The only positive thing about insomnia is that you can be pretty productive. Granted, you'll go through the next 24 period in a half-dream trance state, but at least you can feel good about accomplishing things while youre not sleeping. Like watching awesome horror movies.
My friend sent me a link to this the other night at 5am. I think we need a deck of these at the VC HQ, in times when mental breakthroughs are needed. The new 5th addition is out. I'd try to describe them, but it seems pages have been written on every possible meaning. Gregory Taylor on rtqe.net has been doing a lot of work on The Oblique Strategies.
The Oblique Strategies are a deck of cards. Up until 1996, they were quite easy to describe. They measured about 2-3/4" x 3-3/4". They came in a small black box which said "OBLIQUE STRATEGIES" on one of the top's long sides and "BRIAN ENO/PETER SCHMIDT" on the other side. The cards were solid black on one side, and had the aphorisms printed in a 10-point sans serif face on the other.
The deck itself had its origins in the discovery by Brian Eno that both he and his friend Peter Schmidt (a British painter whose works grace the cover of "Evening Star" and whose watercolours decorated the back LP cover of Eno's "Before and After Science" and also appeared as full-size prints in a small number of the original releases) tended to keep a set of basic working principles which guided them through the kinds of moments of pressure - either working through a heavy painting session or watching the clock tick while you're running up a big buck studio bill. Both Schmidt and Eno realized that the pressures of time tended to steer them away from the ways of thinking they found most productive when the pressure was off. The Strategies were, then, a way to remind themselves of those habits of thinking - to jog the mind.
It is not clear from any sources I've run across whether the cards were explicitly intended to be oracular at the outset - that is, whether or not Peter Schmidt and Eno necessarily saw them exclusively as a "single instruction/single response" kind of "game". The introductory cards included in all three versions of the first versions of the Oblique Strategies suggest otherwise. It seems clear, also, that the deck was not conceived of as a set of "fixed" instructions, but rather a group of ideas to be added to or modified over time; each of the three decks included 4 or 5 blank cards, intended to be filled and used as needed.
Hedi Slimane was the visionary behind Dior Homme until 2007.
Now he takes the most beautiful photographs. His portraits are really incredible, beautiful and sensitive, but his still lifes are just something else. You can spend hours going through his blog, these are just six of sixty-five (mostly) abstract images I pulled, there is endless inspiration. They look like textiles and paintings and drawings and memories.
Give yourself some time to look through HERE!
WOODSTOCK HANDMADE HOUSES (paperback)
by Robert Hanley, David Ballantine, Jonathan Elliot
My dear friend Anna showed me this book a while back when I was visiting her cottage up in Woodtsock. She found it at a local church sale for a few dollars. The next few hours were spent in a heavy trance, we were glued to the magical and and make-shift decorating genius that the book has to offer. It's truley one of the best interior books I've ever seen, so unconventional it's just plain weird. It covers all sorts of authentic ways to create shelter. Domes, wood, converted churches, dreamcatchers, yurts, stained glass, fingerpainted details, and fiber art galore. You can find it on Amazon.com...used.
From now on, We'll be posting VHS OF THE WEEK. The new category will include old favorites, new favorites, or free VHS tapes we find on stoops.
Our fist post is featuring "Putney Swope" by Robert Downey Sr.
VC loves Downey. He is known for his many underground cult classic oddities, including Pound (1970), Chafed Elbows (1966), and Greasers Palace (1972), among others.
Putney Swope is a classic, and in our New Media crazed environment it feels more relevant then ever.
We are very happy to add that Downey is the one celebrity that has attended consecutive Vena Cava shows, since the early days. We are always honored to have him and his lovely wife. If we could have a male muse, it would be Robert Downey Sr.
A wonderful appetizer of bone marrow at Minneta Tavern. I wish we saw Marrow more often on menues, it's a delicious treat left over from the Dark ages.
Our Crystalarium Fall 2009 collection is shipping to stores next week!!!
The collection was inspired by Crystal formations at the natural history museum. Just as different layers of minerals create different crystal forms and colors, we used materials of varying texture- velvet, metallic fringe, tie-dyed wool, rainbow sequins, holographic leather, chain, mohair and chiffon, to create varying layers of translucence. Our new prints include a photographic print of rainbow obsidian and a handrawn stalagtite print.