June 20th, 2006

Chris Keeley

David Choe got arrested for punching out an undercover detective in Tokyo in December of 2004

David improvised materials out of whatever he could scrape together in his tiny cell, including soy sauce and his own urine.

http://www.tinyvices.com/david_choe.html

Drawings by an American in a Japanese prison

David Choe "David Choe got arrested for punching out an undercover detective in Tokyo in December of 2004. Then he spent four months in solitary confinement in a Japanese prison. Deprived of his usual drawing and painting tools, David improvised materials out of whatever he could scrape together in his tiny cell, including soy sauce and his own urine." Link (NSFW) 









http://www.davidchoe.com/

Chris Keeley

He said that he had sought treatment for his problems and that he had not used drugs in the last 18

Bridgeport Mayor Admits to Substance Abuse

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., June 20 — John M. Fabrizi, the mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest city, admitted publicly today that he had abused drugs and alcohol since becoming mayor in April 2003. "I have put this personal struggle behind me," he said in an emotional news conference at City Hall, "and it has never affected my job performance."

He said that he had sought treatment for his problems and that he had not used drugs in the last 18 months. He added that he stopped drinking entirely about four months ago.
 
CHRIS WRITES: DRINKING IS DRUGS!!! - Club MED
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Chris Keeley

Possi's Contortion Site is an amazing collection of photos

contortion, extreme flexibility, dance, gymnastics, very flexible and double-jointed fitness models, cheerleading, yoga, circus and acrobatics

http://www.possic.de/



Contortionists galore

 Zlata1 Images 050721 0174 Possi's Contortion Site is an amazing collection of photos and links involving "contortion, extreme flexibility, dance, gymnastics, very flexible and double-jointed fitness models, cheerleading, yoga, circus and acrobatics." There's so much to see that there's bound to be something here that someone thinks is NSFW.
Link (via Tiny Nibbles)

Chris Keeley

Jindrich Streit

Czech documentary photographer Jindrich Streit

http://www.amber-online.com/gallery/exhibition194/index.html

The Village is a Global World -

The Village is a Global World

Jindrich Streit... The Village is a Global World. "...These photographs are drawn form the work of Czech documentary photographer Jindrich Streit, produced during his visit to South West Durham in Spring 1995. He was invited to offer an outsider's eye on villages, which have lost their original, mining-related, identity. Since the West Durham pit closures of the 60s and 70s, villages like Bearpark, Witton Park and Tow Law have experienced a slow transition towards an uncertain future. Rookhope, towards the top of Weardale, is experiencing a similar fate after its lead and fluorspar mining past ended during the same period."

Chris Keeley

DaDa

Max Ernst, in 1924, who best fulfilled the Surrealist's mandate

Max Ernst... Two Children Are Threatened by a Nightingale (1924. Oil on wood with painted wood elements and frame). 

http://www.moma.org/collection/printable_view.php?object_id=79293

Max Ernst. Two Children Are Threatened by a Nightingale. 1924

Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006

Made in 1924, the year of Surrealisms founding, Ernst described this work as "the last consequence of his [sic] early collages—and a kind of farewell to a technique..." He later gave two possible autobiographical references for the nightingale: the death of his sister in 1897, and a fevered hallucination he recalled in which the wood grain of a panel near his bed took on "successively the aspect of an eye, a nose, a birds head, a menacing nightingale, a spinning top, and so on."

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the Velvet Revolution

exclusively devoted to a system established in the sphere of the former Soviet Union

http://www.muzeumkomunismu.cz/

 



The Museum of Communism in Prague. "...This is the first museum in Prague (since the Velvet Revolution) exclusively devoted to a system established in the sphere of the former Soviet Union. The original items and meticulous installations containing authentic artefacts will be displayed in the three main rooms, while the adjacent projection room will provide a space for regular film screenings, educational activities, occasional lectures and temporary displays pertaining to the subject of the permanent exhibition.

Chris Keeley

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Radiohead


FINE TUNING
by SASHA FRERE-JONES
Reassessing Radiohead.
Issue of 2006-06-26
Posted 2006-06-19

Radiohead doesn’t sell as many records as some other major rock groups, like Coldplay or U2, but it has hundreds of thousands of fans in the United States, who have stuck by the band for fourteen years—even though the spacious, colorfully ambient music that the group has been making lately is unlike the traditional guitar rock it débuted with. Last year, Spin voted Radiohead’s 1997 album, “OK Computer,” the No. 1 album of the past twenty years, and this month readers of NME, the influential British weekly, voted it the fourth-best album of all time, behind Oasis’s “Definitely Maybe” and two Beatles albums. “OK Computer” is this generation’s “Dark Side of the Moon”—complex and catchy songs surrounded by wobbly, atmospheric music that suggests that the band is up to more than fans will ever figure out, even if they listen to the album every day. I seem to know about a hundred of these fans, and they constantly urge me to give the band a chance. Until recently, I hadn’t seen much point in doing so.
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Chris Keeley

ACID REDUX

The life and high times of Timothy Leary

ACID REDUX
by LOUIS MENAND
The life and high times of Timothy Leary.
Issue of 2006-06-26
Posted 2006-06-19

The good Lord—or maybe it was natural selection, but, when you look at the outcome, how plausible is that, really?—gave us, in addition to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field, the fantastic variety of fungi with which we share this awesome planet: yeasts, rusts, mildews, mushrooms, and molds. Among them is ergot, a fungus that destroys cereal grasses, particularly rye, and that, when eaten, can cause hallucinations. Ergot is the natural source of lysergic acid, from which lysergic acid diethylamide is readily synthesized—LSD. What purpose, divine or adaptive, this substance might serve was once the subject of a learned debate that engaged scientists, government officials, psychiatrists, intellectuals, and a few gold-plated egomaniacs. Timothy Leary was one of the egomaniacs.

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Chris Keeley

he was anti-feeling, a dandy of pure cerebration who was devoted to the simple pleasures of games, s

Dada at MOMA

by PETER SCHJELDAHL
Dada at MOMA.
Issue of 2006-06-26
Posted 2006-06-19

What was Dada? What it still is: a word—“hobbyhorse,” in French. Baby talk. Supposedly plucked at random from a dictionary by a coterie of war-evading young writers and artists in Zurich in 1916, “dada” was a two-syllable nonsense poem and a craftily meaningless slogan, signalling a rejection of grownup seriousness at a time when grownups by the million were shooting one another to pieces on the Western Front for reasons that rang ever more hollow. Reason itself was made the scapegoat. “Let us try for once not to be right,” the group’s most influential founder, the Romanian poet Tristan Tzara, urged in a quieter passage of one of his careening manifestos. Dada spread like a chain letter among disaffected bohemians after the war. Wired to self-destruct—“The true Dadas are against Dada,” Tzara enjoined—it was over by 1924, succeeded by imperatives, like those of Surrealism and Constructivism, to be revolutionary in more focussed, even grownup, ways. It wasn’t much of an art movement, though “Dada,” an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, tries hard to make it seem so. (The show originated at the Pompidou Center, in Paris, where it was larger and far more literary in emphasis.) Dada was a publicity movement.

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Chris Keeley

DaDa Drug

Dada was and remains a drug, of the hallucinogenic type. What young self-styled bohemian of the past ninety years hasn't got at least briefly high on it?