Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Freight Train of History

VOLTAIRE, political philosopher (1694-1778)

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"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men"

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.”

"Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats."

CABARET VOLTAIRE, club in Zurich, birthplace of DADA (1916)

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“The symbolic view of things is a consequence of long absorption in images. Is sign language the real language of Paradise?”

"Art is indebted to total skepticism"

- Hugo Ball

CABARET VOLTAIRE, seminal industrial band (1973-1994)

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His head is not his memory.
Visions coming, one, two, three.
Trickle up, trickle down.
Wearily, we come unwound.
In hard times, hard thrills.
Reaching for the chosen pills.
Dragnets will pull you in.
Tell you that you're deep in sin.
Sensoria, sensoria, sensoria, sensoria.
Sensoria, sensoria, sensoria, sensoria.

"Yeah, here it is. Fuck Bush, fuck Blair, get them out before they destroy civilisation."

"It's important to go back in order to go forward."

- Richard H. Kirk

additional resources:
Cabaret Voltaire, the band

cabaret voltaire and more about dada

Friday, November 12, 2010

The wide reach of the tea community.

It's not at all surprising to see a number of preview articles published before Ryuichi Sakamoto's appearances in ten major cities during his recently completed United States tour. The country is full of arts writers, and the marketing team involved with this particular tour was, as one would expect, on top of making sure that the right coverage happened leading up to the shows.

However, is it a little bit surprising that two of these pre-show articles were written by members of the Association of Tea Bloggers?

The one written by Thomas Conner of Tea Squared, was published in Chicago Sun Times.

The one I wrote was published in City Arts Magazine, and syndicated to Seattle Post Intelligencer. I knew about the other article before I wrote mine, but intentionally didn't read it until after.

This is from Sakamoto's opera "Life," written in 1999: