Duane Michaels

I brought my class to listen to Duane Michaels in Shelley Rice’s class. I took a workshop with him in 1976 in Arles. I remember him being the bright light in the workshop in the way he was not afraid to say anything and he is doing that now. Talking about art as part of life and what things feel like – passion.

Some great things he is saying

• You have to do things that come into your head.
• I like surprises, wit, imagination
• The Art World and the World of Art are not the same.
• If I have idea on Monday, I have it done by Friday.
• To make it great, you have to make mistakes
• Photographs become more interesting when you annotate them. It is bullshit that you can ‘capture’ something. what we know about is ourselves – our anger, etc. We are afraid to show them.
• ‘Things are Queer’ – don’t tell me what I know.

Marina Abramovic

A collection of links I have read, looked at, listened to, and re-visted about Marina Abramovic

MOMA exhibition site

Flickr Gallery: photos by Marco Anelli

MOMA blog: Marina Abramovic

Times Topics: Marina Abramovic

Sitting with Marina by Arthur Danto
follow up post, On Art, Action, and Meaning

Marina Abramovic and Ulay, Imponderabilia, 1977. (Excerpt)
very few smiles and most face Marina.

Marina Abramovic Webcam Captures by Dimitri Chrysanthopoulos

The World Just Cannot Get Over Marina Abramovic from Jezebel

The Anxiety of Influence – BOMBLOG A doppleganger creates her own performance by sitting all day dressed as Marina.

Info @ Sean Kelly Gallery

ArtForum diary report of celebratory dinner at MOMA by Linda Yablonsky

Yvonne Rainer inspires me

Yvonne Rainer‘s first film, Hand Movie, was shot by fellow dancer William Davis when Rainer was confined to a hospital bed, recovering from major surgery and unable to dance. The resulting five minutes of footage is a sustained close-up shot of Rainer’s hand against a grey background as it stretches and contracts, bends and points, performing the kinds of everyday, quotidian movements that characterize her pioneering minimalist choreography. watch on ubweb.

Links, Links, Links

Museu d’Art Contemorani de Barcelona publication and exhbition links


William Pope L., How Much is that Nigger in the Window
Franklin Furnace 1991

CECUT Project 
Krzysztof Wodiczko, Adam Whiton, Sung Ho Kim

The purpose was to use progressive technology to give voice and visibility to the women who work in the “maquiladora” industry in Tijuana. We designed a headset that integrated a camera and a microphone allowing the wearer to move while keeping the transmitted image in focus. The headset was connected to two projectors and loudspeakers that transmitted the testimonies live.  read more