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Winds

 

Yan Pei-Ming
Spencer Finch
Céline Condorelli
Daniel Buren
Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
Stephen Vitiello
Yan Bing
Carstein Nicolai
Isa Genzken
Žilvinas Kempinas
Ross Manning
Hans Haacke
Alice Aycock
William Pope.L
Wes Heiss
Alistair McClymont
Geoff Mullen
Tokujin Yoshioka
Patrick Gallagher & Chris Klapper
Wia Stegeman
Claudio Capelli
Heinz Mack
Kris Martin
Roman Signer
James Lomax
Arcangelo Sassolino
Fabian Bürgy
Dorette Sturm
Claire Ashley
Michael Snow

 

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Yan Pei-Ming Landscape of Childhood (2009)
One huge landscape directly painted on the wall of UCCA’s Big Hall frames a series of painted flags representing portraits of 34 Chinese new born children. Imagined as an abounding walk trough faces and urban views, the exhibition powerfully conveys Yan Pei-Ming’s intentions and gives the audience an opportunity to discover a vision of our world in a landscape of crisis and beyond.

 

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Spencer Finch 2 hours, 2 minutes, 2 seconds (Wind at Walden Pond) (2007)
I recorded the wind at Walden Pond using an anemometer and here re-created that wind, both its speed and direction, using a programmable dimmer. The maximum wind speed was 8 mph and the prevailing wind was from the south and southwest.

 

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Céline Condorelli Structure for Communicating with Wind (2012)
A space blanket curtain provides presence to what passes unseen and unheard: the abstracted form carrying Wind’s news to Tiger, silently. The golden curtain’s ultra-light material produces an amplified shape and noise from the slightest sigh, and separates inside from out, near from far, dark from light and hot from cold.

 

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Daniel Buren Le vent souffle où il veut (2009)
Daniel Buren wanted to make a work that would create the illusion of a forest. Instead of putting up trees, Buren created with Le vent souffle où il veut (The wind blows wherever it pleases) a design of a hundred flagpoles, with weathercocks in different colours. Each weathercock begins and ends in a bright colour and the coloured bands are, as always in the works of art by Buren, alternated with white.

 

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Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec Body Speeds (2012)
In its first version, the project involves measuring velocities of several trams in Amsterdam, streaming the data to the exhibition space in real time. There the velocities of trams are transformed into airflows recreated by several powerful fans, each blowing the air at the speed of a moving tram. The situation created is an impossible intersection of different speeds flowing through the centre of the exhibition space.

 

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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot harmonichaos (2000)
Installation, 13 vacuum cleaners, each outfitted with one tuner, one harmonica and one lightbulb.

 

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Stephen Vitiello Gain and Lift (2014)
Vitiello’s suspended speaker works process low frequencies of sound to create three-dimensional scores. The freed speakers are suspended by wires, which hold them gently in the air allowing them to move. The installation utilizes four channels, sixteen 6.25″ speakers and the flutter of hummingbirds recorded at Mountain Lake Biological Station, Pembroke in the Appalachian mountains. The playback features only the lowest frequencies, causing movement to the surfaces of the speakers while remaining below the threshold of human hearing.

 

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Yan Bing Wind – Aridity (2010)
Electric Fan, Mud, 52 4/5 × 16 1/2 in

 

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Carsten Nicolai Pionier I (2011)
Pionier I consists of a large white silk parachute, a wind machine, sound proof panels, and a timer. In regular intervals, the wind machine inflates the parachute.

 

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Isa Genzken Wind II (Michael Jackson) (2009)
I was already attracted to the title Wind, and then, when I saw how you implemented this idea of putting wind into a sculpture—or this is at least how I read it—the combination of objects and their implications made sense to me. And then of course in relation to this, the suggestion of how to read the Michael Jackson figure. That all seemed quite clear. It’s always difficult to link a series of positions without being too forceful, and this balance is one I appreciate.

