Hello

I will be in Michigan from March 14 – 31, 2017.  I hope to see you at my events,


and am grateful if you'd please spread the word on these film & art events. Info follows:

3-17=Grand Rapids, 3-19=Hamtramck, 3-20=FIA in Flint, 3-23=Ann Arbor Film Festival, 3-28= Saginaw, 3-29=Wayne State, 3-30=Crazy Wisdom in Ann Arbor
 
Thanks, Gerry Fialka 310 306 7330
pfsuzy@aol.com
http://laughtears.com/
Bio - http://www.laughtears.com/bio.html

FRIDAY,  MARCH 17 from 8pm = Gerry Fialka (in person) -
ART SALON - Gerry Fialka's fun interactive workshop probes the function of art (painting, film, literature), and the motives of its makers. Explore the hidden psychic effects of the environments resulting from art-making and art-viewing. This gathering evokes the word "salon," meaning "to consciously follow Horace's definition of poetry's aim: 'to please and to educate.'" Delve deep into the artist as "probe" and "antennae of the race." What role does intention play in the creative process?  
With rare film clips and fiery discussion at The Pickle Fort, 1141 Hermitage SE, Grand Rapids MI 49506, 616-752-8381, free admission, donations appreciated 

SUNDAY, March 19 at 5pm (potluck) till late = Gerry Fialka (in person) -
POLITICAL FILM 
& ART SALON - At 6pm - Gerry Fialka's fun interactive workshop probes the function of political art (painting, film, literature), and the motives of its makers. Explore the hidden psychic effects of the environments resulting from art-making and art-viewing. This gathering evokes the word "salon," meaning "to consciously follow Horace's definition of poetry's aim: 'to please and to educate.'" Delve deep into the artist as "probe" and "antennae of the race." What role does intention play in the creative process?  With rare film clips and fiery discussion in Hamtramck at Bill Meyer's, free, 6pmpotluck, 7pm discussion & film - at 3016 Trowbridge, Hamtramck, MI 48212   (313) 207-3904  www.OneHamtramck.org  AT 7pm= Internet film  AT8:30= r'n'r blues film

MONDAY March 20 Gerry talks with students at The Flint Institute of Arts at 6pm 

Thurs, March 23 Gerry Fialka's Pecha Kucha 6 minute presentation at the Ann Arbor Film Festival http://www.aafilmfest.org/ at 3pm at North Quad Bldg. Space 2435 at 105 S State St AA

Tuesday March 28 Gerry talks with students at Mike Mosher's SVSU class at 4pm  

Wed March 29 Gerry Fialka's interactive workshop - Art As Activism - Marilyn Zimmerwoman & Wayne State at 6:30pm - 9pm, location TBA, free and open to the public

Thursday, MARCH 30 from 6pm - 9pm = Political Poetry as James Joyce & Marshall McLuhan at Crazy Wisdom Bookstore 114 S. Main St. Ann Arbor MI 48104 734-665-2757, free admission crazywisdom.net Gerry Fialka leads an interactive and expansive discussion, including local poets. Delve deep into current issues & events via new questions. What's the difference between rights & responsibilities? Revolution & rebellion? Fialka will interconnect James Joyce's Finnegans Wake and 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 discoveries 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." 
 
Gerry Fialka - Artist, writer, and paramedia ecologist lectures world-wide on experimental film, avant-garde art and subversive social media. Fialka has been praised by the Los Angeles Times as "the multi-media Renaissance man." The LA Weekly proclaimed him "a cultural revolutionary." Laughtears.com

Gerry's related articles:
N
ew OtherZine article http://www.othercinema.com/otherzine/wannabe-jujitsu/
Breeding Brakhage http://laughtears.com/bestbrakhage.html
 

Watch this 2 minute Marshall McLuhan video

Consider: 
"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." - Oscar Wilde
 
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."

"Just what would be the fate of wars and disasters without “coverage” could be considered a meaningless question, since the coverage itself is not only an increase of the violence but an incentive to the same. The power-starved person can easily see himself getting top coverage if he is involved in a sufficiently outrageous act of hijacking or mayhem. The older pattern of success story by achievement simply takes too long to be practical at electric speeds. Why not make the news instead of a life?  The close relation between sex and violence, between good news and bad news, helps to explain the compulsion of the admen to dunk all their products in sex by erogenizing every contour of every bottle or cigarette. Having reached this happy state where the good news is fairly popping, the admen say, as it were: “Better add a bit of the bad news now to take the hex off all that bonanza stuff.” Let’s remind them that LOVE, replayed in reverse, is EVOL—transposing into EVIL and VILE. LIVE spells backward into EVIL, while EROS reverses into SORE. And, we should never forget the SIN in SINCERE or the CON in CONFIDENCE. Let’s tighten up the slack sentimentality of this goo with something gutsy and grim. As Zeus said to Narcissus: 'Watch yourself.'" -McLuhan http://goo.gl/zTqhfZ

