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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I’m constantly being asked what is on my Vagimulic nightstand, well during the Douglas Crimp congress I received a wonderful gift from Nanna Heidenreich of the new book by Chloe’ Griffin Edgewise-A Picture of Cookie Mueller that I can’t seem to put down. Miss Chloe who is Canadian and has been a Berlin fixture for many years did a fanfabtastical job editing the commentary of those who knew the gifted writer and John Waters muse Cookie Mueller the best. Special kudos should also go to ginger beauty boy Gwenael Rattke whose illustrations and book design are an integral part of what makes this sensational book click. Chloe Griffin posits herself as just a simple fan of Cookie Mueller’s prose not a professional writer who somehow was just driven to go out and research Mueller and compile the testimonials that make up this literary documentary. Yowza!

Was taken out for breakfast club by Anna Muelter formerly of the HAU who is now the dance curator with the Sophiensale in Berlin Mitte. Anna and I had a lovely girlish catch up on every little thing complete with a plethora of continental gossip. Anna will be going to Greece soon for another international version of X-Wohne project which had become a staple of the HAU under Mathias Lienthal. I also had a bruncheon date with Uli Ziemons of Forum Expanded. Uli is also known as one of the handsomest men in all Europa. We went to the cute Café Lind on KolonBrucke right next to the Julius Leber Brucke S-1 station. Uli told me all about his time spent on spooky Faroe Island in Sweden on the Baltic Sea at the late director Ingmar Bergman’s compound to set up a landscape and cinema summer school with Canadian artist and filmmaker Joshua Bonnetta. While on the isle they saw from a distance two large tornados hovering over the water. Dorothy Surrender!One more item related to the great Douglas Crimp. It seems that film director and Spiegel heiress Spike Jonze has gotten wind of the upcoming Crimp memoir and wants to turn it into a film starring Ryan Gosling as the young Crimp and Brad Pitt as artist Elsworth Kelly who Crimp had a short lived fling with. I’d love to see on the big silver screen Brad Pitt shrimping the bare feet of Ryan Gosling which is what Kelly did to Crimp who was ticklish in that area. Just hope Hollywood doesn’t muck it up.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Went to the premiere screening at Moviemento Kino of Sadness is an Evil Gas Inside Me by my former student from Malmo Art Academy/Lund University Stine Omar who wrote the script and stars along with her super sexy boyfriend Max Boss who directed the project. They are also in the very popular indie electro band Easter. Omar&Boss developed their international following by making a series of music videos on YouTube and are a bonafide internet sensation. Sadness is a not-ready-for- prime time TV serial which feels as if the Queercore G.B.Jones teen rivalry flick The YoYo Gang was psychotropically crosspollinated in a secret Monsanto lab with the shards of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and David Lynch’s early 90s TV soap opera Twin Peaks. I loved the deadpan loopyness of it all. On my way out of the screening some American dimestore critics were complaining of the poor quality of the video. The lowtech nature of the work makes it even more interesting to me.

In keeping with the trend of spreading the word about my talented former students, my perfect baby boy Alex Jovanovich of NYU who is also a damn amazing art critic at Art Forum Magazine is in a group show at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac curated by Jack Pierson that runs until October 25th.

Dear All:

If you happen to be in Salzburg during the next couple of months, please check out this wonderful show I'm in:Tomorrow´s Man - curated by Jack Pierson - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Jack Pierson's gorgeous solo exhibit, "A Town Not This One, " is in the gallery's main space!:

A TOWN NOT THIS ONE - Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Those of you on the left coast of Los Angeles should run to the Janc Ar Gallery at 961 Chung King Road in Chinatown to see the expressive painting exhibition Mirrored Face Off by my Swiss German high art child Cyril Kuhn who I first met when he was studying at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia California in the 1990s. Both Ron Athey & I were guest art professors at the time.  Cyril is brilliant and comes from a long line of famous artists.  His grandmother who is over 100 still creates tapestries for all the churches in Europe and his mother Rosina Kuhn is a lauded portraiturist.

