Tuesday, February 28, 2006

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RIP Thomas Koppel 1944-2006.

I remember dancing to his band Savage Rose back in the late eighties. They had strong left-wing views (which included a peculiar affection for the communist republic of Albania) and always played an outdoor gig on May 1'st. Often the band would just be Thomas on the accordion, his wife Anissette singing/ shouting, and a percussionist banging some odd Tibetan drum. The sheer positive energy coming from the small combo could make whole groups of people take each other by the hand and do a chain dance.

Different times.

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Not my people
Not my war

Monday, February 27, 2006

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Brilliant use of standard commercial clip-art for political satire at Get Your War On

From off the pages of: www.mnftiu.com

A note: Since more and more people outside Denmark are beginning to see Danes as a bunch of racist yokels, I would like to point out on my blog here that:
A)Yes, I am a Danish citizen
B)The Danish people's Party is a political party that does NOT speak on my behalf and I am NOT part of their definition of "the Danish people"
C)The Danish government has agreed to send troops to aid the American and British war effort in Iraq, I DO NOT support this, this is NOT my war.
To put it simply:

Not my people.
Not my war.

These two sentences will be placed at the bottom of each of my postings from now on, until Danish troops are no longer stationed in Iraq and the Danish People's Party is no longer represented in the Danish Parliament.

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Friday, February 24, 2006

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Watched the artists-run local television channel TV-TV last night.
Usually I find this channel a bit heavy on the second flavor of self-righteousness we market here in Denmark; Emotionally fueled 1970's style left-wing activism and concrete reinforced Marxism, with a light sprinkle of isolationism.
However, last night there was this program about Venezuela (located on the Northern shoulder of South America) which came out as a very interesting country in many ways.

Read about Venezuela, and their president Hugo Chavez (from wikipedia)

Or read a different view on Venezuela (from the CIA world factbook)

(outside; the sound of Spanish guitars and crickets, the old foreigner lights a Cuban cigar and drifts away in his dreams - how he missed the old country with its cold climate, petty-bourgeois lifestyles, general intolerance and broad indifference towards the rest of the world)
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Thursday, February 23, 2006

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The name "Muhammad" written in Arabic.

Well, with all the hoopla going on maybe it's time to read a bit about Muhammad
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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

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Even Copenhagen street artists have picked up on the Muhammed drawings story/episode/affair/scandal/incident...
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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

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"Who will you kiss if I'm not around?.."

I'll kiss spring,

or animals in the park.

I'll kiss ass, or the mirror...

I'll kiss the sidewalks, as a tribute to the BIG CITY

I'll kiss imaginary children.

I'll kiss the flag; as a demonstration of the love I feel for my country.

When I find it.

I'll kiss you all good night.
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Friday, February 17, 2006

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Laundry day at Abu Ghraib Prison

We'll be taking - sides
We'll be taking - care of what we're saying
We'll be taking - our kids out of school (to save them from Islamisation)
We'll be taking - orders, from Washington
We'll be taking - our medicine
We'll be taking - a vacation, because we're worth it
We'll be taking - chances, with sanity

And we'll be giving;

ASS LICKINGS!

(applause)
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Thursday, February 16, 2006

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The trailer for Art School Confidential is up (scroll to the bottom of the page)

With more than eight years of art education to my name (...) I can only say this:

Spot on

(and book me a front-row seat for the premiere)
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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Dig the website of Futura2000
Along with Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat he was one of the legends of 1980's Grafitti Art
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Sunday, February 12, 2006

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ARTROCKER.

I always liked the meeting between art and rock.

Art can bring some vision and abstract thinking to rock.
Rock can bring some raw energy and direct communication to art.

Art without rock is too much old people talking about Rembrandt.
Rock without art is too much young people talking about sex.

When art and rock meet, new worlds are born!

ART+ROCK= A MENTAL STIFFY!
ART+ROCK= A GREAT THING!
ART+ROCK= A NEW WORLD IN THE HEAD!

LONG LIVE THE ART-ROCK GREATNESS!
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Friday, February 10, 2006

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Well, to avoid misundestandings which would force me to spend the rest of my life in exile (perhaps greatly aiding my sagging career?) I'd like to point out that the drawing posted yesterday was not meant to be racist, but was intended to caricature people who predominantly see people from other cultures as, well..Caricatures.

In my view the "minstrel negroe" in my caricature is simply that - a crass caricature, not a realistic depiction of an African or Afro-American.

It was conceived as a visual representation of the views I believe is held by some people in my country: That other cultures outside the western culture are simply to backwards and primitive to comprehend concepts like freedom of speech, women's rights, democracy, etc, etc.

Women's rights as we know them today did not exist when my grandfather was my age, so we've had some quick changes in our part of the world. Good for us.
Freedom of speech and democracy - it also took many centuries before that came about, and of course at first it didn't include the "sub-human" inhabitants of Europe's colonies or other common rif-raf like: Jews, Women, Niggers, Jacobites, Catholics, the Irish, Italians, Polish, Huguenots, ex-convicts, homosexuals, servants, factory workers, people who dress funny, people with over-sized hats in a colour we don't like, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.

