[NetBehaviour] eyedrum call for work: 'crop circles, cosmogams, psychogeographies' (fwd)

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Wed Jan 16 06:44:13 CET 2008

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Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2008 12:26:09 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
From: robert cheatham <zeug1 at earthlink.net>
To: artnews at pd.org
Subject: eyedrum call for work: 'crop circles, cosmogams, psychogeographies'

            Call for material for a visual arts show at
       Eyedrum Art and Music Gallery,  Atlanta,  Georgia.

                    The show will run from
       October 18 through November 29; it will also constitute
          a featured issue similarly titled in
            the online journal PERFORATIONS.

                Deadline: August 1, 2008

         Crop Circles, Cosmograms, Psychogeographies

If nothing else, perhaps it can be said that modernity is about diagrams, schematics, blueprints, Rorschalk cards, flow charts, maps, floorplans and all the other graphic devices designed to simplify and link the real, material world with the abstract world of thought and feeling. The same thing might be said of the visual arts in general.

The infamous crop circles started mysteriously appearing in the fields of England in the mid-Seventies.  Over the past thirty plus years, they have become the source of much speculation, wonderment, hoaxing: were they made by artists? By aliens? By intelligent plasmas? Unknown terrestrial forces? Covert military operations?  As with everything, your answers depended on your proclivities and stations in life.  At the very least, they were beautiful and 'artistic' and SEEMED to be some form of cosmograms, in the same league with mandalas, Mayan city constructions, Egyptian mega-constructions, archaic native American pictographs and other nativistic schematics which seemed to link an astronomical world above with the terrestrial world below … and to imbue those diagrams with a purported spiritual power.

All these types of 'ground-based' diagrams also have in common implicit psychological connections with the land even to the point of creating those connections ex nihilio. The term 'psychogeography' was coined some years ago to account for the feeling that the 'beach under the pavement' somehow makes itself felt in ideas, feelings, and 'spirits'.

The visual arts show at eyedrum art and music gallery will explore these connections and forms: What are these forms? Do they have effects and affects or is 'aesthetic' sufficient? Can they be created anew? Does technology facilitate these 'cosmic figures' and give them new voice or does it kill them off in paving them over and leave us with a dead schematic ... which nevertheless still tries to speak?

There is not much space so please contact the curator if you are interested in participating in the show.

Deadline: August 1, 2008

Curator: Robert Cheatham: zeug1 at earthlink.net

Eyedrum: 290 Martin Luther King Drive SE, Suite 8. 30312

PERFORATIONS: http://www.pd.org

   Georges Braque: "You must always have 2 ideas, one to destroy the other. The painting is finished when the concept is obliterated."

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