"Information Randomized Mix-up #4" is an encyclopedia. The artwork, a scintillating grid of tiny inkjet images by Atlanta video artist and VJ Ben Worley, contains a world. Everything from elephants to earthworms to an ironic-looking guy with a beard rolls across the surface in a Red Bull- and NoDoz-fueled mesh of nervous animation. The work also happens to be a literal encyclopedia at least in part. The piece re-creates elements from Worley's earlier works, which used images from an actual encyclopedia to explore fractured, unassimilated visual data in constant flux.
In Information, the artist's master's thesis show at Get This! Gallery, Worley continues his examination of the explosion of information occasioned by digital media and a networked world.
Worley also goes by the nom de plume Bean Summer. Like his names, the artist's work concatenates random elements to hint at secret meanings hidden in the spaces where objects collide and images jostle one another in an aggressive, energetic dance.
(Image courtesy Ben Worley/Bean Summer)
It's time once again for the highly coveted annual Creative Loafing music issue. This year we're offering up an honest-to-goodness old fashioned 12-inch vinyl LP compilation that features cuts from several of our favorite local artists.
Dubbed The Mixt A Vol. 1, the record includes 10 songs from the likes of Predator, Grip Playaz, the Balkans, the N.E.C., A. Leon Craft, Anna Kramer & the Lost Cause, Mums F.P., Stanza, Carnivores and Zoroaster featuring Brent Hinds from Mastodon.
The record is strictly limited to 500 copies that will be available at not one, but two record release shows. The first show happens at Eyedrum on Thurs., May 7. The $10 cover gets you into the show as well as a copy of the record. The N.E.C., Grip Playaz, the Balkans and A.Leon Craft are all scheduled to perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. Music starts at 8 p.m.
The second record release party goes down at Criminal Records on the afternoon of Sun., May 10. The Carnivores, Stanza, Mums F.P. and Predator are on the bill. There is no cover charge to attend the show. LPs will be on sale at the store for $10 and the music starts at 3:30 p.m.
In addition to the 10 songs on the LP, dozens of bonus tracks will be included in a free online download that includes songs by Abby Go Go, All Night Drug Prowling Wolves, Batata Doce, the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, the Coathangers, Danny!, Pill and many more.
What do you give a dog for her 10th birthday?
A gimp squirrel she can actually catch?
Well, that's no fun.
The CDC confirmed a case of swine flu Thursday at West Georgia Medical System Hospital in LaGrange in Troup County.
Troup County health officials said Wednesday night during a public meeting that a sample from a patient at the hospital was sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing. The sample came back possible for swine flu.
The patient, a 30-year-old female, is from out of state. CDC officials said she has a history of traveling to Cancun, Mexico.
More info on WSB's site. Wash those hands.
I typed two completely different versions of this review one last night that was full of love, and one this morning that was full of hate. (*Spoiler Alert*!) The swap came after some rumination over "The Variable," set up to be an epic "Lost" classic. (The show's 100th episode to follow Obama's 100 days speech? Come on!) It succeeded and it failed in its attempts. I'm mostly frustrated for myself and every other nerdcore Lostie out there who's sat through recent episodes this season saying "Yeah, yeah, yeah, OK we know, we know ... but now what?"
"The Variable" belonged completely to Daniel "Twitchy" Faraday, fan favorite only behind his oft episodic-counterpart Desmond "Motorboater" Hume. Some questions of Faraday's history were answered (yes, Widmore is his father); his present revealed (Why we saw him in the Dharma mines to open the season; Why it was so important to find Eloise Hawking), and his future decided (gunned down by mother as an adult in her past would anything less complicated do?), all of which played out good guesses with a few twists that, in typical "Lost" fashion, both satisfied and beguiled.
1) Tradin' Paint continues at Theatre in the Square.
2) George Jones performs at Fox Theatre.
3) Vinyl hosts the Superhero Showdown.
>> As much as even mentioning the pig-related viral infection pains me, you should probably know that the World Health Organization has raised the "threat level" to pink 5. Whatever that means.
>> He said it! Waterboarding is torture. So there. And then Obama talked about all manner of key issues like Pakistan, why you should wash your hands, his stance on abortion and why he is not a Socialist.
>> Britain begins to pull out of Iraq after six years and the deaths of 179 servicemen. Seven hundred of its troops are moving into Afghanistan, though, with a date for a pull-out already set (2010). Amazing.
>> The word "unexpectedly" has been showing up in economy-related headlines with concerning frequency. Here's a thought stop guessing.
>> HUH?: Rihanna will get back $1.4 million worth of borrowed jewelry she was wearing the night of her alleged attack. Apparently, the prosecution was holding on to it for "evidence."
>> If you cheer the "effectiveness" of torture certain interrogation policies, here's an opinion from inside those torture interrogations against it.
>> The UGA professor accused in the Athens, GA triple murder is one of "America's Most Wanted."
Politico today rehashes an Insider Advantage article that reports U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal, R-Ga., plans to run for governor. The news site famous for WINNING THE AFTERNOON! included a picture of this "Nathan Deal" character, whom looks eerily similar to...holy shit.
Gov. Sonny Perdue, you must respect the state Constitution and bow out at the end of your term, sir! The citizens of Georgia will not sit idly by as you try to hoodwink us into another eight years!
(Screenshot from politico.com)
Today's New York Times features a story by Shaila Dewan about Atlantic Station's Millenium Arch.
Because the arch was near a large blue and yellow furniture store, some people nicknamed it the Arc dIkea.
All this time I thought they called it that because it was shipped flat and assembled with a hex wrench.
With 12, director Nikita Mikhalkov does more than simply translate the American theater chestnut 12 Angry Men into Russian. Mikhalkov practically feasts on the original, best known for the 1957 Henry Fonda jury deliberation film. 12 milks its source materials themes of social conflict, seasons it with contemporary Russian culture, and sets a 12-course banquet at the jury table.
Mikhalkov keeps the crime's and plot structure's basic details intact: A dozen men men must decide the fate of a youth accused of a brutal stabbing. At first the case looks open and shut, but a sole "not guilty" hold-out vote keeps the verdict from passing unanimously. A mousy-looking engineer (Sergei Makovetsky) initially frets that theyre rushing to judgment, then reveals a steely intellect as he proceeds to methodically demolish the prosecutions case. He faces tough, bullying opposition from an alpha male cab driver (splendidly simian-looking Sergey Garmash), whose blatant racism makes his opinion seem immovable.
(Photo courtesy Milena Botova © 2007 Three T Productions)
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