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The Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, which has an eclectic exhibition of films, videos, installation works and other things has extended their call for new work.  See this for information.  Their exhibition has been going on some time, and I’ve had a number of things shown with it.  It now occurs at the Pompidou and Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Reina Sofia museum in Madrid as well at the Cinematheque Espanol, and in Berlin at the Haus der Kulteren Welt – all first rate settings.    The deadline is September 10th, and the exhibition in France begins in November.  In the past they have highlighted the likes of Pedro Costa, Straub, and many others.   If you have something you think suitable, do send a.s.a.p.


Berlin, old Kommie KitschMadrid

Ed Ruscha

School is officially over, we’re packed and out the door in 9 hours, headed to Incheon for a long flight via Doha to Rome.  A few days there, hoping to see some friends, then Bologna a few days and to Lisbon, Portugal where the Cineteca will screen my films for 3 evenings, July 7, 8 and 9:   Homecoming and OUI NON,  and 6 Easy Pieces and Passages.  The latter was made for my daughter Clara whom I would hope to see as she lives in Lisbon, but I am sure her mother, Portuguese director Teresa Villaverde, will make sure they are hidden far away.   We move on then to Madrid, where the Cineteca Espanol also has scheduled 3 evening of screenings, July 14, 15 and 16.  They’ll show La Lunga Ombra, Parable, Passages, and Over Here.    From Spain we go back to Italy for a wedding in Matera and then about a month moving slowly in Sicily, hopefully shooting something.

In the meantime, until September, I imagine postings here and at will be rather fewer, but check in once in a while.  Meantime we’ll hope against hope that the Deepwater Horizon disaster does not, as I anticipate, amplify with the hurricane season now upon the Gulf, or a failure of the 2 relief wells, or the other possible mutations spelled out here before.   For the folks on the Gulf, let’s hope it gets stopped.  And then let’s hope this perfectly natural consequence of the cowboy capitalism championed by some makes perfectly clear it doesn’t work and needs to be stopped dead in its tracks before it wrecks the globe further.

Happy summer if possible.

[Before diving directly into the tea leave readings, a little notice: there’s a new post on Clara’s blog, and I invite you to read it:]

And then while you can, if in New York go to see Leighton Pierce’s installation, Agency of Time (Outside In) at La Viola Bank Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NY NY 10002. (F Train to E Bwy). Up until Oct 18. It is a wonderful piece which I reported on here when it was up at the Sheldon Museum in Lincoln Nebraska

Agency of Time, (Pt 1); Leighton Pierce


And now to the inscrutable tea leaves.


The other week, as a little experiment in internet structure – I guess I could read a book about it but I’m more inclined to do a hands-on process instead – I posted some lurid words and images, to see if there would be a flood of hits for such things. As I recall, a few weeks after I noted that the avalanche never came (better watch my language). But here it is now a month or more since posting these items and I note an incremental bit of net poetry along this line:

picture of murdered samuel boob penis erigiert big boobs erected penis guy porn bigboobs boobs falling out what to wear with big boobs erected cock free picture of boobs and girls middls porn big bobs and seat girl big boobs for paul red head big boobs sex big boobs penis 3d explicit porn 8 inch penis 3-d model of penis madison scott boobs big juicy boobs big strong boobs

At the same time, the number of hits to Cinemaelectronica took a major leap, though it would seem a sizable number come from interest in either Iran/Tehran, as this consistently gets a high number of hits, often the highest, or maybe interest in various spellings of Molotov Cocktail, of which a how-to diagram was shown on the Tehran Report page.

ahmadinijad after election



How to read this is a bit of a question: my guess, certainly an uneducated one in terms of ways-of-the-net, is that there remains a constant interest in what is going on in Iran, however much mainstream US press has lost interest in it. (It perked up again last week when there was a visible demonstration.) Coupled with the interest in cocktails of the non-drinkable alcoholic kind, I’d guess there is some kind of tangible resistance brewing. Perhaps in Tehran, perhaps elsewhere in the world. And also I vaguely suspect that this site, bothering to report at all on matters in Iran, perhaps owing to its title, has slipped by whatever censorship mechanisms might be blocking more obvious sources of information – so perhaps Cinemaelectronica is accidentally a conduit of some useful information for some who can’t get it more directly.

