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I have just begun a new blog/zine called
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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


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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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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.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Pulitzer for Hank Williams!!!

One of US America's greatest songwriters was awarded posthumously with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Few American writers in any genre have expressed loneliness and "lonesomeness" with the terse, harsh lyricism of Hank Williams.
Hank Williams used the simplest words to express the most complex human emotions with a directness that knew no boundaries of genre--his songs have been covered by countless musicians worldwide, and he's inspired and continues to inspire writers not only of songs but of poetry, fiction and non-fiction as well.  One of the best deserving Pulitzers ever awarded!
Combine Robert Johnson and Hank Williams and you have --the basis of not only rock'n' roll but tens of thousands of singers-songwriters and musicians, poets, writers of al genres--given material that is still being mined--a deep and rich inheritance, a bed rock and soil for endless growth--
Sembrar la memoria!

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry"
Hear that lonesome whippoorwill,
He sounds too blue to fly.
The midnight train is whining low,
I'm so lonesome I could cry.
I've never seen a night so long
When time goes crawling by.
The moon just went behind a cloud
To hide its face and cry.

Did you ever see a robin weep,
When leaves began to die?
That means he's lost the will to live,
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

The silence of a falling star
Lights up a purple sky.
And as I wonder where you are
I'm so lonesome I could cry.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Milwaukee: Gaylen Gerber at The Green Gallery East

The Green Gallery East Presents:
Gaylen Gerber
Opening Reception: April 17, 2010, 5 - 8 pm
Exhibition: April 17, 2010 - May 23, 2010 
The Green Gallery East
1500 N Farwell Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Thurs 4-8 PM
Fri Sat Sun 2-6 PM

The Green Gallery West Presents:
Autumn Ramsey
Opening Reception: April 17, 2010, 7 - 10 pm
Exhibition: April 17, 2010 - May 2010 
The Green Gallery West
631 East Center St 3B
Milwaukee, WI 53212
By appointment
Also at The Green Gallery West on April 17th:
Club Nutz  
10 pm - midnight
Video Arcade
Steve Strupp, Anywhere


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Sunday, April 11, 2010

[It's LIQUID News] Savina Tarsitano and Dinu Flamând - "Le Luci delle Pietre"

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Le Luci delle Pietre
Savina Tarsitano and Dinu Flămând
Dates: 19 April - 6 May, 2010

Location: Accademia di Romania (Valle Giulia - Piazza José de San Martin, 1 - 00197, Rome)
in cooperation with the Galleria Gallerati and  with the patronage of the Bogliasco Foundation
Berlin, Romanian Culture Institute
25 March - May, 2010
Koenigsallee 20A, D-14193 Berlin
European Tour Exhibition "Le Luci delle Pietre" by Savina Tarsitano and Dinu Flămând
A poetry and photography journey across Europe
"Le Luci delle Pietre" is a project of the Rumanian poet Dinu Flămând and the Italian artist Savina Tarsitano, a poetry and photography journey across European cultures. The Tour Exhibition has been opened on the 25 of March in Berlin at the Romanian Culture Institute. On the 19 of April the exhibition will be opened at the Accademia di Romania, Rome.

The opening will be in presence of the Ambassador Karl-Erik Norrman, Secretary General of the European Culture Parliament, the Professor Pasquale Pesce, Director of Development and Planning - Europe and the Professor Giovanni Magliocco of the University of Bari. In May the poet Flămând will be at the Salone Internazionale del Libro of Turin, in cooperation with the Romanian Culture Institute of Venice.

The event is an occasion to celebrate the launch of the poetry anthologies by Dinu Flămând Umbre şi Faleze, published by Edition Brumar de Timisoara (2010) and illustrated by Savina Tarsitano's shadows photography and La Luce delle Pietre published by Edition Palomar (2009) in the Italian translation by Giovanni Magliocco with the cover page by Savina Tarsitano.

Tarsitano and Flamand met in 2005 while in residency at the Liguria Study center in Bogliasco, near Genoa, where the "Shadows" were born first. The series, later called "Icons of the Chaos", inspired the poems written by Dinu Flamand in a second time. The Shadows are the main interest of the two artists. The story of the shadows, rich in anecdotes and original research, is intertwined with a variety of studies and disciplines that we would not consider at first: art, psychology, astronomy, neurology, are some of the fields in which the shadow has become subject to analysis and study.

