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Friday, January 24, 2020

DAS EISMEER RUFT



Das Eismeer ruft

Der Teufel moeglicherweise

It saddens me to report that Jim Lehrer of the MacNeil/Lehrer Report on PBS and News Hour has died age 85. Mr. Lehrer was one of the standardbearers in broadcast journalism unlike what passes for journalism today. I grew up watching him on the telly. One can only imagine my chagrin to realize that he was a fan of my Fertile La Toyah Jackson zine and its supplement Shrimp, the magazine for licking and sucking bigger and better feet. Meeting Mr. Lehrer was one of those instances that an idol doesn’t disappoint. We were introduced by Los Angeles Times film critic Kevin Thomas at The Spotlight Pub a downscale watering hole on the Cahuenga Corridor at Selma in Hollywood proper right off of the Blvd. I don’t know if he was pulling my leg or not but Mr. Lehrer could flip a couple of swell phrases and ruminations on above average penis sizes and the fine art of Fargot Fellatio. Whenever I tell people I was the editor of my high school newspaper no one believes it, but Mr. Lehrer completely did and said it makes sense. RIP.

When it comes to journalism the super hotsy totsy little stud of a journalista Michael Scaturro can’t be beat. He just wrote a new piece for New York Times food editor Mark Bittman and his new publication, Heated.

It's the story of how two British birds captured 90% of the global market for chicken. Whether in China, the U.S., the UK, or Africa, we're all eating the same two chickens. (It's a market not unlike the Apple/Android global smartphone duopoly.) It's also a story of how chickens came to be named like sports cars, how their industrialization is responsible for antibiotic resistance,
and how they are actually threatened as a species. You can read it here:

https://heated.medium.com/how-chickens-became-like-apple-and-android-phones-85378e97799e

One of my nuttiest ex students whose art career has really developed into something very interesting is Christophe de Rohan Chabot. Christophe is a great blonde beauty boy who comes from a patrician Gallic family. Please check out his latest exhibit:

Britney/Skull

Gaudel de Stampa

31.01-28.03.2020

Christophe de Rohan Chabot (1986), lives and works between Berlin and Paris. Recent solo exhibitions include TG, Nottingham; Zabriskie Point, Geneva; Clearview, London; Treize, Paris; Gärtnergasse, Vienna; Shanaynay, Paris. Recent group exhibitions include Frac Île de France_Le Plateau, Paris; Tonus, Paris; Wiels, Brussels; Exile, Berlin.

His work will be presented at Etablissement d'en face, Brussels in May 2020 (solo show).

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Gaudel de Stampa

49, quai des Grands Augustins – Paris 6e

T + 33 (0) 1 40 21 37 38

M + 33 (0) 6 19 55 53 69 opening Friday 31th January, 6-9pm

www.gaudeldestampa.com



Monday, January 13, 2020

COSMO PROLET



COSMO PROLET
Zum Fressen gern

Was invited to a delightful formal dinner party at the wonderful compound of the beloved Berlin artiste Natascha Sadr Haghighian who represented Germany in the Venice Biennale last year.

Natascha cooked a sumptuous feast of Persian delicacies that nourished everyone in attendance at her gracious and fanciful table. The high society guests included: film historian Marcuse Siegelstein of Kollektiv CHEAP, Haytham El-Wardany the famed writer/poet, gorgeous art starina Pola Sieverding and her hot and hunky ginger beau Jul, acclaimed artist Pauline Boudry and Marbles (dancer in Boudry/Lorenz's Venice Biennial work, Moving Backwards), curator Ashkan Sepahvand and his American huzbear, personable academic power couple Alisa Lebow and Başak Ertür. Alisa is a distinguished author, curator and award winning documentary filmmaker while Başak is a lecturer in Law and Co-Director of Birkbeck Centre for Law and the Humanities at the University of London, Rabih Mroué and Lina Majadalanie (artists, performers) and Norweigan stranger baby photog Benjamin Huseby.

The other major eventa of the winter season was the birthday happening of Ulrich Ziemons. Uli is known as one of Europas handsomest men and is one of the senior curators of the Berlinale’s Forum Expanded section. Herr Ziemons shares a glorious Kreuzberg flat with his divine lady love the
breathtakingly beautiful curator Anja Lückenkemper who created a most tasty and hearty pumpkin soup, all the dainties including a carrot cake and chocolate tort with Apricot Jam from a recipe of Tante Huberta were executed by Uli himself who is the ultimate domestic demi god, giving Miss Martha Stewart herself a marathon run for her geldenkrantz.

