Over the month of February, Tate Modern in London has been celebrating the work of pioneering film-maker Barbara Hammer with a series of screenings, events and retrospective talks. Lifted directly from the Tate website – Hammer says that ‘As an experimental filmmaker and lesbian feminist, I have advocated that radical content deserves radical form.’ – and the true erotic, sometimes carnal, sometimes touching nature of these films are a testament to that.
We Who Feel Differentlyis a beautifully designed internet project by Bogota born/ New York City based artist Carlos Motta, who has interviewed fifty queer thinkers, activists and artists from Colombia, Norway, South Korea and the United States about the history and current status of queer politics in their countries. All interviews can be streamed on the site in their original language and were also transcribed and translated into English. While they all reflect different views and approaches on topics such as sexual equality, social assimilation, gender politics, HIV/AIDS and queer arts, the project’s aim is to return to the idea of a “queer subjects” in a political sense, as Motta points out: “We Who Feel Differently attempts to reclaim a queer ‘We’ that values difference over sameness, a ‘We’ that resists assimilation, and a ‘We’ that embraces difference as a critical opportunity to construct a socially just world”. As a second step, Motta brings together the main questions and topics of the interviews in five thematic reflections, which were also released as a book with the same title last year and can be fully downloaded on the artist’s website. He also has edited the online magazine We Who Feel Differently Journal, which further investigates queer topics. The first one focusing on marriage was published in spring 2011 and can be downloaded on the website as well, I hope it wasn’t the last one.
You find more background information on WWFD by Motta himself this little video portrait of the artist by Brooklyn based filmmaker and visual artist Anna Barsan, who portrayed him for the queer online documentary project Signified (which gets its own post here very soon).
+++ Light Asylum have just released an new 2-track single called “Shallow Tears” via Mexcian Summer (cover above). The duo’s debut album is due May 1st. You can stream “Shallow Tears” here, I also posted a nice & free remix of the song by Berlin based duo Kool Thing below. “Genesis”, the b-side of the single, can be streamed here.
London based fashion designer Christopher Shannon has launched a new line called KIDDA, which is sort of the little brother of his main collection and focusses on printed jersey pieces. The KIDDA spring/summer 2012 collection is entitled “My Heart Goes Bang” in reference to the Dead Or Alive song and the lookbook with model Todd Taylor photographed by Clare Shilland is pretty awesome. KIDDA will be available at ASOS from end of February, 2012. For more information check out this interview with the designer on Dazed Digital.
“The Night Is Still Young” is the title of a photo book by Los Angeles-based, Japanese photographer Tomoaki Hata. The book, which was published in November 2010 and is unfortunately sold out, documents the gay scene of Osaka and especially its drag culture. Here’s a collection of the photographs, I especially like the very intimate and sexy photo series “Ichi and Mi-kun” at the bottom of this post. All pictures courtesy Miyako Yoshinaga art prospects. UPDATE (2 June 2012): Hata has also uploaded a video with all pictures a book a couple of days ago. You find it below the pictures.