Rattlebrained

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15 August 2011, 17:37
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Swamp Train - King Bee - Slim Harpo (cover)


From last Saterday’s gig on the beach.

It’s often hard to get the members of a band to get organized for stuff like taking pictures and videos, and we (Swamp train) are no exception. And since a new camcorder is a bit too pricey for me at the moment I decided to get my old digital 8 machine out of the closet for last Saturday…

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25 July 2007, 21:36
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As the suspense thickens...

carrotsThe windows in my apartment where changed today from 125 year old wooden things that we barely dare to touch anymore because they where falling apart in every way possible, to white plastic double glass panes that hopefully will do a better job at keeping out the cold. Ugly but efficient as opposed to rotten with a history I guess…

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20 July 2007, 21:29
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Either you like it or you don't

One of the more arresting things about being an artist is surviving the way people consider it as an activity. What other occupation gets you “and do you live from it?” as a sequel to “what do you do?”. OK, sometimes you get the “what type of art” question in between but either way: say no and your inquisitor usually beams with righteous justice, say yes and visibly you’ve sold out.

Yes, yes, that’s a bit of an stereotyped exaggeration but it was fun to write and has a ring of truth…

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16 June 2007, 22:15
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Bumblebees and Butterflies

Bill, me and Dave at The RefugeYesterday I went for a nice long walk to get over my fatigue from Friday night’s fun. Much of it was spent chasing bumble bees and butterflies with my camera, a somewhat Zen activity which I find to be relaxing. Zen because with digital technology, you can focus and follow the insect with the little screen which means that you have both your viewpoint and the camera’s. This gives a feeling of being very much in touch with it, which is one of those odd things…

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6 April 2007, 22:46
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PoMo Creolization

… Shirky describes this generational shift in terms of pidgin versus Creole. “Do you know that distinction? Pidgin is what gets spoken when people patch things together from different languages, so it serves well enough to communicate. But Creole is what the children speak, the children of pidgin speakers…

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28 March 2007, 22:41
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We are all photographers now



And the New York Times published an article about the exhibition just before I came home, so it followed me enough to take note although I have yet to see the show.


One of the works that has received the most attention by the press is the video by N.Y. based photographer Noah Kalina: “everyday”. A somewhat boring six minute assemblage of 2,356 daily self-portraits shots.==

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15 March 2007, 22:03
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Browsing with my feet

San Francisco is such a nice city to wander about in that visiting the gallery scene should be a real pleasure. Which it is of course, although I have to say – old fart me – that I would expect a lot more excitement from a city renown for it’s counter-cultural history. I was told a few times that L.A. is where it is happening, almost could of seemed like sort of a local “what can we do” background color. It’s all attitude down there, they say, don’t give a hoot about N.Y. no reason to be like them…

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3 March 2007, 17:03
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Mushrooms, soy noodles and soap?

In an attempt to avoid putting to much junk down the drain I have gotten into the habit of washing my brushes and stuff in a little water filled pail which, when it gets too disgusting, is poured into an old container or can; whatever is convenient. Depending on the season and the humidity level, either the water evaporates and I can put the residue in the trash bin, or the whole thing starts to rot and stink. Which of course raises the internal, eternal(?) debate of self comfort versus idealism…

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23 February 2007, 16:56
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TV Torture

Has anyone noticed how before 9-11, there was this TV series and movie trend for plots taking place in a sort of post trauma environment? Everyone out in the dark streets, standing around fires burning in big 55 gallon oil drums, shabby overcoats, gloves with cut off fingers, everything black, dark and grey….

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17 February 2007, 16:13
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As I fell asleep last night,

I though: To hear music you play a Mp3 file, CD or even better, a LP, and if you want a whole lot better than that; you go to a concert! But it was the fact that music “is” only while it is played that caught my attention, and yet that isn’t true because you can hear it in your head at other moments.

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2 January 2007, 17:25
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Hygienic Mind Fuel

Contemporary Art, Hygienic Mind Fuel since 1917 ButtonContemporary Art, Hygienic Mind Fuel since 1917 is both this blog’s design of the day and our little tribute to Marcel Duchamp whom we all love. And that is LOVE with large screaming uppercases. Yet I must confess that it does contain a bit of irony; 1917 was if I remember right, a year after my Grandmother immigrated to New York. And a young lass she was back then…

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