Speaking of which, it certainly seems that in Iran the government is having a much harder time wrestling the opposition into submission that apparently was expected. It seems the hard-line side is somewhat diminished in numbers, and is hence harder on its line. From what I’ve read a sizable number of important members of the clerical element – very important in Iran – have sided with either moderation or the opposition. So the heavy-hand of the authorities, or more exactly, the “authoritarians,” has gotten heavier in customary fashion: if they are hesitant to lock up a big name clergyman or politician they lock up their children or other family members. A sure sign of weakness masquerading as power.

If the very scarce tea leaves I’ve been able to find on this are in the least indicative of anything, I imagine the Ahmadinejad government is likely to collapse in perhaps 6 months. Whether owing to a violent upheaval or to slow termite work, I wouldn’t know, though I would bet on the latter first. It seems in terms of Iranian culture and politics the government has lost all credibility, the prior sanctity of the Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hoseyni Khāmene’i has been slurried with his crude entry into street politics of the worst kind and the aura is off. It’s now down to vested interests in the military and clergy trying to hold on to what they have – which is evidently a lot of economic control and wealth. Sound familiar?

On that note I must stop and go attend to the real work at hand: editing on Swimming in Nebraska and Piccoli Miracoli as well as trying to think about and organize new film here in Seoul, for which I’ve now 3 actors, plus a few other on-camera people, and a few places to shoot in. We start on Friday with first scene.


It’s been time enough to take stock of the leaves, and as it turns out porn does not rule the Bushian Tubes.  Or perhaps it does, somewhere else, but not here.  My feeble effort to evoke a flood of dirty inquiries failed, and the only indication is a tired old one, “guy porn.”   Otherwise it’s more or less the usual, which makes me wonder just what it means.  Tehran Report consistently tops the listing.  Then comes London #’s 1 & 2.  And then various painters and artists and architects – Guston, Cornell, Rogers.   And no sudden lurch into lascivious hits.   So I now know, perhaps, a little more about how the nets work, as GW would say. It’s dirty work, but somebody’s got to do it.


So as Tehran is a topic of active concern, some glancing thoughts that way.  Clearly, to the American press, Iran has retreated to the Op-Ed pages, as the visual stimulus of riots on the streets no longer offers the juicy materials for coverage.  Show-trials were passingly mentioned, but being dull affairs, they got their little political mentions from the OpEd guys, but little more.  Iran is left to sort itself out, minus the glare of US TV and pundit-heads.   Which, of course, is not to say there’s nothing going on.  Just that what’s going on doesn’t sell advertising anymore.  Blood and riots and killings, yes; more subtle maneuvers, no.  But, reading the tea leaves we’re given the chance to see it seems there’s a conflict there, one which reveals itself in the statements and machinations of the Ayatollahs of Qum, and the comments of major politicians.  It’s like the old Soviet days of Kremlinology.  Clearly some cat was let out of the bag, and no amount of official obfuscation can hide the truth.  Beneath the surface clearly a lot is going on, though I’d be the last to fathom it. It’s happening discreetly, behind a veil of cultural differences we can’t really pretend to understand.  It just know there’s a consistent interest in molotov cocktails.

Just as I suppose it is hard for those outside America to fathom the reckless auto-destructive actions of the domestic US Right, which is trying its damnedest to make a leap to out-and-out All American Fascism, the old Red White and Blue wrapped around a Bible, and trampling all over the “just a piece of paper” Constitution.  The discord is shrill and the contrast from the Bush-times cordoned “free speech” areas to the present gun-toting shriekers is at the least grimly amusing.  How this is perceived by far away foreign eyes must be something.  About as clear as a sandstorm in Kenya:

kenya sandstorm

Back in the USA summer is over, and the political fires resume.  Obama goes on TV to sell some kind of health care reform, though the waters on this are now so muddied as to have left the field wide open for the Right’s dire simplicities.   Terminating Grandma !  Death panels !  Socialism !   And while it would be useful to have a real discussion on the actualities of so-called health-insurance-for-profit, this pretty much has gone by the wayside.  Just like talking about having a huge population in a desert area lacking in water where certain things are as predictable as sunrise:




One wonders when The Great SoCal Exodus will begin?   The fire department now says they think this fire was started by an arsonist, which seems reasonable.  But then when the official rate of unemployment nationally reaches 9.7% (though this figure is a fantasy), and California’s rate is far higher “officially” and at the same time banks bailed out to the tune of trillions of public money are back in gear, pumping out obscene bonuses to their top honchos, is it any wonder there might be some angry alienation ready to set fire to the national tinderbox?

bernanke gives the fingerBernanke gives the bird?

