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Lost gem from the old days, now found online.


Call him what he likes to be called. (Well, not the marching-in-shiny-boots kind, of course! But quite honorable still.)

Quick Summer Report

Yesterday evening, members of the Test Society saw and heard Laurie Anderson making fun of the invasion of cupcake shops in New York City and of the transformation of ideas into clever arm movements in front of a microphone. She is right.


Flash report: apparently, there is a revolution in Spain.

“The Third Floor: Free Speech Zone” is an exhibition curated by Arteco in collaboration with the International University College Student Association in Turin. Recommended.

What does it take for France to get used to fascist junk? Claude Guéant, France’s minister of the interior, provides some help whit that question: “French people have the feeling that uncontrolled migratory flows change their environment, they are not xenophobic but they want France to remain France” (“Claude Géant: Les Français veulent que la France reste la France”, Le Monde, 15 March 2011, linked in “A Paris, Le FN défile ‘en l’honneur des travailleurs'”, Le Monde, 1 May 2011). But what about the French people who do not have that feeling at all? Easy: they are not truly French.


Another plug: Clara Montoya (more here) will be displaying an important piece (of salt and wood 49 x 49 x 180 cm) also in Madrid at Galería Marta Cervera (vernissage tomorrow).


Plug: blog readers in Madrid might want to pop up at Tom Skipp‘s exhibition at Espacio Menosuno (vernissage tomorrow).

Chinese Master Ai Weiwei did it twice.

First, in a demonstration of genuinely atmospheric craft (in very much the sense put forward by Peter Sloterdijk), he turned the Tate Modern Turbine Hall into the unintended enactment of the Great Western Fear of the Malevolent Asian Intoxication (hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds crashed by visitors, now turned into suspected dust). Now, some of the seeds pop up in auction venues at record prices: a unique performance of the Great Financial Fixation with the Demons of Speculative China.The full story can be traced through “The Saga Continues with ‘Sunflower Seeds'” (The Wall Street Journal, January 26 2011).

The Test Society bows before the Master.