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"Half the reason we called ourselves Radiohead is because we see a lot of people who just receives information and theres a huge gap in-between this receiving information and partaking in the creative process and being a creative person. Ive always thought that the two should just flow into each other." - Thom Yorke ———— Source

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Taryn Simon - The Picture Collection 

Taryn Simon’s recent project The Picture Collection exposed the complexities, arbitrariness and chance inherent in the archive’s codes through her work in the

New York Picture Library. The archive, which holds 1.2million images taken from secondary sources and is organised into a complex cataloguing system of over 12,000 subject headings, was Simon’s material for investigation in the work. Selecting categories such as ‘Chiaroscuro, Handshaking, Haircombing, Express Highways, Financial Panics, Israel, and Beards and Moustaches she then overlapped the presented images so that only fragments were visible. For example, the word ‘Veil’ produced a series of incongruous images of women in bridal wear and burkhas, producing a visually inconsistent composite that served to undermine the reliability of the cataloguing system.

From Line Magazine  - Edition: The Pleasure Of The File 

We are made to connect. Eyes to see, hands to feel, hearts to love - Chris Dean

The point is not to find your own voice, the point is to get rid of it and construct bridges with the unknown - Phillip Glass

Crossing borders means becoming an other, whether it means becoming an outsider in new territory or coming to understand yourself within another social structure. Crossing borders is a form of dialogue and measure in destabilising patterns of inequity" - Alyssa Hutton

We always supposed something would give us a definition of who we really were, our class position or our national position, our geographic origins or where our grandparents came from, but I don’t think any one thing any longer will tell us who we areStuart Hall

Les Statues Meurent Aussi

Director: Alain Resnais & Chris Marker

Narrator - Jean Négroni
Music - Guy Bernard

Description: Statues Also Die traces the devastating impact of French colonialism on African art. As Resnais’ co-director, Chris Marker, stated, “We want to see their suffering, serenity, humor, even though we don’t know anything about them.” Their film shows what happens when art loses its connection to a culture. Consequently it was banned in France for 12 years.

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Statues Also Die (French: Les Statues meurent aussi) is a 1953 French essay film directed by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais, about historical African art and the effects colonialism has had on how it is perceived. The film won the 1954 Prix Jean Vigo. Because of its criticism of colonialism, the second half of the film was censored in France until the 1960s.

Synopsis

The film exhibits a series of sculptures, masks and other traditional art from Sub-Saharan Africa. The images are frequently set to music and cut to the music’s pace. The narrator focuses on the emotional qualities of the objects, and discusses the perception of African sculptures from a historical and contemporary European perspective. Only occasionally does the film provide the geographical origin, time period or other contextual information about the objects. The idea of a dead statue is explained as a statue which has lost its original significance and become reduced to a museum object, similarly to a dead person who can be found in history books. Interweaved with the objects are a few scenes of Africans performing traditional music and dances, as well as the death of a disemboweled gorilla.
During the last third of the film, the modern commercialisation of African culture is problematised. The film argues that colonial presence has compelled African art to lose much of its idiosyncratic expression, in order to appeal to Western consumers. A mention is made of how African currencies previously had been replaced by European. In the final segment, the film comments on the position of black Africans themselves in contemporary Europe and North America. Footage is seen from a Harlem Globetrotters basketball show, of the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, and a jazz drummer intercut with scenes from a confrontation between police and labour demonstrators. Lastly the narrator argues that we should regard African and European art history as one inseparable human culture.

Wikipedia

A Stream of Conciousness by Spike Raquette……the cunt

Where nothing is like it should be or ever will be or ever has been
Where everything should and could and would and where you wouldn’t but you would and you should but you shouldn’t though you could and you couldn’t
Where coffee is clay and day is night and day, night AND day I say! Dodilodiday
Where the peasant has power and the precious pristine powder of the priest pollutes the prickled pickle of Parnassus. The particle of Parnassus! It’s another story, it’s another story the particle of Parnassus. Listen audience the particle of Parnassus is a complete other story. …That I will not tell tonight.

Where snot is spit, spit is sperm and sperm… is… is, sperm is, sperm is. IN THE LIFE OF SPIKE, SPERM IS!

In that world… there is… a garden and it’s not the one of Eden. Not the one of Eden! 

Audience, it’s the garden… WITHIN THESE FOUR WALLS! WITHIN THESE FOUR WALLS!!!
My garden! Made out of sofas… and things.
With…
With a table! LOOK A TABLE! And a chair and look!
Look into it!
WITH A MICROSPOPE CALEIDOSCOPE, LOOK INTO IT, WITH A TELESCOPE, LOOK IN TO IT!
Look into this life
And be amazed
Be embarrassed
Look for truth and lies, lies that lay under the lies, that lay, that lay under the floor and swim, swim through reality, swim all over reality
Drowns reality in itself!
Welcome to that life.
The well-spoken, well-written, well off and well bored …Spike Raquette
Where molding is healing
Where everything grows to great… gherkins! Great Great Gherkins! Gherkins made out of gold!
Where the sofa has a scent of sentimentality and sincere, severe self-pity
Where space and time…
Where space and time tend to send… tend to shine…
Terror on each other…
Send terror towards each other!
SEND TERROR TOWARDS EACH OTHER. WHERE TIME AND SPACE TEND TO SEND TERROR AND WAR UPON, AGAINST EACH OTHER!

Chantal Akerman - News from Home (1976)
News from Home is a film about a newcomer to New York - Akerman herself - which conveys brilliantly her slightly estranged visual excitement in the city. The film consists of carefully set up long takes with a fixed camera. For one sequence, she placed a camera in a subway car opposite the sliding doors. The train arrives at the station where the doors part to reveal a chance composition of pillars and people on the platform. The doors slide shut and the process is repeated several times. The filmmaker obviously hopes that at each stop the doors will frame a striking composition, but she has no way of controlling the outcome.
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————The gap between intention     and     outcome 
(lolz that spacing is daft as fook)

Chantal Akerman - News from Home (1976)

News from Home is a film about a newcomer to New York - Akerman herself - which conveys brilliantly her slightly estranged visual excitement in the city. The film consists of carefully set up long takes with a fixed camera. For one sequence, she placed a camera in a subway car opposite the sliding doors. The train arrives at the station where the doors part to reveal a chance composition of pillars and people on the platform. The doors slide shut and the process is repeated several times. The filmmaker obviously hopes that at each stop the doors will frame a striking composition, but she has no way of controlling the outcome.

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————The gap between intention     and     outcome 

(lolz that spacing is daft as fook)

What kind of art does Derek Horton like?

Taken from the timeline of me friend Derek. Writer/Artist/Owner of Leeds Gallery &Model 

"After being asked by an art student visitor to &Model the other day what our curating policy was, I said, "we show what we like!" - "Yes", she said, "but what do you like?" I’ve been thinking about that. So, here’s my answer. I like work that is: funny - incisive - crafted - knowing - informed more than informative - conscious of its relationship with the rest of the (non-art) world - as sharp, clean and elegant as it can be or as rough, dirty and awkward as it can be (not some half-arsed in between) - still funny the second time around - devoid of explanation - not up itself …" 

Derek Horton 

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AN ANT MILL

An ant mill is an observed phenomenon in which a group of army ants separated from the main foraging party lose the pheromone track and begin to follow one another, forming a continuously rotating circle. The ants, caught within this loop eventually tire themselves to exhaustion and die.

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