Many discussions/fights/strong lines of demarcation have come to be as a result of art movements. Dada is/was the most unruly of them all. Dada has its beginnings in Zurich at the Cabaret Voltaire in 1916 and was a reaction to World War I. Today, nytimes has an article about an exhibition about Dada, which opens at the George Pompidou Center. The show

…proposes that Dada is still very much alive, its influence on contemporary art all too apparent in today’s collages, installations, ready-mades and performances.

And that,

…Dada was creative in its radical nihilism.

…Dada was principally an intellectual movement, one that set out to provoke and scandalize as a strategic response to prevailing social and artistic values.

But more importantly, Dada introduced a line of thinking that questionned authorship, authority, the object and favored appropriation. But overttime,

Dada’s aesthetic values may even have triumphed, but its political message has been forgotten. Today, many artists like to shock, not to overthrow the art establishment but to join it.

John Perreault’s defense of Mike Bidlo has been a refreshing reading about the legacy of Dada, the art market and one’s artistic ‘devil’-ish career.

Not Duchamp's Bottle Rack, 1914
Image from here.

a stage for one

I was really moved when I first saw Gean Moreno‘s Black Zodiac, currently at The Moore Space ,as part as, of Hanging by a Thread. I did not noticed the piece during the night of the opening. It must have been because the place was packed and many gallery-goers used the piece as an impromptu bench. I will talk more about hanging by Thread in my next post.

Black Zodiac struck me as an stage/altar piece dedicated to punk. The installation could function as a stage for one to play a very dark, gritty, and underground–that is un-pop, brand of music. And simultaneously, it exists as a quiet (aurally) altar, installed in a basement or garage, inexhibiting the renmants and fetishes of an era.

Black Zodiac by Gean Moreno at The Moore Space

Black Zodiac by Gean Moreno at The Moore Space

Black Zodiac by Gean Moreno at The Moore Space

I can’t resist to say that I want this installation to be a less clean and be lit diffirently and to smell of beer and sweat.

I never panic

It might be because I am been introduced to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I borrowed from library the dvd of the 1981-2 television program. I am really hitching to listen the original BBC radio version. There is just too much on the internet about Douglas Adams and his works. I would like to offer some images.







Stage for Disaster Area

host of Disaster Area concert


I also would like to offer works by William Cordova, which might have been informed by “The Guide.” here. And especially his exhibition “William Cordova: No More Lonely Nights, organized by MOCA November 29, 2003 – February 8, 2004”. More images are pending.

books and search

There is a lot of talk about the Library Project of Google in collaboration with University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, The New York Public Library, and Oxford University. The Project will have Google digitize the holdings of the participating libraries and have the content searchable via Currently, books in the public domain can be browsed entirely. Other books are limited to a few pages and one is limited to how many books are avaliable and users are monitored. An authors’ guild have sued Google claiming copyright violation and would like for Google to ask every single copyright holder to give their consent. Some points to Fair Use should be sufficient to allow Google to proceed. Many logically concludes many more will be sold because links provided by Goggle’s Ad-Sense.
On the Media have piece(mp3) about this and Siva Vaidhyanathan argued that he would prefer the Library of Congress spearhead such a project on behalf of us all and not a behemoth of a company using proprietary methods. I totally agree. As much as I accept Google doesn’t intend to be evil but the biggest kid in the class is always feared. The French government feared the anglo-centric nature of the project so they will have their own program, featuring books written in french. And today, Yahoo and some others(including the Internet Archive, the University of California, and the University of Toronto, as well as the National Archive in England) announced the Open Content Alliance which will similarly digitize library contents and make them searchable and downloadable, but the alliance will initially(my emphasis) provided contents from book in public domain.

I would like to see our local libraries invest in similar open projects for contents that are at least Florida specific.


As a parent, one is asked to juggle mutiple items and to multitask daily. And so, about three weeks I was not so succesful and ended up driving a few blocks with our digital camera on top of the car. As we turned right on to US1, I saw something in the rear view mirror flying off the top of the car. Then I remembered what was the last thing I had to do. Drivers in incoming traffic did a good job avoiding the camera as it lay in the middle of the intersection. The small camera’s sensitive and fragile circuitry didn’t really survive the shock.
Yesterday, I called HP and inquired about repairing the camera. The technician told me that HP would replace the camera instead. I still had to pay a repair charge, but I think it was a bargain. I basically purchased a new camera. Plus, I purchased a two-year replacement plan, which will replace the camera no questions ask. This means I spent $54 to assure that my daughter can become camera savvy.
This morning while I was looking for the nytimes, Fedex delivered my camera. Damn that was fast!
HP’s service was superb. Now they just have to make nice and cleaner software and have their hardware play nice with Linux.

images from the paper

We started getting the nytimes everyday. We usually get just the sunday (Florida) edition. It think it is free for a few months. I think the subscription is actually sponsored by someone/some company. And so, the nytimes gives us a free paper, but they somehow count it toward their subscription numbers. Anyway, we did this before a couple years. The only problem is that we end up with a lot of newspaper in and around the house. The nice thing is, of course, lots of good reading. Here are few images that I have scanned from this week pile of of paper. I think I’ll continue to add some scanned images every now and then.

An image of jenny Holzer project commemorating September 11.
The article profiled Jenny Holzer and spoke of her methods, her reading and her approach to the task of commemorating September 11. I especially like the fact some reading were of documents made avaliable through the Freedom of Information Act.

A painting by Ed Ruscha of a horse or mule.

I am a fan of Ruscha.

beautiful stage and lighting @ the Metropolitan Opera.

Congratulations to the dancer, choreographer and lighting designer for this moment.

I am a fan of the stage, especially scene and lighting design. I wish that we had the resources, so that we can attend plays, operas and dance concerts. But more importantly, I hope that our new Performing Art Center will be the venue for such good stage works. I attended a couple of operas by the Florida Grand Opera, at their current Dade County Auditorium location. And I remember being bored by the design and the mise en scene. I wish that the FGO will retire its old painted props, its uninspired costume and pasty make-up and entice us all to its operas with beautiful music and a lovely stage works.

love the hair.  this image feels a bit staged.
This is supposed to be backstage at a fashion show. Apparently, everything goes. As long as, there are no pictures. The article is about Kate Moss’s woes. I really like the hair and the martini. I suspect that this image might be slighty staged.

Castles in the sky

Vicenta Casañ - Castillos en el aire

A couple of weeks ago, Vicenta Casañ‘s exhibition of photographs “Castillos en el Aire” opened at Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts.

Vicenta Casañ - Castillos en el aire

Vicenta Casañ - Castillos en el aire

Vicenta Casañ - Castillos en el aire

I enjoyed the premise of this exhibition, at least what I have deduced. I like the fact that Vicenta Casañ makes works about where she lives. In earlier works, she vested an interest in the study of her environment. There is a critique of Miami real estate development in these works, but I perceive a stronger poetic statement in her search for beauty in the image of Miami and her selective portrayal of this town.