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The Year of Metal Rat – Happy New Lunar Year 2020

January 24th, 2020

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  • Hieronymus Bosch
    (11 Things I learned from the Hieronymus Bosch by David Byrne)

  • Chinese New Year Zodiac Rat

    Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.

  • Banksy dead rat

    (Banksy)
    2008 Rat year

    Personality and characteristics

    Optimistic and energetic, people born in the Rat year are likable by all. They are sensitive to other’s emotions but are stubborn with your opinion. Their personality is kind, but due to weak communication skills, their words may seem impolite and rude.

    On the financial side, they like saving and can be stingy. However, their love for hoarding will sometimes cause them to waste money on unnecessary things.

    Jim Jarmusch is for Mystery & Beauty – 2020

    January 21st, 2020
  • Jim Jarmusch Interiew July – 2019

    Jim Jarmusch: ‘I’m for the survival of beauty. I’m for the mystery of life’

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    As a film-maker, Jarmusch likes to make movies about the world’s little details; about drifters and seekers and the rambling detours that add up to a life. It’s an area of interest that has served him well, from 1984’s meandering, monochrome Stranger Than Paradise through to 2016’s soulful, meditative Paterson. But it’s hard to focus on the small pictures when the big one is so scary: when a river is burning or the whole planet’s aflame.

  • Tigrero a film that was never made
    More on Sam Fuller here (see a photo of them talking)

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    Coffee and Cigarettes – Cate Blanchet in two roles.

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    “Nagase from Mystery Train reuninted with Jim Jarmusch in Paterson)

    My journey from Marine to actor | Adam Driver (see youtube)

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    Mystery Train – Jim Jarmusch


    (Tilda Swinton in Broken Flowers)

    On why Jim Jarmusch dedicated “Broken Flowers” to Jean Eustache.

    There’s something in him that I want to carry in myself: making a film the way you choose to make it, true to yourself without being concerned with the marketplace or anyone’s expectations – just the pure spirit of wanting to express something in your own style. That’s very important to me.(via)

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    Aaron Brookner (Howard’s nephew) and Jim Jarmusch at the Burroughs’ bunker.

    Emir Kusturica’s Documentary of Uruguay President + A Spy Thriller “Farewell”

    January 19th, 2020
  • El Pepe Uruguay President – Intimate Documentary by Emir Kusturica

    Former Uruguayan president José (Pepe) Mujica is drinking mate. Emir Kusturica is smoking his cigar. The Serbian director, so happy sharing the spotlight with his stars, be it Monica Bellucci (On the Milky Road) or Maradona (Maradona by Kusturica), is quietly watching the subject of his documentary. By the end of El Pepe, A Supreme Life, it’s Mujica who’s watching, smiling playfully at Kusturica’s novice mate-drinking skills, the two of them having shared talks on a vast range of topics, from world economics to gardening, from Uruguayan politics to the politics of love. And Kusturica has clearly fallen under the spell of this most unusual voice in world affairs.


  • Farewell

    Rottentomatoes-Movie Info

    Engaging, emotional and riveting, “Farewell” is an intricate and highly intelligent thriller pulled from the pages of history — about an ordinary man thrust into the biggest theft of Soviet information of the Cold War. Ronald Reagan called this piece of history — largely unknown until now, “one of the most important espionage cases of the 20th century.”

    Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan & Bruce Lee

    January 12th, 2020

  • (Nancy Kwan, Bruce Lee and Sharon Tate)


  • (Sharon Tate with Vittorio Gassman )

  • Vittorio Gassman (previous post)

    Buck Henry, Left to Join Bowie in Heaven on his Birthday

    January 9th, 2020

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    Buck Henry passed away on the anniversay of David Bowie’s birthday Jan 8.

    He was twice nominated for an Academy Award, in 1968 for Best Adapted Screenplay for The Graduate and in 1979 for Best Director for Heaven Can Wait alongside Warren Beatty. His long career began on television with work on shows with Steve Allen in The New Steve Allen Show (1961). He went on to co-create Get Smart (1965-1970) with Mel Brooks, and hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times from 1976 to 1980. He later guest starred in shows such as Murphy Brown, Will & Grace, and 30 Rock.

