Dear Followers, Friends, fellow Workers:

I have just begun a new blog/zine called
Chirot Zero Zine A Heap of Rubble--
Anarkeyology of hand eye ear notations
the blog is more exusively concerned than this one with presenting essays, reviews (inc. "bad reviews") , Visual Poetry, Sound Poetry, Event Scores, Manifestos, Manifotofestos, rantin' & raving, rock'roll, music all sorts--by myself and others--if you are interested in being a contributor, please feel free to contact me at
as with this blog, the arts are investigated as a part of rather than apart from the historical, economic, political actualities of yesterday, today, & tomorrow
as with al my blogs--
contributions in any language are welcome

Free Leonard Peltier

Free Leonard Peltier
The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children. They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . . My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing. --Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004 (Leonard Peltier is now serving 31st year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)

Injustice Continues: Leonard Peltier Again Denied Parole

# Injustice continues: Leonard Peltier denied parole‎ - By Mahtowin A wave of outrage swept the progressive community worldwide at the news that Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier was denied parole on Aug. ... Workers World - 2 related articles » US denies parole to American Indian activist Leonard Peltier‎ - AFP - 312 related articles » # Free Leonard Peltier 2009 PRISON WRITINGS...My Life Is My Sun Dance Leonard Peltier © 1999. # Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance - by Leonard Peltier, Harvey Arden - 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. In 1977, Leonard Peltier... - # Leonard Peltier, American Indian Activist, Denied Parole And Won't ... Aug 21, 2009 ... BISMARCK, ND — American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, imprisoned since 1977 for the deaths of two FBI agents, has been denied parole ... - Cached - Similar - #

Gaza--War Crime: Collective Punishment of 1.5 Million Persons--Recognized as "The World's Largest Concentration Camp"

Number of Iraquis Killed Since USA 2003 Invasion began

Just Foreign Policy Iraqi Death Estimator

US & International Personnel losses in Iraq &Afghanistan; Costs of the 2 Wars to US

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq: 4,667

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453


Cost of War in Iraq


Cost of War in Afghanistan

The cost in your community

flickr: DEATH FROM THIS WINDOW/DOORS OF GUANTANAMO--Essays, Links, Video-- US use of Torture

VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

Cracking World’s Walls & Codes Concrete & Virtual

No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
Deadline/Fecha Limite: SinsLimite/ongoing
Size: No limit/Sin Limite
No Limit on Number of Works sent
No Limit on Number of Times New Works Are Sent
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David Baptiste Chirot
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Milwaukee, WI 53208

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

Miss Universe Visits Guantanamo: 'A Loooot Of Fun!'

The current 'Miss Universe' Dayana Mendoza (formerly Miss Venezuela) and 'Miss America' Crystal Stewart visited US troops stationed in Guantanamo Bay on March 20th, the New York Times reports. Here's Mendoza's account of the visit from her pageant blog last Friday. She says the trip "was a loooot of fun!"

This week, Guantánamo!!! It was an incredible experience...All the guys from the Army were amazing with us. We visited the Detainees camps and we saw the jails, where they shower, how the recreate themselves with movies, classes of art, books. It was very interesting. We took a ride with the Marines around the land to see the division of Gitmo and Cuba while they were informed us with a little bit of history.

The water in Guantánamo Bay is soooo beautiful! It was unbelievable, we were able to enjoy it for at least an hour. We went to the glass beach, and realized the name of it comes from the little pieces of broken glass from hundred of years ago. It is pretty to see all the colors shining with the sun. That day we met a beautiful lady named Rebeca who does wonders with the glasses from the beach. She creates jewelry with it and of course I bought a necklace from her that will remind me of Guantánamo Bay :)

I didn't want to leave, it was such a relaxing place, so calm and beautiful.

