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Hunger In America Hijack 2005 owen plotkin

At the time America’s Second Harvest had very little of the public’s attention. I used some bad boy action to
see if they could get a little more attention. Understandably they were not happy. Got a cease and desist letter. I revised to image to feature Jeff Bridges’ hunger non profit. End Network. Second Harvest changed the org’s name to Feeding America not too long after. Nowadays they have a very good marketing and pr team and lot’s of awareness now.

owen plotkin hijacked an ad for hunger awareness stunt
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interview owen plotkin soundlab

S o u n d L A B Collection sonic art projects 2004-2018 Interview: Owen Plotkin

Owen Plotkin

artist biography
Interview : 10 questions

1. When did you start making music, what is/was your motivation to do it?

I was 14. I wanted to make music. I was surrounded by music. My Father loved Opera and played it incessantly.
He gave me his classical guitar. I taught myself to play it. My Mother loved jazz and often played me her records.
There was rock and roll on the radio waves.

2. Tell me something about your living environment and the musical education.

See answer to question one.

3. Is making music your profession? What is the context in which you practice music nowadays?

I have never made more than a few hundred dollars from music. I practice music every day. Music is inside me,
just like it’s inside you.

4. How do you compose or create music or sound? Have you certain principles, use certain styles etc?

Trust intuition. Open the door. Find a thread, let it lead the way. Music has nothing to do with style.

5. Tell me something about the instruments, technical equipment or tools you use?

Voice. Acoustic stringed instruments. Software synths. Electric guitars. Toys. Samplers. Software recording and editing systems. Tape based recording devices. Air. Solids. Liquids.

6. What are the chances of New Media for the music production in general and you personally?

Chance plays an important role is all creation. Very important. Choosing to contact one person. Deciding to walk
down a particular street. Answering an email. Sending one. Uploading something. Downloading something.
The chances are very good something will happen.

7. How about producing and financing your musical productions?

Try not to spend any money. But, if time is money, spend a lot. Don’t wait for money.

8. Do you work individually as a musician/soundartist or in a group or collaborative? If you have experience in both, what is the difference, what do you prefer?

Both are good. Alone.

9. Is there any group, composer, style or movement which has a lasting influence on making music?

Cage Lennon Ruggles Glass Babbitt Dylan Hendrix Moog Ives Parker Cohen Verlaine Whitman Williams Ibsen Stevens Picasso Duchamp Mitchell Carson Chekov Hemingway Fellini Antonioni Bergman Coppola Plath Ginsberg Kerouac

10. What are your future plans or dreams as a soundartist or musician?

Make more music. Have it listened to.

The Electrical Retrospectacle owen plotkin

Info on this avant garde experimental film series I curated.

The Electrical Retrospectacle

owen plotkin

One of the series:

G R E E T I N G S :
FRIDAY, JULY 19th, 9pm, Short films for the nervous system * 60’s 70’s
Projected 16mm avantgardeexperimentalunderground FILMS
projected at GALAPALOS 70 N 6th St., Brooklyn, N.Y. 718.782.5188
9pm, $10
242.PILOTS live video computer art improv ensemble. Acclaimed throughout Europe and Canada. Featuring:
Kurt Ralske – (ex ultra vivid scene) genius at large, (, HC Gilje, and Lukasz Lysakowski.
MUSIC by – Keith Fullerton Whitman and Greg Davis renowned experimental electronic music composer/performers.
and RADICAL LOW, a modern dance / live video / live electronic music performance, featuring Belgian dancer/choreographer Chantal Yzermans. “A compelling, intriguing alliance of sound and motion” – NY Times