    Buck Henry Appreiciation

    the master of despair whose comedies seduced Hollywood
    He helped shape one of the most revolutionary films of the 1960s (The Graduate), co-wrote one of the funniest of all time (What’s Up, Doc?) and scripted the movie that became the springboard for Nicole Kidman’s career (To Die For).

  • During the October 30, 1976, episode, Buck Henry was injured in the forehead by John Belushi’s katana in the samurai sketch. Henry’s head began to bleed and he was forced to wear a large bandage on his forehead for the rest of the show. As a gag, the members of the SNL cast each wore a bandage on their foreheads as well.

    With Humphrey Bogarde and Buck Henry (Maltese Falcon – Mystery)

  • RIP John Baldessari will not make more boring art

    January 5th, 2020
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    (Beethoven’s Trumpet John Baldessari)

  • John Baldessari Radically Influential, Conceptual Artist, Dies at 88 (LA times)

  • Art News obit

    John Baldessari, Fearless Conceptual Artist Who Put Big Ideas Before Pretty Pictures, Is Dead at 88

    Baldessari was frequently asked where he got his ideas, and he often cited art history itself. He was an admirer of art from all periods of art history, and he even named his dogs Goya and Giotto. In a New York Times interview from 2016, he fantasized about an alternate life in which he became a historian who could be called Dr. Baldessari, adding, “I do believe that art comes from art.”

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    Baldessari’s Yellow Fin and Tristram

  • I’m at a rare loss of words now that John [Baldessari] is gone. He was literate. He was witty. He was a curmudgeon. But I remember him always having a list of jokes he had heard.” – Lawrence Weiner (thanks to Marian Goodman Gallery)

  • See more from previous post Recycling John Baldessari


  • Rollercoaster – 1989-90

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  • John Baldessari photographed in his studio in Santa Monica by Larry Sultan

    Posted by Pascal Blanchard on Monday, January 6, 2020

  • Jacob Dylan – Echo in the Canyon

    January 4th, 2020

  • Jacob Dylan

    Dylan has written notable hits such as “6th Avenue Heartache” and “One Headlight”, which is listed at number 58 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Pop Songs”. He has won two Grammy Awards, and released two solo albums: Seeing Things in 2008 and Women + Country in 2010. Women + Country became Dylan’s highest-charting album since the Wallflowers’ 1996 breakthrough Bringing Down the Horse, peaking at number 12 on the Billboard 200.

    Echo in the Canyon (Laurel Canyon Music Scene documentary) – Rolling Stone

    The film, directed by Dylan’s manager and former record exec Andy Slater, combines history lessons with new performances of the era’s music (from “In My Room” to “Goin’ Back”) from Fiona Apple, Beck and others. Dylan found himself nostalgic for an era before his birth. “There was a lot of support,” he says, “and a lot of tradition.”

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    Bob Dylan

    To Edna Gundersen, USA Today:
    GUNDERSEN: Your son Jakob has been very much in the spotlight this year. Do you worry about him?
    DYLAN: I’m proud of his accomplishments. He’s still young, and he’s come a long way in a short time. I worried about him when he started out. I just didn’t want to see him get roughed up. This business can really throw you into deep water. He’s had his ups and downs. What he does with the future remains to be seen, but he and his band have done rather well. In the contemporary music scene, they have got a voice to be heard.

  • Tsundoku, Picking Up a Book & not Reading

    December 25th, 2019
  • Tsundoku (Japanese: 積ん読) is acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them

    Little Free Library Little free library


  • (Screenplay-Hidden Life)


  • (Screenplay- Jojo Rabbit)

  • Brief interview

    Picked up a book today. David Foster Wallace – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men.http://www.mutanteggplant.com/vitro-nasu/2019/12/25/tsundoku-picking-up-a-book-not-reading/

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Saturday, November 23, 2019

    Found this book “Archive Fever” – A Freudian Impression by Jacques Derrida.. from neighbor’s friendly book recycle box, this morning. Now I am curious about the former owner of this book.

    “Derrida, convincingly argues that, although the archive is a public entity, is nevertheless is the reposittory of the private and personal, including even intimate details” – Choice_

    Found this book "Archive Fever" – A Freudian Impression by Jacques Derrida.. from neighbor's friendly book recycle…

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Monday, October 7, 2019

    Winter’s Tale – 2019

    December 24th, 2019
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    Eric Rohmer

  • Brick Eiffel or Brick Xmas Tree – Dec 24, 2015.

