We lost ourselves for a moment and all Karina could do was laugh at me, the good people of San Francisco were kind enough to take our photos, to confirm our individuality and make sure we know that they can see us.
here is Cleckley’s original list of symptoms of a contemporary american hero;
1. Considerable superficial charm and average or above average intelligence.
2. Absence of delusions and other signs of irrational thinking
3. Absence of anxiety or other “neurotic” symptoms considerable poise, calmness, and verbal facility.
4. Unreliability, disregard for obligations no sense of responsibility, in matters of little and great import.
5.Untruthfulness and insincerity
7. Antisocial behavior which is inadequately motivated and poorly planned, seeming to stem from an inexplicable impulsiveness.
7.Inadequately motivated antisocial behavior
8.Poor judgment and failure to learn from experience
9. Pathological egocentricity. Total self-centeredness incapacity for real love and attachment.
10. General poverty ot deep and lasting emotions.
11. Lack of any true insight, inability to see oneself as others do.
12. Ingratitude for any special considerations, kindness, and trust.
13. Fantastic and objectionable behavior, after drinking and sometimes even when not drinking—vulgarity, rudeness, quick mood shifts, pranks.
14. No history of genuine suicide attempts.
15. An impersonal, trivial, and poorly integrated seX life.
16. Failure to have a life plan and to live in any ordered way, unless it be one promoting self-defeat.
1. GLIB and SUPERFICIAL CHARM — the tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally facile. Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to say anything. A psychopath never gets tongue-tied. They have freed themselves from the social conventions about taking turns in talking, for example. >
2. GRANDIOSE SELF-WORTH — a grossly inflated view of one’s abilities and self-worth, self-assured, opinionated, cocky, a braggart. Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are superior human beings.
3. NEED FOR STIMULATION or PRONENESS TO BOREDOM — an excessive need for novel, thrilling, and exciting stimulation; taking chances and doing things that are risky. Psychopaths often have a low self-discipline in carrying tasks through to completion because they get bored easily. They fail to work at the same job for any length of time, for example, or to finish tasks that they consider dull or routine.
4. PATHOLOGICAL LYING — can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty, cunning, sly, and clever; in extreme form, they will be deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative, and dishonest.
5. CONNING AND MANIPULATIVENESS- the use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for personal gain; distinguished from Item #4 in the degree to which exploitation and callous ruthlessness is present, as reflected in a lack of concern for the feelings and suffering of one’s victims.
6. LACK OF REMORSE OR GUILT — a lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, coldhearted, and unempathic. This item is usually demonstrated by a disdain for one’s victims.
7. SHALLOW AFFECT — emotional poverty or a limited range or depth of feelings; interpersonal coldness in spite of signs of open gregariousness.
8. CALLOUSNESS and LACK OF EMPATHY — a lack of feelings toward people in general; cold, contemptuous, inconsiderate, and tactless.
9. PARASITIC LIFESTYLE — an intentional, manipulative, selfish, and exploitative financial dependence on others as reflected in a lack of motivation, low self-discipline, and inability to begin or complete responsibilities.
10. POOR BEHAVIORAL CONTROLS — expressions of irritability, annoyance, impatience, threats, aggression, and verbal abuse; inadequate control of anger and temper; acting hastily.
11. PROMISCUOUS SEXUAL BEHAVIOR — a variety of brief, superficial relations, numerous affairs, and an indiscriminate selection of sexual partners; the maintenance of several relationships at the same time; a history of attempts to sexually coerce others into sexual activity or taking great pride at discussing sexual exploits or conquests.
12. EARLY BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS — a variety of behaviors prior to age 13, including lying, theft, cheating, vandalism, bullying, sexual activity, fire-setting, glue-sniffing, alcohol use, and running away from home.
13. LACK OF REALISTIC, LONG-TERM GOALS — an inability or persistent failure to develop and execute long-term plans and goals; a nomadic existence, aimless, lacking direction in life.
14. IMPULSIVITY — the occurrence of behaviors that are unpremeditated and lack reflection or planning; inability to resist temptation, frustrations, and urges; a lack of deliberation without considering the consequences; foolhardy, rash, unpredictable, erratic, and reckless.
