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“Choreographer Mehmet Sander is captured on 16 mm film performing “Single Space” in Los Angeles, CA 1994. Choreographed and performed by Mehmet Sander. Produced and directed by Peter Etnoyer. Cinematography by Dana Gonzales. Special thanks to the Zanuck Company for lights and equipment.”
+++ Snax has just published a pretty depressing article on the Huffington Post about the homophobic and racist reactions to the video of song “It’s Time To Get Paid” (a collaboration with Yo!Majesty member Shunda K). Read it here. Germans can watch the video here.
+++ The mysterious Manchester group No Ceremony have remixed Patrick Wolf’s “Time Of My Life”. You can stream and download the song here (via Snipe London). I also recommend the download of their lastest single “Wearme” on their homepage (via Joey).
+++ CSS have just released the video for their latest Single “City Grrrl” feat. SSION from their album “La Liberation” (cover on top). You find two free remixes of the song by MEN and Teeth on Freak.net.br.
Between 1987 and 1990 artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres made an edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof of “Untitled” (Perfect Lovers)”, which consists of a identical pair of store-bought black-rimmed clocks. The piece was dedicated to his lover Ross Laycock, who died of an AIDS-related illness in 1991. In the same year Gonzalez-Torres created a white version of the work, which is owned by the MoMa, New York. The guidelines regarding how the work should be arranged and displayed are the following: “When installed, the two clocks were to touch; the clocks could be replaced with white plastic commercial clocks of similar dimensions and design; the minute and second hands were to be set in sync, with the understanding that eventually they might go out of sync during the course of the exhibition; if one of the clocks needed the batteries replaced, it was to be done, and the clocks were to be reset accordingly; the clocks were to be displayed on a wall painted light blue.”
“Untitled (Perfect Lovers)” is sometimes are shown with this love letter to Laycock Gonzalez-Torres wrote in 1988. This love letter to Laycock Gonzalez-Torres wrote in 1988 explains to some extend in which ways the clocks for him symbolize the love between two people:
When I posted this a couple of hours ago I wrote that the letter above is sometimes exhibited together with “Untitled” (Perfect Lovers). But seems like I should better have double-checked the information – I just received an email by Allison Hemler, director of archives and communications at the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation, who states: “Untitled” (Perfect Lovers) is never reproduced with the letter you have included an image of — this is a piece of personal correspondence which has only ever been published, and ever will be published, in the monograph on Felix Gonzalez-Torres edited by Julie Ault. It would never be shown in an exhibition as the artist only wanted his work to be shown in exhibitions. It was only published in Julie Ault’s book as a very special case.”
I recently posted several pictures by a young photographer from Chile called Sebastian Gherrë, who works under the pseudonym GAG-BALL and publishes his work (which mainly consists of pictures of young male and female hookers) on his website www.gag-ball.com. Gherrë’s site works as a virtual gallery with exhibitions, his latest one is entitled “I Love You Mommy and forgive me, but I Have A Daddy Complex” and according to the accompanying text “consists of over 100 pictures showing BDSM-slave practices, young taxi-boys that for a little ammount od money are willing to practice fisting and golden shower, prostitutes with addiction problems that are capable of enjoying double dildos and bondage for getting some easy money”. Here’s my favourite piece of the show namend “The Happy Twins Shake Until Their Mom Bleeds”, for more check out www.gag-ball.com (NSFW).
If you live in New York City or happen to be there between the 15th and the 20th or November, you should check out the programm of the 24. edition of MIX festival, a festival for queer experimental film and art. The event takes place at 45 Bleecker St. theater in Manhattan and offers a impressive variety of films and arts stuff. Core of the festival are several curated short film screenings with promising titles such as “Using My Sexual Energy as a Tool to Fight the State is as Good a Tool as Any Other” (devoted to David Wojnarowicz, who said this), “Secret Identities” or “Noise: Trans-Subversions in Global Media Networks”, as well as screenings of feature films, while the theater will also be used as a space for installations and free performances. MIX also cooperates both with the MoMA, which will screening brand new restored 16mm prints of Jack Smith’s films and The Museum of Arts & Design, will show a François Sagat retrospective.
Check out www.mixnyc.org for the whole program or download the program right here.
The following photographs are taken from a book called “West Side Rendezvous” by photographer Katsu Naito, which was launched this July with an exhibition at LN-CC store, London. Naito took beautiful and powerful black and white portraits of trans sexworkers in the early nineties in New York’s legendary Meatpacking District. The book published by London-based independent publisher Wild Life Press contains 45 of these pictures and is available in a limited edition of 500 copies. You can buy it over at the webshop of LN-CC, where you can also watch a small preview video.
Rebel yell. Via K48 Bullet.
The book documents a series of performances entitled “Invocation of the Queer Spirits”, for which Bronson and Hobbs brought together groups of men to perform a queer group ritual, which Bronson himself describes as “a hybrid between group therapy, ceremonial magic, a séance, a circle jerk, and a quilting bee”. It also features a series of drawings by artist and partner in crime Elijah Burgher. If you’re not in Berlin this weekend you can order “Queer Spirits” via Creative Time.
For more info about the book and the artist check out this interview on the website Creative Times and this tumblr, which collects pictures of Bronson’s work and photographs of him. There’s also a pretty nice interview with AA Bronson on East Village Boys. This is where I found the beautiful portait on top taken by Ryan Pfluger.
+++ Justin Leon Johnson aka Fatha Green, one half of Portland based duo Purple & Green has just released a pretty awesome solo EP/mixtape. Stream it here and buy it over at Bandcamp - you can decide yourself what you want to pay:
+++ A couple of days ago I received an email by a Swedish musician and set designer Johan Svenson, who introduced me to his electronic music trio called DELAYKLINIKEN. I really like their trancey latest Single “Everywhere”, which you can stream and download right here. There’s also a nice video to the song, you can watch it here.
+++ Kele Okereke (see sexy picture above) is about to release his new “The Hunter” EP next week. The EPs lead track “What Did I Do” feat. Lucy Taylor has already been released in September. You find the tracklist of “The Hunter” here and the video to “What Did I Do” here.
+++ Here comes a new video by Jessica 6 to their song “Prisoner of Love”, which premiered over at Interview Magazine yesterday. The song is a duet with Antony, who also appears in the video. Styling by Nicola Formichetti.