A bit of unhappy news:  a friend of mine since 1967, Jim Dennett, died on August 28th,  from lung cancer.  He was 75, and had had a good life, working as a production manager and such in Chicago and Hollywood.  He put me up a handful of times when I needed a place to crash, and way early he and Mike Gray let me use their editing bench in Chicago.   And on September 3, Alexis Tioseco and his girlfriend, Nika Bohinc, both film critics – he from the Philippines and Canada, and she from Slovenia, were murdered in their home near Manila.  Apparently an inside-job robbery as motivation.  I’d met Alexis and corresponded with him – a nice guy, smart, and energetic.  He was 28; she was 29.   The story is even sadder than this: Nika was scheduled to return to Slovenia the next day….

If anyone is interested, I have posted detailed steps as how to compile your own Open Source video editor, In this case both Blender and Cinelerra.

Please check these links. If you need any help please write to me. They work marvelous as I have cut a few short and long films on them.

The instructions are for Linux Fedora10 but can easily be utilized for other distributions such as Ubuntu and ArchLinux etc.

Compiling production ready Blender 3D and Cinelerra nonlinear video editor in Fedora
Compiling Cinelerra
Compiling Blender 2.5 (alpha builds)


tea leaves

Since starting Cinemaelectronica as a blog I’ve been able to track to some degree the internet search methodology which seems to guide people to a given site.  For example, since posting the items on Tehran, I’d say the number of hits on average have been doubled, with the new ones concentrated mostly on those two items labeled Tehran #1 & #2.  On a more detailed level there have been a lot of hits for various spellings of Molotov cocktail, as on one of the Tehran posts was printed a diagram on how to make one.   There seem to be a handful a day of these.  Likewise, though I don’t know which images or words prompted the hits, there are daily a handful of porn oriented looks.  Perhaps from the items on Aureaus Solito’s film, Boy, or an image from Imburnal  This random array of looks makes me wonder just what those searchers think when they arrive – are some hooked into other interests, or do they scurry on to the hard-core they need at the moment?   Do they get a bottle out of the closet and some rags and construct a little flame bomb?   Or, on a deeper level, does the spike in molotov cocktail hits suggest an underlying political impulse?  In Iran or elsewhere?  Or is it a police swoop?

As a little probe, maybe the posting of something like big boobs:


would bring in a few hundred quickly disappointed lurkers.

Or cockncuntor hot cock


I would guess the hits once this has been posted will tilt wildly to the porn side of things.  Or, to make matters messier, perhaps a listing of  American Right Wing buzz words would bring in a flush of others:

Obama = Nazi

Obama = Socialist

medical reform = socialism

blackwater heli over baghdad

Of course, if we’re not careful one of Blackwater’s helicopters might swoop down for a bit of extreme renditioning.  Though these days it would be XE’s helicopter as the privatized military force which Blackwater was has done a name change, though the policies remain the same.   As the slow curdle of the recent past comes boiling up, the top scum has them engaged in out-sourced torture and assassinations for the CIA, the better to absolve Uncle Sam for responsibility for “bad” things.   It is against the law for the American government to engage in assassinations.  Erik Prince, its former CEO of Blackwater/XE should maybe commence to look over his shoulder, if he, by nature of his business, did not start doing so some time ago.

Much of the traffic also seems to come by cultural surfing:  lots of Joel Sternfeld, Vermeer, Guston, Basquiat, Koons…




Or in architecture, hits for Foster, Richard Rogers

ghurkin foster

In a few days I’ll leave Matera behind for now, fly to Seoul.  Another teaching term arrives and lots to do.  For the moment we leave the tea-leave reading to others.



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July 25, 2008

Shifting over from, forum which had a nice run of 8 or so years, thought to skip the $250 a year fee for something that seems to have devolved into a kind of blog, and do it here instead.  So, welcome to a new leaf in cinemaelectronica, where I’ll post things on arts, culture, politics, empire and whatever, and where I welcome a conversation, so please use the comments section.

So to kick things off here, I thought the above combo found in today’s newspaper offered a succinct view of America in the Time of Bush.