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Beginning with some very simple pieces, I expect to be posting more regularly. Expect me.
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Make that a couple of years. My 20th century loner brain became dangerously overloaded by 21st century social media some time ago, so I took a long break. For the moment I have only returned to let you know where I can be found, for those who might want to find me. I have just started a blog at panludicon.wordpress.com in order to have a public place to work on my latest obsessions.
I promise to be far more responsive to the few who visit me there - and you might find it interesting. Wishing all the best for all of you.  

James 119
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Too busy for dA, but I'll be back...

Mon Feb 8, 2010, 12:15 PM
for a couple of months.

(please disregard the phrase above. I don't know how to get rid of it)

...when I've something to show.

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for a couple of months.

02.01.02010

PANOPOLY INFINITE GAME SYSTEMS

TINKERTIMECARDS

A new, open-ended, ever-expanding/evolving card deck for trying on new ideas, brainstorming, playful experimentation, making creative use of the memes at one’s disposal – what is known as “loose parts” play.

Here are the working assumptions for this game:

•We live one life.
•Life goes on.
•Life is one.
•Time is real.
•The past is reformulated in the present every time we dig it up.
•The future has not yet happened and cannot be foreseen.
•Even so, there is great psychological and societal value in the expansion of temporal horizons, fore and aft, always a tentative and subjective enterprise.

Here are a few of the many inspirations for Tinkertimecards:

Much of my thinking of late has been inspired and influenced by the essays, discussions, podcasts, and books that I have discovered through the Long Now Foundation and edge.org (particularly the annual question).

•Crowley’s Thoth Tarot, a masterpiece of metaphysical and scientific correspondences.
•Marshall McLuhan’s Distant Early Warning deck
•John Brunner’s imagined card system for working with social and technological changes, in his proto-cyberpunk classic, Shockwave Rider.
•Brian Eno’s several editions of  Oblique Strategies cards.

With the exception of Brunner’s imaginary cards, these are all closed systems and the work of particular brilliant individuals. By contrast, Tinkertimecards are an in-finite game system, open to any number of creators/players.

To get things rolling I will be the sole editor, designer and art director. If the project grows, we will gradually shift to more of a wiki model, allowing much broader participation.

Although this project will use computers and the Web, it is not a high-tech project.
I will produce and sell high-resolution, archival cards, and I will also make available lower-resolution files for free download and printing. A template will also be provided to help you in making your own cards. If successful, the deck will keep growing, branching, mutating and adapting to new circumstances and needs, becoming ten thousand different games for tinkering with ideas and time.

Step One: I will provide a list (below) of possible cards and ask for your comments, questions criticisms and suggestions for other cards to add to the list. If I make a card from your suggestion, you will receive name credit, a copy of the card and a larger print of the card.
Credit will be given where credit is due.


THE LIST

Here is a short list to start with. There are book titles and concepts that seem significant to me these days. What ideas seem most important to you? Eventually I will provide a link to reference material where appropriate.

1.   The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
2.   The Long Tail
3.   The Tipping Point
4.   Folk Taxonomies
5.   Technological Singularity
6.   World Without Humans
7.   Here Comes Everybody: Bottom-up social media
8.   Confirmation Bias: Evidence can be found to back any claim
9.   Narrative Fallacy: to narratize is often to fictionalize
10. Skeptical Empiricism
11. Skyhooks: Invoking the supernatural when the natural answers elude us
12. The Prisoners’ Dilemma
13. Tragedy of the Commons
14. Tragedy of the Empty Suit: The expert problem
15. Flow: Full Engagement in Meaningful Activity
16. Biophilia
17. Reboot!
18. Ludic Fallacy: Reducing the real world to a casino game
19. Point of Embarkation
20. Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions
21. Labyrinth: Disorientation before reintegration
22. Trickster
23. Time Machine
24. Total Recall: The end of creative forgetting
25. Bot-Mediated Reality
26. Reverse Turing Test
27. Winner Scripts and Loser Scripts
28. Signal Overwhelmed by Noise
29. Wayfinders
30. Submission to Machine Culture
31. Ghost in the Machine
32. Library of Mendel: All possible genomes
33. Demon-Haunted World
34. Comedy of Survival: Picaro, rather than tragic romantic hero
35. Info-Glut
36. Deep Time
37. Cyborg Lifestyle
38. Climate Change
39. Space Migration
40. Life Extension
41. Intelligence Increase
42. Big Here and Long Now
43. Positive and Negative Feedback Systems
44. Genomics
45. Robotics
46. Information Technology
47. Nanotechnology
48. Open-Source Currency
49.

Now it is your turn. Let me know what you think, and what cards you’d like to see.

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He's (almost) Gone

Wed Dec 17, 2008, 9:41 PM
Just a goofy animation...

I did in 2003, which I've just posted on YouTube in celebration of the end of the Bush presidency:
uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MR6hVqb…



2009 Calendar Cover by james119
2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints Released

17 years ago I began a project in response to the hype over the Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee. I wanted to construct a sort of global collection of inspiring ancestors, an alternative, secular communion of saints, so I created a wall calendar in which every day is a holiday/feast day in honor of a "saintly" ancestor. Iwrote up the Chronicle of Higher Jubilation Chronicle of Higher JubilationJUBILEE SAINTS PROJECT
c/o Koehnline
POB XXXXX
Seattle, WA XXXXX
Every fifty years the Ancients observed the JUBILEE - a time
of renewal when all slaves were freed, all debts were
cancelled, all prisoners were released, all fields lay
fallow, and all laborers observed feast days and festivals
of ZEROWORK!
For 500 years the 'New' World has been sentenced to life at
hard labor, death in the fields, mines, big houses, schools,
prisons & factories of competing cabals. But the
Capitalist/Socialist Planetary Work & War Machine will not
rule forever! In the cracks and on the margins of this
Wetiko-diseased world, Temporary Autonomous Zones flourish!
Sound the ram's horn! We call for a celebration of the Grand
Jubilee of the New World's discovery. In advance of the
feasting and revelry we are preparing a Calendar of Saints,
with each and every day a Feast Day! We invite your
nominations! Sponsor a saint today!
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER JUBILATION
An Introduction to the Jubilee Sainthood Project
as an introduction/invitation to contribute.

I presented the idea to the Autonomedia Publishing Collective in Brooklyn, and it became the Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints. The 17th annual edition has just been released www.autonomedia.org/saints&nbs…;

Back around 1996 my friend David Brown created The daily Bleed www.eskimo.com/~recall/bleed/c… , which expanded greatly the information in the Saints calendar. It is also still going strong.

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Utopia or Oblivion or Muddle Through

Sat Dec 13, 2008, 9:47 AM
Just wondering what you think

I read an essay recently which predicted that we will never find intelligent life beyond our planet, because any sufficiently evolved species will, in a variation on the fate of the Krell from Forbidden Planet, succeed in the technological satisfaction of all of its evolved drives and desires and will, in effect, crawl up its own brainstem and amuse itself to death (voluntarily enslave itself in the Matrix?).

I am not that much of a pessimist, but I can see that tendency in the way we use technologies that could easily be moving us toward a golden age of deep communication and collaboration, empathy and equality, an end to poverty and war, and the general movement toward a sustainable and diverse global culture of peace and plenty that honors pure science and the quest for transcendent knowledge and even wisdom.

Which side are you on?  

