Alphabetarion # Truth | Joseph Beuys, 1921-1986

Alastair Thain, Joseph Beuys with Flower, London, 1986

 “Truth must be found in reality, not systems.”

Joseph Beuys, 1921-1986

Help! | Ariane Mnouchkine, 2005

Martine Franck,  Théâtre du Soleil Les Petits Bourgeois, play by Maxime Gorki,
 directed by Ariane Mnouchkine,Theatre Mouffetard, 1964


Theatre, come to my rescue!
I am asleep. Wake me
I am lost in the dark, guide me,
at least towards a candle
I am lazy, shame me
I am tired, raise me up
I am indifferent, strike me
I remain indifferent, beat me up
I am afraid, encourage me
I am ignorant, teach me
I am monstrous, make me human
I am pretentious, make me die of laughter
I am cynical, take me down a peg
I am foolish, transform me
I am wicked, punish me.
I am dominating and cruel, fight against me
I am pedantic, make fun of me
I am vulgar, elevate me
I am mute, untie my tongue
I no longer dream, call me a coward or a fool
I have forgotten, throw Memory in my face
I feel old and stale, make the Child in me leap up
I am heavy, give me Music
I am sad, bring me Joy
I am deaf, make Pain shriek like a storm
I am agitated, let Wisdom rise within me
I am weak, kindle Friendship
I am blind, summon all the Lights
I am dominated by Ugliness,
bring in conquering Beauty
I have been recruited by Hatred,
unleash all the forces of Love.”

 Ariane Mnouchkine, Théâtre du Soleil

Martine Franck, Ariane Mnouchkine during the rehearsal of Le songe d'une nuit d'été. 
Création au Cirque Médrano, Théâtre du Soleil, 1968

Le Théâtre du Soleil is a Parisian avant-garde stage ensemble founded by Ariane Mnouchkine, Philippe
 Léotard and fellow students of the L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in 1964.

Pacific Northwest Music Scene of the 1960s | Photos by Jini Dellaccio, 1917-2014

Jini Dellaccio, The Sonics, 1965
Jini Dellaccio, The Wailers, 1964
Jini Dellaccio, The Artesians, Washington, February 1965
Jini Dellaccio, Blues Magoos playing a live show at the Seattle Center Coliseum, 
Washington, July 15, 1967
Don and the Goodtimes outdoor photo shoot with band members looking out at a lake, Washington, 1966
Jini Dellaccio, Ron Gardner of The Wailers, 1966
Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts, Washington, 1966
The Beau Brummels, Seattle Center Coliseum, Washington, January 1, 1966
The Bards making shadows against a white backdrop, Washington, 1969
The Galaxies, Washington, October 1966
The Daily Flash, Gig Harbor, 1966
The Beach Boys at the "New Year's Spectacular" concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum, 1966
The Shangri-Las, 1966
Jini Dellaccio (1917 – 2014)

Jini Dellaccio (1917 – 2014) was best known for her images of the Pacific Northwest 
music scene in the 1960s. But Jini came to photography later in life. She was a musician 
first, a homemaker and a painter. She didn't even pick up a camera until she was in her 40s.

By 1964 the members of one of the Northwest's most popular rock bands, the Wailers,
 based in Tacoma, were looking to upgrade the quality of the cover art of their records, 
which they released on their own label, Etiquette Records. They contacted graphic designer
 John Vlahovich, who recommended they speak to promotions-man Barrie R. Jackson. 
Jackson had seen Dellaccio's exhibit at the Tacoma Art Museum, and suggested that they ask 
her to do the album cover shoot. She agreed, but instead of photographing them at her home 
studio, she had them walk around a local park. The resultant photos were used on the 
Vlahovich-designed cover of the album Wailers, Wailers, Everywhere.

It was a misty day and the young men climbed up into the big fir trees.

"I started doing pictures, started getting inspired. Because I could see how beautiful 
these kids looked out in the trees," Jini said.

The band loved the atmospheric pictures. So did their record companies. 
They hired Jini to photograph other bands.

Neil Young, 1967

One day Jini flew to LA to meet a musician for a prospective shoot. She had no idea who 
he was and the record company executive introduced him simply as Neil.
"I said, ‘Neil, what is your last name?’ He said, ‘Just Neil.’"
His last name was Young.

His portrait is one of Jini’s best–known works. The photograph, taken from below, shows 
Neil Young's face, surrounded by the hanging fringe from his jacket sleeves. Jini had asked
 him to climb onto the garage roof so she could get a better shot.
"I said, ‘If you get on the roof, we'd have the sky.’ So he said, ‘I can get up there 
all right. Now what?’ And I said, ‘Fly like a bird.’"

Jini Dellaccio: With a Loving Eye from Jini Dellaccio on Vimeo.

Jini Dellaccio > 

Alphabetarion # Articulate | Slavoj Žižek, 2002

Hand shadow puppets

“We feel free because we lack the very language 
to articulate our unfreedom.”

 Slavoj Žižek, Welcome to the Desert of the Real, 2002

Flick Review < The Wrong Man | Alfred Hitchcock, 1956

The Wrong Man, 1956
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Writers: Maxwell Anderson, Angus MacPhail
Cinematography: Robert Burks
Stars: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle
Music: Bernard Herrmann

Henry Fonda and Vera Miles in a promotional photograph for The Wrong Man, 1956
Alfred Hitchcock - Henry Fonda on the set, 1956

This movie is one of Martin Scorsese's favorite Sir Alfred Hitchcock movies, 
and was an influence on Scorese's "Taxi Driver" (1976).

Tuesday Weld appears as a young giggling girl. She was 13 years old.


Welcome Morning | Anne Sexton, 1928-1974

 Dollhouse, Fisher Price, 1970's

There is joy
in all:
in the hair I brush each morning,
in the Cannon towel, newly washed,
that I rub my body with each morning,
in the chapel of eggs I cook
each morning,
in the outcry from the kettle
that heats my coffee
each morning,
in the spoon and the chair
that cry "hello there, Anne"
each morning,
in the godhead of the table
that I set my silver, plate, cup upon
each morning.

All this is God,
right here in my pea-green house
each morning
and I mean,
though often forget,
to give thanks,
to faint down by the kitchen table
in a prayer of rejoicing
as the holy birds at the kitchen window
peck into their marriage of seeds.

So while I think of it,
let me paint a thank-you on my palm
for this God, this laughter of the morning,
lest it go unspoken.

The Joy that isn't shared, I've heard,
dies young.

Anne Sexton, 1928-1974

The past | Ted Chiang, 2007

Chalice cover, Italy, late 17th-early 18th century

“Nothing erases the past. There is repentance, there is atonement, 
and there is forgiveness. That is all, but that is enough.”

“Four things do not come back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, 
the past life, and the neglected opportunity.”

“Past and future are the same, and we cannot change either, only know them 
more fully. My journey to the past had changed nothing, but what I had learned
 had changed everything.”

Ted Chiang, The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, 2007 

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