15. IRRESPONSIBILITY — repeated failure to fulfill or honor obligations and commitments; such as not paying bills, defaulting on loans, performing sloppy work, being absent or late to work, failing to honor contractual agreements.
16. FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS — a failure to accept responsibility for one’s actions reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.
17. MANY SHORT-TERM MARITAL RELATIONSHIPS — a lack of commitment to a long-term relationship reflected in inconsistent, undependable, and unreliable commitments in life, including marital.
18. JUVENILE DELINQUENCY — behavior problems between the ages of 13-18; mostly behaviors that are crimes or clearly involve aspects of antagonism, exploitation, aggression, manipulation, or a callous, ruthless tough-mindedness.
19. REVOCATION OF CONDITION RELEASE — a revocation of probation or other conditional release due to technical violations, such as carelessness, low deliberation, or failing to appear.
20. CRIMINAL VERSATILITY — a diversity of types of criminal offenses, regardless if the person has been arrested or convicted for them; taking great pride at getting away with crimes.
The need to validate all of our experiences is very present for me in the process of interrogating the “american dream”.
We are documenting our references in the form of videos and other media, predominantly stemming from popular culture. I wonder about the intention around documentation in this context, are we validating a practice which is concerned with osmosis and absence? We are appropriating material and digesting it in order that it might gestate and produce something else at a later date. What is our documentation producing?
When our research is concerned with authentic experience, cultural and social engagements as experiential events and references for Western societal constructs and positioning. I wonder how we might best frame our findings, or avoid a contemporary need to validate experiences for others in order to bring them into the “real”.
This blog has in a way presented itself to us and the process, as a scrap book and a travel log. This is a simulated world mirroring our experience. This is a mirror for us to expand upon.
This weekend while in L.A. our dream led us to Hollywood like so many others before us.
While tripping on the Boulevard we found the Scientology Centre who were offering free personality tests. This opportunity presented itself to us so we could not ignore it.
Below you can see our test results. In order to attain this analysis of our personalities in the scientologists frame we answered over two hundred multiple choice questions ranging from “do you often feel alone?” & “would you kill an injured animal to put it out of it’s misery?”.
The results ascertained that both Karina and I can improve our selves with the help of dianetics and scientology and that I am the perfect candidate for Hubbard’s new religion for the contemporary world whereas Karina is not.
We went to LA. A rideshare through craigslist with some college students.
we visited the site of the occupy LA.
We visited the scientology center where we did a free personality test
I was pretty fucked up according to them. I am very depressed, closed, internal, and they asked me what kind of drugs I take. Ruairi though is their perfect human, who should join and work for the scientologists. We got a free dvd in order to study dianetics. To improve.
This is Nick an awesome dude at who’s place we stayed. He has a lovely family, lovely dogs, awesome car and awesome beds. Nibia was the queen that brought us all together. We had many nice memories of sitting and digging paradise music in Nicks white toyota.
Eating, eating, burgers and piggery! Consuming, being sedated.
Dancing with the Stars
You don’t know if you are in a movie or a movie is in you.
My American Dream is Mary Tyler Moore esq. heading to a big city with nothing but your dreams and hoping that you make it as someone. Over my life that has changed from Lawyer, Singer, Dancer, Actor to god knows now. America always seemed the coolest place with the most variety and the most to offer. Please live up to that everyday by living the Dream to the maximum. *on a side note about my previous question on Twinkies. Like this cupcake flag, I have a dream that you will make a Twinkie skyscraper and document it. :) Irene x sent by irene o mara via email to firstname.lastname@example.org on 8th Nov.
Please excuse the informal resumé. I have been out of the country for several months and upon returning discovered many important papers misplaced. My resumés included.
