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/


=

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
Documentation: on my blog
http://davidbaptistechirot.blogspot.com
Addresses: david.chirot@gmail.com
David Baptiste Chirot
740 N 29 #108
Milwaukee, WI 53208
USA

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, March 07, 2009

Aron Almeida Holmquist: for Call "Cracking Walls & Codes " & Repost for Call for 5th International Encounter of Visual Poetry

These works arrived for the call at this blog: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

Below Aron's works is reposted the Call from Keyka Homquist for the 5th International Encounter of Visual Poetry also attheir blog:
http://www.holmquistartecorreo.blogspot.com







V SALÓN INTERNACIONAL MAIL @RT

2009
Amigos Mail Artistas un saludo desde Venezuela.
En los meses de Junio-Julio del presente año se llevará a cabo el *6to
Festival Mundial de Poesía 2009* en el que será homenajeado el poeta
venezolano *Juan Calzadilla* (Premio Nacional de Artes Plásticas 1996).
Este evento será auspiciado por el *Ministerio del Poder Popular para la
Cultura* y la *Casa Nacional de las Letras Andrés Bello*.
En el marco de este prestigioso festival nuestro archivo realizará el:
*5to ENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE POESÍA VISUAL*
ARCHIVO MAIL ART KEYLA HOLMQUIST.

THE 5th INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER OF VISUAL POETRY
OPEN NOTIFICATION – NO SELECTION – NO JURY
Everything received will be exhibited – Documentation [to all of you].
NO RETURNS.
Everything sent will be part of the MAIL ART ARCHIVE KEYLA HOLMQUIST.

All the material has to be mailed to:


Keyla Holmquist
ARCHIVO DE ARTE CORREO
Apartado Postal 326
Maracay 2101
Estado Aragua VENEZUELA

DEADLINE MAY 31,st 2009

All the material should be sent perfectly packed in order to prevent damage and with a copy of a data card, stuck on the back of the package.

CATEGORIES:

DRAWING, PAINTING, GRAPHIC, PHOTOGRAPHY, ARTIST SEALS, COPY-ART, EXPERIMENTAL ART.

OBJECTS/ARTIST'S BOOKS:

Measures UP TO A4 MAXIMUM. The base or pedestal needed should be provided by the artist.

POETRY, FREE VERSE OR RHYME, PROSE, NARRATIVE, ESSAY, STORIES.

VISUAL POETRY:

Collage, visual poems, process poetry, illustrated poetry, labyrinth poems, phonetic poems, audible poems, semiotic, palindrome, holopoems, concrete poetry, video action, photo action, object poem, pseudovisual poetry, braille poetry.

VIDEO, SHORTFILM, DOCUMENTARY, ANIMATION:

All videos will be admitted, shortfilms, photography, documentaries, animations that do not exceed 8 minutes of length and they must be delivered on CD or DVD format ready for its presentation.

MULTIMEDIA EXPRESSION:

They will be admitted on CD or DVD format ready for its presentation including the credits, the photography, the list of the soundtrack that was used and the name of the author.

AUDIO FORMAT:

the audio format admitted has to be:
Wave 44,100 Hz 16 bit stereo
Mp3 from 96 'til 320 KPSS
If the expression is audible, high fidelity required.
http://holmquistartecorreo.blogspot.com/

Friday, March 06, 2009

Boek Visual: Carmen Peralto / Boek861 Ultimas noticias






Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 21:46:42 +0100
From: cesar@boek861.com
To: cesar@boek861.com
Subject: Boek Visual: Carmen Peralto / Boek861 Ultimas noticias

http://boek861.com
BOEK VISUAL
POETA VISUAL: CARMEN PERALTO


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VER LIBRO ELECTRONICO Y VIDEO EN
http://boek861.blog.com.es

continuando con la linea del boek visual de ampliar el panorama de la experimentación visual
tambien podrás ver los videos de Raquel Arzuj y Josh Raskin. Ver en:
http://boek861.blog.com.es


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Un gran trabajo de Juan Manuel Barrado: ELOGIO AL CALIGRAMA
Ver en PROYECTOS RECIENTES
http://boek861.com


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Una amplisima entrevista de César Reglero a Fausto Grossi en las que ofrece su visión del futuro, presente y futuro del mail art,
de una forma emotiva y sincera. En la misma nos cuenta muchos momentos emotivos y anecdotas,
pero especialmente se detiene en su relación con Clemente Padin y su particular encuentro con Pere Sousa.


