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Friday, August 22, 2014

UEBER DIE RUINEN DES MUSEUMS




For those of you visiting Berlin at the end of the summer the big must see event is the weekend tribute to the great theorist Douglas Crimp, in conjunction with his 70th birthday. Yes yes and more yes with Mr. Crimp now and forever. See below for details:

Pictures, Before and After –An Exhibition for Douglas Crimp with works & contributions by Daniel Buren, Charles James, Antonio Lopez, Agnes Martin, Joseph Cornell, Robert Smithson,The Cockettes, Jack Smith, Joan Jonas, Peter Hujar, Alvin Baltrop, Gordon Matta-Clark, Yvonne Rainer, Stefan Brecht, Guy Hocquenghem, Esther Phillips, Andy Warhol, Philip Smith, Louise Lawler, Jack Goldstein, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, J.J. Grandville, Marcel Broodthaers, David Wojnarowicz, Moyra Davey, Sadie Benning, Donald Moffett, Gran Fury, Silence=Death Project, Gregg Bordowitz, Fierce Pussy, Zoe Leonard & others organized together with Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch & Marc Siegel  28 August - 31 October 2014 Exhibition opening on Thursday, 28 August, 7:00-9:00 pm

Galerie Buchholz Fasanenstr. 30 10719 Berlin Tel: +49-(0)30 88624056 Fax: +49-(0)30 88624056

www.galeriebuchholz.de Daniel Buchholz & Christopher Müller



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Before and After Pictures: A Symposium for Douglas Crimp organized by Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch & Marc Siegel Friday, August 29, 2014 2:00 pm Introduction and Short Lectures: Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch & Marc Siegel 3:30 pmRosalyn Deutsche (New York): Museum of Innocence

7:30 pm Douglas Crimp (New York): Hotel des Artistes followed by Lives of Performers (Yvonne Rainer, USA, 1972, 16mm, b/w, 89’) and Reception

Saturday, August 30, 2014 2:00 pm Rachel Haidu (New York): Lives of Complications 3:00 pm Dirck Linck (Berlin): Camp Genius: On Irving Rosenthal’s Sheeper

4:30 pm Jonathan Flatley (Detroit): Just Alike

5:30 pm Juan Suárez (Murcia): Grids, Folds and Disco

Symposium inquiries: marcs47@web.de

This symposium is made possible by the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation

for the Visual Arts, the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and Galerie Buchholz Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art Potsdamerstr. 210785 Berlin Tel +49-30-269 55 100 www.arsenal-berlin.de

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THE INNER REFLECTING SKINULAR



Had a sensational time in Hamburg on the first leg of a Rising Stars, Falling Stars World Dominatrix Tour.  Yes my amazing partners in grime Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and Daniel Hendrickson the Skandinavian Muslim and I hopped on a train for the lovely port city as part of the Internationales Sommerfestival at Kampnagel and the exhibition A Paradise Built in Hell at the world famous Kunstverein.  I’ve performed many times at Kampnagel but it was my first time at the Kunstverein which is a very large contemporary art space located conveniently near the Hauptbanoff train station.  The exhibition A Paradise Built in Hell(the title taken from the Rebecca Solnit book) is co-curated by our very own Empress Stefanie and art world darling Bettina Steinbruegge.  Miss Bettina is also the Direktorin of the Kunstverein and has been working for many years with Stefanie as part of her Forum Expanded crack curatorial team during the Berlinale Film Festival.  Bettina gave us a wonderfully intimate tour of the lush space which is marevelous beyond words.  This exhibit takes the 16mm format as a starting point and  features a large cast of international characters and some of the usual suspects like Heinz Emigholtz and the recently departed Harun Farocki. I was delighted to see that work from a slightly younger generation of artists like Guillaume Cailleau, Michel Belague and Markus Ruff were included.  My participation was with the 16mm film program in presenting the 1929 Bessie Smith starring short subject St. Louis Blues and the 1975 home movie The Blank Generation that features a startling performance by Ms. Jayne County.  The black box kino at Kunstverein was packed with a gaggle of fresh faces certainly not use to seeing a film program presented with such a whimsical Vagimulic approach.  Beginning our Rising Stars tour in Hamburg was important as its a city with quite a historical past of film co-ops and cinema kollectivs like the Toulouse Latrec Institute.  The remainder of the RSFS tour  will venture to Mexico, Central &South America, China, Korea, Afrika and Australia ending back in Europa skipping North America and New York City entirely—rah rah!
Miss Bettina gave me a beautifully designed art book she edited called Outlandos by Jeanne Faust that she signed that I will treasure, and her staff  at Kunstverein ---- utterly delightful.  Special thanks to Robert Goerss, Eva Zulauf the projectionist, Brigitte Skerra, Juliane Feldhoffer, Corinna Koch, Nadine Droste, and Lola Mense. Also kudos to The International Sommerfestival at Kampnagel A-Team: the enchanting Eike Wittrock, Amelie Deuflhard and Andras Siebold.  Also seen at the screening and wine reception: cutie pie curator Nicholas Cullinan,Brice Curiger of Kunsthaus Zurich, art wheeler badealer Christopher Canizares, Kenyan/German socialite Bahati Venus aka: Kolibri, Mobile Biennale's Adrian Bojenoiu, Maike Mia Hoehne the director of Berlinale Shorts who lives in Hamburg, art patron Jens Kahl, B-movie ingenues Taylor Kitsch & Brooklyn Decker, dull German pop star Jan Delay,  Nena who came to the event with the sister of one of the founding members of Kraftwerk(sorry I forgot your name) who I first met over 20 years ago when I was in Hamburg with the Six Sex Weeks Festival and the love sexy girls of  artist Phil Colins’ Just Cause You Feel It, Doesn’t Mean It’s There who collaborated with CHEAP on Camp/Anti-Camp in Frankfurt back in 2012.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

FIELD TRIP











Rising Stars, Falling Stars goes on tour to Hamburg as part of the International Summer Festival and the exhibition "A Paradise Built In Hell" at the world famous KunstVerein. Take the train with Ms. Davis, Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and Skandinavian Muzlim Daniel Hendrickson as they assault the St. George District.

