A grenade where you’d least expect it…
Estuche (Jewelry Case) — Los Carpinteros
At the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montréal this week, one of the standout pieces (for me) was this grenade-shaped chest of drawers (or, conversely, large wooden grenade with drawers?) — done by Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros. Lovely that it’s fully functioning — just as furniture, not as ordnance.
PBS Frontline covered Los Carpinteros back in 2008 in “Cuba: An Art Revolution." The collective, made up of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodriguez, began working in the 1990s and their paintings and sculptures can be found in museums all over the world.
Here’s a slideshow with a selection of some more of their work.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Coyne DeGhett
Satoshi Kon - Editing Space & Time
Tony Zhou : “Four years after his passing, we still haven’t quite caught up to Satoshi Kon, one of the great visionaries of modern film. In just four features and one TV series, he developed a unique style of editing that distorted and warped space and time. Join me in honoring the greatest Japanese animator not named Miyazaki.”
Two movies that encourage a genre festival audience to cheer whenever someone gets shot in the head.
In Order Of Disappearance: there is a level on which this movie operates as a blackly comedic metaphor for whatever “immigration problem” Norway thinks it has. I can’t parse it fully, but it’s intentional, and intentionally skewering — if you’re easily triggered by ethnic humour in the ”@#$% white people say” mode, the second act may not be for you. Stellan Skarsgård is lampshaded as the model immigrant, being a white, Danish-born small business owner providing an essential community service: he’s a snowplow driver* who seems to be exclusively contracted to clear a section of highway leading from Oslo to the ski resort town where he lives. In other words, the dude you’d never suspect of raising vigilante hell in socialist democratic welfare-state winter wonderland, unlike those Serbian mobsters or Japanese assassins or that one gangster who turned out to be Jewish, who knew.**
Pål Sverre Hagen (last seen as Thor Heyerdahl) plays opposite Skarsgård as the perpetually stressed-out, carrot-juice-chugging, frothingly xenophobic helicopter dad cocaine drug lord — it’s a great comedic villain turn, arguably the glue that holds the movie together. You walk out thinking that you’re likely to see more of this guy, in bigger and more international films.
Gun Woman: neo-exploitation in the Japanese/American bilingual retro homage mode. If you’re easily triggered by violence against women… you’d probably never consider watching anything in this entire class of movies, I guess. XD; (I watch them occasionally at this point, I think, just to remind myself that they exist — that this is a palette one has access to, so to speak.) Accepting the premise, the film has a few things going for it: 1) a magnetic lead actress and a skin-crawling villain, both of whom are naked for much of the running time; 2) an English-language framing story that’s… relatively… well-acted; 3) a truly great soundtrack, complete with Pat Benetar-esque theme song. Actually, if there’s one conclusion to be drawn from the Fantasia trailer reel and the films thus far themselves, it’s that the 80s keyboard/guitar OST is back with a vengeance, in a way it never was during the early-00s electroclash revival. Vaporwave mainstreaming itself via the vector of least resistance, perhaps.
* To a Montrealer, this prompted the question of why he didn’t have organized crime connections to call on in the first place; but maybe they do things differently in scenic Norway (like Fargo but with convenient fjords for body disposal).
** His boyfriend did, presumably.
Today’s Classic: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
1. By Pedro Américo (1893)
2. By Edouard Manet (1877)
3. By John Henry Fuseli (1785)
4. By James Northcote (1806)
5. By Sir Thomas Lawrence (1801)
6. By Eugene Delacroix (1821)
I had to scroll back up to make sure Lawrence’s wasn’t actually David Tennant.
seasquared said: you'd be surprised how few search results return for "minimoonstar seasquared justine" XD
Haha I’ve just been burnt by experiences of searching for my own fic on my own Tumblr and getting back nothing orz||||Also, oh man, Marcella Bella’s version renders me completely verklempt? It’s like at the end of the day, the Italians aren’t satisfied if it isn’t actual opera.
Justine & The Victorian Punks, “Still You”
Colette is a revered figure in New York avant-garde lore, if little-known outside of it.
Born in Tunisia and raised in France, she has worked variously as a musician, film-maker, photographer, painter and performance artist over the past forty-odd years, but her most radical and notorious practice has been that of turning her own life into art, following a strange fictional narrative of her own making and assuming a number of different identities and personas. This process began in 1978 when Colette declared herself dead, held her funeral at the Mudd Club, and then resurrected herself as Justine.
Justine hooked up with Peter Gordon and his Love of Life Orchestra – who were discovered by a new generation when James Murphy and Pat Mahoney’s included two of their tracks on their 2007 FabricLive mix – and set about recording new music, which they presciently christened “disco-punk”, under the name Justine and the Victorian Punks. Two tracks, ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ and ‘Still You’, were recorded with engineer Jay Burnett (who later worked on Bambaataa’s ‘Planet Rock’) at Electric Lady Studios and released via Justine’s own Colette Is Dead Co. Ltd private press. Original copies are virtually impossible to get hold of.
‘Beautiful Dreamer’, conceived as the soundtrack for an installation piece of the same name, places Gordon’s saxophone centre stage, with Justine’s lullaby-like vocal bolstered by a mid-tempo disco beat and choral backing from Shelley Hirsch. ‘Still You’ is a charming, killer-basslined cover of Lucio Battisti’s ‘Ancora Tu’, with Justine and Gordon exchanging spoken-word vocals.
Justine’s voice is incredibly sexy, a little slurred, a little babying, a lot flirtatious and just oozing out with sex appeal when she chuckles as she says, “Oh, well, it brings back memories.” This is almost heartbreaking intimate, like you’ve taken a time machine back to the best worst romance of your youth and you’re watching yourself do it all over again. Justine takes you to just that place, her hand on the crook of your arm, murmuring, “But to leave you is impossible, to leave you is just not possible. It’s still you, still you.”
0. (Couldn’t post this the other very-late-night as home wireless is farked)
- Neurons misfiring such that for a dizzying minute I contemplated a Sherlock-like updating of The Alexandria Quartet (which, gawd, wasn’t even published that long ago) in which everyone is in an arty band except Clea who does video installations or smth
- Are Italo Disco and its descendents PROVEN to be the best genre ever? I have been listening to Please (which, hmm, this version of “Suburbia” is kind of inferior) and the Love Comes Quickly 12” over and over (“That’s My Impression” being one of TNeil’s very few “disco punk” vox not to say only) so this week the answer is yes
- List, if lists must be made, of songs which are extended grooves over which an attractive-sounding girl speaks conversationally:
- Pizzicato Five, “This Year’s Model” (variation: interview format)
- Ricardo Villalobos, “Andruic & Japan” (variation: 2 many pillz)
- Serge Gainsbourg, “En Melody” (variation: hysterical Birkin laugh)
4. Also check out Mina’s version!
Metafilter just did a post rounding up some versions of “Ancora Tu”, which means I get to reblog this post, this time with minimoonstar's commentary. I still love Justine's the best, followed by the Battisti original, and then Marcella Bella’s (which uncovers in all of us the pining Italian lover that’s at the heart of the song), but Roisin Murphy’s newest is no small feat of matter-of-fact, ruthless, stunning romance.
Wow this post? How long ago was this post??? Cathy how do you find old things on Tumblr you are wizard????
h/t to amomenttothink for retweeting this.
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