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Archive for January, 2006

Nam June Paik

Tuesday, January 31st, 2006

Nam June Paik died in Miami on January 29 at the age of 73. Even though I never made video installations when I was still a sculpture student at the Munich Art Academy in the late 70s, Paik was definitely one of those influential artists who forced anyone working in sculpture to look at materiality, […]

Fly away home

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Continuing on the multi-cultural Canada theme, I walked the dog to our local video store yesterday and rented a wonderful film, Masala. Co-written by Srivinas Krishna, who also directed and stars, this 1991 film takes as its point of departure the Air India atrocity. On board a doomed flight to India are a mother, father, […]

More travels, with photographic and musical accompaniment

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

More travels in “Canadian Style” (see previous post): listen to this MP3 for a dose of Canadian music with a beat all its own. This is Bhangra Beat, a form of traditional Punjabi tribal music fused with North American hip-hop and disco. Listen to more on Signia’s media page. Signia is a group that formed […]

Travels in Canadian Style

Friday, January 27th, 2006

Lying around in a buggy daze (sinusitis) these past few days, my surrealistic empire of serendipidous internet encounters expanded exponentially. Wow — have I been on some weird trips! Oh well, once the meds wear off, I’ll probably forget all about them… 😉 But maybe I’ll write them up sometime, if I don’t disappear down […]


Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Who can honestly say they’d pass up an article, written by Roger Scruton who is well-known to OpenDemocracy readers the world over as a champion of conservatism, when it has a ripping title like A piercing revelation – I harm my body, therefore I harm you? Unfortunately, it doesn’t pierce very deeply or reveal much. […]

Double post

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Somehow I managed to post “Piercing” twice, which might have as much to do with a very slow server response at Harvard as with my even slower brain response due to an ever-accelerating flare-up of sinusitis.  Cotton balls for brains, and the sensation of pain where there is no brain.  Why do we have sinuses […]

On politics, elections, and mind your manners

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

I will vote for Denise Savoie tomorrow. I even gave the NDP permission, two days ago, to come and put a sign in front of my house (they put it up late this afternoon). But: I really dislike Jack Layton. During dinner prep this evening, the phone rang. I picked it up and heard a […]

Uh, Pilot? …Man!, there’s still a busy signal!

Saturday, January 21st, 2006

Not coming up for air any time soon, but in the interim, a bit of political humour found quite by accident on the Victoria BC Livejournal Community site (posted by Kaileocomial, aka Coleman). If you’re a Canadian voter, this will surely provoke a wry smile: Martin, Harper and Layton are flying on the Executive Airbus […]

Giddy-up horsey

Monday, January 16th, 2006

I wish I could say that I’ve been furiously scribbling away at some fabulous essays these past ten days, but alas, that would be an untruth. I have instead been yoked, harnessed, steeped, and stewed in various real-life (i.e., not virtual) community commitments that involved much face-to-face and even in-your-face contact spread across many late-late […]

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