Criptic Critic Conscience and Known for it

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Trap - 1 - F*k You Buddy, The Trap - 2 - The Lonely Robot, The Trap - 3 - We Will Force U 2 Be Free

New Zealand Dream - New Zealand Exceptionalism

So at least our RAce relations aren't as bad as they are in Australia, we can be proud of that, not as bad as South Africa, Palestine, Amerixca, JUST WHAT KIND OF REASONING IS THIS. There's no forward cause that kind of progressiveness gets confused with endless growth capitalism. There's no pulling quality from the past cause that is nostalgic utopian idealism, there's no standing still cause those that know even just a little of what's involved can see the Waitangi Tribunal as sticking fingers into a sea wall of trouble. There will of course be unintended consequences... but 1 or 2%, and no land, is not going to cut it. I try to imagine, gov. taking my name away, where and how I live, fighting for 200 odd years, then given 1-2 % of just some of the money involved, that's not peace. That's just the same war, in Australia, IN America, south Africa, Jerusalem, war by other means. That's just the way we do things here in NZ. While South America locals went to war, we roll over. And say.. Well at least we are better than...

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

"Type 3 Knowledge" - Collaboration with Carmel Skeaff - SUPERMARKET 2013- International Art Fair- Stockholm, Sweden

We received numerous ideas in the initial conversations we had with Carmel and Tao (through Carmel). As the ideas continued to change at each meeting, although they stayed within a certain thematic, we withheld from entering very far into a dialogue. For us, this led to a kind of freezing up in terms of processing any of their ideas, which in retrospect was less than ideal. Had C & T given us more concrete information at an earlier stage we would have been able to enter into more of a dialogue. This dialogue however was taking place intensely between C and T instead.
This meant a thickening in the relationship between the artists who had not previously worked together, as well as further experimentation on their behalf. This was very valuable for them and us in turn, however it did then require us to make some fundamental decisions without consulting C and T because of the time constraints. This was not necessarily a negative but definitely a formative thing.
It is also important to note that 2-3 days prior to emailing us the questions (on Feb 12), Carmel communicated to us that they would be giving us ‘some kind of questionnaire’. It was at this point we were also really trying to pull together the different threads of the projects to get a better overall feel of what the show would actually develop into for the space at the Kulturhuset.
In many ways we began developing a response to C & T’s questionnaire (as we began calling it) before we actually knew it’s content. This was not entirely blind, of course, because we knew of the types of ideas they were interested in exploring for the project. However, it was because of the pressure/ time frame that we did so.
We had already noted the number of canvassers in the area (largely because we would be trying to avoid them) around the Kulturhuset.
The content of the Questionnaire felt somewhat independent at the time, we were more concerned with how we could approach the format of a questionnaire as a work in itself. We think this is interesting because it shows how much time C&T spent talking about their ideas and their content and we spent more time at that point thinking about the structure and form of the work. We think this comes out of the pressure to interweave many things at once. It
becomes easier to try and think more logistically about how things might structurally fit together than how the ins & outs of their potential content will. This is a problematic situation to be in.
We were also aware of the seriousness of the institutional critique (*bad labeling) that C&T were interested in- in a general sense- and we felt it important that the work didn’t sit as just a paper inciting criticism and was actually active in it’s critique.
We approached a Unicef canvasser on the street near the Kulturhuset and asked her a few questions regarding her job. This is what we learned: She worked 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, in 5hr shifts with a one hour lunch break. She was paid 120SEK an hour and considered this a good wage, and seemed to think it relatively high for a canvasser. She said that they work in certain zones and that they rotate these zones with different companies so as to not crowd in certain areas too much.
It is important to note that we felt that the absurd/similarities/contrast/contradictory relationship between the canvassers as people who ask for money and ask for people to take some kind of social(?) responsibility was interesting in relation to C&T’s interests. There is correlation between the social responsibility of the artist as raised by C&T, as well as their interest in financial transparency, i.e. where do you give your money, who do you give your money to and so on.
We decided that we could ask for a canvasser to work for us only if we paid them their usual wage. We did consider the average wage of an artist or other profession re: performance, but felt that it was important that we were employing them to work as professional ‘questioners’ and NOT performers. (In retrospect we realized that had we hired performers or actors we would have had to pay them a lot more). We considered asking them to do just one hour work, or one hour a couple of times, although we realized this was largely due to the initial lack of interest from the Unicef girl and because of how hard we were finding it to actually locate any canvassers (this was because we were unaware that they didn’t work on the weekends) and we were also trying to consider worst case scenarios.
