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2004.05.26 12:36
wings on his feet, talk about heat
Just received a letter in the mail from Cardinal Dougherty High School; they want some of my money.
Yesterday, received an email from the Baron von Ow wishing my mother a Happy 80th Birthday.
Listen to me Sun
the Egyptians, they hailed you
Mercury, he mailed you
wings on his feet talk about heat

2004.05.26 15:53
Re: about " the oil industry's comprehensive corruption" of .........
Back in 1988, when I happened to be sitting next to Mrs. Bacon (Kevin Bacon's mother) at a dinner, we talked about [the soothing sound of] street trolleys [on Rising Sun Avenue at night], mass transportation and the future depletion of oil supplies. She was surprised that I completely agreed with her that soon enough the wide spread reliance on cheap oil was going to backfire, and that major problems would subsequently ensue.
Euphrates Cat in a bag, Daddy-O.

My Favorites of the Campo Marzio by John the Baptist Piranesi.
Artifacts of Ottopia - an eBay selling campaign
. Architectural Otherness - a new working title.
Hejduk architecture (early, e.g., Bye) as ongoing reenactment of Le Corbusier, specifically the Carpenter Center at Harvard.

2004.06.01 15:43
Re: artists faces within their own work
You mean one of the Schwarz reenactments of Duchamp's In Advance of the Broken Arm?
Does the PMA even own one of these reenactments?
Hey DuSnatch, whose critical thinking are you reenacting?

2004.06.02 12:49
Re: artists faces within their own work
Reenactment has been a working/artistic operating system for me since June 1987 when I began to redraw Piranesi's Ichnographia Campus Martius with the new CAD system/business set up in my house. I read (select passages of) Collingswood's The Idea of History for the first time July 1997, and it then didn't take long for me to realize that what I had been doing relative to Piranesi the prior 10 years was reenactment. I don't critically think about reenactment as much as I critically do reenactment!
What Schwarz did was not a replication of Duchamp's work since the originals no longer existed when Schwarz did his work. The best Schwarz did was to reenact to originals.
I know you (Demos) will never admit to my original thinking regarding Duchamp and reenactment, because then you'd have to also admit to reenacting me.

2004.06.03 11:53
Re: reenacting ye olde England
And just maybe the Ziggurat at Ur was reenacting the Step Pyramid of Zosar?
And just maybe the Tomb of Augustus at Rome was reenacting the Great Stupa of India?
The more things change the more they stay the same?
"Indians" again living in Cedar Grove near Tacony Creek. Who told them?!?
Cedar Grove replanted with cedar trees. Whose idea was that?!?
Here an oasis, there an oasis, everywhere an oasis!
After the nuptials 20 June 2004, Dennis and Eva will be spending a 20 day honeymoon in Baghdad. "Clowns to the left of me. Jokers to the right. Here I am, stuck in the middle with you."

2004.06.04 13:55
Re: artists faces within their own work
from Arturo Schwarz, The Complete Works of Marcel Duchamp:
332. In Advance of the Broken Arm
Readymade: wood and galvanized-iron snow shovel
Original lost, dimensions not recorded
Inscribed along lower rim of ungalvinized reinforcement plate: In Advance of the Broken Arm / (from) Marcel Duchamp 1915
Duchamp bet Piranesi that your's is as big as a bucket. Alas neither wants to win though, because neither cares to know for sure.

2004.06.05 08:53
Best book of last year and best book of all time
Mann's Joseph and His Brothers is much better than The Magic Mountain. Liked The Holy Sinner too.
The short stories of Heinrich von Kleist are likewise worthwhile, e.g., Michael Kohlhaas.
Am I the only architect to have read Merrill's The Changing Light at Sandover?
Butler's Lives of the Saints is much more entertaining than the mediocre Da Vinci Code.
Anybody read The Geometry of Love?

2004.06.11 10:38
life imitates art?
Last night, some inversionary reenactments were unexpectedly received from a friend.

Nice double theater.
If memory itself is humanity's primal manifestation of reenactment, and ritual is humanity's second manifestation of reenactment, is theater like number three?
"So what's double theater?"
"That's mostly baroque."

