to Jonas from Carol

Jonas-

Why 70’s?  The music I included in the 1st group of singles posted is
from the late 40’s through the 80’s.  Nothing more recent than that was
included because of possible copyright issues and those wouldn’t nec.
be legal, but more about being rude to friends in the music ‘scene’
here.

Nothing earlier because subsequent posts are scheduled to include those
eras.

Thanks for the Cautionary Tale via Hollywood.  But the safety of
nostalgia is found only in its epicenter.  I enjoy roving the borders
of history’s fictitious havens where the potential force is stronger
than a barricaded mob.

Nostalgia is, after all the whore of a failing empire.  Ask Louis
Farrakhan.

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My problem with community art

After Kevin and Kirsten came to visit us in Detroit and we talked about art I wrote this piece
that will be published in Proximity magazine and was published in LA too…

It is called
“My (The) Problem with community art…and why Williiam Burroughs eat Superflex any day of the week”

enjoy!!!!

http://newstrategiesdmc.blogspot.com/2011/07/my-problem-with-community-artand-why.html


Kama Sutra and Muscle Memory

Here are some general ideas about art from other blogs that I stand by…

Kama Sutra theory vs actually FUCKING!!!

I totally agree with this statement and general attitude of my brotherman Chris in his blog below….

“And if you don’t make things, you don’t understand shit about what life is all about. Well, that’s how I see it, at least.”

I am also making drawings again, and it feels so GOOD!
Some Rietveld student said that another teacher had said (don’t know who)

“There is no art without some kind of craft or skill connected to it”
Even thinking has a system connected to it that you can “get better” at.

But to involve your BODY and sweat into your practise is SOOOO important, there is so much knowledge & wisdom hidden in there.

The Americans talk about “muscle memory”, meaning the skills to drive cars or play tennis, or bike around. For you to get good at those things, knowledge HAS to move from the brain to the muscles.

It is something that interests me enormously and is often why I think purely conceptual art is often missing a certain type of (body) wisdom.

BRANIACS!!!!

By the way…is Arnon Grunberg a good writer, isn’t he just a good thinker, or is that something else…I guess it is?
I guess you could be a good speaker (Obama). It doesn’t automatically make you a good writer. Can you trust DJs who can’t or even worse WON”T dance???!!! I don’t think so.

Could you become a good lover by just studying Kama Sutra theory?

HEHEHEHE
“Performing the Social” is a especially apt title to this text!
Is that blues code speak for “the old in & out”?


Jonas – Selina

 


To Iris and Carol

Love the music, especially Herbie Hancock and the calypso singer called Lil Lois Farrakhan.
But nothing younger than the 70′s why is that?

Are these post from both of you or mostly from Iris, if it was Iris I would like to ask, why
only old?

I am a big fan of your work and could also see a link to the art you make, also seems
to hoover around the 70′s…Black Panthers, afro’s and so on…

and I just watched Woody Allens “Midnight in Paris”, which I guess had the message
“watch out for nostalgia, there might be hot chicks (or guys in your case) right in front of you selling you cole porter records that you forget about, when you go after memories of times, women and artists long gone”.

There is of course a certain amount of safety in nostalgia.


more blogs

Here are other blogs I do if anyone is interested…

http://www.fatform.com

http://www.fffuck.org

and this one about life as an AIR guy in Detroit.

http://newstrategiesdmc.blogspot.com


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