james lee Byars’ Minimalism is, clearly, not Minimalist; his historicism is nothing like pastiche; his theatre, purged of angst and drama, is simply too theatrical; and he has no taste for the banal. Further, his politics are not Western enough; his Orientalism is not mystical enough.              

Nov 26, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-11-26 at 11.24.15 AMJames Lee Byars exhibit at the new Jumex Museum in Mexico City!

Co-curated by Peter Eleey and Magalí Arriola. I sure hope there’s a catalog.

Either way I’m going and I LOVE the new Jumex building by David Chipperfield.

Pic is from the always interesting Centre for the Aesthetic Revolution.

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What are the particular challenges and pleasures of making yourself at home in the Twin Cities? + How are local practices of community, making, growing made visible? + Is homemaking a form of art practice? + How do you express yourself through homemaking? + What is the role of community, family, friends, networks, staff, and collaborators, in making art, home, cities, community, institutions, art, and life? + What do you consider the appropriate boundaries or connections between art and life?              

Nov 22, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 11.37.03 AM Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 11.40.08 AMI’ll be “in conversation” with Fritz Haeg & Lucky Dragons (Sarah Rara / Luke Fischbeck) tomorrow (Sat, Nov 23) at the Walker Art Center from 2:45 to 3:45. Really excited.  Both have been super influential & inspiring to RO/LU & Fritz’s residency at the Walker, At Home in the City, has brought his diverse projects together in such a poetic & important way.

Our conversation is just one of many that are part of the closing weekend celebration.  So many fascinating participants. So if you’re able, you should definitely attend.

During the year long residency, the Walker website has published a bunch of great articles & related content.  Chk it.

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Aloneness is a realization that everyone is in the same boat; that everyone is actually alone. One of the deepest and most magical mysteries of human life is that we’re alone, and yet we’re together. Everyone we see around us in this courtyard [gestures around] is the center of their own world, has their own set of problems with their relatives, with their job, with their roommates, with their lovers, with their childhood. Everyone has their own huge drama, and yet all these dramas overlap in the same space of human interaction. We’re all mutually alone.              

Nov 20, 2013

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Great interview with Nathaniel Dorsky here. Just about to read Devotional Cinema.  Psyched for good energy.  This is a great warm-up.

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Ideally, we focus on incorporating the tools or terms of translation into the piece, making them available to the spectator or participant—maintaining the “wholeness” of the experience, even when what is being sensed is somehow re-organized or redistributed. When the process of translation can be paused or reversed by anyone at any time, there is a spectacular feeling of common investigation and curiosity, a unique and productive “wow” that speaks to the conditions of our being assembled as an audience in a specific place and time.              

Nov 7, 2013


Great interview with Lucky Dragons by Sean Donovan on the Walker Art Center’s site.  So much good energy.  Psyched for our talk too!

“Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck aka Lucky Dragons visit the Walker for a discussion with ROLU’s Matt Olson on November 23, 2013, as part of the closing celebration of Fritz Haeg’s yearlong residency.” 

More on this soon.

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Nov 6, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-11-06 at 9.56.09 AMFave blog lately, archive club.

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i find that knowledge is something which is often domesticated. Thinking that manages to escape domestication is rare. Ways of thinking that don’t get formatted interest me. When I say “wild,” I mean something for which you can’t make an image. Knowledge gets smoothed out because it has to be transmitted. As soon as the knowledge goes through a format, it becomes domesticated. Wild knowledge can’t easily be categorized.              

Nov 1, 2013


6pm – Pierre Huyghe

A friend brought me the catalog for the current exhibit at the Pompidou. Written in French.

The cover is awesome.

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Oct 28, 2013

A meta-exhibition of a meta-collection in a meta-physiscal context. With no expiration date.

Trapped in the closet is a project curated by Luca Lo Pinto using as conceptual starting point the Frac Champagne-Ardenne collection of works of art.

via Many Stuff

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Because if you try to make a coherence, i mean, i think that is really a fucked up idea, that we attempt to have a coherency, a reason, an explanation. i don’t really find that … it’s not me … Maybe it even sounds cliche but, if you really focus on the moment, and try to avoid thinking of a coherence… I mean, coherency, what a stupid invention.              

Oct 24, 2013

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I’ve been totally obsessed with Danh Vo’s work Tombstone for Phùng Vo these last days.

A tombstone installed in the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden inscribed with the words “Here lies one whose name was writ in water.”  The marker will live here in Minneapolis until Danh’s father dies, at which point it will be shipped to Vestre Kirkegård, a large cemetery in Copenhagen Denmark where it will become his headstone.  In return, Phùng Vo bequests to the institution four artifacts of personal significance, a gold crucifix with a chain, a Dupont lighter, an American military class ring, and a Rolex watch.

It’s a sprawling work that also involves the poet John Keats, family, desire, time, place, identity…

Loved this talk between Danh Vo and curator Bartholomew Ryan that took place in 2011.

And here’s a short piece Ryan wrote for the Walker’s magazine recently.

AND… tonight, if you’re in Minneapolis, Jamie Stewart of Xiu Xiu will sing and talk with Danh Vo. The event will be both a dedication of Vo’s sculpture and kickoff for the exhibit 9 Artists which opens today.  Here’s an interview with Jamie on the Walker’s site. Can’t believe I can’t go.

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BLESS HOME BERLIN was born out of the experiences of our temporary shops, in particular the first BLESS SHOP on Mulackstrasse and its varied exhibitions and presentations. The initial hope was to change the traditional way of selling products and adapt the concept to our understanding of the product’s actual experience. One can discover, witness and especially experience BLESS within the private atmosphere of BLESS HOME.              

Oct 23, 2013

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I love BLESS… and man, I love this.

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