Religion is not my cup of tea, but I grew up in probably one of the most peaceful and affluent places in world history. Maybe things look different if you grow up in a refugee camp, during a war, or in a place where religion is living history and not something read to you once a year around Christmas time.

Maybe religion is opium for the people like Mao said (before he set out to create his own cult of personality) but it seems to be of great importance to most people on Earth.
Fine with me, I've got libraries, museums, music, art, and the wonders of nature to serve my spiritual needs. I can easily accept churches, mosques, cathedrals, synagogues, etc. But please: hire decent architects, those things you religious people put up are always so damned big!

Universal peace to all.
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Thursday, February 09, 2006

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This is the Nature of our movement, this is the content of our struggle.

What does a caricature tell you? - something about the people it portrays, or the people doing the portrait?..
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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

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While Danish embassies and flags are torched all over the world, Danish international shipping company Maersk expects to have no conflicts with their Moslem customers.

Shortly after the infamous drawings of Muhammad appeared, the company made an official statement denouncing the drawings. They also made it clear that their own company policy respected the various religions and ethnic groups of the world.

Makes sense if you have to do business worldwide, and It's hard to admit this; but sometimes I think Capitalism has a greater chance of creating peace in the world than religions and ideologies.
Money talks, ideologies and religions usually tell people to shut up and listen because they are telling you THE TRUTH™

But...Didn't't Maersk make millions shipping supplies for the invasion of Iraq? (and escape bankruptcy) and how do their Moslem customers feel about that?

but maybe some of them are making money off the war too?, maybe I'm making money off the war through investments by the bank where my bank account is?

, and what's wrong with making money anyway? Because capitalism is rooted in exploitation? I never got round to reading Das Kapital, and by the way; didn't the collapse of the Soviet bloc prove Marx would have been better off as the sixth member of this gang

Well, as always the only answer must be: The Shadow knows
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Monday, February 06, 2006

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Well, what a weekend...Denmark is now the target of Muslim rage and Danes are divided on the issue, ranging from "send the bastards home" to "I'd like to send the bastards home, but we are decent people in Denmark so we have to listen to them first", and of course the imperialist's version: "if they are already home, send the Marines"

Maybe it's time to wake up here in Denmark, the big world is walking our streets and there are many views on life. So Muslims don't want pictures of their Prophet, fine with me, and next time could we please stop turning these issues into an opportunity for displaying some pompous and self-righteous talk about ethics.

To some Muslims who perhaps have little faith that the laws in the country they live in provides any justice for them, maybe picking up the Quran makes them think: "This book has laws, REAL laws, the laws of God, I will make them my laws, so don't mess with the book."

Peace and respect from now on, it's the only way.
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Sunday, February 05, 2006

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The light that was Rome.

Years ago I was with this group of radical young artists. We wanted to save the world, become a part of art-history, and dress cool.
Like all young radical artists, we rented some office spaces and instead of calling it art, we called it "investigations", “discourse” etc, etc.

One of the rooms we rented contained a large bed where we would all sleep at night, and our charismatic leader would sometimes use it for inspirational brainstorms with female members of the group.
Occationally we would all be in the bed watching videos. In the beginning there was a sort of Roman theme to our selections, partly because our charismatic leader's favourite flick was "Caligula" with Malcolm McDowell.
Our charismatic leader was also giving dinner parties which included large arrangements of fruit in the style of an roman orgy, and he was keenly reading that great treatise on power and rule; "The Prince" by Machiavelli.

One afternoon we were watching Kubrick's "Spartacus" with its heroic depiction of rebellious slaves rising up against the currupt and decadent Roman Empire.
In a central scene , Crassus, the new Ceasar, addresses his legions before they march out to crush the rebels. A study in the visual and oratorical language of power, Laurence Olivier radiating with energy, his makeup perfect, his uniform and armour shimmering with light, banners fluttering in the wind, a supreme ruler about to unleash the power of his invincible armies. I peeked at the expressions on the faces of my fellow artists.

They got the message,

Power is cool.
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The world beyond the ultraworld.
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Thursday, February 02, 2006

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Rumour has it that member of the Danish Parliament for the Danish People's Party (not my people)- Louise Frevert has sent an SMS urging Danes to boycott shops owned or operated by Jews - oops, sorry - MUSLIMS!

And today's Babe is that same Louise Frevet, back in the days when she did a porn shoot. More of that cheeky little piglet


For an outsider, this country must seem so strange sometimes.
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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

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TV image altered by the use of a large magnet, 1963

RIP Nam June Paik 1932-2006

The grandfather of Video-art has died.
Noted for inventing the type of endless image-flow that is commonplace in today's television on channels like MTV and CNN, Paik's work was often years ahead of his time. In an age when many considered art to have reached the end of its possibilities, he created the whole new genre of video- and TV-art and provided inspiration for countless music videos and TV shows.

Official site

Paik at the Guggenheim Museum
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