WELCOME TO V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #113, FEB-MARCH 2013
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1A. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR, V. VALE: How I Came to Like Llyn Foulkes (Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Retrospective NOW!)
1B. LYDIA LUNCH & HENRY ROLLINS: The New Line of “RE/SEARCH Pocketbooks” – order now! (Some call them RE/Search “baby” books; they’re small & “cute”. Others call them RE/Search mini-books.)
2. Counter Culture Hour Sat March 9, 2013 – 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME – SF cable channel 29, also simulcast on-line (see below):
3. **MEDITATION SPACE** [blank]
4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS – RE/Search’s benefit for CRASS (GeeVaucher&PennyRimbaud)! See Gee’s new film! Plus live interview.
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing:
6. MEDITATION SPACE No. 2
7. Recommended Links – send some!
9. Letters from Readers
10. Sponsors (Please check ’em out! – they make this “free” newsletter possible!)
1A. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR, V. VALE: (essay)
HOW I CAME TO LIKE LLYN FOULKES
It all started with lunch (at an authentic, non-expensive Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s romantic North Beach) with the artist and guru of tattoo, Ed H. “I’m going to Los Angeles to see the first big art show of Llyn Foulkes at the Hammer Museum. I’ve known him since around 1963; he’s part of that very important group of West Coast artists that started around the Ferus Gallery directed by Walter Hopps, whom I got to know before he died.”
I had to admit I had never heard of Llyn Foulkes. As soon as I got home, I googled and found examples of his art which immediately seemed puzzling and enigmatic (“What’s going on here?”) but also darkly humorous. As good fortune would have it, I found myself in Los Angeles Saturday night, Feb, 2, 2013 at 6pm attending the invitation-only opening.
The Hammer Museum is huge. After being vetted by the admissions counter, one ascends a flight of stairs and encounters a spacious plein-air balcony overlooking a large courtyard. My friend David C. (a computer scientist who has won an Academy Award) and I started wading through the crowd of people toward the museum entrance when we encountered the artist/curator Laurie Steelink, plus her friends the art critic Tibby Rothman and the writer Kristine McKenna (from the Punk Rock ’70s First Generation; now an Arts Writer with an impressive C.V.). Next I saw Suzanne Stefanac, a former San Franciscan/writer from the ’80s Punk scene: “old-school reunion”!
David and I entered the first room, an alcove to the right, and cursorily began to inspect the artist’s early hand-made sketches, drawings, and cartoon-like explorations. However, there were so many (plus, they were somewhat small) that it would have taken literally hours to thoroughly experience these monochromatic works. But the kinship to the early generation of Los Angeles artistic innovators such as Big Daddy Roth, Von Dutch and other members of the late Fifties “CounterCulture Rat Pack” was immediately apparent. Also apparent was Foulkes’s technical mastery of the medium: a kind of Zen capturing of inspiration via his whirlwind application of ink to paper sans erasures. I found out later that Foulkes had wanted to become a cartoonist; don’t know why that never happened—guess he didn’t make the right “connection” with a publisher.
We made a mental note to return (which, sadly, never happened) and proceeded to the next large gallery. The first work which immediately made us a fan was a 1953 oil on wood titled “Images of Perception,” done when the artist was but 19 years old. The title card seemingly captured the ethos of Foulkes’ future trajectory as an innovator, non-conformist and idiosyncratic West Coast Master: “When Llyn Foulkes was seventeen, a friend introduced him to the surrealist paintings of Salvador Dali, which inspired him to paint. He borrowed the artist’s autobiography, “The Secret Life of Salvador Dali” (1947) from the school library and never returned it. (The book is still in his possession.) Dali’s influence on Foulkes is undeniable in this early painting, with its eerie landscape of morphing human and animal forms.” (Dali painted Cadaques; Foulkes painted L.A. desert rocks.)
Actually, this colorful 1953 painting shouted “Yves Tanguy” at me, and since I am a long-term Tanguy fan I immediately liked it on a primitive emotional-response level. Obviously, this work was done by somebody who could really paint, and while the homage to the school of Surrealism was apparent, nevertheless—had any Surrealist incorporated blue jeans in a painting before?! (And speaking of Dali, has anyone read his books, interviews and biographies? Dali’s paintings reflect but a fraction of his imaginative, pranksterish universe.)
