#65, from the ONEHUNDRED series.
"When I put my hands on your body on your flesh I feel the history of that body. Not just the beginning of its forming in that distant lake but all the way beyond its ending. I feel the warmth and texture simultaneously I see the flesh unwrap from the layers of fat and disappear. I see the fat disappear from the muscle. I see the muscle disappearing from around the organs and detaching itself from the bones. I see the organs gradually fade into transparency leaving a gloaming skeleton gleaming like ivory that slowly revolves until it becomes dust. I am consumed in the sense of your weight the way your flesh occupies momentary space the fullness of it beneath my palms. I am amazed at how perfectly your body fits to the curves of my hands. If I could attach our blood vessels so we could become each other I would. If I could attach our blood vessels in order to anchor you to the earth to this present time to me I would. If I could open up your body and slip inside your skin and look out your eyes and forever have my lips fused with yours I would. It makes me weep to feel the history of your flesh beneath my hands in a time of so much loss. It makes me weep to feel the movement of your flesh beneath my palms as you twist and turn over to one side to create a series of gestures to reach up around my neck to draw me nearer. All these memories will be lost in time like tears in the rain."
Text by David Wojnarowicz.
SO BEAUTIFUL. If I could write like this, I would write all my life.
My heart goes out to you, David Wojnarowicz.
"Everybody can be an artist/musician/writer/filmmaker." — Problem or advantage?
This is exactly the question that’s being asked in this documentary. In today’s culture, everybody can be anything they want to be/can do anything they want to do. Is this beneficial for/contributing progress to our cultural landscape, or is it paving the way towards mediocrity, which could (in my opinion), lead to the stagnation of meaningful art and cultural production? This is a very interesting, engaging and relevant debate.
More information about the documentary here: http://www.presspauseplay.com/
“This volume gives a detailed overview of the life and work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, from early drawings and family photos to plans for future projects. It features hundreds of previously unpublished photographs, drawings and plans for realized works, an incisive and detailed history spanning the entire oeuvre, and in-depth interviews, in a lavish edition designed by Christo himself.”
I WANT THIS.
Captivating descriptions about the femme fatale character in film noir movies in the article linked above, including femme fatales as “protofeminist forerunners.” Unfortunately, it claims that femme fatales rarely exist in films/movies today. PITY.
“She smoldered, she coveted, she hated, she schemed and, above all, she manipulated the men in her life — alternately offering and withholding the promise of love and a mind-blowing screw, playing the poor saps like puppets as the moment required.”
“The femme fatale isn’t passive, waiting for her life to improve on its own. Instead she takes the initiative, attacking the problem with nerve, drive and intelligence. Yes, she uses cat’s-paws, rather than her own paws, to accomplish her goals…She is the actor, he the acted upon. It’s she who controls her destiny, for better or worse.”
[This sudden/random feminism-inspired post was influenced by my current reading of journal articles about Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills. Pardon me.]
Marilyn Monroe’s favourite photograph of herself, by the British photographer Cecil Beaton in New York.
February 22, 1956
A late delivery but well hung and only favorites from the likes of Radiohead, DJ Danger Mouse, RJD2, Hercules & Love Affair, Dinosaur Jr, Nicolas Jaar, Delta5, Jamie Woon, Gil Scott Heron & Jamie XX, Rhythm & Sound, Lootpack and DJ Shadow.
I did not like Lykke Li’s new album at first listen; I was still attached to Youth Novels, that’s why. The melodramatic tunes plus the rebellious youth vibe in that previous album was the Lykke Li that I’ve grown used to. However, I think she found her true sound in this one…and it is rapidly growing on me.
I am loving her new look/packaging as well. Very Sweden. Except, maybe, for that Get Some video. Why do I see a resemblance to Lady Gaga?!
Stream the entire album here.