On Sunday, Karmanoia
, one of Berlin's most interesting underground clubs, closed its doors for the last time. Although not as storied or well-known as Tacheles
- also facing tough times
- and easy to pass without noticing, Karmanoia had a loyal crowd of oddballs frequenting it, and was notable not just for its pirate-ship-like interior, but also for the full Labyrinth built into its upper portions. The club's funeral took place directly after locking the doors at midnight on Sunday, with an orchestra dressed like skeletons leading a parade to a nearby canal to bury the key in a watery grave. [more inside]
posted by mannequito
on Apr 1, 2009 -
Objective measurements of RAW images are an essential basis for any analysis of digital cameras, but such measurements were neither possible nor available until now
. DxO Labs has developed a new scale for digital camera image quality performance, called DxOMark Sensor
, to serve as an additional tool to help photographers rank and compare digital cameras. This scale is based on three underlying metrics, Color Depth, Dynamic Range and Low-Light ISO, each one tied to a real-life photographic scenario: landscape, studio & portrait, and photojournalism & sport. (This application requires Flash™ as it uses FusionCharts
.) Hours of fun sorting the data by the various metrics, including $$$. [more inside]
posted by spock
on Feb 4, 2009 -
Los Angeles! he walks again by night... ...out of the smog, into the fog. Relentlessly -- ruthlessly -- ("I wonder where Ruth is?") -- doggedly! ("Woof woof!" *)
For the past 42 years the Firesign Theatre, the best comedy group of the 1960's, has been putting their art in cans from Canada to Kashmir. Up for the Grammy in 1998
, Firesign at their best combined clever, multilayered writing with pitch-perfect satirical performances as Rocky Rococco, Ralph Spoilsport, Art Holeflaffer, Hemlock Stones, Uh Clem and Barney, and many more. Back in the day, it would have been astonishing if at least one of your peers couldn't recite all of The Further Adventures of Nick Danger, Third Eye
, including the sound effects. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit
on Jan 31, 2008 -
With the wild success of the Guitar Hero series, using video game controllers shaped like guitars is nothing new. However, the duo at Modal Kombat
actually use guitars as video game controllers. They won't reveal all of their tricks, but you can read a bit about their technology here
and at this interview
with Urban Guitar. The results are awfully impressive. View the original Modal Kombat here
, and their newest installment, the admittedly trippy GuitarKart here
posted by Ufez Jones
on Dec 3, 2007 -
is a type of ritual performance native to Aotearoa. Occurring before battles or peacetime ceremonies, it is less of a "war chant" than a way of fiercely asserting group solidarity while referring to a specific ancestry or significant event
. The best known haka are probably the versions practiced by the New Zealand All Blacks: Ka Mate
and, more recently, Kapa O Pango
. More than just a traditional dance, haka has been an important element of the Maori Renaissance
- the revival of language, culture and arts that has occurred since the re-affirmation of the Treaty of Waitangi (and has recently come under attack
For the All Blacks, haka now connects both Maori and Pakeha (outsider) players through a shared history
and physical discipline, although this was not always the case
. Nevertheless, the haka can make a powerful impression
, particularly when someone answers in kind
posted by TheWhiteSkull
on Feb 19, 2007 -
A short video of a performance by Jerome Murat that is part Circ du Soliel and one of those human statues you see in Paris, New York and Florence and places like that.
Amazing how music and pantomime can be so effective.
posted by melkozek
on Nov 28, 2006 -
Tom Vague's History Walk
(PDF downloads) of the Notting Hill district is an evocative roll call of books, films, personalities, restaurants, anecdotes and a timeline strung together to cover the period 1950 to 2005. [whet your appetite inside]
posted by tellurian
on Sep 30, 2006 -
Tehching Hsieh – Life Performance
Never one to back down from performance art, Tehching Hsieh, a Chinese emigre to the US, has done some pretty impressive things:
- A year in a cage
in his loft without talking;
-Punching a time clock
every hour of every day for a year (and missing tons of REM sleep and making a film in the process
-Spending a year outside
, never entering a single building or roofed structure until he was arrested in a scuffle;
Tied together with artist Linda Montano with a 8-foot piece of rope.
Does Tehching Hsieh deserve to be called America's Greatest Performance Artist?
posted by parmanparman
on Aug 18, 2006 -
Alexander Calder's Circus.
