- “Where are the transmissions coming from? They’re coming from Pittsburgh.”- Videodrome (David Cronenberg, 1983)
- Tonight Light Industry presents Tuning a Deaf Ear, a program of transmissions from Pittsburgh curated by Peggy Ahwesh. From the press release:
…featuring small gauge oddities, punk documents from the late 1970’s, home movies, industrial films of heavy industry and selections from the George Romero nostalgia vault. Playing off a combination of home movies that perform celebrity, performance in the punk underground and role playing in the silent film, this program presents aural and visual interplays and turns the tropes of sensorial convention on its ear: a vampire film by deaf children, a punk documentary, sound problems on the Super-8 mag track, a silent work print version of a sound film.
- Look forward to viewing Miss You, Natalka Voslakov, Super-8, 1979, 3 mins, Nosferatu in WPSD, Super-8, 1979, 18 mins, Debt Begins at 20, Stephanie Beroes, 16mm, 1980, 40 mins, The Beach Bunnies at the Electric Banana, Peggy Ahwesh, Super-8, 1980, 10 mins
- Last year’s Art Fag City emerging artist Julia Weist organizes a special reading this Thursday at Sarah Melzer Gallery titled Sexy Librarian: In Conclusion, the finale of the artist’s project documenting the successes and failures of her romance novel Sexy Librarian.
- Participants in the event will read rejections, statistics, correspondence, and reviews related to the book, further enriching the narrative of its conception and publication. Contributers to look forward to seeing include B. Blagojevic editor of ArtCal zine, artist, writer, and founding member of Platform for Pedagody, Tyler Coburn, artist, editor for ArtReview and staff writer for Rhizome, Ellen Lupton, author, designer and tireless Curator of Design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and JoÃ£o Ribas, curator at The Drawing Center in New York and writer. For a full list of contributers click here.
- In next week’s news, Art Fag City friend Jeanette Doyle will be featured in the New Media project room as part of The Promised Land, a video art exhibition about the consequences of Globalism. “[body (orient)]” documents the journey from the site of the executions in Tiananmen Square to the ‘civilizing’ site of the Beijing Art Fair. The audio element is directly taken from Sidney Lumet’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, which itself comprises of the fictional ‘record’ of a bunch of ‘foreigners’ being transported and interrogated in transit.”
- Prompted by a lecture artist Marcin Ramocki was asked to give at the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, Ramocki put together what is now a 13 page document on surf clubs. The document provides information ranging from the most basic observations about surf clubs and to much more complex structures. In particular, I liked the observations in section 4.5, which describe how communication works on these blogs (ie, posting organized content by a challenger, and its decoding by other participants). Ramocki’s lecture is pretty much an essential web document on surfing clubs, so I anticipate discussing it a greater length on the blog.