Saturday, March 31, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
For old times sake I include this 10 minute interview with The Doors. Obviously intelligent people, it is interesting to hear Jim talk in a rational and very unhyped way about the shamanism that so many attribute to his image.
Jim Morrison and Ray Manzerek do most of the talking in this 10 minute cut of an interview with band taken in 1969. Jim wears shades throughout the interview and seems knocked out or up on something. They talk eloquently and with very considered response to the interviewer about their thoughts over many various topics. They talk about their thoughts on comparisons that have been suggested between their music and rock concerts becoming religious or spiritual experiences for the Youth of America at the time.
Note, the interesting response of Jim Morrison suggesting that he can see a time where concerts will be given by one man with a lot of machines.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Three furiously full-on years from the eco-war of the mid 90's. featuring treetop and rooftop action from Claremont Road, Newbury, Solsbury Hill, Reclaim the Streets... where we became "more possible than they could powerfully imagine". Edited by Neil Goodwin. Shot by scores of video activists. Music by Coldcut and Outerbongolia.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
MORE DECEPTION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Attorney Misleads Public About “Danger” of Harmless Bacteria in Case of Professor Kurtz
March 13, 2007, Buffalo, NY—Today, in response to a local news report featuring a YouTube video about the Orwellian case of internationally acclaimed artist and SUNYBuffalo Professor Steven Kurtz, U.S. Attorney Terry Flynn deceived Buffalo viewers.Flynn claimed on WGRZ-TV News that the Department of Justice is pursuing charges against Kurtz because harmless bacteria used in his art were “dangerous,” “not available to the general public,” and that Kurtz had “misled investigators.”
These outrageous allegations fly in the face of the prosecution’s own admission sin court, of the charges against Kurtz, and of scientific consensus about the harmless nature of Serratia marcescens, Bacillus subtilis, and gut Ecoli. The three bacteria were used in Kurtz’s participatory science-theater performances with Critical Art Ensemble, an art and theater group Kurtz co-founded in 1987 with hiswife Hope Kurtz. Prior to Kurtz’s detention he and Critical Art Ensemble had safely used these bacteria in performances and projects at many of the world’smost important cultural institutions, including the London Museum of Natural History, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, the London ICA, The New Museum in NYC, the Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, and many others.
The bacteria cultures, frequently used by science hobbyists and in classrooms, are available from most science supply outlets and require no license or government authorization to obtain. These bacteria are not restricted by law, and are not governed by any government regulations. The prosecution admitted this in a pre-trial hearing on May 17, 2005 under questioning by Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder.
The other claim, that Kurtz mislead investigators, is also completely false. Kurtz cooperated with investigators until advised by his attorney to stop. Kurtz has not been charged with lying to the FBI or obstruction of justice.
CONTINUED PUBLIC PRESSURE CRITICAL: In order to counter the ongoing smear campaign by the Department of Justice (DoJ),the CAE Defense Committee has launched a new education fund. The CAE Education Fundwill focus on producing and distributing information to the public that is factual and grounded in the realities of the case, as well as on creating other opportunities and events that will explain how supporters can help and how to keep public pressure on the DoJ. The current corruption scandal in which the DoJ has been transformed by the Bush administration into a conservative political enforcement agency makes such action more necessary than ever.
BACKGROUND TO THE CASE: As detailed in the short film “Steve Kurtz Waiting”, Kurtz’s surreal nightmare began when his wife of 20 years died of heart failure. Medics arrived, became suspicious of Kurtz’s art, and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected "bioterrorist" as dozens of agents in hazmat suits sifted through his work and impounded his computers, manuscripts, books, his cat, and even his wife’s body. Today Kurtz and his long-time science consultant Dr. Robert Ferrell, former Chair of the Genetics Department at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, face up to 20 years in jail on trumped-up “mail fraud” and“wire fraud” charges.
For more information about the case, please visit http://www.caedefensefund.org/.
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CONTACT: media @ caedefensefund.org
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Baraka is a 1992 non-narrative documentary film directed by Ron Fricke. The title Baraka means blessing in a multitude of languages, deriving from the Arabic بركة, descending from a common Semitic ancestor and cognate to the Hebrew Berakhah.
The film is often compared to Koyaanisqatsi, the first of the Qatsi films by Godfrey Reggio for which Fricke was cinematographer. Baraka was the first film in over twenty years to be photographed in the 70mm Todd-AO format, and the first film ever to be restored and scanned at 8K resolution.
Demeure du Chaos
An artist has turned a coaching inn near Lyon into a warzone - all in the name of art.
French artist Thierry Ehrmann has turned a 17th century coaching inn in near Lyon into a warzone.
The outside walls are daubed with portraits of Osama bin Laden and Iran's president, while the swimming pool inside is filled with fake blood.