Friday, February 27, 2004

Big downer to say the least. What the hell?
[from Javier via Archinect]

Our [sometimes disturbingly] close friends at Ghostly International and Atmosphere present a lush audio/video kick-off benefit for the Ann Arbor Film Festival next Tuesday, March 3rd, 9pm at The Necto. A mere five bucks gets you in to see and hear: Kero, Tim Flood, Seth Troxler, Tractile, Aarnio vs. Mi6, James Cotton, Todd Osborn, Sam Valenti version 4, live film by Julie Meitz, and B-Lab's very own Derek Plaslaiko. Information can be found here. (The updated Atmosphere home page is hot - check it out.)

If anyone is still figuring out what they're doing tonight, go see Detroit's tallest musical couple: Liz Copeland and Clark Warner at the Buddha Lounge tonight. I'll be there around 10:30 for the smart music and strong cocktails. Also of note, Liz is doing an album spotlight this Sunday night on Einsturzende Neubauten's new Mute release Perpetuum Mobile. Tune in to (or stream) WDET.

While we're being totally incestuous with links, have you been to Hardac lately? Eans on.

Daunting as a web site, but worth taking the time to dig into a bit for the sheer scary amount of ideas about Vodafone's vision of the future. Have a fast connection or prepare for some cursing.

Future Vision

for those of you attending sxsw, please be sure to peep the nice kids in the fall collection.

An aggressive, political 'sequel' to SMLXL
"Content is a follow-up to SMLXL, an inventory of seven years of OMA's tireless labor. In many ways it is structured according to what its predecessor is not - dense, cheap, disposable.." - Brendan McGetrick, Editor

This book takes place at the cusp of the 20th and 21st centuries, in the pre- and post-September 11th world. It is a singular product of its time, packed full of words and images portraying the architectural projects and metaphysical mechanics that have defined Rem Koolhaas's OMA-AMO firm over the past seven years. In the format of a small, thick magazine, this "book" is more of an anti-book, an informal tribute the ephemeral world we inhabit. Focusing on the theme "Go East," this visual journey follows OMA-AMO from San Francisco to Tokyo, traversing our massive and turbulent planet in search of "an opportunity to realize the visions that make remaining at home torturous."

The Architectural League's annual Emerging Voices lecture series was created in 1982 to recognize and encourage architects who are beginning to achieve prominence in the profession. The series focuses primarily on built work, at a variety of scales, and is structured to reflect the diversity of contemporary practice--geographically, stylistically, and ideologically.
This year's speakers and lecture dates are:
Friday, February 27- Preston Scott Cohen, Ken Smith, Ken Smith Landscape Architect
Reception to follow- You are invited to attend a cocktail reception located at the USM Modular Furniture showroom immediately following the Emerging Voices February 27 lectures 8 pm to 10 pm. USM Showroom 28-30 Green Street between Grand and Canal.
Thursday, March 4- Lorcan O'Herlihy, Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects & Larry Scarpa, Pugh + Scarpa Architects
Thursday, March 11- John Friedman and Alice Kimm, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects & Tom Kundig, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects
Thursday, March 18 - Rand Elliott, Elliott + Associates Architects & Pierre Thibault, Pierre Thibault Architect
All lectures will begin at 6:30 p.m. The February 27th lecture will be held at the Scholastic Auditorium, 557 Broadway, New York City. The lectures on March 4, 11 & 18 will be held at Lighthouse International,111 East 59th Street, New York City.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has given the sculptor Richard Serra what its officials describe as not only one of the grandest but also one of the most expensive contemporary art commissions of any museum in the world.
For its branch in Bilbao, Spain, the Guggenheim has asked Mr. Serra to create a room-size installation of monumental steel sculptures, including seven new ones. The region's Basque government, which covers the museum's operating costs and pays for its acquisitions, has spent about $20 million on the commission, contemporary-art experts say, less than the works would have sold for commercially.
The installation, expected to take 17 months to produce and install, is scheduled for completion in June 2005. When the new sculptures join "Snake," Mr. Serra's first commission for Bilbao, there will be 1,208 tons of his steel sculptures in one room. - Culled from NY Times

Smith's Wit
On display at Comme des Garcons in Manhattan through mid-October, multitalented designer Paul Smith's witty furniture debut, Mondo, might distract shoppers from Rei Kawakubo's edgy fashion. Made of matte lacquered wood silk-screened with prints of baroque consoles, the delightful cabinets present a play of eras past, present, and future, particularly resonant in the high-tech surroundings of the Chelsea boutique. The extensive collection also includes sofas, chairs, tables, and beds, available through Cappellini. Comme des Garcons, 520 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011; 212-604-9200. & Cappellini, 102 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012; 212-966-0669

Dub Alert!!!
Mad Professor and Trumystic
Thursday March 11th
204 Varick St.