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Program notes -

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Probe the hidden psychic effects of human inventions (words, cars, philosophy, art, cellphones, etc) as extensions of our senses. Marshall McLuhan explored how artists reveal these effects so we can learn to cope with their disservices, and flip them into services. Consider his aphorisms like "We shape our tools then they shape us" and how they can be reinvented. For example, he updated it into "We shape our tools then our tools ape us." McLuhan reworded Robert Browning's "Our reach should exceed our grasp or what is heaven for?" into "Our reach should exceed our grasp or what is a metaphor? (meta for)." Contemplate & reword these: "If it works, it's obsolete." ... "You mean my whole fallacy is wrong." ... "Carefully make plans then do the opposite." ... "The Balinese have no word for art they do everything as well as they can." ... "How about technologies as the collective unconscious and art as the collective unconsciousness?” ... "The artists of our culture, 'the antennae of the race,' have tuned in to the new ground and begun exploring discontinuity and simultaneity." ..."Understanding is not having a point of view."... "Everybody experiences far more than he understands. Yet it is experience, rather than understanding, that influences behavior." 

Walter Benjamin recommended "mastery, not of nature itself, but of the relationship between nature and humanity."

McLuhan called his probing process "applied Joyce" examining Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, which must be read outloud with a group of people. Joyce sought epiphanies in everydayness, satirized information overload, and invented language about language with new words like  "laughtears" and "feelful thinkamalinks." 

"Artists live in the present and write a detailed history of the future." - Wyndham Lewis

"This concern which interests us more than anything else: the blurring of the distinction between art and life." - Marcel Duchamp..."Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius ..."Get your job and your life as mixed up as possible" -?

"Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable" - Banksy
         "Art is anything you can get away with." - Andy Warhol... 
             "Most people don't know what they like, they like what they know." - Igor Stravinsky 

 "I am a failure, but not a miserable failure" - Frank Zappa.... "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better. - Samuel Beckett...."Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill. 

"Listen carefully to first criticisms made of your work. Note just what it is about your work that critics don't like - then cultivate it." - Jean Cocteau…
                    "The goal of the artist is to attempt to sell out, but fail." - Paul Schrader 

Moshe Feldenkrais said that it is literally possible to identify a weakness and incorporate it to become a strength. We are normally taught to overcome a weakness. Turn breakdowns into breakthroughs, flip rejection into redirection. …"I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own tastes." -Marcel Duchamp

"I remember the images I filmed.... They have substituted themselves for my memory. They are my memory. I wonder how people remember things who don't film, don't photograph, don't tape. How has mankind managed to remember? I know: it wrote the Bible. The new Bible will be an eternal magnetic tape of a time that will have to reread itself constantly just to know it existed." - Sans Soleil by Chris Marker, who said:“I betrayed Gutenberg for McLuhan long ago.”  
"The key is to bring the audience up onto the stage and into the scene with you. It is they who must give you even more than you give them in way of imagination and creative power." - Ruth Draper...“The pressure of experimentation is greater than the fear of embarrassment. That is the essence of art.” - Wolfgang Tillmans....“Art is a lie that tells the truth.” - Pablo Picasso…"The artists that I'm interested in are the ones that make a picture of the times they live in....The eye always craves what it doesn't see." - Marilyn Minter …."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.” - Thorton Wilder …"My task as a poet entails the work of seeing the world without language and then bringing that seeing into language." - Gary Snyder 

"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 

"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.” - Mark Twain
 
"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others." - Martha Graham

"The real secret of life - to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. Instead of calling it work, realize it is play." - Alan Watts... "Bob Fosse's dancers seemed as if they were playing at dancing more than actually dancing." - Sam Wasson...
                                 "Who can tell the dancer from the dance?" - W.B. Yeats

“Objects are unobservable. Only relationships among objects are observable. So if you think that the question, ‘Will we ever learn?’ implies a goal, a particular point and time we will arrive at, a particular object, we will never know that. Because objects like that do not exist, only relationships among objects exist. It is like asking, ‘Will there ever be silence?’ It's like, ‘Will you ever die?’ Well, you'll never know because to be dead is a specific experience that seems to imply isolation which could not be known. Because nothing exists in isolation, you will never experience death. You will only experience those things that involve relationships. The end point of time, death, cannot be experienced because it's not a relationship among events." - Robert Dobbs
  

Marshall McLuhan’s Tetrad: 1) What does it enhance or intensify? 2) What does it render obsolete or replace? 3) What does it bring back that was previously obsolesced? 4) What does it become when pressed to an extreme, what does it flip into? We are probing the psychic and social effects of the environments created by the invention. Every invention (from philosophy to cellphones)  generates environments that provide services and disservices, and none of them reflect how the invention was originally intended to be used (= its content). For example, the CAR: ENH= private mobility, OBS=horse & buggy, RET=knight in shining armor, REV=bomb, home, traffic jam
 
         Dream Awake Gerry Fialka Laughtears.com 310-306-7330 pfsuzy@aol.com