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| FLASHBACK | Exhibition ‘September 11’ Commemorated Otherwise

Back in 2011, exactly a decade after the tragedy, a contemporary art show titled “September 11” was open in MoMA PS1. While many other cultural institutions across the States exhibited heavy sentimentalism in their commemorative events, Peter Eleey, curator of the ‘September 11’, adopted a much sober approach, deliberately shying away from any images of the towers, the plane, the smoke and the wreckage. Instead, the exhibition presents only one work made in direct response to the attacks by Ellsworth Kelly, in which the artist proposes to cover the Ground Zero with a simple mound of glass, and another 70 works by 41 artists largely made prior to the event.

Images of the attacks, Eleey argues, ‘were political images from the moment of their making’ and that is why they were not included. The gesture of remembrance without subsuming oneself  under the mainstream rhetoric of jingoism was something the show had taught us.

Here is a review of the exhibition by Steven Stern from Frieze.com.

Ellsworth Kelly, Ground Zero, 2003, image courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art

| HERO | FABSCRAP

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FABSCRAP is a textile reuse and recycling resource in Brooklyn. The organization provides convenient pickup and recycling of commercial textile waste and fabric scraps from the design, fashion, and entertainment industries in New York City. As a new materials recovery resource, FABSCRAP aims to maximize diversion from landfill by engaging a network of students, schools, artists, crafters, designers, brands, industrial recyclers, and emerging technologies.

Textile recycling requires a lot of manpower. There is no mechanized system for sorting textiles by fiber or to remove stickers, staples, and fabric headers. On average, volunteers sort ~2,000 lbs of fabric every week at FABSCRAP. Learn how you can donate as a designer or help out as a volunteer at fabscrap.org.

 

| SAVE THE DATE | 123 days to flip 24 seats

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The Reclaim the House, Democrats Need to Flip 24 G.O.P. Seats. 25 Are in Clinton Territory. By Jasmine Lee. Read the full article at The New York Times.

| TIME | 123 days …

Until the mid-term elections on November 6, 2018.

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Photo by Chip Somodevilla

From The New Yorker:

Swing Left and the Post-Election Surge of Progressive Activism

On January 18th, the Twitter account for a new political organization posted its first tweet: a link to swingleft.org—a neatly designed Web site where you can plug in your Zip Code to find the nearest U.S. House district whose seat was, in the most recent election, decided by a small margin—along with the message “Let’s get to work.” …

| Save the Date | Skiffle Players Piffle Sayers July 20

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Out July 20. PreOrder here.

Supergroup, side project, high-school-garage-band-of-brothers-from-other-mothers, whatever you wanna call it, the band formed to play a one off show in Big Sur and had so much fun they’re still at it. On guitar, Neal Casal (Circles around the Sun) sticks mostly to the acoustic allowing his elegant affinity towards melodic craft to shine. Cass McCombs’ guitar wizardry and acclaimed compositions are at their peak, and his raw, mostly first take vocals bring the core of the song to the forefront. And when you ask yourself – “What the hell was that sound I just heard!?” – it was probably Farmer Dave, the official leader and founder of the band, his keyboard/lap steel/harmonium work is the glue that holds the flotsam together. Dan Horne’s bass (Circles around the Sun) and Aaron Sperske’s percussion (Beachwood Sparks) are so intertwined it sounds like each of them are both playing drums and bass at the same time.

After the instant classic and record store rare find “SKIFFLIN’” (2015), The Skiffle Players are ready to release two new works. On July 20th, the “PIFFLE SAYERS” EP. The “PIFFLE SAYERS” EP is made up of a few gems from the SKIFFLIN’ sessions, a can be considered a companion piece to their debut LP. This foreshadows the release of a new full length album scheduled for this fall.

STORY OF THE SKIFFLE PLAYERS.

