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Berlin, 30. Dezember 2013

wesleying.org | Godspeed You, Anthony Braxton! | Read | So, yes, I am in the underground, but actually, it feels like home. — Anthony Braxton

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Hüten wir uns, zu denken, dass die Welt ein lebendiges Wesen sei. Wohin sollte sie sich ausdehnen? Wovon sollte sie sich nähren? Wie könnte sie wachsen und sich vermehren? Wir wissen ja ungefähr, was das Organische ist: und wir sollten das unsäglich Abgeleitete, Späte, Seltene, Zufällige, das wir nur auf der Kruste der Erde wahrnehmen, zum Wesentlichen, Allgemeinen, Ewigen umdeuten, wie es Jene thun, die das All einen Organismus nennen? Davor ekelt mir. Hüten wir uns schon davor, zu glauben, dass das All eine Maschine sei; es ist gewiss nicht auf Ein Ziel construirt, wir thun ihm mit dem Wort „Maschine“ eine viel zu hohe Ehre an. [...] — Friedrich Nietzsche, Die fröhliche Wissenschaft. Drittes Buch, Hüten wir uns!

 

Berlin, 29. Dezember 2013

[es ist, als ob wir eine unaufhaltsam rollende Maschine im Kopfe herumtrügen]

Wir denken zu rasch, und unterwegs, und mitten im Gehen, mitten in Geschäften aller Art, selbst wenn wir an das Ernsthafteste denken; wir brauchen wenig Vorbereitung, selbst wenig Stille: – es ist, als ob wir eine unaufhaltsam rollende Maschine im Kopfe herumtrügen, welche selbst unter den ungünstigsten Umständen noch arbeitet. — Friedrich Nietzsche, Die fröhliche Wissenschaft. Erstes Buch, Verlust an Würde.

 

Berlin, 28. Dezember 2013

'...the art world's pressure to brand, package and sell yourself and your work can be overwhelming...' | blogs.laweekly.com | Artifiacts of a Life Lived by the Living (to Live) | We Do Art to Stay Sane | By Amanda Lewis | Read

Brion Gysin | Thoughts On Modern Art | Listen

The world in which everything is for sale | Michael Sandel | What Money Can't Buy | Late Night Live | ABC Radio National | Listen

 

Berlin, 27. Dezember 2013

'Wann ist Kunst?' Meine Antwort lautet: ebenso wie ein Objekt zu gewissen Zeiten und unter gewissen Umständen ein Symbol sein kann - zum Beispiel eine Probe -, so kann es sein, dass ein Objekt zu gewissen Zeiten ein Kunstwerk ist und zu anderen nicht. — Nelson Goodman, Weisen der Welterzeugung, Frankfurt am Main, 1990, S. 87

Life and the world, or whatever we call that which we are and feel, is an astonishing thing. The mist of familiarity obscures from us the wonder of our being. We are struck with admiration at some of its transient modifications, but it is itself the great miracle. What are changes of empires, the wreck of dynasties, with the opinions which supported them; what is the birth and the extinction of religious and of political systems to life? What are the revolutions of the globe which we inhabit, and the operations of the elements of which it is composed, compared with life? What is the universe of stars, and suns, of which this inhabited earth is one, and their motions, and their destiny, compared with life? Life, the great miracle, we admire not, because it is so miraculous. It is well that we are thus shielded by the familiarity of what is at once so certain and so unfathomable, from an astonishment which would otherwise absorb and overawe the functions of that which is its object. — Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), On Life. [A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays] | via gutenberg.org

neue zettel | zettel · piece of paper

 

Berlin, 24. Dezember 2013

nybooks.com | Proust: The Accidental Buddhist | By Pico Iyer | Read

 

Berlin, 21. Dezember 2013

antipodefoundation.org | Intervention – ‘Here Comes Everybody: Joyce’s Urban Chaosmos’ by Andy Merrifield | Read

 

Berlin, 17. Dezember 2013

Hören | Berlin [one] [2013] · Sound of the environment montage [extrait limité à 00:04:42] · open the project page

art is not what you see [III] · download [60 KB] | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

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tate.org.uk | Found: new restorations and discoveries from Center for Visual Music | The Sun Film by John Cage/Richard Lippold | Read

latimes.com | Newly discovered copy of John Cage film 'The Sun' screens Saturday | Read

 

Berlin, 16. Dezember 2013

rhizome.org | Art Criticism in the Age of Yelp | By ORIT GAT | Read

 

Berlin, 13. Dezember 2013

Das grösste Schwergewicht. – Wie, wenn dir eines Tages oder Nachts, ein Dämon in deine einsamste Einsamkeit nachschliche und dir sagte: 'Dieses Leben, wie du es jetzt lebst und gelebt hast, wirst du noch einmal und noch unzählige Male leben müssen; und es wird nichts Neues daran sein, sondern jeder Schmerz und jede Lust und jeder Gedanke und Seufzer und alles unsäglich Kleine und Grosse deines Lebens muss dir wiederkommen, und Alles in der selben Reihe und Folge – und ebenso diese Spinne und dieses Mondlicht zwischen den Bäumen, und ebenso dieser Augenblick und ich selber. Die ewige Sanduhr des Daseins wird immer wieder umgedreht – und du mit ihr, Stäubchen vom Staube!' – Würdest du dich nicht niederwerfen und mit den Zähnen knirschen und den Dämon verfluchen, der so redete? Oder hast du einmal einen ungeheuren Augenblick erlebt, wo du ihm antworten würdest: 'du bist ein Gott und nie hörte ich Göttlicheres!' Wenn jener Gedanke über dich Gewalt bekäme, er würde dich, wie du bist, verwandeln und vielleicht zermalmen; die Frage bei Allem und jedem 'willst du diess noch einmal und noch unzählige Male?' würde als das grösste Schwergewicht auf deinem Handeln liegen! Oder wie müsstest du dir selber und dem Leben gut werden, um nach Nichts mehr zu verlangen, als nach dieser letzten ewigen Bestätigung und Besiegelung?  — Friedrich Nietzsche, Die fröhliche Wissenschaft. Viertes Buch. Sanctus Januarius.

 

Berlin, 11. Dezember 2013

silence | silence · [2nd version] for 2 female voices · download [120 KB]

silence | silence | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 10. Dezember 2013

To avoid making art is art.

— Making art is not art · download [16 KB]

 

Berlin, 9. Dezember 2013

Kid [Detroit] | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Look again at the art world and the dark matter it occludes. Few would deny that the lines separating 'dark' and 'light' creativity, amateur and professional, high from low have become arbitrary today, even from the standpoint of qualities such as talent, vision, and other similarly mystifying attributes typically assigned to high culture. What can be said of creative dark matter in general, therefore, is that either by choice or circumstance it displays a degree of autonomy from the critical and economic structures of the art world by moving instead in-between its meshes. It is an antagonistic force simultaneously inside and outside, like a void within an archive that is itself a kind of void. — Gregory Sholette, Dark Matter. Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture, p. 21

 

Berlin, 8. Dezember 2013

art is not | what you see | art not is
you see what | not art is | what see you
see you art | is see you | not is see
art what not | see is you | art is what
what you see | art not is | not is art
not art is | see what you | see you art
see is you | not is see | art not what
see is you | is art what | art is not
art is what | what you see | art not is

— art is not what you see [II] · download [56 KB] © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

No poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone. His significance, his appreciation is the appreciation of his relation to the dead poets and artists. You cannot value him alone; you must set him, for contrast and comparison, among the dead. — T. S. Eliot, Tradition and the individual talent (1920) | via essays.quotidiana.org

 

Berlin, 6. Dezember 2013

Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again. — Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela died on Thursday, at the age of ninety-five.

 

Berlin, 2. Dezember 2013

Im Schöpferischen wird das Nicht-Darlegbare frei. — Gabriel Marcel, Metaphysisches Tagebuch (1915-1943), Band II, S. 242

The fetishism of NEW — everything that is new has value because it is new.

