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Field Trip: Collection de l’Art Brut

Field Trip: Collection de l’Art Brut

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Featured, Fieldtrips |

The Collection de l’Art Brut (Art Brut museum) in Lausanne, Switzerland is one of my favorite museums. I’m here to see the Daniel Johnston show because it closes tomorrow. It’s unusual to see American artists in Lausanne but not, for some reason, at l’Art Brut, which featured Seattle’s Gregory Blackstock last year and currently the late Charles Steffen of Chicago. The Blackstock show was in the same space as the Johnston show: a low room in the back on the second floor, painted white and brightly lit (unusual for this museum whose main exhibition halls are matte black with dark carpeting). The curators have done a nice job. Johnston’s work doesn’t really hold a lot of weight on its own – you need to understand the whole Daniel Johnston thing: the man, his music, the film. The curators of the show know this and so there’s a tape loop of his music playing softly overhead. Behind one of the display walls is a television showing The Devil and Daniel Johnston with French subtitles. There are half a dozen people watching raptly, each with their own headphones.  On the opposite wall there’s a display case with a photo of Kurt Cobain wearing the Johnston T Shirt and a stack of SxSW cassette tapes with Johnston’s hand drawn labels on them.       The show is ok, and I like Daniel Johnston, but it doesn’t take much to process drawings of BONER and SLUT rendered in office supplies. I end up thinking instead about why I like this museum as much as I do. I probably shouldn’t.     It seems exploitive to have an entire space dedicated to “art by crazy people,” to bundle it and show it and charge at the door, and yet I don’t feel anything of the sort: I sometimes leave l’Art Brut feeling tired, but I never leave angry. There were many reasons I moved to Lausanne, but a big motivator was a desire to deliberately and definitively change the course of my life. I didn’t expect to find (nor did I find) anything lifechanging in this country, but I did change my life and I did it...

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An Ode to Dumb

Posted by on Jul 27, 2013 in Uncategorized |

Kenneth Goldsmith praises the kind of dumb you get by going through smart (and a personal preemptive defense of all my upcoming posts): http://www.theawl.com/2013/07/being-dumb

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Co-Present FIlm Festival (session 3) : Prisons Real & Imagined, Schedule

Co-Present FIlm Festival (session 3) : Prisons Real & Imagined, Schedule

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Projects |

The third session of the Co-Present Film Festival will take place on Saturday, August 3rd. The schedule is listed below. Watch with us from anywhere in the world at any time throughout the run. Watch on your own. Communicate through the #CPFF3 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 3rd, the films and date for the September session can be found here and films for the rest of the year are listed here.   THE SCHEDULE :   Begin 400pm CET / 300pm GMT / 1000am EDT / 700am MDT ALI FEAR EATS THE SOUL One sentence summary: A couple are neither supported or approved by anyone in their world. IMDB Link Wikipedia Link   approx. 535pm CET / 435pm GMT / 1135am EDT / 835am MDT – 10 minute break   545pm CET / 445pm GMT / 1145am EDT / 845am MDT COOL HAND LUKE One sentence summary: Paul Newman plays a prisoner who refuses to play by the rules. IMDB Link Wikipedia Link   approx. 8pm CET / 7pm GMT / 2pm EDT / 11am MDT – 15 minute break   815pm CET / 715pm GMT / 215pm EDT / 1115am MDT OLDBOY One sentence summary: Man spends years trapped in a room; after release, he seeks answers and revenge. IMDB Link Wikipedia Link   approx. 1015pm CET / 915pm GMT / 415pm EDT / 115pm MDT – 15 minute break   1030pm CET / 930pm GMT / 430pm EDT / 130pm MDT DARK CITY One sentence summary: Man suffers from amnesia, is accused of murder, and pursues information in a shifting landscape. IMDB Link Wikipedia Link   approx. 1230am CET / 1130pm GMT / 630pm EDT / 330pm MDT –...

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Co-Present Film Festival (session 2) : Prisons Real & Imagined, Schedule

Co-Present Film Festival (session 2) : Prisons Real & Imagined, Schedule

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Projects |

The second session of the Co-Present Film Festival will take place on Saturday, July 20th. You will find the schedule below. After the schedule, I’ve provided trailers for each of the films, additional information on The Thin Blue Line, and suggestions on where to find Mark of Cain. Watch with us from anywhere in the world at any time throughout the run. Watch on your own. Communicate through the #CPFF2 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’ve listed dates for the August and September sessions here and films for the rest of the year here.   THE SCHEDULE :   Begin 430pm CET / 330pm GMT / 1030am EDT / 730am MDT MARK OF CAIN One sentence summary: Russian prisoners provide an oral history of the visual language of prison tattoos. Wikipedia Link   approx. 545pm CET / 445pm GMT / 1145am EDT / 845am MDT – 15 minute break   600pm CET / 500pm GMT / 1200pm EDT / 900am MDT BATTLE ROYALE One sentence summary: The Japanese government orders students to kill one another in a deadly game (after Lord of the Flies, before The Hunger Games, more bloody than both). IMDB Link Wikipedia Link   approx. 755pm CET / 655pm GMT / 155pm EDT / 1055am MDT – 20 minute break   815pm CET / 715pm GMT / 215pm EDT / 1115am MDT THE DARK CRYSTAL One sentence summary: Jim Henson puppet heroes save a dying world. IMDB Link Wikipedia Link   approx. 950pm CET / 850pm GMT / 350pm EDT / 1250pm MDT – 10 minute break   10pm CET / 9pm GMT / 4pm EDT / 1pm MDT THE THIN BLUE LINE One sentence summary: This film is the first credited with overturning a murder conviction. Wikipedia Link   approx. 1145pm CET / 1045pm GMT / 545pm EDT / 345pm MDT – END     TRAILERS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : MARK OF CAIN Trailer: Suggested places to find it online: http://indieflix.com/indie-films/?q=mark+of+cain This video begins the Film playlist on YouTube:   BATTLE ROYALE Original Trailer:...

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