At lunch, Ed H. had “filled me in”: Born in the small town of Yakima, Washington Nov 17, 1934, Foulkes had been drafted and spent two years inspecting bombed-out post-WWII cities in Europe (a traumatic experience, affecting future art production?). Foulkes then migrated to Los Angeles in 1957 at the age of 23 to better develop his artistic future. After two years at Chouinard Art School (now Cal Arts) he decided he’d learned enough and continued his workaholic quest to realize all of his unique vision and talents. In 1962 the genius American curator Walter Hopps gave him his first show at the Pasadena Art Museum (Duchamp’s first American show was there, too, curated by Hopps). Living in a Los Angeles dominated by Hollywood mythography, and exploring the surrounding deserts and rocks in the Eagle Rock, Joshua Tree and Chatsworth environs, Foulkes developed his own California-based imagery via a process-intensive craft which refused to be subservient to a specific look or style. He continually strived to make two-dimensional art look three-dimensional; the deeper the perspective the better—often achieving this with thick layers of paint, or cloth, or plastic, or wood or whatever it takes to make the paintings emerge almost aggressively out of the frame to confront the viewer. Never shirking controversy, Foulkes even included a dead possum (and later, a dead cat) in his artworks (sadly, he threw out the work with the dead possum years ago).
I particularly liked a wall-size cabinet-of-curiosities photo collage incorporating strange objets, Foulkes’ cow that pre-dated Warhol’s Pop Art cow paintings; a life-size anatomy drawing; dozens of small photographs, a framed newspaper about the Kennedy assassinations, odd objects and curios on shelves; bones, bird wings, animal skulls and other examples of the art of taxidermy, plus ancient telephones, bottles, clocks—what a mosaic reflecting a beautifully curious mind! Also, what a panoply of forgotten Americana history and aesthetics.
The show turned out to be somewhat overwhelming, so below l will only spotlight a few out of the more than 140 artworks in the Hammer Museum show, which travels in June to the New Museum, NYC (however, that show will include around 90 works).
Right away, one particularly striking, predominantly-white “painting” featured a small tarnished mirror on top of a cascading flow of white plastic goo oozing out to form layers of fabric extruding fully a foot out of the frame, like some kind of horror-movie sequence captured in stop-motion by a 3-D printer. This was weird!
Next of note were a series of “Bloody Head” portrait-paintings in a variety of sizes and different-colored frames. Each face was obscured by an overlay: an envelope or collage or paint or other material. Sometimes there was handwriting above… what a strange idea for a series of artworks?!
Next I focused on a large painting resembling the cover of a medical textbook. It was titled “Case Number 542-3786”; the imagery featured a woman in a long white dress (face not shown) within a Red Cross red square within a circle within a larger blue cross. Below that was the flesh-toned back torso of a man with strange skin patterns showing perhaps the after-effects of acupuncture cupping? This is a medical book cover from an alternate universe, and reminded me of J.G. Ballard.
Another weirdly-humorous 3-D portrait showed a fat man in a blue suit and diagonal-striped tie whose cartoon-like arm extended well out of the frame, its hand apparently about to flip a large coin. The face was covered by a dollar bill bearing pop-out eyes glued appropriately underneath wiry disheveled hair sticking out. The man has a large double chin above a pink shirt collar.
Then, a more spectacular tableau: “The Last Outpost” (1983) featured the Lone Ranger lying in the foreground, seemingly smiling (or grimacing?) with his pistol fallen from his hand, The pants of his blue uniform are tucked into black cowboy boots. Above him to the right is a pioneer woman (long white dress) whose head is a small Mickey Mouse?! Far in the background a man is walking along a curving road; at a distance stands a lone telegraph pole (or is it a cross?). Desert mountains recede into the distance. This painting was framed with beautifully-patterned wood featuring a horseshoe at the top center, enhancing the “Wild West” feeling. The Mickey Mouse woman seems to be leaning on a white marble column, and the entire work seems to be—yes—a kind of diorama. Dioramas are one of my favorite “art forms”—something I instantly realized—and wondered if this format requires a bit more process of “legitimation” and “historification”: perhaps a book titled “A History of the Diorama As Art”?
Having long been a fan of Arcimboldo, I immediately liked the painting of a rock formation titled “Portrait of Leo Dorcey,” an actor who portrayed one of the Dead-End Kids in ’30s movies. I also liked another rock formation painting incorporating a letter to someone named “Rabyn” deploring the conservatism of the L.A. art scene: “Rabyn’s Rock,” 1984.
