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Requiem for fossil fuels

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O+A, Requiem for fossil fuels

01SJ Biennial, St. Joseph's Cathedral, San Jose. Photo Everett Taasevigen

01SJ Biennial, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, San Jose. Photo Everett Taasevigen

O+A, Requiem for fossil fuels

01SJ Biennial, St. Joseph's Cathedral, San Jose. Photo Everett Taasevigen

01SJ Biennial, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, San Jose. Photo Everett Taasevigen

O+A, Requiem for fossil fuels

01SJ Biennial, St. Joseph's Cathedral, San Jose. Photo Everett Taasevigen

01SJ Biennial, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, San Jose. Photo Everett Taasevigen

O+A, Requiem for fossil fuels

01SJ Biennial, St. Joseph's Cathedral, San Jose. Photo Everett Taasevigen

01SJ Biennial, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, San Jose. Photo Everett Taasevigen

O+A, Requiem for fossil fuels

01SJ Biennial, St. Joseph's Cathedral, San Jose. Photo Everett Taasevigen

01SJ Biennial, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, San Jose. Photo Everett Taasevigen


If you are looking for a change in your holiday sound track, O+A’s Requiem for fossil fuels was a transcendent performance in St. Joseph’s Cathedral at the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose.

In November, O+A performed Requiem again at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden in New York, and the concert will be broadcast Thursday evening, December 2, as part of WNYC’s New Sounds series. Don’t miss it. Below the jump is a mini-preview.

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Stephen Vitiello, Tall Grasses (location shot), 2010. Courtesy of the artist

I am thrilled to be in dialog with artist Stephen Vitiello about his exhibition Stephen Vitiello: Tall Grasses, along with Christopher Cox, exhibition curator and Executive Director of the Salina Art Center on Friday, October 29. I hope you can make it, if you are in the area.

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Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, August 7, 1930. via Wikipedia

Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, August 7, 1930. via Wikipedia

The words of the song “Strange Fruit” were originally penned in 1936 under the name Lewis Allan by Bronx schoolteacher Abel Meeropol in reaction to a photograph of the 1930 lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to Billie Holiday’s memorable rendition of Strange Fruit the same again after viewing this photograph, which is part of the point of Piotr Szyhalski’s Labor Camp Orchestra, including its “cover” of Strange Fruit – to make visceral the Iraq war. To take us beyond the blaring headlines, patriotic jingoism, and national security fervor to a place that is literally unforgettable.

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Ars Electronica.4

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Blast Theory, RiderSpoke at Ars Electronica. Photo: Bruce Charlesworth

Blast Theory, RiderSpoke at Ars Electronica. Photo: Bruce Charlesworth

A highlight of the final days of Ars Electronica was Rider Spoke, a project by the UK-based collective Blast Theory. Mixing interactive media, installation, live performance, gaming and digital broadcasting, Blast Theory is perhaps best known for Kidnap, in which the winners of a lottery were abducted and held in a secret location for 48 hours. Rider Spoke extends the idea of the group’s search games Can You See Me Now? and Uncle Roy All Around You by asking each participant to ride a bicycle throughout a city after dark, with earphones and a handheld computer mounted on the handlebars.

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Next time you’re in London

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“‘We found that by putting art in unusual places, the general public were more likely to come and have a look – they weren’t as threatened as they can be by the White Cube Gallery space,’ says Illuminate’s co-founder Caroline Jones. ‘Then we went one step further and thought: Why not take the artwork straight out there to the public?'”

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