Friday, November 20, 2015

From a strange planet - 9

Road webcam fascination

The silent pictures of Scandinavian traffic-webcams have a strange fascination for me. My previous outpourings of webcam obsession are here: part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5part 6 part 7part 8I've  used video, fiction, literary criticism, art, forensic science and surveillance technologies to think through this window on far-away places.

Long term changes - longitudinal analysis
Because I've followed the webcams since 2013 I'm able to compare before- and after images and I'm able to notice both sudden and gradual changes. This time-wasting activity is strangely relaxing and satisfying. Maybe other people feel this when solving Sudoku puzzles.

Privacy enhancements
Some camera views have been obscured. I cannot look into some gardens anymore and cannot watch people stepping into the bus. Instead I see a nice Malewich-like abstract landscape intervention. This has its own charm.
And just for fun I searched the camera on StreetView, to get another view of the scene. Would I recognize the scene if I saw it from the non-camera viewpoint?
Who did it - not me!
I wonder if this privacy enhancement was a spontaneous action of the Norwegian road authority (Vegvesen) or if someone complained about invasion of privacy. Maybe they saw my weblog? (Wish I was so popular!)
And again a view of the camera for this scene, with the camera and a much more primitive shelter. And a Google camera that photographed it's own shadow while photographing a camera:
Tree cutting
And sometimes trees are cleared, revealing a deeper and wider view of the (non-) landscape. It was this tree that first drew my attention to this place. Now it's gone. And tire-tracks disappear spontaneously without human intervention.
And again I found the camera. Looking on Streetview I saw that this road runs along a fjord, I've been loking at this scene a whole year long and I never suspected it. And the box on the right is not for selling stuff, it's just a garbage bin.
Three minor changes. Otherwise nothing much changes in these far-away places.

Hello world!
Is there anyone reading this blog who lives near these places? Then we could do a live performance. (But I fear no one from Norway reads this blog. If  you do ... contact me at urbanadventure at xs4all dot nl.)

Sources: + StreetView + StreetView + StreetView

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Leif Elggren - interesting even without sound

EXTENDED HONEYMOON - A work by Leif Elggren a day - Now at 76 items

Sven Schlijper-Karssenberg is compiling a fascinating list of artworks by Leif Elggren.

I (uair01) only have one CD of this artist (45 minutes from underneath the beds) so I have no idea how his other works sound. But the descriptions are exciting to read, even without the sounds. They stimulate the imagination. It would be a pity to let them evaporate on Facebook. That's why I saved a private list of the descriptions on this weblog (with permission of the author). My favorite is nr.41, the most recent one, because there are so many complex layers in this artwork: performance, urban exploration, etching, recording, object-making etc.

EXTENDED HONEYMOON - A work by Leif Elggren a day - Sven Schlijper-Karssenberg

For the past few weeks I've written a piece a day on a work by King Leif. So far 25 works... have been detailed. And there's much more on the way. You ain't seen nothing yet as the Museum Elggren Collection is massive.

01 - We Are All Born to Become Angels CD -
02 - The Kings Curve Cassette -
03 - Namibia Cassette -
04 - Zzz CD -
05 - The Rocking Chair 7" -
06 - Sleepwalking Cassette -
07 - Dead Soldiers Book -
08 - Sacramental Meals book -
09 - Lampo Folio 3 Leaflet-
10 - The New Immortality 7" -
11 - Three Aural Representations 7" -
12 - The Worried Ones CD box -
13 - Untitled Drawing -
14 - 2x1 Minute Cassette -
>> - For Sven and Gerliene Suite of drawings -
15 - Elggren/Nordwall live CD -
16 - Y&B Pin + Invitation Card -
17 - A Cat with a Duodenum CD -
18 - Sleep Disorders #6 Book + CD -
19 - Gottesdienst CD -
20 - Is There A Smell on the Other Side? CD -
21 - That Little Idiot (Telling Truths) Book -
22 - Something Like Seeing in the Dark Book -
23 - Lampo #95 Leaflet -
24 - Arranging for an Opening of a Teleport to Shangri-La Invitation card -
25 - Double Sleep on Stream of Unconsciousness Volume 9 Cassette -

26 - Part Twenty-Six: The New Immortality #2

27 - Part Twenty-Seven: In Sleep the Knives are Sharpened

28 - Part Twenty-Eight: If Other People Exist (they are totally sealed secrets

29 - Part Twenty-Nine: The Internationale

30 - Part Thirty: Jean-Philippe Antoine / Marcel Broodthaers & King Leif's 'Objet Métal Esprit'
Part Thirty: Jean-Philippe Antoine / Marcel Broodthaers & King Leif's 'Objet Métal Esprit'

31 - Part Thirty-One: Physiological Frequencies, Drawings from 2004 – 2009 at Gallery Niklas Belenius, 03.12.2009 - 07.01.2010

32 - Part Thirty-Two: Experiment with Dreams by King Leif and Thomas Liljenberg

33 - Part Thirty-Three: The Answers by King Leif and Thomas Liljenberg

34 - Part Thirty-Four: The Codfish Suit by King Leif and Thomas Liljenberg

35 - Part Thirty-Five: 9.11 by King Leif and Thomas Liljenberg

36 - Part Thirty-Six: Ebola & Swedish Dreamers by King Leif and Thomas Liljenberg

37 - Part Thirty-Seven: Two Thin Eating One Fat by King Leif and Thomas Liljenberg

38 - Part Thirty-Eight: UGN / MAT by King Leif, Per Jonsson & Kent Tankred

39 - Part Thirty-Nine: The Sudarium of St Veronica by King Leif & Claude Mellan

40 - Part Forty: Tre Verksamma på 27 Plan [Three at Work on 27 Areas]

41 - Part Forty-One: Cu (Framförande XIX) – The light room / The dark room; can you hear it?

