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Thursday, December 20, 2018

WIE MAN RICHTIG DELEGIERT

Wie Man Richtig Delegiert

und Ihre Mitarbeiter befördern

Hannukah came early this year and so was the Jewish Muzlim’s yearly soiree one of the highlights of Berlin’s winter society. Lots of singing, laughing and frivolity on hand with glamour girls Fearless Leader of CHEAP Kollektiv Susanne Sachsse, Her Royal Highness Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus of the Arsenal Institüt für Film und Videokunst, and everyone’s favourite sexy scholar Nanna Heidenreich. Of course one can’t have a Jewish celebration with only one Jewish Muzlim in attendance so Marcuse Siegelstein aka: Marc Siegel and Noam Gorbat were the resident delici Dreidel spinners. The food was resplendid and likewise the company that included kJohnny Blue and his Gina Lollabridgida doppelganger wife Amelia, Piero Bellomo, and Senol Senturk. Pass the Halla bread please!

The European book launch of Spector Books Film Culture 80: The Legend of Barbara Rubin at silent green Kultur Quartier was majestic. Included was an encore screening of Rubin’s subversive feministiche classic 16mm double penetration projection Christmas on Earth, with live radio score performed by La Susanne Sachsse, and a reading of Rubin’s letters by Ale Bachlechner of Cologne.

Ms. Vaginal Davis got to sit next to the charming Spector Books publisher Anne Konig during the fabu dinner before the event in the Mars boite. Afterwards at the Mars bar there was a sizzling reception with more food and alcoholica galore. Ms. D. was in quite a festive mood and got to meet lots of juicy young people including the sweet and adoreable Ms. Sarai Meyron who did copyediting and proofreading of the Rubin book. One of the books NYC based editors was Charity Coleman who use to be married to Audre Beardsley aka: Andrew Gould the manager of Bricktops at the Parlour Club in Hollywood. Miss Charity Hope Valentine as she was christened at the time was one of the regulars of the performance space and speakeasy known as a Bricktop Voluptuous Panic Girl.

Of course Ms. Lady Davis had to leave Berlin soon after the book launch to return to Geneva to teach at Work Master HEAD. She had some lovely studio visits or as they call them in the French part of Switzerland --Rendevous with Louise Bonpaix, who showed the diva a video document of her drag king performance as The Great Luigi, sex champion and former boyband lead singer now going solo.

No nonsence young artiste Constance Brosse gave Ms. Davis a preview of her new film Un Velo Sol which may be finished by summer 2019. The film promises to be a visual treasure of French feminist bicycle kitchen realness and the reclaiming of the streets by bicyclists ala America’s Critical Mass movement. One of my students who hails from Iran, I won´t post her real name but will give her the nomme de plume of Sativa Colaswara as she could be in grave danger next time she goes home for a visit. She has already been put in prison once because of her controversial art work.

Sativa’s latest project revolves around a lampshade moj. Any western film shown in Iran with a woman, she gets replaced with a lampshade if what she is wearing is deemed inappropriate or risqué. Sativa also introduced Ms. Davis to the Persian feminist poet Frough Farrokhzad and the white hijab movement that is taking hold in Iran.

Of course Ms. Davis always enjoys her conversations with the stylish and glam Juliet Lakhdan, and marvels at the creative mind inherant of Jacopo Belloni and his one man disco affair that he calls Little Tragedy Party. All these students do very beautiful work.

With the rest of her labzone Ms. Davis continued with the work she started last month utilizing the Robert Z. Leonard 1941 MGM film Ziegfeld Girl which is ripe for emulation and deconstruction.

Returning back to Berlin Ms. Davis didn’t have much time to get back in the Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome mode for the big spectacular collaboration with the Gropius Bau and that gorgeous talent that is Wu Tsang.

The audience who came to this edition of CVS was literally transported by the Late Night Fermentation Salon. Wu and Liz Rosenfeld outdid themselves with capable assist from Boychild and a cast of thousands that included intermedia saxophonist Bendik Giske and his cute partner plus the lovely Clare Molloy Gropius Bau curatorial fellow. The ambiance, lighting, flowers, food, drink and magic that permeated the Gropius Bau restaurant kept everyone in an utter flutter.

