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Gesaffelstein:  Pursuit

Gesaffelstein - Pursuit (official video) from Parlophone France on Vimeo.



If anyone can derive a coherent narrative from this series of images, I'd like to hear it.

Note: some few seconds of naked femaleness occur.

The musician's Wikipedia entry.

Blast Stools

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Stools made by blowing up sheet metal.

Read more here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 27, 2014 | Comments (6)
Category: Explosives, Furniture, Avant Garde

Go! Push Pops





The Push Pops are a radical, transnational queer feminist artist collective. Geared toward engendering ‘Embodied Feminism,’ the collective is primarily concerned with the expenditure and conservation of the self in relation to the Other. Employing the female body – that which is bound to a cross-cultural language of desire, signification and power – in tactical, ideological strategy, the Push Pops utilize gesture, exclamation and popular idiom to embody a new and discursive physicality. Neo-Dada, Fluxist and Feminist, their performance work posits the body as a danger to the operation of reason and male economy of lack. A wild leap, an elusive slogan, a paroxysm of the flesh – The Push Pops reinscribe the body through participatory ritual, spontaneous performance and interactive multi-media installation.


There's as much of this as you can stand on YouTube. Or at their home page.

Caution: lots of patriarchy-demolishing swears in the second video.

Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jan 17, 2014 | Comments (10)
Category: Feminism, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Avant Garde

Jeanne Mordoj







How sad I am to have missed Jeanne Mordoj in her recent New York performance, which THE NEW YORK TIMES describes thus:

At the start of her solo Ms. Mordoj stood at the back of the stage in near darkness. Holding a briefcase under her chin and dressed in a jacket, skirt and heels, she began to vocalize softly and then with increasing strength. Performing on a runwaylike strip of the stage that extended to the audience, Ms. Mordoj, her eyes bulging, stuffed an egg into her mouth — and then another and another, all the while grimacing, but keeping them down. Or so it appeared; she knows a thing or two about illusion.

As if her skin were shedding, crushed eggshells dropped to the floor. Eventually, she removed her jacket and attached two falsies to her bra while contracting and distending her belly, a feat both grotesque and stunning. At a certain point, she stopped trying to be funny — another relief — and slowly lowered herself to the floor. Bits of shells stuck to her face and chest, transforming her clown face into a spooky ritualist mask. The metamorphosis worked its magic: Ms. Mordoj held us captive.


Antics of the Artists



The filmmaker's home page.

Those wacky, outrageous bohemians!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Sep 21, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Aliens, Literature, Movies, Avant Garde, Surrealism, Fictional Monsters

POUND, by Downey Sr & Jr





The first clip shows Robert Downey Jr's first role in the year 1970, in a film by his father, Robert Downey Sr. As an example of late-60's weirdness-- Well, let's hear from Leanne Benson at IMDB:

I saw this film last night at the Barbican in London, apparently it hadn't been shown for thirty years, longer than I've been alive! We were warned at the beginning that it wasn't the easiest film to watch and with that in mind, I actually found it not too difficult to watch. All the characters were very different and I really like the idea of having people play the animals. It was pretty sad but also heartwarming in a way. I loved Robert Downey jr as the puppy, so cute!!!

I would say that the film was pretty bizarre and I'm not sure if I could watch it again for a while but for someone like me who is interested in they ways of past decades, I think it was a brilliant peek into the late sixties. There was one particular character, the old lady who played the dog with the mange problem who I thought was brilliant, amazing styling and directing. A film that should be available to be shown.


Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 18, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Animals, Anthropomorphism, Celebrities, Movies, Avant Garde, Surrealism, 1960's

Kou Kou

こうこう | koukou from takashi ohashi on Vimeo.



Here is something akin to fireworks for the 4th.

"KOU KOU is a visual work based on an abstract animation synchronized with a song comprising the unique syllabic sounds of the Japanese language, without actually using any full words."
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Jul 04, 2013 | Comments (1)
Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Languages, Video, Avant Garde, Asia

Trevor Winkfield



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I rather like the weird paintings of Trevor Winkfield. Do you?
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun May 19, 2013 | Comments (6)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues, Eccentrics

Graffiti-bot



One of the less practical automatons, the juvenile delinquent of the robot species.

Learn more here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sat Feb 09, 2013 | Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Performance Art, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Juvenile Delinquency

Fluxion



Let me know at which point you bail from this piece. But if you love it instead, be prepared to pay a high price for each CD--for some unfathomable reason.

More about the musician.





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