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Archive for February, 2006

Cephalopodalia Nervosa

by Suzanne on February 20th, 2006


© Me – click to enlarge

Yes, I have a new hat.

Yes, I know you’re jealous.

No, you’re not allowed to touch it.

This is my last post before I’m off to England tomorrow. Weeeeeee!

Have a great time and please don’t steal any letters and punctuation marks from my blog. I’ve counted them all and I’ll notice if anything is missing.

Please feel free to visit Thee Forum in the meantime.

Thank you.

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PSYCHICK WEBSITE OV THEE DAY


© David Malki

Wondermark – Wondermark is David Malki’s gloriously demented webcomic full of Victorian-Era nonsense.

MID-FEBRUARY / MARCH EXHIBITIONS


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Gothic Nightmares – Fuseli, Blake & The Romantic Imagination at Tate Britain in London, UK.

February 15 – May 1, 2006

P.S.: I’ll put the script to my recent presentation on Fuseli’s erotic art online soon.

Remixing the Magic at Gallery 1988 in L.A., USA.

February 17 – March 10, 2006

→ Featuring: Tim Biskup, Ryan Bubnis, Sean Christopher, Luke Chueh, Bob Dob et al.

Jeff Soto‘s Supernova at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC, USA.

February 18 – March 18, 2006

Preview show | View gallery | FF’s A Week With Jeff Soto

Nostalgia at Galerie Magda Danysz in Paris, France.

→ Vernissage: February 25, 2006, 7 – 10 PM

→ Featuring: Ray Caesar, Sas Christian & Erwin Olaf

Me, Myself & Eye at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, USA.

→ Finissage: March 2, 2006

→ Featuring: Andrew Brandou, Howdy Partner & Dale Andrews

Kris Knight‘s Pompadour at the Dale Smith Gallery in Ottawa, Canada.

→ Vernissage: March 3, 2006

Max Beckmann – Die Aquarelle & Pastelle at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Germany.

→ Vernissage: March 3, 2006

Mark Mothersbaugh‘s The Postcard Diaries at Perihelion Gallery in Phoenix, USA.

→ Vernissage: March 3, 2006

Daniel Martin DiazApocalyptic Resurrection at Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, USA.

→ Vernissage: March 4, 2006 | Preview exhibition

MOVING IMAGES


Still from Chemical Brothers – Believe

Chemical Brothers – Believe – There’s something so deadly sexy about paranoid Englishmen who wear casts and bite their fingernails. Directed by Dom & Nick.

Fawlty Towers – Germans – Everyone’s favourite “Don’t mention the war!” scene now on YouTube.

Rejected Cartoons – In the spring of 1999, the Family Learning Channel commissioned animator Don Hertzfeldt to produce promotional segments for their network. Here’s the result…

INTERVIEWS

Andrew Brandou interview (by Fecal Face)

Carla Torres interview (by The Drama Magazine)

Dan Clowes interview (by L.A. City Beat)

While Interwoven Echoes Drip Into A Hybrid Body

by Suzanne on February 15th, 2006

I realised the other day that I never really post anything of my university “work” here. I guess I just don’t want to bore my English readers. On the other hand, my stats reveal that my Swiss, German and Austrian readership is ever-growing and as a big fan of the new German blog avantgarde (1 + 1 = 1, popnutten, Das hermetische Café, male.dei), I thought I could post some German bits and pieces here every now and then.

I’m planning to put some of the more interesting presentations I held this year on Henry Fuseli’s erotic art and on gender aspects of the “Hexenhammer” (and maybe some other “research” material) online when I find the time.

Anyway, here’s a short 420-word (yes, it had to be that short) review on the exhibition While Interwoven Echoes Drip into a Hybrid Body (now complete with links, pictures and even a video for the bored and/or English speaking! Weeee!) that’s on view at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich until March 26th, 2006:

Die verwobenen Sinne der Kunst

Das Zürcher Migros Museum hat mit seiner neusten Gruppenausstellung viel gewagt und noch mehr gewonnen.

