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The New York Times...
March 9, 2012 - Friday
Peter Bergman, Satirist With Firesign, Dies at 72
By PAUL VITELLO
Peter Bergman, a founding member of the surrealist comedy troupe Firesign Theater, whose albums became cult favorites among college students in the late 1960s and ’70s for a brand of sly, multilayered satire so dense it seemed riddled with non sequiturs until the second, third or 30th listening, died on Friday in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 72.
The cause was complications of leukemia, said Jeff Abraham, a spokesman for the group.
Mr. Bergman hosted an all-night radio call-in show on KPFK in Los Angeles beginning in 1966, “Radio Free Oz,” which served as the testing ground for the high-spirited Firesign sensibility. Phil Austin and David Ossman, two other founders of the four-man group, were the producer and director of the show; the fourth founder, Phil Proctor, was a frequent guest.
“We started out as four friends, up all night, taking calls from people on bad acid trips and having the time of our lives,” Mr. Austin said in a phone interview Friday. “And that’s what we always were: four friends talking.”
Mr. Bergman and his friends recorded their first album, “Waiting for the Electrician or Someone Like Him,” in 1968, followed the next year by “How Can You Be in Two Places at Once When You’re Not Anywhere At All?”
By 1970, their mordant humor and their mastery of stereophonic recording techniques had made them to their generation of 20-somethings what Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are to today’s (if Mr. Colbert and Mr. Stewart had a weakness for literary wordplay, psychedelic references and jokes about the Counter-Reformation).
Their records employed sound effects in ways considered pioneering in audio comedy at the time. More generally, they were considered important forerunners of comedy shows like “Saturday Night Live.”
Ed Ward, writing in The New York Times in 1972, described the third Firesign album, “Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers,” as “a mind-boggling sound drama” and a “work of almost Joycean complexity.”
“It’s almost impossible to summarize any Firesign album,” Mr. Ward wrote, because most of their albums were so filled with “intricate wordplay, stunning engineering and use of sound effects, breakneck pacing and, of course, a terribly complex story line.”
When the Library of Congress placed “Don’t Crush That Dwarf” in its National Recording Registry in 2005, The Los Angeles Times described Firesign Theater as “the Beatles of comedy.”
Mr. Bergman told people the ensemble’s albums, unlike most comedy records, were never made to be listened to just once or twice. “He said our records were made to be heard about 80 times,” Mr. Austin said.
While the ensemble continued making albums for three decades, Mr. Bergman also wrote and produced several one-man shows, including “Help Me Out of This Head,” a 1986 monologue-memoir that drew on his childhood in Cleveland. He also wrote interactive games, including a CD-ROM parody of the popular adventure video game MIST.
Mr. Bergman was born on Nov. 29, 1939, in Cleveland, one of two children of Oscar and Rita Bergman. His parents hosted a radio show in Cleveland when he was growing up, “Breakfast With the Bergmans.” His father also worked as a reporter for The Plain Dealer.
Mr. Bergman graduated from Yale and taught economics there as a Carnegie Fellow. He later attended the Yale School of Drama as a Eugene O’Neill playwriting fellow. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s to pursue a writing career.
He is survived by a daughter, Lily Oscar Bergman, and his sister, Wendy Kleckner.
Mr. Bergman got a taste of radio work when he was in high school, according to a biography on Firesign Theater’s official Web site. But he lost his job as an announcer on the school radio system, it said, “after his unauthorized announcement that the Chinese Communists had taken over the school and that a ‘mandatory voluntary assembly was to take place immediately.’ Russell Rupp, the school principal, promptly relieved Peter of his announcing gig. Rupp was the inspiration for the Principal Poop character on ‘Don’t Crush That Dwarf.’ ”
Firesign Theatre/Columbia Records
Clockwise from far right, Peter Bergman, Phil Austin, Phil Proctor and Dave Ossman of the Firesign Theater in 1970.
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Los Angeles Times...
