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“It’s all about the American Dream… I had two obsessions when growing up; going to America which is where the flag came from, and Minotaurs. First I took the sharpness and the composition of the stars, I’ve been obsessed with them all my career, and secondly I used the Minotaurs, who are half bulls and half human beings, for the prints.” (Riccardo Tisci, Dazed Digital).
From their upcoming album “Put Your Back N 2 It”
There are good reasons to believe that 2012 could become the year in which Wakefield Poole, one of the pioneers of (post-)porn cinema and the sexual revolution of the seventies, is celebrating another well-deserved comeback. The revival is due to filmmaker Jim Tushinski, who since 2007 has been working on a documentary about the ex-Broadway dancer and choreographer Poole, who in 1971 decided to start over and shot “Boys in the Sand”, a low-budget gay hardcore feature, which became an instant porn classic. Tushinski’s “Dirty Poole” is completely financed through private donations and according to the movie’s website and will premiere at a couple of festivals this spring. Here’s a teaser for the movie (which I liked a little more than the official trailer):
For a little taste of Poole’s work I recommend the “Clips” section on the “Dirty Poole” website, which contains remastered scenes from legendary Pooley films such as “Boys In The Sand” and the beautiful “Bijou” (see picture on top via Flickr/mixnycqueerfilm), as well as the trailer and some clips from his beautiful bible adaptation.
From their “In Tension” EP (sold out). Shot and directed by Emilxa Xuryłowicz and Cezary Zacharewicz.
For my generation, Ball Culture is something known and experienced through “Paris is Burning”. The famous price winning documentary film portrays the people involved in the scene in the late 80s, the rules of it, but keeps the distance of the anthropologist’s eye.
By starting chronologically where the film ends, the picture book “Voguing and the House Ballroom Scene of New York City 1989-1992″, offers a different look on the phenomenon, by being temporally set when balls and voguing gains the attention of the mainstream. Madonna’s single “Vogue” hits the charts in 1990.
The book offers three types of photos: the formal studio portraits by Chantal Regnault in a papier glacé look can be seen today as documents for the relativ fame the protagonists of “Paris is Burning” reached, after they confessed in the film they wanted it so much. Journalistic photos taken at balls and casual-but-posed outdoor snapshots portraits gives a conterpoint, a more spontaneous mise-en-scène of the selves.
In addition to the pictures, interviews with protagonists done for the purpose of the book in the last two years gives an often nostalgic look backward. But most interesting is the introduction text by Tim Lawrence, who describes the late 80s Harlem ball scene as part of a 150 years old tradition.
“Voguing” is currently on discount, you can order it via Soul Jazz’ website, you also find more information about it there. Here are some more preview pictures (via Dummy, (c) Chantal Regnault)
+++ Berlin based Kool Thing (picture on top by Emma Haugh) has just released a beautiful free 3-track EP entitled “Light Games”. You can stream and download it here (new video to “Light Games” soon):
+++ The Magnetic Fields will release their new album “Bottom of the Sea” on March 6 via Merge Records. Here’s the stream of the album track and cute queer hymn “Andrew in Drag”:
+++ Travis Egedy aka Pictureplane has just released a free remix album of his debut ”Thee Physical” from last year. The album entitled “Dimensional Rip 7″ can be streamed and downloaded via DIS magazine. Here’s the video to the Extreme Animals remix of “Body Mods”. It may sound familiar to you.
I’m happy to annouce that Aerea Negrot’s “It’s Lover, Love” is the winner of our third Catch Fire Music Video Award. Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who voted! The simple but beautiful clip was shot by Pablo Zuleta Zahr, a Chilean artist based in Berlin, who I’ve just interviewed in order to get some background information on the production and himself as an artist. Here’s what he wrote me.
UPDATE: Aerea has also send us a little statement to the song and the video as well as a picture of the shooting. You find both below.
Tell me a little bit about your background, you live in Berlin now, what do you do here and where are you from?
I was born and raised in Chile, and moved to Germany 1999 when I was 20. studied Art/Photography in Dusseldorf, and since 2001 I started coming to Berlin, until I finally moved here a bit later. Since then I had several exhibitions, mostly using video and photo as a medium.
How did you get in touch with Aerea?
Katrin, her manager, is a friend of mine. Katrin had told me they had a vague idea for a possible video, that somehow was related to a project I wanted to do in an old people’s home. Katrin though we could join forces for the shooting. We arranged a Skype conference and they send me the song and after listening to the track I got inspired and then brought up another idea. The initial idea I had for the track, was also one idea I though could work as an art collaboration in which maybe we could split material, I could use some scenes for the art context and others for the videoclip. But, as usual, that idea turned out to be too expensive. Instead of stressing ourselves, we gave ourselves 2 days of experimenting before going back to something that would cost money.
What would you say was the basic idea for the video?
Since the original idea was too expensive, the next plan was to meet, dress up, talk, drink coffee and try things out. We had shared some personal stories before the first day of experimenting, and there was this idea we wanted to try out in a graveyard. That curiosity lead us to the final idea of using the water surface of a basin In the graveyard. Somehow the energy of the place is still there although u cant really see any tomb or anything. My was to do a one shot/ no cut video that would show Danielle performing in front of the water that would reflect her movements with the sky in the background.
Track available via ITunes. If you like it you should also check out SAMN!’s “Synthetic Hearts” EP from 2010. More about the Brooklyn based artist on his page on the website of his label Royal Advisor.
“United In Anger” is a new documentary about the era of the AIDS activism movement in New York City and its battles, 30 years after the discovery of HIV. The film has been finished this December after 10 years of production and is supposed to premiere at this year’s Berlinale. More about “United In Anger” on the movie’s website (where you can also still donate for it) and on its Facebook page.
+++ Planningtorock has recently released a new free song: “My Valuable Hunting Knife” is a cover of Guided By Voices and part of the free “DFA Shamash Hits 2011 Collection“, which you should really check out if you haven’t yet. You can stream and download the song right here:
+++ The fashion brand Hood By Air has just released a pretty crazy free hip hop mixtape called “Swagot Thrilltape”. You can download it from their website.
+++ For their new single “Shady Love” the Scissor Sisters have teamed up with Azealia Banks, a 20-year-old rapper and lyricist from NYC and producer Alex Ridha from Boyz Noise. The song is not really my thing, but if you’re curious what this strange combination sounds like you can watch the new video to the song on YouTube (if you wonder who is “Krystal Pepsy” – it’s Jake Shears’ DJ side project)
+++ I guess I’m a little late with this video for the song “Stay In Touch” by a Sydney based beary electro pop duo called Garçon Garçon, which was already released in October. Nathan Mahon and Nick Tsirimokos (the guy on top, picture by Elvis Di Fazio) will release a full EP on the 14th of February. You can listen to two demo songs of Garçon Garçon from early 2011 on BIGSTERO.