Also in Los Angeles is a solo show at CB1 Gallery called On Ice by Lily Simonson who was in a class I taught years ago with Warhol superstar Bibbe Hansen who is also the mother of pop star Beck and daughter of the late/great Fluxxus artist Al Hansen.
September 14 - October 26, 2014 CB1 Gallery 207 W 5th Street Los Angeles, California 90013

Last year, Lily Simonson spent over a month in Antarctica, sleeping in a one-person tent and plein air painting in the McMurdo Dry Valleys--one of the coldest, driest environments on the planet. As the embedded artist in a National Science Foundation expedition, she worked in tandem with geologists to investigate changes in this alien landscape of ice and volcanic rock. Invoking the tradition of Romantic landscape painting, Simonson’s new series of mammoth canvases transports viewers to this sublime, barely-explored, and thrillingly inhospitable world. Invoking the tradition of Romantic landscape painting, Simonson’s new series of mammoth canvases transport viewers to this sublime, barely-explored, and thrillingly inhospitable world. On Ice will also feature Lily Simonson’s concurrent series of hyper-saturated glowing abstract paintings. These works evoke the dazzling skies of the Aurora Australis, and the prismatic splintering of white light through crystalline ice.

Simonson's Antarctic exploration will continue this winter, when she embarks on a three-month residency on the ice as the 2014-15 National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Awardee. She plans to SCUBA dive beneath the sea ice to observe and paint new subjects thriving in the frigid, otherworldly habitat of the Southern Ocean. Simonson will also join the Exploration Vessel Nautilus this month, painting aboard the ship as it explores Kick-em Jenny, the Carribbean's only active submarine volcano. Visit to chat with her live while she is at sea. (Full press release.)
Oh and my student from Weissensee Art academy Ann Duk Hee Jordan who is an actual Mongolian Princess is having a solo show. I taught at Weissensee back in 2007 and from that class came several standout young artists including my protege Christophe DeRohan Chabot,  and Katja Maya von Hellsdorf of the band LeiseyLento.

Anne Duk Hee Jordan  OF bodies chang’d to various forms, I sing…i

13 September – 01 November, 2014 cubus-m | Pohlstraße 75 | 10785 Berlin

“In this closed garden of the first observations there always remains the possibility of dreamlike mutation, transformation, protean survival in an everchanging shape.”
I just found out that comedienne Joan Rivers died age 81.  She along with Phylis Diller are two of the first female stand up comics.  Ms. Rivers was known for her caustic humour.  I remember when she directed a low budget comedy feature film in the 1970s called Rabbit Test starring Billy Crystal as the first man to become impregnated.   I also adored the television film she wrote called The Girl Most Likely Too . . .featuring a young Stochard Channing before her star turn in The Fortune with Jack Nicholsen & Warren Beatty and the film musical of the Broadway hit Grease.  My sources tell me that Joan Rivers died from complications of cosmetic surgery and the overuse of botox.

Monday, September 08, 2014


As many of you know the Vagimule Davis doll doesn’t really cook so she depends on the kindness of friends and strangers alike to feed her face. Since the 1980s she has been a revered dinner guest, and loves small intimate dinner parties in favour of going to other kind of gatherings or soirees. Knowing so many talented gourmands is a plus especially when they  appreciate inviting someone to table who really enjoys chowing down on their grub. The last artist dinner for Douglas Crimp at the close of his symposium at Arsenal was held at the Leipziger Strasse boite Centolire-Café e Panini which is a favourite spot used by Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus and Dieter Koslick during the Berlinale for VIP guests. The food at this tiny restaurant is beyond divoon.  
Speaking of classy dinner functions I was invited to a major feast by the lovesexy visiting artist, choreographer,dancer,composer,opera singer(countertenor) Adham Hafez who is based in Cairo and is the founder of ARC HIVE, HaRaKa Dance Development and Research, the Arab performing arts archive. Multi-talented Adham also heads the Adham Hafez Dance Company and is artistic director of the only Egyptian dance festival - Transdance.

