1. Art from the Edge Featured Artist: Ai Weiwei

    Ai’s resistance to all forms of control—capitalist and communist—manifests itself in one poignant way. He refuses to listen to music. He associates music with the propaganda of the old days and prefers the silent spaces of independent thought. “When I was growing up, we were forced to listen to only Communist music. I think that left a bad impression. I have many musician friends, but I never listen to music.” He blames the Chinese educational system for failing to generate any grand or open-ended sense of possibility either for individuals or the society as a whole. “Education should teach you to think, but they just want to control everyone’s mind.” What the regime is most afraid of, he says, is “free discussion.”

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  2. "Medicine Time"
    By Paul Swartzel, vimeo.com/barbequemanjr
    artfromtheedge.net

    Could you describe your submission?
    I wrote this song for my dad for Father’s Day. He used to sing something similar to me when I was sick and didn’t want to take medicine. It always cheered me up and hope it does the same for others.

    Could you tell us a little about yourself?
    I’m a composer from North Carolina currently living in Asheville. I recently received a PhD in music composition from Duke University, where my dissertation was a symphonic ballet/piano concerto about professional wrestling set to slides with action figures. If interested, It can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/60915697

    Would you like to describe the process of creating your submission?
    I wrote this song for singer, orchestra, chorus, and banjo. I made the video in a few hours when I couldn’t sleep.

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  3. JAMES EDWARD DEEDS JR. [Electric Pencil] 1908-1987
    "WHY. DOCTOR [33]"  (one side of two-sided drawing), about 1936-66
    Graphite and crayon on ledger paper
     

  4. JAMES EDWARD DEEDS JR. [Electric Pencil] 1908-1987
    Wooden Rocking Chair  [86] (one side of two-sided drawing), about 1936-66
    Graphite and crayon on ledger paper
    9 1/4 x  8 3/8 in.

    ART FROM THE EDGE FEATURED ARTIST: Edward Deeds
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  5. LOSSY (Specters of Schizophrenia): “Introduction to the Narrative”

    By Benj Funk

    Whilst I wait in the dark grip of unease, a destructive force has a haunting hold on my emotions. The parasitic infestation eats at me in unending cycles. A swarm of hunter-ghosts, lost in the chase, wreak havoc in the hallways of my mind. Their wretched claws, sunken deep in my nerves are tearing at my confidence, strand by strand, as they make way for my core. They glimmer; glitchy, translucent, and fluorescent, under the bright lights bursting through the holes they have burrowed in my flesh. They speak to me; bold, hungry, powerful, and loud. Their prominence is evermore heightened by every idle, indecisive, waiting moment.

    Unable to communicate, I struggle.




    Could you describe your submission?
    My submission is the introduction to LOSSY (Specters of Schizophrenia). “LOSSY (Specters of Schizophrenia)” is an audiovisual project, it encompasses an exhibit and album, that recount a narrative in which the antagonists are the symptoms of Schizophrenia personified.

    Could you tell us a little about yourself?
    Benj Funk is a Professional Canadian New Media Artist. As a recovered drug-addict living with Schizophrenia, Benj Funk’s work speaks of injustices. Through in-depth studies of contemporary issues, Benj Funk uses his experience with digital technologies and traditional media to communicate the findings of his research.