 

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Zilvinas Kempinas Double O (2008)
Somehow, the air currents created by two industrial-strength fans turn the two loops of videotape in Double O into a living, dancing sculpture, performing tirelessly for hours.

 

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Ross Manning Domestic Ascension (2011)
Ross Manning presses the humble electric fan into service of psychedelic kinetic sculpture. In this work the upper halves of two pedestal fans are trussed together on an axis suspended from the ceiling. To one blade of each fan is attached a long strand of rope, which, when activated by the fans’ spinning, creates a pair of parallel spirals.

 

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Hans Haacke Wide White Flow (1967-2017)
Wide White Flow consists of a large piece of white fabric, secured at the corners and blown from underneath by fans at one end. It occupied pretty much the whole of the space it was shown in. The fabric moves beautifully and I was held there for quite a while watching it billow and flow, almost like water.

 

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Alice Aycock Sand/Fans (1971)
I wanted a lot of people to see it, but the piece is really best when there are just one or two people watching it happen. Everybody was standing around it, waiting for some huge dust storm. But it’s far more Zen, it happens over time: Little piles of sand make ripples and waves and little dunes. It takes hours. It’s not a crowd-pleaser, not like a football game.

 

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William Pope.L Trinket (2016)
“Trinket” by artist William Pope.L is a custom-made 16-by-54-foot American flag blown continuously during museum hours by four industrial-grade fans typically used on film sets to simulate rainstorms. Over time, the forced air will cause the flag to tear and fray. “The American flag is not a toy. It’s not tame. It’s bright, loud, bristling and alive.” — William Pope.L

 

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Wes Heiss Dustbowl (2011)
33RPM record, acrylic, glass, electronics, sugar. Recordings of the wind in Roswell opposite a silent dust storm trapped within a glass dome.

 

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Alistair McClymont The Limitations of Logic and the Absence of Absolute Certainty (2009)
The work is comprised of a mister, two fans, and lights and creates an ever-changing, realistic inside tornado.

 

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Geoff Mullen Wind Chimes (2013)
I recorded myself taking a walk with some bamboo wind chimes, early in the morning–in the summer–during the 17-year “magic” cicada brood. Then I played this recording, along with simple tape manipulations, back into a new space– using portable amplifiers, transducers, objects, MP3 players, cassette players, a phone, etc. I let myself get distracted, following the sounds of nearby streams or giant HVAC generators. I took these recordings and repeated the process again and again. The audio can be streamed or purchased here. You can play the mp3 from your phone — or wherever you have handy — and walk around while the record is playing. Or you can set up impromptu audio stations, costuming a spatialized version of this piece for your listening pleasure.

 

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Tokujin Yoshioka Snow (2010)
The Snow is a 15-meter-wide dynamic installation. Seeing the hundreds kilograms of light feather blown all over and falling down slowly, the memory of the snowscape would lie within people’s heart would be bubbled up.

 

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Patrick Gallagher and Chris Klapper Symphony in D Minor (2012)
Symphony in D Minor is a set of interactive hanging sculptures by Patrick Gallagher and Chris Klapper. Using video and sound, the hanging cylinders respond to air pressure caused by movement, intensifying effects of heavy rain, lightning, and thunder as the audience leaps and flails beneath.

 

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Wia Stegeman Handkerchiefs drying in the Wind (2012)
The installation has the size of one of the caissons that closed the last hole in the dykes after the Netherlands flood disaster in 1953. The 1200 handkerchiefs are the size of a farmer handkerchief and are all sewn by women from Zeeland who survived the flood. The handkerchiefs refer to the immense grief that the flood has caused. The tears in the handkerchiefs dry here in the wind.

 

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Claudio Capelli Cherub (2006)
Designed by Claudio Capelli. Claudio’s attention to detail results in a fascinating and precise design. The kite flys at a high angle without a Pilot. It has many interesting ‘details’ including an internal air chamber where building pressure sometimes causes the cherub to burp and fart realistically and at such volume that they can be heard far below on the ground.

