Thursday, March 19, 2009

i use my gorilla suit all the time. you will see more of these. anne's wearing it in this pic.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Lambda nominations are in: here they are. Honor Moore, Maureen McLane, and Nancy Agabian were all recognized. Nancy started her book in 1999, when we were in graduate school together, and it was published this year. She's a model of writerly integrity. I have so much reading to do!

a desk for Robin

Thursday, March 12, 2009

gratuitous pet pictures
Miniature chimps in pants on trains
in shoes
at work.
Singers eating saltines &
peanut butter whistling with
chapped lips
Butts breaking
Harvard ties, a noose,or
fabric paper chains
Cold eyes
Jello bowls
German warmth
Buck back teeth
Knee cramps. Shaved nails.
Ballpoint pencils
Cracking closed
Sealed open.

this is exactly the coil pot i designed in my head! i saw it in the window of a closed shop yesterday. mine is equally glossy, but white.

made it to the armory show.
[top: close-up of my sister's sculpture; bottom: unidentified bunny]

that didn't take long.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Another course coming up...
Short Course: Oral History Intensive, New School University (May 26-May 30)

With the advent of the internet and low-cost digital recorders, Oral History has emerged as a popular documentary practice, with an approach that tips its hat to several fields (from Anthropology to Psychoanalysis). Legs McNeil, George Plimpton, and Anna Deveare Smith have all made use of Oral History, to different ends. This course will cover interview techniques, project design, recording, ethical issues, and legal releases/forms. Students will also meet professionals from the field, who are putting interviews to diverse uses (from public health studies to arts fundraising). We’ll explore the genre’s rich history while working to define and expand its future as a dynamic research method. This workshop is well suited for those planning to start oral history projects and for those interested in multimedia journalism and/or narrative nonfiction, as well as documentarians of all stripes who want to learn new approaches to interviewing and storytelling.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Listening to Johnny Flynn on repeat while I take care of biz: It's always depressing to play with your (my) CV. The activity smells like desperate times. I caught my rabbit having a nightmare last night.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My sister's work will be part of the Armory Show. Check out Thomas Schulte's booth:

[work by Cary Leibowitz]
New class. Still tweaking. Fall 09:
New Phonographers: The Sounds of Documentary

Recently, shows like This American Life and Radio Lab have given rise to a new wave of audiophiles. But a rich history of audio experiments predates these shows, from fireside chats to radio ballads. What is particular about sound and the audio experience that differs from film or print? How can sound artists "choreograph" the physical experience of sound--to make the listening experience private or public? Solitary or communal?

By looking at and listening to the work of Alan Lomax, Foley artists, and phonographers from the burgeoning field of acoustic ecology, students will attempt to answer these questions, and to push the medium. In this course, we will capture new sound and rescue old (archived) sound, with additional considerations of: oral history, vox pops, sound installation, and audio tours. Students will, in the end, work on documentary projects with source material ranging from original interviews to answering machine tapes. These projects may be conceived as radio doc, doc film, or sound installation, depending on students' interests.