Beatles photographer Robert Whitaker dies at 71
October 2, 2011, 11:19 a.m.
LONDON (AP) — Photographer Robert Whitaker, who shot some of the most famous — and infamous — images of The Beatles, has died at the age of 71.
Whitaker's friend, photo archivist Dave Brolan, said he died of cancer Sept. 20 in Sussex, southern England.
Whitaker took scores of well-known pictures of The Beatles, including the controversial "butcher" cover of the 1966 American album "Yesterday and Today."
The image of the Fab Four in white coats surrounded by decapitated dolls and slabs of raw meat proved too strong for record company Capitol, which ordered the cover withdrawn soon after the album's release.
The record was rereleased with an inoffensive picture of the band sitting on a steamer trunk. Originals are coveted by collectors and can sell for thousands of dollars.
Whitaker — a fan of surrealism — later said the image was a meditation on fame and an attempt to shake up the band's image, inspired by a dream "about The Beatles being ripped to shreds by all these young girls when they came out of a stadium."
Born in Harpenden, southern England in 1939, Whitaker emigrated to Australia in his early 20s and was working as a photographer in Melbourne when The Beatles visited the country in 1964. He was assigned to photograph manager Brian Epstein for the Jewish News; Epstein was so impressed with the resulting image of himself adorned with peacock feathers that he offered Whitaker a job as staff photographer for his company, NEMS.
The job involved photographing "Merseybeat" acts including Cilla Black and Gerry & The Pacemakers, as well as capturing The Beatles — onstage, backstage, in planes and hotel rooms and all manner of locations — over more than two years. He covered the band's final world tour in 1966 and took the pictures used on the collage-style cover of the "Revolver" album.
After parting company with The Beatles, Whitaker photographed Mick Jagger on the sets of the films "Performance " and "Ned Kelly," helped create the psychedelic cover for Cream's "Disraeli Gears" album and worked on the influential underground magazine Oz.
Increasingly wary of being pigeonholed as a "pop" photographer, Whitaker moved into news, covering the Vietnam War and other conflicts for publications including Time and Life. He also spent time photographing his artistic hero, Salvador Dali.
In the 1970s he moved to the English countryside, where he farmed and raised cattle.
Whitaker compiled several books of his Beatles photographs, including "The Unseen Beatles" and "Eight Days a Week."
He is survived by his wife, Sue, and three children. Funeral details were not immediately available.
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“Tribute to René” is a two-minute animated short art film, a collaborative creation by Box of Toys Audio with flipEvil design studio. The composition is a tribute to the Belgian surrealist artist, René Magritte, which is a bespoke piano piece in and around the dream-like state of the visuals.
Magritte became well known for his paintings that challenged observers’ perceptions of reality and forced viewers to become more sensitive to their surroundings. His works constantly play with reality and illusion, displaying a juxtaposition of ordinary objects in an unusual context and giving new meanings to familiar things.
This piece includes colorful pictures, a photo-gallery and the short film.
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. . . .what can you say,.....its surreal.
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Short film about Collective unconscious.
Back in the November...when I first have discovered meaning of the term I got absolutely fascinased by it and I have read many articles about it.
In that time I was also reading a book Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse and that inspired me as well so I decide to make a short film about an intelectual who is strugling from the harschness of the modern age, who is trying to explain the term with his chaotic thoughts.
The idea of the film is that every person is sharing his individual process of thinking.
Camera: Panasonic GH1
Lenses: Basic lens, Pentacon auto 2.8/29
Sound: Zoom H4nShort film about Collective unconscious. Back in the November...when I first have... more
This is pure eye candy, folks. Get ready to ogle at Corinthian columns, inside-out rings, and the most amazing strawberry quartz flowers we've ever seen.
http://brokeandbeautiful.com/2010/ring-around-the-surrealism/This is pure eye candy, folks. Get ready to ogle at Corinthian columns, inside-out... more
“Asparagus” is a stunning animated short film created by Suzan Pitt, a matted-cel work that film critics have hailed as a visionary masterpiece and one of the most lavish and wondrous animated short films ever made. “Asparagus” is the now classic film that assured Pitt’s reputation as a major American animator. After taking four years to make, “Asparagus”, completed in 1979, won awards around the world, including First Prize at the Oberhausen Film Festival in Germany and awards at Ann Arbor, Baltimore and Atlanta Film Festivals in the United States.
