Sunday, January 28, 2007


"There isn't an overview, an over message; there are strands and themes and connections and broken links, and a lack of contact in the midst of all sorts of media."(I cite | Babel)

- See: Terms

:: note :: ... directing students i often encouage free association & kind of babel ...

Saturday, January 27, 2007

What can be done?

""To understand the work one must move from ontology, (what is art?) to pragmatism (what can art do?). Herein lies a possible revival of avant-garde politics - no longer historically "ahead", nor operating through shock and estrangement, but rather producing works that make things possible right now...""( - empyre - | Sharon Daniel)

" ... an artist as not one who continually advances existing vocabularies ( dominant cultural legacies ) but one who is reinscribing existing social-economic imperatives and, subsequently, must then defend the position created by that reinscription."( - empyre - |Christiane Robbins )

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:: note :: ... discussion on a January form ... "What is to be done?" as a quotation of V. I. Lenin's famous book from 1902 with the subtitle "Burning questions to our movement." ... we need skills for a participatory culture to develop sense and sensibility allowing consideration & content beyond structure and form ...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

public secrets

"There are secrets that are kept from the public and then there are "public secrets" - secrets that the public chooses to keep safe from itself, like the troubling "don't ask, don't tell." The trick to the public secret is in knowing what not to know. This is the most powerful form of social knowledge. Such shared secrets sustain social and political institutions. The injustices of the war on drugs, the criminal justice system, and the Prison Industrial Complex are "public secrets.""(Sharon Daniel |Public Secrets | Vector Journal)

- See: Terms

:: note :: ... a powerful web essay voicing secrets ... an aporia that gnaws at the core ...

Monday, January 22, 2007

ethical resistance

"I use 'ethics' broadly to refer to obligations that present themselves as necessarily to be fulfilled but that are neither forced on one nor enforceable? Ethical resistance involves the individual more than the institution or the population. It may be the basis for an individual's choice of engaging in social or political resistance. Yet it requires a different kind of explanation. For Emmanuel Levinas, ethical resistance is not the attempt to use power against itself, or to mobilize sectors of the population to exert their political power; ethical resistance is instead the resistance of the powerless."(Critical Resistance|David Hoy)

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:: note :: ... seeing in frames of power & struggles ... an alternative is testimony, witness, create context, conversations, narrative and evidence ...

Saturday, January 20, 2007

dylan matorell

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:: note :: ... so much to see ... hidden archives ... infinights ...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Meredith Monk

"You can't step twice into the same river, wrote Heracleitus, "for fresh waters are ever flowing in upon you." Memories, images, and written words preserve only the residue."(Village Voice | Dance | Vanishing Acts by Deborah Jowitt)

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:: note :: ... review of Meredith Monk's music-theater work Impermanence ... the words of Heracleitus continually haunt ... as the term ends for my high school students the strong undercurrents stir the riverbed deposits deep ... saw monk in venice (the travelogue series) decades ago at the beginnings of my travels ... so much to be open to i thought & still think ...

Monday, January 15, 2007

Alice Coltrane

"Divine music is one of the highest mercies extended to us by God. It is as powerful as prayer itself. The potency of sacred music has in certain instances superceded the curative properties of medicine, mantra, and affirmations. This is due to the heart's principle of love, purity, and innate receptivity. Often, the mind that knows the use of recitation and affirmations, at times has found that little value results when it exhaustedly abandons the constant repetition.

Divine music is a curative virtue; it is a gift from God that brings healing and comfort to the soul. This music can uplift one's spirit up to a higher dimension of being that is filled with peace and joy. Divine music is the sound of true life, wisdom, and bliss. This music transcends geographical boundaries, language barriers, age factors; and whether educated or uneducated, it reaches deep into the heart and soul, sacred and holy, like an Infinite sound of glory entering the Lord's sanctuary."
(quote from Swamini Turiyasangitananda)

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:: note :: ... Alice Coltrane (Swamini Turiyasangitananda) entered the space between music/spirituality into divinity ... for years have listened with rapture ... these past months have woken to her harp ... she has left ... may her journey continue with the splendour she gave to all ...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

the storm

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:: note :: ... day after the blizzard ...

Saturday, January 06, 2007


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:: note :: ... new beginnings on epiphany ...

Friday, January 05, 2007


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:: note :: ... turning ...

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Gustin House Recital Series

Gustin House is pleased to announce the 2007 Recital Series!
Soprano Ileana Montalbetti, and pianist Kathleen Lohrenz Gable perform songs and arias by Bellini, Berlioz, Puccini, Richard Strauss and others. Friday, January 5, 7:30 p.m., Grace-Westminster United Church, Saskatoon.

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:: note :: ... be splendid & fine ...