Back in Berlina after over a month teaching a block seminar called Framing the Freakazoid at the Institute of Applied Theatre Sciences at the Justus Liebig Universitaet Giessen.  I had a marvelous time with my young charges who were a brilliant and talented bunch of artists. As a final class presentation they decided to do a 1960s style akshunist happening called Colateral Glamage.  The students broke into groups to handle costumes, make-up & hair, art direction,lighting, choreography, music and even created an art bar of potent cocktails in a cultish atmosphere of intimacy and wonder.  For a program they did an olde fashion cut&paste zine called Glamage.  Because this was a summer seminar I didn’t expect much of an audience for the final class presentation, but surprisingly almost 100 people packed the tiny rehearsal stage where the eventa took place and we had a celebrity sighting in the form of pop starlet Justin Bieber who was in town visiting his new lover who is a Giessen student.  I resisted being a control queen and taking over from the students.  My job was just to be a muse and provide inspiration.  Utlizing elaborate make-up and costuming is something that isn’t done so much at the Institute for Applied Theatre Sciences in Giessen so the audience was really wowed by the proceedings and of course I was every bit the proud mama.  On my last night the students treated Love Camel and I to a fabulous dinner at Die Kate Restaurant in Bismarque Strasse.  I was exhausted beyond measure as earlier in the day we had to clean-up the stage and also do a formal critique of the performance.  I also created a special award for some of the students called The Alles Uber Eva  based on the 1950 Hollywood film classic All About Eve.  I’m going to miss my time with the students of Giessen, but I know that we will be reunited for other projects in the future as all my former students aren’t able to get rid of me that easily.  I will go on art directing their entire lives whether they like it or not.
Back in Berlin fearless leader of kollectiv CHEAP Susanne Sachsse cooked a heavenly return dinner for me.  Love Camel and I were a more then a bit sick of each other after such a long time sharing a cramped space in Giessen.  I adore Camel but he is going through a bit of a mid life crisis these days and like most Camels he is grumpy and prone to nuclear hissy spitting.
Even though I had to literally go into a coma upon my return to Berlin, I couldn’t miss the surprise farewell party for longtime senior Arsenal projectionist Oushi who is retiring after 40 years of continuous service.  I have a special relationship with Oushi. At my very first presentation at the Arsenal ten years ago when they did a Vaginal Davis retrospectacle of my Trespass Cinema Underground Ouvre she was in the projection room and she yelled at me in her unmistakeable no nonsense Berliner style.  Anyone who can get away with screaming at the Vagimule Doll earns her admiration and love.  Every month when I present Rising Stars, Falling Stars I get a kick out of asking Oushi’s approval of my outfit.  It won’t be the Arsenal without Oushi and it also won’t be the Berlinale Film Festival without her----she is a one of a kind treasure.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

GIESSEN AFTER DARK SIMULTAN


Julian Scherer, my handsome hunky stud of a student assistant when I taught at the Goethe Universitaet in the winter months and his pretty, vivacious best gal pal Sandra came to take the Camel and I for luncheon at the cute restaurant Die Kate, near the city zentrum. We sat alfresco on the spacious terrazzo and oogled the cute Giessen male population throwing shade and snide commentary about the size of passerbyes genitalia, firmness of rump & halter. After lunch we celebrated Julian’s birthday at an Italian Gelato emporium on the pedestrian mall for a little more lighthousing and testes baiting. My gout had re-emerged in my foot Thursday eve causing the Vagimule doll extreme pain, so I was lucky that Julian came to pick me up in his flashy sportscar as I was in no shape to walk or ride a bicyleta. Julian is so smart and talented. He is only 23 years old but is working on his Phd in Semiotics. He also is a ferocious power top known to devastate bottoms in a single plop. I loved hearing of his recent sexy encounters with a Croatian medical doctor who he ravaged in a country wheat field, and a twitchy trio of young San Paolo WaterPolo Players with greedy haberholes who gave Julian’s beautifully masculine, muscular body and super human peterfication pure unadulurated worship whipping the fit lad into a frenzy where his only recourse was to tear open the margiela sugar walls of the hapless Brazilians turning tight boy channels into Sloppy Joe Holland Tunnels.

Sunday Evening it was Ladies Night as my glamour girl student Sonja Risse came to the Alexander von Humboldt Gast Haus to fetch me in her petite smart car for a dinner party at the home of my other students Arnita Jaunsubrēna and Emmilou Rößling. The guest list also included: Maria-Isabel Hagen, Lea Schneidermann,Kristin Gerwien, Clara Reiner and Caroline Creutzburg. The divoon menu: Minnestrone (soup with beans, tomato and vegetables)Vegetarian Lasagna (spinach-tomato-mushroom)Field salad with beet and apples with Frozen Cheesecake with wild blackberries that had been picked by Maria-Isabel early that afternoon. The drinkage:
Rosé,White Wine, Black Balzam (Latvian liqueur) with black currant juice
and Sparkling Water. The party wasn’t intended to be ladies only, but the young men invited all happened to be spending the weekend with their significant others. It was just as well that the dinner turned in a Daughters of Bilitis soiree and we all had  a lovely time together laughing and gossiping about the boys in my seminar to their utter chagrin.