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Bombay based queer-feminist artist Tejal Shah‘s visionary and imaginary video work “Between The Waves” was my favorite piece shown at last year’s Documenta 13 and still haunts me. The installation cosists of 5 different “cannels”, which are projected on two screens, showing goodess-like one-horned creatures in a post-civilized environment. The films follow a utopian and dystopian approach at the same time, showing a world that has obviously suffered from the collapse of the eco-system, but at the same time is imbued with new transgressive forms of spirituality, technology, gender-identity, sexuality and body practice.
If you have the chance to be in Munich in the next few weeks you will be able to “Between The Waves” it it’s full beauty, since it will be exhibited at Tejal Shah’s German gallery Barbara Gross in conjunction with Munich’s Cinema of Art week. The exhibition opens tonight (April 25th) and will run until the 1st of June. The opening includes a guided walk by the artist which will start at 6pm. You find a short video excerpt of “Between The Waves” on Vimeo and some preview pictures below.

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Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Ian Isiah‘s debut video was just banned from YouTube, another reminder of how thankful we should be that Vimeo is out there. The hyper-sexual clip features boychild and is an impressive first glimpse of what we are to expect from the next-level-R&B artist, who used to sing gospel back in his hometown Baltimore and now after modelling, dancing for Le1f and performing at the Opening Ceremony 10th Anniversary party is about to release his debut LP on the emerging New York based label UNO. For more information more about Isiah, who is also closely affiliated to Hood By Air and the GHE20G0THIK crowd, please check out the interview with him in the current issue of BAD GRAMMAR magazine or stream this episode of the Universopolis show on East Village Radio, in which he talks about his background has an artist and plays more of his songs and some of the music influencing him. The video “M1NDFVCK” was directed by Mitch Moore.

Ryuichi Shiroshita aka Hachi was born in Fukuoka, Japan and has started his Tokyo based fashion label BALMUNG in 2008 at the age of 21, shortly after finishing fashion school. Amongst the customers of the young label are Lady Gaga and the Tokyo based DJ and electro musician Mademoiselle Yulia, the designer has also collaborated with artists such as Terence Koh and his magazine THE international (#8). A beautiful shooting of his latest BALMUNG collection “Tokyo Trash Utopia” (preview below), for which Hachi worked with typical Tokyo trash bags, was released just recently and can be found in its entirety (+video) on the website Tokyo Dandy. I also really like the collection for this years summer season entitled “Sand”, which can be previewed below as well. The full shooting by Wataru Fukaya / Shunt Takano can be found on the label’s website.

Fall/Winter 2013/14 “Tokyo Trash Utopia”

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Artist Matthew Palladino is based in San Francisco. For more of his pictures check out his website or Flickr stream.

+++ Easter – The Heat +++

Opening track from the album “The Softest Hard”. Directed by Easter (Max Boss & Stine Omar)

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Photographer and Original Plumbing maker Amos Mac has sent us a collection of beautiful pictures from a photo shoot with New York City based writer, visual artist and performance artist Stephen Boyer, one of the co-founders of the The People’s Library and editor of the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology. Stephen has just recently released his debut novel Parasite, which was published by Publication Studies in January and tells the story of a young boy, who runs away from home and becomes a sex worker in San Francisco. You can get a first impression of the book and its author by watching this recording of a reading Steven did at the St Marks Bookstore earlier this year.
The photos of Steven were taken at his home in Chelsea, where he lives in the basement of the former house of Geraldine Page and her husband and partner Rip Torn. The place is today occumpied by Page 22, an arts space managed by Page’s son Tony Torn. All pictures are courtesy Amos Mac.

After  his wonderful contributions to the Hercules & Love Affair album “Blue Songs” and the release of his first solo track “Forever More” on Andy Butler’s MR. INTL label in 2011, singer and DJ Shaun J. Wright is currently working on his first solo record, as he recently told Produzentin and Mary Messhausen on the omg blog. If you want bridge the gap until the release I recommend the beautiful house single “Face Love Anew” by the Sydney based production duo stereogamous, who Shaun lent his voice (cover of the record on top). The track was released in late 2012 via Honey Soundsystem/CockTail d’Amore and comes both as a limited 12″ with remixes by Jason Kendig and Discodromo (via Dark Entries) and as a download version with remixes by Kim Ann Foxman and many others (via iTunes). You can stream a teaser of the single and the remix of the wonderful Miracles Club below.
Shaun has is also just launched a new party entitled Twirl in his hometown Chicago, which premiered yesterday (sorry for the delay!), and for which he has recorded both a nice teaser mixtape and a nice lo-fi cover version of the house classic “The Love I Lost” by Mark Imperial, which you can both steam below as well. The party will take place on the second Thursday of every month at Berlin Club.
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New York City-based photographer Veretta Cobler‘s book New York Underground 1970-1980 offers beautiful insights into the New York club scene of the disco era and overflows with glam, glitter and sexual tension. The book, which is completely kept in black and white, was published in 2004 by Parkstone International and is currently available for a sale price of 5,00$ on Amazon.com. It is also available in German (similarly cheap) and French (a little more expensive), although it is only the photographer’s introduction that differs. Here’s a little preview:

+++ Cakes Da Killa – Goodie Goodies +++

From the free The Eulogy mixtape (download here). Directed by Ja’Tovia Gary

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Shot by Zak Krevitt, jewelry by Chris Habana and Santiago Casanova.
More pictures on the OAK blog, more Juliana here.

With their new singles Full of Fire and A Tooth for an Eye and the accompanying videos, Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson aka The Knife have already made very clear statements about where they are heading right now: Their approach in their own sounds, lyrics and artwork has become more opently political, more radical, and less easy to consume. With the full stream of the new album “Shaking the Habitual” on the duo’s website it is now finally possible to experience the consequences of their new turn in full force: Many of the songs on the record are longer than 10 minutes, most of the tracks have no clear song structure and are full of unidentifiable sounds and noises, the lyrics are full of open statements against heteronormativity, capitalism and patriachy.
After the interview I did with Olof and Karin for the German Intro magazine a few weeks ago I was really impressed by how hard the duo has questioned not only their whole project, but also the structures under which they’ve been working as artists and musicians in the past. I’ve rarely met artists in the pop industry that have so radically rethought their work and transformed it into something new and more reflected. This English transcript of the interview published below was edited by Sean Dunn, the German article I wrote about the interview and my experiences with the new album can be found on the website of Intro magazine. All pictures were taken by Alexa Vachon.

In the note you submitted to journalists to read before the interview you mention that you started working on the new album by reading together. Tell me a little bit about this, how did you do it?

Olof: I was in Stockholm at the time at the Gender Studies Department and we both decided to study more and read more theory around the issues that we had already been into, like feminist theory and queer theory. We wanted to learn more about colonial history and anti-racist theory. We hadn’t studied so much theory so both of us were into learning more. So we kind of read the books from the field of Gender Studies, both of us, and wrote down many common interests that we wanted to learn more about and gather books on. And started a common ground, a good equal starting point.

Karin: Olof came to Stockholm and I’ve been in Berlin a lot as well in the past years.

Can I ask what you read?

K: First it was the literature list from the Gender Studies Program, like Mohanty’s “Feminism without borders”, also Franz Fanon, Judith Butler, Foucault, Spivak and some of Wendy Brown. Some fiction as well, I’ve been very into Jeanette Winterson… Olof, did I forget anything?

O: Well, there is so much, but I mean we’ve also read a lot of Swedish post-colonial feminists who are really good at summarizing different international thinkers and talk about intersectionality. Are you familiar with this term?

Yes I am…

O: … kind of how to use that. And that’s been really important for us. It has really helped us understand many things, like limits in feminist activism for example.

You’ve involved other artists into your most recent work, both the video and the album. At least four of them queer women – you worked with Shannon Funchess and Emily Roysdon on the song „Stay out here“ and with Marit Östberg and Liz Rosenfeld on the video for „Full of Fire“. Is the Gender Studies background the link to these artist, is this how you approached them and why you chose them?

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Normal Love is a queer band project by Berlin based musicians Pauline P aka Pauline Boudry and Inka Kamp – both former members of the legendary Rhythm King And Her Friends – and singer-songwriter Ben Kaan, who joined Pauline and Inka shortly after they started rehearsing. The trio and its beautifully clear and moody post-punk-disco-pop already has quite a reputation in the queer scene of Berlin and has played a whole bunch of successful live gigs in Germany, France and Austria in 2012. With “Fever/Suddenly” they are now releasing their first 12″ single, accompanied by a debut video for the song “Suddenly” and a free gig in conjunction with the Precarious Bodies performance festival at Hebbel am Ufer on April 12. The Normal Love debut album will be released in autumn, you can already stream five of the album tracks (including “Fever” and “Suddenly” via Soundcloud. To order the limited “Fever/Suddenly” EP please contact the band via contact@normallovemusic.com. Picture on top by Goodyn Green.

www.normallovemusic.com

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