The next piéce de resistance (“O’Pablo,” 1983) was a spectacular (and somewhat x-rated) diorama showing a murdered art critic with a full erection bursting from a hole in his trousers. A yellow cartoon-bird reading a book has a speech bubble proclaiming “All Aboard for L.A.,” perching on top of a coffin-length crate bearing the address to “Asher Faure Gallery, L.A. 90069.” A naked child, back to audience, is standing on the crate contemplating a blackboard above; next to the child is a rock dripping with blood… There’s a lot more details, but, you get the general idea: this is a visual critique of art critics in general, and it’s shocking and funny—i.e., transgressive.
For those who remember the seventies, there was a lovely satirical portrait of Ronald Reagan, face covered by a child’s hockey mask (?), a ruler, one eyeball in the center, and blood dripping down the face from where the eyes should have been…
“School Days,” 1996: A landscape of a junk-and-debris-filled foreground, smoke ascending, an American flagpole in the center, and in the distance to the right a bright yellow McDonalds “M” frame. We’re guessing that Foulkes does not like huge corporations, and that McDonalds did not sue for trademark infringement.
Llyn Foulkes also does not like Walt Disney and his empire, because he was told about certain adverse experiences from his father-in-law Ward Kimball, an early Disney animator. His portrait titled “Corporate Kiss” (2001) shows a small Mickey Mouse head kissing the face of the male subject. Likewise, Foulkes’s “Mr President” (2006) shows a portrait of George Washington with part of a Mickey Mouse head covering Washington’s face. “Deliverance” (2007) shows the outline of a man with a pistol pointing at a dead Mickey Mouse on the floor of an art studio (the window shows a rock formation in the distance, with the top of a child’s head peering through the window). Smoke is escaping through a hole in Mickey’s chest…
But the Disney empire is not the only subject of critical commentary: in “Pop,” (1985-90) a bug-eyed man sits watching a television while his young daughter touches his upper right arm. In the foreground, his ears covered by headphones, a young man (presumably the son) is facing his dad while reading a page from a Disney “mind-control” text Foulkes was given by his father-in-law. The dad’s shirt is open, revealing a Superman logo underneath, and his right side reveals a pistol. On the wall is a picture of an atom bomb explosion (Hiroshima) as well as the famous “Hollywood” sign. Symbolism, yes!
Death, an ever-present possibility, is dealt with in his noir, heavily textured “The Awakening,” (1994-2012) which shows an old man reading a book while an old woman lies curled next to him in bed. Both figures appear naked.
A special darkened room was dedicated to the most spectacular diorama of all: “The Last Frontier.” Beautifully lit, this is a deep-focus 3-D installation that’s magical in its contradictory imagery. A man with his back to us is viewing a computer monitor set on a strangely-textured rock formation. Behind that is a dead cat, while further in the distance a pioneer woman holding a gun (?) with her back to us stares at a mountainous valley in the distance. To the left is a long-haired male figure sitting in a Buddha-like pose, with a large begging bowl (?) in his lap, facing the audience but looking down. Of course there are more details, but, this viewing experience is unforgettable—the lighting is so amazing.
Did I mention that this private opening party was jammed and that it was difficult to see a lot of the exhibition? Nevertheless, the immediacy, epic scope and sometimes shocking 3-Dimensionality of the artwork produced a powerful emotional impact, despite the teeming masses. Ideally, one would pay a return visit during a time when most people are absent.
So… what is the artist really like? At home, we searched for interviews online and were happy to discover that Foulkes is as irascible, iconoclastic, sardonic and forthright as we had hoped. He is a genuine character, an Original. Perhaps it’s true that had he been less abrasive, he would have become a household name decades ago. No matter, now his Day in the Sun is here, at age 78, thanks to the collective and sustained prescient support of curator Ali Subotnick, Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin, and of course the Hammer Museum’s entire staff, including one Morgan Kroll.