 

Berlin, 30. November 2013

Es gibt so eine starke Außenseiter-Tradition in der amerikanischen Musik. Sie steckt in Ives, Ruggles, Cage, Partch, Moondog, all diese schrägen Typen. Das ist meine Tradition. — Philip Glass

 

Berlin, 28. November 2013

Write a poem, draw a picture, and avoid working for other people. — John Cage

pri.org | Marco Werman talks to Andrew Ross, professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, about how, why and where the world of work has been changing. | Listen

nyupress.org | Nice Work If You Can Get It. Life and Labor in Precarious Times. By Andrew Ross | Book

Beckett directs Beckett - Endgame (Finale di partita) | Video

 

Berlin, 27. November 2013

societyandspace.com | Butler, Chris 2012 Henri Lefebvre: Spatial Politics, Everyday Life, and the Right to the City, reviewed by Mark Purcell | Read

negativland.com/dumb | At home with The Weatherman | Video

nzz.ch | 300. Geburtstag von Laurence Sterne: Empfindsamer Satyr, literarischer Revolutionär | Lesen

 

Berlin, 25. November 2013

artintelligence.net | The Aesthetics of Contemporary Art: Is Everything Beautiful? | By Graham Coulter-Smith | Read

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Painting — impossible to describe or explain
Drawing — impossible to describe or explain
Black — impossible to describe or explain
Sound — impossible to describe or explain
Light — impossible to describe or explain

— RLi · [Reader/voice A] impossible · download [52 KB]

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reviewsinculture.com | The Art World’s Dark Matter · By Bruce Barber · Gregory Sholette. Dark Matter: Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture. Pluto Press, 2011. | Read

 

Berlin, 19. November 2013

Where the Old Masters created an illusion of space into which one could imagine walking, the illusion created by a Modernist is one into which one can look, can travel through, only with the eye. — Clement Greenberg

 

Berlin, 18. November 2013

Der grosse Künstler muss danach streben, die Welt umzugestalten. (...) Der grosse Künstler will keine politische oder Pamphletkunst machen, aber er ist bemüht, uns die authentische Natur der Dinge zu einthüllen, den authentischen Zusammenhang der Wirklichkeit, in den ja auch der gesellschaftliche Bereich eingeschlossen ist. — Antoni Tàpies, Kunst contra Ästhetik, XIX Drei Interviews (III), 1983

 

Berlin, 15. November 2013

Victoria and Albert Museum | Tales from the Archives | Photographic guardbooks: Images of India

 

Berlin, 14. November 2013

Louisiana Channel | David Hockney: Photoshop is boring | Video

 

Berlin, 13. November 2013

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see. — Philip Guston | Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt | Video

galleristny.com | Ad Reinhardt at David Zwirner | By Andrew Russeth | Read

sueddeutsche.de | Francis Bacon | Triptychon 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' | 142,4 Millionen Dollar (106 Millionen Euro) | Lesen | nytimes.com | At $142.4 Million, Triptych Is the Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold at an Auction | Read

 

Berlin, 12. November 2013

nybooks.com | Titian | A Magician in Pigment | By Ingrid D. Rowland | Read

artnews.com | Rare Leonardos Visit New York for First Time | By Stephanie Strasnick | Read

 

Berlin, 11. November 2013

newyorker.com | FAKERY | By Peter Schjeldahl | Read

nytimes.com | In Praise of Art Forgeries | By Blake Gopnik | Read

 

Berlin, 8. November 2013

nytimes.com | Room for Debate | The Cost of Being an Artist | Read

 

Berlin, 7. November 2013

artnews.com | Don’t Think About Picasso: The Wisdom of Agnes Martin | Read | Agnes Martin: Paintings, Writings, Remembrances | Phaidon

 

Berlin, 5. November 2013

arte.tv | Verschollene (mutmaßliche) Nazi-Raubkunst: spektakulärer Fund in München | Interview mit Uwe Hartmann (Institut für Museumsforschung der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin) | telegraph.co.uk | Art experts demand Germany releases list of €1bn Nazi art trove | Read

 

Berlin, 1. November 2013

It seems to be a law of modernism—thus one that applies to almost all art that remains truly alive in our time—that the conventions not essential to the viability of a medium be discarded as soon as they are recognized…. And it is understood, I hope, that conventions are overhauled, not for revolutionary effect, but in order to maintain the irreplaceability and renew the vitality of art in the face of a society bent in principle on rationalizing everything. It is understood, too, that the devolution of tradition cannot take place except in the presence of tradition. — Clement Greenberg, American-Type Painting, Art and Culture

 

Berlin, 29. Oktober 2013

Frage: Overpopulation and Art: A reading by John Cage | Wurde dieser Text ins Deutsche übersetz? Kontakt | Danke!

Frage: Kaufhaus am Oranienplatz 17, 10999 Berlin | leerstandsmelder.de | Hat jemand aktuelle Informationen (Nutzung, Eigentümer, Vermietung) zu diesem leerstehenden Gebäude in Berlin Kreuzberg? Kontakt | Danke!

latimes.com | Art critic Arthur C. Danto dies at 89 | Read | nytimes.com | Arthur C. Danto, a Philosopher of Art, Is Dead at 89 | Read

bombsite.com | Arthur C. Danto | Michael Kelly | Read

An artist who makes a living from his art should be registered as a 'lumpen artist,' issued an identity card, and dismissed with a suspended sentence. — Ad Reinhardt

Ad Reinhardt, How to Look. Art Comics | 2013. 92 Seiten, 43 Abb. | Buch

 

Berlin, 28. Oktober 2013

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art | Morris Graves: Selected Letters | Video

I paint to rest from the phenomena of the external world – to pronounce it – and to make notations of its essences with which to verify the inner eye. — Morris Graves

John Cage performs Cage | The Text Pieces 1: The Artists Pieces | moderecords.com

 

Berlin, 27. Oktober 2013

nzz.ch | Henri Michaux in Winterthur: Leben ohne Titel | Lesen | Kunstmuseum Winterthur | Henri Michaux - Momente

aaa.si.edu | Oral history interview with Robert Rauschenberg, 1965 Dec. 21 | Read

the-tls.co.uk | Picasso: Wizard of the real | Read | T. J. Clark, PICASSO AND TRUTH, From Cubism to Guernica, Princeton University Press

 

Berlin, 25. Oktober 2013

galleristny.com | Charles Ray on Anthony Caro | Read | Morning Links: Anthony Caro Edition | here

dradio.de | Kunsthistoriker zum Tod des britischen Bildhauers Anthony Caro | Raimund Stecker im Gespräch mit Stefan Koldehoff

 

Berlin, 24. Oktober 2013

telegraph.co.uk | Sir Anthony Caro, British sculptor, dies aged 89 | Read

nytimes.com | Anthony Caro, Sculptor Who ‘Discovered a Path to Abstraction,’ Dies at 89 | Read

tate.org.uk | Anthony Caro

 

Berlin, 18. Oktober 2013

Jeder, der versucht aus der großen Herde, die da heißt ›Gesellschaft‹, auszubrechen, ruft das Mißfallen der Herde hervor. — Francesco Petrarca (1304 - 1374), italienischer humanistischer Gelehrter, 1341 in Rom zum Dichter gekrönt, Weltruhm durch Sonette an Laura ›Canzoniere‹, Alterswerk: ›Über die Weltverachtung‹

 

Berlin/New York, 17. Oktober 2013

sueddeutsche.de | Im Zweifel ist das Kun$t | Von Bernd Graff | Lesen

nybooks.com | Bleak House | By Charles Simic | Read

 

Berlin, 16. Oktober 2013

There is never a question of what to paint, but only how to paint. — Robert Ryman

nzz.ch | Künstler wehren sich gegen Ausbeutung: Ein Tabuthema im Rampenlicht | Lesen

zeit.de | Gegenwartskunst In der Erfolgsfalle | Von Hanno Rauterberg | Lesen

 

Berlin, 14. Oktober 2013

Detroit Painting | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 13. Oktober 2013

Berlin One © 2013 Marjan Zahed-Kindersley. All Rights Reserved.

nybooks.com | Sun Ra: A True Birthday | By Seth Colter Walls | Read

 

Berlin, 5. Oktober 2013

Painting is a play of opacities and transparencies. — Pierre Soulages

The artist’s process is much different from the artisan’s: Artisans approach an object already knowing what he or she wants to make of it and using techniques he or she is already familiar with. Artists on the other hand, use familiar techniques and knowledge to enter into the world of the unknown. — Pierre Soulages

 

Berlin, 4. Oktober 2013

Composition is the rule of painting by which the parts are brought together to for a pictorial work. The greatest work of painting is not a colossus, but historia. For the praise of ingengo is greater in historia, than in colossus. The parts of historia are bodies, parts of the bodies are a members, a part of a member is surface. Thus, the prime parts of the works are surfaces, because from them come members, from members come bodies, and from those come the historia, indeed the ultimate and absolute work of painting. — Leon Battista Alberti