Earlier the screening of the two White Christmas movies, Harun Farochi’s bombastic 1968 anti Vietnam War short and the highly militaryized schmaltzy musical from 1954 directed by Michael Curtiz may have baffled the audience.  I wasn't so affective in explaining why I decided to screen the two films about war and the commercial laded danger capitalism consumerist holiday.  I wanted to point out that war and its kissing cousin arms sales are what prop up these global economies that turn most of the world into not only indentured servants but all in out slaves.  I am really not a fan of White Christmas star the hambone singer and actor Bing Crosby.  From the LA punk scene I knew Crosby's troubled gay grandson Dennis Crosby and granddaughter Denise Crosby who went to Hollywood High School with my friends Alicia Plake and Wagner Vieira and was one of the stars of the first Star Trek TV franchise The Next Generation playing the character Tasha Yar.

Ganymead comic actor Danny Kaye I find almost as irritating as Mickey Rooney with his constant mugging.  Donald O'Conner the original choice for this role in White Christmas would have been much better and he is actually a great dancer.  In 1953 he was paired with Vera-Ellen in the Ethel Merman starrer Call Me Madam which also featured an Irving Berlin score.  Also one of my main reasons for showing White Christmas is the illustrious Rosemary Clooney, a most excellent jazz stylist and the tiny waisted Vera-Ellen who I don't believe was anorexic which is the popular modern gossip about the dancer/actress who died relatively young in the early 1980s.
The cast of celebutants in attendance was mindboggling including Arsenal Institüt für Film und Video Kunst Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, who gave the evening a very nice and informative introduction along with Stephanie Rosenthal the vivaciously spirited new Director of Gropius Bau.  Arsenal and Gropius Bau use to collaborate together frequently over 30 years ago and perhaps now they will continue in that vein.  So wonderous seeing in the audience Nanna Heidenreich, Uli Ziemons, Richard Gabriel with Miss Lillian, Bruce Budding and sizzling bootypie New Yorker Magazine scribe and The Voice contestant Ben Taub, the glorious Isabell Ertl the queen of the communications department at the Gropius Bau, humpy photographer and videomaker Matt Lambert and his big foot husband Jannis Birsner, Jane Fonda's grandson Malcolm Vadim, Bo Burnham the former You Tube sensation and director of the indie hit film 8th Grade, the sleek and sultry artist Paula Sieverding, visionary cineaste/genius Shu Lea Cheang who has been invited to the 2019 Venice Biennale to create a video installation, choreographer and dancer formerly with Sasha Waltz Company Laurie Young, The amazing Golden Brown Girls stars of the dynamic web series of the same name--Shannon Lewis, Indrani Ashe and Sara Umar, Transhuman musician Born in Flamez aka: James with her galpal Lisanne a neuroscientist whose research is beyond, Peter Cant, Theatre Director and performance maker, Kirsten Weiss Gallerist of Weiss Berlin, Elena Montini Project Manager at Gropius Bau, Sabine Holburg Gropius Bau original gangster who has been working at the museum since 1981!, Mac Folkes, fashionista, Olivia Hyunsin Kim the internationally beloved choreographer, photog Josephine from Halle and Iris Dankemeyer, philosopher at Burg Biebichenstein Art School in Halle, film editor Ruth Schönegge with legendary musician Maurice de Martin, Fine Freiberg aka: Elke Echo the musician and East German Dia projector specialist who works in the Kunst in Context Tech Lab at Udk who is about to launch a new music project, our favorite artist Angela Anderson on a break from her Austrian residency with DJane Olga Damnitz, Susanne Sachsse, Marcuse Siegelstein of CHEAP Kollektiv, Piero Bellomo with Roman macho Mario, Shiaz Legz Berlin Drag Artiste, performance schtars Josephine Brinkmann and Richard Hancock, Rodrigo Garcia Alves the Brazilian performance artist/choreographer, Pedra Costa the Brazilian performance artist and anthropologist, Simone Paetau the German/Columbian artist and filmmaker, Neda Sanai Iranian/Swedish artist of hybrid mediums, Aisha Butt, Sara Mathiasson the Berlin Braider, serene performance studies scholar Hypatia Vourloumis of Athens, and her handsome landscape photographer partner Yiannis Hadjiaslanis, Vinita Gatne, Dramaturg Joshua Wicke, fashion designer Nhu Dhuong, Vice Magazine writer Nina Byttebier, Music artist Pan Daijing, American Footballer Josh Johnson, fashion darling Andra Dumitrascu, skateboarder Andrew Cannon, Film artist Ivalo Frank, Korean/Danish music producer and DJ Tobias Lee, Dan DeNorch of the Berlin based Janus night club and record label, Marc Adelman visual artist living in San Francisco of the famed Faygeleh series with Hollywood male ingenue Lukas Hedges. The virile, young Mr. Adelman use to live in Berlin and regularly attended Rising Stars, Falling Stars, Torben Hanhart, kuratorische volantär extroidinär and curatorial fellow for the upcoming Garden exhibition in summer 2019.

