Archive for January, 2011

Thomas Bernhard

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Berhard archive at This Space

Thomas Berhard wiki

‘People are always talking about it being their duty to find their way to their fellow men – to their neighbour, as they are forever saying with all the baseness of false sentiment – when in fact it is purely and simply a question of finding their way to themselves.’

from Concrete
Bernhard blog

A Visit

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About halfway through The Loser, Austrian novelist Thomas Bernhard’s 1983 book about blocked creativity, the narrator drops a bomb on the unsuspecting reader. In a momentary suspension of his virtually unswerving tone of aggressive pessimism and misanthropy, Bernhard inserts a single sentence that smacks awkwardly of humanism. (read more here – Cabinet magazine)

  • Wittgenstein’s Awkward Nephew by Gabriel Josipovici

    Thank goodness for Thomas Bernhard, the most truthful, the funniest and the most musical of writers since Marcel Proust.

    Dennis Oppenheim

    Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

    Part II (yourube) here.

    R.I.P Dennis DennisOppenheim Oppenheim
    6. Sept 1938 – Jan 21 2011 -(photo via)

    His works branch in a number of directions, partly because they provide so little information. They are almost violent, almost failing, almost private.. In one sense, they are metaphor without specifc reference -“they point to” psychological strata existing outside of ordinary language. They betray thier own desriptions. – Alan Sondheim – Individuals: Post Movement Art in America

    Received this sad news via Alan Sondheim.
    Dennis Oppenheim just died; he was one of the most amazing artists I’ve ever
    known… A really sad day –

    – Alan

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    Dennis Oppenheim, 1938-2011: The Man Who Made The World Nervous by Roger Denson

  • Roberta Smith (NYtimes) in her obit informs us that he was once married to Alice Aycock in the 80’s.

    His career might almost be defined as a series of sidelong glances at the doings of artists like Vito Acconci, Mr. Smithson, Bruce Nauman, Alice Aycock (to whom he was married in the early 1980s) and Claes Oldenburg.

    Whitebox obit here <> <> California Arts

  • Dennis Oppenheim has a blog + Whitney interview

    Dennis Oppenheim homepage

    In Hawaii Dennis became a developer and was successful as an entrepreneur in the early 60’s.
    (Thanks to Hal Lum for this information and a link to – An interview of Dennis Oppenheim conducted 1995 July- Aug, by Suzaan Boettger, for the Archives of American Art.)

    And I think that my state was a state of mind that I harbored as a graduate student at Stanford, was one that is not unfamiliar today and found in lots of young people. The feeling was that art is what you don’t know. Everything else is art history.

    Sol LeWitt was dealing with his systematic units of and his grids, and there was already a ray of material out there that one could think about. Smithson was extremely catalytic because he was writing about the real world. His writing was enormously catalytic, I think, at that time. I found that very exciting. There was also an article by Michael Freed, talking about minimalism approach in theatricality, which seemed interesting at the time, too.

    B: Did you ever read a lot?
    DO: Not a great deal. Not as much as many people. What I found is that it got me too excited. I mean, stuff that I liked — it overly stimulated me. Like if I would read James Joyce, or if I would read or , or even poets like Charles or even people like Dylan Thomas who are odd, or even contemporary poets like Ted Hughes. And then books like — I like this Austrian guy who made . His name is Bernhardt. Thomas Bernhardt, who was influenced by Becker. And then some of the French structural writing. French and , and some of the stuff by American writers. Yes, Beckett would drive me crazy. I can’t even read him now. He’s so good — so good.

    (Dennis liked Thomas Bernhard)

  • Met Dennis during my time in grad school. He will always be perched on my
    shoulder reminding me to be true to myself. (Robert Gardner -via email)

    August Strindberg by Schönberg

    Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

    Schönberg Schoenberg by Ward Schumaker

    August Strindberg was born on Jan 22 1849.

  • Ingmar Bergman and August Strindberg (previous post)

  • Ingmar on August Strindberg

    Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
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    Lena Olin as Miss Julie.

    Ingmar and Lena Olin Fršken Julie av Agust Strindberg

    Various reviewers noted Bergman’s faithfulness to Strindberg and the naturalistic elements on the one hand, yet also pointed out that the production worked its way down from the naturalistic surface to culminate on an almost expressionist level. A number of critics also noted the intensive psychological interplay that characterised the performance, yet opinions were divided as to how well this worked, and who was the real centre of attention.

    August Strindberg was born on Jan 22 1849.

