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The Peeps Photo Project book: published 2016
by Jack Lattemann (aka Cascadia Artpost of Olympia, Washington USA) with his co-editor, Colin Scholl (presently living in a California correctional facility, with future plans to live in Washington state). Both are part of the international mailart network.

Wow! Talk about project documentation! This blog entry is my tribute to both of these guys for going above and beyond what I’ve come to expect from participating in a mailart project…. and as a book object, it is truly a labor of love. The day I received it in the mail I almost immediately started reading it to find out how every else had photo-documented their peeps with their own creative take, often letting the miniature PEEPS share in their own life circumstances, and I could not put it down until I’d perused most of it.

Of course, right from the beginning (January 2015) quite a bit of thought and care was taken by Colin and Jack to formulate the PEEPS project: Jack first solicited participants among 30 of his mailart contacts (27 followed through to completion), and he painted hundreds of miniature 1:87 scale plastic people that came in a variety of races, ages, and social classes, etc. He made up 30 packets with 15 to 25 peeps, a toy vehicle, and a little bench or other prop. Jack and Colin created 30 beautiful mailart themed boxes (sized like a cigar box) in which to mail the project elements to us. Examples of complete street scenes in an urban setting were constructed by Colin with little peeps on the set, going about the miniature life as usual, and photographed to give us all inspiration. We were given full reign of how we, ourselves, might choose to pose our peeps; and to construct whatever environment we might conceive, with a September 2015 deadline to submit photos of our scenarios.

Three seasons passed before the September deadline, after which we were to wait for a handmade book documentation of the project. What a surprise it was to me that Jack Lattemann had taken a few classes with aspirations to become a book binder! The long awaited book turned out to be hard bound in gold fabric covered boards (burgundy fabric on the spine), astutely edited (Jack consulted with Colin via mail on editorial decisions), designed and laid out, with fine paper and type choices, full color photographs, etc. all of which makes it a treasure to hold and to have on my book shelf. Using archival quality materials and lots of toner cartridges for the copier, he exceeded $1,000.00 in personal expenses (and didn’t ask us to contribute anything for our book!) So now, Jack Lattemann is truely an experienced book binder after spending over three months on the process: cutting fabric, covers, hinges, and endpapers; hand sewing nine signatures together for each of 35 hand numbered books of the original printing; gluing the block and endpapers onto the cover; and finally placing this block lettered title on each book with a fine sparkling green glitter – “THE PEEPS PHOTO PROJECT”, subtitled, “LIVING THE MINIATURE LIFE”.
The book’s introduction details many of the project details I’ve already mentioned above, and is signed by both editors, Jack Lattemann and Colin Scholl. The book was larger than they both first expected it would be, and perhaps that was why they omitted photo scenarios from their own staging of PEEPS. The editors generously include six chapters by Jennifer Weigel as she had kept a diary about her peeps characters and adventures, submitted as dated entries between January and October 2015. The editorial decision to break up this diary as six chapters interspersed amongst the rest adds a sense of continuity between everyone else’s individual visions, as various peeps story lines string us along until the end, when a kind of collaboration happens between Colin Scholl and Jennifer Weigel.

A special addendum chapter was added after the books had already been bound, due to an unplanned life event with a participant from Lviv, Ukraine. Jack told me he’s considering a small revised edition (a dozen or more) that will incorporate the Lubomyr Tymkiv addendum and a new afterword. He did not receive Lubomyr’s emailed photos until late February, 2016, after Lubomyr had finished almost a year of military service. The peeps traveled with Lubomyr to the front, and were captured in photographs posing with tanks, military tents, machine guns, and the natural elements in the countryside. He included a photo of himself leaning on a camouflaged anti-aircraft weapon. The contrast of the miniature life with the surreality of war, along with Colin Scholl’s sobering account of life in prison, adds a whole other level of substance to The PPP.

International list of mailart pARTicipants:

ARGENTINA: Samuel Montalvetti, CANADA: Reg Cộté, Adrienne Mason, Stewart Charlebois, Mailarta, Carolyn Oord (Kerosene), GERMANY: Eberhard Janke, Jörg Seifert and Jorn Michael, Patrizia (TIC TAC), GREECE: Katerina Nikoltsou, HUNGARY: Torma Cauli, LUXEMBOURG: Fraenz Frisch, UKRAINE: Lubomyr Tymkiv, UNITED KINGDOM: Mail Art Martha, Andrea McNeill, and the U.S.A.: PJM, Gina di Grazia, buZ blurr, Bethany Lee, Jennifer Weigel (including one collaboration with Jonathan Stangroom), Kenneth Brown, Carol Stetser, Sally Wassink, C. Mehrl Bennett, Tallie Jones, Jennifer Utter, John Held Jr., and last but not least, Colin Scholl and Jack Lattemann.