A not-insignificant sidenote: Llyn Foulkes is also a storied musician playing his own complex orchestral invention titled “The Machine.” He has played concerts in Europe (at Documenta 2012) and did a music performance Feb 26, 2013 at the Hammer Museum. His website lists his gallery and music news: www.llynfoulkes.com
The Llyn Foulkes Retrospective can be seen now through May 19, 2013 at the UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Westwood (Los Angeles). 310.443.7000, www.hammer.ucla.edu (It’s closed on Monday, and Thursday is free day.) This show will travel to the New Museum in New York June 2013 and to the Museum Kurhaus Kleve in Germany November 2013. A catalog is available from the Hammer Museum store for $60.
1B. MESSAGE FROM V. VALE: LYDIA LUNCH and HENRY ROLLINS: New Pocketbooks from RE/Search. Order Now!
**** Brand-new books!***
The 1st and 2nd in our new “RE/SEARCH Pocketbook” series of interview books. Order direct from http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com )
“Henry Rollins” and “Lydia Lunch” are now out! We’re working on “George Kuchar” and “Ed Hardy” now…
With the launch of the new RE/Search Pocketbook Series, we are finally making available these never-before-available RE/Search-quality interviews with Henry Rollins, Lydia Lunch, George Kuchar, Ed Hardy and more…
() DATING A.I.: A Guide to Falling In Love with Artificial Intelligence, by Alex Zhavoronkoff, Ph.D. is the clearest introduction to what Artificial Intelligence **is**. See our promo video: The CLEAREST (& FUNNIEST) INTRO to ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: RE/SEARCH’s DATING AI! http://prezi.com/zmgq5tizxnfy/dating-ai-for-researchpubs/?auth_key=60e67d8b57d9a22b5f3db997515c62d51ff6d601 … – order from http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com/Blog/products-page/new/dating-ai-by-dr-alex-z/
– here’s the first review of DATING A.I.: http://bltnotjustasandwich.com/2012/11/27/book-review-dating-ai-a-guide-to-falling-in-love-with-artificial-intelligence/
2. Counter Culture Hour – Saturday March 9, 2013 6pm: R.I.P. Spain Rodriguez, 60s Underground Cartoonist.
The Counter Culture Hour (aka RE/SEARCH TV) is also simulcast ON-LINE as well as on cable access San Francisco Channel 29 — 6pm Pacific Time, Sat Dec 8, 2012
– see this link at broadcast time:
You need a fairly decent internet connection and computer to “get it.”
USA west coast: 6:00 PM Saturday, Mar 9, 2013
USA east coast: 9:00 PM Sunday, Mar 10, Jan 13, 2013
Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, Mar 10, 2013
If you cannot get this online email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
() Historical Record: Aired Feb 9, 2013 6:00 PM Pacific Time – improved version of the Punk Reunion Sept 2012 at Lennon Studios, featuring Steve Tupper, founder of Subterranean Records, Jeff Rafael, drummer of the Nuns, the Avengers, Zeros, The Urge, Frightwig, more…
See RE/Search channel on youtube: “researchpubs”
There are also several episodes of The Counter Culture Hour on “veoh.com” — channel named “counterculture”
3. This is blank space a la John Cage aka “Meditation Space”!
4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)
()() SPECIAL EVENT! Crass founding members, Gee Vaucher and Penny Rimbaud are coming to town!
RE/Search and Emerald Tablet will be co-hosting the USA Premiere of Gee Vaucher’s new 1-hour film: ANGEL
March 17, 8 PM, 80 Fresno Alley, near Grant Street in North Beach.
This is a one-night-only, very-limited-seating event. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/347672
After the screening V. Vale will interview Penny and Gee on stage, and moderate questions from the audience.
RECEPTION FOLLOWING – with Crass founders Gee Vaucher and Penny Rimbaud.
Their books and artwork will be on view and for sale. Get them signed!
As this event is directly in support of Gee and Penny’s trip to San Francisco, only 40 tickets will be sold at $23 each through Brown Paper Tickets. All money goes directly to Gee & Penny. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/347672
Telephone 415-362-1465 for more information.
() FREE. Sat-Sun, all of March. Mal Sharpe’s band, 1-5pm? Savoy Tivoli, Grant Ave near Union St, S.F.
() $$ GOOD CAUSE: TOMFEST: Tribute to Tom Mallon at Great American Music Hall. Sun March 3, Doors 630pm, Show 730pm. 859 O’Farrell St/Larkin-Hyde, SF. Event benefits Tom Mallon, who recorded many “Punk” bands locally, and also brain-cancer research. Bands include Toiling Midgets, Penelope Houston’s group, Frightwig, Chuck Prophet’s group, etc.
