٠ Gaspar Noë’s appropriation of Paul Sharits’ or the love for ‘formal processes and psychedelic modifications’ ٠

“[…] What I am calling “vulgar appropriationism” is this: the way in which pop/commercial media today often appropriate formal structures from more-or-less “high art,” or even avant-garde art, of the 20th century, and use them in ways that negates the aesthetic or conceptual radicality of those structures. […] Another example is Gaspar Noë’s recent video…

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┐ I Will Swim to You └

I’ve said it here before: Jason Molina is my favourite musician. I’ve said it here before: he was an alcoholic. Jason Molina died last Saturday, 16th March, aged 39. I’m lost for words, not because this is overwhelmingly sad but because it just builds on anger. He was an extraordinary soul and his premature departure…

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┐ Xaviera Simmons └

© Xaviera Simmons, One Day and Back Then, 2007 © Xaviera Simmons, Landscape (2 Women), 2007 © Xaviera Simmons, If We Believe In Theory, 2009 “Simmons, as an artist, doubles down. She captures the fiction/truth dialectic as well as anyone, disarticulating assumptions about the quietly composed and staged images she makes. She’s a Brecht of…

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┐ the Man at work – Corbijn’s portrait └

photo caption: Alexander McQueen, London 2007 © Anton Corbijn Klaartje Quirijns’ insightful feature-length profile of Anton Corbijn offers an exploration into the pain of creation while also being a thoughtful examination of one of pop culture’s most iconic photographers and, more recently, film directors. The taciturn Dutch subject, best known for immortalising artists such as…

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┐ Prinzhorn Dance School └

photo (above) by Gabriel Green All their videos very much worth seeing! They named themselves after Dr Hans Prinzhorn, a German psychiatrist whose book, Artistry of the Mentally Ill, led to the coining of the phrase Art Brut. After positive feedback from friends, they mailed CDs to five labels, all of whom, they say, wanted…

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┐ Jason Molina └

Now and again I wonder what has happen to Jason Molina, my favourite singer/songwriter, since for the past few years no records have been released. As I was looking for some classic black & white portraits of musicians I came across a statement from Magnolia Electric Co. that reads “Over the last two years Jason…

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