Friday, April 25, 2008

Friday Downstreams (anaxagorillaballirogaxana)

Ron English,

Video: POPaganda: The Art and Subversion of Ron English

It's interesting reading entries about Ron English on the net, he is given a negative tone even by wikipedia:

One aspect of his work involves 'liberating' commercial billboards with his own messages. Frequent targets of his work include Joe Camel, McDonalds, and Mickey Mouse. Ron English can be considered the "celebrated prankster father of agit-pop", who wrangles carefully created corporate iconographies so that they are turned upside down, and are used against the very corporation they are meant to represent. Ron English has also painted several album covers including The Dandy Warhols album cover "Welcome to the Monkey House". Some of his paintings are also used in Morgan Spurlock's documentary Super Size Me.

Other sources describe English' work as "billboard-liberation antics" and "an artist who offers an alternative universe where nothing is sacred, everything is subverted and there's always room for a little good-natured fun."
Why is it so difficult to understand that spending your way to happiness is not for everyone and junk food, sweatshop produced clothes, war, environmental destruction, and poverty are not good? Back to our regularly programed scheduale..........

And the best of the downloadable and streamed media for this week found by myself while trawling the tubes of net

Its Just a Plant
An illustrated children's book (partly available online) about marijuana. It follows the journey of a young girl as she learns about the plant from a diverse cast of characters including her parents, a local farmer, a doctor, and a police officer.

Double Happiness
all asian photo-op interrupted by oblivious asian walking crew.
I have no idea what this website is about but I do find it strangely interesting.
Dadaesque even.

Brian Amsterdam Live Ambient Set 02-29-08 NYC
February 29, 2008. Performed with a sampler and a macbook. Arpeggiated synthesizer drones over frequency bends, tied together with breakbeats and ethereal vocals.A disposable composition titled "Speculating Into The Minds of The Dead" arranged on the morning of the performance. Enjoy.

Rhizome on Vimeo
New videos from the Rhizome online artbase. Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Recent videos include, Continuing Education for Dead Adults and 5 videos from Nextcity: Art of the Possible.

The first issue of 'eartrip', a new magazine focussing on jazz and experimental musics. In this issue, there are articles on jazz blogs, on New York bassist and composer William Parker, on the recent collaboration between Anthony Braxton and Cecil Taylor, and on free improvisation, as well as extensive album and gig review sections, and an interview with British jazz pioneers Mike and Kate Westbrook. The magazine is available, in PDF Format, by going to the download link below:
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The Complete Works of Charles Darwin Online
This is incredible. Darwin's private papers online - the largest publication of Darwin's papers in history

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