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In Memoriam Lori Ellison – October 5, 1958 – August 1, 2015

August 1st, 2015
  • A very sad news of Lori’s passing came this morning from Lawrence Swan on FB.

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    Lori’s dazzling humilty

    Love note to Lori on facebook
    October 5, 1958 – August 1, 2015

    On ne guérit d’une souffrance qu’à condition de l’éprouver pleinement.

    We are healed of a suffering only by experiencing it to the full. Marcel Proust

    (Lori was reading Proust for her essay.)

    Lori and Lars

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    (for a window display at a local bookstore on Valentine’s Day. via FB)

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    (It’s the anniversary of my husband and mine’s engagement on Singer Island Fla. so I had to post it. 2010 via FB)

    Vanishing Techniques, Foto by Baudrillard + Military Avoidance of Marcel Duchamp

    July 28th, 2015
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    Vanishing Techniques – photography of Jean Baudrillard
    Jean Baudrillard was born on 27 July 1929.

    RIP Jean Baudrillard (previous post)
    Sainte Beuve Saint Veuve photo by Jean Beaudrillard

    Then, on one of my trips to Japan, I was given a camera, and I began to try it out a bit, taking photographs from the plane on the return journey.
    I like photography as something completely empty, ‘irreal’, as something that preserves the idea of a silent apparition.

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    Military avoidance

    The essay traces military relationships in the work of Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), paying particular attention to his notes of 1912 known as the ‘Jura-Paris Road’. These are interpreted as ‘military texts’ and the author shows how military concerns remained with Duchamp throughout his career, resulting in facetious outcomes that obscured uneasy preoccupations.

    Marcel Duchamp was born on 28 July 1887.

    Oliver Sacks – The Music Never Stopped

    July 24th, 2015
  • The Music Never Stopped

    Based on Oliver Sacks’ essay The Last Hippie, the film tells the father-son relationship between Henry Sawyer (J.K. Simmons) and his son, Gabriel (Lou Taylor Pucci), who suffers from a brain tumor that prevents him from forming new memories. Henry, with his son unable to shed light on their strained relationship, must connect with him through music.

  • Oliver Sacks – My Periodic Table (NYtimes)

  • 11 Beautiful Oliver Sacks Quotes That Capture the The Power of Music

    “Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.”

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    As Oliver Sacks observes the mind through music, his belief in a science of empathy takes on new dimension.

    photo via Doron Gild

    On the move,the Brain and the Heart of Oliver Sacks

  • Documentary Films on Robert Noyce + Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

    July 18th, 2015
  • Silicon Valley Rebels (youtube)

  • These two documentaries recount the history of Silicon Valley and the creation of the digital integrated circuits without which modern digital technology would not exist. They focus on pioneer Fairchild Semiconductor founded by Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and others and their second move to start Intel (founded on this day July 18, 1968), creator of the microprocessor. Forming the backbone of a new industry, the later work of Apple and others would not have been possible. Yet these pioneers and their companies do not get the attention given to those applying their technologies. Early on, Gordon Moore saw that advances in digital integrated circuitry was so rapid that the capacity of the devices doubled every 18 months. This became known as “Moore’s Law” and still holds today. Your tiny phone with built in camera, GPS, WIFI, etc. is the result of these continuous advancements now in their fifth decade.

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    Robert Noyce Intel

    Robert Noyce

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    Steve Jobs and Robert Noyce

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  • Pablo Neruda – The Artichoke with a Tender Heart

    July 12th, 2015

    The artichoke
    With a tender heart
    Dressed up like a warrior…
    — Pablo Neruda, An Ode To An Artichoke

    Born: July 12, 1904, Parral, Chile

    “I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
    in secret, between the shadow and the soul.” Pablo Neruda

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    Poetry foundation

    Veinte poemas also brought the author notoriety due to its explicit celebration of sexuality, and, as Robert Clemens remarked in the Saturday Review, “established him at the outset as a frank, sensuous spokesman for love.” While other Latin American poets of the time used sexually explicit imagery, Neruda was the first to win popular acceptance for his presentation. Mixing memories of his love affairs with memories of the wilderness of southern Chile, he creates a poetic sequence that not only describes a physical liaison, but also evokes the sense of displacement that Neruda felt in leaving the wilderness for the city.

    The art of poetry Pablo Neruda (interview)

    INTERVIEWER

    Did you choose “Neruda” because of the Czech poet Jan Neruda?