Also seen looking stylishly engaging: Josephine Brinkmann, Christina Demetriou, Mads Dinesen, Eirini Fountedaki, Berin Golonu who use to be a curator at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Museum and Art Center who brought Ms. Davis to the Bay Area in 2008 for The Way That We Rhyme exhibition.  The sultry Ms. Golonu went back to school for her Phd working with the divine Douglas Criimp and now teaches at the University of Rochester. Berin came to Berlin on holiday with handsome artist beau Richard Barlow known for his chalk interventions at museums and galleries.

Other notables included James Grabsch, Merle Groneweg of the Xposed Queer Film Festival, costume designer Leila Hekmat, Frank Hiller, Susanne Huber, Kristina Keinemann,
Cultural producer and curator Leon Kruijswijk, Ricardo Matos, Cristina Gomez Barrio and Wolfgang Mayer of discoteca flaming star, costume design student Michelle Bondulich, Anna Mohrdiek, Jan Muehlig, Marietta L. von Piekenbrock, E. Rutishauser, Petra Elisabeth Sailer, Aline Schwibbe, artist composer and choreographer Colin Self, Constance Tenvik, Anne Tilkorn, Maurice Van de Mosselaar, Emma Williams the South African architect, Willem de Roij, artist and professor at Frankfurt's Steadeschule, Sebastian Kaiser dramaturgy with Vegard Venge, Oliver Hardt the documentary filmmaker,  Rachel O’Reilly the Australian fracking expert, writer and current phd student in research architecture program at Goldsmith, luscious artist Lydia Hamann, prima ballerina Trixie Schönherr aka Beatrice Cordua, Ms. Davis’ partner in grime Daniel Hendrickson the Jewish Muzlim and Michaela Wünsch of bbooks publishing kollektiv where the next Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome will be held in Spring 2019.

Monday, November 26, 2018

DIE SCHLÄGEREI


Die Schlägerei

Was Für Süperbe Jungens hier

Congragulations are in order to art photographer Annette Frick who won the Ellen-Auerbach Stipendium für internationale Fotografie in 2018. Annette`s photographic chronicling of the Berlin underground scene and gentrifications affects on the cityscape are being lauded and recognized. The award ceremony took place at the Akademie Der Künste. I predicted years ago that Annette would be receiving lots of awards and acknowledgements and my predictions have all come to fruition.

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This missive from Marcuse Siegelstein the town cryer of Kollektiv CHEAP:

Dear CHEAP Friends

I've got a lot of information to share with you but I don't have the time to provide bitter or entertaining tidbits to help you get through this mess of stuff you'd probably rather ignore. Sorry! We're just too busy for me to sprinkle in some juicy gossip to brighten up your day. So bear with me as I list some important CHEAP information. Hope to see you soon!

warmly

Marc

1. We'd like to thank you for your support. Felix Kubin's Radio play "Die Maschine steht still" starring Susanne Sachsse won the ARD Audience Award! You can still listen to the lovely piece here (also enjoyable for those who don't know a word of German): https://www.ndr.de/ndrkultur/sendungen/hoerspiel/Hoerspiel-Die-Maschine-steht-still,sendung782380.html

