Wednesday, July 30, 2003

OK I am in Spain
We are staying in 12th century monastery
It is over the top here
I produced my wine two days ago and used specialy designed labels.
It was a bit of a suspense for me because the labels show torture devices used by Spanish Inquisiton in 16th Century.
I was afraid that they will hate it..LOL
The owner got a bit stiff when he saw it, but my smooth talking friend Paco sailed us out of the trouble..LOL
Today we shot a comercial for my wine which is called The Spanish Blood. I play a vampire who shows up in the young girl bedroom and proceeds to bite and drink her blood.
All very pro, with lights and the crew
In the last shot, I stand with a bottle in my hand and say, Don´t Drink Blood, Drink Wine...LOL
There is a never ending supply of wine and [***] here
We end up in the Church after midnight everyday , fool around and make music and perform.
Last night we did a prformance on 10 cell phones, drums and flamenco dancer. I will perform my dub hymns and songs on Friday in the Church again.The freedom here is the key. If I want to do something like this in Polish or American church
they would lock me up ..LOL
This part of Spain is very intense and has a great vibe.
Bunuel and Goya come from here and the whole area is known for witchcraft and witch I feel home here..LOL



Sunday, July 27, 2003

hello friends in your situations I in mine in Barrytown New York. I am just encountering a shipment of work from Germany delivered to Jess and Josh in Upper Red Hook. I am of two minds now, astonished to see so much of what I did in paper and cloth from more than a year ago, and then, what shall I do with all these objects and panels so I don't have it insinuating on my new works in the space or in my mind. Oh my. I want to send it all to Venice but Emily can't take it right now. I have trouble storing work away.

I want to show these things to us. Maybe the thing to do is open my Barrytown shop to all of you to visit! I'll make an art show and I'll make a soup and we can sit in the back yard and look at the upended tree. It's only 2 hours from New York city. Contact me on the Artist Organized Art common document. Write and visit. It's all here.

the other thing is the Fluxus in Nice, south France for early September. I can take a few things in my bag but we will do alot of performances. Just be sure to show us what you are doing and don't leave it stored forever in a barn somewhere. There is always more where that came from. When I get back from Nice I'll tell you what happened. I have enjoyed reading what people are doing here alot. Clearly Josh has a great idea here.

also, read Walter Benjamin's Arcades.

Saturday, July 26, 2003

What a good timing with the opening of this website!
We, Paco Simon and I, are just practising artist organized art in the Monastery of Veruela, Zaragoza, Spain: we are organizing Cambio Constante IV, a yearly visual arts event in Zaragoza, Spain.
We have invited 15 artists this year, among them Suzy Sureck, who already mentioned the event in her contribution. Also are here Maciej Toporowicz, Hartmut Boehm, Monika Brandmaier, Yaacov Hefetz, Sharif Waked, Christopher Snee, Jon Tarry, Susken Rosenthal, Benoit Maubrey, Sally Gutierrez, Alberto Andres, and now I have to go quick and get from the train station Josip Bace and Bozo Jurjevic.
(...That is what artist organized art really means...) So I will continue tomorrow to tell about the event here and insert some images.
Ginevra Godin

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

The Artist as organizer; as outpost to the only way of pure observation of the moment. This is an energy that has fueled me and many others into action. I began work inputing and organizing all the written texts by and of Lucio Pozzi in 1988 at 142 Greene Street in Soho after meeting him at the School of Visual Arts. Lucio was my earliest mentor as an artist activist, organizer and contemporary renaissance thinker. This is where New Observations was made. The brain child of Lucio and a small group of friends who got together in the early 80s and started making a magazine. It's premise was to invite a different guest editor for each issue. Eventually artists submitted proposals for issues as well. In it's 20 year+ run as an artist organized contemporary art journal it published the voices of thousands of artists nationally and internationally and was a place where "artists speak for themselves." I eventually became the Art Director and General Editor, when Ciri Johnson left around 1990 and Lucio turned the magazine over to the able hands of Diane Karp. Lucio remained very much involved in the publication to the end. I think the last issue came out in the Fall of 2001. I would love to see both Lucio Pozzi and Diane Karp contribute to this site.

The guesture of invitation is a key element of the artist organizer. As with the events of Construction in Process, an artist would invite one other artist to participate. This site and medium is very well suited to the moment and a welcome outlet and container for the artist's voice here and now.

Thank you for inviting me to participate in this exciting venue.
More to come.

Erika Knerr

"When i look at innovations in art (probably elsewhere too) it is clear they occur in artist organized contexts - back into pre-history. I begin to doubt the innovative power of the individual and the innovative power of the corporation. When i dig a little i find an obscured grouping of agents." -- unknown

Artist Organized Art shouldn't be for artist only
That would be a cultural masturbation

Some contemporary organizing artists accept what has been the core objective of socially normal enclosures (perhaps the enclosure of the market makes for "handy" privacy.)

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Artist Organized Art shouldn't be for artist only
That would be a cultural masturbation
Artjacking from dealers seems to be a good idea though..
The Internet showed us a way to distribute content in a different way ( Napster)
The recent trend in building spectacular museums and galleries feels like an end to a certain era. It has a nostalgic feel of the end of empire. It reminds me about days when they built churches. They are all empty now. Why would you care for container so much when it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want?

Monday, July 21, 2003

art does not require anybody.

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Thanks to all for the growing interest and participation. I would like to clarify that while i have facilitated this common document by initiating its container, it belongs to all the contributors from the standpoint of content. So, it's not mine alone. It belongs to all of us. The idea for it is not original. The results that flow out from it may, by contrast, be very original in nature. It's up to you.


Historically, artist organized art has required self awareness since its inception. Globally, its text is written incrementally by the collective actions of its participants. This common document is only a new surface for its pen.

