CHIROT ZERO ZINE--ANNOUNCING NEW BLOG

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
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http://chirotzerozine.blogspot.com
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 david.chirot@gmail.com
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... books.google.com/books?isbn=0312263805... - # 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 ... www.huffingtonpost.com/.../leonard-peltier-american_n_265764.html - 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
icasualties.org/oif/

Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 1,453
http://icasualties.org/oef/


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Cost of War in Iraq

$691,188,637,164

Cost of War in Afghanistan
$229,137,844,021

The cost in your community

www.nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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


VISUAL POETRY/MAIL ART CALL
No Sieges, Tortures, Starvation & Surveillance
GAZA-GUANTANAMO-ABU GHRAIB—THE GLOBE
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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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.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Le thème cutané(e) / The theme cutaneous




Date: Thu, 17 Jan 2008 06:19:21 +0100
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Cutané(e)



La dead line du prochain thème cutané(e) à été repoussée au 31 janvier

Propositions à remettre avant le 31 janvier 2008
Ce thème sera mis en ligne sur le site à partir de cette date


Si vous même ou des amis proches de votre travail souhaitent participer
qu'ils n'hésitent pas à prendre contact ou à nous envoyer une œuvre.

Si vous pouviez nous aider en s'associant ou en faisant la promotion de notre démarche

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Propositions have to be send back before the 31 of january 2008.

This subject will be put on-line on the website

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

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Source of Mysterious Antimatter Found

Charles Q. Choi
Special to SPACE.com
SPACE.com Fri Jan 11, 11:02 AM ET

Antimatter, which annihilates matter upon contact, seems to be rare in the universe. Still, for decades, scientists had clues that a vast cloud of antimatter lurked in space, but they did not know where it came from.


The mysterious source of this antimatter has now been discovered — stars getting ripped apart by neutron stars and black holes.

While antimatter propulsion systems are so far the stuff of science fiction, antimatter is very real.

What it is

All elementary particles, such as protons and electrons, have antimatter counterparts with the same mass but the opposite charge. For instance, the antimatter opposite of an electron, known as a positron, is positively charged.

When a particle meets its antiparticle, they destroy each other, releasing a burst of energy such as gamma rays. In 1978, gamma ray detectors flown on balloons detected a type of gamma ray emerging from space that is known to be emitted when electrons collide with positrons — meaning there was antimatter in space.

"It was quite a surprise back then to discover part of the universe was made of antimatter," researcher Gerry Skinner, an astrophysicist at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., told SPACE.com.

These gamma rays apparently came from a cloud of antimatter roughly 10,000 light-years across surrounding our galaxy's core. This giant cloud shines brightly with gamma rays, with about the energy of 10,000 suns.

What exactly generated the antimatter was a mystery for the following decades. Suspects have included everything from exploding stars to dark matter.

Now, an international research team looking over four years of data from the European Space Agency's International Gamma Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) satellite has pinpointed the apparent culprits. Their new findings suggest these positrons originate mainly from stars getting devoured by black holes and neutron stars.

As a black hole or neutron star destroys a star, tremendous amounts of radiation are released. Just as electrons and positrons emit the tell-tale gamma rays upon annihilation, so too can gamma rays combine to form electrons and positrons, providing the mechanism for the creation of the antimatter cloud, scientists think.

Billions and billions

The researchers calculate that a relatively ordinary star getting torn apart by a black hole or neutron star orbiting around it — a so-called "low mass X-ray binary" — could spew on the order of one hundred thousand billion billion billion billion positrons (a 1 followed by 41 zeroes) per second. These could account for a great deal of the antimatter that scientists have inferred, reducing or potentially eliminating the need for exotic explanations such as ones involving dark matter.

"Simple estimates suggest that about half and possibly all the antimatter is coming from X-ray binaries," said researcher Georg Weidenspointner of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany.

Now that they have witnessed the death of antimatter, the scientists hope to see its birth.

"It would be interesting if black holes produced more matter than neutron stars, or vice versa, although it's too early to say one way or the other right now," Skinner explained. "It can be surprisingly hard to tell the difference between an X-ray binaries that hold black holes and neutron stars."

Weidenspointner, Skinner and their colleagues, detailed their findings in the Jan. 10 issue of the journal Nature.