The dashing Adham Hafez is the epitome of continental-speaking a million different languages perfectly and is just pure joy and light to be around. He is constantly traveling so it was a great honor to be able to be in his hallowed presence eating food cooked from his mighty loving hands. My dear young friend Koen Claerhoutoen who works in Berlin at the Haus of World Cultures and in Egypt for the Cinematheque will be visiting the USA in September where I have already paired him with some of my closest comrades and sisters in the clothe. Koen graciously volunteered his spacious compound for the Hafez dinner festivities which included Koen’s his hunky dirty white boy Gallic roommate Michel Belague who is an award winning filmmaker, cinematographer and producer. Also on the VIP guest list: Michel’s lovely girlfriend Ame’lie Legrand(who is related to composer Michel Legrand) who is a cello virtuosa from the French Cantal mountain region,muscular hotsy totsy Rui Silveira a former dancer now working as an arts manager in both Lisboa and Berlin and Deborah Stokes a performance artist, filmmaker and video artist hailing from London who has worked for many decades in Japan, France, Greece and Egypt where Mr. Hafez discovered her. Here is the menu that luscious Adham Hafez prepared-
Appetizers: carrot puree with cinnamon and lemon,Grana padano bread sticks,toasted almonds in sweet and spicy coating,yoghurt dip in herb sauce,cucumbers with curried cheese. Soup: artichoke and rucola soup with pine nuts, mushroom cream soup. Main Dish: Green Salad with Balsamic vinaigrette butter blanched potatoes in tomme-cheese cream lentil loaf in carmalized onion sauce Desserts: selection of French cheeses frangipane with pears.

Had to go for a long overdue check-up at Dr. Stephan Minx’ office in Kreuzberg @ Moritzplatz. My high blood pressure has gone down which I am very happy to report. While in the waiting room ran into Fassbinder star Eva Mattes whose doctor is Thomas Minx, the twin brother of my physician.
O and now here is a long overdue snippet from my work-in-progress novel Naked on my Goad:

Once again Malloury Sheridan found herself in the Lucille Bremer-Weg under a waning Los Lobos moon. For several days she was feeling unattractive and bloated. It seemed as if the most hideous of creatures looked upon her as a pariah. In the park on a bench under a gas lit lamppost she met Praetor who seemed younger than his 44 years. He had dark thin hair that was showing traces of gray and recede, and wore thick horn rimmed glasses. Praetor was tall, thin and reedy. Secretly she was wishing to herself that Praetor’s frame was more muscular and defined as she longed to be held by a man of hulking force and determination. At this particular place and time the fact that Praetor was desirous of her was all that mattered. The ease in which they began discussing Uganda was thrilling to Malloury. His Norfolk was average in width and length, but he had a mighty sack of Howard which she grabbed with abandon. Praetor had lived in Baehr for 13 years, across the street from a lame kneipe bar The P-Konnect. He was originally a lazy student prince from Heidelberg, didn’t seem to be particularly ambitious having worked an assembly of low wage jobs unable to quench the ache over some Black musician from Austin Texas that he met ten years ago when the man was on holiday in Baehr. Malloury felt a tinge of sadness that sometimes her amorous nature got the better of her. But all she could do is sigh realizing that it’s not that easy being a Lotte Lenya lady with a difficult dance card to fill.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014