When we approached Tim he was with another canvasser Nelly, working for Amnesty International, however Nelly became less interested as we explained the project. Tim however was interested immediately and said he would like to be involved irrespective to whether or not we paid him. We did not have the questions yet so could not tell them explicitly what they would be talking about. We said that the questions would be about art and criticism in general and they explained they knew little on either subject.
We met Tim and his co-worker Lev, who came instead of the girl, the next day to discuss properly what we would like them to do. Lev in particular thought the whole situation was hysterical and they both responded with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. They agreed to work for their same rate of pay and duration in Sergels Torg outside the Kulturhuset.
We decided to provide them with the same collateral they have for Amnesty, which included:
A Binder- we made logo out of the phrase present in the introduction to the questions ‘type 3 knowledge’ and slipped it into the plastic cover of their usual binder. An ID card- we again simply made a cover the exact size that slipped over their amnesty card that had our logo on it and revealed their photo on their card underneath.
A Jacket- we gave them a scarf instead- the tracksuit top and bottom we had previously been given by Kieran and Luke. We felt this was the simplest and most logical way to constitute a
“uniform” as we were already in possession of them. These articles informed our logo color scheme.
We met one hour before they started in Sergels Torg to discuss the ideas behind the questions. We were aware of the absurdity involved in trying to explain the history of art. We provided them with a SUPERMARKET catalogue and talked in very simple terms about institutional critique. We referenced wikileaks and the vague understanding we have about ‘type 3 knowledge’ as the knowledge that is withheld from the general public by big business/governments regarding specific information such as financial sponsorship, power/conspiracy ... That if known to the general public would have a big impact on the way we make everyday decisions and theoretically fundamentally shift the way we view/live/invest in the world.
Tim and Lev responded with little confidence in our discussion and especially Lev seemed to feel as though we were asking him to ask people to questions he didn’t understand and that if he was asked what he meant he would have no answer. We were very explicit in saying that this is OK and a valid response and that we felt it important for them to respond however they felt comfortable. Their responses were in general very clear in highlighting the specificity of the questions, not to just SUPERMARKET but also to art in general, that we were talking about a specialization of a specialization. In a way the responsibility we had undertaken in being able to translate/understand these questions ourselves became apparent.
Tim and Lev also sat for an extended period of time and translated the questions into Swedish. It was interesting to note how during translating the questions they constantly referred to one another to confer the meaning and equivalent of each word. In a way, this was a pivotal moment in that the decisions they made personally, created the structure of the questions (we do not actually know how they translated these because we don’t know Swedish). This may be an interesting point to translate their interpretations of the questions and compare them----
We spoke to them about who they were going to talk to and we specifically did not want to preference the people entering/exiting SUPERMARKET- but rather to capitalize of the broad- general public who frequented the square. The guys went out into Sergels Torg and we realized that any hesitation they had conceptually were no longer apparent, as the nature in which they communicated with the public was overwhelmingly confident or successful. People repeatedly stopped and talked to them for lengthy periods of time. They appeared very non-threatening and their success rate in terms of entering into conversation with whomever they approached was overwhelmingly high. We had no reason to presume it otherwise, except that the complexity of the questions combined with the fact that they were asking the public meant to us previously that it was unlikely to elicit much response.
Afterwards we sat down with their answers, which they recorded in Swedish and let them discuss their experience with us. Overwhelmingly we felt that what was most interesting was how much insight into what they were asking people they had gained from the nature with which people answered. It had become a kind of reverse canvassing- depending on who they spoke to- but generally they seemed to identify when someone they approached understood what they were talking about, and took on their responses to inform their own, as yet undetermined, opinions about what they were talking about. In many ways this felt like the most poignant element of the project with C&T, in that by giving us the responsibility to approach
others with these opinionated questions we had opened the doors to let these two guys enter into their own understanding or opinion about art, in a way that was generated by the questions.

in response to C Skeaff and T Wells (photo: David Head)

