Consider my new project - THE BROTHER SIDE OF THE WAKE - Gerry Fialka and friends reinvent (and reimagine, expound, understand, interpret, translate, articulate, resuscitate, expose, enhance, evoke, de-make) the Orson Welles film The Other Side of the Wind via the Mennipean satire of James Joyce and much more. Delve deep into the hidden psychic effects of the philosophy that the journey is more important then the destination. What are the motives and consequences of Chris Marker's probing of the inability to escape time? Why even make a film when you can just live life as if it is a film? As it lives in your imagination?
Consider these quotes from Orson Welles and others:
"Who do I have to (expletive) to get out of this picture?"
"The great danger for any artist is to find himself comfortable. It's his duty to find the point of maximum discomfort, to search it out."
“You could almost say a director is a man who presides over accidents!”
"One should make movies innocently — the way Adam and Eve named the animals, their first day in the garden…Learn from your own interior vision of things, as if there had never been a D.W.Griffith, or a Eisenstein, or a JohnFord, or a Jean Renoir, or anybody."
“There are only two things it is ever seemly for an intelligent person to be thinking. One is: ‘What did God mean by creating the world?’ And the other? ‘What do I do next?’”
AND consider these quotes by others...
Peter Viertel wrote that John Houston enjoyed working on the Welles film because it was a perilous undertaking and he enjoyed "an adventure shared by desperate people that finally came to nothing."
"The gods graciously give us a first verse for nothing; but it is our task to finish the second, which must harmonise with the first and not be too unworthy of its supernatural brother.” - Paul Valéry
"Nothing is what I want." - Frank Zappa
"I started out with nothing and still have most of it left." - ?
"Pull the wool over your own eyes." - ?
“What he creates he has to wreck.”- film critic in The Other Side of the Wind
Jean Renoir: "A director makes only one movie in his life. Then he breaks it up and makes it again."
" The voyage will not teach you anything if you do not accord it the right to destroy you." - Nicolas Bouvier
"An artist never really finishes his work, he merely abandons it." - Paul Valery
Michelangelo Antonioni: "The greatest danger for those working in cinema is the extraordinary possibilities it offers for lying."
Director Gus Van Sant proclaimed that film making devastated his life.
some 2015 links
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HOT LINKS - FIALKA HOME MOVIES - https://archive.org/details/Fialka8mm19481964 and https://archive.org/details/Fialka8mm19641969 and listen to Ornette for soundtrack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkgQVJDhn6M +++++++++++
MICHIGAN 2015 EVENTS,
I hope to see you soon.
Cheers, Gerry Fialka
Bio - http://www.laughtears.com/bio.html
Gerry Fialka's FREE events in Michigan – March 18 to April 1, 2015 - Smitten Wif Da Mitten
SAT 3-21 at 2pm = Flint - Melet's HIDE & SEEK ART salon,
SUN 3-22 at 5pm = JAMES BROWN AS POLITICAL MUSIC - Hamtramck Bill Meyer, 5pm potluck, 6pm discussion and film 3016 Trowbridge, Hamtramck, MI 48212 (313) 207-3904 www.OneHamtramck.org
THURS 3-26 at 11am = Ann Arbor Film Festival lecture DR. CHICAGO AS THE AAF, 11am - noon http://www.aafilmfest.org/
MON 3-30 at 4pm = Detroit CCS lecture - ReJoycing McLuhan As Perceptual Epiphanies, (8th year in a row)
TUES 3-31 at 4pm = Saginaw SVSU lecture - ReJoycing McLuhan As Perceptual Epiphanies - Saginaw Valley State University (8th year in a row)
WED 4-1 at 6pm = Ann Arbor Crazy Wisdom event http://crazywisdom.net/events.html
6pm - 9pm ALL THIS INFO is the same at this link except that it is indeed 2015 on April1, no foolin= https://www.facebook.com/events/273272246182932/?ref=51&source=1
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- Gerry Fialka's interactive workshop probes the function of art, and the motives of its makers. Explore the hidden psyche effects of the environments resulting from art-making and art-viewing. Hide-And-Seek is a children's game in which players conceal themselves in the environment, to be found by seekers. Participants will seek new metaphors. Consider this axiom: "Art is confession; art is the secret told. . . . But art is not only the desire to tell one's secret; it is the desire to tell it and hide it at the same time. And the secret is nothing more than the whole drama of the inner life." -Thornton Wilder. What is art about, and then what is it really about? Delve deep into the artist as "probe" and "antennae of the race." What role does intention play in the creative process? Marcel Duchamp said there is no art without an audience. What role does the audience play in the creative process (during the making)? What was the motive of the cave artists? James Joyce was the first projectionist in Dublin over 100 years ago. He abandoned it and asked, "Why should I go inside a building and see a movie of a tree when I can go outside and see a real tree?" Years later William Faulkner said that the best fiction can be more true than journalism. Why do we have to recreate/reproduce things in order to get them? Why do we go to a theatrical play of people acting out life? Why don't we just live life? McLuhan and Warhol both said that art is anything you can get away with. Examine the interconnections between "art for art's sake" and "the medium is the message/massage."
