Documentation (Part III): MinXus- Lynxus Shooting Gallery Project with Ficus strangulensis & Diane Keys

Shotpo collaboration by Ficus strangulensis (West Virginia, USA) and Diane Keys (Illinois, USA)

Part III of the documentation of the MinXus-Lynxus Shooting Gallery Project presents the results of the Shotpo collaboration between visual poet Ficus strangulensis (Morgantown, West Virginia, USA) and Diane Keys aka DK & Queen of Trash (Elgin, Illinois, USA). As shown above, Ficus strangulensis applied Shotpo precision text-editing, minimalist reduction, and action art perfpo to produce these exciting new works based on Diane Keys’ Trashpo.

During the last two years, Diane Keys has become celebrated in the Eternal Network for her exciting work based on the Trashpo concept first pioneered circa 2005 by U.S.A. visual poet Jim Leftwich. The classical Leftwich Trashpo pieces were composed by placing wastebasket debris randomly on a scannerbed and then producing images. The random combinations of partial letters and numbers, words, phrases, number combinations – most  being artifacts of consumer and corporate culture – produced a radically disjunctive visual poetry. The Leftwich originals are probably best described as anti-art or anti-poetry.

Diane Keys is a compulsive collector of found material in the streets of Elgin. Much of her work is distinctive for D-Khaos: a complete lack of identifiable form and a pronounced disorganization. Yet her collages consistently display text that, while having no linear or rational meaning, present a compelling poetry (or anti-poetry).

The Diane Keys Trashpo sent to Ficus strangulensis for the Shotpo collaborations are transcriptions, perhaps best named translations, by De Villo Sloan (New York, USA) based on meticulous study of the original DK pieces.  Here is the original De Villo Sloan translation of Diane Keys’ “Protect Organic Energy” sent to Ficus:

Original text of “Protect Organic Energy” by Diane Keys. Photo courtesy of Ficus stranguensis. 

Along with all the other exciting discoveries that have resulted from this project, we must keep in mind that this work is also an important contribution to Holism. Ficus strangulensis has contributed important work related to hole process production to the MinXus-Lynxus collection of holes:

Target detail revealing Shotpo prosody. Photo courtesy of Ficus strangulensis.

Target revealing energy field trauma and negative silence signification. Photo courtesy of Ficus strangulensis

This collaboration has led MinXus-Lynxus to propose the theory of “Negative Silence” or “Sub-Silence” in the visual poetic text. We hope these lecture notes will suffice to elucidate the theory:

Shotpo analysis and negative silence lecture notes by De Villo Sloan

Theory aside, here is a transcription of the Ficus & DK version of “Protect Organic Energy”:

Transcribed version of “Protect Organic Energy” collaboration by Diane Keys and Ficus strangulensis

We hope you will agree with MinXus-Lynxus that as well as being viewed as anti-art by some it is possible to read these collaborations as works of beautiful lyric minimalism.

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Ficus strangulensis and Diane Keys Shotpo collab based on the DK classic “So They Will Not Stretch”

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Second part of Ficus strangulensis & Diane Keys’ Shotpo collab based on “So They Will Not Stretch”

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Shotpo prosody detail from “So They Will Not Stretch.” Image courtesy of Ficus strangulensis

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“So They Will Not Stretch” detail. Image courtesy of Ficus strangulensis

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“So They Will Not Stretch” detail. Image courtesy of Ficus strangulensis

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Ficus strangulensis and Diane Keys collab version of “So They Will Not Stretch”

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Second page of Ficus strangulensis and Diane Keys collab version of “So They Will Not Stretch”

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Untitled Shotpo collaboration by Ficus strangulensis and Diane Keys showing woodchuck target format 

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Shotpo scansion structure for untitled Ficus & DK collab. Image courtesy of Ficus strangulensis

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Additional documentation from Ficus Strangulensis

More material from the Shooting Gallery Project is forthcoming.

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MinXus-Lynxus First International Exhibition of Holes – Katerina Nikoltsou (Thessaloniki, Greece)

We are very pleased to put on display this new entry to the show, a fresh dispatch from MinXus Greece via Katerina Nikoltsou.

Holes that show…

Holes that frame.. slides…thread

Holes and anti-Holes

Holes on a string..

Those are great artislides, very photogenic and fun to handle. Many thanks Katerina for sending this beautiful work to the Exhibition, I am sure it will catch many of the visitors’ eyes.

MinXus-Lynxus First International Exhibition of Holes – Niklas Heed (Gothenburg, Sweden)

Special mail for Her Regal Majesty today, delivered hand to hand by the Wakoshi postman. I don’t know why he looked so amused, he should be used to delivering mail to the Empress that lives at Chuo 2-8-9-402 🙂

The cardboard swallows the art, says the package. And we can see several interesting circles already.

Inside, a circular note saying “This cardboard has been exposed to 5 mega electron volts X20. Therefore it is fragile and therefore, it can easily eat a variety of art.”

Well, some art has clearly been eaten, yes. Or engulfed. Very intriguing…

 Niklas kindly told us a little bit more about this piece. Using electron accelerators in his work, he can project electrons through a cannon-like device to make them hit and alter any material placed in front of it.