Interpreting Variable Arrangements 2013.  In collaboration with Isadora Vaughan (with contributions from Lane Cormick, Shmulik Friedman, Helen Grogan, Johanna Nordin, Luke Sands & Keiren Seymour, Carmel Skeaff & Tao Wells, John Vella and Benjamin Woods)

SUPERMARKET 2013- International Art Fair- Stockholm

FREE PDF DOCUMENT (for above writing and more on other artists/ works in the show

If you still like Obama, then take that fucking peace sign off your car

How super-rich Kiwis dodge tax

Inland Revenue has found that 107 out of 161 "high-wealth individuals" who own or control more than $50 million worth of assets declared their personal income in the last financial year was less than $70,000 
- the starting point for the top tax bracket of 33 cents in the dollar.

The multimillionaires used a variety of 6,800 tax-planning devices - such as companies, trusts and overseas bank accounts - to avoid paying tax. One had a network of 197 entities.


How super-rich Kiwis dodge tax

By Anna Leask @AnnaLeask , Jared Savage @jaredsavageNZH
5:30 AM Saturday Jun 1, 2013
Many Kiwis with assets of more than $50m declared income of less than $70,000 in their tax returns

The multi-millionaires used a variety of 6800 tax-planning devices - such as companies, trusts and overseas bank accounts - to avoid paying tax. 
Two-thirds of New Zealand's richest people are not paying the top personal tax rate, with increasingly complex overseas schemes and bank accounts being used to evade the taxman.

Inland Revenue has found that 107 out of 161 "high-wealth individuals" who own or control more than $50 million worth of assets declared their personal income in the last financial year was less than $70,000 - the starting point for the top tax bracket of 33 cents in the dollar.

The multimillionaires used a variety of 6,800 tax-planning devices - such as companies, trusts and overseas bank accounts - to avoid paying tax. One had a network of 197 entities.

The IRD is unable to say whether some of those it is investigating may have paid the top tax rate on income received through trusts.

One expert said once that was included, it would show some were paying a fair share.
But University of Auckland tax specialist Michael Littlewood said he was "not even slightly surprised" at the level of tax evasion among the super rich.

"They do it because if there's a way you can pay less tax, why wouldn't you? I think they are a small minority though. The average person has got relatively little opportunity to avoid tax other than by reducing their liability, for example buying duty free."

Dr Littlewood estimated that up to $36 trillion was hidden in tax havens around the world. "It is an enormous amount of wealth. Pretty much every government in the world is attempting to do something about it."

In 2010, the IRD Tax Working Group raised concerns about the rich avoiding the top tax rate through sheltering devices such as family trusts.
The number had increased from 146,000 in 2001 to 237,000 in 2010.

Months later, the Government cut the top personal tax rate from 38 per cent to 33 to bring it into line with the tax rate for trusts.

But even after that change, the IRD continues to claw back hundreds of millions of dollars in extra tax from the super rich - $89 million in the 2012/13 financial year so far.

A report on tax compliance said the IRD had noted an "increasing complexity" in the financing arrangements of some companies, large corporations and high-wealth or -income individuals in the past year.

Aggressive tax arrangements can include the use of tax havens, transferring profits to associated overseas entities, using trusts to divert taxable income, and showing lifestyle and luxury assets as business ones.

"Some customers, particularly high-wealth and high-income individuals, are continuing to use offshore schemes and bank accounts to evade tax by misrepresenting how much they earn or own. There are also customers who under report their worldwide income," according to the 2012/13 report.
Labour's revenue spokesman, David Cunliffe, said it appeared the problem here was worsening.
"I am astounded and appalled. The legitimate tax system requires that everyone pays their fair share.
"If people want to [avoid tax] then it will require the Government to be much stricter and crack down on avoidance opportunities. Why should people who are the most privileged sector of society use their position to avoid paying a fair share of tax?
"That is morally wrong and should be illegal."

However, tax lawyer Andrew Ryan from Minter Ellison Rudd Watts in Auckland said it was not accurate to suggest high-wealth individuals were "getting away without paying tax".
"These high-net-wealth individuals will most probably be paying more GST than most individuals. In order to get a true reflection of the tax paid by the wealthiest individuals, it is necessary to include the tax paid by their companies and trusts.

"Not paying personal tax on income at the top tax rate does not mean that an individual is not paying a fair share of tax, once tax paid by their associates is factored in."