 

Berlin, 3. Oktober 2013

John Cage | On Robert Rauschenberg, Artist, and His Work | archive.org

 

Berlin, 2. Oktober 2013

Re #2 | Thanks to all visitors and friends, our #2 Berlin show was a great success. — RLi

On the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition... The time of year when the devil comes and spews art over London. — John Constable

 

Berlin, 5. September 2013

Invitation | Ralph Lichtensteiger · Small and Large Paintings | Marjan Zahed-Kindersley · Peintures/Photos Trouvees

Samstag 21. September 16 - 21 Uhr und Sonntag 22. September 11 - 17 Uhr · OPENING Samstag 21. September 16 Uhr

 

Berlin, 3. September 2013

The subject of a painting is the painting itself. — Mark Rothko

 

Berlin, 2. September 2013

Anna Matheja · Zeichnungen, Aquarelle, Leinwände · ARTSALE · 14. September, 13 bis 20 Uhr und 15. September, 14 bis 19 Uhr · Amsterdamer Strasse 12, Berlin Wedding · Map

 

Berlin, 24. August 2013

thequietus.com | Strategies Against Estate Agents? On Gentrification & The Avant-Garde | Read

 

Berlin, 12. August 2013

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see. — Philip Guston

 

Berlin, 9. August 2013

Studio Detroit | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 5. August 2013

Short documentary about Micke, also known as 'The Magnetist', whose life revolves around cassette tapes. | Video

 

Berlin, 2. August 2013

Nur zögerndes Wissen zählt. Das ist es, was Computern am meisten abgeht: Zögern. — Elias Canetti, Aufzeichnungen 1992-93, S. 31

 

Berlin, 30. Juli 2013

The best art is opposed to the main kinds of power. — Donald Judd, 'La Sfida del Sistema' Metro 14 (Juen 1968)

Previous to the 19th century, most people saw at most one image a week at church or once a year on a pilgrimage. Now images flow past us and through us by the multiple millions, daily. What does that mean and what has it done to us: none of us is quite sure, even now. — Brion Gysin in 'Painting To Palaver To Polaroid' (Here To Go, 1982)

Walter De Maria · Meaningless work (March, 1960) | Walter De Maria, Artist on Grand Scale, Dies at 77 | nytimes.com

theguardian.com | Bernadette Lafont · Obituary | Read | lemonde.fr | La comédienne Bernadette Lafont est morte | Read

 

Berlin, 29. Juli 2013

An anarchist does not believe, as some have wrongly put it, in social chaos. He believes in a state of society wherein there is no frozen power structure, where all persons may make significant initiatory choices in regard to matters affecting their own lives. In such a society coercion is at a minimum and lethal violence, non-existent. — Jackson Mac Low, Biographical Note, A Controversy of Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, ed. Paris Leary and Robert Kelly (New York: Anchor Books, 1965)

I believe that the poet is necessarily an anarchist, and that he must oppose all organized conception of the State, not only those which we inherit from the past, but equally those which are imposed on people in the name of the future. — Herbert Read, Poetry and Anarchism (London: Freedom Press, 1939)

 

Berlin, 18. Juli 2013

I don't believe in history, that's his story. I believe in mystery, that's my story. — Sun Ra

The artist as businessman is uglier than the businessman as artist. The image of the artist as a patronized idiot, as an innocent, as a company man, as a collector's item, a successful schnook, is ugly. — Ad Reinhardt

 

Berlin, 17. Juli 2013

Everything is alive and significant. Everything can and does become something else. — RL

Anish Kapoor in Berlin: 'in short, Britain's fucked' · The doyen of British sculpture gives the Guardian an exclusive preview of his major new exhibition in the German capital · via guardian.co.uk

 

Berlin, 15. Juli 2013

Only art can break your heart / Only kitsch can make you rich. — Johan van Geluwe (M.O.M., the Museum of Museums)

 

Berlin, 8. Juli 2013

Die Ausstellung in Berlin war ein schöner Erfolg. Wir danken allen Besuchern und Unterstützern dieses Projekts. Die zweite Ausstellung in dieser Reihe ist in Vorbereitung und wird auch hier über artstream angekündigt. Bis bald. RL & MZK

Exhibition view | vergrössern | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger and Marjan Zahed-Kindersley · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 3. Juli 2013

Becoming a young artist takes a whole lifetime. — Jan Fabre

 

Berlin, 19. Juni 2013

Ausstellung · you are about to see your entire life as an exhibition

Ralph Lichtensteiger · Berlin · Zeichnungen und Collage
Marjan Zahed-Kindersley · London · Fotografie

Samstag 29. Juni 16-21 Uhr
Sonntag 30. Juni 11-17 Uhr
VERNISSAGE Samstag 29. Juni 16 Uhr

Einladungskarte · black ink on paper (Goudy Old Style italic) | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 22. Mai 2013

'What One Should Learn from Artists' · Joashua Landy, Profressor of French and Italian · Video · via humanexperience.stanford.edu/artofliving · In 'The Art of Living,' a first-year Introduction to the Humanities course, three members of Stanford's faculty examine great works of philosophy and literature to explore what it might take to lead a well-lived life.

 

Berlin, 20. Mai 2013

Apollo's carte postale | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved. | bulletin from apollo | Berlin

 

Berlin, 19. Mai 2013

dangerousminds.net | We're screwed: how will we survive in a future without jobs | Read | How much longer can capitalism last when robots will do all the work | Read

 

Berlin, 18. Mai 2013

Apollo’s crayon | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 17. Mai 2013

Apollo’s signature | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved. Gouache (Tempera) on Paper · 42 x 30 cm · Not For Sale

 

Berlin, 15. Mai 2013

apollo in a parking lot | Berlin/London | Apollo | Greek Mythology a god, son of Zeus and Leto and brother of Artemis. He is associated with music, poetic inspiration, archery, prophecy, medicine, pastoral life, and in later poetry with the sun; the sanctuary at Delphi was dedicated to him.

openculture.com | Frank Lloyd Wright Reflects on Creativity, Nature and Religion in Rare 1957 Audio | Listen

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The Future of Work | technologyreview.com | When Machines Do Your Job | Researcher Andrew McAfee says advances in computing and artificial intelligence could create a more unequal society. | By Antonio Regalado | Read

'It may be hard to believe, but before the end of this century, 70 percent of today’s occupations will likewise be replaced by automation. Yes, dear reader, even you will have your job taken away by machines. In other words, robot replacement is just a matter of time.' — Kevin Kelly, Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Job | wired.com | Read

Jaron Lanier: 'The online Utopia doesn't exist. We need to reboot'

modernluxury.com/san-francisco | Computer scientist and writer Jaron Lanier on why he thinks our digital economy is screwed—and how he proposes to fix it. Read

wnyc.org | The Leonard Lopate Show | Jaron Lanier and Eric Drexler on Technology and the Future, the Influence of Eric Fromm, Nathaniel Philbrick on Bunker Hill | Listen

salon.com | Jaron Lanier: The Internet destroyed the middle class | Read

Jaron Lanier | Who Owns the Future | The book

 

Berlin, 14. Mai 2013

Apollo’s shoes | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 7. Mai 2013

Canada | Ronzigs Gallery | When the Middle Class Becomes Homeless | Video

 

Berlin, 5. Mai 2013

The Air-Raid-Shelter Apartments Under Beijing | By Edward Wong | magazine | nytimes.com

Motor City Breakdown | Detroit in literature and film: Places | By Jerry Herron | Design Observer

 

Berlin, 3. Mai 2013

Jackson Pollock | Hans Namuth, Pollock working outdoors © Hans Namuth, Ltd. | sfmoma.org | Video | Frank Stella on Jackson Pollock | sfmoma.org | Video

pure painting | Artist Statement [III] · download [60 KB]

no meaning
no philosophy
no reference
no provocation
no gag
no significance
no iconography
no story
no color
no irony

no deepness
no myth
no pleasing
no system
no method
no deconstruction
no soul
no talking
no sensation
no illusion

© 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved. | Writings & Scores

 

Berlin, 1. Mai 2013

Old Williamsburg before it becomes yet another high-rise | By Max Touhey | Domino Sugar Refinery - a premortem examination via raw footage | Video

Fotoserie von Will Steacy über die schweren Zeiten des Philadelphia Inquirer | willsteacy.com | and Philly Inquirer’s Hard Years Are Microcosm of Newspapers’ Long Goodbye | wired.com

New York | James Nares: STREET (2012) on Vimeo | New York in Slow Motion by J. Hoberman | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

 

Berlin, 29. April 2013

Jacques Demy sur le tournage des Demoiselles de Rochefort en 1966 | Photo Agnès Varda

Judy Linn | James Joyce on 23rd Street, early 1970s

I Am A Beautiful Monster | Poetry, Prose, and Provocation | By Francis Picabia | Book | MIT Press, 2012

 

Berlin, 27. April 2013

If you have twenty minutes free, watch this short film | The Last Bookshop | Video | Richard Dadd and Dan Fryer directed this film for The Bakery, and it was filmed in various bookstores in Kent and London.