2. Susanne Sachsse is performing in Ligia Lewis' dance piece Water Will (In Melody), 29. Nov - 2. Dezember 2018, HAU (Premiere is already sold out)

https://www.hebbel-am-ufer.de/programm/spielplan/ligia-lewis-water-will/

Water Will (In Melody) will also be at the Tanzhaus NRW in Düsseldorf from 6.-8. Dez: https://tanzhaus-nrw.de/main_pages/ligia-lewis--3

3. at 7pm on Dec. 9 in silent green there will be a book presentation of Film Culture 80: The Legend of Barbara Rubin with a screening of the fantastic expanded cinema film Christmas on Earth (Barbara Rubin, 1963-65) + Live Radio accompaniment from Susanne Sachsse. Reading by Ale Bachlechner. Presentation by Christian Hiller, Anne König & Marc Siegel. FREE event!

https://www.silent-green.net/en/programme/singleview/cal/event/detail/2018/12/09/film-culture-80-the-legend-of-barbara-rubin/

4. at 6pm on Dec 16 Vaginal Davis and Daniel Hendrickson present the latest installment of their series Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome in collaboration with the Late Night Fermentation Salon by Wu Tsang and Liz Rosenfeld in the Martin Gropius Bau. They will show White Christmas twice: once by Harun Farocki and the second time by Michael Curtiz.

https://www.arsenal-berlin.de/kino-arsenal/programm/einzelansicht/article/7561/3006.html

5. CHEAP congratulates Natascha Süder Happelmann and her speaker Helene Duldung! Natascha is representing Germany in the German Pavillon at the Art Biennale in Venice 2019. Check out the press conference and another great video at: http://www.deutscher-pavillon.org/

6. Munich Friends: CHEAP presents Susanne Sachsse and Xiu Xiu: Original Sin. A Concert at the Münchner Kammerspiele, 16 & 17 Januar 2019.

7. on Januay 26 2019 in the ORWOhaus on Frank-Zappa-Strasse 19, 12681 Berlin (Exact time to be announced) you have the rare opportunity of experiencing the first public performance of GIRLS, the new band with Susanne Sachsse as vocalist, bassist and lyricist. not to be missed! For more information: http://www.mauricedemartin.de/Projects/Eintrage/2017/12/18_The_Girls.html

8. Get ready for the return of CHEAPs Pop Punque Concept Band RUTH FISCHER! Details coming soon.

9. Get ready for the Berlin return of Original Sin. A Concert von Susanne Sachsse und Xiu Xiu in a new performance-installation version! Coming in June 2019. Details coming soon!

10. Don't forget to tune in to CHEAP Funk every now and then. CHEAP Funk is our regular radio show at reboot.fm: http://reboot.fm/category/magazin-talk/cheap-funk/

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The cute but a little goofy LA wrapper known as Tyler the Creator contacted the Vagimule Davis doll recently and wants her to sing or wrap on his new recording.  The enchantress was a bit vague with him as to whether or not she would participate so he is coming to Berlin and is going to wine and dine her to get a positive answer from the diva.  If he has a big penis he also needs to fornicate with her.  We shall see what comes of it as Ms. D is in Geneva a lot teaching at the art school there.


Saturday, November 17, 2018

HIER PASSIEREN SCHLIMME DINGE


Hier Passieren Schlimme Dinge

Nur Einer Weiß, Warum

At Work Master HEAD in Geneva the Vagimule doll did studio visits with her wonderous students. They all seem to be working in ways that are invigorating and quite novel in both form and content. I seem to be learning as much from them as what I get to impart.

During our labzone the spectre of Metro Goldwyn Mayer loomed large as they watched a section of Ziegfeld Girl 1941, directed by Norman Z. Leonard. I´ve been using this film for many years with teaching workshops and seminars and each time the young artist take to it differently. In working on the "You Stepped Out of Dream" exercise the costuming of Adrian was nicely deconstructed by the young artists. Having them flank down the grand staircases of the Art Department Compound was majestic as Tony Martin´s vocals blasted throughout the foyer engaging everyone in the building whether they wanted to be a part of the proceedings or not. Later the students joined me at the Biennale de Image en Mouvement Centre dàrt Contemporain Geneve where the Grütli Theatre presented Ligia Lewis´movement piece Water Will (in Melody)/Preview. 

