Archive for December, 2012

Quote of the day: YEAR IN REVIEW

December 9, 2012

YEAR IN REVIEW

What was 2012’s defining cultural moment or phenomenon?
Nothing I saw or read approached the Republican-primary debates. I still can’t get over front-runner Michele Bachmann, and then front-runner Rick Perry, and then front-runner Newt Gingrich, and then front-runner Little Ricky Santorum … These stumblebums, along with that dwarf among dwarves, Mitt Romney, nonetheless haunted my dreams.

— David Edelstein, New York

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Culture Vulture: Ann Hamilton’s THE EVENT OF A THREAD at Park Avenue Armory

December 9, 2012
Ann Hamilton's art installation "the event of a thread" has taken over the Park Avenue Armory between now and January 6. A gigantic white curtain bisects the space, rising and falling and billowing in response to the movements of audience members swinging on 42 swings hung from the ceiling.

Ann Hamilton’s art installation “the event of a thread” has taken over the Park Avenue Armory between now and January 6. A gigantic white curtain bisects the space.

The curtain rises and falls and billows in response to the movements of audience members swinging on 42 swings hung from the ceiling.

The curtain rises and falls and billows in response to the movements of audience members swinging on 42 swings hung from the ceiling.

Just inside the entrance, two actors from Anne Bogart's SITI company sit at a table reading to carrier pigeons in cages.

Just inside the entrance, two actors from Anne Bogart’s SITI company sit at a table reading to carrier pigeons in cages.

The two performers are reading different philosophical Gertrude Steinian texts, both printed out on long scrolls. (click on the picture to enlarge and read it for yourself)

The two performers are reading different philosophical Gertrude Steinian texts, both printed out on long scrolls. (click on the picture to enlarge and read it for yourself)

What they're reading into the microphones is broadcast to 42 transistor radios inside paper bags that the audience can carry anywhere in the space.

What they’re reading into the microphones is broadcast to 42 transistor radios inside paper bags that the audience can carry anywhere in the space.

A popular activity is to lie on the floor looking up at the curtain with the murmuring radio/bag nearby. This is my friend David Haiman -- he's the one who suggested we check out the show between dress rehearsal and our gamelan concert at the Indonesian Consulate on E. 68th Street.

A popular activity is to lie on the floor looking up at the curtain with the murmuring radio/bag nearby. This is my friend David Haiman — he’s the one who suggested we check out the show between dress rehearsal and our gamelan concert at the Indonesian Consulate on E. 68th Street.

At the other end of the space, another performer is sitting with her back to the curtain writing nonstop, reflecting on what's happening and free-associating. The sound of her pencil scratching can also be heard over the radio broadcast.

At the other end of the space, another performer is sitting with her back to the curtain writing nonstop, reflecting on what’s happening and free-associating. The sound of her pencil scratching can also be heard over the radio broadcast.

No such thing as writer's block for her!

No such thing as writer’s block for her!

Of course I took a turn on a swing!

Of course I took a turn on a swing!

Twenty minutes before the show ends every day, a soprano comes out onto a balcony over the entrance and sings a song composed for the occasion by David Lang. Beautiful show! More fun that "Discovering Columbus" and right up there with the best audience-participation installations in MOMA's atrium.

Twenty minutes before the show ends every day, a soprano comes out onto a balcony over the entrance and sings a song composed for the occasion by David Lang. Beautiful show! More fun than “Discovering Columbus” and right up there with the best audience-participation installations in MOMA’s atrium.

Quote of the day: ENLIGHTENED CAPITALISM

December 6, 2012

ENLIGHTENED CAPITALISM

Profit without purpose is a recipe for disaster. It’s us, human beings, we the people, who create the society we want, not profit. It is increasingly apparent that the absence of purpose – or of a moral language – within government, media, or business, could become one of the most dangerous goals for capitalism and for freedom….Independence from regulation and the freedom we need to innovate and grow is only democratically viable when we accept that we have a responsibility to each other and not just to our bottom line. Profit must be our servant, not our master.

— Elizabeth Murdoch

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In this week’s New Yorker

December 6, 2012

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Three fine long stories:

* the great art writer Calvin Tomkins’ profile of Laurie Simmons, not skirting her complicated relationship with her now-famous daughter, Lena Dunham (of Girls fame);

* Rachel Aviv’s fascinating and extremely informative article on gay teens in New York City, “Netherland,” mostly following a young lesbian from central Florida named Samantha; and

* “The Heiress,” Ken Auletta’s in-depth report on Elizabeth Murdoch, daughter of Rupert, who is married to someone from another famous family (Matthew Freud, great-grandson of you-know-who). A passage I liked “Rupert Murdoch, who is eighty-one, abhors the gossip about his successor. Like Charles de Gaulle, he cannot imagine death knocking on his door. He maintains a careful diet, works out with a trainer, and reminds people that his mother, Dame Elisabeth, is a hundred and three years old. ‘When the Queen Mum died, at one hundred and one,’ Roger Ailes recalls, ‘I said to Rupert, “She had a good run.”‘ Murdoch replied, ‘I’d call it an early death.’ ”

Plus some amazing images in the arts listings and an extra-good cartoon:

illo of experimental pop band Black Moth Super Rainbow by Daniel Krall

illo of experimental pop band Black Moth Super Rainbow by Daniel Krall

instagram cartoon fosso                                    Samuel Fosso’s photo “Le Chef Qui A Vendu l’Afrique aux Colons”

Quote of the day: LOVE

December 5, 2012

LOVE

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