Thursday, July 29, 2010

Play Adam Sajkowski's New Wave-meets-New Media Experiment Les 400 Clicks

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Les 400 Clicks
For his multimedia project Les 400 Clicks (2008), Montreal-based artist Adam Sajkowski arbitrarily selected 400 frames from François Truffaut's feature debut and New Wave classic Les 400 coups ("The 400 Blows") and matched each one to a second-long snippet of the opening title composition. Viewers/users cue each frame by clicking on the one before, meaning that it takes 400 clicks to get through Les 400 Clicks. Get started by clicking here. (Rhizome)

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Cops Being Dicks: Bay Ridge Edition

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Cop Land
  • Now that's a good cop.
This is normally Henry's beat but hey, he's not here, and someone has to report on Bay Ridge cops making poor decisions. So, a young Brooklyn College student, Icelyn Garcia, is suing the NYPD because she spent the night in jail for bringing her tiny dog into the 86th Street R station. Yup.

After Officer Jessica Gavaras told Garcia she needed a carrier, Garcia had her cousin take the little pooch outside, and then pleaded with Gavaras not to give her a ticket. When Garcia went to check her phone for the time, Gavaras grabbed it out of her hand; when Garcia reached for the phone, Gavaras cuffed her. And now it'll probably cost the taxpayers some money.

Between me and you, though, Garcia isn't the most sympathetic victim of asymmetrical police response.

[It was the] worst night of my life. A prostitute offered me a job. There were women in there hiding drugs in their private parts. People were fighting. I've never been around that caliber of people in my life.

What, no hooker with a heart of gold?

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The Late David Markson's Very Annotated Books For Sale at The Strand

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 2:57 PM


For Newsweek, Seth Colter Walls runs down to the Strand to pick up what he can of the dispersed personal library of the experimental writer David Markson (author of Wittgenstein’s Mistress and This Is Not a Novel, among other novels), who died last month.

Earlier this week, the London Review of Books's Alex Abromavich informed readers that Markson's library of classic and contemporary novels, poetry and philosophy, inscribed with Markson's name on the flyleaf and heavily annotated in his hand, appeared to have been sold to The Strand in bulk, and were being resold. He found this out when someone passed on a tip from an undergrad, whose copy of White Noise had previously belonged to Markson: "oh god the pomposity, the bullshit!" he had written alongside one passage. A small flood of readers began scouring the Strand for Markson's books and marginalia—one Keith Lincoln contributed an account of his haul at htmlgiant—and are beginning to upload particularly interesting marginalia to a Facebook group created for the purpose.

Our favorite bit of Markson marginalia—so far—is above. It's always fascinating, owning books (or anything else) that used to belong to strangers; what's interesting here is how the dispersed detritus of the deceased is being used to piece a picture—of Markson the reader and writer—back together.

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Human Skeleton Is Your New Bicycle

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Jud Turner Bio-Cycle

Oregonian welder and artist Jud Turner makes sculptures from metal casts bones, animal and otherwise, some of which are fully functional pedal-powered vehicles—how exactly he didn't get into either of the Museum of Arts & Design's current shows, Dead or Alive and Bespoke, is a befuddling mystery. At any rate, his 2008 sculpture "Bio-Cycle" (above) begs to become the next major bike nerd trend—forget fixies, fossil bikes are the next must-have hipster transportation accessory. (WKB)

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Kirsten Gillibrand Is the 3rd Most Beautiful Person on Capitol Hill

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Jim Newell links to The Hill's annual list of the 50 Most Beautiful staff assistants, lobbyists, policy wonks and (very) junior representatives working in Washington D.C. At number 3 is the junior senator from the state of New York, our very own unelected and unchallenged Kirsten Gillibrand.

Alas, though, The Hill did not dig up the facebook for the Dartmouth Class of '88, featuring one "Tina" Rutnik (as was her maiden name)—but as you can see in the photo at right, a onetime classmate turned political reporter did, and we're quite glad for it: The fresh face, the voluminous, heavily conditioned blond hair, the preppy white-collared shirt and argyle sweater combo—she looks like a model in an L.L. Bean ad from Newsweek in September of 1983...


(It should be clear to you by now that I did not "just happen" to know where to find a glamor shot of teenaged Kirsten Gillibrand. Frankly, this surprises me as much as it surprises you.)

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Congratulations to The Winner of the 2010 Ernest Hemingway Lookalike Contest

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 1:14 PM


After 11 previous unsuccessful attempts, Charles Bicht, 64, of Vero Beach, won the 2010 Ernest Hemingway Lookalike Contest at Key West's Hemingway Days (other competitions include short story writing and marling fishing), as reported by the AP and reflected upon by the Guardian's Alison Flood. The competition is held at Sloppy Joe's, a favorite bar of Papa's, and is judged by a panel of past winners (pictured, surrounding Bicht this year). You can see their photos going back to the first competition, in 1981, in the "Papas" section of the online home of the Hemingway Lookalike Society.

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Crappy-Ass Williamsburg Tennis Courts Soon to Be Less Crappy

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Ilie Nastase
  • Early jock hipster, Ilie Nastase.
Throughout the month of June I had the good fortune of playing a lot of tennis at the McCarren Park courts in Williamsburg (a tennis-loving friend was in town for a visit and the only way we can talk about our feelings is while drinking cold beer after having played tennis). I think I played over a dozen times in the space of three weeks, and holy shit are those courts ever in bad shape.