Thursday, February 26, 2004

ah, the sweet smell of friendster is seeking people to become SUPER FRIENDSTERS. this lofty title awaits all fiends who respond. this could be trouble.

Here's the site for the flyer for Chad's post below

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Michael Mayer, Superpitcher, Miss Kittin, Bogdan Raczynski, Soundmurderer, DJ Rephlex Records, plus special guests

VOLUME: 99 N. 13th Street (at Wythe) Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Sat. March 13, 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. (18 + with ID )
$15 advance/$18 at the door. Tickets available in store at Other Music, or on-line through TICKETWEB

We give a lot of love to architect Wes Jones here, but it should be noted that his old partners still kick some tectonic ass.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Democrats are notoriously bad at framing language. Get some linguistic balls and make this election about "regime change." Imagine how quickly that would stick in people's heads if John Kerry et al. started using the term... and its not like there isn't plenty of evidence to justify wording it in such a manner.

And of course, there's the White House endorsement of amending our society's most sacred document in the form of institutionalized bigotry. At least the administration is consistent in its systematic disregard for every principle the United States was founded on. Some animals are more equal than others apparently.

Frank is too hot.

April 15th-17th is the fourth annual once.twice:festival of sound and video in beautiful Baltimore. This year's lineup includes rustbelt Burnlab regulars Dabrye, Matthew Dear and Jimmy Edgar, plus Canuk Akufen and many more. Our friend Ben in Baltimore recommends a roadtrip.

This brightened my morning... sort of.
[Thanks to Doug Johnson for the link]

if "yellow submarine" was redrawn by the white strokes it may look (and sound) like this...

Welcome to Grey Tuesday

Tuesday, February 24 will be a day of coordinated civil disobedience: websites will post Danger Mouse's Grey Album on their site for 24 hours in protest of EMI's attempts to censor this work.

DJ Danger Mouse created a remix of Jay-Z's the Black Album and the Beatles White Album, and called it the Grey Album. Jay-Z's record label, Roc-A-Fella, released an a capella version of his Black Album specifically to encourage remixes like this one. But despite praise from music fans and major media outlets like Rolling Stone ("an ingenious hip-hop record that sounds oddly ahead of its time") and the Boston Globe (which called it the "most creatively captivating" album of the year), EMI has sent cease and desist letters demanding that stores destroy their copies of the album and websites remove them from their site. EMI claims copyright control of the Beatles 1968 White Album.

Monday, February 23, 2004

If you haven't seen it yet, Matthew Dear in on the cover of Real Detroit. Rolling Stone and The Face can't be far behind.

John Waters: Change Of Life
New Museum of Contemporary Art, Feb. 7-Apr. 15, 2004
80 photographs, sculptures and three previously unscreened films by the "Pope of Trash"

The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography, 1960-1982
UCLA Hammer Museum, Feb. 8-May 9, 2004
Approximately 150 works by 57 artists, including Vito Acconci, Eleanor Antin, Gilbert and George, Adrian Piper and Cindy Sherman.

Douglas Gordon
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Feb. 12-May 9, 2004
The first survey of the Scottish video installation artist includes large-scale projected video installations, text pieces, still photographs, and filmed images on video monitors.

American Paradigms: David Opdyke and Lane Twitchell
Corcoran Gallery, Feb. 14-Apr. 5, 2004
25 sculptures and cut-paper drawings by the Brooklyn-based artists, commenting on contemporary consumerist society.

Veteran contemporary art dealer Marc Selwyn opens his new Los Angeles gallery, Marc Selwyn Fine Art, with a special exhibition of works by Robert Mapplethorpe curated by photographer Catherine Opie, Jan. 31-Mar. 13, 2004. The idea of having a contemporary photographer interpret Mapplethorpe's work is a good one; the same modus operandi was used by Sean Kelly Gallery in New York this fall, with photographer Cindy Sherman doing the curatorial honors. Marc Selwyn Fine Art is located at 6222 Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles

HELMUT NEWTON, 1920-2004
Helmut Newton, 83, fashion photographer who brought pneumatically endowed models in bondage gear into the cultural mainstream, died after an automobile accident in Los Angeles on Jan. 23, 2004. Born to a wealthy Jewish family in Berlin, he got his first camera at 12. After fleeing Germany in 1938, he spent time in Singapore (where he said he worked as a gigolo), became an Australian citizen and opened a studio in Melbourne. He married his wife, the photographer Alice Springs, in 1946. In recent decades he kept a home in Monte Carlo and wintered at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. Newton began working for French Vogue in 1963, and for American Vogue in 1971. More recently, he published Sumo (Taschen), which was billed as the largest art book ever, and had a retrospective survey of his work at the International Center of Photography in New York.

