Bright Shiny Morning

Bright Shiny Morning

author: James Frey

name: Steev

average rating: 3.74

book published: 1970

rating: 5

read at: 2013/12/04

date added: 2013/12/05

shelves: novels, fun, own-it

This book proves that Frey was not a flash-in-the-pan with "A Million Little Pieces." Here he takes the same intense and emotional style turned to focus on the city of Los Angeles and a variety of fictional but very realistic inhabitants. I kept wanting the various little story threads to somehow intersect, which is one thing that drives the book forward. The structure is a neverending alternation between various historical and statistical factoids about the city and various characters, mostly newly arriving in the city and trying to set up a life for themselves. Some of the characters Frey keeps coming back to and building a plot, others you only see once and then never again. It's a bit dizzying and sometimes frustrating but ultimately forms an experience that is gripping and wise. It makes me glad I moved away from L.A. as soon as I did, although the book also makes me kind of want to move there.

To Stretch Our Ears, November 20, 2013

The first 23 minutes of an evening of improvised, envelope-pushing performance. Musicians were Clark Coolidge, John Melillo, Conor Gallaher, Michael Dauphinais, and Prabjit Virdee. Video projections by Steev Hise.

Venue: Chax Press, Tucson Arizona.

This video is a mix of the live footage of the event and the recorded video stream from my video software, Resolume Arena, which itself included feeds from 2 cameras pointed at different parts of the stage.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: music, video, experimental, avant garde, improv, improvisation, noise, vj and live cinema

Book Addiction

This is a list of many books i've listed on my Goodreads "wishlist" shelf.

I already have so many books waiting to be read. I think I need to start speed-reading, or skimming. or something. Read more>>>

South Tucson Video

This is a short video I worked on a few months ago with Creatista, funded by Primavera Foundation.

I was one of 2 cameramen on the project, shooting with my Panasonic AF100. The other camera was a Red Scarlet. (Can you tell which shots are which?)
It's great to see it all come together when I only work on the production end and am not involved with post-production. It almost feels like magic. Anyway, it was a fun thing to be involved with and I'm glad I was part of it.

John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)

John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)

author: David Wong

name: Steev

average rating: 3.96

book published: 2007

rating: 5

read at: 2013/11/20

date added: 2013/11/22

shelves: fun, novels, own-it

This is the kind of book I just don't want to put down. It's hilarious, a bit scary, profound, and profane. In the middle of fighting zombies and mutants and demons, the narrator throws around some great wisdom as well as some comedic slacker banality. It's brilliant, and once you pick it up and open it to the first page, you won't need me or anyone else to persuade you that it's worth reading. You'll just keep reading.

Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It

Crazy for God: How I Grew Up as One of the Elect, Helped Found the Religious Right, and Lived to Take All (or Almost All) of It Back

author: Frank Schaeffer

name: Steev

average rating: 3.55

book published: 2007

rating: 4

read at: 2013/11/09

date added: 2013/11/09

shelves: spirit-self, own-it, politics


a little glitchsnippet

Recent experiments with Resolume Arena and a QuNeo have yielded this sort of thing, which I quite like and am therefore sharing with you, intrepid viewer.

Video source material is footage I shot of boopers and other audio gear used by Mark Hosler of Negativland. Sound created by me, with Audiomulch.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: video art, negativland, live cinema, glitch, experimental, noise, resolume, queneo, audiomulch and gear

How to Be Alone

How to Be Alone

author: Jonathan Franzen

name: Steev

average rating: 3.62

book published: 2002

rating: 5

read at: 2013/10/20

date added: 2013/10/21

shelves: spirit-self, own-it, art

A variety of essays from the mid-90s up through 2002, some of these are kind of too outdated to be of very much use, but others are timeless, and of those many ring eerily and still painfully true even though Franzen was talking about an earlier, less extreme version of an issue we're still facing today (the plight of the publishing industry, the dismal state of literature and reading, the polarization of politics, to name a few). All in all these non-fiction pieces create a picture of a writer and a person who is just as skilled as in his fiction with depicting a personality afflicted with depression, anger, conflicting and contradictory feelings, sadness and grief, and frustration with current trends and establishments. In other words, this book not only teaches how to be alone, but also shows me that I'm not, in that I share a lot of the above with him and the interior of my head as I think about those things looks a lot like the picture he's painted of himself. And this is one of the best functions of literature, whether fiction or non, that anyone could hope for.

Negativland 2013 Trailer 4-minute cut

A brief teaser clip showing some highlights from recent Negativland shows. see for more information.

Cast: steev hise

Tags: negativland, music, sampling, collage, experimental, audio art, video art and live cinema

Society of the Twerking Spectacle

Via facebook I recently became aware of another dumb controversy regarding another "misbehaving" celebrity. Apparently Miley Cyrus mentioned Sinead O'Connor as an inspiration, and Sinead blew up with an open letter on her blog lecturing Cyrus about nakedness and women allowing themselves to be exploited, and then 2nd-tier pop star and media gadfly Amanda Palmer got in the act and posted an open letter back to Sinead.

Here's what I think. First of all, I've seen Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball" video that started the whole debate and it seems a really sad, tragic, vulnerable song. Cyrus is either super messed up and struggling, or really really good at pretending to be.. and then to muddle that up further with the bizarre mixed (sex/violence) visual messages of the video is just a trainwreck.

But second of all, should we really care about this Catfight of the Famous? It seems to be the epitome of the Society of the Spectacle that we're all sitting around avidly reading the patronizing letters these rich pop stars are writing to each other about how wide or how level their playing fields are. The basic feminist and anti-consumerist message is great, but i'll already be passing that worldview to my children and i don't need any millionaire musicians to teach me how.(btw I'm purposely not linking to anything I'm talking about above, because that would just feed the click-hungry spectacle machine that I'm talking about.) Read more>>>