ZÜRICH. Wer einer Ausstellung den Titel „While Interwoven Echoes Drip into a Hybrid Body“ aufdrückt, selektiert zwangsläufig sein Publikum. Das Kuratorenteam des Migros Museums – Heike Munder & Raphael Gygax – hat sich nicht gescheut, eine jugendliche Zielgruppe zu adressieren und starke künstlerische Pointen zu setzen.

Entstanden ist ein eklektischer Parcours, der das Publikum durch acht spannende Positionen moderner Multimedia- & Performancekunst führt. Hauptanliegen der ausgestellten Werke ist, Schnittstellen zwischen Musik und Kunst zu amalgamieren.

Versuche, Musik zu visualisieren bzw. Kunst zu vertonen, unternahmen schon die experimentellen Avantgardefilmer des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts. Die Stimulierung mehrer Sinne durch ein einheitliches künstlerisches Konzept ist also nicht neu. Den jungen Medienkünstlern geht es aber um mehr: Ihnen schwebt nichts minder als die Neudefinition des verfestigten Skulpturbegriffes vor. Bestimmt und doch immer spielerisch versuchen sie, den Grenzbereich zwischen Skulptur, Performance und Musik auszuloten und auszudehnen.


Installation von Paul Etienne Lincoln – Courtesy of Migros Museum

Am eindringlichsten tut dies wohl Paul Etienne Lincoln mit seiner „Sinfonia Torinese“ – einer Ode an die Stadt Turin. Seine raumfüllende Musikinstallation ist von solch filigraner Komplexität, dass sie alle anderen Werke in den Schatten stellt. Zur enigmatischen Apparatur gehören ein präparierter Reiher, der auf einem Lochkartenpiano spielt und ausgestopfte Vögel, die durch Jagdpfeifen zwitschern.


Installation von Dave Allen – Courtesy of Migros Museum

Diese Nahtstelle zwischen Natur und Dressur untersucht auch der schottische Künstler Dave Allen. In einem klimatisierten Gehege beschallt er Spottdrosseln mit der Klavierkomposition „Catalogue d’oiseaux“. Allen will mit diesem „Biofeedbacksystem“ beweisen, dass die begabten Vögel die Komposition durch natürliche Rückübersetzung erlernen können.


Videostill Björk / Cunningham – Courtesy of Migros Museum

Ganz anders das Künstlerpaar Björk / Cunningham: Im Musikvideo All Is Full of Love wird Björk als humanoider Roboter wiedergeboren und begegnet einem Replikanten ihrer selbst. Die beiden verschmelzen in einem Liebesakt. Sie sind vereinigt und doch einsam, autonom und doch ferngesteuert.

Mit seiner unterkühlten und aseptischen Ästhetik markiert Björks Videoclip einer der faszinierendsten Momente der Ausstellung. Der blendend weisse und bewusst gekühlte White Cube verstärkt den Hybrid- & Robotikcharakter der Performance.

Überhaupt ist lobenswert, dass die Kuratoren den Künstlern viel Wirkungsraum belassen haben. Jedes Werk kann so eine ganz spezifische Aura in den White Cubes entfalten und gleichzeitig mit anderen Werken interagieren. Auf den Gängen vermischt sich nämlich die Experimentalmusik von Michael Portnoy, Loozoo und Björk zu einem bedrohlich pulsierenden Gedröhne. Für einmal hat es sich bezahlt gemacht, bei der Schallisolierung zu sparen.

Eine solch erfrischend reduktionistische Ausstellung hat man im Migros Museum seit Jahren nicht mehr gesehen. Für ähnlich gelungene Konzepte muss man schon auf 2000 und 2001 zurückblicken. Damals waren es Maurizio Cattelan und Wim Delvoye, die mit ihren Ausstellungen La Rivoluzione siamo noi und Cloaca provokativ viel Platz zum Staunen (und Ekeln) liessen. (sg)

Bis 26.03.2006. Nächste öffentliche Führung: Sonntag, 5. März 2006, 15 Uhr.

