"Artworks are the virtual traces of a ceaseless process of becoming." -- Henri Focillon

"THESE HANDS" call for entries

"THESE HANDS" call for entries
Click photo to view details of newest CHRISTINE TARANTINO project.

FLUX-USA welcomes visitors from over 40 countries daily. Artists, curators, and other arts leaders who wish to contribute to this blog, please contact me. tarantinochristine@yahoo.com


September 2012

Christine A. Tarantino - Hjuler BROTKATZE collaborations on exhibit at FzKKe Gallery, Germany, Sept. 1 - 30, 2012. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/brotkatzen-exhibit-opens-sept-1.html

With the Blood of a Daylily - Poems & Drawings by the Homeless Poet by Christine A. Tarantino, published by Words of Light:

THESE HANDS PRAY FOR GERONIMO, a visual poem of American Indians, by Christine A. Tarantino, published by Words of Light:

Christine A. Tarantino's ECDYSIS, snake skin artist book exhibited with 99 other book artists in Italy, curated by Maddalena Castegnaro. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/09/mirabilibrimostra-internazionale-di.html

Christine A. Tarantino, Sign and Language Group Exhibit, Open Stal, The Netherlands.

Christine A. Tarantino series of 40,"Being Human" published by Redfoxpress, Assembling Box #20, Ireland.

RED LIPS - What is Your Version for Me? by Christine Tarantino is published by Words of Light now available in print or eBook formats. New version includes ALL 42 artists from 13 countries plus additional text and images by Christine Tarantino.

August internet art exhibit @ CHRISTINE TARANTINO COLLECTION features artist STEVE RANDOM. http://christinetarantinocollection.blogspot.com/2012/08/steve-random-usa.html

WORDS OF LIGHT BOOKS, Art Publications By Contemporary Artists, new blog offering various format books published by Christine A. Tarantino. www.wordsoflightbooks.blogspot.com

Christine A. Tarantino/Words of Light publishes THE SKY EMBRACES THE GREAT WORLD by Walter Festuccia. http://www.lulu.com/shop/walter-festuccia/the-sky-embraces-the-great-world/paperback/product-20294750.html

Christine Tarantino, "Instant Person 1 & 2", self-portraits with Polaroid Camera for POLAROID MADNESS, project of Franticham, Ireland. On-line exhibit and exhibition Kassel, Germany during the DOCUMENTA 2012.http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2012/02/no-426-instant-person-1-2.html
Exhibition "INSTANT PEOPLE"250 polaroid self-portraits by 175 artists from 22 countries.11.– 23. Juli 2012 Zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung am Mittwoch, dem 11. Juli 2012 ab 19 Uhr möchten wir Sie und Ihre Freunde herzlich in denKasseler KunstvereinWerner-Hilpert-Straße 2334117 Kassel, einladen.

Christine A. TARANTINO, "Ecdysis" artist book exhibited at Villa Excelsa, Sannicola, Italia. Curator, Maddalena Castegnaro
Opening night: http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/07/naturalia-animalia-artist-book-exhibit.html

July internet art exhibit @ Christine Tarantino Collection features Anna Banana, Darlene Altschul, & John Mountain.

"THESE HANDS" call for entries, newest project from Christine TARANTINO.

June internet art exhibit @ Christine Tarantino Collection features Antoni Miró.

"Fear No NewNew Art" artist book published by Redfoxpress, Assembling Box #19, Ireland.

"E-mail Between the Artist & Her Lover" artist book exhibited Villa Giulia, Italia. Curator Marisa Cortese.

"WHO AM I?" artist book exhibited Mostra Internazionale, Italia. Curator Virginia Milici.

"RED LIPS of Christine Tarantino", art booklet by Bruno Chiarlone published in Italy. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/05/red-lips-of-christine-tarantino-by.html

May internet art exhibit @ CHRISTINE TARANTINO COLLECTION features artist RYOSUKE COHEN.

Christine TARANTINO, "RED LIPS FOR DALAI LAMA" exhibition @ INviso, Padiglione TIBET, Associazione
Sal Viana frazione Saliana Pianello del Lario (CO)curated by Ruggero Maggi. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/04/inviso-padiglione-tibet-cura-di-ruggero.html

April internet art exhibit @ CHRISTINE TARANTINO COLLECTION features artists Daniel C. Boyer and Richard Canard. http://christinetarantinocollection.blogspot.com/2012/04/daniel-c-boyer-richard-canard.html

Christine Tarantino, "NEWNEW ART Mono-Prints" published in
"Franticham's Fluxus Assembling Box Nr 18", Redfoxpress, IRELAND.

DODODADIANI featured this month in internet art exhibit at
Christine Tarantino Collection. Dododadiani internet art exhibit.

RED LIPS Project: What is your version for me? Send to:
tarantinochristine@yahoo.com or RED LIPS, Box 121, Wendell, MA 01379 USA
"Sometimes I need red apple. Sometimes I need red
Nam June Paik
Your RED LIPS art modification will yield online documentation, mailed
documentation, and potential publication. Please include a mailing address with
your submission.

Christine Tarantino, "Better Together: Harmony; Radiance; Consciousness; Evolution",
International Mother Language Day Art Exhibit, Kathmandu, NEPAL, by invitation of Rafique Sulayman, Curator.

Christine Tarantino, "Flux-USA Gallery of Stars with Lucy Chew Intervention" http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2011/12/no-403-flux-usa-galaxy.html
exhibited in Group Show: Fluxfest Chicago 2012 (Chicago, USA) FROM THE ARCHIVE Mailart and Fluxus from the archives of Fluxus/St. Louis. Opening reception Chicago Art Institute, Joan Flasch Library.

February online art exhibits from 'The Christine Tarantino Collection' features Belgian artists Guido Vermeulen and Gerson Wenglinski. http://christinetarantinocollection.blogspot.com/2012/01/guido-vermeulen-and-gerson-wenglinski.html

Christine Tarantino, "RED-BERRY Series" published in "Franticham's Fluxus Assembling Box Nr 17", Redfoxpress, IRELAND.
http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2011/05/no-377-red-berry-stained-series.html http://www.redfoxpress.com/ass.box17.html

FAX Exhibit, The DeVos Art Museum, Michigan, USA, curated by Ribas; organized by The Drawing Center and ICI, NYC. TARANTINO "I of the EYE-FAX", asemic writing series: http://wordsoflightart.blogspot.com/2012/01/no-416-i-of-eye-fax.html

Wooden Postcard Exhibit, Stehekin Post Office, Stehekin, Washington, USA. Work by Christine Tarantino: http://christinetarantino.blogspot.com/2012/01/outgoing-wooden-postcards-mail-art.html

Christine Tarantino, "PhotoBooth" work published in new book, "Photobooth Performances" by Ginny Lloyd.

Christine Tarantino, Mail Art and Video Performance at Galleriea Terre Rare, Bologna, Italy, January 28 - February 8, 2012. Project of Maurizio Follin, Italia. http://fluxusa.blogspot.com/2012/01/no-commercial-potential-phaze-ii-show.html

Christine Tarantino, RED LIPS for Dalai Lama, collage exhibited at Venice Biennial Tibet Pavilion – Palazzo delle Esposizioni Sala Nervi - Torino, project of Ruggero Maggi, Milan, Italy.

Christine Tarantino exhibited at Foundation IK New Year Celebration Exhibit "I WISH", The Netherlands, by invitation of Ko de Jonge.

The Christine Tarantino Collection, newest Christine Tarantino art blog started on January 1, 2012. Showcasing selected works from my 20 year collection of works on paper from artists around the globe.

Christine Tarantino-Hjuler BROTKATZE Collaboration exhibited at GALERIE "Offenes Atelier D.U. Design", Austria, Barbara Rapp, Curator.


