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Soviet “Bones” [кости], “Ribs” [рёбра], “Roentgenizdat” [рентгениздат]

The Soviet-era “bones” [кости], “ribs” [рёбра] or “roentgenizdat” [рентгениздат] are so-called because one cheap, reliable source of suitable raw material is discarded medical x-rays, which have the added benefit of including ready-made and interesting images. The name roentgenizdat comes from the combination of roentgen ray (another word for X-ray) and izdat (Russian: издат, abbr. издательство, izdatel’stvo, “publishing house”), patterned after the word samizdat (“self-published”, or underground literature). X-ray records emerged at the time of the Stilyagi as an underground medium for distribution of jazz music, which was prohibited in the Soviet Union after World War II. This format was also particularly attractive to politically suppressed punk rock music and the “do it yourself” punk ethic, since other publishing outlets were much less accessible.

Footage from the superb Joseph Brodsky biopic “Room and a Half” [Полторы комнаты] by Andrei Khrzhanovsky.

Gustav Metzger in conversation with Joe Banks…

“White Heat: art, science and social responsibility in 1960s Britain” is an exciting one-day conference exploring the relationships between art, science and society in the 1960s. 50 years on, key figures from this period will join speakers from the fields of art and cultural history, the history and philosophy of science, contemporary art, science, activism and popular culture to revisit one of the most intense periods of intellectual and cultural ferment. The symposium takes place in the very lecture theatre where, in 1965, Gustav Metzger gave his iconic lecture-demonstration “The Chemical Revolution in Art”.

Contributors include Joe Banks, Alice Bell, Jonathan Benthall, John Dunbar, Bronac Ferran, Elizabeth Fisher, David Gale, Martin Kemp, Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon, Roger Malina, Gustav Metzger, Jerry Ravetz, Jasia Reichardt, Jonathan Rosenhead, Neal White and Robert M. Young.

9.30am to 4pm, 26 July 2014
Lecture Theatre LT0
Department of Engineering
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1PZ

Admission £20, concessions £15
Advance booking essential

Thanks to Bronac Ferran, Guy Haywood & Lizzie Fisher

MUU Helsinki re-issue “MUU For Ears” CD…

The CD features a “Rorschach Audio” pastiche by Disinformation, also Gaia B, Alice Evermore & Eavesdropper, Incite/, Helena Gough, Sami Klemola, Charlie Morrow, Jean-Marc Savic & Sinebag – 2nd edition now available…

AQNB reviews Rorschach Audio…

“Brilliant… critical, but open, playful, fresh… thought-provoking… fascinating”

John Locke on Illusions of Language…

“Vague and mysterious forms of speech, and abuse of language, have so long passed for mysteries of science; and hard or misapplied words with little or no meaning have, by prescription, such a right to be mistaken for deep learning and height of speculation, that it will not be easy to persuade either those who speak or those who hear them, that they are but the covers of ignorance and hindrance of true knowledge.” – John Locke (1632 to 1704)

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And special thanks to International Times for plugging the book!

The Two Ronnies – Deaf In The Trenches

As EH Gombrich described, “It is the story of the signaller who misheard the urgent message ‘Send reinforcements, am going to advance’ as ‘Send three & four pence, am going to a dance’.” (see “Rorschach Audio” book, pages 22 to 26, etc).

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Hack Circus podcast discussing Rorschach Audio

In conversation with Leila Johnston of the excellent neuro-sci-tech-art magazine Hack Circus, recorded 21 May 2014. “All psychology experiments are artworks, and all artworks are psychology experiments…” (remember where you read it first)…

“Rorschach Audio” book on sale at the London Review Bookshop, Norman Records (Leeds), The Inkwell (York) and Ti Pi Tin (London) [no links for the last 2 yet]… +


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