Thursday 19th of May 2022

Performing hallucinations…


There is an article about an artist, Mike Parr, in a neat Sydney free magazine, where we are told Mike painted with his own blood, threw up on canvasses and spent days entombed beneath a busy city road. His most recent performance was done blind as he closed his eyes for seven and a half hours…

I am not one to denigrate other artists’ work — well I often do, possibly due to allay my own inadequacies and laziness — but try to hang this dried dog’s breakfast caper on your walls! And is there real shit on it too? You would be spewing every time you saw this stuff above your fireplace… 

So, is art to be decorative, attractive, intriguing or to be a challenge you need to skip your Sunday picnic to have a look at in a gallery where you can’t find a parking space nearby? On a glorious day, you might give it a miss and hang a reproduction print of the Great Masturbator by Dali, on your kitchen wall, instead. 

I must say I have done artworks when I was blind-drunk with a trance, I threw up on canvases in the process thereof being pissed, and I bled to death, by cutting myself on a broken bottle (or was it a cutter-knife?), on the blank page, under the front porch — I can’t remember when, but I did it and did not make a masterpiece out of this insane state of mind… I suppose this is where “art” becomes defined by choice rather than being accidental — even if failure looks the same as a masterpiece — especially in deconstructed “modern" art.

But what I remember is last night’s dream, still fresh in the spider web of my damaged neurones…

My rich wife had bought a new small abode — a 1950s house that had been vacated by an old couple because they’d died. It was on an island full of of famous artists who were far more prolific than me, considering I had not painted anything for a hundred years. They were excelling at their craft with incredible precision, choice of colours — especially discreet tonal ranges — and amazing shapes, but these painters had a paucity of idea. 
Suddenly, in front of me, there was this large painting of three figures in extraordinary headdresses from blue to purple and mauve on a magnificent decorated blue background of an intricate building. I still can see it... The only thing the painter could tell me was it’s was about blue and mauve… as if blue and mauve were an idea. It was weird.

Meanwhile I had to clean up the old new place from the old folks’ junk which eerily looked like mine, in the studio — and I used a trailer disguised as a dinghy that sunk on the launching ramp because I placed too many heavy things in it… As all dreams, this was worth a picture in itself but I could not compete against the amazing talent, with my ideas… I know people like that...

The woodworks and the sculptures were beyond this earth though I could make them up if I had another thousand years to live. And yet they still had not an ounce of philosophical hubris in them… Was this an impression of hell’s perfection?… 

Was I deluded?...

Gus Leonisky
Chief procrastinator...

in the wrong game...

The Telstra chairman, John Mullen, has taken a swipe at critics of executive pay by saying that while teenage Fortnite players can earn millions, someone who is well rewarded for devoting their life to a career in business is derided as “morally wrong”.

Speaking at the telco’s annual general meeting in Sydney on Tuesday, Mullen warned that talented executives might shy away from running Australia’s biggest companies because of criticism about pay.

An overwhelming 97.4% of shareholders voted to approve the telco’s remuneration report at the meeting, a sharp contrast to last year’s 62% vote against that sparked 12 months of consultation by Mullen.

But he said that while talented business people once aspired to run big firms, they might now think twice.

“Young kids are earning $5m playing Fortnite but when a business executive devotes a huge portion of their life ... that it’s somehow morally wrong they get rewarded for it,” he said.

Mullen’s remarks on pay kicked off an annual shareholder meeting season that nevertheless is expected to focus on corporate Australia’s response to the climate crisis. 

BHP and Origin Energy are among companies to face shareholder resolutions over global heating while other companies are set to face questions over social issues ranging from slavery to the deportation of asylum seekers.


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This has been, without exception, the most exciting instance of server maintenance in video gaming history.  For more than a day now, servers for the popular battle royale game Fortnite has been effectively shut down: you can load into the game but you can't do anything but watch a black hole slowly swirl on screen, or play a little Space Invaders clone if you input the Konami code. At the time of this writing, the game has been down for an impressive 29 hours, and it doesn't look like it's going to come back up tonight.

Right now it's sort of anyone's guess when the game will come back, but there's reason to believe it's going to come up soon. There appears to be an advertisement in China that says the new Season will start on October 15, which would leave some time tomorrow morning for the thing to start up: October 15 will end at 12:00 PM Eastern in the United States. The battle pass trailer has also already leaked out, something that doesn't typically happen until pretty close to release.

Again, it's all circumstantial, and Epic is expected to continue its total silence until the season starts up. There's also common sense at play here: a full day should be enough time for any server-side work Epic needs to do, even something so big as what it seems like we're working with here. Given that, the company probably doesn't want to let this drag on too much longer, risking the current wave of hype devolving further into frustration. Plenty of people are grumbling on social media already, but that would be a whole lot worse if we move on to a full 48 hours.


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An Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) MEP has written to the European Commission to request a probe into whether Greta Thunberg’s eco movement could represent a “hybrid threat” to Europe and be “financed and steered” by Russia.

In the written question to the Commission, Jörg Meuthen notes that he has been "following with interest" the measures being taken by Europe to "avert hybrid threats." He describes hybrid threats as being designed to “influence decision-making, to weaken societies and undermine unity.”

But could we really be looking at yet another of the Kremlin’s many feared discord-sowing tentacles wearing the doomsaying teen activist as a sock puppet?

Given that Meuthen’s AfD party colleagues have themselves been questionably accused of being beholden to and financed by Russia, there is a strong scent of trolling from the German MEP’s request. Indeed, almost any political party or figure who is not hostile to Moscow has been pegged as a Russian stooge at some point in time.


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Yes the world is the grip of Russia's benevolence...

art rationale...

In June 2018, Australian artist Mike Parr sealed himself beneath a road in Hobart's CBD for 72 hours without food, to draw attention to Australia's buried history of colonial violence.

In 2002 he sewed his lips shut in solidarity with asylum seekers, in an endurance performance called Close the Concentration Camps.

Last week, at Sydney's Carriageworks, the artist closed his eyes for seven hours straight and painted black squares on the walls of the gallery.

The performance, Towards an Amazonian Black Square, was an angry lament for the Amazon, where wildfires burn out of control and deforestation threatens to plunge the world further into global warming.

It's also an indictment of Western enlightenment values such as "progress" and "rationality", Parr tells the ABC.


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I have news for you: painting black squares is still an aesthetic comment... 

no genetic relation...

It must be a blow to learn that you’re not the daughter of a famous artist and that your mother was a bit of fibber in the same moment—especially if you’re a psychic and didn’t foresee either. Pilar Abel, a Spanish tarot card reader from Girona, won the right to exhume Salvador Dalí’s body in 2017 to run a DNA test to prove that she was his daughter. Her mother had told her that the artist was her father. Alas, the test showed there was no relation. “After the Madrid court ruled that Dalí was not related to her, Abel filed an appeal calling into question how his remains were handled. On Monday May 18, the Regional Court of Madrid dismissed this appeal, and ruled that Abel was liable for the costs for the exhumation. While no amount was cited, the bill had been previously been estimated to be around €7,000 ($7,678).”

In other news: Woman wins €1m Picasso in raffle. “‘I have never won anything before,’ said the 58-year-old told from Ventimiglia, in north-western Italy.”


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