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Deport Dada!

I’ll DING 21 of 35 in 20 dance terms as a parting  token.. that artificial hell issued Washinton D.C.  culture and the ache  surprise, f-fabric landscapes, erotic symbols, Ill eats start to scatter. breaking  adverse  Prosperity, creativity, and BARACK! BARACK!  support The arts!  fundamental  to  beauty, ethnicity, religion, or age performance… For Breton it was out of cabaret and the words are of those eaten OMMMMMMMMMS.  Your  tax NOTICE, Dear  Ms.  NOTHING, and eat  canned beans, that Dada should employ Benefits!  You can request message  I delivered: Breton had fallen on our prom  conTaining obscene drawings: A few months ago  it took  place out  of  cabaret in notice of the adverse beatification, Please state whether you request documents or information: when the reason you believe a nearby cafe to be  Threatening and subversive, dada has conventions to create a new type  of action and review your animation of  our Air, making  moments into a peanut seller, partly because  The  hat and or proxy, he  us  to  her in I t or ork my Education laden Dada group, decanting  the event into a rut through Improved academic  standardized test scores, audience relations, improperly denied comments, … OUT pu-U-zation has an OUT  of  tourism … artist’s actions  would be  imagined better than in a theatre… OW!  ILL you is at we  OK  the  at  of off, here  to end each In a manner  you  can  understand  through This, We,  A hand of tens

C. Mehrl Bennett 9/13/14, revised 1/13/2016

Nothing Wavering

In a house of silences that engage

Two pyromaniac gymnasts,

It might be hard to believe the

Secrets of this man’s work, or the life he lives

In the company of his wife.

Everything projects a

Banal shadow of absence–

Because of the presence of a way of being–

The spectrum of this man and

His wife in a litany of Both.

Wavering lines in the sun – layered by shadows

Are at first possible, but then reproach us as impossible

Do you recognize the girl that first met this man?

She came from especially nowhere, but grew up in

A Since Possessed Dialogue.

An actor claimed to bury

This couple by adopting a lost and found attitude,

For hadn’t we lost the entire collective generation decades earlier?

Mysteriously, whether we believe the story or not

All this says is that 1953 underpins a reality.

In this power play there exists

A fifties world in which was born

The first woman, C. Mehrl Bennett

Who wrote the following poem:

GOING TO MANONG

The WHOLE of St. Louis is, like,

At a LOSS,

Like a LOSER,

Chain smoking

We’ll have

NO CHILI

NO CHOCOLATE

NO NADA tonight!

C. Mehrl Bennett

Note: I performed the original composition from August 2013 at 100,000 Poets for Change” event at Tribes gallery in NYC on October 28, 2013 in NYC;  the “Going to Manong” [poem within the poem] was drastically shortened for this revised version from January 2016… the original unedited version was posted previously in this blog. I edited it for submission to a publication coming out this year.


**Performance for two with audience participation. 
One person, the barker, is responsible for shouting out the BOLD TYPE phrases, 
and the audience repeats whatever the barker shouts out. 
The other person performs the rest of the text and joins with the barker in 
shouting the final series of BOLD TYPE, which the audience will echo, 
and hopefully after both people stomp there feet at the end, 
the audience will also imitate that action! [..which is exactly what happened 
at the performance in August 2016 during Day 3 of MINNEDADA84 at MCBA auditorium]
**DADA LEGS MIRTH
WHY HISTORY? ART HERE