The cafe society punters included French artiste filmmaker Nicolas Cilliins, his hunky young student of political science Australian boyfriend Dustin, award winning French cineaste and hungthrob Guillaume Cailleau and his adorable twelve year old son Jonathan, journalist Ruben Donsbach,
vivacious Romanian filmmaker Xandra Popescu with her husband Dragos, filmmaker Philip Widmann and Canadian galloping gourmand and art preparer Mark Pennock.




Tuesday, December 24, 2019

DU BIST EINE DER WENIGEN FRAUEN IN GANZ HOLLYWOOD


Du bist eine der wenigen Frauen in ganz Hollywood
Sie hilft ihm ins Anzugsjackett

Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome, which is usually a site specific event had a glorious homecoming at Arsenal Institut fur film und video kunst on December 18th with a curious crowd of wellwishers excited by the French film Diva directed by Jean Jacques Beineix.

Diva features a gaggle of new wave hookers and hustlers with a robusty amount of spirited charm. When I was at UCLA in the early 1980s I must have seen Diva at least 15 times at Laemmle’s Royal Theater in West LA. I was crushed out by the films Gallic stars Frederic Andrei and Richard Bohringer, but now seeing the film I find them both quite ungainly. More interesting of course in the film is Black American opera star Wilhemina Higgens Fernandez and Vietnamese actress Thuy An Luu. Back in 1982 it was rare to see people of color prominently featured in European art films.

In the audience at Arsenal Kino 2 was a high quotient of Tutonic film stars like Florian Lukas, Frederick Lau, August Diehl (fresh from Terence Mallick's new film) and well endowed hotsy totsy David Kross. Perhaps the upswing of Schauspielers was because CVS was mentioned in Art Forum and Monopol Magazine. Also seen the divine Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus of Forum Expanded, Hyejin Lee and Gerd Werner Schnabel of Forum with beau Sophos.  Forum celebrates its 50th anniversary as part of the Berlinale Film Festival.  Also at CVS filmmaker Clarissa Thieme, young artist and one of my Work Master HEAD students Renen Itzhaki with posse, Piero Bellomo, CVS Production Coordinator Gerrit Woltemath, lovesexy little Bloomberg News reporter Michael Scaturro, Baby Diaper of Canada’s Hidden Cameras Joel Gibb, Egyptology student Aramis, CHEAP Fearless Leader Susanne Sachsse with visiting great American Artiste extroidinaire and NYU professor Jonathan Berger, and handsome stage designers Senol Senturk & Martin Siemann, the lovely elderly activist and Arsenal regular Ute von Halasz.

Jewish Muzlim Daniel Hendrickson beautifully played on klavier Vissi d’arte (I Have Lived for Art) and E lucevan le stelle(And the Stars Were Shining) fromTosca by Puccini as la Dona Vaginal Davis sang a high C Susie original song channeling not only Grace Moore, but Kathryn Grayson and Jane Powell.

Special thankx to Kasse guardians Milan & Klara and projectionist Ina.

Saturday was a rambunctious going away cocktail soiree at Victoria Bar on Potsdamer Strasse for gorgeous Jonathan Berger in town to work on an upcoming exhibit for the late Ludwig von Schonherr.

The glam Victoria Bar in Schoneberg was all a buzz with Susanne Sachsse, her main man film historian Marcuse Siegelstein, Daniel Hendrickson with hubby Piero Bellomo, Senol Senturk, Ms. Vaginal Davis and ballerina Beatrice Cordua aka: Trixie von Schonherr. Check out the latest CHEAP FUNK Reboot FM radio broadcast called CHEAP Trixie,Trixie
http://reboot.fm/category/magazin-talk/cheap-funk/

 At Victoria bar The booze kept flowing way into the holiday strewn early morning hours as we all partied with the no nonsense hostessa of the pub and its cute and cuddly mixologists.

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HEY KIDS!  Its that time of year again to support the work of the fab Lia Gangitano and her Participant Inc. Gallery on the lower eastside.  No one does programming like Lia but to keep it afloat we must all contribute bigtime so please send in your donations.  Its important and vital.  If you prefer a tax deductible contribution by check please send to:  PARTICIPANT INC ATT:  Lia Gangitano 253 East Houston Street Ground Floor NYC, NY  10002

http://participantinc.org/support

Tuesday, December 03, 2019



Les Nobel Genevois a l’honneur

Entarteurs, allez voter!

That train set go getter Ms. Vaginal Davis Jr. is now back in Geneva at Work Master HEAD teaching her Perverse Assemblages labzone/seminar with Olga Rozenblum.

