Friday, June 10, 2005

No. 34

Steve Kurtz and Steven Barnes were in Stavanger this week to present Critical Art Ensemble. Steve is falsely accused for mail fraud by the FBI and is awaiting a trial. Please read more about the case and support Kurtz by joining the mail list.

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  • We could be Heros - David Bowie

    Steve and Steven came along for a ride in the Volvo Amazon with GilbertandGrape, we were planning to do ritual

    No. 34: Wear a swimming hat whilst making a hubcap think of Esther Williams. The rain was heavy so we skipped the hubcap, went inside to talk about the notions of heroes whilst wearing swimming hats.

    G Do you have any associations with the name Esther Williams?
    S I have seen her big extravagancies, Busby Berkeley movies the king of human sculptures, design and kaleidoscope, the moral is you should always smile when you swim, you should always wear make up when you swim, grace and poise are a woman's best friend whilst in the water,
    S I am sure I have seen it but I cant really remember.
    G What is a hero?
    S A hero can't live outside the mythological confines, as far as I am concerned. The word has been degraded to every day speech, at least in American culture everyone is a hero. People have been hero obsessed since 11th September.
    S The real thing remaining is a Yet Lee film
    S As a little kid I thought Batman was a hero, the Joker had him in his claws, then I really thought it was going to take a heroic gesture for Batman to get out of the situation.
    S David Bowie with the song we could be heroes-He put the word heroes out cause you could bee one (singing) just for one day.
    S We have both worn capes though so maybe we have been heroes. I had the Batman cape; a shower curtain held together with a little safety pin. Tried to run as fast as I could down the street to see if the cape would flow out behind me
    G In many myths and folk tales, a hero is chased by villains, traditionally the protagonist of a story, possessed of powers far beyond that of a standard human, which enable him or her to perform some truly extraordinary, beneficial deed. These powers are sometimes not only of the body but also of the mind. That’s a description from a book I am reading but
    What about the little every day actions and the heroicism in an effort or will expressed in simple actions?
    S Yes that's true. A personal hero is something else; a personal hero does not necessarily wear a cape. And personal heroes are much needed in life. Simple action can be significant but it's the cultural loaded ideas of heroes that are exclusive. So if you call someone a hero in that term it means someone is less then a hero.

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