Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Recordism On The Web

Warning - nerd alert!

OK, this isn't going to mean much to you but it's a big deal to me. I just uploaded my first xhtml/css webpage (the index page at www.recordism.com) and had it verified by w3.org and it validated without any problems. Woohoo! Perfect code! Or, at least, acceptable code! Woohoo!

Well, it's a very simple page, pretty basic really...but it's a step in the right direction (i.e. getting my web design skills up to current web standards). I'm happy with it.

Yay!

- William

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Halloween Island

Halloween Island - new blog to document our ongoing adventures in collective artmaking. Halloween Island will also have the latest information on upcoming drawing parties and the like (which will still be posted here too).

- William

Monday, April 20, 2009

J.G.Ballard R.I.P.

Well, only a matter of days after posting news of Franklin Rosemont's passing, I find myself the bearer of sad news again. One of my favorite authors, J.G.Ballard, has died at age 78. The ideas (memes) found in Ballard's work and the unique and utterly enthralling character of his writing have not only inspired and informed my own artistic work but have had a major influence on much of the culture (or subculture) that I, and many of my friends and fellow artists, writers, musicians, etc., have enjoyed and participated in over the years. He will be sorely missed! Some obits follow:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/8007331.stm
http://www.cbc.ca/arts/books/story/2009/04/19/ballard-obit.html
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/8008277.stm (this article barely scratches the surface of Ballard's influence on "pop" music)
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/sameer_rahim/blog/2009/04/20/jg_ballard_remembered
http://www.boingboing.net/2009/04/19/rip-jg-ballard.html
http://www.ballardian.com/

- William

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Franklin Rosemont R.I.P.

The Recordists regretfully acknowledge the passing of Franklin Rosemont who died on Sunday, April 12 at the age of 65. Mr. Rosemont was a significant figure in contemporary Surrealism who, along with his wife Penelope, founded and led the long-running and influential Chicago Surrealist Group. Obituaries and commentary from the blogosphere can be found at the following links:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-hed-rosemont-15-apr15,0,4037892.story
http://anarchistnews.org/?q=node/7246
http://samizdatblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/death-of-surrealist-franklin-rosemont.html
http://pierrejoris.com/blog/?p=1089
http://www.redemmas.org/news/88/
http://www.justseeds.org/blog/2009/04/in_memoriam_franklin_rosemont.html
(many more articles and commentaries can be found by doing a web search)

- William

Friday, April 10, 2009

duo with Pau Torres

I will be playing this Sunday evening at Jamie's Area, a new(ish) gallery/venue in Toronto. The event is called "True Social Improv" and it's organized by Joda Clement/Abient Editions. My part of the evening will be a duo improvisation with Pau Torres. Details follow:

True Social Improv


Jesse Kudler / Chris Cogburn / Joda Clement / Chandan Narayan

Pau Torres / William Davison

Christopher Strickland / Tomasz Krakowiak / Steve McFarland


Sunday, April 12, 2009, 9pm


Jamie's Area

193 Augusta Ave., Toronto


$5 (pwyc)

More info at http://jamiesarea.org/
and http://abienteditions.com/

- William

Saturday, April 4, 2009

April Drawing Party!

Another drawing party at The Ossington. No live model this time, just good times! Bring your favorite drawing tools + stuff to draw on.

Monday, April 6, 2009 at 10:00pm
The Ossington
61 Ossington Ave.
Toronto, ON
Ph: 416-850-0161

- William