>>>>>>OWEN PLOTKIN’S THE ELECTRICAL RETROSPECTACLE #17 <<<<<<<<<<<<< T H E F I L M S : T H E F I L M S Matrix, James Whitney (1968) color, sound, 6 min. "Visionary filmmaker plumbs the depths of percepconscienceness. All circuits are GO ! " - Plotkin Aparatus sum- Hollis Frampton (1972) color, silent, 2-1/2 min. "Hollis Frampton meditates on what remains."- Plotkin Thanatopsis , Ed Emshwiller (1962) B+W, sound, 5 min. "The moment one's mortality is revealed to be a brilliant gem, fearsome and enchanting."- Plotkin Serpent , Scott Bartlett (1971)15 min.(sound)color "This film - 31 years old - is as now as CNN 31 years from tommorow. Bartlett = genius"-- Plotkin Windowmobile, James Broughton with Joel Singer, 1977, 7-1/2 min., B+W, "Poet James Broughton is always true to his wise, his innocent soul."-Plotkin Straight and Narrow, 1970, 10 min., Beverly and Tony Conrad w/music by Terry Riley and John Cale. "A flickeringly refreshing eyeopener. Pow! "-Plotkin Arabesque for Kenneth Anger, Marie Menken ,(196?) color, sound, 4 min. music by Teiji Ito "Marie Menken's delicate hand leads one to one's own beauty. Behold."-Plotkin Time of the locust-Peter Gessner (1966) b&w, sound, 12 min. "The sky is black with bombers, the grass is crying for man."-Plotkin AND MORE! Astounding pioneering bold personal open poetic film works. Projected 16mm prints at GALAPALOS Films curated by owen plotkin info at

something i made years ago for owen plotkin


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Martin Luther King Jr owen plotkin

B.L. Ochman What’s next blog -“Memory and dream collide in this Martin Luther King tribute video by Owen Plotkin”

Plutonian Ode owen plotkin

Ginsberg blog – ” Owen Plotkin’s film on and of Allen’s 1978 poem, Plutonian Ode, remains, regrettably, cautionary and timely.

I am Owen Plotkin

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Ginsberg blog – “Owen Plotkin’s film on and of Allen’s 1978 poem, Plutonian Ode, remains, regrettably, cautionary and timely.
B.L. Ochman What’s next blog -“Memory and dream collide in this Martin Luther King tribute video by Owen Plotkin”
2002 242.PILOTS live computer art improv ensemble
featuring Kurt Ralske and Owen Plotkin The Electrical Retrospectacle at GALAPAGOS williamsburg NYC

Hungrr LLC, a hunger awareness company
Faceblockd, how to f*k with a social network logo
Owen Plotkin interview via SoundLAB, part of “Le Musee di-visioniste – the new museum of networked art”the cyber kitchen
Owen Plotkin’s featured in rhizome and the new museum’s html colour exhibit”
Owen Plotkin exhibited at FILE 2006 Electronic Language International Festival in São Paulo
multi media performance project “Love,Love Barbara”
AND – Artists Network Database

owen plotkin videos selected

Apple Store iPhone Incident – @ owen plotkin 3:18

the day the original iphone was released I put on the orange Hungrr suit and this happened..

We were surprised they let us into the museum that day
and not surprised when they asked me to leave the garden…
Museum of Modern Art hungrr in the garden – owen plotkin (1:50)

Psynk (5:48)
images and sound and music ©owen plotkin

warning: flashing light could cause seizure in epilepsy

TOO CLOSE • A 2001 REACTION (3:48) © owen plotkin
“The attack occurred, I stood and watched
the buildings fall with my own eyes, smelled
the burning plastic from across the river,
later at home, my eyes and ears were unnerved
by the television as it became an unrelenting fear machine.

A Prayer in May. instrumental improvisation – owen plotkin 2008 (1:35)

Oh Great Machine – a song about Google censorship and China (1:13)
Jan ’06, when Google censored China’s Google search engine,
I wrote and recorded this song. – owen plotkin

Plutonian Ode (12:14) by owen plotkin
The images and audio in this film are public domain and/or
offered by creative commons and are available for download and reproduction
at the internet archive, the Prelinger archives, C.E. Price
and from the U.S. Department of Energy
National Nuclear Security Administration Nevada Site Office
Allen Ginsberg recorded Naropa Inst.