All of Berlin was wrapped up in the house of Douglas Crimp last week for three glorious days of congress, fellowship, laughter and gossip.For those of you not familiar with the writings of Mr. Crimp run to your local bookseller and purchase these titles:   AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism , On the Museum's Ruins, Melancholia and Moralism - Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics,  "Our Kind of Movie": The Films of Andy Warhol.  Looking back at my notes there is so much to lesbian process, that I’m finding it difficult to encapsulate all that took place.  The festivities began on Thursday August 28th at the famed commercial art gallerie Buchholz in Charlottenberg off of the KU-Damm.  The charming gallerists Daniel Buchholz and his lifetime companion Christopher Mueller were gracious and engaging hosts, and very sweet unlike most art world movers&shakers.  I first met Buchholz&Mueller in the 1990s  at my Sunday Afternoon Silverlake artist space Sucker at the Garage through Stuart Comer who is now a curatorial chief at MoMa.  The exhibition at Buchholz Galerie- Pictures, Before and After in salute to Douglas Crimp features a dazzling array of artists as varied as Charles James, Agnes Martin, Fierce Pussy and The Cockettes.  The opening was a mob scene.  I hardly ever go to art openings unless its one of my former students or a very close dear friend. Hell, I don’t even go to my own openings.  I loved that this event was very cross generational, with a nice amount of radiant youth from different Berlin scenes that usually don’t mix plus gleaming eye candy in the form of some strapping young lads.  The hottest boy in the room was decidedly Goldenen Peter the patrician Buchholz exhibitions coordinator who recently moved to Berlin from New York City.  Peter is stunning,an immaculate child of WASP wealth with a flawless complexion,brilliantine smile, taunt torso and a bubble butt you could build a dream on. 
Gallery openings are not really for looking at the art its all about being social so I plan on going back during the run which lasts till Oct 30th.  In Germany one thing I can’t stand at art galas is when they go into high speech mode, which tends to labour on and on ad nausea.  The exhibition & symposium organizers Juliane Rebentisch, Diedrich Diederichsen and CHEAP’s Marcuse Siegelstein wisely kept things to the verbosic bare minimum. The man of the hour:  Douglas Crimp, who is the very embodiment of grace, intelligence and elegance was radiant and looking like a Denton Welchian teen idol.  Its very difficult to believe that Douglas Crimp just turned 70.
The gallery was packed with celebutants including Wolfgang Tilmans, Susanne Sachsse, Michaela Wunsch looking like a sunkissed California girl on her return to Berlina from teaching in Los Angeles, the incredible German artist Isa Genzken(fresh from a spectacular retrospectacle at MOMA earlier this year) gorgeous Iranian artist Nairy Baghramian in a white latex blouse, (Ms. Baghramian was in the 2001 CHEAP production of Life of Juanita Castro at Podevil), Henrik Olesen, Discoteca Flaming Star, Katya Sander, Gesine Danckwart with little baby, Maria Losier, Lucile Desamory with fetching gal pal Pauline, LA’s Christopher Williams with hot powertop curator wife Ann Goldstein(Formerly of MOCA-LA and Stedelik Museum) Philip Smith, delightful glass blower Josiah McElheny(who flew in from NYC) Thomas Locher with curator partner Rike Frank, dandy dust artist Kerstin Honeit, Frank Wagner, film professor Gertrud Koch with media studkin professor Astrid Deuber Mankowsky, critic/gallerist Dominic Eichler, bbooks French New Wave scholar Nico Siepen, Stephan Geene of the amazing film Umsonst, cute Polish Phd Art Historian Magda Szczeniak,Symposium guest speakers: Juan Suarez, Dirck Linck, Rosalyn Deutsche, Jonathan Flatly, Rachel Haidu, writer Manfred Hermes, Matthias Haase, Koen Claerhout,humpy Indian actor Manish Dayal of the new Helen Mirren film,casting director Constantine Achmed Berger, Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Richard&Salome Gersch, Tobias Rauscher Ashaf and Saskia Wendland. The delicious artist dinner was at the cozy boite Manzini close to the gallery at Ludwigkirsch Strasse 11 and featured a specially designed serviette by Louise Lawler.