() $$ Sun March 3 NoisePop Film and Music Festival “Let Fury Have the Hour” – RE/Search recommends seeing this film!
Special screening of “Let Fury Have the Hour”! NYC d irector Antonino D’Ambrosio will be present to autograph his book of same title! http://www.atasite.org/2013/03/let-fury-have-the-hour/
() Tu March 5: Bay Lights Unveiling on the Bay Bridge, San Francisco section. www.thebaylights.org – however, we’ve watched the Bay Lights for sometime now!
() FREE. Thur Mar 7, 5:30pm: 1st Thursday Art Receptions: 49 Geary, 77 Geary, 14 Geary, 251 Post, etc.
() FREE or $$?. Thur March 7, 6pm, Calif. Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, across from deYoung Museum. SRL will demonstrate their ever-evolving spine-robot machine, documenting the performance with homemade drone video cameras. srl.org
() FREE. Sat-Sun Mar 16-17, 11-6pm, Anarchist Book Fair. Armory @ Mission/14th St. https://www.facebook.com/events/315726928523586 http://bayareaanarchistbookfair.wordpress.com – take the bus, free parking is hard to find! RE/Search will have a table w/Charles Gatewood – meet us!
() Sun March 17 8pm – ONLY 40 TICKETS for RE/Search’s CRASS event: Be Part of a Very Tiny Party! Gee’s new film will premiere; live Q&A interview, reception afterwards. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/347672
() FREE Mon Mar 25, 7pm City Lights presents an evening with RICHARD HELL promoting his newest book; book-signing afterwards.
() Thu-Fri-Sat March 29-June 1, 8pm Weekends March-June Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma The Next Cockettes Musical – Only at The Hypnodrome 575 10th St., San Francisco – Map Tickets $30 and $35 – remember this is LIVE THEATER, only 45 seats including special “shock boxes” for couples – highly recommended
THE FOLLOWING ARE here as HISTORICAL RECORDS for FEBRUARY 2013:
() Jan 31-Feb 3 Los Angeles Art Book Fair. Also Llyn Foulkes opening at Hammer Museum.
() $ BERKELEY BAM/PFA. Feb 2-22, Silent Film Festival w/Live Musical Accompaniment! http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/filmseries/onlocation
() SAVAGE REPUBLIC TOURS EUROPE in FEBRUARY 2013: http://mobilization.com/artists/Savage%20Republic/tours.shtml – also see http://www.facebook.com/ethanportpage
Feb 5 Frankfurt, Germany @ Das Bett
Feb 6 Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang
Feb 7 Berlin, Germany @ K-17
Feb 8 Warsaw, Poland @ Cafe Kulturalna
Feb 9 Wroclaw, Poland @ Liverpool Club
Feb 10 TBA
Feb 11 TBA
Feb 12 Lyon, France @ Le Sonic!
Feb 13 Marseille, France @ La Poste a Galene
Feb 14 Geneva, Switzerland @ Le Kab
Feb 15 Tournai, Belgium @ Water Moulin
Feb 16 Paris, France @ Petit Bain
() Wed Feb 6 V. Vale plays piano at Caffe Trieste w/Ned Boynton band, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Tara, Frank & Harriett, et al
() FREE. Tu Feb 8: Free Museum Day: SFMOMA, DeYoung, Palace of Legion of Honor, Conservatory of Flowers in GGPark. http://sanfrancisco.about.com/od/museums/ss/freemuseumdays_3.htm.
() Feb 8 Ed Hardy gives presentation at SFAI. That night, 6-8pm FREE Gutai Celebration! http://www.sfai.edu/gutai Saw Christopher Coppola at Tosca’s
() FREE. Wed Feb 9: 1st Wed Free Day at SF Zoo, Exploratorium.
() $$ Feb 7-21 Roxie Thtr, Brava Thtr, SF: IndieFest – go to each theater’s website for complete listings!!
() FREE Fri Feb 8, 5-9pm, first show of Janet Pak’s ArtX Gallery. www.artxgallery.com Runway SF, 1355 Market Street, 4th floor bet. 9-10th St.