Book | Solar System & Rest Rooms | Writings and Interviews, 1965–2007 | By Mel Bochner | Mel Bochner | By David Markus | The Brooklyn Rail | Holly Shen Chaves on Mel Bochner | artequalstext.com

 

Berlin, 26. April 2013

Book | A Decade of Negative Thinking: Essays on Art, Politics, and Daily Life (Duke University Press, 2009) | By Mira Schor | miraschor.com

...good or bad,
All men are mad;
All they say or do is theatre.

— Baba, ‘Epilogue’, The Rake’s Progress (W. H. Auden, Igor Stravinsky)

 

Berlin, 25. April 2013

The art world ignores more good art than it will ever appreciate. — Mira Schor, Artist and writer

27 Questions for Artist and Critic Mira Schor | blouinartinfo.com | Read

 

Berlin, 24. April 2013

'It may be time to forget the art world—or at least to recognize that a certain historical notion of the art world is in eclipse.' | Book | Forgetting The Art World | By Pamela M. Lee | MIT Press, 2012

Book | Black Mountain College | Experiment in Art | Edited by Vincent Katz | 352 pp. | 9.25 x 11.625 in | 235 color illus., 235 b&w illus. MIT Press, 2013

The Brooklyn Rail | The Contemporary Art Gallery | By David Carrier | Read

Book | Paul O Neill. The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s) | MIT Press, 2012 | The Brooklyn Rail | The Culture of Curating and the Curating of Culture(s) | By Loney Abrams | Read

 

Berlin, 22. April 2013

rowohlt.de | Samuel D. Kassow | Ringelblums Vermächtnis | Buch | Warsaw Ghetto: The story of its secret archive | By Monica Whitlock | BBC World Service | Read

 

Berlin, 20. April 2013

Paris: The Thrill of the Modern | By Anka Muhlstein | [nybooks.com] Read

Marcel Duchamp: Something and nothing | By Judith Flanders | [the-tls.co.uk] Read

 

Berlin, 19. April 2013

taschen.com | Salgado’s masterpiece: GENESIS — Earth eternal | A photographic homage to our planet in its natural state | Book | Video

Sebastião Salgado | Genesis | 11 April - 8 September 2013 | Waterhouse Gallery | Natural History Museum London

Seventy years have elapsed since the Warsaw Ghetto uprising broke out, on Passover eve, the 19th of April 1943. | yadvashem.org

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Peter Ross | William Burroughs' Stuff

Brion Gysin | An artist who is interested in all the structural problems of sensation and who examines with great objectivity and curiosity the possibility of sensorial enrichment innate in the perceptive capacity of man. continue...

Eberhard Illner (Hg.): Eduard von der Heydt; Kunstsammler, Bankier, Mäzen. Prestel Verlag | [faz.net] Lesen | Museum Rietberg Zürich | Von Buddha bis Picasso | Der Sammler Eduard von der Heydt

 

Berlin, 18. April 2013

Inventar eines Jahrhunderts, News & Stories (dctp) Zu: Walter Benjamin, Das Passagen-Werk, Prof. Dr. Burkhardt Lindner im Gespräch mit Alexander Kluge. | [via noxe.tumblr.com] Video

 

Berlin, 17. April 2013

Stravinsky | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Jerry Saltz | advice for artists | [jonnibegood.tumblr.com] Read

Painting as an Art | By Richard Wollheim | Book

Wagner’s Fluids | By Susan Sontag | [lrb.co.uk] Read

 

Berlin, 16. April 2013

Art has often been described as a form of escape from action. It has been pointed out that the artist, finding the practical affairs of the world too unpleasant, withdraws from the world of the imagination in order to exempt himself from this unpleasantness.

In fact, the man who spends his entire life turning the wheels of industry so that he has neither time nor energy to occupy himself with any other needs of his human organism is by far a greater escapist than the one who developed his art. For the man who develops his art does make adjustments to his physical needs. He understands that man must have bread to live, while the other cannot understand that you cannot live by bread alone.

— Mark Rothko | Art as a Form of Action | The Artist’s Reality · Philosophies of Art, edited by Christopher Rothko; 2004, Yale University Press, New Haven and London

Real books worth reading | A-Z list

 

Berlin, 15. April 2013

Timothy Snyder: 'Thinking the Twentieth Century' by Tony Judt | The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU and NPR | Listen | Things Fell Apart: Tony Judt's 'Twentieth Century' | NPR | Read

 

Berlin, 14. April 2013

NYC/Brooklyn | Classes about anything and everything | Brooklyn Brainery | brooklynbrainery.com

MoMA’s Act of Vandalism by Martin Filler | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books

The Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart | Abstract Expressionist Artist | richardpousette-dart.com | Richard Pousette-Dart: East River Studio | Luhring Augustine

Philip Guston | Collected Writings | Lectures, and Conversations | Philip Guston (Author), Clark Coolidge (Editor), Dore Ashton (Introduction) | [ucpress.edu] Book

 

Berlin, 13. April 2013

Richard Meyer, What Was Contemporary Art? A New Book Asks the Question | Los Angeles | Public Spectacle [blogs.laweekly.com] Read

 

Berlin, 12. April 2013

Painting is an illusion, a piece of magic, so what you see is not what you see. — Philip Guston

Paris | Can Sacred Hopi [Zuni and/or Jemez tribes] Masks be Sold? French Judge Will Rule | [theepochtimes.com] Read | Robert Redford calls sale of Hopi masks 'sacrilege' | [theartnewspaper.com] Read | U.S. Diplomat Asks Auction House to Delay Sale of Hopi Items | [artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com] Read

 

Berlin, 11. April 2013

NYC/Brooklyn | The Starving Artists Project | Thompson Harrell | Video

It was always disappointing to see that what I could really master in terms of form boiled down to so little. — Giacometti

rethinked.org | Henri Cartier-Bresson on his friend Alberto Giacometti | Read | fondationbeyeler.ch | Sammlung | Alberto Giacometti

Painting, he said, is the art of making things real, because you have looked at how things are. — Ciaran Carson

 

Berlin, 10. April 2013

Zao Wou-ki (1920-2013), la puissance du geste | Par Philippe Dagen | lemonde.fr

Fanny Arlandis | The Perverse Effect Of Street Art On Neighborhood Gentrification | Read

Scott Turow on how the global e-book market is devaluing copyrights and depleting authors’ income streams | nytimes.com | Read

 

Berlin, 7. April 2013

Marjan Zahed-Kindersley | For Ralph Lichtensteiger | Can’t paint to save my life, but hey, I’ll go a bit abstract.

