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AMERICAN REMAINS Art Opening January 31 SeMeN SPeRmS & Nick Stewart

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AMERICAN REMAINS

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 31st from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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The salon at automatic sweat is pleased to announce American Remains, an exhibition of sculptures and installations by SeMeN SPeRmS and Nick Stewart.

The exhibition presents a collection of artifacts from a proposed mythology that straddles the indistinct line between American history and rural legend. Inspired by the decrepit highway-side nowhere towns of the southwest, the works offer warped satellite dishes and abandoned single-wide trailers as the weathered remnants of westward expansion. These ubiquitous emblems of a proud historical narrative about a prosperous America are presented alongside idiosyncratic icons of contemporary desert folklore, characterized by supernatural suspicion, eerie phenomena and UFO sightings.

Nick Stewart’s objects seek to excavate desert myth in the form of mutilated cattle hides shaped into six-pack-rings, which have been branded with a design that evokes both astral patterns and the corporate logo of an automobile manufacturer. Familiar objects such as a dented street lamp are distorted into paranormal forms, while satellite dishes specked with metal lesions , assume a watchful, almost anthropomorphic presence.

SeMeN SPeRmS sculptures reconstruct and reframe the desolate desert scape from a distance, dwarfing its earthly immensity and depriving it of anthropological context until the barren topography starts to seem post-apocalyptic, if not entirely lunar. The homespun style of his miniatures elude to a tradition of model hobbyists, while the bleak content matter disturbs the quaint escapism of toy model sets. The artists’ American desert is not an open expanse of freedom shaped by the antiquated tale of manifest destiny, but instead a barren celestial surface, a post-apocalyptic wasteland and government test-site.

American Remains considers the place of this contemporary American folklore within the historical narrative of the nation, forcing questions about the filters that parse national fact from fiction, Roswellian syndrome from national heritage. In this exhibit, the patriotic voices of the founding fathers are forced into direct dialogue with desert dwelling lunatics preaching about crop circles from the pages of the national enquirer. It is both a history text book and a camp fire story; a CNN headline and a wives tale muttered by the town drunk from his bar stool pedestal.
written by Claire Bargout

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Two Suns To Burn You

  • Weeks after a story shot across the Web claiming that the imminent explosion of a nearby star would result in the appearance of a second sun in the sky — a story that was later debunked — two suns were caught on camera yesterday in China. The suns — one fuzzy and orange, the other a crisp yellow orb — appeared side-by-side, one slightly higher than the other.
  • Earth could be getting a second sun, at least temporarily.

    Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, outlined the scenario to news.com.au. Betelgeuse, one of the night sky’s brightest stars, is losing mass, indicating it is collapsing. It could run out of fuel and go super-nova at any time.

    When that happens, for at least a few weeks, we’d see a second sun, Carter says. There may also be no night during that timeframe.

  • Suddenly another very loud scream from Shawna. “AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! OOOOOOOOOOWWWWW!” she shrieked as the shoulders came through, it felt like she was bursting, and this time she really tore. “UUUUUUUHHHHHHH! OOOOOwwwwwWWW-AAAAHHHH!!!”
    Once again the doctor pulled, and finally he managed to pull the baby out of Shawna’s vagina.
  • Though it may be hard to swallow, Hoover is convinced that his findings reveal fossil evidence of bacterial life within such meteorites, the remains of living organisms from their parent bodies — comets, moons and other astral bodies. By extension, the findings suggest we are not alone in the universe, he said.
  • We have SonyBMG taking administrator-level control of several million customers’ computers to prevent copying of mere music. European authorities mandating wiretapping capabilities of all telecom equipment. Car manufacturers installing remote kill switches in cars. Microsoft embedding the same type of kill switches in their software, along with Apple and Google doing the same to our phones. Intel embedding the same kill switches in processors. Amazon deleting books off our bookshelves.

    There is a blind trust in authority here that is alarming. The ever-increasing desire to know what we talk about and to whom is cause for more than concern, and that desire is displayed openly by corporations and politicians alike. To make matters worse, it is not just a matter of eavesdropping: corporations and politicians openly want – and get – the right to silence us.