() Feb 11 Dona intvs V. Vale for Lithuanian Punk Rock Radio Show
() FREE Sun Feb 10, 12-5pm. Erotic Photo Show w/Michael Rosen, et al, Mission St/4th-5th Sts. Must be 21+. http://www.eroticartevents.com
() Thrillpeddlers.com Thur, Fri, Sat (Feb 14,15,16) V. Vale interviewed live Scrumbly Coldwyn, Pam Tent (author of “Midnight at the Palace” – about the Cockettes , Bambi Lake, Todd Trexler (Cockettes poster creator), Rumi Misabu, Debra Beaver Bauer (Cockettes member), Sebastian (Cockettes manager).
() Feb 21 RE/Search at Joshua Mohr’s “Fight Song” reading at Winston Smith’s Gallery. Peter Maravelis/City Lights production.
() Feb 23 RE/Search at dinner party for Phoebe Gloeckner. Saw Kevin Killian & Dodie Bellamy, Paul Mavrides, Jakoub, Scott MacLeod, more.
() Feb 27 V. Vale interviewed for Berlin documentary on “Industrial Music”
() Feb 27 RE/Search attends Jaron Lanier talk/music performance at SFAI, produced by Lynn Hershman-Leeson
() Feb 28 RE/Search attended Stewart Home (Jarett Kobek, Janey Smith, John Tottenham, more) reading at Odd Fellows Hall, produced by Peter Maravelis & Rebekah Weikel (Penny-Ante Press), later go to Pilsner Inn on Church St near Market. See Peter Plate. Cab ride to North Beach w/Fred Young.
() DEADLINE Sat FEB 23: Submit your “Noir” Art to: http://occca.org/EXHIBITIONS.html#graphique – you may be in an Art Show!
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent/Given
() big 10-page intv w/V. Vale in the new print version of SFAQ (San Francisco Art Quarterly) available at galleries, City Lights Bookstore, Tattoo City, SFAI, etc. Write RE/Search if you want a copy!
() Interview with V. Vale by Nate Luce in Ad Hoc magazine‘s first issue: http://adhoc.fm/post/ad-hoc-issue-1-now-available/ – Nate Luce has launched his kickstarter campaign to raise money for his new project http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/720077024/new-camp
() Surely one of the most thankless propositions in the world is publishing a book of your poetry. It can’t ever be done for the profit motive! And if you’re trying to be “political” you’ve narrowed your reading audience down 90%. Nevertheless, self-publishing persists, and there’s probably no better feeling than NEVER having to deal with an editor who tells you what to do! So, for a genuine self-published poetry book, you could go to http://www.outofour.com/Jet.html It’s published by Steven Gray, who is a great Ballardian photographer (if he ever takes any more) and quite sizzling blues guitarist…
() Note: Thank you to All who have sent us Your Creativity, and we will try very hard to at least LIST what you sent and where it can be obtained.
6. MEDITATION SPACE No. 2
7. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)
() The CLEAREST (& FUNNIEST) INTRO to ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: RE/SEARCH‘s DATING AI! http://prezi.com/zmgq5tizxnfy/dating-ai-for-researchpubs/?auth_key=60e67d8b57d9a22b5f3db997515c62d51ff6d601 … … – order from http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com/Blog/products-page/new/dating-ai-by-dr-alex-z/ …
() Check out an online Video Art piece by Ken Goldberg: http://memento.ieor.berkeley.edu/bloom/Mori.html
() from V in London: kadrey.tumblr.com/post/39468799842/martin-denny-was-it-really-love
berberian sound studio: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1833844/
() from Frank H: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtlYi1yLTVQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player
() Mark Pauline/Amy Critchett at the White House!?! http://archive.srl.org/2013/02/26/mark-pauline-at-the-white-house-2/
() from Ed H: Sad that he passed http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/20/world/asia/donald-richie-american-expert-on-japan-is-dead-at-88.html?hp&_r=0
() from GX Jupitter-Larsen: https://vimeo.com/56228480
() from DavidAlbertCox.com/blog: http://www.othercinema.com/otherzine/?issueid=28&article_id=163
() from Skot A: http://boingboing.net/2013/02/19/jesus-christ-is-my-nigga.html
() from Amy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/amybean/sets/72157631370560352/with/7915140836/
() from Gail T: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2013/01/a-man-feeding-swans-in-the-snow/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+colossal+(Colossal)
() from Jason Weiss: translation of César Vallejo, Six chronicles from Paris, late 1920s—
() from Phil W: 40-min A.I. video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC4Hp37h2nY&list=PL9DE34F460531BC84
(see it, then read our DATING A.I. book!)
