Archive for August, 2008

Musea E-mail Club #441: Art Olympics

August 26, 2008

The Olympics are over. It was an event that I enjoyed watching a lot. But each time it comes around, I think about what I wrote many years ago in an essay. And that is:

WE NEED AN ARTS OLYMPICS TOO!

Let’s revisit that idea. I suggest an arts olympics (in the off years when there is no athletic olympics) with the same basic set up as the regular olympics. I suggest that it too offer gold, silver, and bronze medals to the best artists in the world, in assorted arts.

Here are the categories that I came up with:

1a Short prose – short story

1b. Long prose – novel

2a Short poem

2b. Long poem – epic

3a Short play – one act

3b Long play – 2 or more acts.

4a Short music vocal – song

4b Long music vocal – choral work / opera

5a Short music instrumental

5b Long music instrumental – symphony

6a Painting – 2d art

6b Sculpture – 3d art

6c Photography

7a Short film or TV show fiction

7b Long film or TV show fiction

8a Short film or TV show – non fiction

8b Long film or TV show – non fiction

9a Short essay

9b Long essay

10a Handcrafted Art Object – small – jewelry size

10b Handcrafted Art Object medium – fits on a table top

10c Handcrafted Art Object large

11a Dance – single

11b Dance – couple

11c Dance – group

12a Architecture – small structure

12b Architecture – large structure

13 Large Scale Spectacle or Pageant

What do you think? Did I miss an important category? Would you like to take part or watch a world competition in assorted arts?

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Musea Art Contest 8/25/08

August 26, 2008

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of:

This comic book series about world history, started in 1978 with the help of Jackie “O”, and is still going strong. Name the series and its cartoonist.

IS The Cartoon History of the Universe by Larry Gonick

I had no eligible winner. Seems none of you were on the panel!

I don’t dumb down, so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT” or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’ Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS ADDRESS: tom-hendricks@att.net with the correct answer to this art question*

This world famous clothes designer was the first to use black models on the runway. Name him.

Good luck all players! Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at musea.us or the Musea blog at musea.wordpress.com And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.com

SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING NEW!!! Tom Hendricks (editor of the 15 year old zine Musea)

Musea Art Review #72: The Theory and Practice of Oligarchic Collectivism

August 22, 2008

Review # 72 8/08

 

Title: The Theory and Practice of Oligarchic Collectivism

What is it? :  Book, a collection of short thoughts or comments on different aspects of life by Graywyvern, an author mostly known for his poetry.

Technical Quality: Good looking trade paperback with clear easy-to-read printing.

Innovative Quality: High. Fine black and white cover art is an abstraction by Hileel Memshac. Content is a collection of short comments showing some very sophisticated original thinking expressed in a very poetic way.

Review: 

In 1670 Blaise Pascal published his now classic book, “Pensees”, (thoughts). It was a 17th century man’s enlightened reflections of his life and the world around him.

That classic work has, in my opinion, now it’s match in this new contemporary, self published book by Graywyvern.

It too is a book of thoughts, 100 pages filled with short paragraphs. Each one encapsulates a single idea, maxim, thought, puzzle, vision or reflection.

The best way to review it is to show selections from it. But before I do some overall reflections of my own.

Some entries are short and give a quick jolt of insight. Others are deeper, more complex thoughts that, for me, required two or more readings. The author uses simple language much of the time but delights in the occasional big words, such as: polyvalent power, quietudinous, eschatology, nexus, siliqua, and from the title, oligarchic – the adjective form of the noun, oligarchy, that means a small group having control of a country or any large group of people.

His comments often include a poetic example or parable to illustrate his point. He often talks of the subject of art with a special emphasis on poems and poets like himself.

Now for some selections. They are not the worst or best; but, just a sampling of those I particularly liked. Or I should say the first 13 short and complete entires and the first 5 excerpts from longer entries that I liked. There are many many more favorites. The book is a mix of about half short entires and half longer entries, the longer ones being about the size of a paragraph. And please remember, I don’t mean to in any way suggest these samples cover all the areas of topics and ideas discussed.

First some short and complete entries:

At the end of his rope is where a poet shines.

The illusion that everything is sayable comes from having dwelt too long among the things that have been said.

More than i want social justice, i want a land where i don’t have to hate.

The more intuitive you are, the spookier your world is. Not more frightening – but more mysterious: & more inhabited.

The child makes the ritual, the child disbelieves the ritual (unmakes it) – two powers denied to normal adults.

I keep struggling against the false belief that to be something not yet defined is to be useless.

I image a brawl in which ten million poets fight to the death for access to the last reader of poetry.

A corporation is not so much a machine for making money, as a device for diffusing responsibility.

Chalk-drawing on the sidewalk is what we are. One good rain & we’re gone.

Is despair like a faith in the impossibility of all efforts?

Ego is a theory of the introvert in isolation, the extravert in conflict.