Easter Egg: TRAX XTRA in free download! - Uovo di Pasqua: scarica gratis TRAX XTRA


Cos'hai trovato oggi nell'Uovo di Pasqua? Se la sorpresa ti ha un po' deluso, non prendertela, ti offriamo la ristampa gratuita approntata da Radical Matters - Editions / Label dello storico album TRAX 0982 XTRA, ideato nel 1982 dall'Unità TRAX 01 Piermario Ciani e composto a distanza in una rete di scambi incrociati da dieci musicisti internazionali. In bonus, un nuovo esperimento di musica "telecomposta", TRAX NEWXTRA 2011, coordinato da Gianluca Becuzzi col contributo di Nigel Ayers, Simon Balestrazzi, Fabio Orsi, Pietro Riparbelli e Rod Summers con Marie-Claire Krell.

Puoi SCARICARE GRATUITAMENTE l'album con copertina e contenuti extra qui:

Se ti interessa l'EDIZIONE LIMITATA IN CD DA COLLEZIONE, in confezione 7" con inserti, puoi ordinarla al costo di 15 Euro qui:


Continuando nella lettura di questo messaggio trovi note di copertina e titoli dei brani.

Vittore Baroni & Radical Matters


What did you find in your Easter Egg? If the surprise disappointed you, don't be upset, we offer you the free reprint curated by Radical Matters - Editions / Label of the historical album TRAX 0982 XTRA, ideated in 1982 by TRAX Unit 01 Piermario Ciani and composed at distance in a network of crossed exchanges by ten international musicians. As a bonus, you will find also a new experiment in "telecomposed" music, TRAX NEWXTRA 2011, coordinated by Gianluca Becuzzi with contributions from Nigel Ayers, Simon Balestrazzi, Fabio Orsi, Pietro Riparbelli and Rod Summers with Marie-Claire Krell.
Get it as a FREE DOWNLOAD, inclusive of cover images and bonus contents, here:
Or buy it as a COLLECTABLE LIMITED EDITION CD in special 7” sleeve with inserts (Euro 15,00) here:
Read below in this message the new introductory text and the list of tracks.
Vittore Baroni & Radical Matters

A un anno dalla ristampa in download gratuito e cd in tiratura limitata del progetto Trax 0983 Anthems, Radical Matters ripropone nella medesima formula il primo album in vinile prodotto dall’atipica etichetta/gruppo TRAX nel lontano 1982. Facendo seguito a svariate audiocassette assemblate con metodologie similari (Technodeath, Horrorbox, The Cop Killers, ecc.), questo pionieristico album ideato e coordinato da Piermario Ciani ha sintetizzato in modo esemplare l’idea di una musica “telematica” (e “modulare”), composta ed eseguita mediante collaborazioni a distanza, un concetto esplorato in epoca pre-Internet sia da attivisti del frastagliato “tape network” internazionale che da esponenti della musica elettronica “colta”, ad esempio Pietro Grossi. Com’è ormai consuetudine in questa serie di riedizioni avviata nel 2007 col doppio cd Notterossa, Gianluca Becuzzi si è occupato del remastering dal vinile originale e dell’aggiunta di un nuovo esperimento in composizione a distanza (NewXtra). Nigel Ayers è l’unico, tra i partecipanti di Xtra, ad essere stato di nuovo coinvolto, creando trent’anni dopo un ponte ideale tra i due progetti. Per l’occasione, mi sono immerso ancora una volta nell’archivio dei ricordi, riesumando immagini e documenti d’epoca (il cofanetto Grand Trax 0184, in particolare, conteneva alcune grafiche create in origine per una versione deluxe del lp Xtra, mai realizzata), aggiunti qui come ulteriore bonus a testimonianza dell’indole multimediale del carosello di produzioni ed eventi che TRAX ha messo in opera tra il 1981 e il 1987.