This Spitzer Space Telescope image released in 2006 shows the galactic center of The Milky Way galaxy. Hundreds of rogue black holes may be roaming around the Milky Way waiting to engulf stars and planets that cross their path, US astronomers said Wednesday.(AFP/NASA-HO/File)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Pissing on Bush---New International Art "Movement"



American sticker




Belgian Urinal Sticker



Iraqi Pissoir Monument

A Simple Truth in Gaza Another Method of Murder

A simple truth in Gaza
By Mike Hanna in Gaza City






Palestinians carried 62 coffins through the streets of Gaza City to represent people
who have died since the borders were closed [EPA]

The day before the US president arrived in the region, a crowd of thousands gathered in the Gaza City rain – preceded by a truck loaded with speakers they slowly proceeded through the city, carrying a total of 62 coffins, all of them empty.

Each symbolised one of the people that Palestinians say died since Israel sealed the borders because they could not get out of Gaza to receive medical treatment.

Each of the coffins were carried by mourning family members of the person who died.

"This is the reality of the Israeli siege that President Bush just ignores"

Mahmoud Joah
The ongoing Israeli closure of the area is not an abstract here, it is a physical containment of one and a half million people in what they regard as a giant prison, and people die because of it.

Salah el Din Street runs from north to south through the region, bisecting Gaza City. It is a road pitted with potholes, at places flooded with sewerage overflowing from a plumbing system that just cannot cope.

It is on this street that the Joah family live, their three-roomed house is particularly crowded at the moment because two of Mahmoud Joah's married daughters are staying for a while.

He has eight children, all daughters, one of them is Amira who is 15 years old.

Facing death

This sweet–faced, well-spoken teenager is literally facing death because of the closure. She is suffering from an advanced disease of liver and spleen.

Before the closure she would travel to an Egyptian hospital regularly to receive treatment that would slow down the progression of the disease, and ease the pain.

Before the closure she was on a regime of eight different drugs and vitamins each day.

Border closures have prevented Palestinians
from getting medical care in Egypt [AFP]
In recent months the prescription drugs she needs have run out in Gaza, one of them in particular (a brand called Ursogall) is absolutely critical if she is not to suffer total failure of her liver.

The needs of a sick young teenager are not necessarily a priority to the aid organisations that struggle to alleviate the situation, negotiating continuously with Israeli authorities about what can be transported into Gaza and when.

Amira has been without Ursogal for weeks, and her condition is deteriorating daily, her skin growing more and more yellow as the diseased cells in her liver multiply, the protection offered by Ursogall no longer there.

Amira believes that no one outside Gaza cares.

"If they did, I would not be in this terrible situation," she says.

Her father agrees. "This is the reality of the Israeli siege that President Bush just ignores," he says.

Amira's elder sister looks on and weeps, her sister has done nothing wrong she says. "She suffers simply because she's a Palestinian," she says.

In this house on Salah el Din street, such a statement it is not a political position, it is a simple truth.






Source: Al Jazeera

We Are Trained Killers

We Are Trained Killers

4 Minute Video

US in Iraq: Are We Humane?

WARNING

This video should only be viewed by a mature audience

In June, the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health
acknowledged "daunting and growing" psychological problems among our
troops: Nearly 40 percent of soldiers, a third of Marines and half of
National Guard members are presenting with serious mental health
issues.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article19066.htm ---

Monday, January 14, 2008

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¡¡¡ CLUB DE FANS DE CLEMENTE PADIN ¡¡¡
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ESPECIALIZADO EN POETAS VISUALES Y MAIL ARTISTAS DESCARRIADOS VISITA ESPAÑA

Finalmente comienza la tan esperada gira mundial de nuestro artista máximo, Clemente Padín...! Se conmina a todos los Clubes de Fans de Clemente Padín del mundo entero a estar atentos para recibirle como se merece en razón del lastimoso estado de su salud, agobiado por los excesos cometidos durante tantos años...salvo que alguien le adopte ...!

 
Clemente Padín comenzará su presentación en el Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía de Madrid del 24 al 26 de Enero 2008, en el evento EL ARTE ES ACCION, comisariado por Bartolomé Ferrando y la coordinación de Hilario Álvarez y Nieves Correa. También participan  MATTHIAS JACKISCH (Alemania); JANUSZ BALDYGA (Polonia); ESTHER FERRER (España); JASON LIM (Singapur); IRMA OPTIMIST (Finlandia); CONCHA JEREZ (España); HERMA AUGUSTE (Alemania) y SEIJI SHIMODA (Japón).
 
