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What I Did Today: 11/16/05


Bored at the Death Star I ventured out today:

Somehow I missed out on the  Mike Kelley gene  because I've never thought much of his work even though I do admit to a bit of sympathy for what he tries to do. Alas, there's no sparks, not even in the acres and acres of work now at Gagosian in Chelsea titled "Day is Done". I do admit that he's got the whole schizophrenic market cornered but others do it much more economically. And what's with the ridiculous report on the opening by David Rimanelli on the Artforum site:



Case Continues At Slow Pace

THE THING Housewarming


THE THING housewarming and welcome for THING.residency artists Jan Gerber and Daniel Pflumm

The Death Star, NYC
November 9, 2005

left: Joerg Lohse strikes a pose


Liberty, fraternity and equality...


GH and I were talking about this just this morning  at breakfast and he came to the same conclusion, that the riots in France not about poverty or religion but about the police.


November 9, 2005

Inside French Housing Project, Feelings of Being the Outsiders

ÉVRY, France, Nov. 8 - Amin Kouidri, 20, has been hunting for a job for more than two years now and spends his days drifting around a government housing project here under the watchful gaze of France's national police.

Dialogue with the Philosopher Toni Negri



The Italian philosopher Toni Negri analyzes the United States’ invasion of Iraq as a “defeat.” He spoke to Pagina/12 from the recuperated Hotel Bauen, expounding an auspicious perspective for Latin America and criticizing the “traditional” European left.

The Italian philosopher and militant Toni Negri is in Argentina for a second time. He is arriving from a trip to Chile and is now headed to Brazil. After having launched a worldwide polemic with his book Empire, about the end of the age of classical imperialism, he is now convinced that we find ourselves in an anomalous period for Latin America because it has finally ceased to be “the back porch” of the United States. From the Argentine crisis in 2001 to the current crisis in Brazil, passing through the failed coup in Venezuela and the Andean revolts, Negri reads a profound continental change capable of giving way to a multilateralism that will dispute North American pretensions toward an imperialist sovereignty. In his dialogue with Pagina/12, he insists that Latin America is further along than Europe with regard to its ability to think the relation between social movements and governments through the experimentation of a democratic radicalism.

The Triumph of the East Village


Like a lot of other artists in the 80’s I opened a gallery in the east village.  The name of the gallery was Virtual Garrison. The address was 19  2nd Ave. at 1st street.  It was open for 2 years.  Recently I’ve been trying to discuss the East Village scene to some younger dealers.  Indeed, I just remarked to Rob Murphy the other day that during our Springtime walk around of the Chelsea art galleries all the works being exhibited seemed to be a triumph of the East Village style or styles. Rob agreed.  The East Village scene started with Alan Moore staging an anarchist artist occupation of the Essex street market on New Year’s day and having a show called “The real Estate Show.” This was an extension of the Soho raw space look but with the political twist of squatting in abandoned buildings.  The art works were a mishmash of poster style propaganda paintings, punk and neo-surrealism etc. Much of the work was by Colab artist’s fresh from their success at The Times Square show that was held in a former whorehouse on 42nd street.  



(Ricardo Dominguez writes to correct the misquote at the end of this article:

The psuedo quote/statement below I never made or even hinted at:

*Mr. Dominguez, the political activist and actor, says he believes that Calit2 can deliver partly by bringing society closer to his artistic ideal of unifying humans with representations of humans in cyberspace.*

What I did tell the reporter was:"The practice of ECD by EDT was an attempt to connect bodies protesting on the streets and data bodies protesting on-line." Which to me is quiet different than the statement (attributed to me) in the article.)

Living in the Death Star (Halloween)


Death Star Conference Table

 Well, obviously, everyone was at the Greenwich Village Parade.
Slideshow of the space after moving day.

no more waiting for verizon


what does it take to turn a

  • G3
  • pcmcia-pci adapter
  • wireless pcmcia card
  • ubuntu-breezy live cd-r

into a

  • wireless gateway to the open hotspot
    on the other side of the street

you ask?


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