Che fine hanno fatto le originali Unità TRAX? Alcuni amici (a cui dedichiamo la ristampa) sono purtroppo prematuramente scomparsi, altri sono tuttora attivi in ambiti legati alla scena artistico-musicale, con risultati anche di alto profilo (vedi Massimo Giacon in ambito di design, fumetto e arte contemporanea, o Martin Hall, divenuto in Danimarca scrittore e compositore da culto), altri ancora sono oggi stimati professori o occupano cariche pubbliche nel settore culturale (Martina, Ciullini). Se avete gradito la singolare mistura di stramberie new wave, guizzi elettropop, efferatezze industrial-rumoriste e minimalismi ambient di Xtra, fatecelo sapere, ci sentiremo maggiormente motivati a recuperare qualche altra rara reliquia. Il mio caloroso ringraziamento, ancora una volta, va a tutti gli autori coinvolti e a Gianluca Becuzzi e Sandro Gronchi, senza il cui genuino entusiasmo questo lavoro non avrebbero mai visto la luce.

Vittore Baroni, Gennaio 2011 - vittorebaroni@alice.it

Questo disco non è stato realizzato, come di solito avviene, da uno o più gruppi che, avendo composto dei brani, si sono trovati in uno studio di registrazione per eseguirli e in seguito trasferirli su vinile.

Questo disco è il risultato di un progetto che non ha tenuto minimamente conto delle esigenze musicali, compositive o stilistiche dei vari partecipanti.

L’Unità Centrale 01 ha contattato un numero ristretto di persone che svolgono la funzione di Unità Periferiche all’interno di un processo di interferenze incrociate.

Alcune di queste Unità Periferiche hanno preparato basi sonore che sono state smistate da 01 verso altre Unità per una ulteriore elaborazione.

Le successive fasi della manipolazione sono rappresentate nel grafico di copertina: ad esempio il brano Gamma Thetan, che apre il lato TRAX del disco, è il missaggio prodotto da 01 nella sua funzione di centro processamento dati e risulta dall’elaborazione, da parte dell’Unità 02, di un nastro inviato dall’Unità 08 che a sua volta aveva lavorato su di un nastro dell’Unità 04.

Il progetto Trax 0982 Xtra propone un modello operativo ma non ne esaurisce le possibilità.

La serie di dieci composizioni modulari raccolta in questo LP è solo una delle combinazioni possibili.

Trax 0982 Xtra propone brani senza compositore eseguiti da ensemble inesistenti di persone che si sono incontrate solo attraverso una rete di tecnologie di riproduzione e mezzi di comunicazione.

(note di copertina originali)
One year after the reprint as a free download and limited edition cd of the Trax 0983 Anthems project, Radical Matters reproposes with the same formula the first vinyl album produced by the atypical group/label TRAX in the distant year 1982. Following up a series of audiocassettes assembled with similar methodologies (Technodeath, Horrorbox, The Cop Killers, etc.), this pioneering album conceived and coordinated by Piermario Ciani synthesized brilliantly the idea of a “telematic” (and “modular”) music, composed and played through collaborations at distance, a concept explored before the age of Internet both by activists of the heterogeneous international “tape network” and by exponents of the “serious” electronic music scene, for example Pietro Grossi. As usual in this series of reprints started in 2007 with the double cd Rednight, Gianluca Becuzzi took care of the remastering from the original vinyl and added a new experiment in composition at distance (NewXtra). Nigel Ayers is the only participant of Xtra that has been involved again, creating thirty years later an ideal bridge between the two projects. For the occasion, I immersed myself once again in the archive of memories, digging up some images and documents of the period (the Grand Trax 0184 box, in particular, contained some graphics originally created for a deluxe edition of the Xtra lp, never completed), added here as an extra bonus and testimony of the multimedial disposition of the whirl of products and events that TRAX got under way between 1981 and 1987.