JAMES BROWN AS POLITICAL MUSIC and McLUHAN AS MOVIE MUSIC
- Music outsider Gerry Fialka examines Marshall McLuhan's percepts as cinematic soundtracks. McLuhan wrote: “Song is slowed-down speech. The reason cultures have different musical tastes is ultimately connected to language difference” We will survey the hidden psyche effects of music in cinema, and how this interaction of sound and visuals is both political and personal. Explore Bernard Herrmann, the funk pioneers, the anti-hits of The Shaggs, Igor Stravinsky’s Harvard lectures (attempting to prove that music is an expression of itself and nothing more), Korla Pandit’s “Universal Language of Music” idea, The Mothers Of Invention’s employment of Sprechstimme, Ornette Coleman’s harmolodic philosophy, John Oswald's Plunderphonics, and air molecule sculptures by Captain Beefheart, George Russell and Sun Ra. “Music is the Mother art”-Frank Lloyd Wright. “The best music does not want to be recorded” –Tom Waits.
The Ann Arbor Film Festival on March 26, 2015 at 11am -
DR. CHICAGO AS THE AAFF - Experimental Film Historian-performance artist Gerry Fialka surveys resonant intersections of George Manupelli's Dr. Chicago films and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. The amalgamation of innovators and sources that inhabit Dr. Chicago films is a metaphor for the roots of the Festival. Evolution is adapting to the exploration of personal filmmaking with breakdowns as breakthroughs (Alvin Lucier's stutter), performance art (Pat Oleszko ), poetry (Edgar Allen Poe), avant garde music (Robert Ashley, Pauline Oliveros , Blue Gene Tyranny), political activism (Black Panthers), contemporary dance (Steve Paxton), painting, comedy, and post-post modern collage sensibility. This participatory workshop hoicks up the very personal interactions that these myriad forms also exploit and engage.
Probe the vitality and influence of George Manupelli, who founded the AAFF in 1962. He remained active as a filmmaker, poet, collagist and political/environmental activist till his passing on Sept 14, 2014. His Film For Hooded Projec
tor evokes the cosmic giggle ala the Duchampian inquiry of making art that is not art. He had the courage to actually destroy the fourth film is the series, Dr. Chicago Goes To Sweden
by driving around town with the only copy unreeling out the window of his car. "Anything worth doing well isn't worth doing at all?"- Manupelli.
Manupelli's empathy was observed at a 1970's party to design the AAFF program graphics as George sang Marlene Dietrich's Falling In Love Again
. We will analyze what AAFF director Woody Sempliner learned from George when they stood behind the screen at the Michigan Theater and saw the projected screen from behind as a form of "second sight" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_sight
George was fond of the questions that appear in Gaugin's painting: "Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?" Let us celebrate Manupelli's vision that continues to inspire the exploration of new questions and the mysteries of art. Let's reinvent George's axiom: "The things you think you can do are the things you can do the best of all."
George Manupelli says "Ignore yourself." Jonas Mekas says there is no self-expression. Cecil Taylor says he is a vehicle and it comes through him. Is art making more self-expression or more vehicles for whatever dominant technology or culture is currently present? Can art-making (and filmmaking) be egoless?
WED, April 1 from 6-9pm - POLITICAL POETRY AS JAMES JOYCE & MARSHALL McLUHAN
- Gerry Fiallka's interactive workshop delves deep into timely current issues. What's the difference between rights & responsibilities? Revolution & rebellion? Percept plunder for the recent future. Fialka interconnects James Joyce's Finnegans Wake
& Marshall McLuhan's Understanding Media
with poetry and politics. "World War III will be a global information war with no division between civilian and military participation." and "The police state is now a work of art." and "Only puny secrets need protection. Big ones are protected by public incredulity - McLuhan. "It is a curious thing how your mind is supersaturated with the religion in which you say you disbelieve." - James Joyce.