 

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Heinz Mack Telemack (1969)
In 1959 Mack drafted the so called “Sahara-Project”, which he started realizing in the African desert from 1962/63 on. Several times, he installed an “artificial garden” in the desert, consisting of sand- and wing-reliefs, cubes, mirrors, sails, banners and monumental light-stelae. This experimental practice with the force of light is shown in the highly respected and awarded film “Tele-Mack”, which was made in 1969.

 

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Kris Martin KM_TYFFSH (2009)
Belgian artist Kris Martin has installed a hot air balloon in the gallery, entirely dissolving the architecture. As if ready for launching, the balloon and basket are lying on the floor. In the main space ventilators blow up the balloon until the subtly flittering fabric touches the walls. A surreal effect takes place as the visitors walk into the room through the balloon’s opening, as if entering a whale’s stomach.

 

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Roman Signer Zwei Ventilatoren (1998)
In this piece Signer shows, at first, a single metal fan which is unplugged but still running. Then another fan appears next to it facing the first, both running. We see rhythm in the movement of the fan blades beneath the metal cages in addition to the repetition of the fans. The piece is also balanced by the two fans being equally spaced within the small room with white walls. You could also argue that the piece shows economy by the minimalist set.

 

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James Lomax Untitled [Me and My Friend] (2011)
Latex and computer- controlled pumps. Two latex casts of the artist’s body. The perpetually distorted figures inflate and deflate at random intervals, giving them an unpredictable life and death cycle. Created as a tribute to a friend who passed away in tragic circumstances.

 

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Arcangelo Sassolino Piccolo animiamo (2011)
Piccolo animiamo is presented as a large rectangular box composed of stainless steel plates welded together, a monolith that is only apparently static. The initial state of quietness of the forms is called into question by a cyclic movement of blowing intake and sucking subtraction of pressurized air, which creates an evident alteration of the volume of the metal structure, until reaching the maximum tension, which manifests itself with a strong sound impact, a sort of artificially induced thunder.

 

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Fabian Bürgy Smoke (2013)
Funnels of black smoke coming out of a hole.

 

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Dorette Sturm Breathing Cloud (2012)
“The Breathing Cloud” is a monumental floating organism. The work transforms a space by its motion, light, and rhythmic breathing. The technology is designed so that the strong LED modules and the mechanism support the pervasive breathing. It gets physically bigger and smaller and embraces with its bright light space.

 

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Claire Ashley peepdyedcrevicehotpinkridge (2013)
Ashley spray-paints the sewn plastic material both when deflated and inflated. By spraying across the forms and folds, she creates synthetic folds and wrinkles, as well as spray-painted zigzags, color gradations, and geometric shapes that create visual complexity and allow painted compositions to exist. When one focuses on the paint, the form flattens into an odd-shaped painted surface or silhouette, which then transforms with each step around the object. When one focuses on the forms, the paint becomes part of their skin, which includes patches, sewn seams, and attached electric fans that keep these things alive.

 

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Michael Snow Solar Breath (2002)
Solar Breath consists of a sixty-two minute shot of the window of Snow’s cabin in Northern Canada. As the curtain gently flaps with the breeze and we periodically glimpse the view outside, nature and chance choose the precise nature of the composition at any given moment.

 

 

