posted by on 2007.03.30, under Uncategorized

We got a bit of a fire going on ourselves out in LA today – the fire is behind the Hollywood Hills, but from my roof it looks like downtown is burning. From the miniscule amount of rain we got this year (it hardly ever rains after March here) it’s going to be a long fire-season.

posted by on 2007.03.28, under Uncategorized

There is a fire today at 354 Pine Street in Pawtucket. A pretty serious one, too. We walked around thick snakes of water hose from surrounding fire plugs. (James was heard to remark, “they got hose from different area codes”). The whole building looks pretty lost, and all the windows have been blown out. Most of the remediation to the site has been done in the past few years, so at least there are no asbestos chunks flying around the city. I had heard that the owner has been trying to renovate the building, and familiar story, has had a hard time meeting fire codes. The fire sounds a bit suspicious to me, but we’ll see what turns up in the papers. Ah, Rhode Island…

posted by on 2007.03.26, under Uncategorized

Some great images of what it might look like if they had built Borif Iofan’s Palace of the Soviets – a giant wedding cake of a building with a huge Lenin sculpture on top. Rem Koolhass has written a bit about how the foundations, which were actually built, got turned into a giant indoor/outdoor swimming pool.
Le Corbusier also submitted a project to the design competition for this building. He didn’t win, but his design was a very influential early modernist project.

posted by on 2007.03.26, under Uncategorized

I have been looking for this album for years.. and there it is. All digitized and ready to download. Sweet. This stuff showed up on many skate videos of the late 80s, early 90s.

posted by on 2007.03.25, under Uncategorized

Things are going to be in transition here for the week – I have uploaded most of the new, bright orange/yellow Rise Site, but Michele’s pages will remain on the old style until we get it all updated to the new. And I am sure there will be some bugs here and there for a bit. If you see a problem out there, drop me a line at jquinn -at- and I will fix it.

FFCC00 Rules!

posted by on 2007.03.22, under Uncategorized

On Slate today, an explainer about why you don’t find alot of video art on youtube and similar sites turns into a pretty good explanation about what video art is.

posted by on 2007.03.21, under Uncategorized

I always love, but this one is fantastic. Would make a great T-shirt.

posted by on 2007.03.15, under Uncategorized

Beware the ides of March…

“Regardless, shortly after the assassination the senators left the building talking excitedly amongst themselves, and Brutus cried out to his beloved city: “People of Rome, we are once again free!”. A wax statue of Caesar was erected in the forum displaying the 23 stab wounds. A crowd who had amassed there started a fire, which badly damaged the forum and neighboring buildings. In the ensuing chaos Mark Antony, Octavian (later Augustus Caesar), and others fought a series of five civil wars, which would end in the formation of the Roman Empire.”

posted by on 2007.03.13, under Uncategorized

Dear Artists and Art Workers,

Inspired by the recent visit of artist Martha Rosler, and the New York group’s activities, we urge you to help form a Los Angeles branch of Artists Against the War. Please see their website at

We would love for you all to be a part of it. As the first event of Artists Against the War LA, we want to have a strong presence in the important Anti-war Rally scheduled for this Saturday, March 17. Please bring posters and banners that say “LA Artists Against the War”. The MTA is right by the rally site (beginning and ending) so getting there should be easy. We can’t wait to see you there! Please forward this email to others.

(Please add your name to the top of this list. This is a cooperative group effort.)
Michele Jaquis
Andrea Bowers
Doug Wichert
Nancy Buchanan
Sam Durant

Mass Anti-War Protest in Los Angeles
Saturday, March 17th 2007 Noon
Los Angeles, CA USA

On March 17, the 4th anniversary of the start of the criminal invasion of Iraq, tens of thousands of people from around Southern California will come to Los Angeles for a mass demonstration to demand: U.S. Out of Iraq Now! The LA march will be coordinated with a march on the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Gather at Corner of Hollywood & Vine, Los Angeles CA 90028 (Red Line Metro Stop) at 12:00 NOON
March to Hollywood & Highland for the Rally

Sponsored By:
The March 17 LA Coalition includes, ANSWER, Alliance for Just and Lasting Peace in the Philippines, Free Palestine Alliance, GABRIELA Network, Latino Movement USA, National Lawyers Guild, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Office of the Americas, Coalition for World Peace, National Council of Arab Americans, LA-US Labor Against the War, American Friends Service Committee, Frente Amplio Progresista-Los Angeles, Comite Pro-Democracia en Mexico, Topanga Peace Alliance, Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, KmB Pro-People Youth, Korean Americans for Peace, Youth and Student ANSWER, Coalition to End Israeli Apartheid-SoCal, Global Women’s Strike, Muslim Student Association-West, Students for Justice in Palestine-UCLA. Endorsers include Cindy Sheehan, Howard Zinn, former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, United Teachers Los Angeles, Academy Award-winner Paul Haggis and many more.

posted by on 2007.03.07, under Uncategorized

Also, related to my earlier post about the evolution of religion: artist Damien Hirst’s take on part of the matter.

The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living