SRO audience for the premiere performance, was happy that the festival director had some extra tickets on hand that he dispursed to my students for free who are all on fixed incomes. Switzerland is a notoriously expensive money pit.

Water Will uses melodrama as a fitting departure point and the expressive and dazzling performers that include Ms. Lewis, Fearless Leader of CHEAP kollektiv Susanne Sachsse, Titilayo Adebayo and Dani Brown are spellbinding to behold. The soundscapes of Madrigal singing and other textural soundclips aligned with the gorgeous costuming of sowrong studio, light, sound and effect design of S. McKenna, Jassem Hindi, Ariel Efraim Ashbel and Catalina Fernandez are exemplarary. Can´t wait to see it again when it comes to Berlin in late November.
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One of the nutty things I notice when in Berlin is the predilection of oompa pa entertainment surrounding horses. There are these unusual Equus pageants that give off a creepy vibe of beastiality. One advert I noticed on the way to the aeroport was called Cavaluna – A Passion For Horses, which features a photo of a young woman and horse looking like a bride and groom.
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The enigmatic and serenely beautiful transgressive gallerist Lia Gangitano of Participant Inc. Gallery the only not-for-profit gallery space in the boutique city of New York needs your help. Participant Inc is the only place of its kind that stands completely behind outsider art. If Participant vanishes New Yorks´s culture “capita” will sink along with it.

So its once again an imperative that we all must give Participant $moula to help keep them afloat for another season. You would think with the all the super wealthy types in Manhattan someone would just kick in a few filthy millions to make sure that Participant can continue doing the work that no one else does. Of course the super rich aren´t very generous these days though giving some lucre is like pocket change to most of these gazillionaires. So please support Participant Inc. and Miss Lia´s latest fundraiser Breaking Waves, a benefit exhibition and Paddle 8 Auction. Or simply just go to http://paypal.me/PARTICIPANT INC. and give give give. Remember one day coming very soon your money will be worthless and will be used as wallpaper and you´ll be running for your life up steep hills as mobs of the poor and hungry come chasing after you with tin cans like Cousin Sebastian in the finale of Tennessee Williams Suddenly Last Summer.





Wednesday, October 31, 2018

ALPES MARITIMES


Alpes Maritimes

Manöver

“I am gutted!” as Ron Athey would say in hearing of the death of the incredible black feminist writer Ntozoke Shange at age 70. She was an author, poet and playwright. She was best known for the Obie award winning play for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf.

Ms. Shange also wrote the novels Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1982) and Betsey Brown (1885)

Her sister Ifa Bayeza is also a well known writer.

I first saw a production of for colored girls in the 1970s and it literally was one of the major influences to my forming the performance group The Afro Sisters in 1978.

I always wished I had seen a production of Shange’s adaptation of Brecht’s Mother Courage.

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There are more women in the world then men. Women have the power when they unite to devastate politically, socially and culturally. So with the American mid terms coming up its up to us to make some radical changes. It would be the first step in eradicating patriarchy in a series of tumultuous fell swoops. Take your passion and make it happen!!!!

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The Vagimule doll has had some health tissues of late, and she is trying to get a handle on them with appointments with a stomach specialist, a cardiologist and other medical practitioners. The Vagiliac woman has also stopped eating bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. More updates as things progress. Wish her pluck.

My heavenly father figure the love god Ron Athey Jr. will be engaged with the world premiere of his new performance piece Acephalous Monster in New York City

· November 14-17 | 7pm

A Post-show talk on Friday, November 16th is with the great writer and performance art chronicler Cynthia Carr.

Best known for his boundary-pushing body mutilations, Ron Athey has been pursuing the transcendent and sublime for more than three decades. After the Death of God (famously proclaimed by the philosopher Nietzsche who anticipated the end of religion in Western society), Athey considers it one of the artist’s roles to invent new forms of ritual and celebration, to conjure the sacred as an antidote to the empty individualism of contemporary life. For his new work, Acephalous Monster, Athey turns to the Acéphale, the figure of the headless man, which inspired George Bataille’s secret society of the same name to combat nihilism and fascism before the Second World War in France. The headless or beheaded man is a powerful symbol of radical transformation, the driving force of all of Athey’s performances pushing towards the merging of humans and gods.