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p.s. Hey. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi, D. Oh, my great pleasure, of course. ** Steve Erickson, I had not heard of ASMR until now, but of course that is mightily intriguing not to mention potential post fodder. Thanks a lot for sharing the discovery. I’ve read/heard about ’12 Days’, but I have not seen it, no. It has come and gone here, but I’ll find a way to watch it. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Mm, well, we have to finish it by the deadline, so I assume we will, although at the moment I’m a little skeptical that we can, unless we work non-stop, which I guess is what will happen. Yes, in a perfect world, we’ll finally sign the contracts, and I can finally lift the silly public veil of mystery from the project. I’m not surprised you were still too buzzy from your trip to focus entirely on your work. Enjoy the intaking time. That’s important time too, obviously. Yeah, I worked yesterday, not enough, but I’ll have really buckle down this weekend. I saw an amazing concert — the great electronic music pioneer/composer Morton Subotnick performing his big 1967 masterwork ‘Silver Apples of the Moon’ with Alec Empire (Atari Teenage Riot). It was truly incredible, the best music gig I’ve seen in ages. So that was fantastic. This weekend I’m going to the Paris Ass Book Fair, a big annual queer zine convention/showcase at Palais de Tokyo that’s always really cool and fun. This. And working. How was your weekend, and what did it consist of? ** Tosh Berman, Thank you for the email! C-BR seems to be very unknown on your side of the pond. I didn’t discover her work until maybe 6 or so years ago, and only thanks to the great Dalkey Press bringing her work back into print. As always, thank you so much for the kind words. Being able to share possible under-known and amazing work through this blog is one of the great life pleasures for me. ** Jamie, Hi, Ju ju bee. Hannah’s writing about C-BR? Wow, I really have to meet this Hannah one of these days. And, well, you, it goes without saying. The concerts I saw are part of an annual music festival here, Sonic Protest. The one on Thursday was Arto Lindsay, Thomas Brinkmann, and Masami Kawaguchi. There’s a Thomas Brinkmann track in ‘Permanent Green Light’, and, in fact, if you’ve watched the ‘PGL’ trailer, you’ve heard part of it. Excellent gig. Last night, as I just told Dora, I saw the great electronic composer Morton Subotnick perform his 1967 work ‘Sliver Apples of the Moon’. It was mind-bogglingly amazing. In itself, but also, hearing it now, it’s astonishing how decades ahead of its time it was. I used to listen to that composition/ record on acid in my teens. And in addition to the show itself being incredible, the gig was in this beautiful old Catholic church, and the place was completely packed, and the crowd went completely insane, and it was very moving to see Subotnick, who’s quite old, receive such a huge ovation for his work. So, yeah, super memorable gig. It’s more that I can feel that I can get really in the groove more than being in it, although I have to get very into the groove this weekend because time is running shorter and shorter. I hope you find your groove this weekend, and that we can celebrate how brain-dead and exhilarated we both are come Monday. Yeah, the d’Orsay’s a biggie. Incredible building: a reinvented train station. I’m not a big Impressionism fan, and that’s mostly its thing, but it’s a great museum. My weekend has to be a ton of hard work. Also going to a queer zine fair (see: link in my talk to Dora), meeting with a curator who wants to talk about having something of mine in an upcoming exhibition in Prague, and … more work. Ooh. May your weekend buy the only winning ticket for the this coming Tuesday’s Mega Millions Lottery whose jackpot is currently $450 million. Bamboo Cannon love, Dennis. ** Jeff J, Hi. Really? Hm, nothing in my archives. Maybe I did a post on another of her books? Or I did and it’s in the inaccessible, non-uploaded part of the archive. How early is early? The earliest novel of hers I’ve read is ‘Such’ (1966). It’s very good. The ‘secret’ project’s finish line is dated mid-April, and we are uncomfortably far from getting the work done to be able to cross it, but we have to, so … I saw an email from you, but I haven’t opened it yet. I’ll do that. ** Statictick, Hi, man. Dusty was one amazing person, more impressive every time you reveal new things about her. My email hasn’t changed in a while, but it’s denniscooper72@outlook.com. The new place sounds really good, N! Very happy for you, and you sound much more vibrant and simultaneously at peace. I’ll be in and out of LA pretty quick, unfortunately, due to intense necessary work over here, but, yeah, t’would be cool. ** JM, Hi. Uh, I say be? I’m actually pretty good at coffee meet-ups, even with people I don’t know, but I think the coffee gets the credit, or the coffee-meets-my-biology combo’s effect does. I’m doing one today. I have read ‘JR’. Long time ago. It’s really great. Wow, excellent news about the show success! Pass along a link to the review if you like. And, yeah, fantastic, hooray! I’ve been good but having to write too hard and too much and so kind of burnt out a little, but good. ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi, B. Very best of luck with BookSource. We’re on the same kind of hunt for distribution outlets for our film, so high five and hugs and commiserations and all that stuff. ** KEatON, Huh. I’ve had a fair number of friends and at least one boyfriend who were escorts. They either seemed to think it was amusing or hot and forgettable to do that. I don’t like alcohol, so it practically takes a gun to my head to get me enter bars or pubs, which I pretty much consider the most boring contexts in the world. Dans la noir? Never eaten there (not vegetarian friendly). I don’t know anyone who has. Seems kind of silly/annoying/trying too hard to me. My impression is that it’s mostly a tourist thing at this point, but I don’t know. ** Bill, Hey, Bill! She’s good. Tunnel at your back, at least for now, excellent. Ada/Ava looks really good in that little video, wow. I’ll look for a chance. Is John Kelly doing that new autobiographical, career-revisiting show he just did in NYC? I heard it was very good. And Chrome! Holy moly. i want to hear how that was. Enjoy the weekend’s very millisecond! ** Okay. I made you guys a post of wind-related things this weekend. There are some very cool things in there, so please sit back and let it be your cyber-breeze for the weekend. See you on Monday.