() from Ed H: documentary on legendary tattoo artist Thom DeVita:
() from Jon Longhi: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibU60m8I53w&feature=youtu.be
“Having A Book Moment With Jon Longhi” – This week I review “Those F*cking Unicorns” and “A Guide To Troubled Birds” –
() from James Mc: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=DpRpLQKeJ0o&NR=1
() Jon Moritsugu’s “cult classic” HIPPY PORN film now available after a long absence: http://www.fandor.com/films/hippy_porn – this is the celluloid that was a major French cult hit, running theatrically in Paris for 1 1/2 years! A trio of angst-dripping, pseudo-intellectual, art school brats wallow in self-pity, narcissism, and extreme ennui. Rock-and-roll, manifestos, shoplifting, and rat hunting collide head-on.
() from Ralf: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/09/zorb-ball-ski-slope-russian
() from Karen M: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-25/japan-matrix-now-reality-humans-are-used-living-batteries
() R.U. Sirius essay on “Free Internet vs. Middle Class Creatives”: http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/23/3899518/information-wants-to-be-free-world-world-isnt-ready
() from Marc F: http://www.alisant.net/cca/sitespecific/cage.html
() EXTREME FUTURIST FESTIVAL PHOTO/VIDEO LINKS:
() Gil Kuno https://plus.google.com/photos/111060832881578879724/albums/5827360097988539105?authkey=CK69teeTzZLrtQE
() Curious Josh http://www.curiousjosh.com/g1/survival-research-labs-extreme-futurist
() David Cotner http://blogs.laweekly.com/arts/2012/12/survival_research_laboratories.php
() Stephan Meyers http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephan/sets/72157632318049511/
() Steve Bage http://archive.srl.org/2012/12/29/srl-xff-documented/
() Karen Marcelo (now traveling; lucky girl!) http://srl.org/shows/xff/
() “I’ve had a problem with corporate art since the beginning. I had my first exhibition nine months before Andy Warhol showed his soup cans. I just walked in and said, “Oh, that’s cute.” It’s like a joke. That’s all I could think of it. I’m looking at the paintings and, well, anybody could have done them. No reason to treat them with any value as a painting. And yet, I knew that one of my huge paintings which had recently been on display and took seven years to complete would sell for far less than one of his soup cans.” – Llyn Foulkes, quoted in “Art in America” magazine
9. LETTERS FROM READERS:
() “The Henry Rollins book is fantastic, by the way.” – Garrett L. Vale’s reply: Thanks, Garrett. By the Way, readers (those of you who’ve gotten this far), this first in the line of RE/Search “Mini Books” can be ordered from www.http://www.researchpubs.com – so if you’d like a “Henry Rollins baby book” of your own, please find us! We’re here…
() “Vale! I read the Henry Rollins book in one sitting – it was so inspirational, you know what questions to ask – I came away from the book feeling better — feeling charged. HR has a way of making you feel lazy…I am going to review the HR book soon!” – longtime RE/Search subscriber & mail artist/writer – send him some mail art of your own! to Jim Hayes, POB 1459, Marietta, GA 30061 – He also wrote one of my favorite “band on the road” books titled JUCIFER RISING… what uncompromising determination!
() “According to the journalists the world ended. The Mayan calendar just said it’s the end of one “cycle”, just as a week
or a year ends. There never was any mentioning of the world to end. The end of the world just sells more papers and fear. A small difference. In a country with so blatantly stupid people posing as journalists as yours or mine you should have been aware of it, Vale. If you took 5 minutes researching the Mayan calendar.. or asking somebody who spent those 5 minutes.
“What these 5 minutes of research won’t give you is the significance of this new cycle: it’s the change of the “male guard” to the “female guard”. We all know women can be as shitty and violent as men (Margret Thatcher, Concoleezza Rice, etc.etc.) but .. anyway, the planet’s timetable involves these kind of things to keep it going instead of grinding to a halt. Don’t expect results too early;-) Not all parts of society are as blinded and stuck into short-term-memory as mass media will allow, of course. Frans Have a good new year, Vale.” Frans Stummer, Illustration Fontarbeiten Storyboard, www.frans-stummer.de
() “Dear Vale, …To be honest, meeting you was one of the brightest highlights of my entire trip to Los Angeles [for Extreme Futurist Festival 2013]. When I mention it to my friends here in Kalamazoo, they are all very jealous indeed.