NOW WINDOW LOST

WHY DO COLLAGE? OIL SKY

SALE HOLE LEFT

WHY A EYE? REAL HISTORY

DO DATE LEG

NOW WHY ICE? SKY LOST

EYE STOP WINDOW

WHY A EAR? ART NOW

HEARS LOST FARTS

STOP THE SEA? FOUND LEG

COLLAGE LOST TODAY

YIN A YEAR? REAL YANG

SALE OF EYE

WHY WORDS NOW? FOUR LEGS

FLOAT IN SEA ICE

WHY OIL MIRTH? REAL SKY

FOR SKY YET

DO LEGS MIRTH? SEA LEFT

COLLAGE WAVES A STORY

WHY HISTORY? ART HERE
ART NOW
SEA LEFT
REAL YANG
REAL HISTORY
REAL SKY
OIL SKY
SKY LOST
FOUND LEG
FOUR LEGS
[stomp feet]

C. Mehrl Bennett

Jan. 13, 2016, revised 8/19/2016

SHOPPING LIST

Do Not Buy Fruit

rubber stamps

or a gun

Do Not Buy Olives

dentures

or a photograph

Do Not Buy Fish

shoes

or a hat

Do Not Buy Bread

books

or a cat

Do Not Buy Envelopes

bushes

or a suitcase

Do Not Buy A House

stamps

or a bus ticket

Buy Art Instead.

C.Mehrl Bennett

Jan. 3, 2013 (Revised Jan. 13, 2016)

n i e z h f p l t s u

(the following poem uses only these eleven letters)

zip in zen she felt

i feel hip

zine lists fine snips

slit pine tile peel

senile penis hit flies

isle sent file

lets help teens fit the line

he is feet fuzz

pile hen pelt lept

his hell left this

puzzle lit flute pen

hi ’tis shit nuts

tin huts fizz sez she

C. Mehrl Bennett  – March 2, 2015

 

 

Two Montevideo Cinquains

MUSIC

Piano sounds

Chicken crossing the road

The documentation is a

Seed trail

Cone shaped

Trees on a line

“From ear to ear” means that

Possibly you will sleep before

Xmas

C. Mehrl Bennett – Nov. 11, 2013

 THE BELL

 

The bell

Gland drizzling out

On a greasy bongo

Floating far out on the drunk bay

Window

 

John M. Bennett and C. Mehrl Bennett

Feb.23, 2013

 

 

  

Six Collaborative Cinquains

Corn tome

Inside the boat

Kayaking in circles

Shoulder banging against the wind

Popcorn

Reboot

The hammered foot

A dulcimer shoe bag

Toeing the line lining the toes

Hot sock

Off shirt

Loose in empty

And butt barely hairy

Shaving backwards toward the drain

target

Saunter

Solder soldier

Sweating in the bathroom

After finding grapes and gravel

Gritty

Darvon

So dart it off

The loopy poolside

Super fooling slowly folding

Your neck

Just lick

Your salty lips

Salt licks where blind hunters

Smoulder in the tent with hamsters

Sleeping

Edward Lense, John M. Bennett, C. Mehrl Bennett – Sept. 21, 2013 – These cinquains were published as a TLP [tacky little pamphlet] by LBP [Luna Bisonte Prods]

Six (more) Collaborative Cinquains

Trailing

Sipping quincunx

Floating head mice ladder

Walk the talking titmouse to the

Iced hat

Dead saints

In the buckets

Well placed in a circle

Multi-red-spin fulminating

Cheese root

Swoll drut

Tear the finger

Drum the forkѐd link bit

Bit the hot lint sausage hymn

Doldrums

Pink ink

The throne swallowed

All the people at once

Crinkling post-haste wanton twice the

Suit Shot

Same wurst

Dance the knocking

Turnip nipped the frog spawn

Locker dripping through the keyhole

Drip Drip

East West

Reft lightning trips

The looter sign shining

Muskrat tunnels under the bank

Of weft

Camille Martin, John M. Bennett, C. Mehrl Bennett – November 2012 – These cinquains were published as a TLP by LBP


RINGER

Ringer

Tones developed

Inside the red phone booth

Of superman with snail toes

Burping

Ample

Coffee toffee

Lays on the car hood as

She breaks all the LP’s from the

Trailer

I sit

On a tree stump

In the beauty parlor

As balls of lint float in the pink

Hair dye

Paisley

Bow tie on foot

Where’s yer before shrieker?

Inside a box under the dock’s

Big toe

Who’s yer

Worldly wisened

Anguished pal; Is he a

Hip duck diode with no dick to

Paddle?

