Sunday, November 30, 2008

Stella(r) #6

The subject matter for the Dome and Tent paintings is a dysfunctional architectural form.
Chrome paintings are DeLorian, futuristic, shiny, protected against decay and corrosion. Their geodesic tent subject matter is now a constellation. Once groundless is now celestial as we look on through the portholes of our vessel.
(HK Zamani, November 2007)
Don't look at your form, however ugly or beautiful.
Look at love and at the aim of your quest. ...
O you whose lips are parched, keep looking for water.
Those parched lips are proof that eventually you will reach the source."

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Voltaic Pile

A voltaic pile is a set of individual Galvanic cells placed in series. The voltaic pile, invented by Alessandro Volta in 1800, was the first electric battery. Building on Galvani's 1780s discovery of how a circuit of two metals and a frog's leg can cause the frog's leg to respond, in 1791 Volta demonstrated that when two metals and brine-soaked cloth or cardboard are arranged in a circuit they produce an electric current. In 1800 Volta literally piled up several pairs of alternating copper (or silver) and zinc discs (electrodes) separated by cloth or cardboard soaked in brine (electrolyte) to increase the electrolyte conductivity. When the top and bottom contacts were connected by a wire, an electric current flowed through the voltaic pile and the connecting wire. The strength of the pile is expressed in terms of its electromotive force, or emf, given in volts. Volta characterized the emf of a pair of metals in terms of the difference in their voltages, which he could measure. His theory of contact tension considered that the emf, which drives the electric current through a circuit containing a voltaic cell, occurs at the contact between the two metals.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Lounge Lizards

The Lounge Lizards (Berlin 1981) - Dutch Schultz

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Take Five


Koan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement in the history and lore of Chan (Zen) Buddhism, generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet may be accessible to intuition. A famous Koan is: "two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?" (Oral tradition, attributed to Hakuin Ekadu, 1685-1768, considered a reviver of the Koan traditon in Japan).

Monday, November 24, 2008

The Uses of Not

The Taoist philosopher Lao Tse wrote extensively on  the concept of "Ma" including his poem "The Uses of Not":

Thirty spokes meet in the hub,
but the empty spaces between them
is the essence of the wheel.

Pots are formed from clay,
but the empty between it
is the essence of the pot.

Walls with windows and doors form the house,
but the empty space within it
is the essence of the house.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


Elements can nurture us, and can destroy us. It's their inherent power and their dichotomy that intrigues me: fire for its conflagration, earth for its solidity and water for its fluidity.
Conflict seems to be an essential component of our lives. Without it and its resolution growth is an impossibility. 
The more specific a film is, the more universal it becomes.
(Deepa Mehta)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Kant to Adorno

We must move from Kant to Adorno, where we find the subject/spectator standing not outside the work, but deeply embedded within it, and therefore as incapable of a detached emotional response to the work as artists are of producing it in a detached way. (Beuys)
The unsolved antagonisms of reality return in artworks as immanent problems of form. (Adorno)
Work on understanding the issues affecting the making of artworks and you will reinvent society. (Beuys)

Friday, November 21, 2008


Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose.
(The more things change, the more they stay the same.)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Vesicle in Collusion with Vehicle


We are the mirror as well as the face in it.
We are tasting the taste this minute of eternity. We are pain
and what cures pain, both. We are
the sweet cold water and the jar that pours it. (Rumi)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Form First

The work is more responsive to its form-making than to anything else. It has to be inventive as form first; form generates its own meaning and doesn't need the application of other attributes. (Richard Serra)

Friday, November 14, 2008

In the Lodi Gardens

The black, pensive, dense
domes of the mausoleums
suddenly shot birds
into the unanimous blue
(Octavio Paz)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Seven Breaths

In the words of the ancients, one should make his decisions within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break right through the other side. (from Ghost Dog)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Notes from Schlemmer

To Avoid to much socialization I choose isolation. Artist creates out of disbelief, doubt that leads to or elicits production. Artists are gripped by the spontaneity with which children express themselves. (Oskar Schlemmer)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Miriam Makeba

May she rest in peace.

Sunday, November 9, 2008


"Tout est entre." (Jean-Luc Godard) -- Everything is between.
"... N'etre qu'entre..." (Camille Bryen) -- Only between.
"At certain times I have preferred walking that is to say walking with my feet to talking that is to say walking with my mouth--but at the end it's the same thing." (Serge Daney in Perseverance)

Saturday, November 8, 2008


In Japanese there were (are) no words for Time or Space—there is only “Ma.” The direct meaning of “Ma” is the in-between, the space between object and object, and at the same time the silence between sound and sound.