On Friday at Arsenal Institut fur film und Videokunst was the first day of the Douglas Crimp Symposium honouring his work in the academy, as curator and activist taking his forthcoming 2015 memoires as a departure point for a reconsideration of artistic, theoretical and queer subcultural practices from the 1960s to the present. Things got off on a rousing note with a mini lecturina by Marc Siegel who expertly applies the principles of Catskills-Borcht Belt humour to his scholarship.  My pen ran out of ink during Diedrich Diedereichsen’s presentation so I wasn’t able to take any notes, but I can attest that the famous DD was in fine form. The incandescent  Juliana Rebentisch of the lovely  voice and perfect diction (whose 2012 tome The Aesthetics of Installation Art is a must read) proved in her talk why the Gospel According to Saint Rebentisch is the be all and end all. 
The divine Rosalyn Deutsch of Barnard College in New York who has been a dear friend to Douglas Crimp for almost 40 years and her Museum of Innocence lecture which was very timely as she gave a nice overview of the narrative of loss from before the World Trade Center and its displacement of the Little Syria Community, small business destruction and the moving of the Washington Market and the fetishism inherent in turning the shards of the WTC into a victim and the inherent evil of developers that create new buildings with a separate entrance for the poor and misbegotten.
The Arsenal was SRO like it is during the Berlinale Film Festival and Forum & Forum Expanded screenings so by the time Douglas Crimp read the Hotel des Artistes chapter from his memoir it was pure pandemonium as everyone in the auditorium was riveted to his transporting prose.  My ear prickled when he mentioned Zoli’s Model Management Agency as both Glen Meadmore and I were briefly signed to them.  Zoli was the modelling agency with all the freaks in the early 1980s when I was on the scene in New York.  The hot gossip that had everyones jaws flapping was the revelation that famed artist Ellsworth Kelly was a shrimp enthusiast.  Friday evening closed with a screening of the wonderful 1972 Yvonne Rainer film Lives of Performers which I had never seen but somehow I channelled in my 1994 short subject VooDoo Williamson-The Dona of Dance.
 At the Arsenal was a myriad of curators and students from around the known and unknown world,including visiting scholars Tobias Nagl(author of the important book on race and Weimar Cinema) Sianne Ngai with life partner literary  critic Mark McGurl, Penny Deutscher, Virve Sutinen, Andrea Niederbuchner from Tanz in August, Antonia Baehr,Renate Lorenz, Karin Michaelski, Pauline Boudry, sexyline junior queer film scholar Chris Tedjasukmana, Sissy Magazine writer Andre Wendler,Turkish artist Aykan Safoglu, queer curator Todd Sekuler, art critic Tom Holert and legend Noll Brinkmann.
The last day of the symposium on Saturday the tone seemed to shift and everything was like speed dating where on Friday things were very languid.  Douglas Crimps colleague at the University of Rochester the lovely Rachel Haidu and her Lives of Complications was the perfect way to begin the day answering the questions raised by the Yvonne Rainer film.  Stanley Kubrick certainly can’t hold a candle to Ms. Rainer and Ms. Haidu made that evident.  I kept wondering during the lecture what ever happened to Fernando the Chillean beauty with the strong nose, incredible bone structure and lithe lean musculature.  He was so my type accept for having his hair in an unsightly ponytail.  The other young dark haired semetic beauty boy in the piece also looked delectable in the recreation scenes of Frank Wedekind’s LuLu where in his newsboy cap he was the perfect Alwa.
The next talk by activist Dirck Linck on the Bricolage Camp Genius in Irving Rosenthal’s literary cult classic Sheeper got everyone in the place wanting to find a copy of this bejewelled tome. Sheeper is definitely  the book with a bulge ---a queer masterwork.  Mr. Rosenthal was a colleague of Jack Smith and was part of the Beat Generation of writers Ginsberg and Borroughs.  Having the fantastiche Herr Linck in the symposium helped lift it from being a pure New York Fest, which is in keeping with the history that Douglas Crimp has in Berlin since the early 1980s.
The last two talks Jonathan Flatley’s Just Alike and Juan Suarez’, Grids,Folds and Disco were the perfect way to end the proceedings on a lively note.  Jonathan and his lovesexy boyish enthusiasm is so compelling in bringing to light the cross racial imitations and layers of repetition for emphasis in Warhol’s bla-tino drag queen poloroid portrait series.  Anytime someone evokes queer foremothers Marcia P. Johnson and Silvia Rivera they are aces high with me.  The handsome and stately Spaniard Juan Suarez who also wowed at Camp/Anti-Camp back in 2012 really knows how to connect the gridlike and disco mirror ball dots.  From Lesbian zen to Larry Lavan and the Paradise Garage boogie intimacy El Suarez took it from coon to caint in the dynamic of continuity and dislocation.  Can’t wait till next year with Douglas’ 71st .