2009 Calendar Cover by james119
2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints Released

17 years ago I began a project in response to the hype over the Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee. I wanted to construct a sort of global collection of inspiring ancestors, an alternative, secular communion of saints, so I created a wall calendar in which every day is a holiday/feast day in honor of a "saintly" ancestor. Iwrote up the Chronicle of Higher Jubilation Chronicle of Higher JubilationJUBILEE SAINTS PROJECT
c/o Koehnline
POB XXXXX
Seattle, WA XXXXX
Every fifty years the Ancients observed the JUBILEE - a time
of renewal when all slaves were freed, all debts were
cancelled, all prisoners were released, all fields lay
fallow, and all laborers observed feast days and festivals
of ZEROWORK!
For 500 years the 'New' World has been sentenced to life at
hard labor, death in the fields, mines, big houses, schools,
prisons & factories of competing cabals. But the
Capitalist/Socialist Planetary Work & War Machine will not
rule forever! In the cracks and on the margins of this
Wetiko-diseased world, Temporary Autonomous Zones flourish!
Sound the ram's horn! We call for a celebration of the Grand
Jubilee of the New World's discovery. In advance of the
feasting and revelry we are preparing a Calendar of Saints,
with each and every day a Feast Day! We invite your
nominations! Sponsor a saint today!
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER JUBILATION
An Introduction to the Jubilee Sainthood Project
as an introduction/invitation to contribute.

I presented the idea to the Autonomedia Publishing Collective in Brooklyn, and it became the Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints. The 17th annual edition has just been released www.autonomedia.org/saints&nbs…;

Back around 1996 my friend David Brown created The daily Bleed www.eskimo.com/~recall/bleed/c… , which expanded greatly the information in the Saints calendar. It is also still going strong.

For Life, Liberty, Love and Levity.

I am the founder and curator of:
:iconlostbooks:
and a member of:
:iconthe-surreal-arts::iconemptyheads::iconsurrealsociety::iconartsweetart:
  • Reading: John Brockman's EDGE.ORG books
  • Drinking: coffee
Just released

2009 Calendar Cover by james119
17 years ago I began a project in response to the hype over the Columbus Quincentenary Jubilee. I wanted to construct a sort of global collection of inspiring ancestors, an alternative, secular communion of saints, so I created a wall calendar in which every day is a holiday/feast day in honor of a "saintly" ancestor. Iwrote up the Chronicle of Higher Jubilation Chronicle of Higher JubilationJUBILEE SAINTS PROJECT
c/o Koehnline
POB XXXXX
Seattle, WA XXXXX
Every fifty years the Ancients observed the JUBILEE - a time
of renewal when all slaves were freed, all debts were
cancelled, all prisoners were released, all fields lay
fallow, and all laborers observed feast days and festivals
of ZEROWORK!
For 500 years the 'New' World has been sentenced to life at
hard labor, death in the fields, mines, big houses, schools,
prisons & factories of competing cabals. But the
Capitalist/Socialist Planetary Work & War Machine will not
rule forever! In the cracks and on the margins of this
Wetiko-diseased world, Temporary Autonomous Zones flourish!
Sound the ram's horn! We call for a celebration of the Grand
Jubilee of the New World's discovery. In advance of the
feasting and revelry we are preparing a Calendar of Saints,
with each and every day a Feast Day! We invite your
nominations! Sponsor a saint today!
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER JUBILATION
An Introduction to the Jubilee Sainthood Project
as an introduction/invitation to contribute.

I presented the idea to the Autonomedia Publishing Collective in Brooklyn, and it became the Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints. The 17th annual edition has just been released www.autonomedia.org/saints&nbs…;

Back around 1996 my friend David Brown created The daily Bleed www.eskimo.com/~recall/bleed/c… , which expanded greatly the information in the Saints calendar. It is also still going strong.

Of late I have been considering a new project to extend the concept into the future, to include individuals who are still alive and kicking, to integrate it into a social networking setting, make it more interactive and participatory, a kind of club for breeding future Jubilee Saints. More on this to come. Any thoughts? I've been reading the series of books edited by John Brockman, based on the annual question asked of some of the world's leading thinkers over at edge.org www.edge.org/ Currently reading the 2007 question, "What are you optimistic about?" This got me to thinking about how to carry these old projects forward in the spirit of Edge, The World Game, etc.

I would love to hear any ideas all this suggests to you.

For Life, Liberty, Love and Levity.

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Self-domesticated Cyborgs

Fri Nov 21, 2008, 10:41 AM
Food for thought...

I've been reading voraciously of late (escaping dire circumstances) and I'd like to share a couple of ideas I've come across:

1) There is evidence that humans are a self-domesticated species. What does this mean? Intentional selection for tameness in animals generally leads to a retention of juvenile characteristics into adulthood - less violence, more sexual behavior, smaller skulls, brains, jaws and teeth, thinner bones.
(Other traits that emerge in the domestication of animals include curly hair, short tails, lopped ears and the mysterious star mutation - a white spot on the forehead that appears on some domesticated horses, cattle and goats).

This appears to be exactly what has happened to humans in the last thirty to fifty thousand years - and is continuing at a good pace. While the common belief is that brain size has been increasing for two million years, the fossil evidence suggests that, in fact, human brains have shrunk by as much as fifteen per cent in the last thirty thousand years, and continue to do so.

2) We are the cyborg species. Considering technology in the broadest sense, including spoken and written language, number systems, etc., humans seem to be hard-wired to grow into extended cognitive and computational architectures. The popular view of the brain-mind dichotomy posits a ghost in the machine, some supernatural essence provided by some spooky skyhook that "explains" the intellectual/spiritual/moral capacities of humans, separating us from the animal world. But ghosts and skyhooks may be unnecessary. Instead we might say that the "mind" is the sum of the brain and its cognitive and computational extentions. We are cognitive hybrids, continually moving into new regions of design space as our technology evolves, and the process is accelerating.

Just a little food for thought. Do with it what you will.

PS: Clearly there are hazards involved in negotiating the world as cyborgs. The current global economic melt-down is a good example. We, as a species, have in recent years been living in a design space that we might call "Planet Finance", where the use of incomprehensibly complex financial technologies, supporting unprecedented levels of debt, have allowed the global economy to balloon to many orders of magnitude over and above any reasonable notion of value. Now we are experiencing an awkward and painful return to Planet Earth, where we will regroup and prepare for our next journey to the unknown.

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Devious Journal Entry

Wed Sep 24, 2008, 11:23 AM
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Open Letter to Gromyko Padilla Semper

Sun Sep 21, 2008, 8:47 AM
On God, Surrealism and DA Projects

My dear friend,

I am sorry to have been out of the loop of all of your energetic efforts here of late. I am facing financial difficulties and badly need to find new income sources. This has been a distraction from my art and this community.

I suppose there are other reasons that loom as large in my present situation, and I will mention two. I have been re-examining my early development with regard to both my religious training as a small boy and my early absorption of surrealism, thanks to my father's library and art collection.