Our Autumnal Rohypnol lady has had quite a season with giving an artist talk and screening as part of the Fringe Queer Film and Art Festival in London. The multigenerational audiences seemed to adore her 1990 short subject Dot where the diva impersonates with a bad mid Atlantic accent the famed wit Dorothy Parker co-starring with her is a former crush Alfredo Botello playing Robert Benchley.  Mr. Botello is now a married man with two teenage sons and fluctuates from being a bar owner in Oakland and screenwriter.

The other films screened were VooDoo Williamson the Dona of Dance and The White to be Angry. All these films made their UK premiere decades after being made in Hollywoodland back in the1990s. La Davis’ screening and artist talk were surprisingly sold out. The lady also had a private viewing at the Stoke Newington Library Gallery of her new painting series In Search of Gnost Time.

The celebutant quotient was high with appearances by Narcisister, Bishop Black http://www.instagram.com/thebishopblackx - the handsome blue movie star of Bruce La Bruce’s last omnibus flicker with the galpals of Erica Lust, gorgeous artiste Elly Clarke, and partner Roux Malherbe, Helen de Witt (Programme Advisor for the Experimenta strand. She is also a curator and lecturer in Film Studies at Birkbeck and University of the Arts London. Helen was previously Head of Cinemas at the BFI) and Bart McDonagh (Senior Project Manager at Domino Records), juicy artist and scholar Lewis Church, Jen Smethurst (performance producer), Alex Eisenberg from Live Art Development Agency, Phoebe Patey-Ferguson and Nichol (arts producers), Christa Holka (an awesome photographer) and Adriana Disman (artist), Hunky ginger English cricketer Ben Stokes, actor and renowned art collector Russell Tovey, Canadian filmmaker Kevin Hegge, young artiste Chris Cole who works with Kembra Pfahler and Billy Miller of STH, Love Camel aka Andrea Novarin, and soap opera male ingénue Parry Glasspool. Ms. Davis sends special thankx to everyone at Fringe Festival including Muffin, Alek and Marta, Dan Gunn Gallery London, plus the Goethe Institute who paid for the lovely stylish boutique suite Ms. Davis enjoyed at Kip Hotel in Hackney Central.

After London Tante Vaginal Davis was off to Frankfurt am Main to host and DJane the closing party of REMAKE. Frankfurter Frauen Film Tage at the Goethe Universitaet. This amazing feministiche Film Festival is the brainchild of the great and glorious team of Heide Schluepmann & Karola Gramann of KinoThek Asta Nielsen.

Ms. Davis was housed at the glamorous Hotel Villa Orange on Hebbelstrasse which has the most delicious Bio breakfast in Christendom and a gracious staff.

Ms. Davis was so excited to be engulfed in the incredible atmosphere of the screenings and being around so many accomplished women. La Ms. Davis felt so fortunate that she got to meet one of her feministiche heroines in the form of the badass B. Ruby Rich who lives in the Bay Area now after years in New York City. Ms. Rich was regaling Ms. Davis of how she can’t stand the San Francisco Yoga culture and has traded in her mat for boxing which keeps her looking youthful and fit. If you get into any hassle B. Ruby Rich has got your back girls. 

 Lots of laughs during luncheon with Ms. Rich, Heide Schluepmann, Karola Gramann, and the beautiful and talented Hindle Wakes. Ms. Davis enjoyed the screening of the films of Ella Bergmann-Michel introduced by a teenage looking Bettina Schulte Strathaus. During the closing night party Ms. Davis Djaned along with locals Han of the Safe & Sound who spins vinyl with cassette tapes and Djane Karaj who spun Afro Beats and Grime. Ms. Davis loved seeing former students from Geissen, Offenback, Mainz, The Steadeschule and Goethe Universitaet and would love to send heartfelt thanks and give shout outs to Heide& Karola, Gaby Babic, Esra Kartal and her marvelous rock steady crew.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

MAHZEITEN


Empfehlung

One of my brilliant former students C. Maria Norrman from Malmo Art Akademy is doing a performance very soon. If you are in Sweden you owe yourself to see this fabulous artist in her element. Check out the info below:

Performance: Time Travel Entertainment: Millennium Star Lip Syncs For

Their Life* 2-3 November, 1-4 pm
Lorensborgsgatan 8, Malmö

<https://www.google.com/maps/search/Lorensborgsgatan+8,+Malm%C3%B6?entry=gmail&source=g>

*The performance takes place in and around an empty former hair salon in

Lorensborgs shopping center (look for the ICA Nära Stadionköp grocery

store, enter the shopping center, location is opposite the ICA)*

Fictional travel agency Time Travel opens the new temporary beauty salon

Beauty with a performance by Millennium Star. The beauty salon offers free

make-over and a relaxing trip in Virtual Reality.

Millennium Star is the artist Maria Norrman's drag character. At the

beauty salon Beauty, Millennium Star will perform selected songs in

different languages such as Farsi, Portuguese, German and English.

Millennium Star dresses in different styles for each song.

Time Travel and the beauty salon Beauty are part of the fictional

corporate group Worldtrotters ™, which is the world's best fictional VR

travel company group. Since 2018, they have offered fictional travel

experiences to hundreds of people in both Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark

and the Czech Republic.

The project is run by Gallery Extra with support from Bästa Biennalen, MKB

Fastighets AB and BoostHBG.
www.galleryextra.com

Maria Norrman works with video and photography, in combination with

performance and costume. The works explore the meeting between her and

other people's fantasies and conceptions on topics such as gender, war

history and sexuality. Norrman was born in 1987 and graduated from the

Malmö School of Art in 2013.
www.marianorrman.net
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Also if you are in the Tri State NYC region you have to go to the opening of my dear colleague and collaborator the genius woman of talent, hot sexuality and mystery Baseera Khan for her solo exhibition. Miss Baseera is a major gift and divine treasure. See below for info:

Please join us on next Sunday for the opening of:

Baseera Khan

snake skin

November 3 – December 22, 2019

Opening: Sunday, November 3rd: 7 – 9pm, After Party tbd.

Please join me for this super important moment in my practice. I haven't had a solo since iamuslima at Participant Inc in 2017. This will be the first solo I have with Simone Subal Gallery who is now working with me and has taken on the task to represent me and my brown ass. Def don't miss this, I need your support and want to witness the night with you. Bring your dancing shoes, tbd joint afterparty with Participant Inc.
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Simone Subal Gallery 131 Bowery, 2nd floor // New York, NY 10002

www.simonesubal.com // info@simonesubal.com
917-409 0612

One of my delightful new students at Work Master HEAD in Geneva is involved in a very interesting project that riffs on the daytime chat show as performative art installation.  If you are in Berlin I recommend you check it out for yourself:

Dear friends,
I’m delighted to invite you to the new video installation “The Morning Show of Celine and Renana”.
Presented in the frame of “OPEN SPACES” festival at Tanzfabrik Berlin, this is a new season of the successful morning show, where Celine and Renana deal with daring and enthralling matters of art. In their show, the famous hosts from the showbiz industry invite choreographers, artists and cultural workers to give a glimpse into their working processess in order to understand the hidden meaning behind the sublime practice of art. 

When and where: 1st-10th November 2019 at Uferstudios, Badstr. 41a, Studio 13 
Viewing the installation is free of charge.
Episodes 3+4 of the new season will be shown in February 2020.


Although as their agent my part in the production is minimal, I hope to see you there, I'm sure you will enjoy!
For detailed hours and the full program of the festival: https://www.tanzfabrik-berlin.de/de/festivals/open-spaces


All the best,

Renen 

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www.whoisrenen.net

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

LEISTUNG MESSEN UND STEIGERN



Die besten Methoden aus dem Profisport

Another one of Ms. Vaginal Davis´excerpts from her upcoming novel Mary Magdalene:


Mountain Greenery

Nagel was a muscular piece of burnt ember from the Islands. Don’t ask me which Island. All I know is that when Coen and I reached the cruise bar on a Saturday night sometime after midnight Nagel and Leander were locked in conversation. Actually Nagel was doing all the talking and Leander was just nodding his head. I didn’t know Nagel that well, but Leander and I have been friends for over 25 years, though we hadn’t been getting along very well of late.

It wasn’t difficult to notice that Leander was besotted. Well yeah on the surface Nagel was dishy. He was tall, broad shouldered, fit and quite a spectacular Nubian specimen in his early fifties. Leander was an olde school dinger from before the Rains of Ranchipur. Part of me wanted to spare Leander the heartbreak of psoriasis, but I wasn’t sure if it was my place to intercede. You see Nagel had gone out with my colleague Frit for almost two years. Frit didn’t like to be thought of as a purveyor of the nitty gritty even though all his past beaus were of the dark hued variete´.

When Frit first met Nagel I thought oooh what a good match. Nagel was very grand, from an upper middle class background. I thought Nagel could shake Frit from his crusty trappings and maybe get him to bathe a little more often and perhaps brush his teeth. Frit’s slogan for avoiding soap and water being that we are all animals and need to accept our animal scents and odours. That kind of rant was lame when I first heard it back in my twenties from street punks in San Francisco. You can somewhat get away with being stank and slatterny when you’re young and cute, but not when you’re a grizzly salty dog in your late forties.