Sonntag, 26. März 2006, 16 Uhr: Performance von Paul Etienne Lincoln.

Ein Katalog ist in Vorbereitung.

Website: http://www.migrosmuseum.ch

Die Masken des Winters

by Suzanne on February 12th, 2006


Unknown photographer, undated…

“Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.

The whole company, indeed, seemed now deeply to feel that in the costume and bearing of the stranger neither wit nor propriety existed. The figure was tall and gaunt, and shrouded from head to foot in the habiliments of the grave. The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the cheat.

And yet all this might have been endured, if not approved, by the mad revellers around. But the mummer had gone so far as to assume the type of the Red Death. His vesture was dabbled in blood—and his broad brow, with all the features of the face, was besprinkled with the scarlet horror.”

(Excerpt from The Masque of the Red Death by E. A. Poe)

The other day, while thinking about whether I should attend Lucerne’s Catholic carnival or the Protestant carnival in Basel this year, I came to realise – thanks to my long education in Latin – that “carnival” derives from “caro” + “levare”, which means something like “raising of/from the flesh”.

Now I do understand that this probably has something to do with the resurrection of Christ at Easter, but I can’t help to think that maybe – in the olden days – “carnival” was once a huge pan-Helvetic zombie reunion.

Anyway, have a merry Flesh Raising – wherever you are. :)

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MOVING IMAGES


Jeff Soto for L.A. – Let’s Be Friends

Nosferatu – The original 1922 version of “Nosferatu – Eine Symphonie Des Grauens”, directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.

Silas & Mange – The restored films of the long-dead silent picture stars.

Anémic Cinéma – Marcel Duchamp’s visual Dada experiment from 1926.

The Notorious Bettie Page trailer – Looks rather disappointing, imho. In theatres April 14th, 2006.

Silent Hill trailer – In theatres 21st April 2006.

Art School Confidential trailer – Terry Zwigoff’s & Dan Clowes’ new masterpiece will be released April 28th, 2006.

Fashion Freak – Who’d say no to car-washing zombie chicks? (via Bibi)

L.A. – Let’s Be Friends – God, I’d love to live in a Jeff Soto world!

INTERVIEWS


© Jessica Joslin

Charles Burns interview (by Frontaal Naakt)

Gregory Crewdson audio interview (by National Public Radio)

Jessica Joslin interview (by WebEsteem Magazine) Yaaaay!

Michael Sieben interview (by Fecal Face)

FREE E-BOOKS

Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine (by George M. Gould and Walter L. Pyle / English)

Bleak House (by Charles Dickens / English)

The Anatomy of Melancholy (by Robert Burton / English)

The Fall of the House of Usher (by Edgar Allan Poe / English)

Also, many thanks to Klav for directing me to the Howard Phillips Lovecraft WikiSource page!

PSYCHICK WEBSITE OV THEE DAY

The Book of Numbers – I doubt that this website has even a vague relation to the fourth book of the Pentateuch – but who cares? It’s via Ample Sanity, so it’s gotta be good.

POINTLESS PERSONAL REMARKS THAT NO-ONE IS GOING TO READ ANYWAY

N° 1

I never had any problems with spam comments on this blog before. Then, last Tuesday it suddenly started. Due to the fact that I was getting about 250 spam comments a day, I saw myself forced to create a blacklist of spam-sensitive words. It just got far too tricky and time-consuming to filter out reader comments from spam.

I’m sorry if it took a while before your comments appeared on the site. It should be fixed now.

Thanks for understanding.

N° 2

I’m unspeakably proud that the obscure subcultural interest in “Godzilla Bukkake” that Wurzeltod started anno 2003 has found its first GIS hit. Yay!

N° 3

Malota, my very talented YH friend from Valencia has finally opened her MalotaShop, where you can buy all her cute little drawings, buttons and felt toys. Weeeee!