I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where I began my career in petulance and precociousness. By the time I was in the fifth grade, I knew I either wanted to be a nun or a movie star. 9 months in a convent cured me of the first disease. During high school, I became slightly schizophrenic as I couldn’t choose between class virgin or the other kind. Both of them had their values as far as I could see. When I was 15 I began taking ballet classes regularly, listening to baroque music and slowly but surely I developed a great dislike for my classmates, teachers and high school in general. There was one exception and that was my drama class. For one hour every day all the megalomaniacs and egotists would meet to compete for roles and argue about interpretation. I secretly adored each moment when all eyes were on me and I could practice being charming or sophisticated, so I would be prepared for the outside world. My infinite impatience graduated me from high school one year early and I entered Fine Arts School at University of Michigan studying Music, Art, Dance and participating regularly in most theatrical productions. (I seemed to turn just about everything into a theatrical production.) After 2 years of isolated and utopic living I was dying for a cha(lle)nge, so I moved to New York City and became a college dropout. At first I concentrated only on dancing and in 2 months joined a modern dance company (Pearl Lang) I did 3 seasons and toured Italy but dancing was not as fulfilling as I’d hoped it would be as Pearl’s psycotic ways were ruining me. I sustained myself dancing with some small mediocre companies (Walter Nicks, Peggy Harrel, Ailey III) singing in a New Wave band, working with a filmmaker (Eliot Fain) and modelling for artists and photographers. In May of 79 some French record producers (Aquarius Label) saw me singing and dancing at an audition and asked me to come to Europe where they would produce me as their singing artist. An apartment on 36 & 10th Ave and a steady diet of popcorn made the decision easy. I came to Paris on the agreement that after a few months of working in a music studio and becoming familiar with the record business I would decide whether I wanted to sign a contract with them. After 2 months of restaurants & nightclubs everyday, being dragged to different countries every week and working with business men and not musicians I knew this life was not for me. I hung out in Paris for one more month, feeling miserably unproductive, but I couldn’t bear the Parisian sterility or my homelessness any longer, so I came back to N.Y. I’ve been here 3 weeks now, working with my band, learning to play the drums, taking dance classes and waiting for my 20th birthday.
Is this all?
Madonna Cicconi 674-8301 h - 5’4½” w - 102 Hair - brown eyes - hazel B.D - 8/16/59
What art should I do? What should I do? What is the new?
A DANGEROUS WOMAN
There is nothing more dangerous than a woman on the edge, a woman ON THE VERGE, a woman that had ENOUGH
A woman who does not take any more, a woman who DRAWS A LINE, a woman who says this dangerous word:
A woman who can not, who does not want, which is not going to perform, which is not going to please
A woman who says fuck you
A woman who does not smile kindly
A woman who is not meek
A DANGEROUS WOMAN
A woman that screams, a woman who does not agree, a woman who is not cute
A woman who does not think what is considered important is important -
A woman that does not fit into the context -
One that is not smiling charmingly, a woman who flutters nicely with the eyelids, laughing at a joke out of politeness -
A WOMAN THAT IS NOT PERFECT
A woman who do not care to look in the mirror, a woman who do not care to shave her body, a woman who loves her body (!!!)
A woman who stare blindly back when somebody stares at her mustache -
A woman who is a WOMAN, not a girl, not a chick, not -
A woman who BURPS
A woman who POOPS
woman who EATS
A woman who laughs out LOUD, so that it can be heard from the front row right to the back-
A woman that laughs so she shows her gum, the food leftovers that are stuck in the teets she has not flossed –
A woman without a ring on left finger, a woman with no eyelashes
A woman who does not see the male gaze she is expected to absorb like it would be oxygen -
A woman that no longer is young
A woman that is not beautiful, in the way she is expectedto be beautiful -
A woman that is not horny
A woman that is horny
- A woman who is not missing anything -
A woman that HAD ENOUGH, a woman who says
NO, NO NO, no for fuck sake-
A DANGEROUS WOMAN
A woman who says yes when she wants, I say YES BECAUSE I WANT! yes yes MORE Yes Yeees -
* A WOMAN WHO HAD ENOUGH
* A WOMAN THAT DO NOT WANT MORE
* A WOMAN NO LONGER AVIALABLE
If you deal with this in your art, I can guarantee that this will be POWERFUL, EXCITING, POTENT and other things that will be associated with quality and be able to distinguish from ART and NOT ART (boring!)