The Washington Color School was a visual-art movement that was centered in Washington D.C. from the late 1950s to the late 1960s. The work was a form of abstraction that developed from color field painting, as exemplified by the work of Mark Rothko and Helen Frankenthaler. Continue reading The Washington Color School, Pt1
Professor Glenn D. Wilson of Gresham College discusses the links between creativity and mental illness. 42 min.
November 3, 1973
Stadthalle, Vienna (Austria)
Miles Davis (tpt, org); Dave Liebman (ss, ts, fl); Pete Cosey (g, perc); Reggie Lucas (g); Michael Henderson (el-b); Al Foster (d); James Mtume Forman (cga, perc)
from Les Blank’s 1976 documentary, Chulas Fronteras about norteño conjunto music, played along both sides of the Mexico-Texas border.
Artist Carolee Schneeman began work on her film Fuses in 1964, eventually finishing it 1967. Her performance piece, Meat Joy had been performed in Paris and NYC at the Judson Church the same year, along with her constructions Native Beauties (1962–64), Music Box Music (1964), Pharaoh’s Daughter (1966) and Her Letter to Lou Andreas Salome (1965). Continue reading Carolee Schneemann :: Fuses (1967) film/video, 22 min.
from the album: Sugar, Alcohol & Meat, The Dial-A-Poem Poets, 1980
Last week, we were treated to a new album release from Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions, Until The Hunter. The new album breaks a seven-year silence from Hope’s last recording with the Warm Inventions. Joining her on vocals this time around is Warm Inventions member, Colm O Ciosoig of My Bloody Valentine. Continue reading New Release-Hope Sandoval And The Warm Inventions :: Until The Hunter
Here’s some very fine pop, of the euro persuasion. And I can’t help but notice the parallels between her plaintive voix and that of Laetitia Sadier/Stereolab. France’s Laure Briard released this song this past July.
And fyi- a new single and video, “Dreams” dropped today.
The Tibetan Book Of The Dead is a documentary, produced by The National Film Board of Canada in 1994. It explains The Bardo Thodol, Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State, referred to in the west as The Tibetan Book Of The Dead. The close to 700 year-old text, composed in the 8th century is a text from a larger corpus of teachings, the Profound Dharma of Self-Liberation through the Intention of the Peaceful and Wrathful Ones. The text is intended to guide a deceased person through the experiences that his or her consciousness faces in the bardo, the interval between their death and their next rebirth. Continue reading Documentary: The Tibetan Book Of The Dead (narrated by Leonard Cohen)
In Search of Wabi Sabi is a BBC Documentary in which novelist & broadcaster Marcel Theroux travels across Japan, attempting to understand the japanese aesthetic theory, Wabi Sabi.
Wabi-sabi (侘寂) represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin ), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō ), suffering (苦 ku ) and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū ).Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. – wikipedia