42 - International Art Exhibition invitation

43 - Variations on a theme by Pierre Degeyter (Celebration of a revolution) by King Leif & Pär Thörn, recorded live at KRETS Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden on April 4, 2009

44 - Live in London (Touch Radio 23)

45 - Live in LA by King Leif, Per Svensson and Carl Michael von Hausswolff

46 - Untitled 7” (Die Stadt) by John Duncan, Carl Michael von Hausswolff and King Leif

47 - Something very very very special from the collection... A photo-polymer cliché. Straight from LetterpressAmsterdam.

48 - The Cobblestone is the Weapon of the Proletariat

49 - 50 - The North is Protected

1 - 50 - List of posts

51 - Clocktower Radio Show

52 - 53 - 54 - Isola de San Michele (including Table of the Dead), The North is Protected II (Death in Venice) and Toteninsel (works by King Leif and King Carl-Michael with (a.o.) Jan Håfström, Marja-Leena Sillanpää, Tommi Grönlund, Petteri Nisunen, Anders Tomrén)

57 - 58 - 59 - 60 - All specimens of Yellow & Black in the collection

61 - HEMLIGSTÄMPLAT by King Leif and Thomas Liljenberg (or is it? their names blacked out on the insert! top secret originality!)

62 - Flown Over by and Old King catalog

63 - RGB [An audio spectrum] by King Leif, souRce-research and Matmos

64 - 65 - Ventilation and Ventilation Cabinet

66 - Virulent Images / Virulent Sound

67 - Ingalill

Part Sixty-Eight: Like Dust Under A Mother's Knife by King Leif and Kevin Drumm

69 - Trop Tôt by King Leif & Francisco Meirino (with Laura Daengeli)

70 - 71 - 72 - 73 - Un Peu Comme Voir dans la Nuit // Movements in the Dust exhibition // LUFF Live Performance (w/ Emanuel Swedenborg) // RTS Emission Spéciale Radio show (all October 2013, Lausanne, Switzerland)

74 - YELLOW & BLACK. Exhibition at Jr. Konsthallen, Linköping, Sweden. Aug 16-Oct 5, 2008

75 - 76 - Das Dreidimensionelle Schriftsprache by King Leif and Média Médiums Vernissage Concert by King Leif with Jean-Philippe Antoine

Zine - by Jes (growing distro)

This summer I visited the Zine Camp at Worm in Rotterdam. I met many interesting people and bought several nice zines. I will review some of them as a preparation for (possibly) making my own zine.

Jes (growing distro)
Three very personal zines from Berlin.

Two zines from the "growth" series. Small (A6) format in color. Professionally hand made, with different paper qualities. They combine personal and intimate details with notes about travel, nature and the care of plants. Authentic texts about overcoming personal crises and finding confidence.
... Last year I fell in love and it felt like the world became brighter and more exciting than before. It seemed like every leaf that fell before me must have been a symbol of this awakening inside me ... I decided while away that I needed to stay in touch with earth and nature and began researching the types of seeds I could plant on my shady windowsill ...
And the zines contain  the random, noisy photographs of nature that I like very much. And it's combined with a text reminiscent of Beethoven's Pastoral symphony:
... I've left the city and am enjoying a short visit to Brandenburg in order to leave my routine and find something new ... how great it feels to be outside of the city ... I am so appreciative of the space I have found to return to myself. I am thankful of the barking dogs outside my room ... I'm thankful for the trees and garden my room looks onto. I'm thankful for the large wooden desk that is clear of my own clutter, to-do lists, empty glasses, and notes reminding me that i'm not doing what I want to be doing in this life ...
And finally there's this guide to using sex toys. In the classic cut, paste and copy style. Still intimate and personal, but in a different key. I admire the courage to connect your own identity with such explicit content. The concept arouses curiosity (pun intended) and the punk look-and-feel gives it a nice underground touch.
... cleaning toys: keep them fresh and handy for the next time you play with them ... non-battery operated toys, silicone and glass, can be boiled in water or put in a dishwasher ...
Lessons learned
Personally I prefer the neat binding and graphic design of the "growth" zines over the "fuck" zine. Also their small format is more sympathetic. The photographs and background patterns add a lot of value. I could never write so openly about my feelings and still feel authentic. In these zines it is totally natural and appropriate. But I could write about places and seasons and their effect on me.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

The horror of autumn - Thomas Ligotti

The autumn colours are amazing this year. Many people have noticed and mentioned this. My barber speculated that the leaves stay on the trees longer, because there has been no wind nor rain. Whatever the reason, the colours of the October leaf of our calendars are echoed in nature outside. And are echoed in the wonderful stories of Thomas Ligotti:
Before there occurred anything of a truly prodigious nature, the season had manifestly erupted with some feverish intent. This, at least, was how it appeared to us, whether we happened to live in town or somewhere outside its limits.
On the calendars which hung in so many of our homes, the monthly photograph illustrated the spirit of the numbered days below it: sheaves of cornstalks standing brownish and brittle in a newly harvested field, a narrow house and wide barn in the background, a sky of empty light above, and fiery leafage frolicking about the edges of the scene.
But something dark, something abysmal always finds its way into the bland beauty of such pictures, something that usually holds itself in abeyance, some entwining presence that we always know is there.
The Shadow at the Bottom of the World (Thomas Ligotti) - Someone put this story on-line. But please: buy the books and support this wonderful writer. I bought his books too!
All calendar pictures from our own calendars:
October 2014 - one of our calendars, unknown publisher
October 2015 -
November - Verjaardagskalender Drenthe -