A movie by Carlos Vilardebo
, in four parts: one two
, [YouTube]. Calder developed his own one-man circus, with tiny performers made of "cork, wire, wood, yarn, paper, string, and cloth," carefully engineered to walk tightropes, dance, tame lions, lift weights, and engage in gymnastics and acrobatics in and above the ring. Acting as omniscient ringmaster, Calder would manipulate the wire performers while his wife wound circus music on the gramophone in the background. via
posted by nickyskye
on Jun 29, 2006 -
On May 14th, 1967, the new British pop group The Pink Floyd makes one of their first ever TV appearances. Despite a stellar performance of the song Astronomy Domine, the pretentious host of the show, Hans Keller, has nothing good to say about the band. During the interview
(youtube, performance comes first, interview starts about 5:50 in. transcript here.
), he chastises the band for their "continuous repetition", "terribly loud" volume, and their "proportionately a bit boring" sound.
However, it seems that all Hans' show will ever be remembered for is this single interview
. Pink Floyd, on the other hand.. Well, we all know what happened to them
. Syd Barrett, on the other hand, was not so lucky
posted by Afroblanco
on May 29, 2006 -
Nam June Paik
passed away on Sunday
. We'll read educated commentaries
in the next few days, but what I most affectionately remember about him is how his work made me laugh happily during the 70s and 80s. A precursor of video art, he was the first to use plugged tv sets as building blocks in the most playful
ways. His TV Buddha
is arguably an unsurpassed classic (a motionless moving image, an outside observation of an inner meditation, even -why not?- a premonition of a blogger) (this last one is a joke: I told you Paik made me laugh). R.I.P.
posted by bru
on Jan 30, 2006 -
is a performance and video blog project by new media artist Chris Barr. It's about suicide. [MI]
posted by sjvilla79
on Nov 22, 2005 -
I love to guita-r.
(QT required, but the downloads were pretty fast.) Wha-wha without the paddles. These are videos of past winners and hall-of-famers of US Air Guitar Championships. Makes for a laugh.
posted by countzen
on Oct 27, 2005 -
A video clip
(direct link: approx 10 MB WMV, streaming) of two clever performers on stage, aired on a Netherlands television channel.
posted by hypersloth
on May 12, 2005 -
- emote along with your favorite scenes from Casablanca, Taxi Driver, Grease and a bunch of others. All the classics except, inexplicably, A Few Good Men
posted by milovoo
on Sep 12, 2004 -
I've seen it happen where these types of managers have the nerve to hold this type of book up in front of a group of people and imply the problem is the workforce for not choosing to be happy about poor leadership.
From an Amazon review
. I've been motivated with that twice. A friend of mine was encouraged to take The Flight of the Buffalo
and another is going to a sponsored Dale Carnegie
class. So, who's moved your cheese?
posted by pieoverdone
on Jul 26, 2004 -
Chicken John is quitting!
(SanFranciscoFilter) It looks like the Odeon
is looking for new management. Does this mean the end of good/bad/scary performance art in SF, or is it just a new beginning?
posted by badstone
on May 12, 2004 -
More on the Texas Miracle
It was called the “Texas Miracle,” and you may remember it because President Bush wanted everyone to know about it during his presidential campaign.
It was about an approach to education that was showing amazing results, particularly in Houston, where dropout rates plunged and test scores soared.
Houston School Superintendent Rod Paige was given credit for the school success, by making principals and administrators accountable for how well their students did.
Once he was elected president, Mr. Bush named Paige as secretary of education. And Houston became the model for the president’s “No Child Left Behind” education reform act.
After yesterday's fund raising and self congratulatory orgy in Knoxville TN it seems appropriate that the record be examined more closely. No child left behind indeed.
posted by nofundy
on Jan 9, 2004 -
Cleveland Press Shakespeare Photographs
Er, no, not photographs of
Shakespeare--that would be difficult--but of Shakespeare's plays in performance, 1870-1982. Covers productions in all media; photographs can be browsed by dramatic genre (tragedy, comedy, etc.). On a related note, see also Harry Rusche's Shakespeare Illustrated
(outstanding and extensive site devoted to nineteenth-century paintings of scenes from Shakespeare's plays).
posted by thomas j wise
on Sep 27, 2003 -
Battle of the "Gypsy"s.
There was Ethel Merman, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly and Bette Midler. There was even the possibility of Barbra Streisand as Madonna's mother. And now comes Bernadette Peters in the Sam Mendes production
of the show theater guru Frank Rich called his favorite musical. This surely begs the question: who's the swellest, greatest, world-on-a-platiest Mama Rose ever? And who are your top five desert island Mama Roses? (Note: participation weighs significantly on your sexuality...contribute at your own risk.)
posted by adrober
on Apr 22, 2003 -
You're short of money. You're not afraid to make a fool of yourself. You have no pride. You have a musical instrument to abuse. Well - that, apparently, is easy. At least if you're a Guardian journalist. But what else can a feller do these days to drum up that old "Buddy, Can You Spare A Dime?" spirit?
posted by Carlos Quevedo
on Feb 26, 2003 -