With regard to religion: By the time I was eight or nine I was convinced that I was a freak of some kind, that I was missing the "God Receptor" that everyone around me seemed to have built into their psyche -- the Sunday school, Bible readings at home, the sermons, etc., all fell flat for me. The God of the Old Testament seemed a horrible monster and the God of the New, a sadomasochist, and all of it seemed a confusing jumble of impossible and disturbing nonsense. I talked my parents into letting me skip church at age ten, and found myself excluded from a large part of family life. No one offered to help me to find a way to believe, to have blind faith, and in retrospect I am grateful for that. In my early teens I discovered psychedelic drugs and dozens of esoteric subjects to study, and in some way I think I spent the next 30 years as a skeptical agnostic, trying to grow a God receptor through the use of drugs and the intentional derangement of the senses and constant studies, exercises, meditations. The whole project was a complete failure, although artistically it had some interesting side effects. Mostly I succeeded in staying intoxicated for thirty-some years and missing out on a lot of life, and failing to mature in some ways, because of this quest.

Revisiting this terrain with a few short years of sobriety to steady me, I find that I am now quite happy to say that I am, in fact, an atheist. In my 52 years I have found not the slightest reason to take religion seriously, and the time has come to fully admit this to myself -- religion, the occult, superstition, the supernatural realm of the spirit -- these are all children's fairy tales to me.

Surrealism (and its many offshoots), my father's other major influence on me, served as my sanctuary all those years, my refuge from quotidian reality, my comforting dreamspace, my magical cave, and my excuse for not meeting the world on the world's terms. Posterity, if it grants me a small footnote, may well lump me with the latter-day surrealists, but for now I need a bit of distance.

Sorry to not be jumping on the Exhibition cart. Part of me wants to jump in and lend a hand, but I cannot at this time.

-James

PS: By the way, evolutionary biology is one of the most fascinating, awe-inspiring fields of human research that I have ever delved into. The story of DNA on this planet is more marvelous, subtly nuanced, elegant, wide-ranging, free-wheeling, beautiful and richly comic than any scripture pretending to absolute Truth -- imho.

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Artist Statements: Final Try

Wed Aug 13, 2008, 5:00 PM
Time's up. This must be the one.

I'm applying for another deserving artist award. Here is the statement I've come up with:

James Koehnline - Artist Statement

“Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it.”
-Marshall McLuhan

“Art is anything you can get away with.”
-Marshall McLuhan

I have long had a driving interest in the origins, mechanisms, past and future of consciousness. I’ve never been content with supernatural/metaphysical explanations. The ideas that I have found most compelling over thirty years of reading, that have flooded me with images I’ve felt compelled to work with, have come from the work of Julian Jaynes, Daniel Dennett, Marshall McLuhan and Robert Anton Wilson, among others.

I have also made a quixotic effort, over the years, to keep abreast of the future, gathering intriguing bits and pieces into collages of possibility, and lately tracking our march toward the “technological singularity,” a possible event horizon at the point when A.I., genomics and nanotechnology will be advancing, merging and mutating so fast that the future will no longer be imaginable, let alone predictable.

Ever since William Gibson invented “cyberspace” in his early-1980s novels, I was waiting for the World Wide Web to come along and start the show. When it did, I bought my first computer, put away my art supplies, as well as the scalpel and spray glue I’d made a thousand collages with, and took the plunge into the nascent sea of pixels and x-y-z space.

My studies have led me to suspect that I am a marginally conscious robot running on imprinted habit programs, a cyborg (amalgam of biology and technological extensions) living in a virtual world of my own creation --the model of the world I’ve built in my brain, with which I interact (Wilson). The software of social communication, language, may well be what led to consciousness (self-awareness, introspectable mindspace) to begin with, as recently as three or four thousand years ago (Jaynes), and each new medium is a new kind of software, fundamentally altering human societies and consciousness itself (McLuhan). It was over 500 years after Gutenberg before half the world was literate, and yet the culture of the Book has profoundly shaped our societies and our selves. Now it is predicted with some certainly that over half the world will be online by 2012. Whether or not anything quite like “cyberspace” actually emerges, a huge upgrade to human software seems to be in progress. My four-year-old son will reach adulthood in a different world with a different kind of consciousness.

My recent work embraces the theme of Lost Books, the good old book, which also symbolizes myself, a creature of books, adrift in an inchoate Dataverse. The culture of print tries to hold back the tide, or struggles to remain relevant by reimagining itself for the highly interactive, digital multimedia Web. And of course the Web is just the infant form of whatever is coming.

My inspirations in the art world are many, including, first and foremost, the exhibition, Shu: Reinventing Books in Contemporary Chinese Art at SAAM, especially Xu Bing’s works, for his playful deconstruction of the mystique of the book, and of language itself; also Borges’ short stories, Neal Stephenson’s historical and speculative fictions (especially Diamond Age) and Peter Greenaway’s film, Prospero’s Books.

A powerful influence from my childhood was my father’s library, with emphases on surreal and fantastic art (especially Max Ernst), William Blake and James Joyce scholarship, science fiction and the fine volumes of the Limited Editions Club.  Ernie Kovacs’ TV special, Eugene, with its surreal library, also impressed me as a young child.

Thus far, my Lost Books have mostly been confined to my online galleries, particularly the ones at deviantArt.com, where I have a gallery of 900 works, and have created the Lost Book Club and Museum, which currently has about fifty members and 350 works in its gallery. One of my recent pieces was used as a poster for a literature and cognitive science seminar at Stanford University.

I would like to exhibit these works in an assemblage of sculptural and digital elements (flat screen or projection), the book and its content, and to publish a book of Lost Books (ideally with an electronic paper cover, like the forthcoming anniversary issue of Esquire). I have also long contemplated the creation of a card deck, a kind of 21st century tarot for navigating the near future, updating McLuhan’s 1969 Distant Early Warning cards.

In speaking of robots, cyborgs and virtual worlds, I am not conjuring a high-tech future. These are metaphors that seem applicable to the brief history of human consciousness. As a species, embedded in the web of life, we haven’t a clue where our investigations may lead us, or what the limits of our potential may be. We gravitate to narratives and systems that promise certainty, but I believe, as quantum theory suggests...

The Universe contains a MAYBE.  


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The technology behind Esquire's animated, "electronic paper" anniversary cover (October 2008 issue)
foliomag.com/2008/technology-b…

[Diagram and pics online]
___________________________________

Posted an announcement for contest (see below) in News: news.deviantart.com/article/51…
Please fav it so it will get some exposure.

I've just announced a new contest over at :iconlostbooks: The Lost Book Club and Museum, the theme of which is THE BOOK OF THE FUTURE, which can be interpreted any way you like. Everyone is invited to play, and I really encourage writers to enter. This time around I can imagine giving the jackpot (still to be collected) to a really good book report on an imagined book, or a speculative essay, as easily as a work of visual art.

Even though the theme is not limited to books from the future, I would love to collect some good examples of such from fiction (mostly science fiction, I suppose).

Other than a lot of future chronicles, in which the object itself is not fleshed-out, the one that stands out in my mind is A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer from Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age.

Do you have any favorite books from the future?

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Brutal Critique, Please

Sun Jun 22, 2008, 9:44 AM
Need Advice

Turned in my Artist Trust Fellowship Award Application at the last minute. Need to do better with the statement next time.

Artist Statement

My father’s art collection and library inspired my early work. He was a collector of surrealist prints and books, especially the works of Max Ernst. Major areas of focus in his library were William Blake, fantastic art through the centuries, modern art in general, James Joyce and the full gamut of science fiction.