“Though you wouldn’t know it from the music I make, I adore punk rock, especially the music form Great Britain in the late 1970s and early 1980s American hardcore. I cut my musical teeth on it and don’t think I will ever stop loving it!
Finally, did I give you a jump drive when I saw you? [NO] If not, i’ll have to send one your way. I’ve been recording music since around 1997, and I think you might enjoy some of the back catalog.
“Lovely to hear from you, and if I ever make it to San Francisco, I will be certain to look you up!” – Sid Redlin, [synth/noise/and more musician – [google him, please! I especially liked his live performance with ADA McCartney).] Sid’s music is worth checking out!
() our PRANKS book (available in HB and PB editions!) got these tributes: “This book is the closest thing to a bible that I own.” – Hollywood Psychic. “One of the most underrated and important books ever (John Waters knows what’s up): youtu.be/zkN6UP7x9AA – “Dirty Cyclist” – “Thank f*ck this is back in print as some f*cker stole my copy (you know who you are!) and the originals were starting to cost silly money (the Burroughs one is also a belter, highly recommended.” – Terry P. Power “A great book that does indeed include hundreds of different pranks from well-known RE/Search contributors.” – Barney23
() from Andrew in U.K.: “I just got hold of Nicholas Royle’s First Novel (not actually his first novel). I’ve never read his fiction before, although I read his book on Freud, The Sandman & the uncanny at university. I picked it up because it seems somewhat Ballardian. The first chapter is called Very Low-flying Aircraft. Also, strangely, Terry Wilson is mentioned on the first page… Also: “I’m reading a crime novel that maybe might appeal to you both. It’s not amazing, but quite compelling so far. Gun Machine by Warren Ellis. He’s from the next town over from where I grew up! He has some rather grotesque turns of phrase, and there are a lot of good observations about the “digital world”.” … “‘m very excited about this upcoming exhibition in London, after you insisted that I go to the Schwitters show in Berkeley: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/schwitters-britain The idea of Schwitters imprisoned on the Isle of Man, giving poetry performances for fellow prisoners of war, then later wandering around the Lake District creating Merz Barns, seems very bizarre to me!”
() “Hello! Just wanted to say thanks for the nice welcome and fascinating conversation yesterday. I was sorry I couldn’t stick around for lunch, hope it was tasty! I’m looking forward to part II / ’77 and beyond! As I mentioned, I won’t be airing this til next month, so I’m happy to come by at your convenience to continue the conversation. After that, I’ll probably assemble things into a 2-part series, and add some musical interludes. In that regard, if you have any songs or sounds in particular that you’d like me to play on these shows – whether it be from Search & Destroy era, some incredibly strange music, or beyond – let me know.
If you’d like to check out some of my past shows in the archives, you can do so any time. Here’s some links to a few recently archived shows:
* CRUCIAL CHAOS featuring live acoustic set + interview with South Yorkshire cult legends UV PØP: http://wnyu.org/2012-04-19_crucialchaos
* CRUCIAL CHAOS: “Desert Dysphoria” featuring projects from the Ascetic House Collective of Tempe, Arizona: http://wnyu.org/2012-12-13_crucialchaos
* CRUCIAL CHAOS: “Ktitinas Chaosas: Sounds from the Eastern European Underground” featuring Nindzė (read: “Ninja”), co-organizer of Vilnius non-profit zine and comic collective Kitokia Grafika: http://wnyu.org/2011-12-22_crucialchaos
I’ll bring you some of my past show flyers next time! Thanks again and best wishes, Dona
P.S. the website for our documentary is below in case you’d like to check out some photos from the shoot, more info about those Lithuanian pagans, etc! ” www.landofsongs.com
() “Hi Vale. We just met (again) at Caffe Trieste and I was telling you about our comic and MTV. Here’s the comic book link: (not finished yet, still coloring pages etc.) http://cancercomicbook.com/BOOK1_Feb7.pdf Here’s the link to the MTV show trailer:
Should be good. We hope to bring a spirit of Punk back to that channel… we’re rebelling against the social taboos of cancer and I even play a bunch of punk songs on camera.. haha.. Take care! Watch out March 4th 11pm for our show! – Jon”
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