    Posted by Fung-Lin Hall on Thursday, December 24, 2015

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  • Todd Haynes on Cate Blanchett, Saul Leiter and Queer Cinema
    Carol – Todd Haynes

    Baba Ram Dass died peacefully at home in Maui on December 22, 2019

    December 23rd, 2019
  • Richard Alpert
    (Photo via Tell Truth Love Everybody )

  • Thank you for everything Baba Ram Dass (Richard Alpert).
    Attended his lecture and shook hands with him. I recommended his Grist for the Mill to a troubled teenager.. the book changed his life around..he got it.

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    Tricycle

    Soviet Santa

    December 19th, 2019

  • (Snegurochka and Ded Moroz crossing a Moscow street in 1968)
    Soviet Santa

    How Santa Survived the Soviet Era
    Of all the variations on the beloved character, Russia’s Ded Moroz might have the strangest history.


  • (Actor Alexander Khvylya plays Ded Moroz at a New Year performance the Kremlin in 1969.)

    Ded Moroz emerged around the late 19th century. One of the first major cultural introductions of the character was in the 1873 play The Snow Maiden, by Alexander Ostrovsky, one of the most important playwrights in Russian history. Ostrovsky was often a political writer, and The Snow Maiden is an odd entry in his oeuvre. It’s a fairytale, based in part on obscure and largely forgotten pre-Christian pagan mythology, and designed to promote a different kind of Russian patriotism than the Imperial government’s brand. The play was published—not necessarily a given for Ostrovsky, who had many of his plays censored or banned—and eventually rewritten as an opera, which was performed many times.

  • Christmas sounds like Kurushimimasu (suffering in Japanese)
    Homeless Person’s Guide to Homelessness

  • Murmuration Squidsoup at Scottsdale Contemporary Museum

    December 14th, 2019

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    Squidsoup returns to Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) with a site-specific artwork that uses a networked data system to connect hundreds of lights and audio sources, creating a responsive data swarm. During the daytime, “Murmuration” offers a harmonious auditory experience, but when the sun goes down, a dynamic audiovisual experience swirls around SMoCA like its namesake—a term for a flock of starlings whirling in unison through the sky.

    Image credit: “Murmuration” rendering by Squidsoup

    Counter-Landscapes-Performative-Actions from the 1970’s


  • Digital image by Fung Lin Hall

  • Exhibition includes works by Allora Calzodilla
    (See part i and parti)

    And Rebecca Horn

  • Counter-Landscapes: Performative Actions from the 1970s – Now presents a group of artists working in both natural and urban environments whose work exploits the power of place to address issues of social, environmental, and personal transformation. Through a focused selection of key works made between 1970 and 2019, which extend beyond traditional categories, Counter-Landscapes illuminates how the strategies created by women artists in the 1970s and 1980s are employed by artists today. Developing a practice of performative actions, these artists countered the culture that surrounded and oppressed them by embodying the live elements of performance art in order to push for social change.

    Featuring photography, video, sculpture, painting, drawing, performance, and installation centered on performance in the landscape, the exhibition initiates a dialogue across generations, locations, and genders. It brings the work of an innovative generation of women artists—Marina Abramović, Eleanor Antin, Agnes Denes, VALIE EXPORT, Rebecca Horn, Leslie Labowitz, Suzanne Lacy, Ana Mendieta, Adrian Piper, Lotty Rosenfeld, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Beth Ames Swartz, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles—together with more recent work by artists who have adopted and extended their methods. These artists, both male and female, include Allora & Calzadilla, Francis Alÿs, Angela Ellsworth, Ana Teresa Fernández, Maria Hupfield, Saskia Jordá, Christian Philipp Müller, Pope.L, Sarah Cameron Sunde, Zhou Tao, and Antonia Wright. Counter-Landscapes shows how, in the process of overcoming the extraordinary obstacles they faced as women, artists working in the landscape in the late 20th century developed inventive methodologies that have profoundly influenced younger artists and changed the face of the art world. Ultimately, the works underline and emphasize the pervasiveness of the feminist legacy, which is too often neglected, marginalized, and undervalued.Counter-Landscapes-Performative-Actions from the 1970’s