Wednesday, December 03, 2008
I do read a lot of comic books. and I mean the comics that have superheroes in them. It started out reading the classics, like Spiderman (Edderkoppen), Batman (Lynvingen), Superman (Supermann), all the men (Prosjekt X [X-men]), but also the spin-offs, like Spiderwoman and She-Hulk. But I also like some of the more experimental stuff from the two big ones. Marvel. And DC.
Grant Morrison, just recently 'killed' Batman over at DC, wrote Doom Patrol from issue #19. It was fun, took some risks, and poked fun at the more generic brand of super-heroes.
Wikipedia will do the trick if you want to know more
But one character stands out as being truly unique.
Danny the street, a transvestite street, with the power of teleportation, boggles my mind. I want to be a street!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Barack will serve as the first African-American President of the United States of America. On his way to secure the nomination from the Democratic party, he beat Hillary Clinton, a woman. In 1972 Shirley Chisholm was a presidential candidate for the democratic party. Groundbreaking.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The launch of H&M's new designer collaboration launched this week and I was pretty excited to see the stuff I had been clicking on online in the flesh. And the wool. It was ok. Nothing over the top, nothing too exciting. Kind of dull.
I got the freaking scarf, because who doesn't need a huge wool scarf in November?
I might get the fragrance, but the trench-coat and the jacket were too expensive for H&M, even with added Rei Kawakubo. The wool sweaters were nice, but didn't fit. I tried the large and it was too long and too tight. ok, so maybe I just need to lose weight.
My favorite collection would be the Karl Lagerfeld one. The jeans were amazing, they had cords, a lot of accessories and it was clean, simple, but well fitting. Who's next?
I bought two dvd's at platekompaniet yesterday. Both 59,50 in the sale section. I didn't really think about it, but both movies revolve around women horribly wronged by other men, not relying on the official system of crime+punishment, and taking the knife, pistol, stiletto in their own hands. Jodie Foster and her husband are attacked and left for dead. Her husband dies, but Foster starts a career as a vigilante. Neil Jordan is the director, so I am looking forward to taking a look. In "I spit on your grave" a manhattanite on a relaxing get away is raped. and left for dead. She survives and exacts her horrible revenge. Having being mugged myself, but not a woman, i guess I am drawn to these types of movies.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
NOVEMBER 2008 – ARTIST INITIATED MAGAZINES
08.11 - 23.11
OPEN THURS - SUN 12 - 5
Curated by Karen Christine Tandberg and Elin Maria Olaussen (Torpedo)
ART RITE (US 1972-1978), AVALANCHE (US 1970-1976), CHARLEY (IT 2001-d.d), TELFAR CLEMENTS (US), DONNIE&TRAVIS (US), DOT DOT DOT (US 2000 – d.d), EAU DE COLOGNE (DE 1985-1993), FILE (CAN 1970-1989), GENERAL IDEA (CAN), JONAH GROENEBOER (US), INTERFUNKTIONEN (DE 1968-1975), JAMES HOFF (US), SCOTT HUG (US), K48 (US 1999-d.d), JEFF KONINGSBERG (US), MADE IN USA (US 1999-2001), NICHOLAS MESSING (US), PERMANENT FOOD (US/IT 1995-d.d), FATIMA AL QADIRI (US), REAL LIFE MAGAZINE (US 1979-1994), RE-MAGAZINE (NL 1997-2004), SLAVA MOGUTIN (US), KLAUS SCHULZE (DE), GRANT WORTH (US), ZG (UK/US 1979 - 1988).
We are concerned with the web of fact and fiction that binds and releases mythologies that are the sum experience of artists and non-artists in co-operative existence today. Every image is a self image. Every image is a mirror.
- Editorial FILE Mr.Peanut issue, vol 1, no1 1972
The exhibition November 2008 is based on a careful selection of artist initiated magazines from the 70’s until today. Art magazines play an important part in the distribution of art. The drive to create new arenas for art led to a surge of artist-produced magazines in the 70’s, and the magazine-format paved the ground for experimentation with text, information, distribution and media-realities.
Artist initiated magazines enabled the artists to work outside the galleries, take control over their own production and to reach a larger audience. November 2008 focuses on how the magazine format works as an alternative exhibition space.
The represented magazines in this exhibition have in common a DIY – attitude, where collaboration and the collective is in focus. The artist group General Idea (which consists of AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal) founded, in 1972, FILE megazine. FILE was not a magazine in it’s normal sense, but one of General Ideas many art – projects. By appropriating the name and the visual profile of the well-known life-style magazine LIFE, General Idea sought a broader distribution. The thought was that the magazine format itself would lead the art out to a larger audience, no matter which content. FILE was made with the kiosk newspaper stands in mind, not the secluded art audience.
At Rekord, FILE will be shown together with original editions of General Idea. Other magazines from the same time, like Art Rite, Avalanche, Interfunktionen, Real Life, ZG and the some-what later Eau de Cologne, all made use of different strategies to present the art-scene they themselves where a part of. Artists like Joseph Beuys, Lawrence Weiner, Barbara Krüger, Cindy Sherman, Ray Johnson and more often appeared in several of them.
K48’s last number Starship Counterforce will be launched in this exhibition together with a presentation of works by selected contributors: Telfar Clements, Jonah Groenboer, Jeff Konigsberg, Nicholas Messing, Slava Mogutin, Klaus Schulze, Donnie & Travis, Fatima al Qadiri and Grant Worth. Other contemporary magazines that are shown include, among others, Dexter Sinisters magazine Dot Dot Dot, RE-magazine, Charley and Permanent Food.
Scott Hug, the man behind K48, shows a constellation of his own polaroids and images taken from the magazines Time and The New Yorker in Too Much, Too Little, Too Late. Polaroids: 2002-2007. James Hoff (US) uses the magazine as a background source for his artistic practice: Sing, Sing consists of drawings taken from a Raymon Pettibon fanzine, and the publication Topten originates from Artforums top ten column.
I haven't seen the latest episode of antm, but I know you are on your way back to the US. Rich made this for the previous episode and it proves his genius. Please, if you like smart people, gay people or both, you have to read Rich's blog.
and while you are at it, look up
It's Rich's friend, Tracie, writing about a night on the town.
If only Elina could lose control like Tracie, she would be on top. Of America's Next Top Model.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
the Norwegian mail service have a new logo. The old red horn and the king's crown are on the garbage heap. Fine. I don't know how much they paid for this:
Two circles, one red for the regular post service, and one green for business services (I think). But where did they come up with this innovative design?? How many people thought in think tanks?
Or did they just steal the look of the pokemon ball?
the ball is used for storing pokemon and now it's also the new logo for Posten.
Tone Hansen has a great essay on branding, name changes and new logos in Norway. Check it out.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
characteristic voice, nice glasses and a hot brother. Could you be any better? Apparently. Karin Dreijer has opted for a new project called fever ray. I hope she hasn't ditched Olof.
Anyway, new projects seem to materialize for karin whenever the old one has hit a snag. Honey is Cool for the Knife and now Fever Ray for the Knife. I guess this is more of solo project and that the Knife aren't over, so win-win.
I just wish they would re-release Honey is Cool's first album, focky focky no pay. That would make my day.
and check out http://feverray.com/ for more 'fo.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Love is overtaking me is out on Tuesday 28th October. Another rummaging experience, going through Russell's archives and unreleased material. I've listened to three songs from the compilation and they seem surprisingly easy. Not as in easy listening, though the songs are a far cry from Russell's instrumental and experimental compositions. I think there are a few covers, some demos, songs from other projects, such as The Sailboats, Turbo Sporty and Bright & Early.
And the documentary is out in November, so a pleasant end to 2008 with the help of Russell.
I'm not the one for dumpster diving, but I love going through the bargain racks at bookstores, recordstores, comicbookstores, and so on. I found this at Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo and was very happy! I love Burden (he doesn't know it) and recognized this book from the library. It's a catalog he published in 1978 on his performance work from 1974 to 1977. It was 25 NOK, which isn't a lot in today's unstable kroner market. I just checked and it's actually worth 4000 kroner. Score!
I also got some other catalogs, the Chris Burden catalog from Magasin 3 Konsthall in Stockholm, Olafur Eliasson at Kunsthalle Basel and Thomas Hirschhorn at the Renaissance Society. All for 95 NOK.
the new issue of K48 is almost out. Almost.
It will be launched in NY on the 28th October and I'm sure it will be a rad party, but if you live in Oslo (the Norway) there will be another launch and an exhibition in November!
In New York there will be live performances by Come Rad Comrade, Brother Bruno, Tha Pumpsta, Living Days, Popular Science—featuring Tobell von Cartier and DJ set's by NYC's Kingdom, Michael Magnan, Atomly, Telfar and Fatima Al Qadiri.
The issue looks to the future, to space, to science fiction, to utopias and beyond. Anne Koch has made a light-sculpture which ships with each issue, Marc Andreottola has written a piece for the mag, there's an offer for a limited poster in the issue and the cover is all gold and black and neon=the future!
check it out!
Fatima Al Qadiri
Hrafnhildur Arnardottir (a.k.a. Shoplifter) w/Erez Sabag and Edda Gudmundsdottir
assume vivid astro focus
Brent Cowley/Asher Penn
Hood by Air
Misaki Kawai & Pete Pezzimenti
Theo A. Rosenblum
Samuel de la Rosa
Marco Boggio Sella
Donnie & Travis
Sunday, October 19, 2008
i found the new issue of Acne Paper in my local acne store. My interview with Allison Smith, a very capable and interesting artist, is in the magazine, which is dedicated to Tradition and Craft. Smith combines craft with war, which gives a different kind of potency to craft. For the whole interview, check your local newsstands for a copy and be sure to check out Allison Smith's work at http://www.themuster.com/ and http://www.notionnanny.net/
Thursday, October 09, 2008
This Tom of Finland fragrance has got me smelling all sorts of good. Karl says it smells like a leather bar. I don't know about that, but it's dark and musky, full of aldehydes and iris. mmmmmm. Inside the package/packaging there's a 'secret' drawing. In my box were two of Tom of Finland's hunky sailors with their own little boxes to take care of. I got this at Oak in Brooklyn, but I'm sure it's in all the right stores at the right price. Fragrances are hard. I bought the Tom Ford fragrance on a whim. bad whim.
My favorite of all time is one of the three dior hommes perfumes, Eau Noire, full of myrrh, violet and lavender. Heavy stuff, but oh, so good!
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
that's my dream from last night. She had blond curly hair. Tight, tight curls, blond, blond locks. I don't know where that all comes from. Maybe from the Beyonce debacle, where they lightened her skin in a L'oreal ad???
Sunday, August 10, 2008
It´s hard to knock a guy when he is trying to save the world, but Bono rubs me the wrong way. Not that I want him to rub me any which way at all.
But. Knocking his choice of Sandals should be totally valid? Right?
And let´s not even start on the music.
i do own two U2 albums, Achtung baby and Zooropa, where they stay clear of their Americana Stadium Rock and delve into concept albums. And there´s a photo of the only hot guy in the group, drummer Larry Mullen Jr, naked. It´s really tiny (the photo), but for a 14 year old aspiring guy, that´s plenty.
Thursday, August 07, 2008
season 11 is about to kick off, so color me a sad shade of interested.
Are they relocating so San Fransisco? The 70s themed hippie promo doesn't really do anything for me. Both the Jays are on it, Mr and Mrs, which is a tad unusual. Maybe they'll be featured more seeing as Banks is trying to take over the world.
Bringing the show back to New York for season 10 was great, seeing as fashion lives in NY and not LA. TV lives in LA. And Heidi Klum. Which is why Project Runway is headed west for season 6. ANYWHO.
The outcome of the show seems to be more and more a product of Tyra's scheme to take over the world. Season 9 saw Tootie win after receiving guidance from Tyra in the T-Zone camp, and season 10 saw Natalie take the win. Fat girls can be beautiful too. Except that Whitney put on the pounds before the show and beefed up to take the win.
Let's see what Tybaby can come up with this time. A lesbian winner?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
It's amazing how America's Next Top Model accepted the application from one Ms Jerri Blank. She's about 54, spent over 30 years behind bars and is a user, a boozer and a loser. Wow. She looks good though and takes beautiful photographs. The camera loves her. Or something.
Rich over at fourfour.typepad.com has chronicled the rise and fall of Ms Dominique. She is crazy and crazy got her into the top 4, which just goes to show that it's a reality show and not a proper modeling show. Not that this in itself detracts from the enjoyability of the show. It wouldn't be interesting if not for loons like Dom Dom. Two servings of Katarazyna would be two too many. Anyway. Enjoy the Wiener. Winner. Whatever.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Superman lives in the fortress of solitude, a structure of crystals in the Antarctic or the Arctic. Depending on what comic book, film or online encyclopedia you read. The building rose out of the icy waters and long crystal rods forms the angular structure. Which reminds me of how the new opera house in Oslo looks like. Coming out of the water at a low angle, stretching high towards the hills in the background.
Both buildings are monumental and the human scale is too small for most parts of the building. Snøhetta, the architects of the Opera house, have made some gestures to incorporate the human body into the building, to make the new opera house more inviting. The small bridge that leads over to the marble blanket that envelopes the whole building and the lowered roof of the entrance.
Superman also offers fine dining inside his fortress. Not so solitary after all! The opera does the same and seats patrons inside the main foyer. Lois Lane might not be happy, sharing superman, but it kinda looks the same.
Some of the colors are also similar. The crystals and ice are like the marble and glass used in Snøhetta's fortress of Solitude. The green color of Kryptonite is present in Olafur Eliasson's commissioned work in the foyer. Pulsating slowly up and down the walls, kind of like Kryptonite!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Dude, this is a model??
Well, she is a model on TV. For now. I have a sneaking suspicion that Loony Lauren will be facing Tyra's elimination put down pretty soon. And it will be down to Lauren's lack of something. "this girl who takes beautiful photos, but doesn't look like a model."
My favorite girls never make it that far. Heather made it overseas. Lauren did as well, but it's arrivederci for Lauren next week. Whitney will be the plus-sized girl that will go the furthest, but she will get the boot too. Dominique will be kicked off for looking too old. Which she does, but Tyra and her boys were responsible for picking her in the first place. Logic is not part of the game, so just throw that out the door. Sense.
Anya might win. She's already been paid 10 000 dollars for a job, which was a first for ANTM. A real job with real pay.
Kata? Fatima? Nah.
Thank God there is no Saleisha on this time. ANTM would've been dead to me if they repeated the over-scripted shitty Sal scenario.
And why do I care so much?
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Think about it. I know I didn't.
Monday, April 07, 2008
Four minutes to save the world from a black crystaline structure that eats it's way through a soundstage??
I'm dying to see a HQ version of the video. Youtube doesn't really do it for me. Not in the way that xtube does it for me. That's for sure.
The video got me at the part where Madonna pushes the car. On a rug. And walks into a family's dining table. Quirky and artsy.
The choreography is also something to note in the video. There's regular dance stuff going on, but the skipping bits are amazing. Skipping is underrated.
Great video by Jonas & François.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
I did an interview with assume vivid astro focus for the 'exotic' issue, seeing as antiropa veli anapotreptis figis is all about the dissemination of culture through infection. There's a lot of other good stories in the new issue and, as always, a lot of great photography!
I love magazines!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
yes to the Jägermeister, the whiskey, the tequila, champagne, red meat, white wine, beer and pop corn. Not too far away from my food-pyramid. Add chocolate and cheese and that would be pretty much it. Oh, and ginger ale for the tequila and whiskey.
Maybe sparks as well, but I've been through withdrawal for that already. Sparks plus. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Fuck my diet, fuck my liver, fuck me.
words to live by.