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Just wanted to repost about the opening of the Douglas Crimp super shindig in Berlin to all you visitors wanting to be at the most happening spots in town this weekend. Also my dirty white French boy friend Michel Belague and his Labor Berlin pals have a screening event so don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of this missive for info on that as well.
Yesterday I took my boss Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus of Arsenal Institute fur film und VideoKunst to brunch at Osteria No1at Kreuzberger Strasse 71 for our yearly girlish get together.  The weather was perfect as we sat on the spacious patio terrazzo engaged in gossip and repartee.  The beautiful Miss Stefanie helped me forget all my family woes as i got a depressing emug from my older sister Teresita who lives in Hollywood and is suffering from severe bad health.  Teresita also gave me the report on my nephews & nieces and their children and children's children and its all bad news as is such the state with life in Amerika these days.
Dear CHEAP Friends,

I'm very happy to draw your attention to a few events this weekend that I co-organized to honor our friend, mentor and colleague Douglas Crimp. Together with Diedrich Diederichsen and Juliane Rebentisch, I organized a symposium that will take place at the Arsenal Cinema this Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29 & 30 (see schedule below). Friday night at the Arsenal Douglas will hold a lecture, the final chapter of his Memoirs project, mixing great gossip about the art and gay subcultures of New York in the late 1960s, early 1970s, with reflections on theory, art criticism and practice. His lecture will be followed by a screening of his friend Yvonne Rainer's film LIVES OF PERFORMERS and a reception.

But already on Thursday, the 28th, the Galerie Buchholz opens an exhibition that is based on Douglas's Memoirs (coming out in 2015). Christopher Müller from the Galerie worked closely with Douglas on this exceptional–and exceptionally packed-exhibition which brings together many of Douglas's interests, from minimalism to disco, from Mario Montez to Agnes Martin (ok maybe that isn't a great distance, but still...), from Daniel Buren to Fierce Pussy.

See info below. All events are free of charge, except for Douglas's lecture/Yvonne Rainer film screening. Please contact Arsenal to reserve tickets for that event.

Hope to see many of you at one or the other of these events honoring a scholar who taught so many of us that scholarship can be relevant to politics, and to our everyday social and sexual lives.


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
Daniel Buchholz & Christopher Müller

Symposium Douglas Crimp

29. & 30. August im Kino Arsenal

(please scroll down for english version)

Before and After Pictures: Für Douglas Crimp

Douglas Crimp ist einer der wichtigsten amerikanischen Wissenschaftler im Bereich Kunstgeschichte und Cultural und Queer Studies. Seine Bücher sind zentrale Bezugspunkte für Debatten zum Postmodernismus, sowie zur theoretischen und künstlerischen Auseinandersetzung mit AIDS und der Entwicklung einer queeren Filmtheorie. Sein Engagement als Kurator – vornehmlich für die bahnbrechende Ausstellung "Pictures" 1977 – leitete einen Paradigmenwechsel in der Kunstproduktion und der Kunstheorie ein. Um Douglas Crimp an seinem 70. Geburtstag zu feiern, haben Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch und Marc Siegel ein Filmprogramm und ein internationales Symposium im Arsenal organisiert, das in Zusammenhang mit einer von Christopher Müller und Daniel Buchholz kuratierten Ausstellung in der Galerie Buchholz stattfindet (Eröffnung: 28.8.).

Beide Events beziehen sich auf Crimps Memoiren, die unter dem Titel "Before Pictures" 2015 erscheinen werden, und die eine autobiografische Reflexion über Kunst, Theorie und queere Subkulturen in New York in den 60er und 70er Jahren sind.

Das Symposium wird Vorträge von Rosalyn Deutsche (New York), Jonathan Flatley (Detroit), Rachel Haidu (Rochester), Dirck Linck (Berlin), Juan Suárez (Murcia) und Crimp selbst beinhalten und eine Vorführung von LIVES OF PERFORMERS (Yvonne Rainer, USA 1972). Der erste Film der Tänzerin und Filmemacherin erkundet in einer Kombination aus Fiktion und Dokument das Gefühlsleben ihrer Tänzer. "Das Leben der Darsteller als reale Personen interessiert sie nicht, aber die Nuance, wie diese in den Sterotypen ihrer Rollen leben." (Heinz Emigholz) (Marc Siegel)

"Before and After Pictures" ist eine Veranstaltungsreihe, die das Werk des Kunsthistorikers, Theoretikers, Kurators und Aktivisten Douglas Crimp würdigt, der in diesem August 70 Jahre alt wird. Ausgehend von Crimps Memoiren, die unter dem Titel Before Pictures 2015 erscheinen werden, sollen künstlerische, philosophische, queere und subkulturelle Praktiken von den 1960er Jahren bis in die Gegenwart rekonstruiert werden, zu deren Geschichte, Darstellung und Interpretation Crimp als Produzent, Aktivist, Zeuge und Beteiligter entscheidende Beiträge geliefert hat. Die Veranstalter – Daniel Buchholz, Diedrich Diederichsen, Christopher Müller, Juliane Rebentisch und Marc Siegel in Zusammenarbeit mit Galerie Buchholz, Arsenal Institute für Film und Videokunst, e.V., Tanz im August – sind alle Fans, Freund_innen, Kolleg_innen oder Schüler_innen, die an einem oder mehreren Orten Crimps Wege gekreuzt haben.

