Berlin based artist and Dean Sameshima is currently selling a couple of really nice hand-screened shirts and other stuff on Etsy. The pieces are all inspired by his awesome queer arts tumblr Cruise or be Cruised, which is really worth checking out if you haven’t seen it yet. The online shop now currently has a spring offer: You get 3 designs and a Tom of Finland bag for just 55 US dollars. Here are some of my favorite motives:
Black Cracker has been making a name for himself over the years, but until recently, mostly amongst the inner circle of an international music community, for example, as a touring member of CocoRosie, working with Bunny Rabbit (which Shannon and Bruno were part of before forming Light Asylum), and collaborating with Swiss jazz ensemble Grand Pianoramix.
But now he’s ready to take the next major step: After just publishing 40 Oz. Elephant, a book of poetry and drawings, he’ll release his debut album Tears Of A Clown on Hinterhaus Records on April 1. Here’s a promo vid, and you can also read an interview with Vice, and check out his tour dates below, including a release party in Berlin at St. Georg on April 6 with Butterclock, Sarah Adorable and many others.
+++ While we’re counting the days until May 1 when Light Asylum release their debut album, the guys have made the waiting a little easier by releasing a free teaser track called “IPC”, which you can stream and download here for free (via self-titled). The duo will play a gig in Berlin this Tuesday and are touring the US in May – tour dates on their website.
+++ In 2006 Antony and the Johnsons and video artist and film maker Charles Atlas have toured Europe with a concert, that combined the music of the band and with live video portraits of 13 women from New York City, amongst them Nomi Ruiz. Atlas has now released a film entitled “Turning” (official poster on top), which explores the heart of the performance. Trailer and more information on the films’ website.
+++ MEN now call themselves JD Samson + MEN and have a new three track EP called “Next” and play gigs all around aorund the world during the next few weeks. You can download the title track of the EP here for free and the whole EP via Amazon and ITunes. Tourdates on Soundcloud.
The video below portrays LA based artists Heather Cassils and Zackary Drucker, who both just took part in a performance event entitled “Transactivation: Revealing Queer Histories in the Archive”. The evening was organized in conjunction with the exhibition ”Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945-1980” at LAs ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, which explores the relationship between artistic practices and LGBTQ histories in LA by displaying different items from the archive in a new context. Cassils and Drucker were two of four artists (+ Wu Tsang / Chris Vargas) who were putting their bodies on display as part of the exhibition as an artistic respond to the fact that the archive lacks of representations of trans people and queer people of color. The mini-documentary by photographer and videographer Mae Ryan was produced for the LA public radio channel KPCC in conjunction with the event and focuses on the body politics of both artists. There’s also an audio version and a printed version of Ryan’s interviews on the KPCC website. For more of their work check out the links below, as well as for more information about the exhibition. By the way: doesn’t the title of the show somehow sound familiar to you? (via AccidentalBear.com)
A whole bunch of cultural theorists (most notably Susan Sonntag with her essay “Notes on ‘Camp’“ from 1964) has already tried to define what “camp” is, but the term has always remained ambiguous and like words such as trash or porn is usually used in very subjective ways. There also has never been a real “update” of what camp could mean today, in times in which it seems to happens less frequently that products of mass culture or practices of queer subculture such as drag appear to be naive and genuine enough to actually call them campy.
A new very promising sounding festival entitled “Camp/Anti-Camp: A Queer Guide to Everyday Life” at HAU theater Berlin will now try to revitalize the discourse around camp and ask for the relevance of the term, especially for contemporary queer culture. The 3 day-long event (April 19-21) curated by Susanne Sachsse and Marc Siegel is packed with queer highlights such as a performance of Warhol star Holly Woodlawn (picture on top), concerts of rock artists such as Jayne County and Kembra Pfahler (with her band “The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black”) and further stage appearances of performance artists such as the New York downtown legend Carmelita Tropicana, Brooklyn-based Narcissister and the Austrian artist-duo Jakob Lena Knebl/Hans Scheirl and others.
The shows will be accompanied by various lectures and presentations by theorists and artist such as Douglas Crimp, Diedrich Diederichsen, Elizabeth Lebovici, José Muñoz, Juliane Rebentisch, Bruce LaBruce and Richard Move. The daily line-up will be concluded daily with a Vaginal Davis‘ talk show performance “Speaking from the Diaphragm” and is complemented by a film program at Arsenal cinema.
The movie series will already start next week with film classics “Copacabana” (March 19) and “Salome” (March 23). For tickets and more (German) information check out HAU Online, for the “Camp/Anti-Camp” film series check out the Arsenal website.
22 year old Québécois filmmaker Xavier Dolan (“I Killed My Mother”; “Heartbeats”) is about to release a new movie called “Laurence Anyways” this year, which looks like a potential candidate for the official selection of the Cannes film festival in May. The Movie featuring Melvil Poupad, Nathalie Baye, Suzanne Clement and Monia Chokri is set in 1989 and centers on Laurence, who reveals his secret desire of becoming a woman to his girlfriend on his 30th birthday. The movie trailer that came out yesterday unfortunately is in French with no subtitles, but I think it’s still worth having a look at. Via Damien/Jonathan.
“She was an ambassador of a new code of beauty, and kindness, and understanding, and ruthless identity transformation. Mark was someone whose work you don’t realize is so important until they are gone.”
(Still from performance “Realness”, 2011 / Quote via Video Drag)
Larusson & Pyszczek is a Canadian artist couple based in Berlin. The following pictures are a little preview of their exhibition “Your History Is Not Our History” at Dittrich & Schlechtriem, which runs until March 17. You find more exhibition views and artworks, as well as and more information about the duo and the show on the gallery website + a nice interview with the guys on BUTT Online. All photos by Sebastian Treytnar, courtesy Dittrich & Schlechtriem.
“The song was written about a sex club – everything is completely dark, you have to feel your way around. No one really sees me in the video, and if they do they’re indifferent. I walk through this house where everyone is completely self-obsessed. This video will be part of a larger narrative of videos for the album Bent.” Cody Critcheloe
The awesome queer music website Homoground is currently featuring my mixtape “Sparks”, a reminiscence to the early house era and to contemporary artists who relate to it. You can stream it below and download it over on the the Soundcloud page of my music project Scary Muscles. Playlist and download link below. I’m not a professional DJ by the way, so please forgive me if some of the transitions are a little rough. Hope you guys still like it.