También nos habla de su especial batalla con eñl gabinete juridico del Guggenhein
por defender la libertad de expresión y de su vida como accionista y payaso.
Ver en PROYECTOS RECIENTES
http://boek861.com

SINOPSIS ULTIMAS NOTICIAS DEL MES DE FEBRERO DEL BOEK861
4 marzo 2009
...//...La mayor exposicion sobre poesia visual del ultimo siglo / El Instituto Cervantes y la Sociedad Estatal de Conmemoraciones Culturales (SECC, Ministerio de Cultura)
presentaran el proximo viernes la exposicion Escrituras en libertad. Poesia experimental espanola e hispanoamericana...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
3 marzo 2009
...//...Librodeartista.info promueve junto a Forum Book Art, ILDE y Editions de l Heure, la creacion de un espacio europeo para la difusion del libro de artista,
el libro ilustrado y la edicion de arte en Europa....//...

VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
2 marzo 2009
...//...HOTEL DaDA N 7 PVE Poesia Visual Espanola / Seleccion de J. M. Calleja
Director / Editor: Silvio De Gracia / Ediciones El Candiru/ Participantes:
Fernando Millan / Francisco Peralto / Alfonso Lopez Gradoli / Pablo Del Barco / J. C. J. Aberasturi / Nel Amaro / Andreu Terrades / Nuria Rosa Cabre /
Gustavo Vega / Cesar Reglero / Bartolome Ferrando / Antonio Gomez / Antonio Montesino / Xavier Canals / J. Brustenga-Etxauri / Josep Sou /
J. M. Calleja / Julian Alonso / Ferran Fernandez / Francisco Aliseda / Jordi Badiella / Antoni Albalat / Albert Aragones / Joan Puche / Antonio Orihuela /
Sergi Quinyonero / Roberto Farona / Rafael Marin / Julia Otxoa / J. A. Sarmiento / ...//...
http://hotel-dada.blogspot.com

VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
28 febrero 2009
...//...Ante la ausencia de un centro dedicado a la informacion y produccion intelectual sobre el arte y el pensamiento estetico contemporaneos,
el Centro Cultural Recoleta creo un nuevo espacio que reune archivos, biblioteca y produccion intelectual de todas las actividades que en el se realizan,
como asi tambien aquellas desarrolladas en otros museos y centros culturales del pais y del extranjero...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
25 febrero 2009
ULTIMO NUMERO DE LA REVISTA EXPERIMENTAL BIBLIA FEBRERO 2009...//...A revista B졬ia e um espaco de experimentacao
nas tendencias contemporaneas das artes visuais e da literatura. Existe desde Abril de 1996 e lancou 27 numeros. Neste momento
tem periodicidade trimestral e a tiragem e normalmente de 2000 exemplares. Calculamos que estejam distribu죡s cerca de 50000...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
24 febrero 2009
...//...INTERMEDIA presenta una seleccion de videos realizados por artistas que trabajan en los margenes de la industria del cine y
el mundo del arte propiciando un espacio de debate y encuentro. En sus sucesivas ediciones el festival ha tratado de crear un espacio para gente con
esteticas afines al genero experimental...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
20 febrero 2009
BLOG VISUAL DE DANIEL MADRID ...//... Todos los poemas visuales publicados en este blog pertenecen a Daniel Madrid
y pueden ser utilizados de manera gratuita para fines no comerciales, con o sin autorizaci�revia....//...CREATIVE COMMONS


VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
20 febrero 2009
...//...hoy jueves 19 febrero 2009, se inaugura una exposicion de escultura con obras de artistas Inuit (esquimales) del Canada,
elaboradas fundamentalmente sobre piedra, con figuras antropomorficas de animales, hombres, sirenas, que cobijan los particulares espiritus de este pueblo Inuit,
al que..., informacion en este espacio de Factor쟠Del Barco, situada en la Calle San Juan de la Palma, n 26, de Sevilla...www.factoriadelbarco.com

VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
17 febrero 2009
...//...Hojeando... Cuatro decadas de libros y revistas de artista en Espana...
La exposicion presenta una visi�eneral de las publicaciones producidas por ...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
17 febrero 2009
...//...La segunda edici�el Festival de Perfopoesia de Sevilla tuvo ayer un original comienzo de la mano de la poeta
 y performer madrilena Gracia Iglesias, que ingreso en un cubo de metacrilato instalado en plena Alameda y permanecera alli cuatro dias...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
17 febrero 2009
...//...primer aniversario de la revista Artexero y el quinto de Zona de Arte.
Nuestra intencion es festejarlos e invitarlos en abril a la fiesta. Ya les llegara oportunamente fecha y horario para el festejo,
de mas esta decirles que los esperamos a todos. Pero en esta ocasion para lo inmediato los invitamos a participar con una obra que ...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
15 febrero 2009
...//...with MAIL ART POST OFFICE in the market square and an official festival postage stamp by German post Deutsche
Post. Our event is part of the citywide mega-event FOREVER FRIENDS IN EUROPE to celebrate the peace after the...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
13 febrero 2009
...//...febbraio 2009 si compira il decennale dalla nascita del Gruppo Sinestetico (Albertin, Sassu, Scordo),
dieci anni di intensa attivita artistica: oltre 400 partecipazioni a eventi d arte in maggior parte...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
12 febrero 2009
...//...edicao deste ano a comemoracao dos 120 Anos de Fernando Pessoa e apresentou tambem a
XIII MOSTRA INTERNACIONAL DE POEMAS VISUAIS organizada mais uma vez pelo poeta Hugo Pontes...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
10 febrero 2009
...//...This will become a kind of mail art Fluxus performance by selling some of my mail art getting from people all over the world, which...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
10 febrero 2009
Lectura Poetica de Julia Otxoa de su libro LA LENTITUD DE LA LUZ y proyeccion de su obra de poesia visual en el
Koldo Mitxelena de San Sebastian, el miercoles dia 11 de febrero a las 19,30
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
10 febrero 2009
V SALON INTERNACIONAL DE MAIL ART Y POESIA VISUAL ...//....Poesia Proceso, la Poesia Ilustrada, los Poemas Laberintos,
Holopoemas, Letrismos, Poesia Concreta, Poesia Semiotica, Polipoesia, Palindromos, Collage, Fotoacciones, Videoacciones,
Espacios de Resonancia, Poemas Objeto, Poesia Fonetica, Poesia Sonora, Poesia Pseudovisual, Poesia en Braille....//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Convocatorias
http://boek861.com
5 febrero 2009
...//...SOSTIERRA/09 ARTE ACCION Convocatoria / MAS ALLA DE LA NATURALEZA…
LOS VIENTOS DE CAMBIO EN LA TIERRA SE ESTAN PRODUCIENDO DE UNA FORMA PREVISIBLE E INQUIETANTE.
Y EL PLANETA SE ESTA SOBREDIMENSIONANDO CONMOVEDORAMENTE. SOSTIERRA - ARTE ACCION/09 PROPONE QUE...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
4 febrero 2009
INFORMA TONI PRAT ...//...Hola Cesar, nomes et vull comunicar que he obert un nou bloc: matematicopoemes.
blogspot.com per incitar al debat mitjantcant la interpretacio de les matematiques vistes des d\ una optica afectuosa i personal que humanitza  i ens invita a rumiar...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
3 enero 2009
...//...la setmana vinent inauguro una mostra dels darrers poemes visuals en exposicio conjunta amb el meu amic el pintor Ch. Delaire.Cicle Contraposats 1 1:
Los silenciosos/Sota les Muntanyes. Ch. Delaire VS Sergi Quinonero...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com
1 febrero 2009
...//...En 2009 se cumpliran los primeros 40 anos de la edicion de 5 Poemas Visuales de Clemente Padin a cargo de la revista uruguaya OVUM 10, nro. 10,
Setiembre 1969, dando inicio, oficialmente, a sus actividades en esta rama del arte. Se dice oficialmente porque desde hacia unos anos antes ...//...
VER NOTICIA AMPLIADA EN Poecronicas
http://boek861.com

