Whatever happened to the original TRAX Units? Some friends (to whom this reprint is dedicated) have sadly come to an untimely end, others are still active in areas connected to the artistical and musical scene, even with high-profile results (like Massimo Giacon in the fields of design, comics and contemporary art, or Martin Hall, who has become in Denmark a cult writer and composer), yet others are today professors of high repute or hold public offices in the cultural sector (Martina, Ciullini). If you appreciated the unique mixture of bizarre new wave, darting elettropop, ferocious industrial-noise and minimalist ambient of Xtra, let us know, we will feel more motivated to retrieve a few other rare relics. Once more, my warmest thanks go to all the authors involved and to Gianluca Becuzzi and Sandro Gronchi, without whose genuine enthusiasm this work would have never seen the light of day.

Vittore Baroni, January 2011 - vittorebaroni@alice.it

This record has not been produced, as usually, by one or more bands going into a recording studio with some compositions ready to be performed and later transferred onto vinyl.

This record is the final result of a process that did not take into account the musical, stylistic or compositive necessities of the various participants.

The Central Unit 01 contacted a selected number of individuals acting as Peripheral Units in a project of crossed interferences.

Some Peripheral Units prepared a base-track on tape that was forwarded by 01 to other Units for further elaboration.

The graphic scheme on the cover represents the development of the subsequent crossings: e.g. the track Gamma Thetan, that opens the TRAX side of the record, is the mix that results from a sound base produced by Unit 04, forwarded to Unit 08 who elaborated it and then forwarded it to 02, who after working on it returned the tape to 01, functioning as the data processing centre.

The project Trax 0982 Xtra proposes a workable model but does not exhaust its possibilities.

The series of ten modular compositions on this LP is just one among many possible combinations.

Trax 0982 Xtra presents audio pieces without a composer performed by inexistent ensembles that met only through a network of reproduction technologies and communication media.

(original cover notes)
Lo schema concettuale/operativo che ho pensato per Trax NewXtra, il nuovo progetto di “composizione modulare” che coinvolge sei Unità di cui due straniere e quattro italiane, è un po’ diverso da quello originale. Invece di adottare lo schema a rete incrociata utilizzato nel 1982, ho optato per un sistema a raggiera. Alle cinque Unità periferiche invitate al progetto (Ayers, Balestrazzi, Orsi, Riparbelli, Summers) ho fornito in qualità di Unità Centrale il medesimo input, ovvero una serie di basi droniche. Alle Unità ho chiesto di comporre e rimandarmi una traccia per ogni base fornita, non sovraincisa alla base stessa ma isolata. In questa maniera, una volta ricevuti tutti i contributi, ho potuto ricombinare liberamente i vari tasselli del puzzle sonoro in un’unica suite, intitolata Where Angels Can't Land. Di particolare interesse è il fatto che, con questo schema, si è dato forma ad una sorta di “orchestra sorda” nella quale gli orchestrali suonano tutti assieme senza udirsi reciprocamente. Solo il coordinatore/direttore d’orchestra o Unità Centrale (cioè io) ha potuto udire e controllare (ma solo in parte) il suono d’insieme. In questo senso, la struttura a raggiera di NewXtra opera esattamente al contrario del vecchio Xtra, dove ogni Unità rispondeva allo stimolo sonoro fornito dall’Unità precedente in una catena di stratificazioni verticali. Se vogliamo, NewXtra è anche una sorta di applicazione semi-controllata delle teorie aleatorie di John Cage.

