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Anonymous Comrade writes: "German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen described last week's airplane assaults on New York as a great work of art:

"That characters can bring about in one act what we in music cannot dream of, that people practise madly for ten years, completely fanatically, for a concert and then die. That is the greatest work of art for the whole cosmos."

For more:

http://asia.dailynews.yahoo.com/headlines/entertai nment/afp/article.html?s=asia/headlines/010918/ent ertainment/afp/Composer_creates_storm_describing_a ttack_on_US_as__work_of_art_.html"

Anonymous Comrade writes: "crimedawg.com is a really crappy website. But it does provide some examples of cop culture at it's best, brightest, and most sophisticated. See for yourself at http://www.crimedawg.com/designs."

Louis Lingg writes: "On August 20 CNN reported that on June 12 a Marc Chagall painting was stolen from the Jewish Museum in Manhattan.

The "International Committee for Art and Peace" claimed responsibility and is holding the painting (est. value: $1,000,000) for an unusual ransom: it will be returned when peace is achieved between Israel and Palestine."

Freespace writes: "last reminder... please spread the WORD!

FREE SPACE FEST: a two day gathering of art, activism, film, theater, and community building

August 31st to Sept. 1st

$25 for both days

At the ethical building, 38 old country rd. in garden city, 3 miles west of meadow brook pkwy. www.ehsli.org for directions

Artists Contact: Jenn@diyrevolution.com

Bands Contact: jay at fspunks@aol.com

cartome.org has reposted
"Maps that Charted the Distortions of History", a review by Simon Jenkins from the London Times on an exhibit at the British Library on the cartography of distortion: "The Lie of the Land."

An excerpt:

"Britain’s own war crime is charted in lethal detail. The bombing map of Dresden was intended to guide navigators to their target. Dark red indicates the building types and
population densities suitable for incendiary firestorms. The annotator directed the bombers to high-density, non-industrial targets. “Tenement buildings in the inner residential
zone may be burnt out under heavy incendiary bomb attack. The effect of high explosive is not hard to imagine.” Estimates of the resulting civilian death toll vary from 35,000
to 135,000. The map was no last minute response to a military crisis: it is dated December 1943, more than a year before the Dresden raid." Civilian massacre was RAF policy."

Anonymous Comrade writes: "USEby Asia Pacific Artist Initiatives Project

This web site provides information on artist-run spaces in Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, The Phillipines and Vietnam. There are some good networking connections on the links page. www.useby.net

"USEby is a cultural exchange project that links and explores artist-run spaces and initiatives throughout the Asia Pacific region. It offers artists, curators and writers the opportunity to exchange ideas and resources and to develop relationships and collaborations. USEby is specifically designed for use by artists and artist-driven organisations. While its aims are ongoing and far-reaching, USEby retains a sense of moderation, acknowledging the resourcefulness and energy of the small-scale, low-fi, DIY aesthetic that often characterises the artist-run endeavour.

amoore writes: "From Greg Sholette, RepoHistory artist now teaching at Art Institute of Chicago, comes this letter...

Dear Friends, I just discovered that the Political Art
Documentation and Distribution (PADD) archive is now a
searchable database on line from the Museum of Modern Art at:

http://www.moma.org/docs/research/library/LibraryF AQ/index.htm#padd

ZeroWork writes: "Lingua Franca has the story: http://www.linguafranca.com/print/0105/cover.html.
Fred Jameson among those involved."

To their considerable anguish, Dick's academic champions have had to contend with the revelation that their hero wrote letters to the Federal Bureau of Investigation denouncing them. In these letters, Dick claimed that Jameson and other literary theorists were agents of a KGB conspiracy to take over American science fiction.

michkuo writes: "Provoking interview with political/aesthetic theorist Chantal Mouffe in MIT Press journal Grey Room. It's in issue #2:

It's not online, but I think it's at St. Marks Bookshop. The interview tests some interesting premises about the status of art as an inherently political -- in the "friend/enemy" definition of the term -- entity. Mouffe also has some pretty far-out ideas that branch away from the contemporary Left: contesting the legitimacy of a common "human citizen," a citizenship of the world; universal human rights, etc."


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