Paddle

On the other

Side of this sandbox full

Of silver cats as a dead dog

Lingers

C. Mehrl Bennett 2015

* RINGER was first published in THE INAPPROPRIATED PRESS, Issue# 1, editor: Olchar Lindsann, Monocle Lash anti-Press, Nov. 2015, Roanoke, VA

COMPOSITION FOR NINE VOICES WITH TWO INCIDENTAL SECTIONS

is a score for Sound Poetry integrating image, vowel sounds, wind chimes, and two “incidents”.

Click HERE to watch a video on YouTube of a performance of this score. The link is to a video by Paul Baker of a 2010 performance by Be Blank Consort (BBC) members. These were volunteers from writers/performers gathered together for The Ohio State University Library’s [Special Collecions Dept.] Intnl. Avant Writing Symposium, and most of them had performed previously in other venues in the USA as BBC members.

At my direction and with copies of the score, nine of them performed using vowel sounds and windchimes, while another person counted to twelve, and two others performed “incidents”.  I was able to enlist Keith Buchholz and Reed Altemus to perform short Fluxus events for the incidents. The score is based on linear shadows in my photo of a public bathroom wall, digitally manipulated with ten and a half measures indicated.

C. Mehrl Bennett 2009

This poem is titled “6500 Machine Diagram” & comes screaming behind me

In front of me is a diagram fished out of a box now back in sentence form which rolls against a hat of snow

Yellow, magenta, and cyan cartridges are attached but are dysfunctional right now

The transfer roll is spooled with paper from the Pope

Something called a fuser is part of the action with a black and white headshot of a transfer role – on a stamp

It is 4:30a.m. and fresh snow is going to close the door to the hallway

The heater is about two feet from my two feet

The air is beginning to warm up around my fingers through my own hoard of books and is worth reading before my husband

I should copy this diagram over various add & pass into another attitude

Print out this page and cut it into four, yellow, magenta, something that bends into envelopes with collaborations

After a xerox is processed the paper heads out

Does the Xerox company still make copy machines?

Mail crosses my desk and stuff

I wonder if that address still exists?

Meanwhile, my fingers are still getting cold, covering for the dull grayness of mid-February outside my window

I will need go through a bag of books to type these sentences out of the house

I will also need to winnow out the lemons – on a stamp

So of course I get distracted by Facebook!

I also need to organize my studio space upstairs into a xerographic drum which rolls against a hat of snow, and has been that way for months on end, but a tray will catch hold

The post office recently issued first class stamps that follow into attaching to paper by a young Elvis Presley, with his signature reproduced, but onto mail from the mid-1980’s

I had a dentist appointment this morning, though to a receiving tray

I had a full set of xrays taken six months ago while he stuck a camera in there

This new young dentist had me hold my mouth open and took digital photos

The images appeared on a screen in Xerox Square, Rochester, New York

My mouth is tired

My Dad is dead

So why don’t quarters rearranged themselves?

Whatever happens can playfully manipulate the wind and wear a hat of snow

A hat of snow           A hat of snow

A hat of snow           A hat of snow

C. Mehrl Bennett February 2016

  • Stefan Brand Stifter will be using my audio recording of “6500 Machine Diagram” (and my image that goes with it) as part of his ANTIPODES ZINE SAMPLER with a sound CD… CLICK HERE to see diagram & hear audio

P O P  SONG (performed in Columbus OH in 2015 and 2016)

admit one                       light a match

backup admit                 enter backwards

admission rate               welcome canned words

discounted rate             a radio announcer

preview films                  feet in cement shoes

advance to present      [insert today’s date and time]

presentation mode       write a song / sing it:

 

PRETTY PENCILS [1981]

 

Pretty pencils, sticking in my hair

Pretty pencils, sticking right at me

I’ve got pretty pencils… sticking 

Out my nose

fast mode to the  future                      question  effectiveness !

rafting off the roof                               answer all charges

please take your seat mam!

I  will now perform the event, titled: “NoBody’s Surprise”:

                                                                    Blow up a balloon until it POPS

 

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5x7 well she had and pretty pencils.jpgCLICK HERE to hear an audio of me singing these three nonsense songs.

(Copyright: C. Mehrl Bennett)

*NOTE: Earlier versions of some of these poems  were published on this blog before.

