Monday, November 30, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Winter/Spring Issue of Wheelhouse (#9) is being worked on now; we're in the process of deciding on which pieces sent to us--out of so many wonderful works--will appear in this issue. Since we decide on a rolling basis, via in-person meetings & input from contributors, it takes us awhile to build an aesthetic scaffold based upon which pieces we think are both individually fantastic, as well as fitting (often via creating dissonance) for the issue. Here is a partial list of contributors:
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Colombians Mourn Colleagues Killed in Past Two Months
by James Parks, Nov 24, 2009
When 14 Colombian trade union members were in the United States for a training program, they were unable to forget just how dangerous it is to support unions in their home country. During the two months they were here, four of their colleagues were assassinated.
In a memorial service at AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C., yesterday, we joined the Solidarity Center and the Colombian workers to honor those who were killed and to reaffirm our determination to fight for workers’ and human rights in that country.
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler told the group:
We want our Colombian sisters and brothers to know that as we fight for basic trade union rights in this country, we are totally dedicated to their struggle to organize and collectively bargain in an atmosphere free of fear, terror and violence.
Shuler noted the AFL-CIO has recognized the courage of the Colombian union movement by presenting the 2008 George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to Colombian human rights activist Yessika Hoyos.
The Colombian workers participated in the Trade Union Strengthening program sponsored by the Solidarity Center, with funding and support from the U.S. Department of Labor. As part of the program, the Colombians joined union organizers on the ground for three weeks. They worked with organizers from AFSCME, TCU/IAM, North Shore (Mass.) Labor Council, Sacramento Central Labor Council and the Teamsters. TCU/IAM, the United Food and Commercial Workers and the Teamsters also provided training for the Colombians.
Colombia is the deadliest country in the world for trade unionists. At least 34 trade unionists have been killed this year in Colombia, with 10 deaths in the past eight weeks alone.
Monday, November 23, 2009
8. (F-ing Line)
once upon a time we will have dreamed a mouth that sees, proliferating private eye singing of the great mundane venture: “a beautiful dis-traction a blanket noise, yr we does the dirty work by rate” unintelligible see yr white tie lacks so stains re-members all those broken dolls unintelligible, both talking both talking simultaneously i’m the occasional hitler this is a homemade porno, & when i close my eyes i can almost taste you beginning to perform the undress laughter you know we’re still in vietnam (?) laughter i gift my arm to you, torture this flesh tare it tare from skin to bone then tell me please tell me what it feels like to be at war both talking i once had a boyfriend who stabbed his eye out with his own penis in order to prove a point about tolerance
self inflicted penis blindness is a responsible terrorism, one hole patched with duty free gauze, i sing about self infliction: “yr be-ing is a euclidian plane talk skimming smooth surface without capacity to mend or break” laughter enveloped by american policy a neo gothic office building in tuscon spits out e-mails with the subject line “you’ve been wounded, it’s ok, you can bomb them now” laughter bumper sticker idea: i heart imagined depravity in starched television studio while two gentlemen stab each other strategically never fatal the site it sings of categories: “i am prepared to distinguish between a conceptual coca cola atrocity & a factual coca cola atrocity” unintelligible & a voteforme sign in my window that says “panglossian neoliberal” laughter inaudible penis blinded can’t can’t see -you, hands face eyes words fail a romantic historicism laughter wait! bumper sticker idea: bring greek peasant collared, leashed doglike stage right feed pet make a spectacle make an example a category draw us a picture of yr sitting down framework else yr wasting time we have little time to waste time is wasting me beyond that expensive backlit moon
he said, he says, different interests they say different interests i’m hearing a graveyard of public trusts but there’s no discernible voice in ear-piece, & “so i think terrorism,” this dreaming thing laughter the government on monday & tuesday military intervention on monday & tuesday differentiated from economic law the market the law the decimating abstraction projected like a ragged false tooth on the wall of yr non-existent stately apartment living room bumper sticker idea: gotta sneaking suspicion reality t.v. has always been a counter insurgency
our “we” is so proverbial it’s got its own patron saint laughter ask yrself when you sit down & plug in what did the vichy government taste like? both talking simultaneously how to select a government: click & drag unintelligible bumper sticker idea: we never occupied santo domingo we were simply vacationing there laughter when we talk about iraq, we don’t talk about iraq a poetics conference talk title idea: television advertising during firing line invented the swerve unintelligible let’s compare miseries while the decert campaign heats up & yr poem cools down, new colonial carnage is my renewable energy source