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    I’d read a short story of his. I’ve never read his poetry, but he has a book entitled Stories from Malá Strana about the humble people of that neighborhood in Prague. It is possible that my new name came from there. As I say, the whole matter is so far back in my memory that I don’t recall. Nevertheless, the Czechs think of me as one of them, as part of their nation, and I’ve had a very friendly connection with them.

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    Philippe Noiret as Pablo Neruda from Il Postino

  • Pablo Neruda Chile’s Greatest Poet, murdered by Pinochet?

    Neruda, famed for his passionate love poems and staunch communist views, is presumed to have died from prostate cancer just days after the 1973 coup that ushered in the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

    “There is initial evidence that he was poisoned and in that sense the signs point to the intervention of specific agents … that could constitute a crime against humanity,” Francisco Ugas, the head of the government’s humans rights department, said on Wednesday.

    The poet’s chauffeur has said Gen Pinochet’s agents took advantage of Neruda’s illness to inject poison into his stomach while he was bedridden at the Santa Maria clinic in Santiago.

  • See Pablo Neruda illustrations. Artists on Pablo Neruda

    Goodbye Omar Shariff

    July 10th, 2015
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    Remembering Omar Sharif – a star in two skies

    Legendary Egyptian actor Omar Sharif died today in Cairo, according to his agent. He was 83.

  • Reactions from his friends.(LA times)

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  • On the Move, the Brain and the Heart of Oliver Sacks

    July 8th, 2015
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    Happy birthday Oliver Sacks! (July 9, 1933)

    “I sometimes wonder why I have spent more than fifty years in New York, when it was the West, and especially the Southwest, which so enthralled me. I now have many ties in New York—to my patients, my students, my friends, and my analyst—but I have never felt it move me the way California did. I suspect my nostalgia may be not only for the place itself but for youth, and a very different time, and being in love, and being able to say, ‘The future is before me.'” —from ON THE MOVE

    David Ehrenstein Exemplary Life of Oliver Sacks

    Famed neurologist exchanged his white coat by nightfall for motorcycle leathers

    Oliver Sacks on Twitter

    Vanity Fair with photo slideshow

    Atlantic -Oliver knows what it really means to live

    In Bloom – Two Young Girls Growing up in Tbilisi

    July 7th, 2015
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  • In Bloom (youtube trailer)

  • NYtimes review In Bloom Coming-of-Age in Wartime

    Film Comment In Bloom – Nana Ekvtimshvili and Simon Gross

    Georgian Filmmaker – Nana Ekvtimishvili

    The debut feature from Georgian filmmaker Nana Ekvtimishvili, In Bloom, is a powerful coming-of-age story that takes place in in 1992, just after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Shot in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, it’s about two 14 year-olds, Eka (Lika Babluani) and her best friend Natia (Mariam Bokeria) whose ordinary lives—school, friends, domestic strife—are set against the sudden changes to the social order of the country as well as a backdrop of war in the Abkhazia region. Ekvtimishvili, who attended film school in Potsdam- Babelsberg, Germany, wrote the script based on personal experiences, and co-directed it with her German husband, Simon Gross.

  • Zhang Ke Chun – Between the Mountains and Water- Photography of China

    July 1st, 2015
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    Zhang Kechun born 1980 in Sichuan, China, is a artist currently based in Chengdu

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    Photography of China

    Thanks to Giulo Tosi

    Krzysztof Kieslowski – His Life & His Search for Mysterious Connections

    June 27th, 2015
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    Krzysztof Kieslowski
    (27 June 1941 – 13 March 1996)

    There are mysteries, secret zones in each individual.-

    Different people in different parts of the world can be thinking the same thoughts at the same time. It’s an obsession of mine, that different people, in different places, are thinking the same thing, but for different reasons. I try to make films which connect people.

  • At one point he was filming Three Colors: White (1994) while editing Three Colors: Blue (1993) and writing Three Colors: Red (1994).

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    A short film about killing ..
    “In Poland, this film was instrumental in the abolition of the death penalty.”

    Images from Decalogue

  • Master class interview (youtube)

    See film stills Doublie life of Veronique

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    Kieslowski tells his own biography through Camera Buff. Both in approach and subject matter, Filip’s early films mirror Kieslowski’s own first documentaries.

    One of his favorite films was Ken Loach’s Kes.

    [on Ingmar Bergman]: I can identify with what Bergman says about life, about what he says about love. I identify more or less with his attitude towards the world… towards men and women and what we do in everyday life… forgetting about what is most important.