An artist without a community is a lightning rod without the storm.

Prose is poetry all the air has been let out of.

 

And here are some excerpts from longer entires:

When i walk down stairs it’s a controlled fall, that i continually interrupt and launch again to sustain the smooth movement of. This, then, might be a provisional definition of mature art – whose labor has disappeared, like scaffolding, and yet it holds to a line of necessity (the unseen stairs of my path) …

… Our definitions are as much forced upon us as the deformations of age, illness, and employment: they are the surfaces where our bodies touch the hook we all writhe upon.

… Mankind’s only concept of civilization seems to be to make the ultimate racket & the inescapable reek.

… I think i value this (keeping a journal) more than the making of art, even if it is less perfect & useless to others. That other is what i make of the flies i catch; this is the very web of my spiderhood.

… Story is older than speech.

 

And two more favorites (I’d give you more but I would be reprinting not quoting! It’s time for you to follow up and get your copy of the book for more of these gems.)

I read about the lives of artists; i say, “my god, it wasn’t worth it!” Well, the rest had it just as bad, and what did they leave?

Without the touch of another, you walk on air

Overall this book is an instant classic, and one of the best books of our era. And saying anything short of that is false. 

Finding something this sophisticated and special is rare. I’m glad I was lucky enough to be one of the first to read and experience this exhilarating and insightful work – a marvelous achievement! And our world should be grateful for this addition to its body of literature.

Contact Info:

http://www.amazon.com/Theory-Practice-Oligarchic-Collectivism-Goldstein/dp/1438212852/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1219295094&sr=1-1

Overall Grade: 7.99

Grading system:  9-10 Highest grade – Life’s work of a master (ex. Collected plays of Shakespeare, collected symphonies of Beethoven) 8-9 Single best work of a celebrated master’s career. 7-8. Best work of an era or genre or decade. 6-7 Best work of the year. 5-6 Very good. 4-5 More good than bad. 3-4 Average  amount of good = amount of bad. 2-3 Mostly bad with some redeeming parts. 1-2 Nothing redeemable. 0-1 So bad it is offensively bad and outrages the reviewere for taking up that  time in his life – just awful.

Musea guarantees a review for all art work in any conceivable field IF you follow the rules posted on our website or e-mail me. Tom Hendricks  tom-hendricks@att.net http://musea.us

Musea E-mail Club #440 New Art versus Old Media

August 19, 2008

Readers: I often end my comments online with “New Century, new everything! That means for me this is a new era in the arts and media. I think many are beginning to see that, but the media is one collective group that does not.

Here is a list of the new art and media developments that the old media refuses to acknowledge or talk about. Come on you dinosaurs in electronic and print media end the boycott against what’s new and creative, and come out of last century!

NEW LIST

1. Zines and Blogs NOT novels

2. Youtube films NOT Hollywood films

3. Post Modern Art – NOT the gallery/ museum art system

4. Post Bands Music – NOT 50 year old rock

5. No ad online newspapers – NOT ad driven media

6. No ad review sites – NOT ad driven review sites

7. All purpose art centers – NOT separate museums, libraries, concert halls.

8. FIrst world culture through the internet – NOT separate regional cultures only.

And that’s just the tip of the NEW. What about myspace pages, poem videos, art videos, box office concerts, online games, new art online revenue systems etc. etc. etc.

The NEW is now, the media boycott of everything new in the arts, needs to be over – NOW!

Readers – help me support the new arts, and help support the new media that WILL talk about the new art developments.

Musea Art Contest 8/18/08

August 18, 2008

The answer to, and winner (if any) for, our last contest question of: What’s the vaudeville term for the cheapest seats in the theater?

IS The Peanut Gallery. Also in the early days of TV, the Howdy Doody show called its live audience the Peanut Gallery.

One of TWO possible winners (we may have a tie here) is Heath from Brooklyn, NY.

The rest of you must have been in the lobby!

I don’t dumb down, so please wise up.

Now on to a new Q.: Win a copy of my NEW cd CALLED ‘30′! – (first anti-band CD) or my NEWER cd CALLED ‘NEXT” or my NEWEST cd CALLED ‘THIRDS” (May ‘07) or my NOW RELEASED cd CALLED ‘FOUR-TH’ Hunkasaurus.com (has them all plus videos and more) if you are the first to e-mail me at THIS NEW ADDRESS: tom-hendricks@att.net with the correct answer to this art question*

This comic book series about world history, started in 1978 with the help of Jackie “O”, and is still going strong. Name the series and its cartoonist. Good luck all players!

Readers, IF you like these puzzles and would like to resend them to friends, post them on any newsgroup, or any website, please do so. The more the merrier! For tons of past quizzes go to, the musea website at musea.us or the Musea blog at musea.wordpress.com And don’t forget the music/videos at hunkasaurus.com

SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING NEW!!! Tom Hendricks (editor of the 15 year old zine Musea)


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