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From The Knife’s upcoming album “Shaking The Habitual”, which can be pre-ordered now via Rabin Records store. The short film was shot by Berlin and Stockholm based artist and filmmaker Marit Östberg (“Dirty Diaries”), director of photographer was Berlin based artist and filmmaker Liz Rosenfeld. This is what Östberg writes about the project:
“The film started to grow as an embryo in the song´s lines ‘Who looks after my story’. Who takes care of our stories when the big history, written by straight rich white men, erase the complexity of human´s lives, desires and conditions? The film consists of a network of fates, fears, cravings, longings, losses, and promises. Fates that at first sight seem isolated from each other, but if we pay attention, we can see that everything essentially moves into each other. Our lives are intertwined and our eyes on each other, our sounds and smells, mean something. Our actions create reality, we create each other. We are never faceless, not even in the most grey anonymous streets of the city. We will never stop being responsible, being extensions, of one another. We will never stop longing for each other, and for something else.” (Quote via YouTube).
“a doubling, a haunting, a generational negotiation”
– Elisabeth Subrin on Shulie
The brilliant radical feminist Shulamith Firestone died this past year at the age of 67, though she essentially withdrew from public life four decades ago, as if let down by the movement she helped build. I first heard of her work via feminist band Le Tigre, and promptly read her bestselling book, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution (1970). Years later, I found out about the 1997 film Shulie by American experimental filmmaker Elisabeth Subrin, which has become a classic of the avant-garde and an object of passionate study for scholars interested in non-fiction cinema, memory and historical re-enactment; and queer and feminist temporalities. Queer theorist Elizabeth Freeman calls Shulie “feminist history’s outtakes.”
In 1967, as a BFA student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Firestone was featured in a short documentary made by four male film students: a portrait of an emerging female artist of the so-called “Now” generation. Discovering the long-forgotten short in the 1990s, Subrin decided to remake Shulie shot by shot with an actor playing Firestone and with the thirty years of hindsight that knows this unremarkable young woman featured on film would go on to become one of the most articulate and boldly original voices of 20th-century feminism, soon moving to New York and then completing The Dialectic of Sex a mere three years later. (At the time of the shooting, Firestone was already a part of the radical feminist organizing in Chicago, though this remains unspoken in the film.) Shulie asks us to scrutinize Firestone in art school for the traces of who she would soon become, and the radical theories she would evolve. (And not only this, but to do so at a remove – through an actor, in a remake.)
Subrin wanted to investigate the “residue” of the late 1960s and, identifying strongly with Shulie, she asks, “Why, if we had reaped the benefits of second-wave feminism, should Shulie’s life seem so contemporary?” Part of the contemporary power of the film is the awkwardness of the 22-year-old woman as she goes through the painfully familiar machinations of art school – including a torturous critique by her male painting professors – and the other small indignities that attend a life on the margins (which have not changed much), as well as having to unwillingly articulate her place in a “generation.” It is precisely these “minor” historical forces – and not just great political events and movements – that compel individuals to take on certain identifications and positions in the world.
For their amazing fall/winter 2013 collection Marjan Pejoski and Koji Maruyama from the London based fashion label Kokon to Zai (KTZ) have collaborated with artist Rein Vollenga, who has created a new series of his wearable sculptures to round out their futuristic looks. The following pictures of the pieces are taken from the artist’s blog and were shot by photographer Jonas Lindström. For more of the Berlin based artist’s work please check out the blog or his website. We’ve also posted a shooting of his sculptures worn by artist Feral aka Kinky MC in 2011.
My first time I came upon the work of Los Angeles artist Margaret Haines was when I found her beautiful video she made for her friend Dan Bodan‘s single “Nudity and Atrocity”, which was released in spring last year. The video is one of her artistic “trailers” anticipating her feature movie “Coco”, which will be released later this year. For the film Haines invented “Coco”, a female character, who she characterises as “very girly, hysteric and into horses” and who tries to deal with her delusions of making it in the pop business.