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  1. Have ANiceLife

    March 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    I wonder what you must’ve made of Holly Herndon’s track “Lonely at The Top” without being aware of its attempt at triggering ASMR

  2. Dennis, Winds are so appropriate in so many ways, not least of which is that we’ve been struck by 35 mph winds for the past few days. Fucking bullshit, if you ask me.

    Yes, that’s a possibility. It could end at the intake somehow. Either dismissal of charges, probation, something like that, but it’s very very very unlikely. We’ll be in court in a few months, I’m sure.

    Weirdly, it seems LPS’s victim is now facing some domestic abuse shit himself for beating on his girlfriend.

    ‘Tis fucked all the way around.

    I’m seeing LOVE, SIMON tonight. I expect it to be everything that it’s not going to be. I’m reading the novel it’s based on now. Um…well, it’s written by 30-something woman from the point of view of a teenage boy…and reads exactly like that. Quite trite and cliché in a lot of ways. It’s obvious why it’s a “young adult” novel. I don’t know what made me think it’d be something better. Oh, well. I’ll finish it, though.

    All my friends and my niece bailed on me, so I’ll be seeing it by myself. I’m fine with that. I actually like going to movies by myself.

    I did finish Self’s SHARK finally. I thought it was excellent.

    This’ll make everybody cringe: my next book to read will be Peter Cameron’s someday this pain will be useful to you. I know, I know. I read his The Weekend years ago and it was…okay? I just liked the description of this book, and I’m curious to see how bad it is. After that, I’m back to reading better shit. I don’t know why I’m into this coming-of-age shit suddenly, but I do know that Young Torless and others like it are so much better than this crap being pawned off today. So there’s that, hahaha. At least, I KNOW. 😉

