Having perfected the spy-camera method, I take a snapshot of this airport advisory. It seems like a veiled threat of a body cavity search. On the other hand, you have rights...just like in McDonalds, you can ask to see a manager if you don't like the se
I feel quite proud of myself for sneaking this picture: US customs upon entering the US at JFK, New York. You can go to Guantanamo for this kind of thing, but it has to be done by someone (me). Being a US citizen you can breeze right through, while the
Here you see one of the great wonders of Madrid: the vertical gardens of Caixam the bank. This is actually a cultural institution/museum set up by the bank- an "obra social" The other big bank in Madrid, La Caja de Mardid also does obra social,
Me and Leyre, my friend and host in Madrid. She is a social worker who was living before in Brooklyn (went to school with Dagan) for years and has come back to live in the city of her birth. Es realmente muy Guapa! And even prettier without the red eyes
My favorite was this Robert Smithson piece called Hotel Palenque. It's a 45 minute slide show and lecture (with Smithson's recorded voice set to slides) about a hotel in Mexico of the same name. It's a creative landscape of words, layers of time, creati
I saw this big sculpture out in the city, near the Puerta Toledo. There was a clunky greatness to it that could only get better with grafitti. Somehow it longs to become a ruin, like the hotel Palenque.
right in front of the Prado: free excercise class!!! Seems like there was a lot of spirit in Madrid. And best of all, it seemed that this statue was giving quiet instructions to the instructor, who shouted them out to the eager public.
Saw a lot of window theft attempts, so cracked glass. These are not easy to photograph! Here, someone cut a nearly perfect circle, apparently better to reach in and grab the goods. Probably this is because Madrid sent their one police officer to New Yor
The Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Spanish Plazas are more uniform than I had seen in most of Europe, and full of metal balconies. But it seems that these balconies were used, in days past, to watch the gruesome spectacles that went on in the plaza. Like Bullf
That is Leyre Ramos, a Madrileña and good friend of Dagan and now me who I stayed with. She showed me around the city- where to find the good food and the spirit of the city. Here we were with Vettka on a street filled with little restaurants and bars.
End of the festival we saw a big techno-pop group set up in the Plaza Mayor. I have to admit there is something about the commanding position of these big stage DJs that makes me uncomfortable. Kind of like audio-fascism. Actually very much so. But if
Here are Alex, Niki, and Sascha with a DJ who was also in the festival. I forgot his name. He is from Detroit but lives in LA and travels internationally to festivals earning Euros, and other currencies and exporting the Detroit style. He travels from LA
This was after our performance, at the festival center in the Renaissance era House of Shells. Inside, the aforementioned DJ was spinning, quite a hopping night life in Salamanca, but somehow better to be an observer.
The great old sweeping lines of the balcony, seen from the stage. Also from this shot, you get a sense of what it feels like to be on stage- a good feeling, I assure you. During this show while I was performing I looked at at these balconies (in which wa
We could not bring ourselves to indulge..in Pork fat. Raciones are plates of (often) meat that you get at Spanish restaurants. The waiter proudly brought us such a plate at an old restaurant in the center of Salamanca...
Grande Plaza at night. (The center at least) is a clean Renaissance city that feels warm but conservative on first impression. Magical, yes definitely magical. A lot of Spanish women like this one walking and talking determinedly .
The soaring architecture of the Cathedral Vieja of Salamanca. The bunched columns develop into patters on the ceiling as if they are massive sinews. HR Gigeresque I think this is common to Spanish church architecture as I also saw it down in Sevilla ye
When I got to the airport, the driver kept me waiting for a few hours since he was tied up in traffic caused by these guys. Truckers all across Spain were striking by driving slowly around city highway rings- "snail protests" They are protestin
On the airplane monitors, they show live footage from a camera apparently mounted on top of the tail wing. The image got warped and interesting when the rain started- like Tom McGrath's older paintings. Hey, why not put camera on all the winds so you can