L’enfant-poupée

by Suzanne on February 6th, 2006

This post is dedicated to my dear friend Nora…

Helmer: “How unreasonable and how ungrateful you are, Nora! Have you not been happy here?”

Nora: “No, I have never been happy. I thought I was, but it has never really been so.”

Helmer: “Not—not happy!”

Nora: “No, only merry. And you have always been so kind to me. But our home has been nothing but a playroom. I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I was papa’s doll-child; and here the children have been my dolls. I thought it great fun when you played with me, just as they thought it great fun when I played with them. That is what our marriage has been, Torvald.”

(Excerpt from Nora – A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen)

NOTES FROM THE HAUNTED DOLLHOUSE – N° III¹

Julien Martinez – Doll Artist


© Julien Martinez – click on image to enlarge

Despite being a rather obvious muse-thief who borrows his ideas from uniquely talented artists like Ray Caesar (examples removed), Camille Rose Garcia (here) and even Mark Ryden (here and here), Julien Martinez has a rather twisted mind and two very talented hands indeed…

After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery as long as you don’t make any money with it.

Yotsuya Simon – Pygmalionisme


© Yotsuya Simon – click on image to enlarge

Yotsuya Simon‘s official site is a stunning showcase of his mechanical and anatomical sculpture work since the 1970s.

Jin Yamamoto – Anatomical Doll Artist


© Jin Yamamoto

Jin Yamamoto is a veritable homo universalis. His work ranges from etchings, drawings and graphic design to well, doll sculptures.

Dolly † Vivian


© Dolly † Vivian – click on image to enlarge

I must admit that I never really worked my way around Dolly † Vivian‘s site. All I know is that whenever I visit them, I find surprisingly erotic and deeply scary dolls in their historical doll universe.

Tomizaki Nori – DigiDoll Créateur


© Tomizaki Nori – click on image to enlarge

Tomizaki Nori seems to be obsessed with the idea that Alice’s Wonderland was in fact a place filled with pig hearts, human-sized maggots, lizards, coffins and iron maidens.

You might have already guessed that he’s Japanese too…

William Coupon – Doll Photographer


© William Coupon – click on image to enlarge

William says:

“I have an extensive doll collection and through their graciousness, have been allowed to photograph their image with 4×5 digital equipment as well as the large 20×24″ format polaroids.”

And in other dollish news…

i) AshTrayMouth – This anti-smoking website lets you put dirty socks, dead rats, meal worms, cockroaches, and decaying fish into the mouths of cuddly little dolls. (via BoingBoing)

ii) The Birthday Massacre‘s video to Blue is back online. Sadly, the song is still very irritating and the video quality is even worse than before, but you can see some of Scott Radke‘s spooky puppets in it.

iii) Joe Sorren has finally added a paintings archive to his website. (via Phantasmaphile)

iv) Our beloved Mr T. Brown has contributed his Eyelicker painting as cover for the new EyeLicker compilation CD. The CD is now available for pre-order at Sublight Records. It features unreleased cuts by Venetian Snares, Richard Devine et al.

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¹ Please also see Notes From The Haunted Dollhouse No° I and II.

ElectroDark XXXV

by Suzanne on February 4th, 2006

On behalf of Mr Klav – grand connaisseur of all avant-garde noises – I hereby kindly ask order all Swiss citizens who are fit for military service to attend ElectroDark XXXV in Geneva next Saturday.

Skoyz (F), Kirdec aka C-Drik (F) and Sheep On Drugs (UK) will sure do their very best to blast your eardrums right to Kazakhstan.

Date: Saturday, 11th February 2006
Venue: Kab de l’Usine
Doors: 22:00
Entrance: 10 CHF

Further information

À propos happy music for happy people with happy problems, I must say that I really like the new Bleep Player™.

Below, you can listen to some very cheerful sing-along Christmas songs by Enduser.

Enjoy.