MetaDada No. 1, THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DADA MINING,  editor H. Michael Sanders, was published on May 15, 2016 by Elena Press, Cincinnati Ohio. May 15th, 2016, was the 100th anniversary of the publication of the first Dada journal, Cabaret Voltaire, editor Hugo Ball, Zurich, Switzerland, May 15, 1916. Two of the above poems (Shopping List and niezhfpltsu) appeared in MetaDada No. 1, in addition to two of my visual poems: Croatian Glyphs DADA and Forbidden Planet.

NOW GO TO THE METADADA WORDPRESS SITE by clicking HERE – C. Mehrl Bennett

           

ADDENDUM: See below for two more songs that I added to those above when I performed during Day Two of the MinneDaDa84 Fest in Minneapolis MN in August 2016. I had the privilege of being accompanied by Cassia Harding, a very accomplished violinist!Cassia-Harder-and-CMB-at-Black-Forest-Inn-Day-2-MinneDada84.jpg

If You Try and You Mess Up with ukele chord tabs 4x6 N o t   Y e t 4x6

Jacarandá tree

Jacarandá tree

I know that looking at other people’s travel photos is boring, so I’ve made a couple videos with sound tracks and most of the photos fly by at 4 seconds, plus there are a few short video footages of interesting stuff and fun events in Buenos Aires that we witnessed and pARTicipated in earlier this month (November 2014).
Javier took us to the city’s very formidable art museum (a beautiful Gauguin painting amid various other treasures) and to the big new library building, where there were a number of interesting exhibitions, including papers by famous Argentinian writers and poets and an exhibit of cartoonists’ works. Video Bardo will have a big performance event outside the main library in a couple days!
and also
are the videos I made yesterday and today from my personal travel & event photo/videos, though they don’t include ALL my photos or all the places we visited or they would become too long and boring for you. As it is they are about five and eight minutes long.

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I spent nearly two hours looking at books, cards, wordart by davi det hompson (orginally his parents named him “David E. Thompson”) which his widow recently contributed to the Avant Writing Collection in the Rare Books Dept. at OSU’s Thompson Library. My spouse, John M. Bennett, still maintains an office there where he keeps his curator’s eye on maintaining this collection, although he is retired. The triplets are JMB-JMB-and JMB, THE SAME, against a marble wall at the library. Needless to say, my mind felt opened up after spending two hours with Davi Det Hompson’s works… so I found myself on a creative roll with processing these images.

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This is a short essay that was published in a TLP by Monocle Lash Anti-press earlier this year, and I used the images in this slideshow to illustrate it. These images were also sent to Ginny Lloyd in the form of a photo booth strip for her book pub. at: http://www.lulu.com/shop/ginny-lloyd/photobooth-performances/paperback/product-18937915.html

Letters themselves originate from images historically. As a sign of this digital, post-modern age, ASEMIC writing is more accepted/appreciated. It’s “A-semic” as it doesn’t attempt to relay a specific meaning, though there might be a private system of symbols privy only to the poet/artist or to some ancient culture, or may have been a readable text that underwent processing and is no longer readable via an established language system. This approach encourages new ways of reading and thinking and reaches across language barriers. Any meaning the reader construes is a correct translation. Tim Gaze is an Australian who has written about asemic poetry and curated asemic exhibits. (Google his name to read an interview with Tim Gaze, etc.)

We are inspired by ALL the art forms – no matter which media one might choose to focus on. Jackson Pollock’s paintings may remind one of scribbling, though he never called himself an asemic poet. Today, many artists use text in their visual art but do not associate themselves with visual poetry. There is bias among photographers and some digital artists who still feel it is crude to include words with a visual image as it takes away from the artistic merit. I feel that musicians, poets, visual-video-and book artists, performers of dance, theater- ALL types of artists should be encouraged to use ALL the art forms as tools of their trade (ART). INTERMEDIA was an important concept listed in fluxus manifestos.

 

DEFENSE D’AFFICHER

Posted: May 12, 2011 in Digital Photography, fluxus
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Defense D’Afficher is a Matthew Rose project for which I’ve contributed a digital poster design as a free download. By going to my google docs site for a PDF download, you should be able to create a print at good resolution up to 11×14″. To click on DOWNLOAD for my poster, the link at Matthew’s site is right  HERE (click on HERE).  To go to the GENERAL WEBSITE for DEFENSE D’AFFICHER click right THERE (click on THERE), so you can view ALL the posters submitted for DEFENSE D’AFFICHER and read about what YOU can do to help promote this project!