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Dec22

Please Standby

Posted on Dec 22 by

The FRC is undergoing some changes. When I first began this project, a blog seemed like a good idea. Turns out it wasn’t. That’s ok, we still have a lot to say (to you and each other). We’ll be back. This blog will remain here as an archive (and who knows, maybe we’ll post to it...

Sep04

Co-Present Film Festival (session 11) : Prisons Real & Imagined, Schedule

Posted on Sep 4 by

On Saturday, September 13th, we’ll resume the Co-Present Film Festival with a Robocop double-feature. The original film and most recent remake span nearly 27 years and two vasty different but innovative directors. After recently viewing the 2014 film and re-watching the original, I couldn’t help but be struck by the incredible parallels and differences in culture. There’s also likely few better times to revisit Robocop, in any form, than in proximity to the recent events in Ferguson. Watch with us from anywhere in the world at any time throughout the run. Watch on your own. Communicate through the #CPFF11 hashtag on Twitter. We’ll sync our clocks just before the first start time by using the World Clock. If you can’t join us on the 13th, the next film festival will be announced as soon as possible.   THE SCHEDULE :   BEGIN 8am MST / 11am EDT / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET / 7pm GST ROBOCOP (1987) One sentence summary: A nearly-slain cop becomes half-man, half-robot; questions regarding justice and humanity ensue. IMDB Link Wikipedia Link   approx....

Jul05

Co-Present Film Festival (session 10) : Prisons Real & Imagined, Schedule

Posted on Jul 5 by

After an unintentionally long hiatus, we will resume the Co-Present Film Festival on Sunday, July 20th. We’ll revert back to our common format of viewing multiple films by multiple directors. The 10th session’s selections span 43 years and three considerably different cultures. Watch with us from anywhere in the world at any time throughout the run. Watch on your own. Communicate through the #CPFF10 hashtag on Twitter. We’ll sync our clocks just before the first start time by using the World Clock. If you can’t join us on the 20th, we’ll announce the dates and films for future months soon.   THE SCHEDULE :   BEGIN 8am MST / 11am EDT / 4pm GMT / 5pm CET / 7pm GST GEORGE WASHINGTON One sentence summary: A 12-year-old narrates a story of a small town, a summer, and a tragedy. IMDB Link Wikipedia Link   approx. 930am MST / 1230pm EDT / 530pm GMT / 630pm CET / 830pm GST 15 minute break   945am MST / 1245pm EDT / 545pm GMT / 645pm CET / 845pm GST VELVET GOLDMINE...

Mar17

Feral Fieldnotes

Posted on Mar 17 by

This was the month of reading The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit. I have read a few of her books, and always start them with enthusiasm (I’m interested in the same stuff she is!) and gradually feel distracted and deflated. I figured out what it was this time, pointed to by a line in the book: “Like a lot of visual artists, she mostly plunged into the difficult books through which you hack your way slowly.” That line describes my taste in books, but I had always attributed it to my mild dyslexia (if it’s going to take me months to get through a book I want it to be worth the time). Solnit’s connection feels right, though. I read for texture and flavor and bits of ideas far more than for plot or characters, and I enjoy feeling lost in a sea of words that are inviting me to connect into a whole. And that way of absorbing art makes more sense for encountering and absorbing visual art more often than it does reading a book. Solnit’s books...

Feb22

Dazzle Canoe Coloring Contest

Posted on Feb 22 by

Here at FRC we’ve recently been obsessed with the phenomena of dazzle ships and dazzle camouflage. There are dazzle wetsuits, dazzle dogs, and a mysterious Floridian camoufleur. There’s music for your tape recorder and  dubious claims by spanish artists. There’s makeup to hide from algorithms, and above all there’s the flash-bang of hiding your shape with loud stripes.   There should be more. So, my feral friends,  inspired in part by Carrie Schneider’s beautiful dazzle canoe (which we had nothing to do with but wish we did), attached below please find the official FRC Dazzle Canoe Coloring Contest form. Please note:  your interpretation of “dazzle” may vary, do not feel constrained by existing patterns. As suggested by @matthewbattles:  Submit completed entries to: whisper@feralresearch.org subject “camoufleur”, or post them to twitter with the hashtag #camoufleur. The contest will be a random drawing held on April 1. Three names will be drawn and each receive a limited edition FRC dazzle-sticker. A gallery of all entries will be posted to the site. No cash value. Void where prohibited by law.   Like this idea? You might...

Feb21

IEEIE #1: The Master and Margarita

Posted on Feb 21 by

The kick-off book for the Infinitely-Expandable Extra-Illustration Exchange will be The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. This previous post explains the IEEIE What is The Master and Margarita? It’s a lot of things. It’s magic and history and politics and literature. It’s about the Devil arriving in Moscow in the 1920s and Jesus and Pontius Pilate, censorship and a talking cat. And so much more. It is the book that I have recommended to more people than any other. It is dense and thoughtful and very strange. Want to know more about the book? Masterandmargarita.eu is an amazing compendium of all things M&M (in multiple languages) Here is how the IEEIE works: 1. Read the book. I recommend the Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor translation, which is recognized as one of the better versions and is based on the complete, uncensored text. The size of the final submission is based on the size of the paperback edition (8.3 x 5.3 inches), which has a maroon and black cover with a silhouette of a cat. There is no...