksen presents a Dirksen-Molloy production. This is a DVD of San Francisco punk band The Mutants. It includes a full reunion concert from 1989, featuring most of their classic songs, as well as clips from earlier shows. There is also some recent interview footage with band members and other people from the early punk scene (including V. Vale). So you can see the band members age over the course of almost 30 years. Personally, I think they all still look great. I enjoyed watching this a lot and anyone who is a Mutants fan will too. I felt a bit sad when it was over, thinking about people and places that are gone, including the late Dirk Dirksen (who directed the DVD and did the interviews.) But it’s an important documentary, and the Mutants still occasionally perform live – I saw them at the DeYoung Museum last year playing at a party for the Andy Warhol exhibit that was open at the time. Maybe this DVD will inspire people to go out and see them. I got it from the San Francisco Public Library, so if you live in town you can check it out for free. Sometimes DVDs from the library are damaged but this is brand new and I didn’t have any problems with it. (Go to to request a copy and have it sent to your branch library, or to see if it’s on the shelf.)

() Got a gorgeous, compelling small book in the mail, once again confirming that Intelligent Minimalist Design can produce a thing of beauty with minimal $$. BE READABLE! BE BEAUTIFUL! It’s titled Perversity Think Tank & is available from – Basically this treatise explores the boundaries and borderlands of the territory called “perversity” — cultural relativism is important here — and cites examples from Amish & Mennonite neighbors… (BTW, I happen to think that THEY are better equipped to survive the coming Soft Apocalypse than most of us. Talk about “living off the grid”… Yes, in the not-so-far-distant-future there may not BE any “grid” (referring to availability of cheap electricity and natural gas). Sure, a few people may keep their netbooks going on solar panels, but… we’ll see. I might welcome the return of the horse-and-buggy, but…)

But back to “PTT” – this book is like being served a bowl of caviar. It’s best taken a few pages at a time, as its frequently shocking thoughts and notions demand reflection and even recovery time. The book lives up to its name, with varying and parallel “narratives.” There are a plethora of good “quotes” scattered throughout, like Kant’s “‘The beautiful in nature is a question of the form of object, and this consists in limitation.” In other words, there is a profound connection between beauty and boundary…” (p.93) Or, “The obsessive acts as though time does not exist.” (p.69) Without quotable quotes, a book cannot endure, and its author is highly suspect. Check out’s other books…

() A complete run of Jack Rabid’s The Big Takeover (currently at #66) would give any cultural Rip Van Winkle a quick catch-up on the “best” body-shaking/head-bobbing music produced over the past 30 years. #66 contains an unreleased 1992 Ramones interview. Did you know that Steven King put on a Ramones concert, with Cheap Trick on the bill?! And that Joey campaigned in Kansas City for Bill Clinton? Order this encyclopedia-in-the-making (or better yet, SUBSCRIBE) from

6. From Moritz, Greifswald, Germany (Stephane von Stephane will return…)

1. REVIEW OF The Book Of Eli: This is a late call to watch that movie. It seems like few people really like that movie. I can’t stop recommending it, but except for a small number of enthusiasts, everybody refuses to agree with me that this is an extraordinary film. I could start arguing by saying how nicely it captures that post-apocalyptic feel that most post-apocalyptic movies fail to represent: Vast stretches of a raped and abandoned landscape which still provides enough space for the characters to thrive and survive despite its superficial dysfunctionality. In that it is IMO better than Mad Max 2, a movie which doesn’t seem to be interested in depicting a sustainable world after the apocalypse. The soundtrack helps a lot to endow the imagery with that ring of hope that’s so very necessary to this kind of movies.
Anyway, some reject The Book Of Eli on the grounds that they don’t like this dark future setting. Fair enough. But totally unrelated to that, one has to acknowledge the deep symbolic references in it. (SPOILER WARNING. DON’T KEEP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE MOVIE YET.) So Eli wanders around in the desert for 30 years with a book that obviously is meant to be the bible. Once you see the end of the movie and you find out that he is actually blind, you might say that his three-decade odyssey is caused by his blindness. But that is implausible if you take into account that everything he undertakes, he accomplishes in a skillful manner. Also he reminds himself to stick to the path and not to be diverted by helping those in need. But as it turns out, only when he gives up what is most precious to him in order to help another person he succeeds and finds the way to his destination. In one of the last scenes he crumbles under his injuries when he tries to cover the last couple of miles by navigating a small boat over the Bay to the island of Alcatraz. The iconographic impact is astonishing. Also without further ado, celibacy (as presumed by many religious leaders) is accepted from the outset. At no point you get the impression that the male and female leads engage in a relation that exceeds that of a leader towards his apprentice. There are many more points that need to be unearthed… You can complain about the apparently fideistic message of that movie but to do that you have to interpret it and that’s a task not to be underestimated.

2. REVIEW OF Sow: SOW is Anna Wildsmith with Boys. The Boys are Mike Watts (Pig), Raymond Watts (Pig, Psychic TV, the Foetus live band) and Rob Henry (Euphonic). DOG is Sow’s third album and was just released. Like its predecessors it comprises an eclectic assortment of instrumentations with outstanding spoken word-ish vocals. The genres and styles explored on this one are among others, Ambient, Jazz, Illbient, Trip Hop, Big Beat, Modern Classical and there are even some traditional elements. But the main reason for getting this CD are the strong vocals and deep, emotive lyrics by Anna Wildsmith. “The Kidnapping Of Anna Wildsmith” which might be considered the pivotal track on this album just illustrates that. In a surreal way it deals with the passing of Buster, Anna’s long-time canine companion to whom the album is dedicated. In contrast to this the other songs elaborate predominantly on interpersonal relationships, often with subtle sexual references. Take your time to listen to the free track VICTIM which can be downloaded here: (where you can also get the album. The track is jazzier than any track on the album but still gives a good impression of what mood to expect. Considering her forceful artistic output I feel Anna Wildsmith is far too unknown and deserves much more attention. – Moritz