 

Berlin, 5. April 2013

Other Minds (San Francisco) | The Music of Lou Harrison | Listen

 

Berlin, 3. April 2013

'Software is eating the world' | THINKING MACHINES | How the internet is making us poor | By Christopher Mims | [qz.com] Read

Urban Dictionary | go 678 on your ass | Read | Link Diving | Read | Glasshole | Read | Bowery says art is shit | boweryboogie.tumblr

art is not what you see · download [52 KB] | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved. | Writings & Scores

World Brain: The Idea of a Permanent World Encyclopaedia | By H.G. Wells | Read

 

Berlin, 2. April 2013

Glenn Gould about artists | Video

freedom of movement = mobility · inner mobility = the inner journey continues, even when outward mobility is comprised | Watch

Paint ten thousand paintings and walk ten thousand miles or in art it is difficult to say something which is just as good as saying nothing at all. — RLi

art is not what you see · download [52 KB] | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved. | Writings & Scores

Creativity is about the most worn-out, abused concept that used to mean something remarkable, something that differentiated someone, something that made them special. It’s a term that’s been usurped by the creative class, by people like Richard Florida, and reduced to a base concept that has come to stand for the opposite of creativity: mediocre, middle-of-the-road, acceptable, unadventurous, and so forth—so that creativity is no longer creative. What was once creative is now uncreative. — You Take Your Love Where You Get It: An Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith | theparisreview.org/blog

Black Mountain College Studies Journal | Volume IV | Read

Twenty captions for twenty drawings:

(01) a stereophonic journey through india
(02) the vast majority of artists are struggling, underpaid, underemployed, and under-recognized
(03) the world is filled with invisible realities
(04) people rarely see the beauty and the greatness around them
(05) in leaving some things unsaid, a work of art reaches toward the essence
(06) it is the total absorption of the artist in the work that enables true luminosity to appear
(07) meaninglessness as ultimate meaning
(08) I am not interested in making a picture
(09) research in the form of a spectacle
(10) the last drawing one can make
(11) consider the world as one gigantic drawing
(12) business sure screwed up the art world universally
(13) making art is not art
(14) art as art
(15) monologue intérieur
(16) does art need to be aesthetic?
(17) learning how to operate your mind
(18) metronome/metropolis
(19) images (including, but not limited to visual art) have become commodities
(20) art is not what you see

Untitled | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 1. April 2013

All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate. — Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

ArtSlant | A Brief and Incomplete History of Stolen, Lost, and Destroyed Works of Art | Read

AB EX NY: The Painting Techniques of Mark Rothko: No. 16 (Red, Brown, and Black) | Video

 

Berlin, 28. März 2013

Memories for the Future | Street View | Namie, Futaba District, Fukushima Prefecture | Japan [miraikioku.com] open

Drifters (1929) | Video | silent documentary film by John Grierson

myth | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved. | Writings & Scores

 

Berlin, 27. März 2013

Outsider/Insider | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved. | Writings & Scores

Outsider (noun) | after six years, I still feel like an outsider in this town stranger, visitor, nonmember; foreigner, alien, immigrant, emigrant, émigré; newcomer, parvenu.

1) a person who does not belong to a particular group. | a person who is not accepted by or who is isolated from society. society often regards the artist as an outsider.

2) a competitor, applicant, etc., thought to have little chance of success : he started as a rank outsider for the title.

The Wisdom of Sun Ra: Sun Ra's Polemical Broadsheets and Streetcorner Leaflets, Sun Ra, Elms, Corbett | Book

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dark message [4] harmony | vergrössern | © 2010/2011 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved. | Writings & Scores

 

Berlin, 26. März 2013

Unconventional ways of making art | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

If my personal history were to be frozen in space, it would appear as a finely detailed mosaic made up of an incredible number of dirty dishes, nameless faces in WPA jobs and almost nameless faces in hobo jungles. — Harry Partch

It is always difficult to be an artist, devoted to seeing and making, in a commercial society devoted to showing and spending. — Adam Gopnik

 

Berlin, 24. März 2013

Pierre Soulages | Processus de création, 1981 | Video

I was always interested in black, even as a child, I used black paint and when someone asked what I was painting I said 'snow'. I think with hindsight that I used black to make the paper look more white. — Pierre Soulages

 

Berlin, 22. März 2013

zettel | Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), recommendations for Walt Kuhn for the Armory Show, 1912

I don't believe in history, that's his story. I believe in mystery, that's my story. — Sun Ra

no [Text piece for 2 voices] · download [60 KB] © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 21. März 2013

The Sun Ra Repatriation Project [via Kapwani Kiwanga] | Video

Technology obsessed society | Google Glass ban signs [stopthecyborgs.org] | Read

What happens when it becomes impossible to function without interfacing with wireless payment, social networks, and augmented reality?

 

Berlin, 20. März 2013

Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) | Transformer [Thanks to Ana Fernandes] | Video

Capitalism's fiction laid bare: will the cyprus crisis trigger a revolution? [dangerousminds.net] | Read | The rules aren't broken, they're fixed: time to rewrite them | Read | Expose The Hidden London | Video | Animated assault on The City of London | 'The Man' performed by Pete 'The Temp' | Video

 

Berlin, 19. März 2013

— Theme de Yoyo [Noreen Beasley], Art Ensemble of Chicago | vergrössern

Berlin, 18. März 2013

AB EX NY: The Painting Techniques of Jackson Pollock: One: Number 31, 1950 | Video

AB EX NY: The Painting Techniques of Ad Reinhardt: Abstract Painting | Video

Looking is not as simple as it looks. — Ad Reinhardt

Willem de Kooning: A Retrospective at MoMA | Video | Thanks to James Kalm

Your head is like a yoyo,
your neck is like the string,
Your body's like a camembert
oozing from its skin.

Your fanny's like two sperm whales
floating down the Seine
Your voice is like a long fart
that's music to your brain.

Your eyes are two blind eagles
that kill what they can't see
Your hands are like two shovels
digging in me.

And your love is like an oil-well
Dig, dig, dig, dig it,
On the Champs-Elysees.

— Theme de Yoyo [Noreen Beasley], Art Ensemble of Chicago

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I was sittin' in a breakfast room in Allentown, Pennsylvania,
six o'clock in the morning, got up too early, it was a terrible mistake...
sittin' there face-to-face with a 75 cent glass of orange juice
about as big as my finger and a bowl of horribly foreshortened cornflakes,
and I said to myself: 'This is the life!' . . . — Frank Zappa, 200 Years Old, Bongo Fury (1975)

The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak. — Ethics (1677) by Baruch Spinoza

 

Berlin, 17. März 2013

Alberto Giacometti painting a portrait | Video

Façade II, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 15. März 2013

art stream is anarchic | lacking order or control

What is Rhythm? Everybody thinks they know what this word means. In fact, everybody senses it in a manner that falls a long way short of knowledge: rhythm enters into the lived; though that does not mean it enters into the known.There is a long way to go from an observation to a definition, and even further from the grasping of some rhythm (of an air in music, or of respiration, or of the beatings of the heart) to the conception that grasps the simultaneity and intertwinement of several rhythms, their unity in diversity. And yet each one of us is this unity of diverse relations whose aspects are subordinated to action towards the external world, oriented towards the outside, towards the Other and to the World, to such a degree that they escape us. We are only conscious of most of our rhythms when we begin to suffer from some irregularity. (...) — Henri Lefebvre, Rhythmanalysis: Space, Time, and Everyday Life

George Kubler points out that man-made things, and especially works of art, are not created in a vacuum. Their form is influenced by earlier things which are part of the maker’s experience. Things are thus linked by influence in chains or sequences. Furthermore, each thing or work of art represents a solution to an artistic problem. (...)

The system today is all-embracing and merciless...
if the artist starts to fit, he is no longer an artist...
99% of the so called artists today are in fact just yes-man...
the essence of art is resistance and countermovement...
the be an artist is exhausting and it transforms you into an outsider...

Don't use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry. — Jack Kerouac

Allen G., Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 14. März 2013

Peinture automatique | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Peinture automatique | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Peinture automatique | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

I think that one wants from a painting a sense of life. The final suggestion, the final statement, has to be not a deliberate statement but a helpless statement. It has to be what you can't avoid saying. — Jasper Johns

A brief history of early Chinese philosophy [microform] (1914) | By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki (1870-1966) | [archive.org] Read online | Principles of Engagement | By Kazuaki Tanahashi | Dharma Communications [mro.org] Read

Naum Gabo | Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y. | [archive.org] Read online | A retrospective view of constructive art by Naum Gabo (1949) | [archive.org] Read online | Naum Gabo [no title] c.1950 | [tate.org.uk] Image

Corner, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 13. März 2013

About Marcel Duchamp | Dancing around the Bride | By Alice Dunseath | Video

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For Marjan | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

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The Most Radical Act: Harold Rosenberg, Barnett Newman and Ad Reinhardt | By Annika Marie | Book | Theories and Documents of Contemporary Art: A Sourcebook of Artists' Writings | By Kristine Stiles and Peter Howard Selz | Book | The Shape of Time | By George Kubler | Yale University Press | Book

— Robert Rauschenberg | vergrössern

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I think the idea of an artist standing outside society is still alive. I think it’s an important role. It’s always been an underappreciated role, we become victims, we become targets, because our lifestyle has to be different in order to get the job done. And we make a lot of sacrifices to do what we do. — John Zorn | Interview by Michael Goldberg | BOMB 80/Summer 2002

 