    The Chelsea Hotel Manifesto 2011

    Tuesday, January 18th, 2011
  • Many thanks to Susan Tamanny blueshoes
    for sending her curious and talented blue shoes to Yves Kline.

    Yves Klineblueshoes Klein
    interviewed by blue shoes at Chelsea Hotel (photo collage by Fung Lin Hall)

    Yves Klein the Chelsea Hotel Manifesto

    It is necessary to create and recreate a constant physical fluidity in order to receive the grace which allows a positive creativity of the void.

    Leap to the void animation

  • A portrait Mark&Velasquez of Philip IV by Velázquez and Mark Z. (Photo collage by Toni Dalton)

    Two Illusionists by John Haber

    The portrait of Philip IV of Spain, one of at least nine by Diego Velázquez, anchored Velázquez in New York museums here a decade ago. Now one can appreciate the distinctions between Philip’s red hair, red coat, and warm shadows on the wall—or the silvery embroidery, an illusion created entirely by dabs of white.

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  • Pacman
    Videogame Appropriation Contemporary Art Pac Man

    Like many 8-bit characters Pac-Man is well represented in street art and design. For example the American street artist Katie Sokoler staged a real Pac-Man game in her quarters.

    Congratulation to Marc Garrett –

    At last the new Furtherfield site/platform is here.
    It has taken over 9 months – so please share with us the birth of a new Furtherfield!!!

    (Furtherfiled is now under fab-portal on the right sidebar menu)

    Your noise is not just data but also a rhythm of connections!

    And don’t forget 2009 Public Sculpture – (via Marc Garrett)

    R.I.P Susanna York

    Saturday, January 15th, 2011

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    Monty Clift played Freud. “Freud” was directed by John Huston.

    R.I.P Susanna York

    Susannah York, the celebrated film and stage actress best known for her role in the film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, has died aged 72.

    She was nominated for “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They’ and her other notable film was “A Man for All Seasons.

  • Volcanic Emotions/Film notes

    Saturday, January 15th, 2011

    (direct link)

    NYtimes review

    Characters suppressing volcanic emotions that can be decoded only by reading expressions and body language give Stéphane Brizé’s “Mademoiselle Chambon” a complexity and tension that transcend words.

    Watching Lindon and Kiberlain get to know each other onscreen, one would hardly guess that the two were once married in real life and have a 10-year-old daughter together.(Sfgate)


  • Cairo Time still1(2).jpg Patricia Clarkson and her handsome friend walking toward a Pyramid.

    The city is also clearly the principal object of Ms. Nadda’s ardor. (NYtimes)

    Sam Rockwell interview (Conviction) – ‘People put a lot of faith in the system and it’s flawed’ – If you like Mario’s Story then see this or vice versa.

    How he did it.(direct link)
    And now James Franco in Danny Boyle’s 127 hrs – Trailer here.. (Liked this film as much as Madmoiselle Chambon)

    The Making of Carousel

    Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Colin Marshall

    Jeanne Dielman understands what all the best works of cinema do: implication and occurrence are two different things. Where so many mediocre films deal in visual shorthand that merely suggests to us that certain events have happened, this one has its events actually take place. That this builds their importance far beyond any quick-cut battle for the very future of humanity might point toward an answer to the feminist question: these are domestic duties we’re watching, and the film treats them with a gravity that somehow goes beyond aesthetics. You could call its story tragic, but just by existing it demonstrates an artistic fact that’s sadder than anything going on in its content. By letting its content dictate its form — or rather, by letting its content and form exist in symbiosis — the film achieves what most films could if they did the same. But almost no film does.

    MY Photos of NM Hotel Lobby

    Tuesday, January 11th, 2011



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    Photos above from a hotel in Las Vegas New Mexico.

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    William James following the attack of smallpox. Photograph, 1865.

    A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices.

    More quotes from him here.

    His birthday today. January 11, 1842 (His ghost must have prompted to indulge in blog seance.)

    His days at Harvard

    “God has two families of children on this earth, the once born and the twice born (today born again).” The former are born happy and view God as the animating spirit of a beautiful harmonious world. Examples for James were Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman. The twice born James views as sick souls. These sick souls may find community, solace, and comfort in religion but they remain sick and should never be entrusted with power.

    See him with his brother.

    The Prison art project
    “The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.”

    Peter Yates

    Monday, January 10th, 2011

    Breaking away

  • (The Dresser)

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    Peter Yates R.I.P 1928 – 2011

    Re: the car chase from Bullit (We’re so tired of car chases in films today.)