2004.06.11 11:59
no thanks for the memories
"By the morning of 11 June the police watch on the castle had been dissolved and most of the servants had drifted away. To those who remained Ludwig railed bitterly against his uncle and talked repeatedly of suicide. 'Tell Hoppe,' he said, 'that if he comes tomorrow to attend to my hair he will find my head in the Pöllat gorge. I hope that God will forgive me this step.'
Mournfully Ludwig wandered through the castle, up and down the stairways and even through the unfinished parts where gaps were spanned by makeshift bridges of boards. It filled him with sadness to think that he must bid farewell to this temple which he had planned and created so lovingly. He lingered in the great Singer's Hall with it's murals from Parzival, and took his leave of the six Holy Kings in the empty alcove of the Throne Room. He stood in the colonnade and looked for the last time at the magnificent sweeping view over the plain of the river Lech. Occasionally he took up a book to read, then put it down again. Towards the end of the day he drank a great deal."
Christopher McIntosh, The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria, p. 191.
So, did Ludwig commit murder and then suicide two days later?
"The old man [King Ludwig I of Bavaria, and an accomplished practitioner of reenactionary architecturism himself], in his turn, felt a bond with his grandson, reinforced by the fact that the boy's birth, at Nymphenburg on 25 August 1845, coincided with the exact date and hour of his own. It was this remarkable coincidence which had prompted him to request that the name Ludwig be added to those the child had already been given: Otto Friedrich Wilhelm. The date was in addition the day of St. Louis. So the boy became Ludwig."
-ibid., p. 9.
Ludwig is presently in the midst of making plans to visit St. Louis, Missouri 25 August 2004. He's all excited because Hannibal and Twain are going with him.
Ludwig II's godfather is Ludwig I, and Ludwig II's godfather's godfather is Louis XVI.
One of Otto's fondest 4th of July memories is seeing fireworks over the Mississippi River at Hannibal, Missouri in 1978.
"In 1239 Baldwin II, the Latin emperor at Constantinople, made St. Louis (in gratitude for his [Crusading] largesse to the Christians in Palestine and other parts of the East) a present of the Crown of Thorns, which was then in the hands of the Venetians as a pledge for a loan of money to Baldwin, which Louis had to discharge. He sent two Dominican friars to bring this treasure to France, and met it himself beyond Sens, attended by his whole court. To house it he pulled down his chapel of St. Nicholas and built the Sainte Chapelle, which is now empty of its relic."
--from 25 August in Butler's Lives of the Saints.

2004.06.11 13:43
Winning or Losing?
I'm presently preparing a course on 'the history of terrorism in film'.
The first assignment is to watch The Driver's Seat (The best worst movie ever made??? It sure terrorized me!) and comment on the explosive terrorist incident just outside ancient Rome's Altar of Peace. Extra points if you also comment on Liz Taylor's "What time is it?" and Warhol's mumbling cimematic debut.
"This movie really puts the art in fart!"

2004.06.11 15:58
Re: is this terrorism?
I think terrorism is just going to get worse and worse, ie, more and more prevalent. As to art terrorism, maybe unisex toilet rooms in an art museum would be more terrorizing.
Has any artist every taken a picture of an art museum urinal with urine in it? Or how about a real elephant in an art museum taking a shit on a religious painting?
Doesn't Holy Terror entitle a 'tell all' book about Warhol?
The invention of 'du the du'

2004.06.11 18:07
Re: a well conserved, embalsamed, behavior...
From what I gathered, Campbell Soup, headquartered in Camden, NJ just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, issued this 'limited edition' a few weeks ago. They gave many freely to their employees in Camden, and the edition is/was for sale in Pittsburgh, where Warhol was born and buried.
They are actual cans of Campbell's tomato soup.
Many others of this limited edition are presently available at eBay (not very expensive), and most of, if not all, the sellers there are from Pittsburgh.
um, um, good indeed

13 June
2004 feast of Corpus Christi (Otto's confession)

2004.06.13 09:28
cloning architecture - a global search
The State Capitol of Pennsylvania is fairly exact though shrunk copy of the St. Peter's Rome. See also the Cathedral of Montreal.
Herrenchiemsee of Ludwig II, the ultimate Versailles, sigh.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is very similar to the Academy of Athens.
There are reenactionary Choragic Monuments in (at least) Philadelphia and Berlin.
The Free Library and the Family Courthouse of Philadelphia reenact the Place de la Concorde.
What is cloning if not reenactment?

2004.06.13 09:48
Happy 118th Deathday
Ludwig and Leni (Riefenstahl) are spending most of today, Ludwig's 118th deathday, at Fonthill, in Doylestown, PA. Mercer's all excited, fellow syphilitic castle-builder and all that. Leni can't wait to take pictures--Blicks von Moravia.
Then next Sunday is the wedding of Dennis and Eva at 20:57 in the intersection of Rising Sun Avenue and Tabor Road. The latest buzz is that all the weavers of "the Great Isfahan" are flying in on the carpet itself.
and follow the HABS/HAER link instructions to see a nice collection of interior shots.




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