Berlin, 12. März 2013

When you are working everybody is in your studio, the past, your friends, the art world, and above all your own ideas - are all there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave. — John Cage to Philip Guston

Pierre Leguillon presented his Non-Happening: After Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967), followed by a conversation with Peter Selz | Video

Garry Winogrand | SFMOMA | Exhibition | March 09 - June 02, 2013 | 10 Things Garry Winogrand Can Teach You About Street Photography | By ERIC KIM | [erickimphotography.com] Read

 

Berlin, 11. März 2013

On March 11, 2011, at 2:46 p.m. local time (05:46 Universal Time, or UTC), a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan, at 38.3 degrees North latitude and 142.4 degrees East longitude. The world’s fifth largest earthquake since 1900 and the worst in Japan’s history. | [earthobservatory.nasa.gov] Read | Photo © The Atlantic

A Publication of the International Buddhist Exchange Center | This Precious Life: Buddhist Tsunami Relief and Anti-Nuclear Activism in Post 3/11 Japan | Edited by Jonathan S. Watts | [jneb.jp] Read | [review, japantimes.co.jp] Effect of spiritual force on the post-3/11 crisis | Read

Appeal for a Lifestyle without Dependence on Nuclear Power | By the Japan Buddhist Federation | Read

 

Berlin, 9. März 2013

Psychisch Kranke in Berlin: Unter Ausschluss | Von Christiane Tramitz | Tagesspiegel | Lesen

Fire damaged footage of De Kooning in his East Hampton studio mid August of 1966 | Video

Robert Rauschenberg describes the process of creating 'Automobile Tire Print' (1953) with John Cage | Video

Oral history interview with Robert Rauschenberg, 1965 Dec. 21 | Oral Histories | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution [aaa.si.edu] | Read

 

Berlin, 8. März 2013

People, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Kämpfe um Anerkennung treten an die Stelle von Revolutionen, und sie drehen sich nicht um die Gestaltung der Zukunft, sondern darum, den bestmöglichen Platz in der Gegenwart zu ergattern. — Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman is Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Leeds. He is an international authority on the Sociology of Modernity. In 1992 he was awarded the European Amalfi Prize for Sociology and Social Sciences and in 1998 the Theodor W. Adorno Award of the city of Frankfurt am Main.

 

Berlin, 6. März 2013

Reflection, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

The Artist's Reality | Philosophies of Art | By Mark Rothko; Edited and with an introduction by Christopher Rothko | [books.google.de] Book | Collection of 12 beautifully written and clearheaded essays from 1940-41.

The most interesting painting is one that expresses more of what one thinks than of what one sees. — Mark Rothko

The Leonard Lopate Show: Please Explain: Indian Classical Music | [wnyc.org] Listen [33:25]

 

Berlin, 5. März 2013

M/E/A/N/I/N/G, 1986-1996 (reissues, ed. Susan Bee and Mira Schor) | [jacket2.org] Read

Words have users, but as well, users have words. And it is the users that establish the world's realities. — LeRoi Jones

Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project | LeRoi Jones's [Amiri Baraka] Poetic Manifesto, 'The Revolutionary Theater' [wnyc.org] | Listen [00:43:00]

On John Cage, 'Cartridge Music' | By Danny Snelson | [jacket2.org] Read

 

Berlin, 4. März 2013

TUMBLR is not about ART it is about image | blog.sevenknotwind.com | Read | [Art is still very much intertwined with all things TUMBLR, In many ways Art on TUMBLR is being used to gentrify the web the way it has previously been used to gentrify neighborhoods. see: the village, SOHO, Chelsea, Williamsburg etc…]

I don't think of myself as making art. I do what I do because I want to, because painting is the best way I've found to get along with myself. — Robert Rauschenberg

Hundreds of free art catalogs and books from The Metropolitan Museum of Art | metmuseum.org | India: Art and Culture, 1300–1900 | Welch, Stuart Cary (1985) | Read | Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art | Leidy, Denise Patry, and Donna Strahan (2010) | Read

Edgar Wind | Reith Lectures series | Art and Anarchy | The Fear of Knowledge | Listen | The Mechanization of Art | Listen

The true intention of art | disappear · download [56 KB] | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 3. März 2013

Lou Harrison: A World of Music (a film by Eva Soltes) · Film Trailer · By documentary filmmaker/music producer Eva Soltes

Noam Chomsky | The Purpose of Education | Video [21:58]

 

Berlin, 2. März 2013

Terry Riley | Kronos Quartet: Sun Rings | Video

Art’s purpose is to sober and quiet the mind so that it is in accord with what happens. — John Cage

 

Berlin, 1. März 2013

Radhakrishnan, S. (Sarvepalli) | The philosophy of Rabindranath Tagore (1918) | [archive.org] | Read online

Jean-Louis Derche | A Stereophonic Journey Through India (September 21, 1972) | [archive.org, Other Minds Audio Archive] | Listen

 

Berlin, 28. Februar 2013

Mort de Stéphane Hessel | La France perd un immense patriote humaniste | [lemonde.fr] | article | Stéphane Hessel, 1917-2013 | [liberation.fr] | article | Hommage unanime à Stéphane Hessel après sa mort | [rfi.fr] | article

Stéphane Hessel on Occupy Wall Street: Find the Time for Outrage When Your Values Are Not Respected | [democracynow.org] | Video

 

Berlin, 27. Februar 2013

(...) no one resists any more. Instead they queue up to be canonised by another empty awards ceremony, and rush headlong towards mainstream acceptance with indecent haste (...) — Art anarchy in the UK [Sean O'Hagan, guardian.co.uk] | Read

(...) All of this has a direct effect on artists, and on the art they make. "The vast majority of artists are struggling, underpaid, underemployed, and under-recognized," Fraser said. "Like the majority of workers in other fields, they feel like victims of a system over which they have no control." — The Banksy mural affair: art market or art racket? | [Jason Farago, guardian.co.uk] | Read

I used to think it was possible for an artist to alter the inner life of the culture. Now bomb-makers and gunmen have taken that territory. — Don DeLillo, Mao II

Tunnel, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 25. Februar 2013

Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Behold! Life, real life! | Video [00:27]

In Between The Notes | A Portrait of Pandit Pran Nath (1986) | Directed by William Farley | Video | and via ubu.com

From the Mid-Week Pictorial: Marian Holmes knelt inside the glass of a 100,000-watt incandescent bulb to be exhibited by the Westinghouse Company at the World Fair in Chicago. | [nyt] The Lively Morgue

 

Berlin, 24. Februar 2013

John Cage | Thoughts in Sound | Listen [00:05:36]

Buddha and the gospel of Buddhism | By Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) [archive.org] | Read online

 

Berlin, 23. Februar 2013

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. — Ansel Adams

For Ansel Adams | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 22. Februar 2013

JP (James Panero): What do you make of the contemporary art world?
DA (Dore Ashton): First of all, there’s no such thing as the “art world.” There’s the commercial world, but would you put artists in the art world? Do they have any power? If they’re in the top three, then yes —
JP: Okay, what about this commercial world?
DA: Well, it’s unfortunate, but I think we’re heading toward a big depression.
JP: Meaning the “art bubble” will burst?
DA: Yes, I think so. Though it seems that in the Depression — the other depression — those dealers kept going. (...)

— Renowned Art Historian Dore Ashton Talks Art Criticism, the Art Bubble, and the Dedalus Foundation | hyperallergic.com

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Man is in a state of perpetual mutation. He must grow either better or worse, either correct his habits or confirm them. The government under which we are placed must either increase our passions and prejudices by fanning the flame, or, by gradually discouraging, tend to extirpate them. In reality, it is impossible to conceive a government that shall have the latter tendency. By its very nature positive institution has a tendency to suspend the elasticity and progress of mind. Every scheme for embodying imperfection must be injurious. That which is today a considerable melioration will at some future period, if preserved unaltered, appear a defect and disease in the body politic. It is earnestly to be desired that each man should be wise enough to govern himself, without the intervention of any compulsory restraint; and, since government, even in its best state, is an evil, the object principally to be aimed at is that we should have as little of it as the general peace of human society will permit.

— Enquiry concerning Political Justice, and its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness, Book III, Principles of Government | By William Godwin | continue

[The text is taken from the fourth edition, 1842. This version of Political Justice, originally published in 1793, is based on the corrected third edition, published in 1798.]