  3. Your roundups based on a shared element of some kind are the art education I’m getting now. As I’ve said before, they make me wish I was still teaching so I could just spend a whole lot of time turning people (people who would not otherwise have known the blog) on to them. I’m entranced by the invisibility of wind. A long time ago, I took a course with Hugh Kenner–the same one Michael Silverblatt was taking, in fact–when he was writing a lot about Buckminster Fuller, knots, and the virtues of thinking of structural patterns not objects.
    Seeing Subotnick sounds amazing. I’m very sorry I didn’t get up to see John Kelly, by all accounts great. And whatever else I’m missing. Rick Herron is coming to visit this week and we’ll probably go see whatever art there is to see anywhere in DC. I like to go to the Freer, one of the nicest Asian art collections I’ve visited.
    What I mean about how awful things are is too long a story, but it’s indicated by the news, which may not be a big story everywhere, of how Andrew McCabe was fired from his FBI job Friday night. We’ve never really had an administration that acts solely from the motive of self-preservation and self-aggrandisement, and it’s evident that even now, most of the public aren’t getting it because they don’t understand politics or law, and most of the media aren’t getting it because it violates their assumptions–they’re still wasting their breath on how each new move makes no sense, because it doesn’t make political sense, or it doesn’t make policy sense, or it endangers the economy, or it plays into the plans of Iran or Russia or North Korea. They are still expecting a psychopath to act like a normal person; they’re still being polite.
    So it would seem like a hopeful sign in a way that the administration, and Trump’s personal henchmen, are so flagrantly incompetent: Trump’s lawyer has managed to ensure that Stormy Daniel can tell all by trying to suppress her; and McCabe’s firing is likely to result in a fresh outpouring of information about Trump’s crimes and what the FBI knows about them. But: 1. As he gets more desperate and crazy, Trump keeps doing any terrible thing his friends suggest in order to create chaos; environmental protections are being eliminated very rapidly, and the opposition is incredibly ineffective; 2. Since the aim is not to pursue any policies but just to create chaos, Trump can be very effective at postponing a reckoning and muddying the legal situation–sometimes people get away with murder just because they throw out so many confusing rationales that juries (or the public) can’t rely on evidence or testimony.
    Of course: schoolkids are providing a very hopeful example of what we all need to do to stop this craziness.
    I still think there’s some chance that Trump will be maneuvered into a position where he has to resign, and that it will happen quite suddenly (in order to avoid the public release of really serious incontrovertible evidence of crimes). But there’s going to be a lot of suffering before that, and although I’m worried about crazy military action–because he’s deliberately bringing in new people who want to attack Iran etc–I’m more worried that with the help of the Republican Congress he can destroy the economy within a matter of weeks any time he decides to. And as he’s said before, he thinks recessions are good for big businesses like his.
    You probably know I FB post about this stuff, and really I wouldn’t, because there’s a lot of other stuff I want to write, but it happens I hear back from people quite a lot about the posts and Medium things, and in fact I end up expressing a view that isn’t always out there.
    I’m reading up on Appalachia and on crafts now, trying to become an expert quickly in case it does me any good in securing gigs in Asheville and the area.
    But I like France.

  4. Hey Dennis, cool winds day. It reminded me of when I was studying English and German romanticism as an undergrad, how important the wind was to the romantics, the Aeolian (?) harp business. Thanks for the kind words last week. Yeah, that Ferro Grumley nomination was a nice surprise. I think I’ll be heading to NYC for a quick trip late April to do a reading that the publishing triangle organizes, along with some other finalists, which should be fun. I saw you’re going to be back in LA in April. Should I look you up to see if you have time to catch up, or is it a quick trip? Big hug, Axo

  5. This is the best review I’ve read on LOVE, SIMON: https://www.theringer.com/movies/2018/3/16/17129342/love-simon-film-review-josh-duhamel-nick-robinson-jennifer-garner. It echoes a lot of the contortions I went through watching it and writing about it.

  6. Happy St. Patricks day. Weirdest dream last night, really hard time
    trying to sLep. i woke suddenly and Lept from my bed. Really
    intense and involved. It was several horror movies all tied
    together. The lead character was the mechanic guy from TCM.
    I can’t think of the movie that movie was inside though. Then
    there were hints of Insidious. I was there being fairly normal
    then just stabbed the fuck out of some boy with glasses with a
    big butcher knife. I used to pay for sex sorta, “gas money”. That
    was only a weeks worth, probably doesnt count. Alcohol and i do
    not agree. im always alone so it doesnt take long before i get into
    a fight. i guess it does sound kind of boring huh. i do have a wonderous
    menu planned for my trip. “May the four winds blow you safely home…”

  7. Is St. Patrick’s Day a big deal at all in Paris? Alas, it is in New York, and even though I’ve been home since 7 PM, I had to deal with large crowds of “I just want to party!” idiots coming from a movie at the Film Society of Lincoln Center this afternoon.

