We’re back.

Thanks FP&L. Anyone else who doesn’t have power, drop us a word and we’ll try to help. We probably will not climb electric poles to connect your house or block back on the grid. But we will give you some support otherwise–shower, water, internet, etc…
Only about 10% of Miami-Dade is left without power. Same thing happened to us after Katrina; we got our power back as part of the last 10%. Anyway, it won’t be long until the two or three of you left get your power.
I haven’t been on top of all things currently going on in the world. Though, we have been abreast on some past events, like Carl Andre & Ana Mendiata and the ever heroic, Richard Feigen.

adad/dada

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.

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Stage for Disaster Area

host of Disaster Area concert

stage

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 print.google.com. 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.