Der in den 60er Jahren nach New York gekommene Douglas Crimp ist heute unbestritten einer der bekanntesten und einflussreichsten US-amerikanischen Intellektuellen der Gegenwart. Neben Tätigkeiten als Kurator (u.a. am Guggenheim), Kritiker (Art News) und Redakteur (October), hat er einige der zentralen Texte zu museologischen Fragen und der Theorie der Postmoderne (z.B. Über die Ruinen des Museums, 1996) verfasst. Er war eine der kritischsten und beharrlichsten Stimmen während der AIDS-Krise und hat wesentlich zur Entwicklung eines auf sie antwortenden Aktivismus innerhalb der Bildenden Kunst (z.B. AIDS Demo Graphics, 1990; Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, 2004) beigetragen, dessen Modelle auch in anderen politischen Konstellationen wirkmächtig wurden. Er zählt zu den Gründungsfiguren der geisteswissenschaftichen Disziplin der Queer Studies (AIDS: Cultural Analysis, Cultural Activism, 1988; How Do I Look? Queer Film and Video, 1991); in letzter Zeit ist er vor allem durch Aufsehen erregende Essays zum Tanz einerseits und zur New Yorker Underground-Kunst der 1960er Jahre andererseits hervorgetreten – vor allem zu Jack Smith, Mario Montez und Andy Warhol (z.B. Our Kind of Movie: The Films of Andy Warhol, 2012).

Douglas Crimp hat immer wieder als Kurator seine Argumente erhärten können. Am einflussreichsten war gewiss die Ausstellung "Pictures" (mit u.a. Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Philip Smith and Jack Goldstein), die er 1977 im Artists Space in New York produzierte und die man ohne Übertreibung als den Beginn eines sowohl künstlerischen als auch kunsttheoretischen Paradigmenwechsels bezeichnen kann. Der von ihm gemeinsam mit Lynne Cooke entwickelte historische Überblick Mixed Use Manhattan (Reina Sofia, 2010) widmet sich dem New York der 1970er Jahre, als das damals von der Rezession gezeichnete Lower Manhattan zur Bühne für die Entwicklung neuer subkultureller und künstlerischer Praktiken wurde, die sich den urbanen Raum auf ihre Weise aneigneten. Crimps Memoiren werden nun zum Ausgangspunkt für eine von Christopher Müller in Zusammenarbeit mit Douglas Crimp entwickelte Ausstellung, die Crimps Perspektive auf ein halbes Jahrhundert der wechselseitigen Einflüsse zwischen Kunst und Subkultur entfaltet. Die Ausstellung, Pictures, Before and After, wird am 28.08. in der Galerie Buchholz eröffnen. Wenige Tage zuvor, am 24.08., wird Crimp bereits im Rahmen des Berliner Festivals Tanz im August zu Gast sein und dort in einem Gespräch auf die Tänzerin und Choreographin Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker treffen. An den Tagen nach der Ausstellungseröffnung (29. und 30.08.) wird im Berliner Arsenal zu Ehren von Crimp außerdem ein internationales Symposium ausgerichtet, auf dem neben Crimp selbst auch weitere intellektuelle Wegbegleiter_innen wie Rosalyn Deutsche (New York), Jonathan Flatley (Detroit), Rachel Haidu (Rochester), Dirck Linck (Berlin) und Juan A. Suárez (Murcia) sprechen werden. Nach der Keynote von Crimp (29.08., 19.30 Uhr) wird überdies der Film Lives of Performers (Yvonne Rainer, USA 1972) gezeigt werden. (Link zum Programm:
(Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch, Marc Siegel)