Figures supplied to the Weekend Herald show that the IRD has collected more than $600 million in extra tax since a unit was set up in 2003 to investigate high-wealth individuals.

Other cases still under investigation total $212 million, and a further $112 million is disputed.

Inland Revenue has also identified 500 people it believes may have given themselves artificially low salaries to avoid paying the top personal rate.

Taxpayers were given a 16-month grace period in which to make a voluntary disclosure - granted after the outcome of the landmark Penny and Hooper case in November 2011.

Ian Penny and Gary Hooper were Christchurch surgeons who used company structures and family trusts to artificially lower their salaries to avoid a higher personal income tax rate introduced in 2001.

The Supreme Court sided with the IRD when it ruled that "income derived from personal exertion should belong in its appropriate taxation band and should not be inappropriately diverted away".

About 800 people made voluntary disclosures since the IRD announced the concession and an extra $20 million in unpaid tax is likely to be collected.

193 New Zealanders own or control assets worth more than $50 million
161 have filed tax returns for the 2012 financial year
107 have declared their personal income is less than $70,000
By Anna Leask @AnnaLeask Email Anna,

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Diamonds Shine (The Clean)

mass amnesia through hypnosis

Depeche Mode - Enjoy The Silence (Rare World Trade Center Music Video 10...  
 [HD] Depeche Mode - "Enjoy the Silence" Live on Letterman 3/11/2013

Fushitsusha - Staring at a point in time, memorizing. Vowing never to return.

New Zealanders giving away 45 million dollars

"90% of profit from deep sea drilling will go offshore, 100% risk stays here. Giving them tax breaks to frack NZ is insane." reader..
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  • Dibid Babid typical politician, needs a real job .
    • Wells Tao spot the guy in line for that 10%
    • Dibid Babid sharp as usual Wells, I expect nothing less. However, I just dont see how politicians can sleep at night when they choose to sensationalize stories to score points with nit wits who aint lookin at the bigger economic picture.
    • Dibid Babid Does mr hughes ride a wooden bike and have flax shoes. All very well to call people polluters but what is it they say about people in glass houses'' What does he fill his barbeque up with , hippy farts?
    • Wells Tao sharp as a tack young Dibid, nice, my take on the usual "alternative" as oppose to "opposition" in local politics, maybe international, is that the game is a numbers one. You have the numbers you have the power, now economics funny enough works in, oh yeah, it's surprising how they ARE EXACTLY THE SAME. this crock of old baloney we call government is a piss in the face of concepts that are as plane on the nose of my face, better. So in the contest that is argument, the small buyer/ seller hurls his wears at an indifferent market, already enjoying the spoils of profit thanks to the beneficial influences of fascism on social stability, (after all where does that "security" initially come from , if not you and I agreeing in good society, not to gain our brothers numbers and make raid on said bank vault and recover teh material of what was always our in earning. ( 2nd chapter, beginning of my book)

I'm feeling real generous, so here's one before I sleep,

I am already old,
I 'm tird, i'm beat
 I have no debt that I can live up to
I die owing, the bank owns me like a slave.

you see those over there,
those old people,
lot in their heads, trying to get out
 to no where
 There is no where for them to go,
we give them only death. The hard working the shoulders that we stand on
We give them nothing, just death to wait for as they live.

I'm already old
 I have no earth to wake for,
no life that is mine to dispense with as a king
 I am not even a god,
not one that works for one either.
Our greatest minds are attached to people whose greatest
 accomplishment is that they were caught.
Caught this close carrying the keys' from the entrance. on the way out
 They werre caught, with a baby grand piano
 an elephant a gun
 I dont know, their sex, their childhood, memoires of their mother,
that's the way they do it, the game of bait and hook , cant get off the line if the barb is you trying to remove it, No sense in pretneding you aint been hooked of course you ahve
 look  at m sitting here you don't see my in your head communicating like I otta, instantly tlelpathically, with a friend in mind, I am yours… no i've subsititiuted alltime all existence for a scope of history, a linear time tile, marking out  space in the big time and space vault, this flesh keeps threatening to play as important, and boom there it is you got me, conventional, running up the home plate dropping the ball back side of my pants fall opening, gonads prod and measured, Sold at the market of your choice, and evidentially mine, This idea of good.

I want another.
who will challenge me.
I'm tired, I'me beat..
I'm old.