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R.I.P Walter de Maria – Earthroom, Lightening Field & The I Ching

July 26th, 2013
  • Walter de Maria

    Walter de Maria dies at 77 (NYtimes)

    LA times obit

    Imaginary Lines From Out West

  • See three images here at Menil.Org

    I Ching Gallery

    Meaningless work – read his text

    Brilliant Walter de Maria

    Desert Tula

    Earthroom
    Walter De Maria in a gallery next to his “Earth Room” in Munich in 1968.

    A Loft Filled with Dirt, A Man Who’s Cared for it for 19 years.

    Google Honors Rosalind Franklin, Letter to Snowden by Rebecca Sonlit

    July 25th, 2013

    Books: She Was Robbed; … but Rosalind Franklin Bore No Grudges and Moved on. Gail Vines Salutes a Heroine of

    Google honors Rosalind Franklin –

    Rodalind Franklin -wiki


  • Prometheus Among the Cannibals ~
    A Letter to Edward Snowden
    By Rebecca Solnit

    I fear for you; I think of you with a heavy heart. I imagine hiding you like Anne Frank. I imagine Hollywood movie magic in which a young lookalike would swap places with you and let you flee to safety — if there is any safety in this world of extreme rendition and extrajudicial execution by the government that you and I were born under and that you, until recently, served.

  • Emmett Louis Till July 25 birthday

  • Ermanno Olmi and Jannis Kounellis

    July 24th, 2013

  • Happy birthday Ermanno Olmi – His filmography..MUBI

    “…our wars of machines and technology make ‘progress’ ever more impersonal and deadly – a ‘progress’ that has not guaranteed man’s human, moral, and civil growth.” Ermanno Olmi

    The Tree of Wooden Clogs – (Al Pacino’s favorite film)


  • Documentary of Kounellis by E. Olmi.

    Jannis Kounellis (previous post)

  • Happy birthday Gus Van Sant -Skateboard art and Paranoid Park.. (Cinematography by Christopher Doyle).

    Why shouldn’t I work for NSA - Good Will Hunting..(youtube)

  • Ernest, Bela Tarr and Nietzsche’s Horse

    July 20th, 2013
  • Click to read the text

    Happy birthday Bela Tarr (who shares a birthday with Ernest Hemingway).

    The Turin Horse

    The idea for the film had its origin in the mid 1980s, when Tarr heard Krasznahorkai retell the story of Nietzsche’s breakdown, and ended it by asking what happened to the horse.

    Bela said he is retired from filmmaking..

  • Damnation.. Shostakovich - Bela Tarr… breathtaking ..(Youtube)

  • Gellhorn
    and Hemingway
    Martha Gellhorn was Hemingway’s 3nd wife


    Hemingway by Robert Capa

    Mayakovsky Assemblage – An Extraordinary Adventure

    July 19th, 2013

    Javier Marias, in Written Lives:

    “Despite the fierce look, Mayakovsky does not look authoritarian, he appears, instead, defenceless. It is like a still from an American movie rather than a Russian one, a major criminal caught in the lens of the law. He is pictured against a wall, as if he were Public Enemy Number One, or, rather, the enemy cornered just before his perfectly legal street execution, with no trial. He is not holding a weapon, but some sheets of paper, and that is the only thing that seems out of keeping with his otherwise harmonious figure, unless the sheets of paper are not, as one fears and regrets, poems, but pamphlets he was reading to a crowd from a platform. He is an ill-tempered or perhaps a hounded man, but, as revealed by that determinedly wide stance, unwilling to give in or surrender even if they riddle him with bullets. The most striking and most resolute thing of all, however, are his shoes, so remarkable that they slightly invade the turn-ups of his beautifully pressed trousers: one could not give up such shoes even at the moment of death.”

    Vladimir Mayakovsky photo by Alexander Rodchenko
    Prefer Not to Tumblr..

    The voice and ethos of Mayakovsky (youtube)

    Don Draper (Mad Men) Recites Frank O’ Hara’s Poetry – (youtube)

    Frank O’Hara’s Poem Mayakovsky

    Nelson Mandela – Reads The Child IS Not Dead by Ingrid Jonker

    July 18th, 2013

    Nelson Mandela recited a poem by Ingrid Jonker.

    Who is Ingrid Jonker? (see previous post)

    Happy birthday Nelson Mandela 96 steadily improving..