In the 1970s and 80s, as a painter, printmaker and experimental film-maker, I associated with Franklin Rosemont’s Chicago Surrealist Group for a time, then explored other approaches to the relationship between art and politics. By the mid-1980s my primary medium was cut-and-paste collage/xerography, and I was deeply involved in the correspondence art movement, the “zine scene” and an overtly political alternative gallery and performance space I ran in Chicago with a few friends (Axe Street Arena). Through this work I became acquainted with many artists and engaged in diverse collaborations in collage, assemblage, installations and performance art.

The most enduring of these creative partnerships has been with radical poet-philosopher, Hakim Bey (aka Peter Lamborn Wilson), and through him, Autonomedia, a publishing collective based in Brooklyn, originally formed to publish translations of French philosophers Virilio, Guattari, Baudrillard, Debord, Deleuse, Foucault, et al, in its Foreign Agents Series (bought out by M.I.T. Press). In addition to book covers and illustrations, I conceived and co-edited the history anthology, Gone to Croatan: The Origins of Drop-out Culture in North America, published a book of my collages (Magpie Reveries) and created a Wall calendar, The Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints, celebrating a secular “saint” for each day of the year (now in its 16th year of publication).

In the 1990s my main focus was ideas about, and our relation to, Time. I published a quarterly zine for two years, called The Mad Farmer’s Jubilee Almanack, in which we explored past and current millenarian movements (in the run-up to the years 2000/2001), the ideologies embedded in diverse calendars, the ramifications of our transition from a celestial time standard to the nanosecond accuracy of atomic clock time, etc. Much of my visual art in this period dealt with these themes.

In 1995 I made the transition to digital art. At first I used the computer merely to extend the possibilities of collage, but soon began to explore the deeper ramifications of the emerging digital, networked, global culture, and the human/computer interface. Drawing on past studies, I began to consider the ways in which, rather than being a possible future, we are already cyborgs living in a vast simulation, and have been for some time. Now we are finding new means of expression, moving beyond passive consumption – hacking, interactive gaming, Youtube, P2P, social networking sites, etc. My own involvement in these things has been focused on a single social networking site for artists and writers, deviantArt, where I have posted nearly 1,000 works, and am in contact with artists all over the world.

For the last year I have been creating works using a combination of digital paint (raster graphics), some photography, and ready-made 3D models, huge numbers of which are freely available as raw material for building virtual worlds in cyberspace. The works are digital 3D collages/assemblages, drawing on the textural explorations of my paintings and monoprints, as well as my photography and appropriated imagery, in creating surface maps (texture, bump and transparency maps) for these generic models, which are then assembled/combined and posed under virtual lights and captured by virtual cameras. I have taken as my theme, Lost Books – rare, forgotten, magical, impossible, imaginary books. My inspirations are many, including Xu Bing’s Book from the Sky, Cornell’s boxes, Borges’ short stories and Peter Greenaway’s film, Prospero’s Books. I am interested in the parallels in our own time with the first century of printed, mass-produced books and ephemera, and the rise of literacy. Books from that period are called Incunabula (“in the cradle”).  We are still in the cradle of the transition from Gutenberg Galaxy to Digital Dataverse, approaching an event horizon where accelerating technological change renders the future unimaginable, as AI, genetic engineering and nanotechnology combine and mutate in ways we cannot predict. And so, “Lost Books,” in that we are moving beyond the culture of the book at an accelerating pace, but also impossible books that pretend to some reality in the simulation that is “cyberspace,” symbolic of the crazy quilt, bottom-up, vernacular culture that is taking root in this new world. I have also started the Lost Book Club at deviantArt. There are about fifty members and 300 works in the club “library” at present. I would like to mount a show of prints in the brick-and-mortar world, and/or publish a book of lost books. It seems that my childhood experience of my father’s library still exerts a powerful influence.

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:iconlostbooks:
and a member of:
:iconthe-surreal-arts::iconemptyheads::iconsurrealsociety::iconartsweetart:
  • Reading: Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
  • Drinking: coffee

More Suggestions, Please

Fri Mar 7, 2008, 9:00 PM
New Quest for Clients

I have had great satisfaction as an artist over the years, getting my work published in interesting magazines and newspapers, posters and the covers of some very cool books. I've also edited a very cool book, created a very cool calendar and had a book of my old black and white collages published.

However, the only satisfying art I've done that actually helped pay the rent has been the CD covers, of which I've done around three dozen, the majority for Bill Laswell's Axiom label. These jobs have dried-up in the last few years, and I've decided it is time to find some new clients in this field. I have a list of a thousand or so independent labels to plow through, but I wonder if any of you can suggest a few that might be particularly good matches for my work.

Here's a small sample of covers I've done. There are some larger images in my gallery, in the folder "Published Work". As always, thanks in advance. I'll will try to be helpful to you when I can.

18 CD Covers by james119
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A Bit of Free Association/Brainstorming Requested Feb 18, 2008

So, I'm trying to come up with a brilliant logo for a new hip, progressive Seattle news and culture Web site, and the title I've been given to work with is The Seattle Needler, referring to that iconic landmark of Seattle, The Space Needle (from the 1962 World's Fair) and the idea of needling the powers-that-be, being a thorn in their side, goading and pestering until the truth comes out. See thumbnail below for latest attempt. I'm a little bit stuck (pun intended), and I'd appreciate any critiques, suggestions, wild ideas, etc. I'm working on spec for a couple of old acquaintances who I'd like to see succeed in this endeavor. There may be a job in it for me down the road, but that isn't a certainty.

Needler2 by james119

Any help would be appreciated.

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Clean Slate (Jan. 7, 2008)

Just thought I'd get rid of all the old news: We are a week into the new year, People who want calendars probably have them. The Dream Book Contest at :iconlostbooks: ends today. I deliver my piece to the Seattle Art Museum today. My new Web site is up and just needs a whole lot of tweaking. I've been hanging out here for almost two years now (and still no DD), and I'm not leaving, but this year I'm going to get some of my art out into the real world, too. More to come.

For Life, Liberty, Love and Levity.

I am the founder and curator of:
:iconlostbooks:
and a member of:
:iconthe-surreal-arts::iconemptyheads::iconsurrealsociety::iconartsweetart:
  • Reading: "Cabinet" - a great magazine
  • Drinking: coffee

Minor Milestone

Thu Feb 7, 2008, 7:37 AM
200 +Favs

...for my piece Literature 1. Funny how these things happen. That is about four times as many as I've gotten for any other piece, and yet it certainly isn't my best work ever. At least I don't think so, and yet it has managed to get linked and mentioned far more widely than any other. Wish it could tell me how that happened.
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Clean Slate (Jan. 7, 2008)

Just thought I'd get rid of all the old news: We are a week into the new year, People who want calendars probably have them. The Dream Book Contest at :iconlostbooks: ends today. I deliver my piece to the Seattle Art Museum today. My new Web site is up and just needs a whole lot of tweaking. I've been hanging out here for almost two years now (and still no DD), and I'm not leaving, but this year I'm going to get some of my art out into the real world, too. More to come.

For Life, Liberty, Love and Levity.

I am the founder and curator of:
:iconlostbooks:
and a member of:
:iconthe-surreal-arts::iconemptyheads::iconsurrealsociety::iconartsweetart:
  • Reading: The Pope's Rhinoceros by Lawrence Norfolk
  • Drinking: coffee

Happy New Year!

Mon Dec 31, 2007, 8:53 AM
The Real World. Ouch!

Here's wishing you all the very best in 2008!

