Author Archives: KMZ
A Team Of Sea Horses In A Sea Of Coal Do Battle With Wasps Over The Body Of A Moth Before A Lead Sky (Cetus–Andromeda–Perseus)
Art from Adrian Hornsby. Visit full interactive web gallery to revel for seconds in flicking the switches yourself.
A.M. is a love story about sound.
Yoshi, a recent college drop-out, is obsessed with recording the secret music of Tokyo at night. He’s also obsessed with pink cakes, clementine peel, the disappearance of time, women’s breasts, and the silence directed at him by his father. Riding a torrent of thoughts, he goes out with a contact microphone to feel for the hidden echoes and reverberations stored within the bodies of vending machines.
Kyoko, a girl from Hokkaido, is wandering the city in search of her adult self. Caught between introversion and a desire to be understood, she feels oddly adrift within her own body. Ever since a childhood illness affected her hearing, she has been haunted by the sound of a woman singing — a beautiful voice coming from nowhere, but seemingly trapped behind glass, without air, without sound …
A.M. weaves a rich meditation upon time, sound, being, and being nineteen.
More madcap fun on the Left Coast of America. Wheeled Migration is organizing a costumed bike tour. Egad. And some of us sit here amid towering heaps of rotten garbage in the name of socialism.
Learn more at www.wheeledmigration.org.
A Bookseller In The City is Karen Lillis’ account for Undie Press of her years (1997-2005) as a bookstore clerk at St Mark’s Bookshop in New York, one of the most intellectually-driven and frankly best independent bookstores in the world. Karen confesses, relates, reminisces and pores over in eloquent and vivid paragraphs that time in that world.
Karen Lillis features elsewhere on kilometerzero.org with her Small Presses in Pittsburg project.
Nook is Tim Vincent-Smith’s business of the art of being and doing as Tim Vincent-Smith does and is. Nook projects include seats made out of pianos, beds made out of driftwood trees, trousers made out of ties, and a portrait of Timothy Hornsby as The Nightwatchman painted on a piece of plyboard pulled up from under some Scot’s kitchen floor. This is what nook had to say about itself:
“Martine Bedin designs what she likes, not what the customer wants, because the customer does not know and could never explain, just as she cannot explain what she will do until she has done it. A designer, she thinks, is a sort of peaceful terrorist, who creates what nobody expects, what nobody could forsee: that is the whole point of originality.”
—An Intimate History of Humanity, Theodore Zeldin
For months, nay years, we here at Kilometer Zero have been begging – yes, begging – Quinn Comendant to post to the KMZ Microblog. What finally got him up off his Zen California ass and inspired him to put fingers to keys for the Microblog? Paravion Press, the publishing venture launched by Atlantis Books in Greece. Which means it must be pretty damn sensational to make that hippy/flower/organic/tea/bicycle child get up out of his fair trade hammock and post something. So, really, you should check it out:
(And, this is a screenshot of a cover. Dynamic imagery is not our trademark.)
Shadows – a Mik Kuhman live movement art installation – opens October 1 in the vacant windows of the Old Variety Store on Vashon Island.
Roger’s Pass at the Austin Film Festival.
Roger’s Pass premieres on September 25 at the Calgary International Film Festival
Colin Askey, dear to all of our hearts, makes his directorial/producerorial/screenplayorial debut with Roger’s Pass. Watch the trailer and tell me you aren’t hankering to see this film …
Karen Lillis read with us in Paris from her novel EyeScorpion, and hooked us up in New York with the legendary St. Mark’s Bookstore. She’s now in Pittsburg, where she has hooked up all the small presses, independent bookstores, and information regarding readings and events into one wiki:
They say the problem with anarchists is that anarchists aren’t good at coming together. Not so for small presses in Pittsburg.
Edmund Burke once observed that, “He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.”
Lucid words. But there’s one small problem. No matter how helpful these antagonists might be, they usually get treated like, well, antagonists. This is the paradox of dissent and Jeremy Mercer examines how a new generation of behavioral economics, neuroscientists, and business managers are attempting to extract the fruits of dissent while protecting the cherished dissenter from the claws of conventional thinkers.
Read the essay here:
And, if you aren’t familiar with Ode Magazine, visit the site and give it a look. In an age where most magazines are dumbing down and featuring high-profile investigations on celebrity cellulite, Ode provides a progressive and in-depth look at everything from advances in green architecture to the future of ethical investment. Worth a look is Mercer’s earlier – and award-winning! – essay which examines how standard economic theory wrongly dismissed the role altruism plays in society and business.
For more of Mercer’s non-Ode work, visit his website http://www.jeremymercer.net