Shadows as ridges (natural elevations), moving shadows , imperishable, intangible and untouchable. Shadows that suddenly disappear and appear again without allowing any exploration.

In the history of painting the relevance assumed by the shadows seems to increase in the artistic periods of maximum naturalism. If we exclude contemporary art, there's no doubt, as Gombrich explains, that shadows are used by major painters to create effects of astonishment and wonder by the alikeness impressed on the pictorial subject.

During the Renaissance Humanism the shadow, along with the linear perspective, becomes the factor to shape both pictorial and architectural spaces. In nowadays New York a specific legal instrument, the Zoning Law, has been devised to avoid skyscrapers to overshadow entire streets and blocks. The shadow is only apparently invisible, its concrete presence is in no way less invasive that the one of the object it duplicates, so much so that today we are not surprised anymore to consider it as a unmovable sign, inseparable from the object which creates it.

The existence of our shadow is so taken for granted that we sense there is something upsetting and mysterious in what has been created without a shadow. This feeling of anguish, as observed by the psychologist Gustav Jung, is linked to the notion that the shadow is an unconscious double (similitude) of the soul.

The works presented by Savina Tarsitano are a tribute to the shadow, and consequently a praise of the light. The shadow is also metaphor of the island, necessary and immovable presence in the ocean of unconsciousness. Favorite harbor, to sight & approach, to contemplate as a projection of one's self, reflected on stone walls, rocks and pavements. The shadow materializes in these works as a "decalcomania" where the soul is projected on the surrounding nature. And it's not by chance that the expressive means used encompass both painting and photography. If it's true that in nature there's no light without shadow, the photographer, by controlling the sources of light can decide to erase every shadow from the object. Savina knows it, that's why her shadows are strongly connected to the light that creates them and to the colors of the islands, changing with the passing of time on the meridian. It's during these travels that Savina, looks for her shadow, nature though, has stitched it to her skin.
The project of the Shadows was continued by Savina Tarsitano in other places, thank to other residency programmes, Fellowships and Institutions: the Upernnavik Museum, the Castle of Coswig, the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art - in cooperation with the Suonmenlina Governmental Body in Finland - the Caroline Association in Fioul Island, France, the Caribbean Art and Culture Centre Domain de Fonds Saint-Jacques, Martinique and the Centre Culturel de Rencontre in France.

Savina Tarsitano was born in Calabria, Italy. She lives between Italy and Germany where she continues her research at the Castle of Coswig in (Anhlat) thanks to the European project Et in Arcadia Ego. Savina research hinges on concept of "approdo" (Italian term meaning landing-place or landfall). She has spent creative periods in "theme-sites" like islands,  abbeys, castles.  Her works, executed using varied techniques, are incarnate visions (ingrown visions) arising from perceived relation with the place, the environment, conceived itself as a visual space.  Her works have been exhibited in Denmark, France, Martinique, Greenland, Italy, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Holland, and the United States (Los Angeles). Dinu Flămând was born in Romania, works and lives in Paris as a writer. The anthologies were written also during his artistic residency at the Naples Foundation, France and at the Sacatar Instituto, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.
Savina Tarsitano
c/o Castle of Coswig (Anhalt)
European project: Et In Arcadia Ego
Scholstrasse 44-46
D-06869 Coswig (Anhalt)

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European Artistic Research Network presents Tables of Thought

April 11, 2010

European Artistic
Research Network (EARN)

Katrin von Maltzahn
Spam, 2010
Courtesy the artist

Tables of Thought
28 – 29 April

Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
Kaikukatu 4, Helsinki

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Tables of Thought, Helsinki 28-29/4/10, is an exhibition and symposium organised by the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and the European Artistic Research Network (EARN). The exhibition takes place in the gallery of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (Kuvagalleria). Participating artists include: Maria Finn, Daniel Jewesbury, Susan Pui San Lok, Katrin von Maltzahn, Lauren O'Neal, Michael Stevenson, Nina Temporaer and Lars Wallsten. The artists will discuss the displayed research during the symposium on April 28th and 29th.

The programme will open with a screening of Susan Hiller's The Last Silent Movie. Denise Robinson, Tim Stott, Janine Marchessault and Ekateria Degot will provide critical and contextual presentations, and artists Jeremiah Day and Johan Thom will make performative interventions during the symposium.

