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Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings
08.26.2009
05:30 pm
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Coming soon to some not so far away beach, Brian Eno.  If you happen to be in Long Beach this fall (Sept. 12—Dec. 13), try to catch, in its SoCal debut, Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings:

Using sophisticated computer software and audio boom boxes, 77 Million Paintings features constantly changing images and musical compositions, which challenge the notion that the artist must be in control.  Eno?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.26.2009
05:30 pm
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Schwarzenegger: Is This What It’s Come To?
08.26.2009
04:20 pm
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California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new plan to bail out California? Signing some of his old crap and selling it on eBay?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.26.2009
04:20 pm
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The Mystery of Picasso
08.26.2009
11:02 am
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The Mystery of Picasso is one of the most mind-blowing art documentaries I’ve ever seen. You actually get to witness Picasso paint twenty pieces before your eyes. It’s really astonishing:

Like a matador confronting a bull, the artist approaches his easel, his eyes blazing. As he wields his brush, we see through the canvas as the artwork unfolds, erupts, dances into being before our eyes. Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist of the twentieth century, is making a painting, and Henri-Georges Clouzot, the famous French director (Wages of Fear, Diabolique), is making a movie. In 1955, Clouzot joined forces with his friend Picasso to make an entirely new kind of art film “a film that could capture the moment and the mystery of creativity. Together, they devised an innovative technique” the filmmaker placed his camera behind a semi-transparent surface on which the artist drew with special inks that bled through.

Clouzot thus captured a perfect reverse image of Picasso’s brushstrokes and the motion picture screen itself becomes the artist’s canvas. Here, the master creates, and sometimes obliterates, 20 works (most of them, in fact, destroyed after the shoot), ranging from playful black-and-white sketches to Cinemascope color murals “artworks which evolve in minutes through the magic of stop-motion animation. Unavailable for more than a decade, The Mystery of Picasso is exhilarating, mesmerizing, enchanting and unforgettable. It is simply one of the greatest documentaries on art ever made. The French government agreed, in 1984 it declared the film a national treasure.

“When we are all dead, you and me and everyone,” said Clouzot to Picasso, “the film will still continue to be projected.”

This is probably my favorite section from the film. I especially like watching the painting of the nude reading come to life. When I first saw it I kept thinking he was finished and then he’d make it even better:

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.26.2009
11:02 am
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Noah’s Ark and the Dinos
08.26.2009
10:01 am
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Marcus and Sarah’s take on the “literal truth” of Noah’s Ark, as seen on Deviant Art:

This is another scene from our home-built “Creation Museum” inspired by the retards at Answers in Genesis. One of the frequent questions people ask is “what happened to the dinosaurs?” Well, if you didn’t grow up under a rock, you know they went extinct due to climate changes resulting from an asteroid impact millions of years ago (although descendants of dinosaurs still live on in the form of - chicken) But if you’re a redneck creationist country bumpkin you might believe that whole Noah’s Ark story and how the dinosaurs didn’t make it (but the serpents and pigs did!)

Here’s our artistic rendering of the actual event. Once Mrs Noah got the ark sea-worthy again and got rid of the dinosaurs, everything was OK for the surviving 2 (plus or minus) of all the species.

And here’s their Garden of Eden! Like Bill Maher says, “These people are treating The Flintstones as if it was a documentary”

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.26.2009
10:01 am
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Art Brut: DC Comics and a Chocolate Milkshake
08.25.2009
09:00 pm
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This song is practically the story of my life. It might be the story of yours, too!

(From Art Brut vs. Satan)

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.25.2009
09:00 pm
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Miles Davis: Kind of Bloop
08.25.2009
08:04 pm
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8-bit versions of Miles Davis standards. Neat!

(Link here.)