Once upon a time, Mollusk Surf shop asked Farmer Dave Scher to put together a band for a concert in Big Sur. Thus the Skiffle Players were born, selected from both Californias – Northern (Cass, Dan) and Southern (Dave and Aaron) plus a New Jersey transplant to Ventura County (Neal) – each meeting at the metaphorical heart of the state, the mythical SUR. The origin concept of the band was to create a new folk fabric from the ashes of tradition – whatever the ashes of tradition means to you.

WHAT IS SKIFFLE?

A matter of debate. Although The Skiffle Players approach the definition as, broadly, ‘street music’. Busking. Singing for one’s supper. Entertaining the passers-by. Make em dance all the way home. The term may have its origin in Memphis jug band music of the 20s. It seems to have emigrated to England with the US soldiers during WW2, and was taken up by a new generation, beginning with Lonnie Donegan, ending with The Quarrymen aka The Beatles. The term then somewhat disappeared.

SO, THEN, WHAT IS WEST COAST SKIFFLE?

The Skiffle Players are the very ash to explore that question. From the beginning, no rules. No song off-limits. Everybody sings. No idea is silly enough, for sometimes the absurd is the very device for a cataclysmic rift in the fabric of sound. Of course, it can also end in hilarious catastrophe, and often does – a necessary, cosmic comedic consequence to this fearless approach. Like Kurt Vonnegut and Bo Diddley sharing a surfboard, something interesting is going to happen.

Personnel:

Neal Casal
Dan Horne
Cass McCombs
Farmer Dave Scher
Aaron Sperske

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releases July 20, 2018

| Save the date | Benefit for Keep Families Together July 5 in SF

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Keep Families Together

Charities we will be donating to:

KIND ​​- ​(Kids In Need of Defense) ​works to ensure that ​children​ do not appear in immigration court without representation, and to lobby for policies that advocate for children’s legal interests​, including reuniting them legally with their family​.

RAICES – the largest immigration nonprofit in Texas offering free and low-cost legal services to immigrant children and families

Al Otro Lado – a binational organization that works to offer legal services to deportees and migrants in Tijuana, Mexico, including deportee parents whose children remain in the U.S.

Young Center For Immigrant Children’s Rights – works to protect children from harsh immigration laws and recently announced a project specifically dedicated to helping children separated from their parents at the border.

Boder Angels – California-based volunteer organization. Its primary efforts focus on tackling immigration reform and promoting social justice at the US-Mexican border.

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project – represents families crossing the border and connects them with support systems they wouldn’t normally be able to access.

Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com

| TIME | Poignée at Centre Pompidou by Liz Magic Laser

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Final Weekend to catch Liz Magic Laser’s Poignée piece as part of MOVE Festival at Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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Handle / Poignée by Liz Magic Laser

with Costumes by Slow and Steady Wins the Race

ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE

“This past year we have seen the rise of the outsider politician and a role reversal in the personality type of our new leaders. Whereas the politician has traditionally played the role of a mature parent, he or she now takes on the role of the child. Expanding my political therapy work into kinesthetic territory, I will collaborate with a movement therapist and a group of six dancers to develop a nonverbal personality test which we will offer selected museum visitors. The choreographic process will draw on personality tests developed by Carl Jung and more recent ones that apply psychological criteria to predict a politician success. Using Authentic Movement, an approach to dance therapy developed by Mary Starks
Whitehouse in the 1950s, and other movement therapy techniques, we will work with the dancers to explore four different archetypes: the disciplinary parent, the nurturing parent, the obedient child and the rebellious child. These archetypes are based on cognitive linguist George Lakoff’s Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think (1996) in which he uses a model of the family to analyze dynamics between politicians and citizens. My development process will use a range of movement therapy practices from Body Mind Centering to techniques based on tribal and shamanic dance. The choreography will also draw
on specific references such as Trump and Macron’s prolonged handshake (Paris, 2017). Our nonverbal personality test will be informed by the psychological analysis and strategizing that took place before this encounter between the two world leaders, as well as by the common practice of assessing character via the handshake.Just as an astrologer uses a horoscope, my performers will act as somatic therapists offering movement as a vehicle toward self-realization and betterment.” – Liz Magic Laser