The surfaces are so rough and cracked that our bright new shiny balls were reduced to puckered brown husks after an hour and a half of play, two thirds their original size. (There is one good court, the one closest to Berry, but that was resurfaced by a bunch of old Polish dudes, who are always using it. Kurva!)

So it is with great pleasure that I can tell you the six remaining crappy McCarren courts will be receiving a full resurfacing thanks to a $50,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association, who've rewarded the old Polish men for showing so much initiative and raising the money themselves to resurface court seven (ok, it wasn't just old Polish dudes, credit goes to an organization called McCarren Tennis). Yup, once again in this dangerously socialist nation, private money steps in where public money cannot.

P.S. I'm looking for people to play tennis with (since my pal's back in England). I'm about a 3.8 on the USTA ranking. Anyone interested?

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Delta Airliner Grooms Salvador Dali 'Stache (and 3 Other Artsy Commercial Jets)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:11 PM

Salvador DAli airplane mustache delta high art museum

Yesterday, Delta unveiled the above Boeing 757 emblazoned with Salvador Dali's iconic mustache to promote an exhibition of the surrealist's late works at Atlanta's High Museum of Art. There's a long tradition of adorning airliners with artistic designs, stretching all the way back to, at the very least, British Airways' 1997 World Tails series (kind of like the BMW Art Car of the airline industry). A brief airliner art history, sorta, after the jump.

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Is Nick Cave the Best Multi-Threat Artist Alive Today?

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Nick Cave
I've always known Nick Cave was a bit of a dabbler, writing novels and screenplays and suchlike, but I was a bit surprised to read this morning that our dear tenebrous Aussie has been pegged to write the next feature in the Crow "franchise" (less because Cave's dark sensibility matches the material than because The Crow is considered "a franchise").

I also read that Cave was named one of Variety's "10 Screenwriters to Watch" in 2006, which I suppose is impressive, and got me thinking about other multiple-threat artists, most of whom are just plain crappy (think "Ethan Hawke, novelist" and go from there). The list includes, but is not limited to:

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Is Friendster Next? Kanye Performs at Twitter HQ

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Just a day after news broke that Kanye West stopped by Facebook offices earlier this week to perform a cappella versions of three songs from his forthcoming album, we learn, via Nah Right, that he did the same thing at Twitter HQ. There is shitty iPhone video, of course. Enjoy. And don't forget to follow him on Twitter.

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Charlie Chaplin Against the World

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Film Forum's Charlie Chaplin series continues today with a double featuring pairing The Gold Rush with a "Chaplin Revue" featuring the shorts A Dog's Life, Shoulder Arms and The Pilgrim. We look at the latter two.

The supposedly Victorian sentimentality of a Charlie Chaplin movie—maybe “sentimental” for pointing feeling where it doesn’t necessarily belong—usually turns out to be based on the Promethean idea that somehow not quite everything in the world is worth destroying, even though the comic heroes usually upended most of it by the end of the film. Even then, if a girl’s worth saving—Chaplin usually provides the concise image of the innocent waif like him entrenched in and alienated from capital, labor, ideology, and brimstone seriousness—it’s because she’s not really part of the world, and pathos, estranged from efficacy and institutions, doesn’t really have a motivating reason. The underwriting irony of Chaplin’s films is that if the rest of the world doesn’t deserve any feeling, it’s because it has no sense of it; if Chaplin merits affection, it’s because he doesn’t get any. Chaplin’s wish-fulfillment, the little nobody who asked for nothing and got it anyway, is revealed as a comic mistake.

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Poster Boy Takes it up a Notch, Sticks it to NYPD

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 9:58 AM

Poster Boy on NYPD sodomy

This image, uploaded to the Post Boy Flickr photostream on Tuesday—and so not necessarily the work of the actual boy who cuts up posters, just the larger amorphous entity made up of multiple billboard remixers, "Poster Boy"—marks a dramatic departure from the clever reorganizing of ad slogans into straight up public accusations. Whoever reorganized the text even took time to cite precedent, making New York's street artists even more responsible than its police officers. (ANIMAL)

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Watch Cee-Lo Green's Spaghetti Western Video for "What Part of Forever" from the Eclipse Soundtrack

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 9:31 AM

Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley member Cee-Lo Green is an expert musical genre-mixer, so trying to describe "What Part of Forever," his track off the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack, as anything more descriptive than sublime pop is really difficult. This dreamy new video pushes the twangy Western element pretty hard. (NahRight)

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Bike Activists to Ride Paul Revere-Style to Bloomberg's House in Effort to Save City Gardens

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 8:47 AM

paul revere
  • The bulldozers are coming?
Four and a score of tricorned cyclists will be pedaling their two-wheeled steeds up the east side tonight, from a downtown community garden all the way up to Mayor Bloomberg's house on 79th Street. They will have cardboard horse heads affixed to their bikes. That's right, cardboard heads.

You see, the good people at Time's Up (our favorite activist group in the whole darn city), are worried about the future of the city's 600 community gardens, most of which exist thanks to former Mayor Ed Koch's decision to allow locals to cultivate vacant lots. Technically, the gardens are all protected under the provisional 2002 Garden Settlement, which expires in September, and despite claims by both the Department of Housing Preservation and the Parks Department that the status quo shall obtain, Time's Up member Benjamin Shepard wants to make sure people know about this deadline, and that the gardens will be granted permanent status. As he told the Daily News:

We are bringing Bloomberg a gift from the gardens, flowers and cucumbers. He is supposed to make this city green. I hope he will live up to his rhetoric.

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