I've been malingering in cyberspace a bit too long, I guess. I have this straightforward idea of how I'm framing my piece that I have to hang next week, so I took my prints into the local frame-it-yourself-on-the-cheap shop and explained exactly what I wanted to do. It is going to cost a small fortune! Guess it has been a while since I did this. Oh well, I'll just bite the bullet and spend the money, since this is going to be the first symbolic act of my year of coming out, getting my work into the real world in real time. I wish myself, and all of you, success.
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16th Annual Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints

A perfect gift for Christmas, Solstice and the New Year, the 2008 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints (created by James Koehnline) is a wall calendar of radical saints and sheroes, with artwork by yours truly, and text by the Autonomedia Collective. This calendar has a 16 year tradition of coming out too late to be properly distributed. I just got my supply today.

Hundreds of radical cultural and political heroes are celebrated here, along with the animating ideas that continue to guide this project — a reprieve from the 500-year-long sentence to life-at-hard-labor that the European colonization of the "New World" and the ensuing devastations of the rest of the world has represented. It is increasingly clear — in the early years of this new millennium — that the Planetary Work Machine will not rule forever! Celebrate with this calendar on which every day is a holiday! A picture for every day, and a whole book's worth of text. Also included is Autonomedia's current catalog of great books, including a new one from my old partner-in-crime, Hakim Bey.
ISBN# 978-1-57027-198-4 : price US$9.95, plus US$3.00 domestic Priority shipping, US$4.00 international shipping  : 32 pages, 16 x 12 inches. Payment options include check, money order, PayPal, or credit card via PayPal Email Invoice. Note me to order, or Buy Now via PayPal here> www.koehnline.com/

See sample of interior here: sample calendar page by james119
See a list of this year's (2007) saints here: www.koehnline.com/saints.htm

2008 Calendar Back by james119 Almaniacal Circle by james119

In the same spirit as my history book, GONE TO CROATAN: THE ORIGINS OF DROP-OUT CULTURE IN NORTH AMERICA www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/09367569…
and the inspiration for my friend Dave Brown's extensive online calendar, THE DAILY BLEED www.eskimo.com/~recall/bleed/c…
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I will be Hung in a Major Museum!
For what Crime Against Art, you ask?
Nov. 30, 2007

Those of you who follow my ramblings will know that while I am figuring out what I'm going to do when I grow up (hey, I'm only 51), I am making pocket change guarding the art at the Seattle Art Museum. No, they aren't really going to hang me. They've decided to throw us a bone and have a staff art exhibit in a public, but little used hallway of the museum. Still, what the hell, it is going on my resume! And, hey, there's always the miniscule chance that Mimi (Mimi Gardner Gates, Director of the Museum and step-mother of Microsoft Bill) or one of the big donors will take notice. Anyway, the show is January to March of 2008, so I'm using it as the symbolic start of the year when I finally start getting my art out in the world, and not only here at dA. I also will start off the new year with a new personal/professional Web site -- and trying to find a job that actually pays the rent and puts food on the table. Wish me luck.
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DREAM BOOK CONTEST Nov. 11, 2007
Check out the new Dreambook by lostbooks Contest at :iconlostbooks:
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LOST BOOK CLUB AND MUSEUM Now Accepting Members October 31, 2007

:iconlostbooks: LostBooks ID103107 by lostbooks

My new club has a new avatar and a new club ID, and is now officially accepting members in two divisions, Lost Book Donors and Lost Book Scouts. I had the idea for scouts because I feel certain there are wonderful exhibits for the museum out there in the dA universe, but I simply don't have the time to devote in order to find them. I thought maybe some of you would help.

The club is still new and largely unknown, but shaping up into an interesting one, I think.

Special thanks to :iconliviaa: for spreading the word, and to :iconmalikanas: for his gorgeous calligraphy that graces the new avatar and club ID.
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Little Toy I Made in 2001 and Forgot About October 24, 2007

Made in a Shockwave class six years ago, it has been online all this time with no links to it from anywhere, and I forgot all about it. I'm sure this is just too amateurish and primitive for most of you, but it was a triumph of code-writing for a novice like me - and it still amuses me. Just move your cursor around within the image. You'll figure it out in about two seconds, but you might find it amusing, too: www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c…
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Three Cheers for Hunter Logan / Links on Steve Kurtz Case October 22, 2007

Firstly, my dA friend and former co-moderator of The Surreal Arts Club, Hunter Logan :icontwirlymind: has graciously volunteered to redesign my Web site as a portfolio piece as he moves toward going into the Web design business. This is a great relief to me, as I have little talent for writing code and an overhaul is long overdue. Thank you, Hunter.

Secondly, Below I plugged the film Strange Culture, but I think the Steve Kurtz Case - an artist-activist being prosecuted/persecuted as a "bioterrorist" by the U.S. government, as a part of its permanent war of terror against terror - is an important story that everyone should know about, especially artists, and so I am posting a few links to the facts of the case here:

Wikipedia Entry on the case: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Ku…
Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund: caedefensefund.org/
Washington Post article: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/…
Steve Kurtz Waiting, a short video on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bExpRb…
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A new film by Lynn Hershman Leeson: STRANGE CULTURE October 21, 2007

As a member of the Autonomedia Publishing Collective which publishes the work of the Critical Art Ensemble, and which was ordered to hand over all records and emails to the government because of this case (we didn't), I have a special interest in the case of Steve Kurtz, and I really want to see (and perhaps organize a showing of) this documentary film about his ordeal, which still drags on. Take a look at the Web site for the film, www.strangeculture.net/ and if you don't know about this, look it up. Maybe I can get the Seattle Art Museum to show the film. I'll have to look into that.

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Looking for Advice as I Consider the Redesign of My Website October 21, 2007

I have been neglecting my Web domain since I arrived here nearly two years ago. I need to get back to it and do what I can to make it an effective marketing tool for selling prints and finding freelance clients for CD covers, book covers, Web graphics, etc., etc...

I would be most grateful for any helpful suggestions from this community as I proceed.

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and experience. I will gladly do the same for you.
__________________________________________________

Lost Book Club & Museum looking for Exhibits September 21, 2007

I have started a new club lostbooks.deviantart.com/
:iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks:
and I would love to have feedback on it - comments, criticism and suggestions.
I would especially appreciate suggestions of pieces for my gallery that you have come across, lost among the millions of deviations here. I have begun the search myself, but it is a daunting task.
Eventually I hope that some of you will submit works specifically created for the museum, but I'll have to grow this thing for awhile before I can hope for that.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Stepping Down at Surreal Arts Club September 20, 2007

I have stepped-down as co-moderator of the Surreal Arts Club :iconthe-surreal-arts:. I did have it in the back of my mind when I started fishing for co-moderators. I found five and that dwindled to two, and now Hunter, who has given it a lot of energy, is thinking about moving on as well. It is still one of the more interesting club galleries in the dA universe, and it is still popular, so I am glad to know it will continue in the capable hands of :iconhomebass:, :icongromyko: and newest addition :iconcades2k4:.
__________________________________________________________________________

Prints of most of my work are available. See my Web site: www.koehnline.com/

MISCELLANEOUS STUFF:

My ever-popular, seizure-inducing Animated Wallpapers:  www.koehnline.com/newgifs/828.…
(click NEXT button in upper left corner to cycle through the whole collection).