Gerry Fialka has been praised by the LA Times
as "the multi-media Renaissance man." The La Weekly
proclaimed him "a cultural revolutionary." email@example.com 310-306-7330 http://laughtears.com/
AT Crazy Wisdom Bookstore
, 114 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 734-665-2757
, free admission http://www.crazywisdom.net/
"What I learned on my summer vacation"
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"If people were able to be convinced that art is precise advance knowledge of how to cope with the psychic and social consequences of the next technology, would they all become artists?" - Marshall McLuhan
"Today we must all be aware that protocol takes precedence over procedure." - Professor Irwin Corey
"What is clear and concise can't deal with reality, for to be real is to be surrounded by mystery" - James Joyce
"Don't bother to look. I've composed all this already." - Gustav Mahler to Bruno Walter, who had stopped to admire mountain scenery in rural Austria
"Musicians talk nothing but money and jobs. Give me business man every time. They really are interested in music and art." - Jean Sibelius explaining why he rarely invited musicians to his home.
"I'm not handsome, but when women hear me play, they come crawling to my feet." - Niccolo Paganini
"Wagner's music is better that it sounds." - Mark Twain
"Already too loud" - Bruno Walter on seeing the players reach for their instruments at his first rehearsal with an orchestra
"What he has to teach is that just as there is no way to arrive at art, there is also no way not to. "-Morton Feldman on John Cage
“I don’t like to vocalize my thoughts. Words are stupid.” - Mason Jr. (Ellar Coltrane), the protagonist of Richard Linklater's Boyhood
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. " - Albert Einstein
"One of the things I like about jazz, kid, is I don't know what's going to happen next. Do you?" ~ Bix Beiderbecke
"It wasn't about thinking that you had to be it or work for it. You just had to shout and demand it.. thats' revolution. " - Dee Dee Ramone
"This concern which interests us more than anything else: the blurring of the distinction between art and life." - Marcel Duchamp
"Less is more...but it's not enough" - Robert Huot's Billboard for Former Formalists,
"Less is more" is often misattributed to Bucky Fuller or to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It was actually used much earlier in Robert Browning's "Andrea del Sarto" - 1855.
"Parks are idealizations of nature, but nature in fact is not a condition of the ideal. Nature is never finished..Parks are finished landscapes for finished art. Museums and parks are graveyards above ground." - Robert Smithson
"If we were to protect all ravens against storms and avalanches, we could never be able to admire the beauty of their scarred surfaces." - Elizabeth Kubler-Nilaya
Walter Benjamin recommended "mastery, not of nature itself, but of the relationship between nature and humanity." He was a major influence on John Berger's Ways of Seeing
(watch it on youtube-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NWXtTK_Jbo
Raushenberg's work could help people cope
with information overload. "His art encouraged the city dwellers rapid scan rather than the art audience's stare."...approximately what author Brian O'Doherty wrote in his 1973 book American Masters
What was important to Jasper Johns was much like "Cage's aim to disclose the familiar world to see what in nature there is to see - and how it is perceived, that is, to investigate and reveal the equivocal nature of vision, and to instruct viewers on how to cope
with it." - Irving Sandler, author of The New York School
"I want to change my way of seeing, NOT my way of feeling. I was perfectly happy about my feelings." - John Cage
"If Cage selects the materials he will use, and makes all the decisions necessary to set up the mechanism of chance, is the result really controlled by chance at all? - Virgil Thomson
"Subtlety chases the obvious up a never-ending spiral and never quite catches it" - Rex Stout
"If there is any difficulty in what I write, it is because of the material I use. The thought is always simple." - James Joyce
'Each generation writes its biography in the buildings it creates' - Lewis Mumford
The bourgeoisiecreates a world after its own image." - Marx and Engels
“What is the purpose of writing music? One is, of course, not dealing with purposes but dealing with sounds. Or the answer must take the form of a paradox: a purposeful purposeless or a purposeless play. This play, however, is an affirmation of life--not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and one’s desires out of its way and lets it act of its own accord.” - John Cage
"Oh, those Greeks! They knew how to live! What is required for that is to stop courageously at the surface, the fold, the skin, to adore appearance, to believe in forms, tones, words, in the whole Olympus of appearance! Those Greeks were superficial— out of profundity
" - Nietzsche
"To walk on not wondering am I right or doing something wrong." - Meister Eckhart
"The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent. It happens at the poker table all the time." -
General David Shoup, President Kennedy's adviser during Cuban Missile crisis
"Is history written with gentleness? Do you honour gentleness when you’re a dragon?......What can these be but the playthings of a mad God who made us to build them for him?" - Chris Marker's film Level Five http://chrismarker.org/chris-marker/level-five-transcript-beta/
"Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable" - Banksy
“The end of man is knowledge, but there is one thing he can't know. He can't know whether knowledge will save him or kill him. He will be killed, all right, but he can't know whether he is killed because of the knowledge which he has got or because of the knowledge which he hasn't got and which if he had it, would save him.” - Robert Penn Warren, All the King's Men
"Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the mind while awake?" - Leonardo da Vinci
"I would like to think that the sounds people do hear in a concert could make them more aware of the sounds they hear in the street, or out in the country, or anywhere they may be...I prefer laughter to tears." - John Cage
Please let me know your reactions these quotes.