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Gabriel Pomerand's SAINT GHETTO OF THE LOANS/Deux homages a l'ange Gabriel/ART BRUT

Note: This is a reposting of blog entry for 11/29/06, by request, and is also a kind of appendix for the previous entry re Tim Gaze and his work, interests and the Book of Noise.

stencils & photos: arofish

Welcome to celebration for Gabriel Pomerand & his Saint Ghetto of the Loans

1950's rubber stamps

david-baptiste chirot pour l'ange Gabriel

Today's page is in conjunction with the publication of a review by d-b chirot of the Lettrist "Archangel", painter, poet and performer Gabriel Pomerand's SAINT GHETTO OF THE LOANS at

Beneath each page of rebuses here is its bi-lingual facing page in the text. (There wasn't space to have them side by side and still be nice and clear for viewers/readers.)

d-b chirot pour l'ange Gabriel

Gabriel Pomerand with handwritten sound poem "Tabou" for Cafe Tabou where he performed his Lettrist works, 1950

Pomerand with light application of Lettrist makeup, 1951
(Face painting with visual/sound signs earlier used by Russian Futurists and Dadaists.)

Saint Ghetto of the Loans (Saint Ghetto des prets) has been out of print since a small edition was published in 1950. Until Ugly Duckling published this bi-lingual edition this year, only a few pages of the book could be found, shown in various book of/about lettrist work. Until now it has been very rare and its legend has grown at the same time its elusivity made it ever more desirable, the stuff dreams are made of. Truly an "underground classic", so underground as to be really a "lost classic" and now found again.

In 1946/7, the same years Isidore Isou's first major Lettrist works were being published, the painter Jean Dubuffet began exhibiting works from his first two years of collecting what he named in 1945 "Art Brut".
While completely unrelated, some Art Brut works share with Lettrism the creation of signs free of previously known meanings, the creation of new scripts, alphabets, calligraphies, asemic writings and sound languages.
They also share in many pieces/artists a compulsive energy that won't be held back, what Lettrist founder Isidore Isou saw as the fundamental drive of life--not the will to survive, but the continual drive to create.

Carlo creates repeating patterns of "letters" which in their varying sizes are reminiscent of the Berlin Dadaist Raoul Hausmann's 1918-21 Optaphonic Poetry, in which the size, thickness and boldness or lightness of the letters (Hausmann used Roman letters, none made up) indicate to the performer how loud and long to pronounce the letter-sounds.

Walla uses both the Roman alphabet and his own widely varied invented scripts.
His room looks like a living visual sonic environement, an organism that he inhabits and keeps contributing to its growth, from the inside as it were.

Carlo, and his "Birds and People"
The great Adolf Wolfli, creator of thousands of works

A proto-Lettrist clothing design--
from the Prinzhorn collection--
Prinzhorn published in 1922 the landmark book Bilderei der Geisteskranken--Artistry of the mentally Ill--which first opened the doors to what would become called Art Brut, outsider art, etc. For Dubuffet, Art Brut includes work by persons whether they are mentally ill or not. This set him apart from earlier investigators, who worked inside asylums. The Surrealist Andre Breton, at first allied with Dubuffet in the Art Brut project, broke with him over this question. Breton wanted to limit Art Brut to the mentally ill. Dubuffet's emphasis on the art aspect regardless of sanity actually was to bring respect to people previously considered only in terms of a diagnosis, rather than as creating beings. This aspect would fit in with Isou's ideas, contra Breton--whom Isou was very much contra! Isou wasn't involved in this dispute, but it is interesting how Art Brut and Lettrism are affirming many of the same things at the same time, in the immediate post-war period in France.
The first to make a direct connection between Modern Art and what would be later known as Art Brut but at the time was considered "artistry of the mentally ill"only, were the Nazis. In 1937 they mounted the 20th Century's first traveling blockbuster show, viewed by 2 million people. Called "Entartete Kunst" (Degenerate Art) it brought together modernists like Paul Klee, Chagall, Kandinsky, Kirchner, Nolde, Kokoshka and exhibited them side by side with the works of creators inside aylums--among them Adolf Wolfli.
Dubuffet saw in Art Brut a proof that art is not the property of an elite, trained in skills and appreciation, but is open with all. The "common person" is equally an artist, a creator. Again, this is similar to the Lettrists' ideas regarding creation becoming part of every area of life, rather than being seperate from it.

1901 German textbook used in American schools

19th Century American workers' marching "banner" with symbols representing the different trades joined together for the event.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

David-Baptiste, c'est super. Bien fait, j'apprecie ces recherches. Merci.
David Seaman