My Chaos Chronometer: www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c…
At one frame per second it takes twelve days to repeat the same collage. There are only eighty image elements, but they combine in over a million ways before repeating. One day soon I'm going to solicit the collaboration of some of my amazing dA friends to create a far better version of this device. I did this five years ago, and it was only meant as a prototype. I just never got back to it.

Anti-Clocks  www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c… www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c… www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/w…

CHAOS NEVER DIED: www.koehnline.com/movies/m1.ht…
A little animation I did with one of my favorite Hakim Bey poems. The visuals are a bit dated, and its a low-quality file, but I still like my reading and soundtrack.

For Life, Liberty, Love and Levity.

I am the founder and curator of:
:iconlostbooks:
and a member of:
:iconthe-surreal-arts::iconemptyheads::iconsurrealsociety::iconartsweetart:
  • Reading: Harry Potter #5, I confess.
  • Drinking: coffee
The Lost Book Club and Museum :iconlostbooks: is a new (Sept. 21st) club that is still relatively unknown. It is a gallery for images and texts that play around with the idea of books in particular and the written word in general. I started it after stepping down from running the Surreal Arts Club, as a club more in tune with my current interests. It has twenty-some members now, and nearly 100 works in the gallery.    

Dreambook by lostbooks

The theme of our first contest is DREAM BOOK, which you can make of what you will - a book that appeared to you in a dream, a book you daydreamed or pipe-dreamed, or a book that explains all dreams. Or perhaps it is a catalog of dreams that you can choose to have. Whatever you decide it is, your entry should be its cover, its title page or a sample page from the inside. It can be an illustration in any media, or pure typography.

Entries will be displayed in the club journal, and all of the ones I really like will end up in the permanent gallery.

The contest is open to all deviants. Entries should be submitted via note, with "contest" in the subject line, and a thumbnail or link to the piece in your gallery. I will choose a group of five finalists, and the membership will decide the winner. Deadline for entries is Decmber 31st, 2007.

Prizes include a print of your choice from my works in the club gallery, a journal feature and a news article. There will be more.

Here are a few samples from our gallery:
Prophecies of Borges - 4 by lostbooks stories best left untold by lostbooks Literature 1 by lostbooks ____structure by lostbooks
Book II Empty Walls by lostbooks Collage I by lostbooks UNO by lostbooks Alchemy by lostbooks

Multi-Media of My Life So Far

Fri Oct 26, 2007, 8:47 AM
Attempting to Write "About the Artist" October 26, 2007

Hunter :icontwirlymind: asked me for an About the Artist page for the Website redesign he’s doing for me. I’ve never been any good at explaining myself  (hence I remain vague in my middle age), so I started making some notes, beginning with a list of my phases as an artist since around age 14, when I started thinking of myself as an artist. The list was longer than I expected. I share it, not as a brag – I know that if I had remained focused on a few things I might have truly mastered them – but just because it surprised me. Here it is, more or less in order:

Ink and pencil drawing, ink and watercolor painting, linoleum block printing using floor tiles and a jack-knife, sound collage using multiple cheap tape recorders, cassette and reel-to-reel, accidental poetry using cut-up texts thrown into a hat, Polaroid photography using multiple exposures, modeling clay creatures, papier mache masks, acrylic painting, assemblage (my room as work of art), paper lithography, 8mm stop-action animated films using claymation techniques, animated sand paintings, and diverse experiments involving vibration and fluid dynamics, 16mm cel animation, optical printing, oil painting, airbrush painting, free-form music/sound/spoken word collage live on the radio (WZRD Chicago), on tape and on stage (the band was called The Burden of Friendship), industrial noise “happenings” (read all-night-parties) at a derelict steel pipe factory (these were called gatherings of the North Shore Industrial League), cut-and-paste black-and-white collage (over 1000), correspondence art, including initiating, curating, hosting and documenting international shows, creating-writing-illustrating-editing-publishing zines as well as contributing art to scores of them, etchings, aquatints, monoprints (by the hundreds), experimental paper marbling techniques, creating unusual calendars (The Mad Farmers’ Almanack and The Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints, now in its 16th edition), helping run a radical gallery and performance space (The Axe Street Arena), color collage (dozens of book covers, scores of magazine illustrations, nearly 30 CD covers for Bill Laswell’s Axiom label and others), editing an anthology of forgotten American history (Gone to Croatan), publishing a book of my collages (Magpie Reveries), etc.

In 1995 I transitioned to digital work, doing digital paint and collage with PhotoShop 3. Since then I have worked in 3D still and animated work, tiled animated GIF wallpapers, digital sound collage, interactive Flash and Shockwave toys, etc. I am currently producing digital mixed media works combining photography, 3D imagery and digital paint techniques. The digital list is short because just a few programs and a bunch of third party plug-ins offer a nearly infinite toolbox for experimentation. I often miss the tactile nature of traditional media, and the smell of paint, printers ink and solvents, and so I take a little break from my computer, but I keep coming back to try something new.

Next Installment: Influences, Associations and Collaborations
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Little Toy I Made in 2001 and Forgot About October 24, 2007

Made in a Shockwave class six years ago, it has been online all this time with no links to it from anywhere, and I forgot all about it. I'm sure this is just too amateurish and primitive for most of you, but it was a triumph of code-writing for a novice like me - and it still amuses me. Just move your cursor around within the image. You'll figure it out in about two seconds, but you might find it amusing, too: www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c…
____________________________________________

Three Cheers for Hunter Logan / Links on Steve Kurtz Case October 22, 2007

Firstly, my dA friend and former co-moderator of The Surreal Arts Club, Hunter Logan :icontwirlymind: has graciously volunteered to redesign my Web site as a portfolio piece as he moves toward going into the Web design business. This is a great relief to me, as I have little talent for writing code and an overhaul is long overdue. Thank you, Hunter.

Secondly, Below I plugged the film Strange Culture, but I think the Steve Kurtz Case - an artist-activist being prosecuted/persecuted as a "bioterrorist" by the U.S. government, as a part of its permanent war of terror against terror - is an important story that everyone should know about, especially artists, and so I am posting a few links to the facts of the case here:

Wikipedia Entry on the case: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Ku…
Critical Art Ensemble Defense Fund: caedefensefund.org/
Washington Post article: www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/…
Steve Kurtz Waiting, a short video on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bExpRb…
_______________________________________________

A new film by Lynn Hershman Leeson: STRANGE CULTURE October 21, 2007

As a member of the Autonomedia Publishing Collective which publishes the work of the Critical Art Ensemble, and which was ordered to hand over all records and emails to the government because of this case (we didn't), I have a special interest in the case of Steve Kurtz, and I really want to see (and perhaps organize a showing of) this documentary film about his ordeal, which still drags on. Take a look at the Web site for the film, www.strangeculture.net/ and if you don't know about this, look it up. Maybe I can get the Seattle Art Museum to show the film. I'll have to look into that.

_________________________________________________

Looking for Advice as I Consider the Redesign of My Website October 21, 2007

I have been neglecting my Web domain since I arrived here nearly two years ago. I need to get back to it and do what I can to make it an effective marketing tool for selling prints and finding freelance clients for CD covers, book covers, Web graphics, etc., etc...

I would be most grateful for any helpful suggestions from this community as I proceed.

Thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts and experience. I will gladly do the same for you.
__________________________________________________

Lost Book Club & Museum looking for Exhibits September 21, 2007

I have started a new club lostbooks.deviantart.com/
:iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks:
and I would love to have feedback on it - comments, criticism and suggestions.
I would especially appreciate suggestions of pieces for my gallery that you have come across, lost among the millions of deviations here. I have begun the search myself, but it is a daunting task.
Eventually I hope that some of you will submit works specifically created for the museum, but I'll have to grow this thing for awhile before I can hope for that.

Thanks in advance for your help.

__________________________________________________

Stepping Down at Surreal Arts Club September 20, 2007

I have stepped-down as co-moderator of the Surreal Arts Club :iconthe-surreal-arts:. I did have it in the back of my mind when I started fishing for co-moderators. I found five and that dwindled to two, and now Hunter, who has given it a lot of energy, is thinking about moving on as well. It is still one of the more interesting club galleries in the dA universe, and it is still popular, so I am glad to know it will continue in the capable hands of :iconhomebass:, :icongromyko: and newest addition :iconcades2k4:.
__________________________________________________________________________

Prints of most of my work are available. See my Web site: www.koehnline.com/

MISCELLANEOUS STUFF:

My ever-popular, seizure-inducing Animated Wallpapers:  www.koehnline.com/newgifs/828.…
(click NEXT button in upper left corner to cycle through the whole collection).

My Terror Threat Index Illustrated: www.koehnline.com/terror.html

My Chaos Chronometer: www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c…
At one frame per second it takes twelve days to repeat the same collage. There are only eighty image elements, but they combine in over a million ways before repeating. One day soon I'm going to solicit the collaboration of some of my amazing dA friends to create a far better version of this device. I did this five years ago, and it was only meant as a prototype. I just never got back to it.

Anti-Clocks  www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c… www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c… www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/w…

Interview: www.mundovibes.net/Koehnline_1…
An interview I did with Mundovibes, an online music magazine, about my CD covers for Axiom Records.

CHAOS NEVER DIED: www.koehnline.com/movies/m1.ht…
A little animation I did with one of my favorite Hakim Bey poems. The visuals are a bit dated, and its a low-quality file, but I still like my reading and soundtrack.

For Life, Liberty, Love and Levity.

I am a mere member of :iconthe-surreal-arts:,
Wise Sage and Chief Adviser to :iconemptyheads:
and a member of :iconsurrealsociety:
and :iconartsweetart:
  • Reading: Visual Explanations
  • Drinking: coffee

My New Club Opens Today

Fri Sep 21, 2007, 12:32 PM
Lost Book Club & Museum open for business

I have started a new club today: lostbooks.deviantart.com/
:iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks::iconlostbooks:
and I would love to have feedback on it of any sort - comments, criticism and suggestions.

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Stepping Down at Surreal Arts Club

Within the next few days, I will be stepping down as co-moderator of the Surreal Arts Club. I did have it in the back of my mind when I started fishing for co-moderators. I found five and that dwindled to two, and now Hunter, who has given it a lot of energy, is thinking about moving on as well. It is stil one of the more interesting club galleries in the dA universe, and it is still popular, so I am glad to know it will continue in the capable hands of :iconhomebass:, :icongromyko: and newest addition :iconcades2k4:.

I was fairly loyal to the SURREAL label for thirty years, but as much as I love and respect it as an art movement, I really don't create many surreal works anymore and I don't wish to be tied to that label anymore. I said the club bored me these days, but that was a bit overstated, perhaps. I will just say that I am going through some changes and my interests lie elsewhere. When I signed up, I was faving maybe one in four of the submissions that came in. Now it is probably more like one in forty - and I don't think that is because the work has gotten worse. I just don't have the interest I used to, and without the interest I can't be a good moderator.

As for calling dA a LaLaLand - I stubbornly lived in that country (LLL) for most of my life, and, imho, I made some very good art while I was there, but I'm 51 years old now, and haven't been stoned or drunk for a couple of years, and I am trying to extricate myself from the privately-defined cave of a universe I spent much of my life in. If dA had existed and I had found it back in 1971 it might have been the best thing that ever happened to me. I do not begrudge it what it is. If I did, I wouldn't have spent countless hours here since I joined in January 2006. But for a middle-aged man who is trying to be more serious (and more humorous) about his life and art, dA can be a LaLaLand with little real connection to the greater creative ferment of our time. I have always doubted that I had what it takes to play a part in that great conversation, and so painted myself into corners as a marginal artist, serving marginal subcultures, within the confines of which I could be a shining star. Well, I've been a marginally quasi-famous starving artist on the fringes of everything for a long time, and it has gotten very old, and I am ready to move on to pastures new. Not that I am now expecting to take the big time gallery and museum scene by storm - I'm mostly referring to my own mindset - no more empty, sour grapes defense of my marginality and failure to engage with the great conversation of my time.

I will stick around dA for now, and try out some experiments I have in mind, but I'm only sticking around at the club long enough to make sure of a smooth transition.

I will announce a new project or two very soon, and find out if anyone here is interested.
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While art is my passion, it hasn't been paying the bills. I need to take a break and devote myself full-time to finding a better strategy for the support my family -- that is to say, a new job. Until that is accomplished, I'll be checking in, may occasionally post a new piece, and will definitely make sure the-surreal-arts club is up to date once or twice a week.

My apologies in advance if I don't reply to every comment and fave. While I enjoy my involvement at dA, I've got to get better at keeping my priorities straight.
Thanks for everything.
Keep watching.
There will be more to come.
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Prints of most of my work are available. See my Web site: www.koehnline.com/

MISCELLANEOUS STUFF:

My ever-popular, seizure-inducing Animated Wallpapers:  www.koehnline.com/newgifs/828.…
(click NEXT button in upper left corner to cycle through the whole collection).

My Terror Threat Index Illustrated: www.koehnline.com/terror.html

My Chaos Chronometer: www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c…
At one frame per second it takes twelve days to repeat the same collage. There are only eighty image elements, but they combine in over a million ways before repeating. One day soon I'm going to solicit the collaboration of some of my amazing dA friends to create a far better version of this device. I did this five years ago, and it was only meant as a prototype. I just never got back to it.

Anti-Clocks  www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c… www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c… www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/w…

Interview: www.mundovibes.net/Koehnline_1…
An interview I did with Mundovibes, an online music magazine, about my CD covers for Axiom Records.

CHAOS NEVER DIED: www.koehnline.com/movies/m1.ht…
A little animation I did with one of my favorite Hakim Bey poems. The visuals are a bit dated, and its a low-quality file, but I still like my reading and soundtrack.

For Life, Liberty, Love and Levity.

I am a mere member of :iconthe-surreal-arts:,
Wise Sage and Chief Adviser to :iconemptyheads:
and a member of :iconsurrealsociety:
and :iconartsweetart:
  • Reading: Visual Explanations
  • Drinking: coffee

Thanks and sorry for the drama.

Wed Feb 28, 2007, 11:50 PM
The future of The Surreal Arts Club

Sorry if I was over-dramatic. I'll just start the Surreal Arts Club, perhaps with a new name, on a new account if it comes to that. A lot of work, but we'd clear out the dead wood, so to speak, and as far as I know, the old gallery stays there to look at in the mean time. The contest results might be delayed a bit, but not canceled.

I still hope to find the person that's getting the password sent to them in their email. And, who knows, I may just remember the password. I guess I can blame all my years of intoxication that I'm recovering from for forgetting the password I came up with (my browser remembered it for me, until I updated it), and for neglecting to change the private registered email address to my own. Don't think its senile dementia yet.

