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“The Little House That Could” is a new documentary about the history of fashion designer Patricia Field’s legendary House of Field label, told by its protagonists. The film goes back to time before Field was known as the stylist and costume designer for stars and mainstream productions like “Sex and the City” or “The Devil Wears Prada”: From the early Eighties on she and her creative team, which consisted of some of the most flamboyant protagonists of the New York City nightlife, where working on bringing the spirit of the city’s club and ball scene into fashion.
The movie was shot by Mars Roberge (aka Die J! Mars), who used to work in Field’s East Village store and since 2006 has interviewed a whole bunch of legendary artists, fashion designers and performers such as Amanda Lepore, Patrick McDonald, Richard Alvarez, Raquel Reed, Lady Bunny, Giselle Xtravaganza and may more.
For more background information about the movie please check out this interview by artist and magazine maker Gazelle on her website Freakchic.com. For upcoming screenings check out this Facebook site. Film poster via Blitz Kids.
Teengirl Fantasy (actually a 20-something boy reality) are currently on tour in Europe, gearing up for the release of their new album Tracer. It follows the NYC duo’s self-titled CD-R release, 2010′s breakthrough 7AM and the recent non-album single “Motif” on their new home R&S Records, who will officially release Tracer on August 21 — although underdog True Panther will handle the limited LP edition with lenticular art, pressing just 250 copies.
Artist Mikey McParlane is based in Chicago and as far as I could find out just finished his master in film, video, new media & animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). I recently stumbled upon this YouTube documentary about him made in conjunction with a piece entitled “Apocalypse in the Pleasure”, which he showed earlier this year at the project space New Capital. In the video he names artists such as Antony, Leigh Bowery and Charles Atlas as influences for his expressive, campy and ironic videos and performances, and I guess would add Björk (fuzzy hair), Matthew Barney (gooey stuff) and Klaus Nomi (opera) to that list. The videos posted here show two different sides of his interdisciplinary work: The first one is an excerpt of a performance shown at the 5th New Blood Performance Festival from November last year (originally “Long Live the Knife” is a video installation). The second one, “Love Puddles”, was realized in collaboration with artist Michael Mallis and has just recently been featured in the book project “Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities”.
For more information about the artist check out the already mentioned documentary, his Vimeo page or his website (a little out of date). He also has a nice tumblr.
“Long Live the Knife” (Performance excerpt)
Posted by Hanno
on Saturday, July 14, 2012 | Category: Arts & Culture | Tags: Michael McParlane, Strange Attractors: Investigations in Non-Humanoid Extraterrestrial Sexualities | Comments (1)
Since Diplo has released the five-year-old song “Ima Read” on his Mad Decent label and designer Rick Owens has used the track for the runway show of his fall/winter 2012/13 collection, Zebra Katz and his collaborator Njena Reddd Foxxx are on an incredible triumphal march. A nice side effect of the massive coverage and its heavy bent on fashion magazines and blogs are the loads of beautiful pictures of the next-generation-hip-hop duo taken by great photographers and artists. Here’s my personal tribute gallery:
Photos: Alison Brady
Song from the 2-track-7″ We Are On Fire, out via Touch And Go. The “We Are On Fire” tour, a collaborative project with the Indian band Rajasthan Roots and Tez, will be shown in European cities in the next few weeks. It has started in Berlin this weekend – if you missed it or didn’t get tickets: they’re playing an additional gig today. More tour dates here.
A collection of black and white pictures taken from Zanele Muholi‘s ongoing photo project “Faces and Phases” were one of my personal highlights of this year’s Documenta 13, a huge contemporary art exhibition, which takes place every five years in the city of Kassel, Germany. Cape Town based artist Muholi has started the series in 2006 to portrait queer women from South Africa and later decided to expand it into a project, that also expresses the loss that queer and trans* people around the world have experienced due to diseases and hate crimes. “Faces and Phases” was published as a book in 2010 and is shown next to Muholi’s documentary “Difficult Love” from 2010 at the Documenta. Sorry my picutres shown here are a little blurry, it was quite crowded at the exhibition so I had little time to shoot them. All portraits can also be found on the website of Michael Stevenson gallery.
To see the pictures especially moved me, because it reminded me of the fact that Muholi just recently was a victim of a crime: 20 external hard drives containing all the work she produced between 2008 and 2012 were stolen from her apartment in Vredehoek, Cape Town. Since only a few other things are missing it looks like the thieves have targeted the artist in her role as a queer activist. You can still support her by donating money via IndieGogo, where a project was launched to replace her photo equipment.
Picture on top (c) dOCUMENTA (13)
All other pictures by Catch Fire, CC BY-SA 2.0.
First single from Nils Bech‘s second album “Look Inside”, which will be released this autumn. Released via Fysisk Format (12″ vinyl/digital). Video shot at Henie Onstad Art Centre, Oslo, by photographer Benjamin Alexander Huseby starring James Jeanette Main. Via Spex.de.
Today is the official opening night of Dirty Looks: On Location, a month-long series of queer interventions in New York City spaces, which was successfully funded via Kickstarter about a month ago. Throughout the whole month of July, film and video works of queer artists will be installed in former queer locations around the city - 31 events over 31 days. The line-up, which is now out, is pretty amazing, combining rarely screened gems by heroes such as AA Bronson, Mike Kuchar, William E. Jones, Charles Atlas, Jack Smith or Marlon Riggs with contributions by emerging queer artists such as Kalup Linzy or Heather Cassils. For the whole program please visit the On Location website or download the a map will a full calendar right here. The event will start today at Participant Inc. with a performance entitled “Unauthorized Interviews”, a live re-enactment of an interview between Jane Pauley, Steve Rubell, Michael Jackson and Liza Minnelli, embodied by Tara Mateik, K8 Hardy and friends (see picture on top).
Here’s also another one of the “location portrait” videos that were made in conjunction with the event and that reveal the history of former queer spaces:
Signified is an exciting online documentary series by Anna Barsan and Jessie Levandov (see picture below). The Brooklyn based filmmakers portray queer artists, activists and scholars in short video profiles, with the goal “to increase the visibility of queer identified individuals and organizations as well as create local, regional, and international networks for strategic community organizing and resource sharing.” The project started as a successful funding on Kickstarter in 2011 (over 20,000$!) and consists of so far 13 very beautiful and professionally edited videos – a very entertaining way to get to know people from different backgrounds, who all have shaped queer culture and politics in their individual ways. The first season, which has started with interviews with protagonists such as artist and activist Carlos Motta (who’s web project “We Who Feel Fifferently” we already posted about), writer, scholar and activist Darnell Moore, or the bklyn boihood collective, was completed in spring and is now followed by a second one, which has started in April. To make the series more international and expand their networks, Barsan and Levanov have also brought the project to a couple of Latin American countries, so there’s really a lot to look forward to. I’ve posted the most recent Signified episode below, it’s a portrait of poet and spoken-word artist Kit Yan. You can watch the rest of the series on the Signified website, where you also find a collection of useful links to websites of queer organizations and to articles by and about queer writers, artists etc. So to conclude: This really is the kind of stuff I love the internet for.