Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!!!!

alley_girls, originally uploaded by thefuturistics.

what could be more scary than four loveable geriatrics in Miami??

Blanche: "Do you know what I hate doing most after a party?"
Rose: "Trying to find your underwear in the big pile?"

DOROTHY: Ma, how would you react if one of your kids was gay?
SOPHIA: I know you don't get many dates, but stick with what you know.
DOROTHY: Ma, I'm not gay, it was a question.
SOPHIA: To tell you the truth, Dorothy, if one of my kids was gay, I wouldn't love them one bit less. I'd wish them all the happiness in the world.
DOROTHY: That's because you're the greatest mother in the world, and I love you!
SOPHIA: Fine. Now shut your fat mouth so I can get some sleep!

BLANCHE: I don't understand lesbians, I mean, a man has so much more to offer, know what I mean?

BLANCHE: Whatcha doing Dorothy?
DOROTHY: Oh, I'm looking through my old yearbooks, it's sad to see how many of my old friends are gone...Frank, the star quarterback, heart attack, dead...
BLANCHE: Don't think of it that way, Dorothy, think of it as God telling Frank to "go deep."
DOROTHY: David...
BLANCHE: What happened to him?
DOROTHY: God told David to drive into a wall at 80 MPH.

Predicting the future

1026072mugs17, originally uploaded by thefuturistics.

special halloween edition.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Curate or die. Whatever.

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last night was the first of three discussions of the "Curate or Die" series. This was supposed to be the center and periphery debate. Hmmm, totally eurocentric and not really that peripheral. Charlotte Laubard, an independent curator from France who recently took over the CAPC in Bourdeaux, talked about the exhibition profile of the space and how she changed it. The huge church-like space was used to store goods that had been exchanged for slaves, but few exhibitions had taken into account the history of the space, except for the influential Traffic (1996), curated by Nicholas Bourriaud, and the equally important, Cities on the move (1997), curated by Hou Hanru and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Laubard talked about the lack of contact with the local community, which is usually always a problem since contemporary art is not usually meant for the masses. The shows since Laubard took over have been in collaboration with other curators, and have been all destablizing and shit.
Adam Budak from the Kunsthaus Graz, the blip-blop light machine, had so much technical trouble that he never managed to show an image of the building. I guess most people know the building, since the building is what has been touted at every single opportunity, but not showing it was just stupid. Budak has a background in theater, so a lot of the exhibitions are more staged than other, more 'neutral' exhibitions of contemporary art. This has also meant that exhibition design is extremely important for the Austrian space and it looks like a good example of an exhibition space that dares to go where no other space has gone before.
Chuz Martinez, who replaced Marta Gili on the panel (strikes......), was the one who considered the title of the meeting/presentation and suggested instead Research or Die as a more pressing matter. Martinez has an MA in curatorial studies from Bard College...The center for curatorial studies. Or: the periphery for curatorial studies? Nah. I just recognized her language as Bard speak. Fascinating.

ANYWAY, she has taken over the Kunstverein Frankfurt, but talked mostly about the Spain's birth as a democratic nation and discarding anything to do with Franco, which also meant that a new generation of curators were allowed to step up to the plate much earlier.

Markus Müller, the chair, patted everyone on the back and gave his spiel on the center and the periphery. So, Poland is the periphery? And Bordeaux? Whatever. Just admit that you will be presenting the work of three youngish curators that are dealing with an institution after being independent curators. And make sure that all the technical equpiment works and please time your speakers.

Curate or die seems to fall into the old-fashioned catalog of "the death of....." The death of curating seems impending, but it's just a call for discussion. Why the drama? Listen to some more Mary J Blige! Please!!!

"So tired, tired of all this drama"

Monday, October 29, 2007


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The hunk on the left is dead. The hunk on the right is dead. 1983 was the year of the hunk, but look at them now!
Jon Erik shot himself, by accident, on set of Cover Up. The blanks in guns aren't that blank at all and pushed a piece of his skull into his brain. He starred alongside Joan Collins in the made-for-tv-movie Male Model, and in the time travel sci-fi series voyager. And he's been in heaven for a few decades. He would have been 50.
Hamilton was poised to be the new James Bond, but the producers chose to run w Timothy Dull-ton or Pierce Brosnan. Too bad. They should have made Hamilton Bond. And we would've had a blonde and openly gay James on the screen.

And not to forget the ladies. O'neil's sister is Paris Hilton's aunt.
LUCK! or the charm of Kathy Hilton. Miaow!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

beautiful lights in a beautiful park

the slogan for gropiusstadt was light, air and,, something else beneficial to large groups of people lumped into cheap housing

cheap housing good enough for Christiane F and her mother. I didn't really see much of Christiane's world in Neukölln.....

The residency program offers artists a week in an apartment on the 8th floor. A week. That about says everything about the residency. Most of the works on show were dealing with the same issues of architecture, city-planning, utopian ideals, race, and so on, but only on the surface. Ideas aren't allowed to fester, so the works turn out similar and bland. Presentation sucked as well, but I guess you have to show to as much activity as possible to maintain support.

Beautiful park.