Thanks for all the words of support and the suggestions.

The automated system is sending the password to whoever has the privately registered email address for the-surreal-arts from early last year. I'm trying to figure out who that is. If you have an idea, note me. And if you have friends in high places at dA, you might put in a word for the club

Four days into this and here is my fourth reply from the powers that be:

"Help Desk case #193402
Helper: $realitysquared
Date: Feb 28, 2007, 5:45 AM
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There's a new contest over at :iconthe-surreal-arts: The call goes out for surreal interpretations of the whole complex of ideas around "Global Warming".

What:
We are not looking for simplistic political statements or calls to action or dire warnings. Instead we want dreams and nightmares and the products of over-active imaginations wrestling with visions of climate change, super-storms, melting ice caps, rising oceans, growing deserts, temperate regions becoming tropical, the end of the Fossil Fuel Industrial Age, the migration of all manner of species toward more suitable climates, droughts, famines and plagues, insect populations out of control, and, especially, things that nobody has thought of yet.

On the flip-side, we welcome your best surreal and pataphysical (Pataphysics: The Science of Imaginary Solutions) responses to Global Warming: Imaginative new systems and technologies, vast changes in the nature of industrial civilization, or perhaps the eclipse of civilization as we know it by something better suited to human nature and sustainable co-existence with the living Earth. Let your imagination venture out on a creative limb of faith, hope and optimism in the face of all the dire predictions. Its up to you. Wake up and dream!

No text-only entries, but if you wish to include a short text in your description (200 words or less) I will include it in the club posting.

If this contest is successful enough I may even start a new club for similar imaginative thought experiments in the visual arts.

Deadline:
March 30, 2007, Midnight GMT

Details in the Club journal.

The floodgates are open. Let the deluge begin!

Robert Anton Wilson, January 18, 1932 – January 11, 2007
RAW by james119
reason.com/news/show/117878.ht…
www.10zenmonkeys.com/2007/01/1…
www.reason.com/staff/hitandrun… www.reason.com/news/show/28961… robertantonwilson.blogspot.com…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A… </b>

My print sale is over. New prices to be posted soon.

I've still got a lot of my wall calendars for 2007. I'll let them go for shipping and handling now that the year is underway.

MISCELLANEOUS STUFF:

My ever-popular, seizure-inducing Animated Wallpapers:  www.koehnline.com/newgifs/828.…
(click NEXT button in upper left corner to cycle through the whole collection).

My Terror Threat Index Illustrated: www.koehnline.com/terror.html

My Chaos Chronometer: www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c…
At one frame per second it takes twelve days to repeat the same collage. There are only eighty image elements, but they combine in over a million ways before repeating. One day soon I'm going to solicit the collaboration of some of my amazing dA friends to create a far better version of this device. I did this five years ago, and it was only meant as a prototype. I just never got back to it.

Anti-Clocks  www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c… www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c… www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/w…

Interview: www.mundovibes.net/Koehnline_1…
An interview I did with Mundovibes, an online music magazine, about my CD covers for Axiom Records.

CHAOS NEVER DIED: www.koehnline.com/movies/m1.ht…
A little animation I did with one of my favorite Hakim Bey poems. The visuals are a bit dated, and its a low-quality file, but I still like my reading and soundtrack.

For Life, Liberty, Love and Levity.

I am the Moderator and Absolute Ruler of :iconthe-surreal-arts:,
Wise Sage and Chief Adviser to :iconemptyheads:
and a member of :iconsurrealsociety:
and :iconartsweetart:
  • Reading: Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon (finally!)

PRINT SALE EXTENDED / CALENDAR

Wed Dec 6, 2006, 3:11 PM
  • Reading: Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon (finally!)
2007 AUTONOMEDIA CALENDAR OF JUBILEE SAINTS

I created this in 1992 as an antidote to all the hoopla over the Columbus Quincentennial, and it is still going strong after fifteen years. Every day is a holiday in this profusely illustrated calendar featuring notable radicals, heretics, rebels and culture heroes for every day of 2007. With dates and short bios on each "saint", plus lots of additional anniversaries and celebrations for each day, this calendar is truely unique! Saints this year include: Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Wilhelm Reich, Susan Sontag, Doctor Suess, Jesus Christ, Albert Einstein, William Blake, Cesar Chavez, Bob Marley, John Lennon, Abbie Hoffman, Annie Oakley, Margaret Sanger & many more!
Large 16" X 12" size.

See sample of interior here: www.deviantart.com/deviation/4…
See a list of this year's saints here: www.koehnline.com/saints.htm

In the same spirit as my history book, GONE TO CROATAN: THE ORIGINS OF DROP-OUT CULTURE IN NORTH AMERICA www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/09367569…
and the inspiration for my friend Dave Brown's extensive online calendar, THE DAILY BLEED www.eskimo.com/~recall/bleed/c…

US$10.00 postpaid (domestic media mail. Domestic Priority add US$4; International shipping add US$5) direct from me. US$5.00 with any print order. Three or more calendars, US$8.00 each, postpaid. (domestic media mail. For other see above).  See ordering and payment info below.

PRINT SALE EXTENDED TO END OF YEAR:

As the freelance jobs are still slow to come,
and the print sale has been quite successful,
I am extending my sale on prints through December 31st, 2006

US$20.00 for any print
US$55.00 for any three prints
Plus US$5.00 domestic shipping,
US$10.00 international shipping.

These are gallery-quality, signed, archival prints.
Printer
13in x 19in format Epson Stylus Photo R2400.
UltraChrome K3 Eight-color Ink System,
Lightfast and Waterproof, 100-years-plus rated.
Paper
Epson Archival Radiant White Watercolor Paper
Matte Surface, 11.5 mil thickness, 190 gram per square meter
Available Images
Just about everything in my DeviantArt Gallery james119.deviantart.com/galler…
And in my Scraps Gallery james119.deviantart.com/galler…
And in the various galleries at koehnline.com www.koehnline.com/galleries/
except for a few images for which I have no high-res files.
Payment Options
Check, Money Order, PayPal, or credit card via PayPal email invoice.
To Place an Order, Contact me at:
/james@koehnline.com


OTHER STUFF:

My ever-popular, seizure-inducing Animated Wallpapers:  www.koehnline.com/newgifs/828.…
(click NEXT button in upper left corner to cycle through the whole collection).

My Terror Threat Index Illustrated: www.koehnline.com/terror.html

My Chaos Chronometer: www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c…
At one frame per second it takes twelve days to repeat the same collage. There are only eighty image elements, but they combine in over a million ways before repeating. One day soon I'm going to solicit the collaboration of some of my amazing dA friends to create a far better version of this device. I did this five years ago, and it was only meant as a prototype. I just never got back to it.

Anti-Clocks  www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c… www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/c… www.isomedia.com/homes/harpo/w…

Interview: www.mundovibes.net/Koehnline_1…
An interview I did with Mundovibes, an online music magazine, about my CD covers for Axiom Records.

CHAOS NEVER DIED: www.koehnline.com/movies/m1.ht…
A little animation I did with one of my favorite Hakim Bey poems. The visuals are a bit dated, and its a low-quality file, but I still like my reading and soundtrack.

For Life, Liberty, Love and Levity.

I am the Moderator and Absolute Ruler of :iconthe-surreal-arts:,
Wise Sage and Chief Adviser to :iconemptyheads:
and a member of :iconsurrealsociety: