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The X issue: when was the last time art changed the world?

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Cover: Shirley Tse’s Quack heard around the world #1.  Of this image she said it was “only a simulation of the actual situation”. “An incident in 1992 gives us a perfect example of the paradox of artificiality: a freak ocean storm washed a container off a freighter in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, releasing 29,000 plastic bathtub toys being shipped from Hong Kong to Tacoma, Washington. Over the next year, thousands of blue turtles, red beavers, yellow ducks and green frogs washed up on the Alaska coast, giving oceanographers a great deal of data on North Pacific winds and currents. The marine research community dubbed this incident ‘the quack heard around the world’ and used it to update their computer models of the ocean.” This image was used as illustration to “Post-colonial Mutation and Artificiality Hong Kong, a case study”, a slide lecture for the all-nighter Chance Conference organised by Chris Kraus at Whiskey Pete’s casino in Primm, Nevada, 1996.

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The Life and Death Issue

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Cover: Warren Olds’ Hells Apples (from an original idea by Charlotte Craw). He was very interested to learn that NZ conceptual artist Billy Apple collects motorbikes. Then he thought, should he ever form a gang... (Remember CB Wong of the Apple and Pear Marketing Board? The way he used to talk about a "Crip(p)s apple"? Cont. Ed.)
NB. This cover was a big mistake and breached the Hell’s Angel’s trademark. Log sincerely apologises. Sorry!!

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The Revolution Issue

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Kick out the jams motherfuckers! It’s the Revolution number! Manifestoes, movements, riots, spleen and bile, break-throughs and upheavals (artistic and otherwise), Hope and anything genius is where this issue was at. Evolution, Prog Anything, starry-eyed Theory, enlightenment, black panthers, white panthers, things that go round like records and anything that answers the question "Just what is revolutionary these days?" was the go. Revolution is surely not just about being contemporary just as it is not about being televised. Nothing is that simple. Or maybe it is. Reach for the stars comrades. Remember, The Political is Personal...

Cover: This sky was photographed by Manukau Institute of Technology art school lecturer Mark Kirby on a visit to Sydney at the time of their last biennale. He there happened across Reconciliation Day, a national day devoted to race relations in Australia. During this, sky-writing that spelled out "sorry" appeared in the heavens, over and over... Kirby says, "I remember taking the photo from the cafe at the Art Gallery of NSW, if that matters."

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Issue Twelve View contents page The boy-girl pink and blue issue

"When God took the rib and made Joyce’s ‘the cutletized consort’, then the trouble started and we were in the game. Male and female, life and death, good and evil: problems of opposites..." (Joseph Campbell) 

Sometime earlier this year, Radio New Zealand aired a discussion between radio show host Kim Hill and her relationship expert woman psychologist in which the following assertion was made: that the traditional male characteristics are similar to those of mild autism. (My father reported this to me.)

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Cover. Yvonne Todd’s Clark and Yvonne Todd, evening of the Takapuna Grammar School ball, winter 1988. She was wearing a dress she designed herself and the person she is glaring at was her mother. So why was she going with her brother? Who cares - she never made it for drinking too much fruit wine and passing out at a friend’s place anyway.

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featuring interviews with Joseph Kosuth and Michael Stevenson/Steven Brower, excerpts from the diary of Wystan Curnow, and all in a special Raygun tribute layout.

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A Daniel Malone l’est-we-forget remodelling of documentation of his 1997 work, Slant-Eyes ("one cabinet built to museological specifications and with the same exaggerated perspective as the vases it contains - mdf, glass, linen, one pair of Fukien Ware vases from the Oriental Room collection, Auckland War Memorial Museum. It was sans poppies for the show") from The Oriental Room project. Curated by Jacob Faull, this was staged in the Auckland War Memorial Museum’s Oriental Room before it was deem’d out-moded, and stripped out. Reaction is indeed the opium of the masses. Incidentally, the hill on which the museum stands is called Pukekawa, or "hill of bitter tears".

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The tenth issue of Log has been devoted to the New Age where nihilism, logic and materialism are out, and the spirit is in!
As the Age of Aquarius is almost upon us, our contributors have outdone themselves. We have the occult galore, tantric sex, shrines, psychics, orgone accumulators, self-help tapes, herbal remedies, gurus and sage advice, RVs, heart-felt boy-fiction and poetry, Hunterdwasser vs. The Unabomber and more magic than you can shake a stick at. Who would have thought our contributors would be such a worldly, nay celestial, bunch?
As a sample, here is a new piece of fiction by I love Dick author Chris Kraus, a crop circles exposé by out-going editor, Tessa Laird, and in the inaugural "Lifestyles if the Antipodean Bohemians" column, an introduction to our very own Rosaleen Norton, aka "The Witch of King's Cross" and bona fide inspiration for the Rolling Stones' song "Sympathy for the Devil".
We also have 12 pieces that have over-flowed from issue 10, so bountious were the submissions. The universe does truly provide!

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Cover.Maddie Leach, Pool (1999). It is the Norman Kirk Memorial Pool in Lyttelton. On a walk the other day Leach discovered a seat on a street corner in Seatoun with a plaque saying that Norman Kirk used to enjoy sitting there. Quel coincidence.

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As with LOG 2 the Orientalism Issue,LOG 9 the Lists issue is an experiment with format. With millennial journalism doing the top-ten overkill, LOG Illustrated took it upon itself to resuscitate the list as a fun way to string a sentence together. Or a group of images, for that matter.

Featuring a provocative cover by Geoff Heath, and a magnificent calendar pull-out by Ani O'Neill, this edition of LOG is a must. Other highlights: Gwyn Porter's lusty polemic on the museum as a hothouse of passion, Joyce Campbell's snaps of the Latino Los Angeles, British trio Norman Hogg, Marijke Steedman and Simon Wood whip up their deliciously nauseating Recipe for something Else, Terrence Handscomb spills the beans on who he would really like to sleep with, and swamp-city sculptor-boy Dan Arps makes a witty writerly debut with his Christchurch-roundup...

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With a superb full colour cover by Megan Dunn, this issue is a visual stunner.

Pageworks by Yvonne Todd, a centre spread by Bill Hammond, and a combined effort with poetry and images by John Pule and Sofia Tekela, this is definitely a LOG worth collecting. The Freudian theme is dabbled with in Nik Wright's discussion of prison tattoos, Ochiichi Augustmoon's discussion of gendered language, and David Woodward's examination of the disinhibiting effects of the "Feraliminal Lycanthropiser".

Meanwhile, Bryce Galloway gets back to his Scottish roots while Gwyn Porter goes back to Christchurch and lambastes all the sacred cows. Heather Galbraith reviews Sophie Calle in the Freud Museum, London, and Danny Huppatz talks about the inaugural Melbourne Biennale, Signs of Life.

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LOG designer Warren Olds is in his element with this issue, which has a "space-age" feel.

Michael Morley looks at the hierarchy of CNN and science, Julainne Sumich examines Joyce Campbell's penchant for Petri dishes. Marcus Moore talks about Star Wars (somebody had to), while the enigmatic "Atomjack" discusses the scientific possibility of immortality. There is an excerpt from Chris Kraus's forthcoming novel Aliens and Anorexia, as well as short stories by Martin Henderson and Deran Ludd. Pageworks by LA artists and a centrefold by Mr. Sean Kerr cap off this issue.

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Featuring brilliant three-colour pageworks by Auckland's Megan Dunn and Adelaide's Hayley Arjona, this is definitely a LOG for the collector.

Slake your intellectual thirst with Matthew Hyland and Catherine Dale, your penchant for gossip with Tessa Laird's review of Chris Kraus's infamous I Love Dick, and enjoy new fiction by Chris Kraus, Bob Cardy and Ben Harper. Chris Chapman reviews the 11th Biennale of Sydney while Andrew McQualter looks at Close Quarters. Gwyn Porter takes a holiday from writing but makes up for it with a snapshot of Giovanni Intra standing infront of Ice-T's house in Los Angeles, (all substance, no style).

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Published to coincide with the Sydney Biennale, this issue features 50/50 Australian and NZ content, as well as pageworks by all six of the artists who represented NZ at the Biennale. This is also the first issue where LOG goes bicolor, and of course it's green and gold to honour our Aussie cuzzies, with a cover by NZ expat Darian Zam. Gwyn Porter looks at Adam Cullen, Adam Cullen looks at Daniel Malone, Daniel Malone uses a pseudonym because he can't find anyone to write about his work. Gavin Hipkins provides the centrespread: it looks like two fuzzy kiwifruit but we all know it goes way deeper than that’right?

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This issue is dedicated to all those ephemeral art spaces run on love and the smell of an oily rag.

Danny Butt profiles Auckland's Teststrip, Russell Storer looks at Sydney's Side-on, while Melbourne's Grey Area, City Lights and First Floor all come up for discussion. Also, reports from Berlin, Aachen and Tijuana. Auckland's Rm3 and Fiat Lux give themselves a pat on the back, as do Christchurch's High St Project and Dunedin's Honeymoon Suite. And if talking shop gets you down there's plenty of fiction and poetry to cheer you up, not to mention a superb pinup of a lesser known Wellington gallery run entirely in a toilet cubicle.

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This issue looks at all kinds of inscription, from cartoons, to love notes, to defaced greenbacks, to ASCII art.

Maria Walls interviews L. Budd, the Melbourne group "Textbase" is profiled, there is even an interview with the late great Kathy Acker conducted shortly before her death by Rubén Reyes. Tessa Laird looks at the paintings of Tony de Lautour, and Cameron Bain continues to wax lyrical. The centrefold is of video stills by Sydney's David Haines. Most notably, Gwyn Porter "interviews" Axl Rose, and what an articulate subject he turns out to be!

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Always fresh, always good, LOG proves it's not afraid to go backwards to go forwards (the magazine is read from right to left in Oriental fashion).

The contents are a medley of writing and works by artists of Asian descent, and writing and works by artists who wish they were of Asian descent. Stand-outs are: an interview with the Sultan of Ocussi-Ambeno, homages to Keiji Haino (Nick Cain) and Rirkrit Tiravanija (Anna Sanderson), and a major discussion of the work of Daniel Malone by Gwyn Porter. The centrefold of a group of Auckland artists in Japanese SchoolGirl uniforms styled by Kirsty Cameron is a collectors' item.

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The inaugural issue of Log Illustrated sinks its teeth into the oft overlooked artform of video, with reviews of some of NZ's most interesting recent works, such as Lisa Reihana's A Maori Dragon Story by Tessa Laird, Sean Kerr's Jaunt by Alice Hutchison, and a poetic meditation on Veronica Vaevae's videos by John Pule. Meanwhile, Gwyn Porter gets to the heart of Hollywood, Daniel Malone interviews notorious New York cable art stars Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith, and our man in New York, David Watson, interviews the editor of Bummer Patrol, another copiously anarchic Manhattan Cable show. For art history buffs, NZ Video buff Lawrence McDonald is interviewed, and he also pays homage to Phil Dadson's seminal work Earth / Breath.

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