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ONE HUNDRED SESSIONS of sitting and smiling for four hours each session were completed by Benjamin K. Bennett on the final day of May 2015! He began documenting these sessions live back on July 28, 2014 — so it’s taken him less than a year to achieve this goal.

Today he’s moving from our home town of Columbus OH to Philadelphia PA and will be spending time on fixing up a row house he bought – putting in a kitchen, etc. He will be closer to a couple of musicians he often has toured with – Jack Wright (saxophone) and Evan Lipson (bass), and he’s also played with Michael Foster, a wonderful performer from NY. Ben is a wonderful improvisational percussionist who often makes his own wind & percussive instruments. He recently replaced a couple drumheads with skin from roadkill animals.

Ben came over for dinner with us a couple days ago and we were visited after dinner by a couple of people who are making short movies about interesting local artists. They wanted to meet us and see where Ben grew up, and they shot some footage during our chat in the livingroom. Most of the footage will end up on the cutting room floor, but we enjoyed their interest in Ben in any case, and I showed off this interesting painting (see below) Ben had done in high school.

I’m hoping Ben won’t mind me posting a few family photos here. We’ll miss having him nearby, but hope to visit him soon!

HERE is a link to Ben’s bandcamp site – so you can listen to samples from various CD’s.

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Ben at left. John Also at right.

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Ben as a toddler.

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Ben’s collage featured on the cover of his father’s book.

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R-E-P-E-T-I-T-I-O-N

Posted: November 28, 2014 in family, video, YouTube
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REPETITION is a video composed of four short videos made up of repetitive images, movements, and sounds; allowing time for reflection in a deeper, less hurried manner upon the subject matter; and also for rhythm to occur, with variations (or not). Kudos to Paul Baker for two cello soundtracks, and to my cousin Cindy and my dad for serving as my beloved video subjects.

Click arrow to view this video on YouTube.

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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.

Us older mailartists in our 60s and 70s enjoy seeing younger generations get excited about mailart. This movie was quite a project that (young) Michael Polk took on and I hope you can take the time to slow down your internet surfing and watch it! It is now available on YouTube as a professionally edited, well polished documentary of a little over one hour long.

Mailart from Robert Saunder sent in 1978

Mailart from Robert Saunders sent in 1978

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Flux On Flux Off poster

View video for bits & pieces of the FLUX ON / FLUX OFF

 

13 X 5 is available as a small saddle stampled booklet printed by Luna Bisonte Prods.

It consists of the following thirteen collaborative cinquains from a 9/13/2014

gathering at a XENIA OHIO restaurant after the fluxus event with five people:

C. Mehrl Bennett

John M. Bennett

Jonathan Stangroom

Jennifer Weigel

Reid Wood

 

Muchos  

Huevos fritos

Even in Spanish, too

I’m just not bilingual enough

To know

 

Sheet hole

On a road trip

Hotel room enigma

Purple magma glowing onword

Vamos!

 

Of it

Noteworthiness 

Carries better reward

Nothing for it to be famous

Or off

 

Will we 

Have more of  it

Bananas and loose leaf

Foambook sandwich swallowed real fast

We will

 

Fly fish

Two eyes in back

Jumpy maggots fall off

Boring football field on TV

Turned off

 

Using one line from each author from first five poems:

 

Of it

Two eyes in back

Hotel room enigma

Foamback sandwich swallowed fast

To know

 

Using C. Mehrl Bennett lines from first five poems:

 

Muchos

Two eyes in back

Bananas and loose leaf

Nothing for it to be famous

Vamos!

 

Using John M. Bennett lines from first five poems:

 

Sheet hole

huevos fritos

Jumpy maggots fall off

Foambook sandwich swallowed real fast

Or off

 

Using Jonathan Stangroom lines from first five poems: 

 

Of it

On a road trip

Even in Spanish, too

Boring football field on TV

We will

 

Using Jennifer Weigel lines from first five poems: 

 

Will we

Noteworthiness

Hotel room enigma

I’m just not bilingual enough

Turned off

 

Using Reid Wood lines from first five poems:

 

Fly fish

Have more of it

Carries better reward

Purple magma glowing onward

To know

 

Using lines from Reid Wood and Jennifer Weigel: 

 

Flyfish

Noteworthiness

Carries better reward

I’m just not bilingual enough

To know

 

Using lines from Jonathan Stangroom, C. Mehrl Bennett, and John M. Bennett:

 

Sheet hole

On a road trip

Bananas and loose leaf

Foamback sandwich swallowed real fast

Vamos!

Taking turns with one person arranging letters while the other reads them, John M. Bennett and C. Mehrl Bennett create and perform two visual poems. The words and phrases are nonsense and asemic by turns, with occasional recognizable words.

Snapshot of Gaez Snapshot of VEXR

Sitting out back with beautiful Spring weather, listening to birds and shooting the breeze, my friend Susan M. Olcott agreed to write some collaborative cinquains with me yesterday. Here are our results:

Today
I see first fly,
Shoes swim in the bath tub
Forget the bath, forget the fly,
Just walk
 
Green teeth
Purple glitter
Posthumous pretention
Taking a “selfie” underground
Smile Big
 
Toot sweet
Play on a stritch
Kalimba in background
It isn’t noise, it is all love
Music
 
BarbieBarbie and Ken
Impossible
She barely has a waist
“I want Barbie’s accessories,”
said Ken      
 
NOTE: Click HERE for further collaboration
with Jennifer Weigle (photo at left)
that resulted from our 
Barbie and Ken cinquain
 
 
 
Stop light
Bleeding red strobes
I can’t focus – so what?
Turn on the fog lights and wait for
Space ships
 
Black crow
sounds like a beer
label but it’s a small
principality in the north
tree’s branch.