Don´t delay in getting tickets or they will be sold out. Athey´s performances are always SRO.

Performance Space New York

150 First Ave, New York, NY 10009

Sunday, October 28, 2018

EINE EFFIZIENTE STADT


Eine Effiziente Stadt

Nimm mich mit!

Shrouded in secrecy the Vagimule Doll was invited to a press conference in the morning hours at the Zeughauskino on Unter der Linden.

There is nothing the doll loves more then a mystery, so she was well in her element. Upon entering the auditorium there was no clues as to what would be taking place. Then suddenly without warning or gumption four women entered the hall. One of the women seemed to be suffering from elephantiasis as her head seemed rather large and boulderish like the Rock of Gibralter. Were my eyes playing tricks on me? Was this beguiling woman missing a face?

Everything became apparent immediately as one of the women, Franciska Zolyom the art critic and curator announced with great flourish the Artistic Position for the German Pavilion 2019 of La Biennale di Venezia as being none other then Natascha Süder Happelmann.

Ms. Happelmann indeed does not possess a functioning mouth so her artist speaker Helene Duldung gave a well prepared and succinct statement for her.

The ravishing Ms. Duldung spoke in a manner that was very comforting like Ulrike Meinhoff. It didn’t seem like anyone in the room had ever heard of Natascha Süder Happelmann, or maybe it was just me. Gazing upon her visage she seems quite intriguing, and one might venture to say that this clearly celebrated entity will bring something to the famed art event that has never been fully realized before.

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Ted Cruz has rank ears.
As the mid term elections approach In the US of A I want to urge all my fellow Americans and expats to vote Democratic like your life depends upon it and it just may. The Democratic Party needs to take back the Senate and the House. If this doesn’t occur things will be more dire in the world then they already are.

In September when I was back in Los Angeles visiting with relatives I was shocked to hear some of them talking political nonsence, and since I am the only one in my family gainfully employed and they depend on my largesse I made it quite clear that I would not be supporting anyone financially anymore who doesn´t make the correct decisions at the ballot box. As Judge Judy would say, “Dumb is Forever” but not with my $moula in the hands of said X-offender.

My cousin Condoleezza Rice was in town staying at the Adlon Hotel along with Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger and other international big wigs. She emailed asking me to tea, but I shined her.

Went with Jewish Muslim Daniel Hendrickson to the opening of the Arsenal’s latest film series Family Affairs – Cinematic Relationships Between Georgia and the Arsenal. Buy the book of the same title its fantastic.

The film being screened was Natwris che directed by Tengis Abuladze from 1977. The Arsenal has the biggest collection of Georgian films outside of Georgia and Moscow. The movie featured a beautiful young woman who is in love with a poor peasant boy with a really sexy flat stomach and freckles. Her mother has pimped her out to a rich boy who is a very hunky macho young man with rousing big dicque arrogance. The kid with freckles was cute, but not as desireable as the pretty girls betrothed. If she had just given it a little time I think the girl would have been quite satisfied with the more dazzling slightly older young man. But alas she is caught by her mother-in-law with the younger hottie and gets paraded backwards on a donkey through town as an adulterer and left in the mud to die.

Very strange that the towns misfits, an anarchist, a nationalist, a soothe sayer and a bawdy buxom good time Sally are the only ones who try to come to the poor disgraced girls rescue.

Jewish Muzlim Daniel has spent a lot of time in Georgia and Armenia and has become well versed in the cultures, food and fabulous wine industries. If Georgia has men in their country that look like the two main young leads in Natwris che sign me up for an indefinite stay.