 

Berlin, 21. Februar 2013

Kevin Ayers, founder of Soft Machine, has died aged 68 | [telegraph.co.uk] | Read | [guardian.co.uk] Read

Anarchistisches Radio [a-radio.net] | Die subversive Musik Georg Kreislers | hören

 

Berlin, 20. Februar 2013

brain syrup | stream of consciousness (Text piece for 2 voices) · download [68 KB] | Text pieces collection | see Writings | © Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

The true intention of art | disappear · download [56 KB]

[creative industries, creative class, Innovationsökonomie] | Andreas Reckwitz | Die Erfindung der Kreativität. Zum Prozess gesellschaftlicher Ästhetisierung. [suhrkamp.de] Buch | Wollen sollen, Thomas Assheuer [zeit.de] Lesen

Anarchistisches Radio [a-radio.net] | Anarchy/United Kingdom | hören | [embedded interview with London anarchist Martin Wright]

Harold Bloom Talks About Literature, Judaism, and the Almighty | Tablet Magazine

 

Berlin, 18. Februar 2013

Journal of Aesthetics & Protest [joaap.org/diablog] | Michael Wilson · I think that one must oppose curation completely. · Together, what can we do? | Read | A Guidebook of Alternative Nows | Amber Hickey (editor) | download Guidebook in pdf format for free.

 

Berlin, 16. Februar 2013

Gap, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

New text piece for 4 voices | simultaneous but not synchronous | Feel free to perform and record my text piece, you can send your performance/version to email, thanks. Text pieces collection | see Writings | © Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Quartet (Text piece for 4 voices) · download [132 KB]

 

Berlin, 15. Februar 2013

UFO, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Paul Mattick Jr [author of Business as Usual: The Economic Crisis and the Failure of Capitalism] on the nature of the capitalist crisis | Video [12:35]

 

Berlin, 12. Februar 2013

Eyeglasses, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

University of Oslo | Software | MultiControl, GDIF in Matlab, Click-It, VideoMix, Musical Gestures Toolbox u.a. | uio.no

Union Fights Computer Learning that Replaces Teachers | wnyc.org

 

Berlin, 11. Februar 2013

Untitled, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Richard Artschwager (1923-2013), Minimalist, Painter, Sculptor, Dies at 89 [artinfo.com] | Read

Heinrich Zimmer, Philosophy of India (1952) [archive.org] | Read
Richard Garbe, The philosophy of ancient India (1899) [archive.org] | Read
Theos Bernard, Hindu Philosophy (1947) [archive.org] | Read

 

Berlin, 10. Februar 2013

William Godwin und die Anfänge des Anarchismus im 18. Jahrhundert; ein Beitrag zur Geschichte des politischen Individualismus (1907) [archive.org] | Read

William Godwin, Enquiry concerning Political Justice, and its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness [ebooks.adelaide.edu.au] | Read

No Longer Empty | NLE's core mission is to widen the public engagement for contemporary art, to promote the work of imaginative and socially-conscious artists, and to demonstrate the capacity of art to revitalize communities. | nolongerempty.org

 

Berlin, 8. Februar 2013

New text pieces for 2 and 4 voices | simultaneous but not synchronous | Feel free to perform and record one of the my text pieces, you can send your performance/version to email, thanks.

word mechanism sculpture (Text piece for 2 voices) · download [140 KB]
words differently arranged (Text piece for 2 voices) · download [104 KB]

Text pieces collection | see Writings | © Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something. — Frank Zappa

 

Berlin, 7. Februar 2013

Façade I, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Artists and the [crisis] economy | [Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) is a New York-based activist group that focuses on regulating the payment of artist fees by nonprofit art institutions, and establishing a sustainable model for best practices between cultural producers and the institutions which contract their labor.] wage.thepresentgroup.com website start page statement | @wageforwork

Advocacy Group W.A.G.E. on What Its First Survey Tells Us About How Artists Are Treated in NYC | artinfo.com

 

Berlin, 6. Februar 2013

Street IV, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

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musique trouvé catalog (digital ALBUMS via mailorder) · download [176 KB] | see Writings

Emma Goldman (1869-1940) Anarchism and Other Essays [archive.org, LibriVox] | Read | Listen

That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. — Henry David Thoreau, Essay on Civil Disobedience (1849) | Originally published as Resistance to Civil Government

Oral history interview with John Cage [May 2, 1974] | Transcript [aaa.si.edu] | Read

 

Berlin, 5. Februar 2013

Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project | Great Minds and Stellar Talents Consider the State of Modern Photography | WNYC | By Philip Quarles | Margaret Bourke-White, Harry Callahan, Walker Evans, Louis Faurer, Gjon Mili, Lisette Model, Wright Morris, Homer Page, Irving Penn, Ben Shahn, Charles Sheeler, Frederick Sommer, Aaron Siskind, Weegee, Edward Weston | A snapshot of the state of the art in 1950. | Listen [01:27:23]

 

Berlin, 4. Februar 2013

What would Philip Glass need to survive in complete isolation? | Survival Kit with Leonard Lopate (2003) and Around New York with John Schaefer (1995) | WQXR | Listen [53:08]

Kreuzberg, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

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Indian classical music books:
The music of India | Popley, H. A. (Herbert Arthur) | archive.org
Indian music | Fyzee Rahamin, Atiya Begum | archive.org
The Music Of Hindostan, A.H. Fox Strangways | archive.org
Introduction to the study of Indian music | an attempt to reconcile modern Hindustani music with ancient musical theory and to propound an accurate and comprehensive method of treatment of the subject of Indian musical intonation | Clements, E. (Ernest), Sir, b. 1873 | archive.org
A History of Indian Philosophy, Volume 1 : Dasgupta, Surendranath, 1887-1952 | archive.org
Ravi Shankar & Anoushka Shankar (India) on Vimeo | Video

 

Berlin, 3. Februar 2013

Thing II, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Thing I, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 1. Februar 2013

Street III, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 31. Januar 2013

Street II, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 30. Januar 2013

archive.org | Overpopulation and Art: A reading by John Cage (January 28, 1992) | Listen [33:04] | Thanks to Andrew Culver.

 

Berlin, 29. Januar 2013

Street I, Berlin | vergrössern | © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 28. Januar 2013

Carte-de-Viste camera | geh.org

 

Berlin, 27. Januar 2013

Art is not about itself but the attention we bring to it. — MD

As soon as we start putting our thoughts into words and sentences everything gets distorted, language is just no damn good—I use it because I have to, but I don’t put any trust in it. We never understand each other. — MD

audioblog.arteradio.com | ragamind | pièce radiophonique

 

Berlin, 26. Januar 2013

Les champs magnétiques | Philippe Soupault (1897-1990) | Interview (1959) | Listen | via ubu.com

 

Berlin, 25. Januar 2013

'hohe akzeptabilität' | Mira, voice | [01:24] [from Eine Woche mit Hegel] | link to mp3

© [2000/2013] Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

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Sound of Saturn | NASA | Internet Archive | Listen [01:13]

 

Berlin, 24. Januar 2013

Le Corbusier's Modular Man | [explained by Mark and Linda Keane, AIA, NCARB] | Video

Le Corbusier on painting | Today we saturated with images (...) we are swamped with images through the cinema as well as through the magazine or the daily newspaper. Is not, then, a great part of the work formerly reserved for painting accomplished? — Architecture and the arts, in: Stamo Papadaki (Hrsg.), Le Corbusier. Architect, painter, writer, New York 1948

La mystère de la nature, nous l’attaquons scientifiquement et loin de s’épuiser il se creusera toujours plus profond alors que nous avancerons. Voilà ce que de devient norte folklore. Le symbole ésotérique, nous l’avons, pour le initiés d’aujourd’hui, dans les courbes qui représent les forces, dans les formules qui resolvent les phénomènes naturels. — Le Corbusier, L’Art Décoratif d’Aujourd’hui, Paris 1925 (1980)

Le Corbusier on music and sound | (...) The corporation of painters also lives outside the stream of current events. The schools perpetuate specialists in dead things. Painting and music; architecture also. Music! The modem world vibrates with new sounds. Our ears have become much more sensitive than those of our ancestors. Does the sound of the world have no useful effect on works of art? I shall answer thus: it is a function of our existence; hence it is the very tissue of music. Already Satie and Stravinsky have revealed new harmonies and rhythms. Curious and patient men who record the music of men and who have filled our record albums, there is still a job to do. Record the sounds of the world. Engrave mechanically on the record what fashions our ears: the sounds of the street, a symphony. — Le Corbusier, When the Cathedrals Were White, McGraw-Hili Book Company, New York 1964, p. 164