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.25.2009
08:04 pm
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Afghan Star: Kabul’s American Idol
08.25.2009
06:10 pm
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While I never came down with Idol fever (I do, though, still dream of being a contestant—c’mon, Simon, that was, like, Sex Beat?), my hat’s off to the incredibly brave people who, in sheer defiance of Muslim law, try out for and compete in Afghan Star.  After watching the below trailer for the upcoming documentary on the show, I’m not sure what, if anything, the final prize amounts to.  I’m not sure it matters.  After 30 years of the Taliban—and despite numerous death threats—these kids simply want to sing.

 
From Reuters: New US Deaths Make 2009 Afghan War’s Deadliest

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.25.2009
06:10 pm
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Up And Down With Backseat Meth, Abilify
08.25.2009
04:49 pm
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A double dose of alarming news today from the drug front.  First, I read the AP‘s account of a new, DIY approach to amphetamine production that “does away with the clutter of typical meth labs, turning the backseat of a car or a bathroom stall into a makeshift drug factory.”  The ingredients are few—cold pills, a soda bottle, some common household chemicals.  The method is simple—pills are crushed, then shaken in the bottle with the liquids.  After everything fizzes out, what’s left is a crystalline powder that users smoke, snort or inject.  And there it is: meth-making without the lighting of a single match.

A major plus since cooking it up Breaking Bad-style can sometimes trigger fires, explosions, and the release of byproduct ingredients similar to toxic waste.  But while this “shake-and-bake” method has caused a spiking in meth-related arrests throughout Oklahoma and Missouri, it’s by no means foolproof:

If there is any oxygen at all in the bottle, it has a propensity to make a giant fireball,” said Sgt. Jason Clark of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control.  “You’re not dealing with rocket scientists here anyway.  If they get unlucky at all, it can have a very devastating reaction.  One little mistake, such as unscrewing the bottle cap too fast, can result in a huge blast.”

Thanks, I’ll remember that during my next Palmdale picnic!

Because Big Pharma‘s involved, I find today’s second dose of news more alarming than the first.  While I was thumbing through the latest issue of Parents (I just read it for the articles!), I paused on an ad for the Bristol-Myers Squibb drug, “Abilify,” which seems designed to combat depression, even schizophrenia.

But Abilify’s not some run-of-the-mill anti-depressant like Prozac or Paxil.  No, because “approximately 2 out of 3 (!) people being treated for depression still have unresolved symptoms,” Abilify’s been designed to take ON TOP of those drugs, a supplement to the supplement you’re already taking.  An anti-depressant chaser, if you will!  Oh, Bristol-Myers, you’ve sure got your finger on the pulse of self-medicating America!  But where does it all end—chasers for the chaser?

Of course, the usual disclaimers warning you of the possible meltdown of your bodily functions haunt the Abilify print ad (as well as the following video).  Above all else, these ads warn, “Talk to your doctor.”  Hmm…I’m pretty sure millions of Americans are now finding it utterly depressing to be without heathcare.  Hey, Bristol-Myers: to whom should they be speaking to?!

 
As seen in The Huffington Post: New Do-It-Yourself Meth Formula Flys Under The Radar Of Anti-Drug Laws

Via TWBE: Saddest Calvin And Hobbes Ever!

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.25.2009
04:49 pm
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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: 30 Years of Being Cut Up
08.25.2009
04:46 pm
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INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is pleased to announce 30 YEARS OF BEING CUT UP, a retrospective spanning three decades of collage work by Genesis BREYER P-ORRIDGE…

“30 Years of Being Cut Up” is a three decade retrospective of photomontage and Expanded Polaroids, which includes many works never exhibited before, as well as a sampling of P-Orridge?

Posted by Jason Louv
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08.25.2009
04:46 pm
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Australia, Obscured By (Tubular) Clouds
08.25.2009
01:05 pm
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Evocative of early, apocalypse-prone Peter Weir,

These long, crazy-looking clouds can grow to be 600 miles long and can move at up to 35 miles per hour, causing problems for aircraft even on windless days.  Known as Morning Glory clouds, they appear every fall over Burketown, Queensland, Australia, a remote town with fewer than 200 residents.  A small number of pilots and tourists travel there each year in hopes of ?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.25.2009
01:05 pm
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