En Barcelona expondrá material diverso en la Fundación Joan Brossa, curado por Joan Casellas, del 30 de Enero al 14 de Marzo 2008. En la inauguración se realizará una lectura de poesía experimental en la que participarán, aparte de Clemente, los siguientes poetas: J. M. Calleja, Gustavo Vega, Bartolomé Ferrando, Xavier Sabater, Eduard Escofet, Hilario Alvarez, Nieves Correa, Pere Sousa, Amalia Sanchis, Fausto Grossi, Angel Pastor y el propio Joan Casellas. Finalizará su presentación en España el 1ro. de Febrero con un encuentro de performance en KABARET OBERT.
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EL CLUB DE FANS DE CESAR REGLERO INFORMA POR SU PARTE QUE: en un lugar secreto y sin testigos tendrá lugar un encuentro entre los dos estadistas con el fín de establecer las líneas maestras por las que se regirán las políticas culturales de los  hemisferios intercontinentales.
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Queridos amigos: Os recordamos q teneis hasta el 30 de Abril para participar en la MUESTRA. Este año ,por ser ,ya, la quinta edición, editaremos un libro-catálogo, además del cartel-catálogo habitual,q recoja la experiencia de estas cinco ediciones. Esperamos vuestras obras...
Un gran abrazo !!!
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...//...Presentacion en la Facultad de Filosofia y Letras de Caceres del libro DE ACA PARA ALLA de Antonio Gomez, publicado por la Universidad de Leon. El libro recoge la obra experimental del autor de los ultimos seis a� El acto esta presentado por Miguel Angel Lama, profesor universitario y autor del prologo, y Juan Manuel Barrado, poeta visual...//...
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...//...fallecimiento de Henri Chopin...//... Este artista frances ha sido uno de los mas grandes e influyentes poetas sonoros de la historia. Experimento sistem�camente con...//...
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...//...Son siete anos los que lleva el colectivo TARRAGONA PATRIMONI DE LA PAU /PARAULAS PER LA PAU creando el primer domingo de cada mes un espacio de arte y paz en la Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Tarragona. Desde su inicio ha colaborado con ellos el Taller del Sol y de nuevo en el 2008 y en el d�de reyes se ha cumplido la tradicion.En esta ocasion recreando el papel de NOEL GENARO...//...
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   6 enero 2008
...//...El artista leonEs Gustavo Vega interviene la fachada del palacete de Independencia con un poema visual para que el paseante sienta y reflexione sobre el paso del tiempo ...//...
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...//...10 anos despues de los encuentros incongruentes Un sollozo por Ray Johnson y 13 anos m�tarde  de aquel 13 de enero de 1995. Un nuevo homenaje a Ray Johnson en ...//...
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...//...EN EL 25 ANIVERSARIO DE LA REVISTA DE LITERATURA ALGA, QUEREMOS FELICITARLES MUY SINCERAMENTE POR EL GRAN TRABAJO REALIZADO Y ESPECIALMENTE POR DAR CABIDA A LA POESIA VISUAL DE UNA MANERA DESTACADA EN ESTE NUMERO CONMEMORATIVO ...//...
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   3 enero 2008
...//...El autor, Juanma Barrado, ademas de haber realizado diversas exposiciones individuales, esta presente en la panoramica -Poesia Visual en Espana (1964-2006)- y ha sido incluido en la reciente antologia coordinada por Alfonso Lopez, -Poes�Visual Espanola-, de la editorial Calambur....//...
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...//...Mauricio Rosenmann-Taub , un destacado poeta visual que en este libro incursiona en lo sonoro. Es la primera vez que un libro suyo se lanza en nuestro pais. El libro es publicado por la editorial alemana PFAU y sera presentado por Raul Zurita, Martin Gubbins y Felipe Cussen...//...
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...//...Ya de vuelta de nuestro periplo hemos venido con las ideas muy claras: Sin miedo y con valor, ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡endavant 2008!!!!!!!!! este deseo el  Taller del Sol lo ha podido materializar en el Portal de Belen de Roda de Bara gracias al montaje del COLECTIVO CAP I CUA que...//...
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Pound radio rec 1941 1943

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Emery Blagdon: Artist as Medecine Man



Emery Blagdon’s “Untitled (Rocket Sculpture).”
Michael Dell Italia/Cavin-Morris Gallery




Emery Blagdon’s “Untitled #558,” a detail.
Michael Dell Italia/Cavin-Morris Gallery




Emery Blagdon’s “Untitled #703” (enamel on board).


