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November 2003 16 posts, 398 lines



When one finally gets an online portfolio established, then what? I've been organizing my ICVA site (Chicago artist index: [] ) since May, but I realize that the tutorials section is really incomplete without suggestions of what to do to increase visibility and networking possibilities (other than just submitting on I've made a few searches in the past, but with little success (I should note that submitting my site to shot my stats through the roof).

I'm looking for any suggestions for artist-friendly weblogs, linkpages, or artist directories out in the Web. Or any other tricks that I have not thought of. This will become a separate link directory attached to my site.


Erik Brown


Were you watching the last two weeks of Nova on !!, on string theory?

Lots of fx, lots of clever analogies, enough terminology to be dangerous in the hands of an artist or hack sf writer. Pretty much of a disappointment. I couldn't get through the fluff to tell if there was any grit there. Maybe you could.

Was this a The School "Science for Artists" class?

Are there already bands called "Sparticles"?

If you teach kids in the mid-zone that thinks watching PBS makes or proves them smart, beware. This should be pretty hot to a certain bunch. If you don't have the science to confront them, at least make them back up theirs.



On Tue, 4 Nov 2003, bulka wrote:

Analogies dont hold, and no modern science is based that particular trope. BTW, I didnt watch it, although someone pointed out that the string thing was on, and should I not be interested? I didnt watch it because (1) I cant find the TV, and (2) I have no patience anymore for the wonders of speculative math in the realm of cosmology.

If you are going to believe this stuff better do a little research. Check out Halton Arp's "Seeing Red" (a book of some recent date). Arp is a researcher who knows what he is doing, produces evidence of the bipolar creation of adjacent galaxies from parent galaxies. The redshift - distance relationship is shown to be a fallacy. I respect him because he actually looks at things, compared to the mathematical cosmologists who do not.

You will conclude, after reading Arp (and there are dozens of other sources to look at, including work by Fred Hoyle -- who derisively coined the term "Big Bank", BTW), that we have no clue at all on the age of the Universe, and simply do not know its dimensions, and as long as 'gravity' is held to be the unifying force of the Universe nothing much is explained. So then the mathematicians invent "dark matter" and other hidden (invisible) forces and materials.

The problem stems from Einstein's solution to the indeterminate set of equations offered by Maxwell. Maxwell's equations work well enough to explain the propagation of light and radio waves in electro-magneric terms, but fail whenever end terms are not specified: three equations in four unknowns cant othrewise be solved.

Einstein's "special relativity" is an elegant specific solution (holding the speed of light as a constant, thereby dropping one unknown), and of some use, but generalizing this solution caused Einstein no end of problems - 40 years of problems. He finally fudged a 'gravitional cconstant' and found a solution by abondening Euclidian geometry. That is where all the 'strings and things' came from. They are found on paper.

The "General Theory of Relativity" is doomed, although it will take a long time before all the academics die off and a new generation of cosmologists are allowed to publish their contra-GTR papers. I would say, dismiss it. It explains nothing of gravity or the workings of the Universe.

You can forget about dark matter ("99 percent of the Universe: invisible, unmeasureable, dark"), black holes, strings, red-shift, time dilation, neutron stars, space warping, worm holes. Special Relativity is fine. So is quantum theory, BTW. This last is mathematically sound so far (although counter-intuitive, but so is the Mac "save floppy by putting it in the garbage"), and has been succesfully expanded to account for the properties of a few atoms, Helium and Hydrogen (?), but it is very obtuse and cumbersome.

The "Obtuse Quantums" playing at Parallel Universe next week.

On Tue, 4 Nov 2003, bulka also wrote:

A core course at "School of Artists In Cosmology"


Mike wrote: "Were you watching the last two weeks of Nova on !!, on string theory?"

Yes, but I kept falling asleep. I agree with your assessment of the program, basically, though I did like the first hour, and the physics history recap. When he actually got to the string stuff, though, it was pretty dry.

I have a couple advantages, though, over the physicists, in that I don't understand the "that don't work" wall that they all seem to keep stumbling over, and I don't care about the math, either. So for me the idea of these elemental strings is far more poetic and theological than I suspect it can be for them. And consequently more fun to contemplate, maybe.

I did like the part about the fellow who pointed out to the group that their five theories were really just five views of the same conceptual system ... well DAAAAH!

Peace, Dave S.


All mail at cpoint stopped on Nov 5 at 18:24 hours (day before yesterday).

Back up just now, Nov 7, 02:23:57 hrs. Sorry about that. F_ng incompetant cosmologists run this space string site.

I'll change location at the end of the year (you'll never notice).

Better resend anything whcih came back with a really strange bounce message.. As if anyone ever looks at those.



Seems all my geraniums were dead yesterday morning.