After a performance at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), a sound installation at the Cirrus Gallery, and a sculptural presentation at Commonwealth and Council Gallery, Haines has just recently finished another two studies of the Coco character. The first one is the book “Coco x Love With Stranger”, which was launched with an event at the LA book stork Ooga Booga in December. The publication references the style of Eigthies’ fanzines and teen pulp novels and like the film is loosely based on motives of the story of Don Quixote, exploring different facets of female identity. It is published by New Byzantium in an edition of 500.
The second new “trailer” is a collection of silk scarfs, which are printed with stills from the “Coco” films and which you can discover on the pictures below. For more information about the film and her work please visit Margaret Haines website.
LE1F has released his new single “Coins” via Soundcloud today. The track (originally produced for the Norwegian hip hop act A-laget by Norwegian producers Drippin & Souldrop last year) will be on his
upcoming mixtape “Fly Zone” which will be out next Monday (download here):
Cakes the Killa is about to release his new mixtape (album?) “The Eulogy” via Mishka Records on Tuesday. The first single is called “Goodie” and is the ideal continuation of his debut tape “Easy Bake Oven” from 2011:
The members of House of Ladosha will be featured in a group exhibition entitled “The Whole House Eats” at Superchief Gallery, NYC, which opens on February 7th and will for run week. Will will provide more information soon. Meanwhile, here’s the latest Ladosha track ”9 OR 11″:
Amos Mac and Rocco Katastrophe, the founders and editors of the Brooklyn based trans male culture magazine Original Plumbing, have big plans for 2013 – and I’m not talking about the flashy 2.0 edition of their “Original” snapback that they’re selling online right now (see picture to the left by Amos with model Neon Ladosha). The duo has just launched a crowd-funding campaign to revive and extend the magazine’s website, which they’ve turned into a regularly updated web zine and online community platform for trans male culture over the past two years. With the growing amount of blogs posts and articles by great contributors or video projects such as the “Talk About It” campaign the site has now reached a point where according to its makers it not only needs a new coat of paint, but has to be rebuild and restructured from scratch + needs new editors to maintain it. Furthermore, Amos and Rocco are planning to extend the website into a platform that is able to represent the trans* community in its entirety, which would make it even more important than it already is. The relaunch is scheduled for April.
If you want to support this ambitious make-over project please donate generously via Indiegogo and you will be rewarded with great thank you gifts such as one-month free access to queer/trans* related video portals, collectable stickers of pop icons, the sold-out 1st edition of OP, handmade shirts & bags, a personal dance lesson by Jessica 6 choreographer Georgia Maxine Sanford or a private dinner with the OP makers. And if all of this doesn’t convince you, I’m pretty sure this official campaign video will:
Sleepless Knights is the first full-length feature film by German directors Stefan Butzmühlen and Cristina Diz and was shot in 2011 with amateur actors from the virtually unknown area of Spain’s Extremadura region. The world premiere took place during the 62nd Berlin Film Festival in the section „Forum“, since then the film has been has been shown at film festivals around the world such as the San Sebastian International Film Festival in September 2012 or the Gothenburg Film Festival later this month. The film has it’s official start in German cinema’s next Thursday and will be shown in the following theaters (Spanish with German subtitles): FSK Berlin, Filmhaus Nürnberg, Werkstattkino München, Filmpalette Köln.
For more information about the movie plase download this press sheet (PDF), which contains the storyline and a statement from the directors in English and German. In addition, here’s one of three beautiful teasers for the film, for the second and the third one please visit the YouTube page of the GayFilmnacht (Gay Film Night) Berlin.
Photographer and writer Ren Hang was born in Changchun, the capital of the Jilin provinc in northeastern China. Today he lives and works in Beijing, where he has just recently graduated from the Advertising Department of the Communication University of China. His playful, bold and often grotesque photographs of nudes are currently featured in the exhibition “Secret Love” at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm, Sweden. The exhibition runs until March 31 and highlights the work by contemporary Chinese artists, focussing on questions of identity and sexuality. You find more of Hang’s photograpy on his Tumblr and on his website, where he also publishes his poems and where you can order his self-publisehd books. For a short portrait of the artist by “Secret Love” curator Si Han check out the museum’s website. All pictures posted below where shot in 2012 and are published here with the kind permission of the artist.