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US "Inhuman Atrocities" /// Torture??-- "I Was Only Following Orders!"

 
Top U.N. Official Accuses U.S. of Inhuman Atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan
 
By Fox News
"The aggressions against Iraq and Afghanistan and their occupations constitute atrocities that must be condemned and repudiated by all who believe in the rule of law in international relations," said U.N. General Assembly President Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22157.htm
 
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"I Was Only Following Orders!"
 
Being serious about torture. Or not.
 
By William Blum
 
On the very day of Obama's inauguration, the United Nation's special torture rapporteur invoked the Convention in calling on the United States to pursue former president George W. Bush and defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture and bad treatment of Guantanamo prisoners.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article22160.htm
 


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5 Newstories --Gaza Non-Reconstruction-- Pasta Posing Threats to Israel--0$ from US to Gaza

 
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US offers $0 for Gaza reconstruction:
 
Although the Obama administration is pledging $900 million (Dh3.3 billion) of aid, none of the money will go to rebuilding Gaza, the Los Angeles Times reported.
http://snipurl.com/dab17
 
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The pasta, paper and hearing aids that could threaten Israeli security:
 
Members of the highest-ranking American delegation to tour Gaza were shocked to discover that the Israeli blockade against the Hamas-ruled territory included such food staples as lentils, macaroni and tomato paste.
http://snipurl.com/dab4n
 
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Pots of urine, feces in the refrigerator -
 
How IDF troops vandalized Gaza homes
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1068989.html
 
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Proposal in Congress: No Gilad Shalit, no Gaza aid:
 
Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada drafted a petition to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which demanded that the financial aid be delayed for as long as the rocket fire continues and Shalit remains in captivity.
http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1068953.html
 
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Mauritania 'shuts' Israeli embassy:
 
Diplomatic relations between Mauritania and Israel have been strained since Israel launched a military offensive in the Gaza Strip in December.
http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2009/03/20093612531527630.html
 
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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
http://galatearesurrection4.blogspot.com

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.

Witness: Video for Change March 2009






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In Zimbabwe: Mugabe Throws a Birthday Bash Worth $250,000
Last month, Mugabe's lavish birthday celebration drew criticism from human rights groups and journalists. A menu that included 8,000 lobsters and 500 bottles of Johnny Walker seemed inappropriate in a country where most of its population lives on one meal per day. Read this report and watch videos about the Zimbabwe crisis on SKYNEWS.

Congratulations to VAI Alum! Debora Diniz Rodrigues attended our video advocacy training in Montreal last summer. In less than one year, she completed, "House of the Dead," a film about people living in psychiatric prisons in Brazil, which has been accepted into the "It's All True" film festival in Rio de Janeiro. Lubanga Trial: First Month Ends With Testimony from Third Child Soldier
The historic International Criminal Court case completed its first month on February 26th. The third child soldier to testify admitted he'd been forced to rape and loot by Thomas Lubanga's militia. Visit the Hub blog to learn more.

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