Last Chance
Flights of Fancy: Artist as Medicine Man


By KEN JOHNSON
Published: January 10, 2008

Over the course of three decades, until his death at 78 in 1986, Emery Blagdon built what he thought of as a great healing machine in an unheated shed on his farm in the Nebraska Sandhills, near North Platte.

Using baling wire, string, masking tape, wood, glass, sheet metal, aluminum foil, wax paper and many other materials, he constructed snarly, extraordinarily complicated structures. They resemble mobiles, chandeliers, television antennas and electrical generators. He arranged them, along with his vibrantly colored abstract paintings, in an indoor environment that he believed would generate curative electromagnetic energy.

Though absurd by the standards of modern science, what Mr. Blagdon created looked enough like modern art to earn him a niche in the pantheon of 20th-century Outsider artists.

Most of Mr. Blagdon’s work is now owned by the John Michael Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisc., and it was recently displayed in an exhibition titled “Sublime Spaces and Visionary Worlds.” That show closed on Sunday, but you can still get a sense of his improbable enterprise in a fascinating exhibition called “Sandhill Healings: Important Works by Emery Blagdon,” on view through Saturday at the Cavin-Morris Gallery in Chelsea.

This selection of about 40 pieces is from the collection of Dan Dryden and Don Christensen, New Yorkers who in the 1960s were high school classmates in North Platte and bought Mr. Blagdon’s entire output at auction after his death. Mr. Dryden and Mr. Christensen preserved, occasionally exhibited and sought a home for Mr. Blagdon’s work over the next 18 years. In 2004 they sold most of it — keeping some pieces for themselves — to the Kohler Foundation, which turned it over to the Kohler Art Center three years later.

The Cavin-Morris show suggests something of what Mr. Blagdon’s original environment was like. Dozens of sculptures — mounted on the walls, hung from overhead and displayed on pedestals — hint at the delirious congestion he created.

Judging by photographs of works in the Kohler collection, it appears that nothing at Cavin-Morris is as spectacularly complicated, layered, dense and colorful as his best and most inventive pieces. Nevertheless, the show offers plenty to marvel over.

Some of Mr. Blagdon’s constructions could be mistaken for works by a mid-20th-century avant-garde junk sculptor — a twisted combination of Alexander Calder and Richard Stankiewicz, perhaps. The amazing centerpiece of the show is a pedestal-mounted sculpture resembling a model spaceship, its basic wooden grid structure systematically stuffed with wires, springs, bottles, beer can tabs and much more.

Other works, like wire mandalas resembling mystic talismans or Amish hexes, have a more open, spidery delicacy. Dangling concatenations of wire loops, pieces of wood, bottle tops, soda cans and countless unidentifiable elements look messy and haphazard, yet Mr. Blagdon exactingly reproduced some of them.

He worked, down to the finest details, with rough but patient deliberation, and his complete absorption in the process is a big part of what makes the works so gratifying to study.

Mr. Blagdon did not think he was making art. His constructions are not abstractions, nor were they intended as symbolic or metaphorical expressions. For him they were functional devices. That might account for some of his odder motifs, like the wax crayons wrapped in wire spirals, and the countless square or circular hoops crisscrossed by wire grids. Every element, you feel, made rational, technical sense to Mr. Blagdon, just as every transistor and circuit board would in a radio.

His paintings are more conventional. With their bold patterns and bright colors, applied with wide, generously loaded brushes on wood panels, they are simpler but visually more immediately striking than the three-dimensional assemblages. But Mr. Blagdon didn’t view his paintings, which also hint at visionary ideas, in the usual way. Rather than hang them on walls, he stacked them on the floor, evidently considering them attractors or generators of energy.

It is not known what initially inspired Mr. Blagdon’s project, begun when he was 48, but more than one writer has noted that his parents and a sister died of cancer. It seems reasonable to imagine that creating something holistically integrated and medicinal was his way of triumphing over chaos, hopelessness and death. Was he driven by emotional desperation or even mental illness? Certainly there is a mysterious, deeply idiosyncratic psychological urgency about the work.

