Archive for November 6th, 2008

William Never Married- Thursday

November 6, 2008

Im here in vinces apt on day 6. With xtian and ryan we’re exhausted but happy. My hands hurt from gripping my feet hurt from wearing clogs on pavement all day. Back to sneakers. We are baracking this shoot. The kitchen stinks from rotten milk. I’m married to the script. Don’t touch it. And don’t put your damn keys on it wen. We’re gettingready for the last scene in kitchen by watching calvin’s practical butt cutter. Jeff tells me I yelled action in my sleep when he rubbed my Breasts. I’m running lights and missing stop signs I think iwas type cast as the ad. Karn

Russian Video Art tonight

November 6, 2008

The program “The Stars of Video Art” tonight at 7pm sounds like it is going to be fascinating stuff.  Here’s a peek a the full program.  I’m particularly excited about #3.

Stars of Russian Video Art

1.    PROVMYZA (Galina Myznikova and Sergey Provorov, Nizhny Novgorod, Russia)
“Wet chicken” (3min 40sec)
“Fugue” (19min 10sec)
“Slippery mountain” (6min 25sec)
These artists work in various spheres of contemporary art employing a wide range of multi-media means. In their creative work tend to obliterate the borders between the kinds and genres of art; their approach is mostly based on the tradition of the Russian objectless art at the beginning of the 20th century as understood now in light of the modern times. Their experimental films participated in numerous international festivals around the world. In 2005, Myznikova and Provorov represented Russia with innovative project “Idiot Wind” at 51st Venice Biennial.

2.    Victor Alimpiev (Moscow, Russia)
“Sweet nightingale” (6min 50sec)
Victor Alimpiev assumes the isolated viewpoint of an observer in order to capture both spontaneous and controlled nuances of human expression and behavior. In the video Sweet Nightingale (2005), a vast examination of uniformity and difference, a crowd performs a sequence of gestures choreographed to the music of Gustav Mahler.

3.    Lyudmila Gorlova (Moscow, Russia)
“Happy end” (6min 30 sec)
Lyudmila Gorlova films wedding parties on Vorobiovy Mountain, which is where the newly wed of Moscow traditionally visit. While the “actors” change, the banal scenario of actions remains the same – they drink champagne from the bottle, take souvenir photographs, dance to accordion music and kiss to their friend’s cries of “bitter!”. Each of the newlyweds treat their role in a slightly different and personal manner while the overall sincerity and spontaneity remain unchanged. They all believe (or want to believe) that they are participating in this performance for the last time.

4.    Olga Chernyshova (Moscow, Russia)
“The train” (7min 15sec)
Chernysheva’s best know work The Train (2003) is a remarkable video journey through the carriages of a Russian intercity train that recalls the Constructivist cinema of Dziga Vertov. The video is both an affecting window on contemporary Russian life and a shrewd re-working of the structures of conventional cinema: the movement through the train and the interactions with different individuals mimic feature film’s dramatic narratives.

5.    The Blue Soup Group (Moscow, Russia)
“Panorama”, “Vestibule”, “Gas” (4min 20sec)
The Blue Soup Group was founded by Alexei Dobrov, Daneel Lebedev and Valery Patkonen in 1996. The creative work of The Blue Soup group is a rare example of minimalism and perfectionism in Russian video art. The piece references the early days of cinema when dioramas and panoramas were in common use. The camera’s 360 panning shot can be read as a metaphor of man’s life, seen as a whole.

6.    The Blue Noses (Moscow-Novosibirsk, Russia)
“Sex-art” (3min 10sec)
“If I were Harry Potter” (4min)
The term “Nailed-up Video” was coined by Viacheslav Mizin and Alexandr Shaburov in 2003. The lack of money and interested audiences, combined with limited access to technology and an under-developed art infrastructure, made the artists irreverent and eager to create. The works they produce are formally inventive yet extremely cynical in terms of content.

7.    Leonid Tishkov (Moscow, Russia)
“Nikodim” The story of a man’s journey (6min)
Leonid Tishkov graduated from medical school in Moscow in 1978, but soon changed his career from studying as a  surgeon to become an artist. He became famous for the creation of a dabloid, “an absolutely anthropomorphic creature, made up of an autonomous leg with a small head at its top”. Tishkov’s continually evolving narrative and space is mapped in drawings, prints, illustrated books, paintings, sculptures, plays and video installations. Today his work is widely shown throughout Europe and the United States, as well as in Russia. The film offers a figure of a man, an artist himself.


November 6, 2008


(First, I simply MUST say–Obama/Biden  WHOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!!)


It’s a loooong way from playing for the Army’s Operation Jingle Bells (as the TORQUAYS) to playing on the same bill as Hendrix, but the MONKS had the Catholic taste to make that incredible transition, and change the face of music in the process.  The film says it best, “I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND vs. I HATE YOU, CALL ME-a vast abyss between that and this.”  Take 5 Upstart American Army buddies in 60’s Germany who develop an incredible synergy, a a small dose of “residents in a foreign land” alienation, add insightful music-forward managers, record companies and media whizzes (Cocoa-Cola even had their music in an ad–which of course they wouldn’t let the filmmakers use.  And after all those “we are so cool we support new music” commercials too!), and you get, as they describe as, “the style was hard, but you could dance to it”.  They chose to strip away the rules, especially the conventional rules of music-making, and developed the idea that music should be based on rhythm and played with Beat timing. Sporting tonsures, all black clothing (with capes that emphasized the resemblance to outfits of religious orders), quasi-religious looking cords around their necks, they came on to the stage as if it were the destination of a religious pilgrimage, threw off their capes and played as if in spiritual rapture.  WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!  Performance art as deconstructed rock and roll!! This is just AMAZING stuff, watching the process of how 5 “regular”  guys (no plumbers) just got together and challenged each other to evolve.  With the wonderful events of this week, this film fits in so well with the new, hopeful mood of the country, that all of us can achieve some small part of greatness if we work together.  I LOVED IT!

At roughly the same time the MONKS were perfecting their sound, in L.A., Beat artists started appearing, loosely centered around Barney’s Beanery and the Ferus Gallery. (YES, I SAID L.A.)  Now they are called THE COOL SCHOOL ,  the subject of a densely layered documentary that simply kicks ass! and just aired on PBS.  (And is available  for purchase on it’s website.  Not available at Scarecrow yet.)  With many, many interviews from the ones “who were there”, which includes such notables such as Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Frank Gehry, (& the artists themselves!  Natch!), who talk about their process. And how THE COOL SCHOOL helped influence the L.A. County Museum of Art, Cal Arts, Artforum Magazine, and some artists with the last names of Warhol, Johns and Lichtenstein.  (The Ferus Gallery was the first to show Warhol on the West Coast, even before the East Coast “got” him.)  Directed by Morgan Neville, it’s a must have for anyone who loves art history.  Or art.