3. The Atrocity Exhibition at Galerie Feinkost in Berlin. Here is a little note on that for the newsletter:

Just a short note: Recently The Atrocity Exhibition in Berlin Galerie Feinkost ended. This show was a rather small one. Nonetheless it is yet another example for the global and refreshing albeit posthumous interest in J.G. Ballard. A continuously inflating and deflating plastic bottle provided the aural background for a couple of paintings, photographs and short films. Among the artists some need to be mentioned:

Anetta Mona Chi?a & Lucia Tká?ová: (See the last two items – great works reflecting (?) the setting and blocking in p-rnography.)
Steve Rowell: See the second row of photographs at the gallery’s page:
Annika Larsson: (A nicely done, sterile blood play video.)

4. The sports is called “Jugger” and there are leagues at least in Ireland, Costa Rica, Australia and Germany. Don’t know about the States. The movie they are referring to is “Salute To The Jugger”. Here is the vintage trailer:
The new M.I.A. song “Born Free” – nice video, one censorship attempt by YouTube:

7. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)

() Our pal Jack Rabid has a radio show:


() They Are Purposely Killing the Gulf – J. Speer-Williams

Click to access oil-disaster-surrealist-response-v2.pdf

() from Chris T: this is maybe a lot annoying, but definitely recommended watching.

() from Ian Webster: Self-Publishing – I Drink Your Blood

() from Chris F: Throbbing Gristle SF

() from Graham Rae: A remake of Red Dawn w/Chinese foes? WTF?|main|dl5|link5|


() from Kevin Binkert ( ):


() from Moritz: NEW release by CABARET VOLTAIRE! “The Tivoli vs. Cabaret Voltaire”. According to open source database (see ) Richard H. Kirk is the remix artist. Anyway here is a link to the digital release:
Anja dug up a German preorder site for the PHYSICAL RELEASE of that EP:

() from VV: (Bunny & Bull-enjoy!)

() From Eva Lake:

() From SM Gray:

() highly recommended: 72 Tehama/2nd St, SF: and

() John Waters CURATOR of PHOTOS:

() Jens Stoltze (S Magazine) Brazil Photos:



() Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg (Exhibition/Catalog) – review at

8. QUOTES – See “Letter from the Editor” earlier

So good we’re repeating it: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – Buckminster Fuller

() “I’m a fascist about my work habits and I expect you to be, too…Rigid enjoyment of planning can get you high. Militant time-management… Discipline is a lifestyle that breeds power.” – JOHN WATERS

() Even though “Writing/Art/Poetry/EVERYTHING Must Be Made by ALL,” **NEVERTHELESS**: “Making a book(art) is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author(artist).” – Jean De La Bruyere.

9. Letters from Our Readers:

() From Andrew Bishop of London: Here’s a link to the catalogue for the 1956 This Is Tomorrow exhibition, which Ballard described as “the most important event in the visual arts in Britain until the opening of Tate Modern”. Sadly the images are rather small.

Hi Vale, I had a lot of fun visiting you and Marian during my trip to the Bay Area a few weeks ago. Thank you for the wonderful books! I have not yet watched the CCH DVDs, but am looking forward to them.

Today I took a first look at Dead Fingers Talk — the tape experiments show at IMT. It seems to be a very carefully curated show with a few gems.

Highlights include Classic Verbatim (by Matthew Appleby, Stephen Cornford, The Human Separation). Blank CDs etched with spirals were placed next to a record player and headphones. Playing the CDs on the turntable revealed a glitchy recording of Burroughs reading, with lots of skipping. Making records from CDs seems like great idea to me.

‘Conversation’ by Alex Baker and Kit Poulson: occasional noises emanating from deep within two buckets of black liquid placed on the gallery floor, causing surface ripples.

‘Ghosts’ by Thomson & Craighead: sound from the gallery wall, detectable only with the supplied stethoscopes.

There were two unpublished Burroughs pieces, ‘Her Primrose Laundry’ and ‘WSB and IS Stereo Experiment’. The first was my favorite: what sounded like recordings from television, with lots of discordant stereo ‘hello yes hello’.

I’ll be on an exhibition tour with the curator Mark Jackson next Saturday, and will send a fuller report. (Maybe some photographs.) – Andrew

() From Maria of L.A.: “I re-read this great excerpt from a book I have called Strange Glory. I thought you might like it:

“Our ‘everyday’ awareness of life is so limiting that we are as sleepwalkers and our culture,rather than shaking us awake, serves to perpetuate this state of somnambulism. Our ethics, morality and value systems are based on the idea that it is more desirable to spend our lives enslaved by material possessions that to struggle up through levels of “being.”

We are defeated not only by the narrowness of our perspective and fear of the darkness, but by our excuses. We believe that without habits, social conventions, routines we could not exist and so we hide behind them, but what we think protects, in fact oppresses us. Circumstances become our prisons, other people our jailers. We live in silence and squander our birthright. Even our brain betrays us in the name of security. It becomes a “reducing valve,” shutting out stimuli that, in our pursuit of everyday goals, we have decided are unimportant and extraneous, and so we are denied the full richness, meaning and wonder of the world. Being less than we are, we fail to touch life. Insulated by our segregated and attenuated senses, we feel, we see, we listen, we taste within predetermined limits… ”
– Arthur Koestler: The Roots of Coincidence (1972)

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