This is a photo I took in the 1990s, looking down on a wannabe headdress that was floating in Boneyard Creek. Back then it seemed like the University of Illinois mascot, Chief Illiniwek, would never go away. Yesterday, when Illinois played Michigan here, I still saw Chief Tshirts, bumper stickers, and flags everywhere. The Chief […]
Chicago. Fig. These are titles of two books by the photographic team of Adam Bloomberg and Oliver Chanarin. “Chicago” is the name of a cardboard and junk city in the Negev used to train Israeli and US soldiers in milieus that simulate Gaza or a refugee camp. “Fig” includes images of pine forests that have […]
Arlene Goldbard posted a new message for Rosh HaShanah on her blog. Here’s an excerpt that rings true for me: I know someone who has been saying that the world offends him. He means that our society seems off-course, with unworthy people exercising social power while many who desire a more just and merciful world […]
I just heard that Laurie Long died quite suddenly of heart failure, during treatment for lung cancer, on Thursday, September 13. Laurie is in black in the photo with (L to R) M. Simon Levin, Piotr Adamczyk, and Kevin Hamilton. I remember when Laurie came to my cabin during one of her trips to Champaign-Urbana […]
Ryan Griffis recently sent around a link to an article on ctheory. Browsing the links there, I came across this 2005 interview with Christina McPhee. I like her use of “slipstreaming.” Christina McPhee: Thinking about the poetics implied by “between your body and ‘the machine’”: — one wonders if ‘machines’ could be imagined as distributive […]
I’m getting prepared to go to Los Angeles in November to see the Just Space(s) exhibit and participate in the tour from LA down to the Mexican border at Tijuana, called The Political Equator. This will be another version of a trip organized in 2006. Also during the Just Spaces exhibit there will be a […]
The videos and prints by the South African artist Berni Searle, currently on view at the Krannert Art Museum, stir sensations in many ways: she climbs up, jumps and rolls down huge mounds of grape skins. I could see the stains on her white shift and almost smell the remains of fermented fruit. She sits […]
My Alexander Technique teacher, Sharon De Celle, said once that “work is not exercise.” Today, Labor Day 2008, I vow to attend to my body, stretching, re-calibrating, centering, breathing, using the chair and the ground for support, and not to spend too much time on the computer keyboard.