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NEW 2015 GERRY youtubes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FwQo-zySj8&feature=youtu.be
BROTHER JOHN barefootin juggler
JOHN BISHOP, James Joyce scholar, interviewed by Gerry
SUZY's sings her song BRAVO with Michael
We be leakin knee deep in da swamp muck of
Frank Zappa sang, "I will love everyone, I will love the cops as
the beat the shit outta me on the streets."
Why don't the movies actually move? Because they like the
Gerry's article in Canyon Cinemazine
Gerry & Will RIA Radio http://www.kchungradio.org/archive.html
PLEASE watch this short
WITH JAMES JOYCE
and send me your reactions. Who is to the left of Nixon at 1:41 and who
is the the left of Duchamp's urinal at 1:41
FZ RADIO special - Here is the link to me and Joseph Weidinger
on the FZ radio special Dec 13, 2014 (thats 12-13-14)
for 20 minutes at the 4:30am point
(the show runs from 3 am to 6 am)
and heres last weeks 3 hours of FZ
GERRY needs an audio cassette player, any model, prefer portable
GERRY has SOME ARTWORK for FREE, to whomever wants it -
gerry's artwork FialkARTWORKS- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttr6Gh8lcf0
Zappadan - Music For Nimrods 12-7-13 - BBC '82
As FZ says, "The Ocean IS the ultimate solution" - so navigate to the 60 minute point into this 3 hour Zappa Radio Special from 12-14 to hear my 22 minute rant. I highly recommend listening to all 3 hours and last weeks too 12-7-13.
12-14-13 Zappadan - Music For Nimrods
Plz keep in mind that Frank Zappa has elements of Menippean satire. Marshall McLuhan made extensive use of Menippean satire http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Menippean_satire,
as he himself suggested: “Most of my writing is Menippean satire, presenting the actual surface of the world we live in as a ludicrous image.” 11-22 = "one plus one equals eleven, two plus two is twenty-two" - frank zappa MUST READING-
Read this DAVID OCKER article-Frank Zappa's 200 Motels - The Suites http://mixedmeters.com/2013/10/frank-zappas-200-motels-suites.html
ck FZ - G-Spot Tornado - 4 minutes (zappa's regular 8mm film)
(or burt ward sex change-
Celebrate Dec 21, the Winter solstice, and ... "Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best" - Frank Zappa, born 73 years, died 20 years ago - 2013.
Jonas Mekas paraphrased Rimbaud: "There is no other cinematic conventions than through a complete derangement of the official cinematic senses."
What can I say other than the music itself?
Yes, to the ears that dare to hear
That dare to hear
Both the silence and the sound!
Yes, the silence/sound duality necessity belongness . . . Balanced
Cosmo-Nature/natural feeling sensitivity
Dial pointer vibration-intensity indicator
Express image expression need necessity being code alter-
Continuance On . . On . . On
The music is in the word of words ON . . . . . . .
--Sun Ra (1972)
READ Darren Wershler on poetry and McLuhan
and PLZ send me your reactions, thanks
Why must we continue to mow down the Kennedys in order to illustrate that the hot politics of the old machines won't work on the cool and involving TV medium,?" - Marshall McLuhan in the 1969 book The Interior Landscape - The Literary Criticism of Marshall McLuhan 1943-1962
(edited by Eugene McNamara, the Dad of my friend Chris McNamara, who is a great experimental filmmaker)
CHABON on WAKE http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2012/jul/12/what-make-finnegans-wake/ http://www.openculture.com/2013/11/hear-all-of-finnegans-wake-read-aloud.html
"Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably,
and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more
disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
- Samuel W. Clemens, aka Mark Twain.
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clip with TIMOTHY CAREY, whose TWGS featured Zappa's
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