Saturday, July 19, 2003

My first entry to Josh's new and brilliant site:
Just arrived in London from NYC en route to Cambio Constantin 1V in the Monesterio de Veruela near Zaragosa Spain.Nice flight, no sleep, incredible view of sunrise in the east from above the clouds. Soft blues and indescribable golds. Myopia gives way to a kind of vastness when see ing the clouds from their other side.

Cambio Constantin 1V runs from July 25 - August 3.
Updates, details and voices of the artists to follow. You can also check their site @ www.

I've come to Europe 2 weeks early to work on a project with London based Ghanain poet Fiifi Ishmael Annobil. Then to Rhondda Cynon Taft for a wedding of a match that sprang from an artists organized event last year.
A creative start to the month, been drawing and began working on the book in the garden of the October Gallery which is now showing a show of paintings by Peruvian artist Elvis Luna. All seems furtile ground for artist organized, or not so organized creative ventures. In search, for some reason, of feathers I received one from Tadashi and Laurel that travels with me from Brooklyn, another appeared this morning during my run in Regents Park. Maybe more along the route. we'll see what the Welsh winds blow in.
Stay tuned.

Friday, July 18, 2003

An online forum for artists to discuss, review and organize art – amazing that the concept should feel so fresh in the year 2003 – but here it is, a frontier arts community, I imagine it will prove to be another jewel in the crown of our common wealth!

Josh, as I begin planning the upcoming season of my radio program, I look forward to interviewing you re: the genesis and vision of – as we stream live on the internet, those who live out of range of WXBC will still be able to tune in. Broadcast schedule and links will be posted here as the time draws nearer.

It’s always a pleasure to stake a small claim in the territory of information media, so shamefully dominated by corporate interests. I hope I can help facilitate dialogue and provide exposure in any way deemed valuable, and I will follow the development of this community with interest.

-Amber Dawn Buchholz

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

"When i look at innovations in art (probably elsewhere too) it is clear they occur in artist organized contexts - back into pre-history. I begin to doubt the innovative power of the individual and the innovative power of the corporation. When i dig a little i find an obscured grouping of agents." -- unknown

artist versus art market issue?
the way to transcend is to reach a state of grace
the moment that you submerge fully
everywhere and nowhere
it is a moment that is a suspension and extension of a mental and physical properties of your body
it is a disappearance and temporary dissolution
in this point there is no reason to negotiate art versus market strategies
being in flow will abolish everything else
it is not premeditated or even intellectual
perhaps it is the end of art itself
but isn’t the end a beginning also?

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

FF [Franklin Furnace] Alumns Nancy Buchanan, Lenora Champagne, Irina Danilova, Galinsky, Jeff McMahon, Pamela Sneed, Maciej Toporowicz, Jack Waters and Peter Cramer, Nora York, join "Barbara Bush," and MC Reverend Billy. Featuring The Living Theater, Julie Atlas Muz, Jenny Romaine, Jennifer Edwards, Chris Rael, Missy Galore, Karen Jaime, Gecko, Marguerite Van Cook, Steve Wangh, and Renato Rosaldo performing for the Hemispheric Institute's Anti-War, Anti-Empire Cabaret, 9 to 12 PM on Thursday, July 17 at the Kimmel University Center, Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place, 4th floor auditorium. This event will be streamed live at If you are a registered participant in the Hemispheric Institute seminar, the event is free; general admission is $10.00.
"The art market seems to be distracting us from risk taking, human development, collaboration and freedom. When artists work with each other something interesting is bound to occur . . . no more postured genetically modified egocentric mannequins!"

-- Jessica Higgins
back then, while growing up and starting to think in visual terms,
I always looked with envy at people working with sound
there was a certain freedom there
the instant gratification
being in the very present
perhaps the most important was that sound is there and it isn't
it is invocation
it is a potential rather than a content
change is not a choice
so one day I got myself started
since then it is part of my vocabulary
it never leaves me alone
it completely expands your language
to work with sound waves is to travel through universe

Monday, July 14, 2003

Hello from Deep Listening Space in Kingston NY.

Thank you Joshua for your review of the concert with Malcolm Goldstein and I on July 13. Reviewing events is usually missing for the kind of work that we present. It would be great to get a reviewers circle going to make known the extensive music that is happening in the area.

It is good to see this Blog and to be a beginner participant.

Cheers to all.


Malcolm Goldstein and Pauline Oliveros, July 13 '03, Kingston NY

If You Weren't There You Missed Something

Anyone who made it to the Pauline Oliveros Foundation's space at the Rondout in Kingston, yesterday, for the appearance of Malcolm Goldstein was treated to the latest and probably the last word on gestural microtonal development, in a response to the legacy of e.g. Darmstadt, that was the ultimate touché. Goldstein's development of every conceivable expression possibility within the scope of the bow-to-instrument interface left me asking where does the bow end and the violin begin? Likewise, Oliveros' masterful harmonic development techniques intensified the premise of their microtonality which exhausts the research on where composition is bypassed by development at the site of the instrument itself. At times these two masters played with such freedom that one experienced music presented in positive exposure while, freely and suddenly, either performer could flip their expression to inter-negative. It's a rare treat when performance space becomes available to this genre. 

Saturday, July 12, 2003

the ongoing issue is a fragmentation of our cognitive apparatus
attention span melted down to nanoseconds
art versus art market relation is flattened down to pancake
artist is being transformed from seer to gear through boutiqization
i want to hang something in my living room honey... lol
the speed of tech changes make life a wild ride on a wave
god don't let me crash & get creamed & tumble down under
but hej some can manage to get nice and round tubes... lol
thats my boy!
in the end art is an interface between sanity and insanity
the rest is leftover
a madman is not only a beggar who thinks he is a king but also a king who thinks he is a king

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