    His signature work, “Talking Heads” (1980), consisted of a string of short interviews with people answering two unvarying questions: “Who are you?” and “What do you want in life?” As we progressed from a newborn to a woman 100 years of age, birth years of the interviewees flashed on the screen as a sort of cosmic countdown. By the end of the film, as the subsequent faces bore ever-deeper signs of aging and the expressed concerns shifted from the mundane to the eternal, the film revealed itself as a single story of hope, work, failure, compromise and rebirth.

    (via wiki)

    In an interview given at Oxford University, Kieślowski said the following:

    It comes from a deep-rooted conviction that if there is anything worthwhile doing for the sake of culture, then it is touching on subject matters and situations which link people, and not those that divide people. There are too many things in the world which divide people, such as religion, politics, history, and nationalism. If culture is capable of anything, then it is finding that which unites us all. And there are so many things which unite people. It doesn’t matter who you are or who I am, if your tooth aches or mine, it’s still the same pain. Feelings are what link people together, because the word ‘love’ has the same meaning for everybody. Or ‘fear’, or ‘suffering’. We all fear the same way and the same things. And we all love in the same way. That’s why I tell about these things, because in all other things I immediately find division.[12]

    In the foreword to Decalogue: The Ten Commandments,[13] Stanley Kubrick wrote:

    I am always reluctant to single out some particular feature of the work of a major filmmaker because it tends inevitably to simplify and reduce the work. But in this book of screenplays by Krzysztof Kieślowski and his co-author, Krzysztof Piesiewicz, it should not be out of place to observe that they have the very rare ability to dramatize their ideas rather than just talking about them. By making their points through the dramatic action of the story they gain the added power of allowing the audience to discover what’s really going on rather than being told. They do this with such dazzling skill, you never see the ideas coming and don’t realize until much later how profoundly they have reached your heart.

    Stanley Kubrick January 1991[14]

  • RIP Harold Feinstein Photos of Coney Island, War & People

    June 25th, 2015
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    Gypsie Girl at the Carousel, Coney Isalnd, 1949

    Harold Feinstein

    Harold Feinstein was born in Coney Island in 1931 and began his photography career in 1946 at age 15.
    Within four short years, Edward Steichen, an early supporter, had purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

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    Mother’s Curtains, by Harold Feinstein, 1948

    Interview

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    Draftees on Troup Ship 1953

  • Coney Island sheet music —Boardwalk Sheet-music Montage, Coney Island, 1950 of and for the people!

    Eulogy

    It is with much sadness that I do this video. Harold Feinstein passed away on June 20, 2015 at the age of 84. Harold was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1931. At the age of 17, 4 of his prints were purchased by Edward Steichen for the collection at MoMA. He had an over 70 year career as a street photographer, photojournalist, designer, and teacher.

    Harold is one of the greatest and most underrated photographers of our time.

    Remembering Ellen (photos of Mary Ellen Mark by Harold Feinstein)

    Mary Ellen Mark 1940 – 2015

  • Cadenza on the Night Plain – Terry Riley at 80

    June 23rd, 2015
  • Kronos Q.

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    At 80, Terry Riley is a happy man

    By Joshua Kosman Updated 12:54 pm, Monday, June 22, 2015

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    The prolific and influential composer-performer turns 80 on Wednesday, a milestone that will be celebrated this weekend with a three-concert series by his longtime collaborators, the Kronos Quartet. And in addition to his artistic legacy — a long and varied creative record that includes some of the most notable works in the history of minimalism and post-minimalism — Riley must hold some kind of record as the happiest and least stress-afflicted musician now working.

    He began as a neo-classicist, writing short pieces in imitation of Milhaud and Poulenc, as well as a jazz pianist. Then Young, whom he met at UC Berkeley in the ’50s, drew him into the world of experimentalism — a chapter that led to the 1964 creation of “In C,” the masterpiece of structured freedom that remains his best-known work. Throughout the late 1960s and ’70s, Riley immersed himself in musical improvisation, producing such groundbreaking albums as “Rainbow in Curved Air” but not writing anything down. (“During that decade, you won’t find any notes from me,” he says, “but a lot of music.”) He also became an adept at Indian music, studying with the Indian singer Pandit Pran Nath.

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    Perhaps his most long-standing commitment has been to his collaboration with Kronos, for which he has written more than a dozen quartets. It was the group’s founder and artistic director, David Harrington, who put Riley back on the path of notating music.

    Photos of Terry Riley

    Terry Riley and Harry Partch both were born on June 24.

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