    No CGI, just great cinematography, editing and stunt driving.”

    Peter Yates was an assistant director to Jack Cardieff on “Sons and Lovers” (NYtimes obit)

    As a director, the Hampshire, England-born Peter Yates embraced a wide range of genres in the stories he brought to the silver screen, running the gamut from police thrillers to science fiction tales, from relationships dramas to beautifully rendered American slices of life, earning four Oscar nominations along the way, two for directing and two for producing. Yates has died at 82.(Via)

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    Peter with Philippe Noiret and Siân Phillips.

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    Philip Noiret and Peter O’Toole were wonderful in Murphy’s War directed by Peter Yates.

    Francis Poulenc

    Friday, January 7th, 2011

    Francis Poulenc – Improvisation 15 Hommage à Edith Piaf

  • Poulenc Poulenec by Ward Schumaker

  • Francis Poulenec – 7 January 1899

    Critic Claude Rostand, in a July 1950 Paris-Presse article, described Poulenc as “half monk, half delinquent” (“le moine et le voyou”), a tag that was to be attached to his name for the rest of his career

    He is largely self-taught and eccentric.

    Poulenc, like Haydn and Schubert, is one of the few great composers not only content with, but modestly amazed at being human. The music doesn’t strive for the extraordinary, not even the religious music. What’s in us is extraordinary enough. There’s a sincere simplicity of effect.

    A veteran of two wars – (Breasts to Ballons)

    It was also the time when he wrote one of his most delightful pieces, a musical interpretation of the children’s story Babar the Little Elephant, scored for narrator and piano (later orchestrated) as well as a surrealist fantasy with the improbable title of Les Mamelles de Tirésias (The Breasts of Tiresias), based on the eponymous play by Guillaume Apollinaire. Thérèse has become tired of her life as a submissive woman and morphs into the male Tirésias when her breasts turn into balloons and float away. It’s quite a story!

    A Rose is A Rose

    Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

    Happy birthday Charlie Rose!

    Past memorable interviews on Charlie Rose:
    Harold Pinter <> <> David Foster Wallace I <> <> David Foster Wallace II March 27

    Stephen Colbert <> <> Richard Serra, Chuck Close, Oliver Sacks (Brain series)

    Sean Penn on Marlon Brando

    Elizabeth Warren <> <> Muhammad Yunus (His Nobel Peace Prize)

    Tim Wu (Monopolies & Information Technology)

  • Arundhati Roy -interviewed by Guernica

    I was invited to be on The Charlie Rose Show. He said, “Tell me, Arundhati Roy, do you believe that India should have nuclear weapons?” So I said, “I don’t think India should have nuclear weapons. I don’t think Israel should have nuclear weapons. I don’t think the United States should have nuclear weapons.” “No, I asked you do you believe that India should have nuclear weapons.” I answered exactly the same thing. About four times… They never aired it!

    Stephen Colbert!Soren Kierkegaard Marx, Colbert and Freud by Fung Lin Hall Shakers and Movers (Previous posts)

    In the Name of Pete Postlethwaite

    Monday, January 3rd, 2011

  • Obit from BBC

    Broadcaster Stephen Fry, meanwhile, wrote on Twitter: “The loss of the great Pete Postlethwaite is a very sad way to begin a year.”

    R.I.P Pete Pete He was a smoker.

    What makes you depressed?
    That life will come to an end. (Q & A)

    Pete Postlethwaite talks to the Guardian about his new film Age of Stupid, his eco-home in Shropshire, and what he thinks of climate change deniers

    More Obits from
    <> <> Guardian <> <> Independent

    His favorite book was “Alexandria Quartet”

    Nice photo here (British actor Pete Postlethwaite, speaking at the Make Poverty History march in Edinburgh)

    He was Mr Kobayashi in the Usual Suspect.

    Tempest <> <> In the name of my father <> <> Distant Voices, Still Lives

    The poet in Pete’s soul

    Proud men, difficult men, flawed fathers – poignant at the hour of their death but not easily approachable, not-to-be-messed-with types – and if pushed, I’d say I’d pictured Postlethwaite, born in industrial Warrington in 1945, as one of those.

    Brassed Off – Rodrigo Concerto de Aranjuez <> <> Brassed off 2 – Pete as Danny making speech

  • He formerly taught at a Catholic girl’s convent school.

  • He was awarded OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2004 New Year’s Honors List for his services to drama.

  • He once let an agent go after the agent suggested Pete change his last name to something more marquee-friendly.