Monday, March 17, 2008
prime minister? or prime rib? Norway's current prime minister posed for a story in Dagbladet about the changing role of men in society. In the 80s. Men could still be macho and tough, but also do chores around the house. The chore photo wasn't all that, so I was left with the weights. Like 10 lbs or something. What a weakling.
Anyway. Jens Stoltenberg. Grew up with politics. His sister, Nini/Ninni Stoltenberg has also been in the spotlight for raising awareness about narcotics and Norway's policy on drugs. A drug user herself, she has been very vocal in giving drug users a face and also expose the hardships of being one. Jens should help out more. Not in the kitchen, but in politics.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
ok, so Tyra decided to lose some weight after her "kiss my fat ass" call to arms on the Tyra Banks Show. Because instead of Oldie Hawn as a guest judge, Tyra would be judged and compared to Paulina Porizkova. Ty-ty went all live-it. Livid? No, a LIVE-IT. A DIE-IT is all negative and shizz. The first challenge was homeless-bum-chic and Tyra went all Living in a box, I'm living in a cardboard box on us. I haven't seen the episode yet. That will wait until youtube Sunday. with Karl. And maybe Nils, who I've managed to hook on cycle 10. Easy.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
ok, so if cats and dogs can haz cheezburgah, so can the queenz.
My sister and I used to do this as kids, but usually english words written out in norwegian sounds. And usually names of characters from Dynasty. Blake would be bleik. which means pale.
at least spelling has become relative. thank god.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
the movie based on our adventures in NY. They cast some horrendous actors to play our parts, but that's ok. It worked out in the end, in a kind of brechtian way. Thank God for editing.
This was supposed to be the set of the IRC Dethkillers show, which was held in an old garage in the fashion district. This is just a studio back-lot. I hate it when they try to do "NYC" in LA. Anyway,,,,Regine Mowill was played by Anna Kiwasawa, Anne Koch was played by Roberta Haddon and Geir Haraldseth was played by Joshua Dirk. I think that's a stagename.
Anyway, the movie is currently being shopped around for distribution. If you know anyone interested???
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
that was what the casting agents for Antonioni's Zabriskie Point (1970) told the Italian director after spotting Mark Frechette at a bus-stop in Boston. Frechette starred with Daria Halprin in the movie, summing up the state of American counterculture. The movie is beautiful and could best be described as a trip. really. Part road-movie, part nonsense.
Panned by critics and audiences, the follow-up to Blowup (1966) was no Blowup (ha!).
Mark and Daria went back to the commune Frechette had left to shoot the movie, and Mark put all his earnings from the movie into the commune, $60.000. Halprin left without blowing up anything like her character, Daria, does in Zabriskie Point.
Frechette was arrested and incarcerated in 1973 after a failed bank robbery where one his fellow commune dwellers was killed. Frechette died in prison in 1976, asphyxiated in the gym, found pinned under a weightlifting bar.
Monday, February 04, 2008
I couldn't sleep last night. Blame it on jetlag. Or stress. Whatever. I popped in the dvd from the rerelease of Arthur Russell's World of Echo and watched him perform two songs. The recording was done Phill Niblock in New York in 1986 at Experimental Intermedia.
The songs on the DVD are "Terrace Of Unintelligibility" and "Some Imaginary Far Away Type Things AKA Lost In The Meshes"
The camera sweeps close to Arthur's face, his chello, the back of his head and so on. Only close-ups. There's a projection in the background producing subtle colors reflecting on arthur and the cello.
Saturday, February 02, 2008
Elyse Sewell finished third, but should have at least been second, if not numero uno, in the first cycle of America's Next Top Model. The concept of the show was the same as what it is today, but Tyra Banks has changed. Banks was doing a lot more work and everything looked really rushed. But it got me hooked from day 1.
Sewell must be one of the more accomplished models to graduate from Tyrant Banks' modeling school. She spent most of her career in Asia. And you know what they say about western models in Asia. But Elyse is awesome. Like this picture.
Her boyfriend and her had a fight. They were both charged. But Elyse is in the clear and I hope her boyfriend will be too.
You can read all about it on her blog.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
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