Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Through a red door I enter a seemingly
impregnable storage fortress
which contains the archive.
A recent visit yielded this
handwritten note, perhaps a script
character note, retyped here until
OS-9 scanner gets hooked up, see?
"Hypocrisy, besides being the tribute
vice pays to virtue,is also one of the artifices by which vice renders itself
Aldous Huxley, "Those Barren Leaves"
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Frederic Tuten’s “The Green Hour”
Is the last book on the far right
Of the second shelf from the floor.
Above it a label reads, Signed Copies.
Through the door, as though on cue,
A whitehaired man in overcoat
Bursts into the store,
A marinade of indecision.
Slicing through the browsers
His long arm hooks
The last book on the far right
Of the second shelf from the floor
I pluck another copy and compare
The image of the author on the sleeve
With the face of the man at the counter
Paying for his book in the store
December 28 2003
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
New York, May 8, 2009--Three monks, leaders of the Saffron Revolution and now in exile in the US, speak out about the 2007 uprising against the Burmese military junta portrayed in Anders Østergaard's documentary BURMA VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country, made in collaboration with undercover video journalists working for the Democratic Voice of Burma. The monks form part of the All Burma Monks' alliance (ABMA) , located in Utica, which supports the many monks imprisoned in Burmese jails, where prisoners are not fed. ABMA also supports refugee monks who have escaped from incarceration and torture in Burma and works with other groups to promote human rights and democracy in Burma. See also the interview with Anders Østergaard and Khin Maung Win on this blog. BURMA VJ is currently in theatrical release and playing at the Film Forum in New York.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
BURMA VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country , directed by Danish filmmaker Anders Østergaard uses camcorder and cellphone footage from undercover DVB reporters risking their lives. The story of the brutal quelling of the September 2007 monks' uprising is narrated by an unseen protagonist, Joshua, a 27-year-old reporter exiled in Thailand.
Background--Burma, September 2007: An increase in fuel prices sparks extensive protests by students and activists against the military junta, a repressive regime that has held the country hostage for over 40 years. For the first time, they are joined in the streets of Rangoon by thousands of Buddhist monks (the saffron revolution). As the ranks of the protestors rise to 100,000, foreign news crews are banned and the internet is shut down. The Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of 30 underground video journalists (VJs) record these dramatic events on handycams and cellphones and smuggle the footage out of the country, broadcasting it worldwide from Norway via satellite. Risking torture and life imprisonment, the VJs document the brutal clashes by the military and undercover police and the violence committed on the monks themselves also becoming the targets of the authorities.
A Sundance and Berlin festival award winner, the film opens May 20 at the Film Forum, New York in this its theatrical premiere.
Interview with Anders Østergaard and Khin Maung Win, deputy director of the Democratic Voice of Burma in exile was filmed by Liza Béar and originally posted on http://squaringoff.blip.tv.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
New York, March 7 2009--Simone Forti flew in from California to present three of her Dance Constructions 1961 as part of a Performance Workshop at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Shown here is Huddle. The performances took placeat the center of the gallery while videos of other performances were being projected on the surrounding walls. Also included in the program was Yvonne Rainer's Trio A, performed by Ian White, Jimmy Robert and Pat Catterson.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
New York, February 19, 2008--The first solo show by Turkish artist Serkan Ozkaya opened at Slag, 548 West 28th Street and 11th Avenue. On February 21, James Nares's exhibition of paintings, video and works on paper closed at Paul Kasmin; unfortunately circumstances had prevented me from attending the opening.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Minneapolis, MN 55405. Laura Kennedy is in need of a liver transplant.