Gianluca Becuzzi, Gennaio 2011
The conceptual and operative scheme that I devised for Trax NewXtra, the new project of “modular composition” with the participation of six Units, four Italians and two from other countries, is a little different from the original one. Instead of adopting the scheme of crossed collaborations employed in 1982, I opted for a radial system. Acting as Central Unit, I provided the five Peripheral Units invited to the project (Ayers, Balestrazzi, Orsi, Riparbelli, Summers) with the same audio input, a series of dronic bases. I asked to each Unit to record a different track for each base I provided, not overmixed but as a separate track. In this way, once all the contributions had been collected, I was able to freely recombine all the different pieces of the audio puzzle into a single suite, titled Where Angels Can't Land. Of particular interest is the fact that, with this scheme, we gave form to a sort of “deaf orchestra” in which all the musicians played together without hearing each other. Only the coordinator/director of the orchestra or Central Unit (me) has been able to hear and (partially) control the global sound of the ensemble. In this sense, the radial structure of NewXtra works exactly in the opposite way compared to the old Xtra, where each Unit answered to the audio input provided by the preceding Unit in a chain of vertical stratifications. If you wish, NewXtra also represents a sort of semi-controlled application of the aleatory theories of John Cage.
Gianluca Becuzzi, January 2011
TRAX side:

1 - Gamma Thetan (01<02<08<04)

2 - Strange Quack Quack (01<03<10)

3 - Di lui non si sa più nulla (01<03<07)

4 - Nastro rosso (01<03<06)

5 - Fishes (01<09<08)

XTRA side:

6 - Combination (01<04<03)

7 - Ancora icone (01<09<08)

8 - Fanfare for the Meat Generation (01<07<04)

9 - Live Blister Bump (01<02<07<09)

10 - I Love Cancer (01<10<06<04)

Central Unit:

01 - Piermario Ciani: concept, organization & mix.

Peripheral Units:

02 - Vittore Baroni: text, voice, guitar, post office.

03 - Massimo Giacon: text, voice, noises, casiotone. With Spirocheta Pergoli: Fabio Beltrame (sax, bass), Enrico Friso (keyboards), Alberto Mineo (bass, guitar, guitar synth).

04 - Giancarlo Martina: guitar. With B.Sides: Bruce (vocals), Gian (drums), Spyke (keyboards), Momi (drums, base only).

05 - Martin Hall: tapes, noises (base only).

06 - Enrico Piva: tapes, keyboards, personal IBM.

07 - Nocturnal Emissions: Nigel Ayers (tapes, voice, violin), Caroline K (synth, voice).

08 - Daniele Ciullini: synth.

09 - De Rezke: Angelo Pretolani (text, voice, rhythmbox, casiotone), Roberto Rossini (synth, voice, casiotone), Marco Canepa (synth, sequencer).

10 - Ado Scaini: rhythmbox, synth (base only). With Ale (keyboards, base only), Plexy (synth, sequencer, base only), W. Gibson (bass, guitar), Radar (drums), Silence (bass), Blue Panther (maracas), Frankie Gasperoni (geometer).

Tracks 1-10 released by TRAX in September 1982 as a black vinyl LP in edtion of 1000 copies.

Original cover art: Piermario Ciani & Cristina.

Thanks to Studio Diamine, Rap & Momi, Atelier De Montage, 001... Cancer, Centro UH!

In affectionate memory of Piermario, Caroline K and Enrico Piva.

(bonus) TRAX NEWXTRA 2011

11 - Gianluca Becuzzi / VV.AA. - Where Angels Can't Land (25’ 18”)

Central Unit:
Gianluca Becuzzi: electroacoustic drones, sound objects, programming.

Peripheral Units:

Nigel Ayers - Nocturnal Emissions: handcrafted digital audio, Made in Cornwall.

Simon Balestrazzi: prepared ukelin and tsymbaly, bird calls, analogue synths.

Fabio Orsi: processed electric guitar.
Pietro Riparbelli: transcoded short wave radio.

Rod Summers/VEC Audio: vocals, vocal treatments, with Marie-Claire Krell (vocals).
Track 11 assembled and produced by Gianluca Becuzzi at Kinetixlab (2011).

TRAX 0982 XTRA - Reprint remastered for Radical Matters / Editions / Label by Gianluca Becuzzi in January 2011 at Kinetixlab (Italy).

All (c) remain to the authors. Edition designed and manufactured by RM-ED/L SG

License: C.C. by-nc-nd 2011 Radical Matters - Editions / Label

(kindness of Vitorre Baroni, Italia)

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