Archive for October, 2006

The Decay of the Angel

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Google Halloween Night

Variation of Google Holloween 06

Throne of Blood google halloween images

Here is a film from Romania that is real scary, unromantic and full of realism.
The Death of Mr. Lazarescu directed by Cristi Puiu.

More youtube on lovers of suicide.
Sylvia Plath’s Grave

Film Clip of Anne Sexton

Life and Death of Yukio Mishima

Mishima Yukio interview in English

Mishima and Death (in Japanese)

Donald Keene has articles on Daily Yomiuri on Mishima’s death,
one , two, and three.

Gunter Uecker

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Gunter Uecker

Bottom image is the cover design of Gunter Uecker:Twenty Chapters

Coming up:
November 3 – November 24, 2006
National Gallery of Modern Art
Bombay, India
In co-operation with Goethe-Institut Bombay
Man’s Inhumanity: 14 Pacified Implements

Obstacles Path, —–White Tears—– Table —–Scourge Mill

Implements, Injuries, Bandages

Gunter’s two paintings,
Painterly Garden and Ash Garden,

Read about his early days. Yves Klein was his brother in law from
Oscillating Perception: Notes on the works of Gunter Uecker.

TV, 1963

This early nailed TV object places Günter Uecker, known for his usage of nails as sculptural material, among a series of artists who aggressively inverted the force of a medium they felt to be negative and destructive.

Kabocha by Kusama

Sunday, October 22nd, 2006

Pumpkin by Kusama Yayoi by Yayoi Kusama

Istanbul digital image by Fung-Lin Hall
Let them eat Pumpkin pie (Digital image by Fung-Lin Hall)

RIP Marcia Tucker

Friday, October 20th, 2006

“Act first, think later – that way, you have something to think about.”Marcia Tucker

A flyer from 2005Marcia Tucker

John Walsh, then director of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, Calif., described Ms. Tucker in especially apt terms in a 1993 article in The New York Times: “There’s always been a social conscience in Marcia that’s impatient and results in a kind of alertness you can just read across her forehead like a Jenny Holzer sign.” (via NYtimes)

She took enormous risks, and was vilified for this during her tenure at the Whitney Museum. Finally, after a poorly received and reviewed Richard Tuttle Exhibition, she resigned. Besides being highly controversial in the art world, Marcia Tucker was a feminist, and it was rumored that she was one of the Guerilla Girls.

I knew Marcia Tucker. I was an undergrad at SVA and had the great fortune of attending one of her seminars in contemporary issues. She had a keen sense of the absurd, and one of her assigned class projects is certainly deeply embedded in anyone’s memory who was present. We were to all meet at Grand Central Station, but in disguise. I came as a hooker. No one recognized me, and I could have made some good money. Marcia came as a Hasidic old man with a cane, fur hat, tallis, the whole thing. She was brilliant and completely unrecognizable. (Saint Marcia via Anonymous Female Artist)

Marcia as Ms Mannerist the stand up schtick. (Kept typing standard instead of stand up, could Marcia be up there watching us and interfering?)

Henry Purcell – Indian Queen

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

We tubed with the help of Henry Purcells Indian Queen.

I fly from the place where flattery reigns.
I hate to see fond tongues advance
High as the Gods the slaves of chance.
What flattering noise is this,
At which my snakes all hiss?

Begone, curst fiends of Hell,
Sink down, where noisome vapours dwell,
While I her triumph sound,
To fill the universe around.

The libretto for Indian Queen, semi-opera by John Dryden and Sir Robert Howard and music by Henry Purcell.

Films with Purcell’s soundtrack.

  • Antique plate click to see large
    The antique willow design plate from our video was made in England (Ashworth & Bros, Hanley, Staffordshire). Found at a garage sale for $1.00. Internet research valued the plate for $100.00.

  • Muhammad Yunus Wins Nobel Peace Prize

    Friday, October 13th, 2006

    Muhammad Yunus
    Muhammad Yunus, Founder of The Grameen Bank, Author, “Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the Battle Against World Poverty, wins Nobel Peace Prize. (Read here. Watch the Nobel Prize announcement on youtube here.)

    on Charlie Rose
    (googlevideo-58 min 0 sec – Jun 4, 2004).

    I linked Yunus in the vitro-nasu sidebar menu right after this interview; a great guy, inspirational and truly awesome.

    For an update on worldwide activity in microfinance including the Gates foundation and eBay’s founder Pierre Omidyar read Millions for Millions in the New Yorker. Note Jamii Bora in Kenya started by a Swede and a Canadian.

    Just Listed

    Sunday, October 8th, 2006

    Who is Orlando Gibbons 1583 – 1625? One of Glenn Gould’s favorites.
    Listen to “Gaillard” played by Glenn Gould
    Just learned this from Sylvie Guillem’s homepage.

    Part I – a list on Sylvie Guillem

    1 A Diva Ballerina’s Long Leap ( NYtimes)

    2 Sylvie Guillem on youtube, Wet Woman

    3 Wet Woman, (short version without a desk prop).

    4 History of Dance page from Sylvie’s homepage with sound.

    5 Blisters (Bach Organ piece?)

    6 Listen to “A Room” for Piano by John Cage, Xenakis is here and Villa-Lobos is here.
    On Guillaume de Machaut c.1300-1377, Sylvie wrote,
    “One of the first composers, and very modern.”

    7 Synopsis Sylvie’s hilarious take on silly stories from Ballet Classic.

    Part II – Nothing to do with Slyvie Guillem

    More listing than sold
    Just Listed digital image by Fung Lin Hall

    Two Youtube Glimpses of Bela Tarr

    Friday, October 6th, 2006

    If you’ve come this far – that is, deep within the information portals of cinema – there’s still a good chance you’ve never seen a Béla Tarr film. (Hope Deep Within – by Gabe Klinger, Senses of Cinema)

    Werckmeister Harmonies,The melancholy of resistence, from Kinoeye.

    The setting is a provincial town cut off by ice, but there are also unclear rumours of events to come—this time robbery, violence and maybe apocalypse. A travelling circus comes to town offering to exhibit the biggest whale in the world, accompanied by a mysterious and uncontrollable figure referred to as “the prince,” who has the capacity to attract violent followers and whose presence alone is sufficient to trigger his policies of destruction.

    From Interview with Bela Tarr , not surprisingly Bela Tarr mentioned Robert Bresson, Ozu, Fassbinder and Cassavattes as masters who influenced him.