    I heard a French rapper whom I liked today, Eddy de Pettero. He’s white, openly gay and his music consists of piano and orchestral arrangements over drum machines. I like the fact that he makes no bones about the fact that he’s not imitating an African-American or “street” perspective – the owner of a cafe I frequent used to play lots of French hip-hop videos and they all seemed to be filmed at housing projects in the banlieues with rappers who wanted to be the Parisian Mobb Deep or Wu-Tang Clan, as far as my limited French skills could tell, not that they were all bad or that this POV isn’t a real one – and that his music has connections to the chanson tradition as well as hip-hop. I’ve seen several videos of his on YouTube, but due to music industry licensing arrangements, I can’t download the album he released in France earlier this month on iTunes or Amazon. I hope that means an American release is on the way.

    I’m feeling like crap physically at the moment. The area in my mouth where I had dental surgery is swollen and sore (Tylenol did not help with my constant ache), and I have a sore throat on top of it. I doubt that’s connected to the surgery, but while it may mean allergy season is starting, I usually get sore throats as precursors to colds. I am very busy with writing assignments this week and really don’t want to get a cold now.

  8. Hey Dennis!
    Super great post! The stoner in me was entranced by the Zilvinas Kempinas and Hans Haacke pieces, I was thoroughly charmed by the kid explaining the Alistair McClymont tornado and I loled at the farting cherub. Maybe those mad metal boxes by Arcangelo Sassolino were the things that most took me though – that weird restrained violence going on, way cool. Fabian Bürgy, Dorette Sturm, Michael Snow – so many excellent works. This was another one of those posts that was so nice to go through slowly over the weekend. Thank you!
    Ah, both your gigs sound amazing and that’s so cool about Subotnick being appreciated like so.
    How was your weekend? How was the zine fair? I just saw some pics on fb from a friend who was also there.
    Did you get in the zone/groove? My boss is sick so I’ve ended up at work all weekend, but I did get some quiet time yesterday to get back into Eddy’s Head and I could feel the zone beckoning, so I’m both optimistic and excited again. Are you allowed to say anything at all about the secret script, like vaguely what it’s about? I’m guessing not, but I’m intrigued.
    Hope all’s good with you.
    (Is there really a Mega Millions Lottery whose jackpot is currently $450 million?)
    May your Monday be as pretty and hassle free as the light covering of snow I awoke to this morning.
    Buckaroo love,
    Jamie

  9. Hi!

    Thank you for yet another amazing “exhibition”! ‘Snow’ by Tokujin Yoshioka must be breathtaking live!

    I have to admit, I don’t know Morton Subotnick but I’ll look his work up right away! It’s really nice to hear that his gig was so brilliant!
    Oh god! How was the Paris Ass Book Fair?? Thank you for the link! It looks like something I’d definitely like to visit once (and probably not just once)!

    I used (or tried to use) the weekend to settle back into my usual routine and I’m planning to start working on my book/project again tomorrow.
    I also learned something quite freaky this weekend. Police had found 2 dead bodies in our town and I saw a few photos of the scene, a little, abandoned building. They said the bodies must’ve been there for a couple of months now – it’s almost impossible to identify them, etc. What’s creepy is that at the very beginning of February, I was walking right there with my dog and I actually stopped and took pictures of the building (I love half-ruined, abandoned places) to send them to Christin (who also loves them). The only reason I didn’t go in there was that everything was full of glass and I didn’t want my dog to step on anything that could hurt her. If I had gone in there, I would’ve found them.

    Eh. After this nice little story: how was your weekend? Did you manage to work a little despite the zine convention? Did your cold go away fully?