At high speed, the material becomes porous, which is what happened to this piece of cardboard and which is why it became so voracious. Niklas’ experimental parameters were carefully designed so as to reach a kind of equilibrium or perfect conditions for making holes. Had he altered the electrons’ speed even more, the material would have fallen apart as atoms get smashed off the board. A disappearing hole. A future hole. A self-eating hole, a bit like quicksand.

So we have a circular piece of cardboard containing an art-eating hole, made of millions of holes, that might swallow itself into a future hole. This, for sure, is a case of the highest interest for MinXus-Lynxus!

And I am not supposed to tell you this, but Niklas can also turn glass into jewels. Yes, it’s all true. You know where to find him…

Niklas, this is an outstanding contribution to the First International Exhibition of Holes, many thanks for this very unique piece.

MinXus-Lynxus Awards O.T.M. (Order of the Tangerine Mink) to E – Ambassador of Utopia (France) & Miss Theresa William Carlos Williams (USA)

MinXus-Lynxus First International Exhibition of Holes – Holalalism from Laurence Gillot (Nancy, France)

The other day I was saying that Holism wouldn’t work in French because hole translates as trou, a rather ugly word, and Holism would become Trouism, even uglier. But Laurence found a brilliant way around it by naming it Holalalism, which not only refers to holes but also sounds very French at the same time (don’t pronounce the H and you’ll see). Excellent, Laurence.

Look at this fantastic envelope, one could jump right into it!

Laurence is sending back her contribution to the Exhibition of Holes, and we are yet again in awe in front of our international artists’ creativity and ingenuity.
With this “tentative de rapprochement” two boats become one, fastened by a rivet-Hole. An attempted approach – not much doubt as to who initiated it – turned into success thanks to MinXus. We like your sense of humor, Laurence. This goes straight into the MinXus-Lynxus Catalog of Holes, many thanks for your brilliant participation!

Back by popular demand! Miss Theresa Williams (Bradner, Ohio, USA) & her most amazing zombie doll +! a tribute to “Uncle Tom” Eliot

Mail-art by Theresa Williams (Bradner, Ohio, USA)

We are absolutely voracious fans of Mr. Tom Clark’s blog, as in our estimation he is the only authentic poet remaining in the USA today. (We have some peculiar views.)

Please see Mr. Clark’s blog and a recent, most relevant post concerning Mr. Ezra Pound:

We even find ourselves some days preferring the company of the genuinely, dearly departed to the legions of the Living Dead – leading us to today’s ghoulish topic and Miss Theresa William Carlos Williams and her remarkable zombie doll.

Mr. Clark once commented in a blog insightfully about the pros and cons of being the “popular girl.” At MinXus-Lynxus, we are well aware of the perils of gaining a reputation as the popular girl on the block. (Mr. Olson advises: “Have nothing to do with it.” Yet sometimes our eyes stray from the task at hand to the record of visitors to our humble MinXus-Lynxus blog.

It is then we note our dear friend Miss Theresa William Carlos Williams is is indeed a “popular girl.” Our guest book soars whenever she graces us with mail and Dw can take time from mink ranch toils to scan and post.

So with a nod to dear friends and aspiring tenderfoots alike, we share a rare photo (above) received from none other than Miss Theresa Williams Carlos Williams. This is not so much a matter of giving “The People” what they want as offering a select group what they need.

Many will immediately recognize Miss Theresa’s Baby Ghoulio who made such an Eternal Network splash during the now-fading 2012 Halloween season.

Always thoughtful, Miss Theresa has imbued this Baby Ghoulio with “Redeeming Social Value” to meet the always high standards and impeccable tastes (as well as everyday low prices) of MinXus-Lynxus.

As with so many of us, the zombie baby’s existential crisis is sparked by an encounter with Mr. T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland.”

Reverse side of zombie baby mail-art from Miss Theresa William Carlos Williams

And the envelope:

Make sure to visit Miss Theresa’s letter project:

Not to imply a hasty “drive by” of our favourite Uncle Tom Eliot, but “The Wasteland” reminds us mostly of Mr. Ezra Pound. After all, he had the best hair.

Mail-art by Miss Theresa William Carlos Williams

The distinguished Mr. Pound is best known today, of course, for his role in Italian politics and for founding the St. Elizabeth’s Correspondence School in Washington, DC, which attracted so many notable participants from Mr. Ray Johnson’s alma mater – the long defunct Black Mountain College.

Who would guess that Mr. Pound was also once a poet of some note? And more – he assisted our sometimes wysterical Uncle Tom in editing “The Wasteland” from embarrassing ravings about his (Mr. Eliot’s) sexual inadequacies into properly annotated and dense verse still fit to be required reading for the inmates of high schools, colleges and universities and similar institutions.

What greater honour is there? (Of course the United States has chosen to honour the work of Mr. Ron Silliman and his contributions to democracy and capitalism through electronic installations that display his verse in bus terminal restrooms – or so we have been informed by a sometimes reliable source. Alas, we must be content to only dream of such laurels.)

We deeply appreciate this rare version of Baby Ghoulio and hope that he sparks reveries and deep insights.

“The Wasteland” – a collaboration, a collage, and a work ahead of its time anticipating the St. Elizabeth’s Correspondence School.

Thank you dearest Miss Theresa!

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