The other evening I was transferring from the U7 ubahn line at Yorkstrasse when on the end of the platform toward the escalator was this black busker dude with sunglasses, cornrow beaded braids and a giant keyboard. This man is American and looks a little bit like a cross between Sly Stone, Brandy the R&B singer and star of the 90s TV sitcom Moeshe, and late in life Sun Ra. I hadn’t seen him at this station in ages. It was quite late for buskering as it was close to midnight. Every time I have seen this poor man he seems a bit more unhinged. I have witnessed him in the past having explosive tantrums as people have walked passed him without dropping some coins in his keyboard case.

Berlin use to be a city where the low cost of living made it much easier to get by on very little. Of course with gentrification rearing its fugly head those days are over, and you see more and more people looking as ragged as they do in Berlin’s sleek sister city of Los Angeles.

When I first moved here you hardly saw homeless people or anyone begging on the subway. Berlin has always had crusties but they were just loveable good natured alcoholics and drug addicts who seemed very mild mannered in their out -of -it -state. Nowadays the crusties are getting more aggressive and manic, and with the housing shortage it seems like things are becoming much more desperate.

This black American busker has the worse singing voice I have ever heard. He belts out his bad choice of pop songs like Ethel Merman or Kate Smith. He gives me a run for the money in the horrid singing arena. Even though I have performed in bands since I was quite young, that doesn´t mean I can sing, stay on pitch or carry a tune. I don´t know this man´s story of how he wound up in Berlin. A lot of Americans come to Germany thinking its an easier market to crack in having a mainstream career in the entertainment industry.

Back in the 1990s a very nice talent manager in Hamburg had seen me perform the piece Intimacy & Tomorrow / Stupidity, Today as part of the Six Sex Weeks Festival, and said that If I could put together a band she could get me booked all throughout Germany doing popular American pop songs. I can barely sing the songs I write for myself, so the prospect of being in a cheesy cover band wasn´t exactly appealing. She looked at me like I was crazy when I told her thank you, but I wasn’t interested.

Its very true that a lot of people become performance artists because within the genre no one expects polished singing or dancing skills. With performance art its about being spontaneous and improvisational. The mainstream entertainment industrial complex may try to co-op elements of performance art but capitalist production demands more stringently rehearsed commercial fare.





Wednesday, October 24, 2018

DER GELB-FIEBER-SCHRANK



Der Gelb-Fieber-Schrank

The unpleasant middle aged developmentally disabled man who lives on the ground floor of Ms. Davis’ flat listens non stop to hard core techno music. The man must have a job of some kind these days as one never sees him that much, but when he is home he seems to be soothed by his techno fix when he is not playing video games until the wee hours. Before this man moved in there was a young college student named Jonathan who was a dreamboat with a nice singing voice, who had a lot of adoreable young friends. Across the hall from the doll is a deaf girl, who use to have the most beautiful boyfriend with a rack on him that couldn’t be contained by a sports bra. This young juicy also had the bubble of all bubble butts and major ms. gorgeous face that was a cross between a young Richard “John Boy” Thomas and Keanu Reeves in Bill &Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The deaf girl chucked the beauty for some bald headed older dude who is very salty dog. She took the flat after a gay deaf boy moved out so he must have recommended her to the apartment manager Herr Koch. Two apartments that use to be used solely as work spaces were refurbished cheaply and quickly and are miniscule. An Irish gay couple use to own the building but they have just sold it so lets hope that doesn´t lead to some gentrification pains.

The Vagimule Doll went to the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart Art Book Fair to see an intriguing filmic performance by Discoteca Flaming Star. The performance was called Ingrid (2003-So Far) and is a non linear tela novella freaky styly salute to the deceased B-movie actress Ingrid Rabel(Maria Teresa Gomez Gutierrez, 1945-2002. I am all wrapped up in the house of Ingrid, whether its Bush Hogs in Love, Zombie Closet or Zombie Catwalk and Birth I feel that Ingrid will be on everyones lips as this year ends and moves into the next decade.

Congrats to lovesexy Cristina Gomez Barrio and Wolfgang Mayer of Discoteca Flaming Star & their fab co-horts. Also special kudos for their stylish and highly inspiring Ingrid zine with biographical notes and a poetic diary entries.

Jewish Muzlim Daniel Hendrickson hosted a sweet little cocktail soiree for new Berliner Monilola Ilupeju who moved to Berlin from New York City and was one of artist Jonathan Berger’s number one students at New York University. Monilola works for SAVVY Contemporary at the silent green Kulturquartier and is just a lovely and enchanting young artiste.

