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In 1986 Arthur Russell released an EP with three funky summerly versions of his song “Let’s Go Swimming”, the last song of his album “World Of Echo”. The EP included three (undanceable dance) remixes of the song, two of them by Russell plus the legendary “Costal Dub” version by his musical partner in crime Walter Gibbons, who also directed a video to it (see below). The EP will now be re-released in a remastered version by Audika Records, a label completely devoted to Russells work. It comes as a limited 12″ vinyl and on CD (including with a poster) and will not only contain all three mixes, but also a previously unreleased 11-minute keyboard funk version of the evergreen ”Make 1, 2″. The EP is out next week, you can pre-order it via Audika and stream samples of the mixes on Amazon.
On Saturday evening a huge performance night at Berlin’s HAU I theater will mark the official end of the 7-year dynasty of Kreuzberg’s art institution basso. The event entitled “Funeral Charade of Poses – an evening with friends and basso” will take place in conjunction with the performance festival “Testing Stage – A Window to Performa New York” and bring together around 30 artists who have played an important role in the history of the space. The evening starts at 19:30, but can be joined throughout the whole evening, tickets can be bought via HAU Online. You find the complete announcement and a list of all contributing artists below the jump. Farewell, basso.
The movie “Party Monster” (2003) featuring Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green and Chloë Sevigny was preceded by a novel called “Disco Bloodbath” (1999), providing a basis for the film. It tells the story of New York party promoter Michael Alig infamously participating in murdering his friend and drug dealer Angel Melendez. But even before that, a documentary took on this very subject – it’s also called “Party Monster” and was released 1998. You can watch the complete film – cheekily titled a “shockumentary” – on youtube.
“The Skin I Live In” is currently premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and opens in theaters on October 14th. Check out the Guardian for one of the first reviews.
#GETACTIVE is a unisex collection of water-resistant, multifunctional activewear for the modern individual on the go. For SS12 TELFAR experiments with the deconstruction of the classic ringer T-shirt, swim-board shorts, and his classic denim cuts to create and reshape designs that suggests comfort, functionality and wearable irregularity.” Stills on on the label’s tumblr.
Artist Ron Athey celebrates 30 years of performing with a book project in collaboration with artist colleague and editor Dominic Johnson. “Pleading in the Blood: The Art of Ron Athey” will be published next year as the the first book publication dedicated to Athey’s work ever, aiming to “provide a critical overview of his practice”. Two-thirds of the book are already financed, to get together the rest of the money the duo has started a IndieGoGo project. Check out the following video or read the text on the project’s IndieGoGo page for more detailed information about the background and the structure of the book. Via Slava Mogutin.
+++ S.C.U.M.: “Whitechapel” +++
+++ S.C.U.M.: “Whitechapel” +++
+++ Planningtorock: “Living It Out” +++
This is a webcast of a lecture author Samuel R. Delany held in 2008 at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, in conjunction with the exhibition Tetsumi Kudo: Garden of Metamorphosis. Delany is reading from his latest book “Dark Reflections”, an (partly) autobiographical novel about Arnold Hawley, a gay, African-American poet from New York City, whose life is told in reverse in three parts, each dedicated to a certain period.
If you haven’t heard about Delany yet – there’s a little introduction to him by a young colleague called Eric Lorber that follows the first more general introduction.
“The London Boys were Edem Ephraim (lead singer) and Dennis Fuller (backing vocals, choreographer) both from Greenwich, London. Plus “third” London Boy Ralf-René Maué based in Hamburg, Germany who wrote and produced all their material. Selling millions the London Boys reached nearly double platinum status in the UK plus gold/platinum and double platinum in various countries throughout Europe and especially Asia. Sadly Dennis and Edem died in a horrible car crash in 1996. But their music will live on. London Boys 4ever. Enjoy!”
Very sad to hear that the great American underground filmmaker and video artist George Kuchar passed away on September 6.
There’s lots of information available about him online, but I wanted to share an abridged version of an essay I wrote on Kuchar’s video diaries from the 1980s and 1990s for my MA thesis in film and video studies at York University, Toronto (finished 2004). Kuchar’s unique worldview was totally foundational to my appreciation of queer moving images, and he will be sorely missed.
Truth Wrapped in Trash and Vice Versa
George Kuchar found poetry in the gap between American life and Hollywood, between our painful, banal, shame-laced lives and the promises of beauty, success and fame offered by our cinematic mythmakers. Kuchar’s practice offers a model of a transformative way of seeing others with an empathy based on a shared sense of failure and shame. Through his cinematic gaze, Kuchar democratized glamour and imagemaking while creating an affecting persona from artifice and trash.
Combining camp pop-culture, faceless corporations and gay subcultures, the work of Michael Pybus sits on the border between sculpture, graphic design and painting.