Tables of Thought has been developed by Jan Kaila and Henk Slager, and focuses on the paradoxical tension within current debates on artistic research between the urge for disciplinary knowledge and the constant subversion of this by artistic thinking. The exhibition and symposium programme of Tables of Thought plays both with the taxonomic impulse integral to disciplinary practices and with the mercurial and destabilising flows of artistic thinking and research.

Tables of Thought is part of an ongoing and unique trans-European experiment in arts research organised by EARN in association with Centrifugal and led by GradCAM, Ireland. This second phase of the project builds upon, and extends, the examination and critical contestation of the archival paradigm in artistic research and curatorial practice initiated at the exhibitions Critique of Archival Reason (curated by Henk Slager, RHA Gallery, Dublin, 2010) and Re: Public (curated by Daniel Jewesbury, TBG, Dublin, 2010) which were held in conjunction with the conference Arts Research: Publics and Purposes (, Dublin, February 2010).

The Helsinki phase of the Artist as Citizen project is co-organised by the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with EARN (European Artistic Research Network) and associated partners including: The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (Helsinki), GradCAM (Dublin), MaHKU (Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design), Malmo Art Academy (Malmo), Slade School of Fine Art (London), Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design, Universita IUAV (Venice), Academy of Fine Arts (Vienna), University of Gothenburg and The School of Fine Art (Leeds). Further phases of the project will take place in Brussels (Sint-Lukas) and Zagreb (Centrifugal) in summer 2010.

EARN (European Artistic Research Network) was established in 2004 and exists to share and exchange knowledge and experience in artistic research; foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among art researchers; promote wider dissemination of artistic research; and enable global connectivity and exchange for artistic research.

Tables of Thought will also see the launch of EARN's new website resource for artistic research 

This project is in part funded by the EC-EACEA Culture 2000–2007: Artist as Citizen project coordinated by Mick Wilson (GradCam, Dublin).

Location: Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Kaikukatu 4, Helsinki, Finland.

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Jonathan Cook: Lawsuit challenges Israel's discriminatory citizenship definition/ The Palestine chronicle

Perhaps this will come as a rude surprise to some of you who are reading this: There is no such thing as an Israeli nationality. In other words: There are no Israelis in the Jewish State.
People residing in Israel are classified as "Jews"/"Arabs"/etc.   The reason is that Israel is seen as a state belonging to the Jewish people (whether they live in Israel or not), not to its citizens.  That's the essence of
what it means for it to be a Jewish state.
Jonathan Cook tells more in the article below.

Racheli Gai.

Jonathan Cook: Lawsuit challenges Israel's discriminatory citizenship definition

A group of Jews and Arabs are fighting in the Israeli courts to be recognized as "Israelis," a nationality currently denied them, in a case that officials fear may threaten the country's self-declared status as a Jewish state.

Israel refused to recognize an Israeli nationality at the country's establishment in 1948, making an unusual distinction between "citizenship" and "nationality." Although all Israelis qualify as "citizens of Israel," the state is defined as belonging to the "Jewish nation," meaning not only the 5.6 million Israeli Jews but also more than seven million Jews in the diaspora.

Critics say the special status of Jewish nationality has been a way to undermine the citizenship rights of non-Jews in Israel, especially the fifth of the population who are Arab. Some 30 laws in Israel specifically privilege Jews, including in the areas of immigration rights, naturalization, access to land and employment.

Arab leaders have also long complained that indications of "Arab" nationality on ID cards make it easy for police and government officials to target Arab citizens for harsher treatment.

The interior ministry has adopted more than 130 possible nationalities for Israeli citizens, most of them defined in religious or ethnic terms, with "Jewish" and "Arab" being the main categories.

The group's legal case is being heard by the high court after a district judge rejected their petition two years ago, backing the state's position that there is no Israeli nation.

The head of the campaign for Israeli nationality, Uzi Ornan, a retired linguistics professor, said: "It is absurd that Israel, which recognizes dozens of different nationalities, refuses to recognize the one nationality it is supposed to represent."

The government opposes the case, claiming that the campaign's real goal is to "undermine the state's infrastructure" -- a presumed reference to laws and official institutions that ensure Jewish citizens enjoy a privileged status in Israel.

Ornan, 86, said that denying a common Israeli nationality was the linchpin of state-sanctioned discrimination against the Arab population.