    Chinua Achebe and Mandela <>

    Achebe - Literature was his weapon

    William Lamson, Brion Nuda Rosch and Howard Hersh

    July 15th, 2013


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    William Lamson – University of Albany Museum
    June 27 – September 14, 2013

    William Lamson homepage.. (don’t miss his funny action 11 videos)

    William Lamson – Line Describing the Sun (previous post)

  • Brion Bude Rosch from Chicago is based in San Francisco.

    This is a cool page..from his homepage (studio visit)


    ACME LA Exhibition - Brion Nuda Rosch

    July 13 – August 17, 2013

    The darker side of Brion N. Rosch


  • Via Encastic – Conference

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    Howard Hersh July 19 at NuArt Gallery – Santa Fe

    Howard Hersh also lives and works in San Francisco.

    Ingmar Bergman – Life and Work

    July 13th, 2013

  • 1aBibi
    Persona – Bibi Andersson

  • Ingrid Thulin 1abThurin
    (Silence)

  • Ingmar as Duncan in Macbeth

  • “Shame”- full film on youtube (Liv Ulmann and Max Von Sydow – Bergman’s anti-war film)

    Ebert on Bergman

  • Ingmar and Charlie Chaplin..read about their meeting – here.

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  • Malala – Calls for Free Education at UN

    July 12th, 2013

    Malala Yousafzai

    Happy birthday Malala! She is 16 years old today.

    Malala Yousafzai calls on governments to provide free education for all

    Pakistani schoolgirl who survived Taliban assassination attempt speaks at UN headquarters on day named in her honour

    Malala receives the Simone de Beauvoir – Prize for Women’s Freedom

    There will be a film about her life.. (Guardian)

  • Malala Yousafzai tells Obama drones are ‘fueling terrorism’

    Celeste, La Captive and Proust Questionnaire

    July 10th, 2013


    Celeste

    ”CELESTE,’…. is a small-scale, remarkable little film based on ”Mr. Proust.” This is the memoir of Celeste Albaret who, for nine years before Proust died in 1922, was his cook, companion, secretary, friend and surrogate mother during the creation of ”Remembrance of Things Past.”

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    La Captive by Chantal Akerman

    Review here

    The second reason is that Akerman’s austere but excellent film removes all Proust’s softening diversions. Gone are the reflections on art and memory, as well as a 100-page musical soirée. This is Proust without the costume drama, without wit or social comedy, but with his vision of love as possession accentuated.

  • Infamous Proust questionnaire

    What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
    To be separated from Mama
    Where would you like to live?
    In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
    What is your idea of earthly happiness?
    To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a French theater
    To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
    To a life deprived of the works of genius
    Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
    Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real – (continues…>)

  • Proust said that (Web Project)

  • Time Regained.. (Raul Ruiz – see previous post)

    Kiki Smith and Kahlo – Weak Body, Strong Soul

    July 5th, 2013
  • KiKi Smith

    Sculptures by K. Smith


    (photo via)

    “We were very odd, I think, in relation to our neighbors. We had enormous sculptures in our backyard that were really the size of a house. But we had an incredibly rich family life,” recalls Smith. “Our interior life was really fascinating. It was more fascinating to me than what was happening outside.”
    That interior life included a death mask her father made of his mother. Years later, Kiki Smith would also make death masks of her father and younger sister.

  • Tony Smith – Source – Kiki’s father

  • Copying EdenCopying Eden photograph from Chile (via) (Repost)
    Photograph by Galería Bucci, Santiago Chile (Based on a Performance art)


    (Photo by by Lucienne Bloch)

    July 6 birthday of Frida Kahlo.

    Name These Polish Children

    July 2nd, 2013
  • Her birthday (2 July 1923)

    Her birthday poem here

    She wrote. (excerpt -Possibilites )

    I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
    I prefer having some reservations.
    I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
    I prefer Grimms’ fairy tales to the newspapers’ front pages.
    I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
    I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.
    I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.

    Three Odd Words..
    First Love

  • For me, Szymborska is first of all a poet of consciousness. On Szymborska November 14, 1996 Czesław Miłosz


  • The photo above is from his wiki quote page. Polish kid in the ruins of Warsaw September 1939

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    His last words “I am going to put myself to sleep now for a bit longer than usual. Call the time Eternity.” (Previous post with many interesting links)

    David Foster Wallace described Steps as a “collection of unbelievably creepy little allegorical tableaux done in a terse elegant voice that’s like nothing else anywhere ever”. Wallace continued in praise: “Only Kafka’s fragments get anywhere close to where Kosiński goes in this book, which is better than everything else he ever did combined.