Interesting exhibit currently at the State Library of Queensland:
Queensland-based art, design and media studio Kuuki is currently showing Lumia: art/light/motion at the State Library of Queensland. The exhibition features a series of new media sculptures that lie squarely at the intersection of art, science and technology, a veritable menagerie of interactive critters or, more broadly, organic forms. (via Core77)
My post is inspired by a panel I attended this week at the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY called “Can the Subaltern Speak? Reflections on the History of an Idea.” Updating thoughts on Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak‘s seminal essay, first delivered at the Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture Conference back in 1983. It was a touching presentation and everyone on the sizable panel had personal and theoretical insights to share. Participants included (from the announcement) – Meena Alexander (English, Hunter College & The Graduate Center, CUNY); Judith Butler (Rhetoric, University of California Berkeley); Patricia Clough (Sociology, Women’s Studies, Intercultural Studies, Queens College & The Graduate Center, CUNY); Drucilla Cornell (Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey); Rosalind Morris (Anthropology, Columbia University) and Robert Young (English, Comparative Literature, New York University). The panel was moderated by Kyoo Lee (Philosophy, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY).
The auditorium holding the panel was completely full. Then, the overflow of attendees still filled up three additional instructional rooms. I’m now very compelled to returning to the essay, with the accompaniment of Morris’s anthology — for which the panel was named and held.
I was reminded of this song during the Grammys tonight upon hearing that Teddy Pendergrass has passed away.
When listening, it’s helpful to remember Alexander Weheliye‘s elegant description of the song. On the topic of intros, he writes:
My all-time favorite in this category is Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ “Wake Up Everybody,” which gently burrows into the tympanum with its harp swooshes, a tambourine, and two different piano motifs, to then guide us into the pièce de resistance: a very subtle bass solo that never reappears in the duration of this 7:33-minute masterpiece. (2005:1)
So, return the play head to its start, and repeat…
Ellie Greenwich passed away this week at the age of 68. Greenwich was an American pop songwriter and record producer, best known for her songs co-written with ex-husband, Jeff Barry. Greenwich worked with Phil Spector, the Ronettes, The Crystals, Connie Francis, Leslie Gore, The Beach Boys, The Shangri-Las, Ike and Tina Turner, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Neil Diamond, Cyndi Lauper, and many more. She earned 25 gold and platinum records. Below is a clip from my favorite. My heart is still overwhelmed every time I hear the part in “Be My Baby” when it draws close to the song’s conclusion, and suddenly it all drops to a beat for a moment… and then continues on to its bittersweet end.
Julia Meltzer + David Thorne | USC | Fri, 4/3 | 7:00pm-8:30pm
Julia Meltzer and David Thorne produce videos, photographs, and installations. From 1999 to 2003, their projects centered on secrecy, history, and memory. Current works focus on the ways in which visions of the future are imagined, claimed, and realized or relinquished, specifically in relation to faith and global politics.