Frit was talented and not without charm, but I didn’t want to be stuck down wind of him, and because he was also a chain smoker his breath reeked like a rodent had died lodged somewhere between tongue and tonsil.

Nagel was very controlling with Frit and tried desperately to mold him into the model white boyfriend. Nagel had lived in Berlin for many years but had never been able to connect with the precious pieces of “high snow” that were part of his regular social orbit. I imagined his haughtiness kept them at a distance. Before meeting Frit, Nagel had a longterm fuckbud in the form of a macho middle aged working class Turkish man. They shared nothing in common other then the Turk`s love of penetrating Nagels sinewy obsidian asstrovar.

Nagel saw potential in Frit and decided he would be his fixer upper. I am really surprised they lasted as long as they did. One time Frit uncharacteristically screamed at me thinking I was giving him shady lady bird over whether he could do something without Nagel’s explicit approval. It was actually one of the few times I wasn’t dropping the Venetian blinds as I have a habit of accidentally on purpose doing. I was very shockedheaded Peter to see Frit nix his casual cool guy persona, as it was something he cultivated with peptic rigour. It was soon after the incident where Frit yelled at me that he broke up with Nagel. Frit often confided in me that he felt Nagel forced him into the role of nuptial breadwinner. Frit also bragged that Nagel possessed the penis of a dinosaur, but exclusively enjoyed only a passive role. Nagel was horrified if any lover or trick even suggested that he be active. With Frit Nagel would just quietly lay on his back holding his legs behind his ears signaling to Frit he was ready to be forcefully mounted. Frit considered himself sexually versatile so his sex life with Nagel was beyond frustrating. He had never wanted to become anyone`s ideal husband. When Nagel insisted on cutting his toenails for him that signalled the end.

Of course I couldn’t spill any of this to Leander at the bar. When Nagel was in gestural monologue mode it was impossible for anyone else to cut in. Coen and I left them after about fifteen minutes to meet some friends at another pub. Two days later I got filled in by Leander that he had to sit through Nagel´s verbosity till 5am before they retired to Nagel´s flat, only to realize that they were both Elizabeth Regina´s in dire need of a robust Prince Phillip.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

SUSANNE SACHSSE'S ORIGINAL SIN ON NDR WEDNESDAY



Susanne Sachsse's radio play version of Original Sin this Wednesday Oct 16th 8pm.

Original Sin on NDR - German national radio and the latest CHEAP Funk at Rebooty FM.

Dear CHEAP Friends

It's been a while and I'll keep it brief. Please take 90 minutes this Wednesday, October 16 at 8pm (20 Uhr) to listen to Susanne Sachsse's first radio play, ORIGINAL SIN. DER GANG DER FRAU IM SOZIALISMUS on NDR. This is the radio play based on the story that inspired the concert Original Sin with Xiu Xiu which CHEAP has performed throughout the land. Many of the songs from the concert are incorporated into the radio play. But the radio play not only has additional music by Jamie Stewart/Xiu Xiu but also the fantastic actors:

Silvia Rieger as Luise Brand

Kathrin Angerer as Susanne's Mother

Margarita Broich as The Dramaturg

Susanne Sachsse as the Narrator and Susanne

...and many more

You can listen to it on Wednesday, Oct 16 at 20 Uhr (Berlin time) here: https://www.ndr.de/ndrkultur/livestream154.html

For a complete list of the great cast and crew and for more information.

https://www.ndr.de/ndrkultur/sendungen/hoerspiel/Hoerspiel-Original-Sin,sendung959728.html

...And, as always, don't forget that CHEAP contributes a live monthly radio show, CHEAP Funk, to the great artist radio station reboot.fm. Our latest show called CHEAP Rijun will be online on soundcloud and at http://reboot.fm/category/magazin-talk/cheap-funk/. You can also find some older shows there too. Check them out. Some are fun, some are dumb, some are goofy and some, as we Americans like to say, are interesting (which can go either way). No matter what, you won't regret it, I think.

warmly,

Marcuse Siegelstein

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The super hot and magnificently well endowed male concubine of the stars Scotty Bower died at age 95. The handsome sexually fluid former Marine and bona fide studkin helped art direct the sex life of many of the greatest stars of Hollywood’s golden era. Scotty was a good friend of Queer Cuntry singing star Glen Meadmore. Scotty will be very much missed as a Hollywood fixture and suprema
Boulevard royale.