abraham lincoln suspended habeas corpus, & so let the market decide. abraham lincoln suspended habeas corpus, & so, five dollars monthly to the idf. abraham lincoln suspended habeas corpus, & so who needs universal health care. abraham lincoln suspended habeas corpus, & so what’s wrong with the draft if no one’s enlisting? abraham lincoln suspended habeas corpus, so fuck the kyoto treaty. abraham lincoln suspended habeas corpus, so three strikes & you’re out in california. abraham lincoln suspended habeas corpus, so let’s hurry up with deregulation & burn some more people, drag indiscernible corpse thru occupied streets, hang carbonized he she or who from bridges like the old boys do / at night / to those / lurking faggots laugher
once upon a time a whole television viewing audience mistook the afl-cio for the cia & that was when the taft-hartley act was born both talking, simultaneously you keep saying “look” but you don’t mean that laughter i dreamed two mouths orbiting a dark immensity, both were open, both were singing “come to me, feel my lips begin to eclipse a be-coming pain, scratch the surface of our words with yr finger nail – this will have been
--the end of the tape--
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
935 Natoma Street, San Francisco
between 10th and 11th Streets
and between Mission and Howard
close to the
and the Van Ness MUNI station
From Chris Nagler:
Marcus Civin’s performance work asks questions about bodily politics, and puts together serial kinetic phrases about his own. He reframes that old contested territory, the ordinary, or ‘pedestrian’ body. His teacher, the choreographer and filmmaker , wrote, in 1968, of her own work as “a control that seems geared to the actual time it takes the actual weight of the body to go through the prescribed motions, rather than an adherence to an imposed ordering of time. In other words, the demands made on the body’s (actual) energy resources appear to be commensurate with the task . . .” Does this equation balance in the ordinary body of today, when the ‘prescribed motions’ are often obscure, charged with impossible simultaneities, or shamed with distant, mechanized heroism. And what to do with all that ‘seeming’ ?
In his words:
My everyday life reveals my cowardice, my normalcy, my difficulty.
Every time I do my ritual, it is slightly different. I think about what
I would do in an extreme situation. I assume, I would know what to do
in an extreme situation, but I need practice.
Some possible issues and questions that may arise:
What kind of athlete or non-athlete is the contemporary American citizen?
The slapstick histories of multitasking
Do the body’s economies (sexual, affective, energetic) reflect/counter/react to/empty into The Economy? How. specifically?
Is ‘survival’ a performance, a fetish, a nostalgia, an ordinary reality? Which for whom?
Is represented labor still labor and is labored representation still representation? Who says so?
From Marcus Civin:
"I had been so confident and now I had an awful feeling that the war had gotten out of my hands"
-- as Alice B. Toklas (The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas)
With the Nonsite Collective, Marcus Civin will project, re-build, perform gestures and utterances that riff on themes from his recent performance work — performance work that lands a poor, rough tramp behind enemy lines and forces the poor, rough tramp to decide: am I a killer, OR am I a clown?
Or: "In a series, objects become undefined simulacra one of the other. And so, along with the objects, do the people that produce them." -- (Simulations)
I handle an ax, matches, a deck of cards, a spear, drips of water. I make a bathtub. Am I a bathtub. Or: I make a small black painting.
Participants might enjoy watching:
http://www.archive.org/details/busterkeatonfilm (SAMUEL BECKETT, FILM)
6. (muted domestic pornography)
We must insist upon the idea of culture-in-action, of culture growing within us like a new organ, a sort of second breath: and on civilization as an applied culture controlling even our subtlest actions, a presence of mind -- Artaud
Never so held in held
Suspense : the long
Disease is pornographic
Graphic despite I knowing
What will come of this
This narrative as usual
As so much desolate
Hunger there is some I
Tensing with a perverting here
Here the sheen of a slowly open
Curve a depth I’ve seen this before
Before I roamed corporate clinics
My holes are a constant testing
Ground perpetual breaks of strata
In continuity becomes continuity : I
I here cannot see is a here with yet no
Name his delivery system holds I up
Up by its penis a story halos above
It : degraded as a convergence of aporias
The strange tremor the unusual poverties
Of not knowing what will come of this this
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Tuesday, November 24th at 7:30 or so: David Wolach, Jen Coleman, Ashley D'Avignon Goodwin and Kenny Anderson
When: Tuesday, November 24th at 7:30
Where: 3968 SE Mall St., Upper Floors
Etc.: Bring food or drink to share, or maybe throw some money in for beer. Bring extra cash you've got laying around in case anyone's hawking anything. Bring something to hawk. Or just show up with your lovely self.