New York art dealer Tracy Williams, who most recently was director of Zwirner & Wirth on East 67th Street in New York, has announced plans to open her own gallery in Greenwich Village. Tracy Williams, Ltd., opens in March 2004 in an 1880s townhouse at 313 West 4th Street with a show of works by Portuguese artist Pedro Cabrita Reis. Architect Richard Gluckman is renovating the space and Natalie Karg is overseeing the garden landscaping.

The 3rd Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, organized by Ute Meta Bauer, goes on view Feb. 14-Apr. 18, 2004, at two venues, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and the Martin-Gropius-Bau (plus a film program at the Arsenal Kino). The third edition of the show is dedicated to the "fundamental urban restructuring processes" that have reshaped the city since the fall of the Berlin Wall, and thus is organized around five "hubs" that "function as thematic anchors" -- migration, fashions and scenes, other cinemas, urban conditions, and sonic scapes. Among the 50 participants are Karin Mamma Andersson, Judith Barry, Walter van Beirendonck, Ingrid Book and Carina Hedén, Kaucyila Brooke, Fernando Bryce, Maria Bustnes, Ergin Cavusoglu, Banu Cennetoglu, Willie Doherty, Marcelo Expósito, Christine Fenzl, Samira Gloor-Fadel, Florian Hecker, Isaac Julien, Serge Kliaving, Erkki Kurenniemi, David Lamelas, Mark Lewis, Masami Akita, Ryuji Miyamoto, Regina Möller, Piotr Nathan, Bert Neumann, Fanni Niemi-Junkola, Melik Ohanian, Ulrike Ottinger, Mathias Poledna, Aura Rosenberg, Constanze Ruhm, Bojan Sarcevic, Dierk Schmidt, Nada Sebestyén, Thomas Struth, Akira Suzuki, Mika Taanila, Sissel Tolaas, Nomeeda & Geiminas Urbonas, Mika Vainio, Vangelis Vlahos, Stephen Willats, Rolf Wolkenstein/Christoph Dreher, Amelie von Wulffen and Skylobby.

After suffering from years of bad press thanks to the "culture wars" of the 1980s and early '90s, the fine art world is at long last back on the good side of public opinion. With the selection of Michael Arad's striking design for a 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero -- a pair of deep voids in the footprints of the twin towers, surrounded by a grove of trees -- the front pages of the nation's newspapers are carrying articles by architecture critics extolling the Minimalist esthetics of the winning design. The New York Times noted that the pair of "striking voids. . . movingly recall the work of the sculptor Michael Heizer," and also pointed out that the final proposal is similar to a sketch for the site made in 2001 by Vietnam Veterans Memorial designer and 9/11 memorial jury member Maya Lin. It also seems likely, according to story in the New York Post, that the final design will preserve traces of the north tower's steel columns and the building's bedrock footprint, as suggested by in a Times op-ed piece by Eric Fischl and others. In addition to Lin, the memorial jury included sculptor Martin Puryear and Studio Museum in Harlem director Lowery Stokes Sims.

BILLY KLUVER, 1927-2004
Billy Kluver, 76, Swedish-born engineer who teamed up with Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Whitman and others to form the influential Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) in 1966, died of melanoma on Jan. 11 at his home in Berkeley Heights, N.J. Kluver had a hand in several contemporary art-and-technology milestones, including Jean Tinguely's machine that destroyed itself at the Museum of Modern Art in 1960 and Andy Warhol's helium-filled Clouds installation at Leo Castelli Gallery in 1966.

The Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art in London is presenting the first major exhibition devoted to Vorticism in 30 years. "Blasting the Future! Vorticism in Britain 1910-1920," Feb. 4-Apr. 18, 2004, features some 50 works by the artists most closely associated with the native British avant-garde movement, whose name was coined by the American poet Ezra Pound. Among the artists in the show are David Bomberg, Jacob Epstein, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Wyndham Lewis, William Roberts, Edward Wadsworth and England's only Futurist, D.R.W. Nevinson. The exhibition is the first extensive look at the movement since "Vorticism and its Allies" (1974) at the Hayward Gallery and Richard Cork's two-volume study of the movement, Vorticism and Abstract Art in the First Machine Age (1976), which is now out of print. The show is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, and travels to the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, May 7-May 18, 2004.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Richard Box's FIELD is a major undertaking which will include the installation of several thousand ready- made glass fluorescent tubes. The bulbs will be 'planted' across the site at the foot of an electricity pylon, and will pick up the waste emission from the overhead power line. The piece is simple yet spectacular, making visible what would otherwise go unnoticed. The FIELD of tubes will flicker into life across the hillside as the early evening light fades. The performance each evening is hard to anticipate since it is heavily dependent on the weather.

Meanwhile, nerds point out that the energy really isn't waste.

Friday, February 20, 2004

All 5,201 WTC Memorial Competition entries on view here.

Our good friend Phoenix Perry [of Memory Systems and C-TRL Labs] has a brand new personal site, which will be filling up with all kind of goodness.

Thursday, February 19, 2004

It's probably not news to most of you that there is going to be a new film made of Douglas Adams classic book 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy'. Have a look at recent Art Center grad, Patrick Hanenberger's senior project concerning the same book. Great stuff, and I love the designs for Marvin.

You know what you're doing in Detroit Friday night:
Two exhibits opening at the D.A.M., followed by Ghostly international's Music From the Wires For Ears Vol. II, featuring (at long last!) Matthew Dear's live vocal debut. Matt will be interviewed by our very own Liz Copeland on WDET tonight around midnight. What you want to do then is get some rest, fry up some perogies with fresh thyme and garlic in olive oil, shop for vintage dining room chairs, go see the Elliott Earls exhibit at Cranbrook Saturday afternoon... wait... you don't have to do all that, but that's what I'll be doing. Anyway, what you do need to do is go to Untitled Saturday night, because Rolling Stone magazine called it one of the best parties in country, and selling out is the new black. Actually its not. Manipulating popular media to forward an agenda of quality and beauty is the new black. That, and Les Enfants Terribles, the new official Dorkwave night and first Untitled spin-off, which [we're pretty sure] starts March 12th. More than you ever wanted to know about that soon enough. Cheers.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

We like the moon.

Ozwald Boateng: sharp.
Nice navigation for the couture collections, and be sure to check out the slick kung fu moves from the Autumn|Winter 03 catwalk show. Good thing for my credit rating that the closest store is in London...
[Thanks to Lyn Carrick for the link]

Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Clark, he could have been a contender...

Friday fun in Detroit: Mary Pott's beautiful charcoals at DAM, followed by some Ghostly at Magic Stick. Do I smell spring or just burning tires?

Arguably the Detroit area's greatest treasure, Cranbrook celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Lots of good stuff going on at the art museum, including The Bull and the Wounded Horse: a multi-media exhibit which surveys the work of madman and 2D design dept. chair Elliott Earls, now through March 28th.

Wonderfully disturbed Flash promo at Schematic for Hearts of Darknesses' debut LP Music For Drunk Driving.

Has Diesel Jeans really lost it this time? Well you decide...Diesel invites all Cult Members to find the worst records, CD's or tapes in your collections, and bring them to your nearest participating Diesel Store*. Never mind the albums that are so bad they are good. We want the ones that are so bad, they're illegal. You know the ones.

Special rewards for your embarrassment

Bring your bad records in-store and we'll give you one of our brand new EXCLUSIVE Diesel Greatest Hips albums. There are 12 in all; from the best Rolling Stones, Roxy Music and Barry White to the finest porn soundtrack music collection ever compiled.
Participate in our record amnesty and you could also receive an invitation to join us at one of Diesel's Greatest Hips parties taking place in cities around the world. Specially trained BAD record DJ's will be spin the best of the worst albums handed in, and if your BAD record is played then you will walk away with a ringing in your ears and an exclusive Greatest Hips 12" vinyl collection of 12 albums and collectable Diesel record bag.

All records handed over will be collected together and auctioned online for charity.

More here. I'd love to know what Theakston would pick.

Monday, February 16, 2004

This has to be a joke.

A new world of suck coming for Windows users:

A lot of people (like tens of millions of people) have jobs that make them to use the primitive, sloppy, unintuitive, worm-prone and generally mediocre-at-best operating system known the world over as Microsoft Windows - myself included these days. Well its about to suck a lot more since the source code has been leaked.