Maybe what Chicago needs is an artblog. There seems to be at least one person out there who will read it.

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Lorelei Stewart Director, Gallery 400

University of Illinois at Chicago 1240 West Harrison Street (MC034) Chicago, IL 60607 312-996-6114 tel 312-355-3444 fax []


I do believe there are some local blogs out there that tap into the arts now and then (, for example), but it would be nice to have some produced by the active art-facillitators in this town (or, who can write decently, which is why I'm copping out). All respects to Jno of course, who has been busy publishing many online resources, but I think there is something about blogs that triggers a disarming hey-I-could-easily-do-something-like-thatresponse from viewers. I think a list-server requires some sort of commitment (albeit very minor), even a sense of confidence that one is "part" of the scene, that can possibly dissuade casual observers, regardless of being a stronger form of interaction-via-interface. Blogs could perhaps better service those with a moderate, slight or intermittent interest in Chicago's art, as well as those of us who are thinking about it all the time.

On a different matter, here's my impudent plug: Having been excited lately by the outcroppings of mp3-labels, I created my own in relation to the Goddess show I'm curating next Spring -- an net label of devotional Kali recordings. At least check it out for the mp3's I posted from the Jai Kaali soundtrack, which is my favorite cassette from Devon Ave.

ec Brown

lorelei at wrote:


Hi Guys

Has anyone seen the Bridge magazine shoebox project? I haven't seen it and can't afford it, but I'm curious about what it looks like.

If you have seen it, is there any good work in there? Like what?

Any thoughts about how this project relates to other multiple/box projects? Art -> Commerce?

cheers Gabe


On Mon, 24 Nov 2003, Gabriel Fowler wrote:


HTH /jno


Jno wrote: "HTH /jno"

Call me ignorant. I'm stumped. What does "HTH" stand for?

Heart To Heart ? Have To Heave ? Hate To Hate ? Heaven To Hell ? Hello To Heidi ? Heil To Hitler ? Hush To Hurricane ? Hindu To Himalayas ? Hideous To Horrific ? Hit The Hick ? Hide The Hashish ? Hike The Hill ?

Oh wait, I think I figured it out...

Happy To Help!!

Damn you people with your fucking secret languages! Marc


On Mon, 24 Nov 2003, Marc Fischer wrote:

Jno wrote: "HTH /jno"

Authorative sources:

(1) Acronym Server [] -bin/acronym has:

HTH - "Hope That Helps" used as a sign-off when answering a question on Usenet, since 1980's

(2) The Jargon File [] ~esr/jargon/ has:

HTH: [Usenet: very common] Abbreviation: Hope This Helps (e.g. following a response to a technical question). Often used just before HAND. See also YHBT.

(HAND - have a nice day; YHBT - you have been trolled)

(USENET - USEr's NETwork developed in the early 80s when you had to be with the government or a government contractor to get on ARPAnet.)

Dont ask about ARPANET

-/jno (ask about YM, LOL, ROFL...)


Thanks for the link, Jno. I had seen these pics, but I guess I was wondering more about the actual Shoebox-object. And I guess I was hoping to have a discussion about the content.

I'm surprised at the quality of content, since people only had three weeks (or less!) to submit work and they were receiving nothing in return.

And I'm jealous. When I did a sorta-related project a while ago, it took nearly a year to get people to submit work. I guess it helps if you publish a freaking magazine.



On Tue, 25 Nov 2003, Gabriel Fowler wrote:

Michael Workman ought to address that.. And see the posts at the Wiki []

I'm surprised also at the response, and surprised at the close deadline, which jumped out of the future into the present with no time. I suspect it was the rush that got everything done. Myself was a few days late.

LOL. Organizing exhibits can be a drag. Artists are as responsive and reliable as a herd of cats. (Hey, Marc: LOL) /jno


Micki Tschur's back in town and she's brought her birds. For the last ten years, in Chicago, Germany and Colorado Springs she's killed, skinned and taxidermied a thanksgiving turkey. A ten-year retrospective is on view starting today at 5, at Seven Three Split. and some film and ceramics and whatnot. and deep-fried pre-thanksgiving bird.

She's a sweet and weird girl with sweet and weird art. If you're not at the airport tonight, you should be here.


Ten Years Turkey

Come see the birds

Wednesday November 26 th at 5 pm.

at Seven Three Split

971 w. 18th, Chicago, Il 60608 tel.312. 733.2264




How odd that I happen to be reading an old defense of some argument or other that you made on the other group a million years ago when a belated invitation to see some preserved turkey carcasses comes my way. Mr. Bulka your timing, as always is impeccable. Have a great t-givin' You shouldn't fear visiting the dog house. informal visits are welcome from old friends and I like to buy the beer. so don't be a stranger. MT