My former student at Malmö Art Akademy in Sweden is the brilliant genius feminist artist C. Maria Norrman, and she has a new performance called The Goddess that will take place on October 27, 6pm. The work will be visible as an installation from October 19-November 11, 2018. If you will be in Scandanavia you owe it to yourself to see her fabu work Weekly Mass at Skanes Konstförening Malmö. For more info go to marianorrman.net.







Thursday, October 18, 2018

NUSSBAUM FURNIERT ODER ECHTER SCHIEFERSTEIN



Nussbaum furniert oder echter Schieferstein

The Vagimule doll officially began her 2 year seminar/labzone at work master HEAD  Geneva Haute e’cole d’art et design, the very open art university in Switzerland.

The young French curator Olga Rozenblum who was in New York City in 2015 and saw the CHEAP production of The Magic Flute an Opera in Six Steps felt that having Ms. Davis in Switzerland working with their students in a similar vein that she worked along with Susanne Sachsse at New York University and The New School would be utterly divine.

Ms. Davis was still quite knackered from her appearances in Copenhagen workshopping at the Royal Danish Academy of Art & Design and her teaching, performances and exhibitions back in the States.

The French section of Switzerland which includes Geneva is quite cutesy. Ms. Davis didn`t know what to expect as she heard a lot of different things from people. Our heroines accomodations provided by Hotel Adriatica in the Quartier Champel were quite luxe. The hotel manager who looks like Adolphe Menjou was very nice and accommodating to the Vagimule doll. There is also a young man who works at the hotel who is quite fetching. This man is usually floating about between the breakfast room and front desk in the morning hours.

Ms. Davis´ students were all sweet and are working in interesting modes of production.
She was met at the aeroport by Work Master HEAD Coordinator, Jonas Hermenjat who is young, handsome and very masculine. Ms. Davis didn’t expect such an interest by the students for her lab zone.  Jonas was very helpful making her transition at the school complete.

The art school is part of a larger University which has moved to new digs in the suburbs near the airport. The art school will also move in two years time. The current location features some grand imposing structures that give the place the air of an old Swiss Finishing School. The Lady Ms. Davis finds that very appropriate as some of her exercises were inspired from the 1941 Robert Z. Leonard film Ziegfeld Girl that feature etiquette, poise and comportment. Leave it to Mme Arman de Caillavet to properly Lana Turner a new crop of art students on the rise.

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The other day Ms Davis ran into baby diaper Joel Gibb’s ex boyfriend Enrico Dallman. She hasn´t seen Enrico in years and he looked really good with his lean, tight muscular body. He still works as a physical therapist in a Nollendorfplatz doctor`s office. Ms. D. had just been eating dinner at the Zza Zza Gabor Burger Palast when she bumped into Enrico and his sweet colleague Dieter. Enrico seems to have put his acting career plans on hold, which is a shame as he has the perfect movie marquee face and matinee idol moniker.

A grand meeting with Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus of the Arsenal Institut für Film und Videokunst, Gerrit Woltemarth, and Jewish Muzlim Daniel Hendrickson took placed at the Empress’ Wrangle Kiez compound. The group were tackling some long range planning for their new site specific performative film series Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome which has become the talk of the town.

A lot of wonderous ideas came plopping out of all that lovesexy collective brainage. Later in the evening they were joined by prima ballerina Trixie Cordua Schönherr and Uli Ziemons who all toasted the Vagimule Doll's winning that most talked about Queer/Art Prize.

When Ms. Davis was emailed that she won the award she ignored them thinking it was some kind of new fangled Nigerian internet scam. The award is quite new. 2018 is only the second year, last year’s winner was Catherine Opie.

Those of you who will be in the Pacific Northwest you only have till Saturday October 20th to see the Vaginal Davis exhibition An Invitation to the Dance at Adams& Ollman Gallery in Portland Oregon. If you can´t go tell all your PNW friends to buy the limited edition etchings on mirrored glass before they are all gone.  Most of the paintings on exhibit have sold out.