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Buckminster Fuller exhibition at the Whitney

Posted by invizweb on September 10, 2008

The Whitney exhibition continues until September, but needs to be supplemented by reading the catalog, checking out the PBS Modern Masters Series, Thinking Out Loud;, and reading Hugh Kenner’s Bucky–although I may have bought the Strand’s last hardback copy earlier this summer.

Below is Phil Patton’s review of the exhibit:

An exhibition is a verb,” writes Whitney museum director Adam Weinberg bravely, in his introduction to the catalog of the museum’s Buckminster Fuller show, Starting with the Universe.

He is echoing Fuller’s own famous phrase “I seem to be a verb.” But in fact, a museum show is necessarily more like an arrangement of nouns. And this one includes nouns like drawings, photographs, and models, with a few verbs of video of Fuller talking.

“His vision is difficult to approximate and present, much less encompass in an exhibition,” Weinberg continues. The show does the difficult ably enough, providing a good chronological sample, thoughtfully arranged.

If Fuller saw himself as a verb it may be because his life was dominated more by activity than artifact. He truly found himself in his presentations and lectures, from his first talks to a handful of people in Greenwich Village salons to the vast college audiences he drew in his old age. His real skills were “synergistic,” all right, but it was the synergy of networking, propaganda and performance.

The show’s title suggests the thesis of the curators, K. Michael Hays and Dana Miller, that Fuller’s ideas–not buildings or designs–are paramount in his work. Fuller said that he began with what he called “energy systems” and that the designs and artifacts he ended up with were quite incidental to the wider goal of exploring those patterns. He created the trademark geodesic dome and houses like the Dymaxion, stacked on its central core, or the post-war Wichita house, which resembled a residence for the robot Gort from the film The Day the Earth Stood Still. He patented and built three examples of the Dymaxion car. But they were simply sketches of the wider concepts. “I could have ended up with a pair of flying slippers,” Fuller said.

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Phil Patton is the author of many books on design and culture. He writes for the New York Times, ID, Departures and other magazines and is on the faculty of the new Design Criticism program at SVA.


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Sambo Summit Training Camp in Lincoln City, Oregon

Posted by invizweb on September 10, 2008

My coach, President of the American Sambo Association (ASA) and regular Grappling magazine contributor Stephen Koepfer, along with ASA West Coast President Aaron Fields, South Mountain Martial Arts’ Dayn DeRose, and Mietich Fighting Systems Judo/Sambo coach Gregg Humphreys will all host the 2008 Sambo Summit Training Camp in Linciln City, Oregon. As follows:

This year we have a stacked coaching staff as we bring sambo into the mainstream on the West Coast!
This not to be missed three day live in training camp, will be held from September 12 – 14, 2008.
Register NOW while we still have spots available. Whether you are a sambo, judo, jujitsu, wrestling, or MMA enthusiast, this camp will assist you with you standing and ground games, striking to takedown strategies, and more! Athletes of all levels of experience are welcome to attend!

We all hope to see you in Oregon in September.
For further question, please feel free to call the number below.
Yours in sambo,
Stephen Koepfer

President, American Sambo Association

Head Coach, New York Combat Sambo

Head Coach, Team American Sambo

PO Box 5773

Long Island City, NY 11105


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