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International Art Residency

  • August 6, 2017

I'm doing an artist residency at the Banff Centre fall 2017. (Artists, curators, critics, writers etc. from all around the world attend the Center to develop their work). I'm going to be doing the first stage of an infinite sculpture that is also a painting. That is also an installation. That is also an organism, a time crystal, a node, a mob, music, and a virus. A sculpture that is a function. This first stage will be ambitiously big, but it will grow even larger in scale as subsequent parts are made over time in other international settings or residencies. It will also morph in shape, and accrete...

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LOOM CODE: Pretty Rainbow Over Farm

  • March 20, 2012
LOOM CODE: Pretty Rainbow Over Farm

"Pretty Rainbow Over Farm", 96" x 60" (8" down to 6" relief on the 4 curves), oilstick on shaped aluminum. K.I.A., 2012. A glorious double-rainbow captured over a beautiful country farm, as information. The photo was translated via email (by a helpful textile company located in the eastern-bloc) into extensive Jacquard-card code. The thousands of squares were then hand-drawn/scratched/sanded/redrawn in many layers in metallic oilsticks on the curved aluminum. Jacquard cards were punch cards used in mechanical looms from the 1800s; they eventually led to the invention of computers....

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Mrs Major Tom ♡s Captain Kirk

  • September 9, 2011

Grammy-award winning singer Sheryl Crow is covering my song “Mrs Major Tom”  for the William Shatner project “Seeking Major Tom”. “Mrs Major Tom” continues the story of Major Tom (from David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and “Ashes to Ashes” and later, Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom”) -- but now told from the point of view of the wife left at home. The song was first released on my album “Adieu Shinjuku Zulu” as K.I.A., and later on the downtempo/chillout best-of release “DXLR8” under both of my nom de tunes K.I.A. , and Shinjuku Zulu. The track features the haunting...

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Song Stories: Shinjuku and K.I.A. Pt 3

  • January 15, 2009

[music musings from the archives, for the record] Stopping... and Sleep Sleep at iTunes "Did you hear about those people who got killed at the bus stop?" someone at the table next to me had just asked me. The man was pointing with a tobacco-stained finger to the newspaper on his table. The lead story was about how a bus had gone out of control in the snow and had run over a father and his son. "You know, I hit a deer once." He slowly lifted his cup and took a sip of his Dunkin Donuts coffee, and continued. "With my truck, on the highway. It was raining, nighttime, all of a sudden...

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Song Stories: Shinjuku Zulu and K.I.A. Pt 1

  • January 11, 2009

[music musings from the archives, for the record]   Someone Great and... Tuktuyuktuk to Timbuktu “Tuktuyuktuk to Timbuktu on iTunes” I think figure-skating rules have been applied to the new release by LCD Soundsystem. That is, the judges (critics) were so pre-disposed to love it that they graded it higher than it actually should have been. Unlike a lot of music writers, overall I think the CD is a disappointment, and it leaves me a bit flat. But having said that, is does have one fantastic song: "Someone Great". It really is terrific, and here's why: it's not ironic,...

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