Relatives and neighbors described Mr. Blagdon as a kind, sensitive man, a gifted mechanic who made toys for neighborhood children. But he was also thought to be peculiar. He lived alone in a seemingly abandoned house on a 160-acre farm he inherited from an uncle, leasing out the surrounding fields for income. He refused to cut his hair and paid little attention to what he wore. He looked like a scary old vagrant. Now he can be seen as a great rural American shaman.

“Sandhill Healings: Important Works by Emery Blagdon” continues through Saturday at Cavin-Morris Gallery, 210 11th Avenue, between 24th and 25th Streets, Chelsea; (212) 226-3786, cavinmorris.com.
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Clemente Padin Beginning World Tour 2008//Inicia Gira Mundial 2008



Finally it will begin the worldwide tour of our maximal artist, Clemente Padín, so prospective by all the people. We are solicited to all Fans Clubs of Clemente Padin of whole world to be attentive in order to receive him very well in reason of grievous state of his health, burdened by the excesses committed during so much years. We hope somebody adopts him yet....!
 
 
Clemente Padin will begin his presentation in the  National Art Center Museum Queen Sofía from Madrid, 24 at 26 January 2008, in the event The ART IS ACCION, cured by Bartolome Ferrando and coordination of Hilario Alvarez and Nieves CorreaMATTHIAS JACKISCH (Germany); JANUSZ BALDYGA (Poland); ESTHER FERRER (Spain); JASON LIM (Singapur); IRMA OPTIMIST (Finland); JEREZ SHELL (Spain); HERMA AUGUSTE (Germany) and SEIJI SHIMODA (Japan) also participate .
 
In Barcelona he will expose diverse material in the  Joan Brossa Foundation, cured by Joan Casellas, January 30 at 14 March 2008. In inauguration it will be carried out a reading on experimental poetry in the one which they will participate, apart Clemente, another poets like: J. M. Caallejas, Gustavo Vega, Bartolome Ferrando, Xavier Sabater, Eduard EscofetNieves Correa, Pere Sousa, Amalia Sanchis, Fausto Grossi, Angel Pastor and Joan Casellas. He will conclude his presentation in Spain with an encounter of performance in KABARET OBERT, at 1 February.

We have to make something...Clemente is again in the slack rope...! Hide the bottles, please...!

 

 

 

 




Finalmente comienza la tan esperada gira mundial de nuestro artista máximo, Clemente Padín...! Se conmina a todos los Clubes de Fans de Clemente Padín del mundo entero a estar atentos para recibirle como se merece en razón del lastimoso estado de su salud, agobiado por los excesos cometidos durante tantos años...salvo que alguien le adopte ...!
 
 
Clemente Padín comenzará su presentación en el Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía de Madrid del 24 al 26 de Enero 2008, en el evento EL ARTE ES ACCION, comisariado por Bartolomé Ferrando y la coordinación de Hilario Álvarez y Nieves Correa. También participan  MATTHIAS JACKISCH (Alemania); JANUSZ BALDYGA (Polonia); ESTHER FERRER (España); JASON LIM (Singapur); IRMA OPTIMIST (Finlandia); CONCHA JEREZ (España); HERMA AUGUSTE (Alemania) y SEIJI SHIMODA (Japón).
 
En Barcelona expondrá material diverso en la Fundación Joan Brossa, curado por Joan Casellas, del 30 de Enero al 14 de Marzo 2008. En la inauguración se realizará una lectura de poesía experimental en la que participarán, aparte de Clemente, los siguientes poetas: J. M. Calleja, Gustavo Vega, Bartolomé Ferrando, Xavier Sabater, Eduard Escofet, Hilario Alvarez, Nieves Correa , Pere Sousa, Amalia Sanchis, Fausto Grossi, Angel Pastor y el propio Joan Casellas. Finalizará su presentación en España el 1ro. de Febrero con un encuentro de performance en  KABARET OBERT.
 
 
Tenemos que hacer algo...Clemente otra vez en la cuerda floja...! Escondan las botellas...!

 

 

 

 

 

NYTimes.com: In Spain, a Monumental Silence




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ARTS / ART & DESIGN   | January 13, 2008
Abroad:  In Spain, a Monumental Silence
By MICHAEL KIMMELMAN
Gen. Francisco Franco is long dead, but his shrines continue to divide the generations.