Let the Glimmer Twins get your Monday moving.

Sunday, February 15, 2004

being that it is sunday and all, i decided to dig through the jazz collection; for those interested in jazz (and those who always wondered if it might be less boring than it seems) definitely check out rahsaaan roland kirk. the rahsaan part of his name came to him in a dream, as did the idea of playing three horns simultaneously...he played over 40 instruments (several of which he made himself), invented the technique jethro tull became famous for of vocalizing while playing the flute, and happened to be blind. for an introduction check out roland kirk, jazz masters 27 on verve (take a listen to "three for the festival which features three part harmonies all played simulateously, and the jethro tull/flute vocals). also excellent is his "i talk with the spirits" where he focuses on playing flute only...his genius is worth getting to know

Friday, February 13, 2004

Five months away, but looking good so far. TerminalFive. Site still seems to be in progress.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

London is growing up fast.
(Thanks to Javier via Archinect.)

John Kerry just scored some more points with me after hearing his prep-school garage band The Electras on NPR this morning. Not only did they have a cool name, but sounded great! A copy of their album recently fetched $2500 on eBay, which is a relative deal, all things considered.

Today is the 95th anniversary of the NAACP. Cheers.

Wednesday, February 11, 2004

formal fridays never looked so good...especially when you kill 'em all with a tie by jimngen!

Nice work from IDANDA creative magazine.
(Thanks to Paul Hemsworth for the link.)

Not sure if anyone caught this article.Shrinking City Syndrome

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Forget politics - let's celebrate film! Tonight kicks off Media.City.10: Annual International Festival of Experimental Film & Video Art. Gerard Holthuis at the Detroit Film Theatre tonight. Clark Warner DJing for the closing reception on Saturday in Windsor.

The president's proposed boost to the NEA seems bewildering on the surface, but this article from the other end of the media gives some insight to the possible reasoning. Don't be surprised if the American Masters program includes something similar to the Degenerate Art exhibition of 1937. Next up: san serif typefaces to be outlawed. You read it here first.

This article about Al Sharpton is quite interesting. A pawn for the Republican party? Somewhat unlikely, but I wouldn't rule out anything at this point.

Republicans makes me so mad all I can do (short of getting fired) is sit in my new cubicle pop bubble wrap.

U.S. president George W. Bush has proposed a $2.4 trillion federal budget for fiscal 2005, which starts Oct. 1, 2004. The budget deficit this year is $521 billion, but Bush proposes cuts in 128 domestic programs for a total savings of $4.9 million. Inexplicably escaping all this fiscal surgery is the National Endowment for the Arts, which is up for an $18 million increase, from $121 million to $139.4 million, the largest rise since 1984. Most of the new funds would go for an "American Masterpieces" program, explained First Lady Laura Bush at a press conference, designed to bring classic works to a broad audience. The right-wing Cato Institute has already sent out an alert protesting the move. "Government has no business meddling in the arts," said Cato executive vice president David Boaz.-Artnet

Monday, February 09, 2004

Over 250,000 Americans have already signed's petition for a congressional censure of President Bush for misleading the public and the congress about the motivation for going to war in Iraq. Any defense is pretty thin, as the whole thing was already spelled out in the National Security Strategy, first drafted by Paul Wolfowitz during Bush Senior's administration, and it's generally known that overthrowing the Iraqi government was on Bush's to-do list even before being "elected". Censure is a slap on the wrist for an international criminal of this staure, but it's a start. Be patriot: sign here.

Could it be that Urban Outfitters CEO (and Republican campaign donor) Richard Hayne wants to not-so-subtly dissuade his liberal-leaning clientelle from voting? Hmmm... The Philly Weekly ran this article last summer exposing the gap between the owner and the image. Maybe it's time for (another) boycott.

one of the items currently being sold at urban outfitters...way to go.

2004 already seems to be shaping up to be a much better year for art viewing in NYC than last. I am most excited about the current show at the Gorney Bravin+Lee Gallery entitled Future Noir. There are no less than ten original gouache paintings from futurist Syd Mead. The most impressive are several from Blade Runner. I plan on spending the better part of the next month taking these pieces in. Info on the gallery here. The show is up till March 6th.

Also a favorite exhibition of mine returns in 2004.....the biennial at the Whitney opens in one month and a day, on March 11th. More on that here.