  10. What a beautiful post! The weirdness of wind, space, what is beyond knowing about them in non-scientific ways has always been what rolls around in my head when I’m conquering insomnia. Since I was a kid.

    Yo, D. Major thanks for the cool words about my cool mom. I’ve been very much reflecting on her, and everyone I love, in this new environment. Dusty was a super-fan of yours. She introduced me to so much, and loved authors, artists, musicians that I introduced her to. Big Beastie Boys fan. And, hey, taking acid with her and going to see the Stones twice was a blast.

    It’s just about hitting 60 here today, so I’m going in the park and doing my epileptic stride stroll. A few friends were contemplating a bonfire tonight. I hope we can set up right by the cemeteries, and that no one brings bongos.

    Good stuff to all.
    Njr

  11. I love this post! In 2015 Roman Signor was at the DCA, and his show had bottles of whisky suspended on strings and blown in circles by electrical fans. There was also a kayak on the floor filled up with whisky, and the smell of that certainly filled the room.

    I’ve been working on the Threads Day this weekend and all being well I should be able to email it tomorrow. I got a few pics from my mum of her early 80s CND days to give it some visual context.

  12. Hey Dennis – Terrific breezy day. So many interesting projects here. What jumped out at me, for whatever reason — Yan Bing’s mud fan, Kempinas elegantly loopy ‘Double O,’ Hans Haacke, Stegman’s field of handkerchiefs, the gleaming Mack film, Sturm’s lovely breathing cloud, and that amazing snow piece.

    Art-relatedly, have you resurrected any posts you might have done about James Lee Byars for the blog? I seem to recall at least one old post about him – maybe related to his one-sided correspondence with Beuys?

    Got your email and really appreciated it. Hope you had a good or at least productive weekend. Any particular highlights?

  13. Harry Styles is performing a new song in concert with lyrics strongly hinting that he’s bi. It seems like we’re past the days when celebrities came out in interviews with quotes on the cover of the Advocate: now doing a song or music video with lyrics suggesting you’re gay, lesbian or bi Is taken by fans and much of the media as a definitive statement. (See Tyler the Creator, although there were many “Is he trolling us?” hot takes on FLOWER BOY, and Janelle Monae.) Thanks to Misa, I wound up seeing a bunch of YouTube videos claiming he’s gay and mocking the dates he’s gone on with women and his supposed rep as a “womanizer.” The dates may be fake, but maybe he really is bi and was genuinely into both those women and dating and having sex with guys? None of those videos or the commenters underneath acknowledge this possibility.

  14. Hi Dennis, it’s been very windy in Washington Sq Park! I wish I had a picture of the large bubbles flying my way at full speed, threatening to burst on my cards and book. So many obstacles to deal with there! So wind is something I relate to these days. Trying to “send” a big wind to the latest obnoxious musician in my space to blow him away for good.

    Awaiting my editorial letter from my (can I say “my,” well, my almost) agent – but I’m sure that’s a lot of work for her, and she’s emailed me twice just to touch base, which is so considerate of her. She’s really terrific. I have a number of stories from my acting days, where I learned to find a way of doing what is suggested, to make it into a creative challenge, rather than complaining about it as many people would. For instance, when I was a chauffeur, Stephen Sondheim was in the back seat of my limo during the previews of Sunday in the Park with George, which was having lots of problems. He said to his agent Flora Roberts (direct quote): “Flora, we’ve got to make it work. We WILL make it work!” I’ve been inspired by this for many years, and sent this quote to my (almost) agent, telling her I know we’ll make it work. Nerve-wracking, but I know from past experiences, that I’ll let the suggestions permeate for a night or two, and then I usually wake up with inspired ideas, ready to write new stuff. That happened with the suggestions on Red Truck. I know you’re working hard too – hope it’s going well!

    • Then again, I always remember that line from Ken Russell’s “The Music Lovers,” when Richard Chamberlain as Tchaikovsky shouts, “I will not change a single note!” Hmmm……

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