Today's Autonomedia Jubilee Saint – HERBERT READ


DECEMBER 4 — HERBERT READ
Distinguished British anarchist art critic.

DECEMBER 4, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
Nuremberg, Germany: KRIS KRINGLES’ FAIR.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 4 IN HISTORY…
1122 — Poet of wine, women and song Omar Khayyam dies.
1866 — Painter Wassily Kandinsky born, Moscow, Russia.
1875 — Poet Rainer Maria Rilke born, Prague, Austria-Hungary.
1893 — British anarchist art critic Herbert Read born, Muscoates Grange, Yorkshire.
1939 — Berkeley Tribe leader Stew Albert born, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY.
1969 — Black Panther “Chairman” Fred Hampton murdered by Chicago police.
1975 — Critic of totalitarianism Hannah Arendt dies, New York City.

Excerpted from The 2009 Autonomedia Calendar of Jubilee Saints: Radical Heroes for the New Millennium by James Koehnline and the Autonomedia Collective.

DAILY MAGPIE – First Saturday of the Month – YO DOO at The Cake Shop

Hear ye, hear ye! As the saying goes, “Our shop is your shop” at YO DOO, a new record/comic/small press/art fair happening EVERY MONTH on the first Saturday of the month at The Cake Shop. The fair’s organizers are currently looking for people who wish to sell their wares (record labels, self-publishers, comic book artists, printmakers and crafters of all kinds). Your ship of opportunity has arrived – jump on! The fair lasts all day, followed by live music and a party after night falls.

Date & Time: First Saturday of every month, Noon – 7pm
Venue: The Cake Shop
Location: 152 Ludlow St. (N.Y.)
Price: Free

For more info on renting a seller’s table, visit http://myspace.com/yodoonyc

Interview with M.I.A. from ARTHUR No. 16 (May 2005)

Originally published in Arthur No. 16

BOMP POP
Born in war-torn Sri Lanka and bred in London, rising star M.I.A.’s pop instincts, radical consciousness and proudly pan-ghetto sound have no easy origin. As the defiant singer/MC explains to Piotr Orlov, it’s both where she’s from and where she’s at. Cover photo by W.T. Nelson.

“The mask is the face.” – Susan Sontag, “On Style”

“I don’t have a side, I’m spread out but I’m a mile wide/I got brown skin but I’m a west Londoner, educated but a refugee” – M.I.A., “MIA”

What, if anything, do we look for in a “pop” star worth supporting? Or more to the point, what are we willing to put up with, besides some gratuitous chart-topping populism and the 15-minutes of media-saturated intrigue, of course? Do we have any right expecting pop stars—not to be confused with musical artists whom luck, trends, circumstance or one great tune propels towards the mainstream—to influence a greater cultural conversation? Pop is, after all, the most powerful global transmitter of ideas in the information age, receiving over the past fifty years equal credit for the democratic tilt of history (Ted Turner’s comment that Western cultural export helped bring down the Berlin Wall) and civilization’s moral decline (Elvis, Madonna, Gangsta Rap, et al.). So, what effect can be brought about by a beautiful young woman whose looks and dance moves, globally minded outlook, state-of-the-art sonics, and spirited attitude recall any number of recent kiddie-pop models—yet whose life experience is based not on driving-towards-stardom dreams and Mickey Mouse Club auditions, but a mix of Third World civil war fatigue and immigrant struggles, Western art-school opportunity and hip-hop generation rebellion, independent experience and mod cons?

Meet Maya Arulpragasam, a 28-year-old Sri Lanka-reared, London-educated singer/MC with the stage-name M.I.A., who is approaching her pregnant pop moment, that inexplicable period when a confluence of fates—real and manufactured, critical and social, art and market—align to create sensations, and, at times, freak cultural anomalies and paradigm shifts. Since late 2003, she’s released a steady stream of dancehall-meets-hip-hop-meets-pop singles (“Galang” and “Sunshowers” being the most prominent) and one mix-tape (“Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1,” co-produced by Philly DJ wunderkind Diplo), blowing up via underground and Internet delivery systems (MP3 bloggers adore her), setting record companies frothing trying to pick up the rights to her debut album, Arular. (One succeeded: The album has just been released by the indie XL, but will soon be worked by Interscope.)

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