Le Corbusier on drawing | Part of every day of my life has been devoted to drawing. I have never stopped drawing and painting, looking wherever I could for the secrets of form. — Le Corbusier

I prefer drawing to talking. Drawing is faster, and leaves less room for lies. — Le Corbusier

 

Berlin, 23. Januar 2013

(...) The media of the technological age have very different characteristics. Their content is the Insignificant, the 'news.' Tomorrow it will no longer have the least interest. There is even good reason to believe that there is no interest at the time of the event. The medium is the televised image, instead of the permanent to which one must return in order to grow on one’s own. It continually falls into a nothingness from which it will never be able to leave. The media world thus does not offer a self-realization of life; it offers escape. For all those whose laziness represses their energy and thus always leaves them discontent with themselves, it offers the opportunity to forget about their discontent. This forgetting recurs at each moment with each new rise of Force and Desire. (...) — Michel Henry, Barbarism; translated by Scott Davidson (Continuum impacts, 2012)

 

Berlin, 22. Januar 2013

John Baldessari | This Not That | Documentary | Video [01:27:51]

Conceptual Art | Does art need to be aesthetic? | a) 'What is the function of art, or the nature of art?' — Joseph Kosuth, Art After Philosophy, 1969 | b) 'A work of art is a kind of proposition presented within the context of art as comments on art… A work of art is a tautology in that it is a presentation of the artist’s intention… that a particular work of art is art, which means, is a definition of art. Thus, that it is art is true a priori.' — Art After Philosophy p 845-6

 

Berlin, 21. Januar 2013

Paul Asaro plays Snowy Morning Blues | Listen

 

Berlin, 18. Januar 2013

CARTA | Evolutionary Origins of Art and Aesthetics | Neurobiologist Jean-Pierre Changeux | carta.anthropogeny.org

 

Berlin, 17. Januar 2013

Brion Gysin | Thoughts On Modern Art [02:29] | Listen | via ubu.com

Letters of Note | Mrs. Sinclair Lewis to you | lettersofnote.com

Hommage à John Cage | 4'33'' Portrait chinois | Plateformes | 57 minutes | franceculture.fr

 

Berlin, 16. Januar 2013

Je suis la sœur d'Erik Satie (1/2) | L'Atelier de la création | d'Andrea Cohen et Gaël Gillon | 59 minutes | franceculture.fr

Colors [Tape III] [06:58] | Grün: Absinthgrün 1-6 | Apfelgrün 1-12 | Armeegrün 1-7 | Avocadogrün 1-10 | Billardgrün 1-7 | Birkengrün 1-21 | Blattgrün 1-27 | Brillantgrün 1-30 | Braungrün 1-33 | Bronzegrün 1-5 | Chlorgrün 1-4 | Chromoxydgrün 1-30 | Dschungelgrün 1-14 | etc.

— Colors | for two or more female vioces and black & white slide and/or digital projection [Tape I-VI] © [1999/2013] Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Colors [Tape III] [06:58] | Yasmine, voice | link to mp3

© [1999/2013] Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

 

Berlin, 15. Januar 2013

SIW 5 September 2012 | John Cage and his Adventures in Experiementalism | with Andrew Ford | abc.net.au

 

Berlin, 14. Januar 2013

A Dictionary of Rehearsals | Collection [2013]

ycnet · [you can not escape this]

language trapped
you can not escape this

the secret meadow
you can not escape this

underwater shots
you can not escape this

umbrella economy
you can not escape this

nerve drip acts
you can not escape this

signs at home
you can not escape this

code as law
you can not escape this

connectedness and isolation
you can not escape this

surface desease
you can not escape this

— Source: 'A Dictionary of Rehearsals' © 2013 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Listen | ycnet | Marjan Zahed-Kindersley, voice | link to mp3

A Dictionary of Rehearsals | Collection [2013]

 

beginning · [Elevator Geography]

I
beginning a painting
beginning a text
beginning a sculpture
beginning a poem
beginning a war
beginning a love story
beginning a year
beginning a life
beginning a day
beginning a concert
beginning a meal
beginning a movie
beginning a book
beginning a moment
beginning a conversation
beginning a fight
beginning a search
beginning a death
beginning a word
beginning a moment

II
beginning a movie
beginning a concert
beginning a day
beginning a meal
beginning a sculpture
beginning a poem
beginning a text
beginning a painting
beginning a love story
beginning a war
beginning a life
beginning a year
beginning a conversation
beginning a book
beginning a fight
beginning a moment
beginning a death
beginning a word
beginning a search
beginning a beginning

— Source: (Collection) Elevator Geography © 2004 Ralph Lichtensteiger · All Rights Reserved.

Edouard Dujardin (1861-1949) | Les lauriers sont coupés | Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
How to pronounce Édouard Dujardin | Listen
Stream of Consciousness | Urban Dictionary
La pensée créative | flux de pensée | No. 7 I seem to speak · download [PDF, 20 KB]

 

Berlin, 13. Januar 2013

Robert Ashley | Lectures to be Sung | Video | Scenes from two of his operas 'Concrete' and 'Atalanta (Acts of God)'

Against elitism | Amateurism is true invention (innovative amateurism) | Interview with Jack Hitt | By Arthur Kade | Video | On Dilettantism and the Virtues of Pursuing Multiple Interests | — I.M.H.O. — Medium | By Elizabeth Spiers

Every person is poison [Version II, 2010] · [08:41] | open the project page

Sub City New York | A film by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason [Music: Erik Satie] | Video
Sub City Paris | A film by Sarah Klein and Tom Mason | Video

John Cage and Politics | Cage & Consequences | 26 Essays | Julia H. Schröder, Volker Straebel (Eds./Hg.) | buecher-zur-musik.de | John Cage and Anarchism | Notes on Sources and Musical Evocations | Essay by Rob Haskins | terz.cc/magazin | John Cage, Amarchy, and me | By Brian Brandt | johncage2012.com | Anarchic Harmony Foundation | anarchicharmony.org

 

Berlin, 12. Januar 2013

Les dessins de Roland Barthes | Bibliothèque nationale de France | Video

 

Berlin, 11. Januar 2013

silence | war
art | silence
silence | cave
inhuman | silence

silence | dreaming
avenue | silence
silence | tape
mirror | silence ... continue

silence | silence · open the project page

'The time is out of joint.' — HAMLET, Act 1, Scene 5

John Cage: I think we have to embarrass the government out of existence . . . by not voting. By not accepting their offer of letting us vote. By refusing any connection with the government. Thoreau said: ‘Government is a tree, its fruit are people. As people ripen, they drop from the tree.’

John Cage and Politics | By Stephen Kurczy | constructionlitmag.com

Engaging with Cage | Philip Clark absorbs the sounds around John Cage’s apartment to understand why he wrote what he did | gramophone.co.uk

 

Berlin, 10. Januar 2013

Leopold Stokowski, the Maestro, Advocates for Accessible, Affordable Art | WNYC | [Interview, 1962]

Scott Coleman | blog.dscoleman.com | Bertrand Russell

 

Berlin, 9. Januar 2013

There is nothing which is not an intermediate state between being and nothing. — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, The Science of Logic (1812)

 

Berlin, 8. Januar 2013

Sudden Shower [11:29] for electronics, flutes, percussion and tape recorder · open the project page

Lihgthouse project | the visuals | lichtensteiger.net/lighthouse.html

 

Berlin, 7. Januar 2013

Not everything is art just because it looks kind of nifty. — via dscoleman.com

Noch die Verweigerung der Kommunikation ist eine Weise der Kommunikation. — Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phänomenologie der Wahrnehmung, Berlin 1974, S. 413

 

Berlin, 5. Januar 2013

The Meaning of All This | Talking to John Ashbery About His Past, Present and Future | Observer

 

Berlin, 4. Januar 2013

Listening I and II [for Jesse Glass] · open the project page

 

Berlin, 3. Januar 2013

 

Berlin, 2. Januar 2013

Hannah Brooks-Motl Reviews Toby Lester's 'Da Vinci’s Ghost' | The New Republic

 

Berlin, 1. Januar 2013

Happy New Year | Foto

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Photography | Prints

All photographs are available as Giclée prints/high-quality inkjet prints, signed by the artist and presented un-matted. Please send a note to receive detailed information about other available printing techniques. | lichtconlon [ at ] googlemail [ dot ] com

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