"There are even two laws -- the Law of Return for Jews and the Citizenship Law for Arabs -- that determine how you belong to the state," he said. "What kind of democracy divides its citizens into two kinds?"

Yoel Harshefi, a lawyer supporting Ornan, said the interior ministry had resorted to creating national groups with no legal recognition outside Israel, such as "Arab" or "unknown," to avoid recognizing an Israeli nationality.

In official documents most Israelis are classified as "Jewish" or "Arab," but immigrants whose status as Jews is questioned by the Israeli rabbinate, including more than 300,000 arrivals from the former Soviet Union, are typically registered according to their country of origin.

"Imagine the uproar in Jewish communities in the United States, Britain or France, if the authorities there tried to classify their citizens as 'Jewish' or 'Christian,'" said Ornan.

The professor, who lives close to Haifa, launched his legal action after the interior ministry refused to change his nationality to "Israeli" in 2000. An online petition declaring "I am an Israeli" has attracted several thousand signatures.

Ornan has been joined in his action by 20 other public figures, including former government minister Shulamit Aloni. Several members have been registered with unusual nationalities such as "Russian," "Buddhist," "Georgian" and "Burmese."

Two Arabs are party to the case, including Adel Kadaan, who courted controversy in the 1990s by waging a lengthy legal action to be allowed to live in one of several hundred communities in Israel open only to Jews.

Uri Avnery, a peace activist and former member of the parliament, said the current nationality system gave Jews living abroad a far greater stake in Israel than its 1.3 million Arab citizens.

"The State of Israel cannot recognize an 'Israeli' nation because it is the state of the 'Jewish' nation ... it belongs to the Jews of Brooklyn, Budapest and Buenos Aires, even though these consider themselves as belonging to the American, Hungarian or Argentine nations."

International Zionist organizations representing the diaspora, such as the Jewish National Fund and the Jewish Agency, are given in Israeli law a special, quasi-governmental role, especially in relation to immigration and control over large areas of Israeli territory for the settlement of Jews only.

Ornan said the lack of a common nationality violated Israel's Declaration of Independence, which says the state will "uphold the full social and political equality of all its citizens, without distinction of religion, race or sex."

Indications of nationality on ID cards carried by Israelis made it easy for officials to discriminate against Arab citizens, he added.

The government has countered that the nationality section on ID cards was phased out from 2000 -- after the interior ministry, which was run by a religious party at the time, objected to a court order requiring it to identify non-Orthodox Jews as "Jewish" on the cards.

However, Ornan said any official could instantly tell if he was looking at the card of a Jew or Arab because the date of birth on the IDs of Jews was given according to the Hebrew calendar. In addition, the ID of an Arab, unlike a Jew, included the grandfather's name.

"Flash your ID card and whatever government clerk is sitting across from you immediately knows which 'clan' you belong to, and can refer you to those best suited to 'handle your kind,'" Ornan said.

The distinction between Jewish and Arab nationalities is also shown on interior ministry records used to make important decisions about personal status issues such as marriage, divorce and death, which are dealt with on entirely sectarian terms.

Only Israelis from the same religious group, for example, are allowed to marry inside Israel -- otherwise they are forced to wed abroad -- and cemeteries are separated according to religious belonging.

Some of those who have joined the campaign complain that it has damaged their business interests. One Druze member, Carmel Wahaba, said he had lost the chance to establish an import-export company in France because officials there refused to accept documents stating his nationality as "Druze" rather than "Israeli."

The group also said it hoped to expose a verbal sleight of hand that intentionally mistranslates the Hebrew term "Israeli citizenship" on the country's passports as "Israeli nationality" in English to avoid problems with foreign border officials.

B Michael, a commentator for Yedioth Aharonoth, Israel's most popular newspaper, has observed: "We are all Israeli nationals -- but only abroad."

The campaign, however, is likely to face an uphill struggle in the courts.

A similar legal suit brought by a Tel Aviv psychologist, George Tamrin, failed in 1970. Shimon Agranat, head of the high court at the time, ruled: "There is no Israeli nation separate from the Jewish people. ... The Jewish people is composed not only of those residing in Israel but also of diaspora Jewries."

That view was echoed by the district court in 2008 when it heard Ornan's case.

The judges in the high court, which held the first appeal hearing last month, indicated that they too were likely to be unsympathetic. Justice Uzi Fogelman said: "The question is whether or not the court is the right place to solve this problem."

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