Pitt went on to produce a number of other notable animation projects, as well as to design the first two operas to include animated images for the stage (“Damnation of Faust” and “The Magic Flute”) in Germany. In addition, she created large multimedia shows at the Venice Biennale and at Harvard University. A former Associate Professor at Harvard University, Pitt has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship and three production grants from the National Endowment of the Arts. She presently teaches in the Experimental Animation Program at the California Institute of the Arts.
“Asparagus” is designed like a Pandora’s box, opening up visions into the depths of a woman’s inner world, merging sensual and surrealistic imagery conceived in the form of a Freudian dream. Its mythical visual narrative and dreamscape focuses on erotic metaphors and intellectual references that reflect a thoughtful manner of artistic creativity deeply imbued with the vital nexus between formal experimentation and the exploration of the obscure, dark forces that lurk behind human psyche and praxis.
Defying analytic efforts since the 1980s, “Asparagus”, arguably Pitt’s finest work, is a deeply symbolic reflection on issues of female sexuality, art and identity, and that’s probably as far as one can go. The visual narrative is as lavish and vibrant as it is elusive and hermetic, and Pitt’s claim that “Asparagus” was not designed with an intention to be reflected upon but rather to be emotionally experienced seems reasonable in the face of immense interpretive difficulties raised by the struggle between its unstoppable flow of onirical but culturally familiar imagery, as well as our equally untamed desire for exegetical decomposition.
This piece includes a number of colorful illustrations, a slide show and the acclaimed animated short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2010/10/09/asparagus-an-erotically-surreal-dream-inside-pandoras-box/“Asparagus” is a stunning animated short film created by Suzan Pitt, a... more
Stunning range of Surrealist art. Must see.
http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibition/5:368/18379Stunning range of Surrealist art. Must see.... more
----The trailer for Sucker Punch that premiered to a benerdbonered audience at San Diego Comic-Con has been released online, and holy crap I’m suddenly interested in this movie. Dragons, Samurai, space travel, and flaming steampunk zeppelins have that effect on me, and I suppose the sexy character posters below might also get somebody’s attention. It’s directed and co-written by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) and stars Emily Browning, Carla Gugino, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, Scott Glenn, and Jamie Chung.
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Surrealistic paintings of technology and the human life from Japan.
More at: http://www.tetsuyaishida.jp/gallery/
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Surrealism has always been a controversial tendency in the history of paintings. On the one hand, it's worshiped for its out-of-this-world look and delirious themes, easy to please. On the other hand, it also raises a legion of slanderers.The latter point out their lack of subtlety and rationality, outshined by its spectacular effects. For better or for worse, surrealist paintings seem to be making a comeback, through the hands of Russian artist Vladimir Kush who, inspired by Bosch, Magritte and Dalí, creates paradoxal and fantastic images of detailed and realist look.
Read more: http://obviousmag.org/en/archives/2007/09/vladimir_kush_surrealism_and_illusion.html#ixzz0n9MjjsBi
http://obviousmag.org/en/archives/2007/09/vladimir_kush_surrealism_and_illusion.htmlSurrealism has always been a controversial tendency in the history of paintings. On... more
Freddy’s back, and the Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast has him in its sights. Is the new A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET a dreamscape of unspeakable terrors, or is it a big snooze guaranteed to induce micronaps? What’s up with those dour teens? Why are their parents so oblivious? And how big a distinction should be make between the old ”child killer” Krueger and the new ”child molester” version? These and other questions will be pondered, ruminated upon, delved into, and dissected by Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski.
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