Sunday, February 08, 2004

The CDr label I've been running for two years, En, has finally started to pick up pace. Since mid-year 2003 there has been 4, excluding our new release from [ ], releases which has amounted to over a 100 CDr's sold. This is a huge achievement for a label our size with no money, no hype, and relying only on quality releases. 2004 is going to be even a bigger year with even more new and high-quality output.

Our newest release comes from the tap of the incredible recordings of Rob Theakston under the name [ ] (pronounced: empty-set). Rob being a fellow Burnlab writer, and member of the much respected Think Box Collective here in the Detroit area. His release can be summed up easily as, simple guitar recordings hacked up with, as what Rob refers to as, laptop tomfoolery. While that's true, I would just call it good.

A listing of our catalog, and our ordering information can be found at En's new, and typographically proficient web page:

Questions and comments can be sent to: en at fksche dot com

Friday, February 06, 2004

people of nyc- all set for the weekend? (wouldn't you know it, i'm not even there to enjoy it.)
those of you in the vicinity can trot out to:
a) friday@59 canal: Martin Schopf (perlon, ric y martin, latin lava), Sonja Moonear (berlin), ++special guest (it will be good, i swear).
b) saturday @ volume in williamsburg (see olivia's post 05 feb.) for dizzee rascal, matt dear, and plexus...
c) saturday@59 canal: Hong Kong Counterfeit *Live (emperor norton), Katya Casio (djette), ++ Paolo Dinola (aka Silver)

burnlab: set that g.p.s. for boogie down. (TM)

Eucalyptus is an affordable new mix from Sami Koivikko.

One week down as a Michigan resident again, and adapting well (other than the part about getting up at 7am, and the sun not coming out until April. Okay, that and there's no comparing restaurants to New York whatsoever, which is making me a fairly good cook very quickly.) There is a lot I've been neglecting so here goes:

Kinetic Records would like you to know that there is an all new site up for Luomo. The navigation is pretty clean once you get the hang of it.

First the absurd smoking ban, and now this.
New York: "the city that never sleeps."
(thanks to Benn)

A timely welcome back to the industry.
(thanks to Lyn)

Speaking of "the industry", Toyota is not only #2, but also the most profitable.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

i had SO much fun at the opening of volume in williamsburg (w/ tomato uk) last friday. Picture 500 people in white painter's suits (one excluded) dancing till sunrise in a massive white room and a small blacklit black room drinking complimentary Veuve & getting all kinds of high.
so, i'm highly recommending and passing along the info to this saturday's event: cultural alchemy presenting 'sound massive': (details at
lots of hotshot muckety mucks will be there, including all-of-a-sudden-everywhere-it-boy Dizzee Rascal.

Media whore follow up - and this is what happens when you put Johnny Rotten on reality TV.

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Don't let Bush get away with the lies that he used to justify his war on Iraq. Join's campaign to have Bush censured by congress.

Coachella 2004
I will buy tickets for anyone hard-ass enough to roadtrip from the East Coast.*

The Cure
Dizzee Rascal
My Morning Jacket
Flaming Lips
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
LCD Soundsystem
The Sleepy Jackson
Sage Francis
Death Cab For Cutie

*tickets will not neccesarily be for the Coachella festival. Offer void if accepted.

Tuesday, February 03, 2004

The Institute of Applied Autonomy and their concept of Contestational Robotics must be seen. The GrafittiWriter robot is excellent. Another great grafitti robot is Hektor, which is cuter but not as political.

I can wholeheartedly recommend the Shulgin show, which I saw last year in Linz. Absurd, kitschy but weirdly appealing.

Monday, February 02, 2004

*move your body in a musical field*. what that means will no doubt be revealed in roskilde, denmark, where 75 students and researchers have put together a show called digital bauhaus for the 21st century. until 21 march 2004, roskilde, denmark.

this spring i shall rack up my air miles with glee to attend futuresonic. buzzing buttons animate the website of futuresonic, manchester's festival of electronic music and media arts. it's about how perceptions of space and time are being reconfigured by wireless and mobile media. "recording enabled sound to be heard apart from the place and time of its creation. radio made possible remote listening. what kinds of communication and creative expression are emerging within networks with no fixed center, but rather multiple, mobile nodes?" the director of futuresonic, drew hemment, has cleverly secured funding to explore the shifting boundaries between art practice, the event, and data-systems. 29 april to 02 may, manchester. (note: please don't ask me about the man u footie team, you will run the risk of a beat down.)

burnlab: deviants welcome. (TM)