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More Loko

    • He reported that he had just bought a small amount of what he thought was marijuana. The taste turned him off, so he called police to check it for him, said police Det. Donald Gmitter.
    • Snowballer.
      Thanks Patrick Nybakken.
    • Root Races are stages in human evolution in the esoteric cosmology of theosophist Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, as described in her book The Secret Doctrine (1888). These races were said to have existed on now-lost continents. Blavatsky’s model was developed by later theosophists, most notably William Scott-Elliot in The Story of Atlantis (1896) and The Lost Lemuria (1904). Annie Besant further developed the model in Man: Whence, How and Whither (1913). Both Besant and Scott-Elliot relied on information from Charles Webster Leadbeater obtained by “astral clairvoyance”. Further elaboration was provided by Rudolf Steiner in Atlantis and Lemuria (1913). Subsequent theosophist authors have called the time periods associated with these races, Epochs.
    • “It turns out there are proteins in seminal fluid, many of which transfer to the female after sex. Some of these proteins are warrior-like — they fight the sperm of rival males. Other proteins are like hypnotists — entering the female’s circulatory system, they may hormonally dampen her interest in sex with other males. Somewhat disturbingly, the more semen a female is exposed to, the more influence the male has over her reproductive tract and her mating behavior. Semen, it seems, has mind control properties.”
    • In Despommier’s “vertical farm,” vegetables and fruits would be grown hydroponically. There’d be lettuce on one floor, green beans on another, peppers in the penthouse. Hydroponics and a related technology called aeroponics use 70 to 95 percent less water than conventional farming does. Growing crops indoors allows for year-round production and guards against weather-related crop failure. Building vertical farms in the cities where most food is ultimately consumed would conserve fossil fuels needed for transport, curtail spoilage, and allow for the reforestation of land currently devoted to agriculture, thus offsetting carbon emissions and increasing biodiversity.
    • The scientists have conceived of a “spacetime cloak” which manipulates light and, in essence, conceals whole events from a viewer. The theory is based on censoring the flow of events, which we perceive as a stream of light particles, also called photons, that strike the retina. By exploiting a characteristic of fiber optics, the flow of photons can be slowed, events edited out and stitched back together, say the team from Imperial College London and Salford University, northwestern England.
    • British health officials are hard at work on a new app that will allow users to pee into their cell phones and find out within minutes if they have an STD.
    • A western Pennsylvania home will be demolished because it is so overrun with rats that they measure about a foot deep in spots.
      Thanks Ramone.

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    Dustward Transmission 7

    Inside look at megawords storefront project, landlords, hamburger eyes, mudd guts, happy hollow skate team, dustward chamber and more.
    Featuring Dustward Artists.
    Backing Track: IDT
    Additionial Sound provided by:
    SAJ w- Tim and Kenji
    Drugs Crew
    Esteban Potencias of Bum Rush
    A.D.A.V.

    Special ShoutOuts to:
    Irak Graffiti Gang
    Landlords Cycling Club
    Happy Hollow Skate Team

    F.A.Q.

    What is the Dustward?
    The Dustward is an intangible, intergalactic thread that connects and preserves all cultures, subcultures, secret organizations, and activities important to members of the Almighty Dustward Nation. Evidence of the Dustward is readily available in all aspects of life.

    Where is the Dustward located?
    Geographically the Dustward is located in an astral plane at the center-point of the pyramid formed between Downtown New York City, Germantown Philadelphia, and 24th Street in San Francisco.

    How can I get to the Dustward?
    Strong Meditation and Keen Focus. No Busters.

    Is the Dustward Art?
    No. Art compromises many aspects of the Dustward and members of the Almighty Dustward Nation produce artwork, but art is only one of many levels of the Dustward. You can sometimes find art in museums or galleries.

    Is the Almighty Dustward Nation an Art Collective?
    No, the Dustward is more than art and the Nation is in no way a collective-It is a NATION. Art collectives are usually found in and around colleges, perhaps you can find one there.

    Is the Almighty Dustward Nation and the Dustward the same thing?
    No. The Nation is only a small physical manifestation of the Dustward. The Dustward is an expansive force that existed long before the concrete manifestation of the Almighty Dustward Nation. The Nation acts to pay tribute to and propagate the Dustward.

    What does the Almighty Dustward Nation do?
    What we do is secret.

    Is there a way I can become part of the Nation?
    No, not right now.

    My friend said he is in the Dustward, but I didnt see him on this list of names I saw one time on the internet, is he really in the Dustward?
    Maybe. There are many people who represent the Dustward Nation but are not listed on official lists. Its also in the Nations best interest to have a chapter of clandestine membership. Many people not in the A.D.N. created the Dustward. So your friend might not be a liar. Or maybe s/he is, a liar.

    My friend is in the Almighty Dustward Nation, but Im not- why?
    You need to look in a mirror and ask yourself that question.

    Wait what is the Almighty Dustward Nation?

    A social club of like minded individuals interested in Community Involvement and Betterment of Modern Society and Culture via the usage of all forms of media, recreation, technology, craftmanship and construction.

    Is the Almighty Dustward Nation a political organization?
    No, the ADN does not support any political ideiology, except for our motto Do You

    Are any musical acts associated with the Almighty Dustward Nation?
    Bum Rush, IDT and Drugs Crew

    Is there a Dustward Store?
    No.

    Can I buy a T-shirt for the Dustward?
    No.

    Can I buy a T-Shirt for the Almighty Dustward Nation?
    Yes.

    I see people wearing all these t-shirts for hamburger eyes, duffed out, megawords, the dustward and mudd guts, where can I get one?

    Theyre out there, but you cant get them. Or can you? Check http://thewormholes.org first, second make your own. Third, contact: info@duffedout.com

    Is the Almighty Dustward Nation affiliated with any organizations I should know about?
    The Landlords Cycling Club, Happy Hollow Skate Team, Irak Graffiti Gang, and the Wave Terrorists Surf Crew.

    Are there any Dustward Publications?

    All Almighty Dustward Nation Members produce their own publications most notably Megawords, Hamburger Eyes, and Duffed Out. Almighty Nation Dustward catalogs are available to informed peoples.

    I really want to see and or book a Dustward Exhibition, how do I do it?

    Email: info@duffedout.com, get your check book out, grab a pen. Proceed.

    Wheres that Wreck Center book and tv show?

    Contact info@offbowery.com

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