Yesterday at Garden Of Memory

Garden Of Memory Concert
Chapel Of The Chimes – Oakland, CA

a performance piece by Pauline Oliveros –

Warm your hands by rubbing them together vigorously. Bring your right hand to your own heart and your left hand to the back of a virtual partner. Feel the hand of a virtual partner on your own back. Savor the protection of your heart and your partner’s hearts. Sing AH on each breath with the intention of healing your own heart and your partner and beyond to all the people of Haiti and all who need this healing.

When you are finished gather the energy between the palms of your hands. Know that this healing travels far. Bring the energy to your motor center (lower abdomen) and store it there. Listen for the virtual chant and sensation of virtual hands on your back.

Unintended Fashion – Doo.Ri

“THE THING QUARTERLY IS AN OBJECT BASED PUBLICATION PRODUCED BY VISUAL ARTISTS JONN HERSCHEND AND WILL ROGAN. EACH ISSUE IS CONCEIVED OF BY A DIFFERENT CONTRIBUTOR. THE OBJECT IS REPRODUCED, WRAPPED, AND SHIPPED TO THE SUBSCRIBERS.”

I’ve been the unofficial official photographer for The Thing Quarterly for over a year now. They have a wrapping party for each issue. Many volunteers show up to assemble boxes and pack. There is always food, beer, and someone you haven’t seen in a while, so it’s actually more fun than work.

Most of the time I document the work of getting the issue boxed and ready for the post office. This time, the issue was wearable art created by the clothing design collaborative Doo.Ri., so I asked volunteers to model it. It’s a sheer white shirt with a “3-foot-long tag that hangs down the back of the shirt and includes every possible fabric, manufacturing location, and washing instruction ever listed on a shirt.”

 
– click to see a slide show of the portraits . . .

– click to learn more about this issue on The Thing Quarterly website

A 20 Year Old Code


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I just saw a news item about Jim Sanborn. 20 years ago the CIA asked artists to submit proposals for artwork to be installed in the New Headquarters Building. His sculpture has a secret code text cut in four copper panels. To this day the whole thing has not been decoded. NPR reported that Mr. Sanborn is submitting a clue to help those hoping to crack the code.

Link to NPR story is here

One of my first assignments was to photograph Mr. Sanborn with one of his pieces at The Phillips Collection. When I was going through my archive I discovered it in my very first portfolio!