Fr 29.8., 14.00 – 17h
14h Grußworte: Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch & Marc Siegel
15.30h Vortrag von Rosalyn Deutsche (Barnard College, New York): Museum of Innocence
19.30h Vortrag von Douglas Crimp (University of Rochester, New York): Hotel des Artistes
im Anschluss: LIVE OF PERFORMERS   Yvonne Rainer   USA 1972   OF 89‘
Der erste Film der Tänzerin und Filmemacherin erkundet in einer Kombination aus Fiktion und Dokument das Gefühlsleben ihrer Tänzer. „Das Leben der Darsteller als reale Personen interessiert sie nicht, aber die Nuance, wie diese in den Sterotypen ihrer Rollen leben.“ (Heinz Emigholz)

Sa 30.8., 14 – 18h
14h Vortrag von Rachel Haidu (University of Rochester, New York): Lives of Complications
15h Vortrag von Dirck Link (Humboldt-Universität/ Freie Universität, Berlin): Camp Genius: On Irving Rosenthal’s Sheeper
16.30h Vortrag von Jonathan Flatley (Wayne State University, Detroit): Just Alike
17.30h Vortrag von Juan Suárez (University of Murcia, Spain): Grids, Folds, and Disco

Der Eintritt zum Symposium ist an beiden Veranstaltungstagen frei.

Weitere Termine:

Do 28.8. – Fr 31.10. Galerie Buchholz, Pictures, Before and After – an Exhibition for Douglas Crimp

Öffnungszeiten: Dienstags bis Samstags, 11 bis 18 Uhr

In Zusammenarbeit mit Galerie Buchholz, Tanz im August und mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Before and After Pictures: For Douglas Crimp

August 29 & 30, Cinema Arsenal

Douglas Crimp is one the most important American academics in the field of art history and cultural and queer studies. His books form central points of reference for the debate surrounding postmodernism as well as on theoretical and artistic engagement with AIDS and the development of a queer film theory. His work as a curator – primarily for the groundbreaking exhibition "Pictures" in 1977 – ushered in a paradigm shift in artistic production and art theory. In order to celebrate Douglas Crimp on his 70th birthday, Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch and Marc Siegel have organized a film program and an international symposium at Arsenal that is taking place in connection with an exhibition curated by Christopher Müller and Daniel Buchholz at Galerie Buchholz (opening on 28.8.). Both events relate to Crimp's memoirs, which are to be published as "Before Pictures" in 2015 and form an autobiographical reflection on art, theory and the queer subcultures of New York in the 60s and 70s. The symposium will include presentations by Rosalyn Deutsche (New York), Jonathan Flatley (Detroit), Rachel Haidu (Rochester), Dirck Linck (Berlin), Juan Suárez (Murcia) and Crimp himself, as well as a screening of LIVES OF PERFORMERS (Yvonne Rainer, USA 1972, 29.8.). The dancer and filmmaker's first film explores the inner life of her dancers in a combination of fiction and documentary. "She is not interested in the life of the performers as real people, but rather about nuance, about how they inhabit the stereotypes of their roles". (Heinz Emigholz) (Marc Siegel) (29.–30.8.)

"Before and After Pictures" is a series of events honoring the work of art historian, theorist, curator and activist Douglas Crimp who turns 70 this month. Departing from Crimp's Memoirs which will be published as "Before Pictures" in 2015, these events consider artistic, philosophical, queer and subcultural practices from the 1960s to the present. Whether as activist, editor, author, or participant, Crimp has played a key role in the construction, representation and interpretation of this history. The organizers, Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch and Marc Siegel, together with Daniel Buchholz and Christopher Müller of the Galerie Buchholz, the Arsenal Institut for Film und Video Art, and Tanz im August are all fans, friends, colleagues or students who have crossed paths with Crimp numerous times over the years.

Douglas Crimp, who arrived in New York at the end of the 1960s and worked initially at the Guggenheim Museum and as an assistant to legendary fashion designer Charles James, is undoubtedly one of the influential American intellectuals of our day. Alongside his occassional but significant curatorial projects, and his work as critic (Art News, Art Forum) and editor (October), Crimp has written some of the central texts on museological questions and theories of postmodernism (e.g. On the Museum's Ruins, 1993). He was one of the most critical and persistent voices during the AIDS crisis and arguably the one whose theoretical insights most shaped the development of activist and artistic practices, even beyond the confines of queer and AIDS politics (e.g. AIDS Demo Graphics, 1990; Melancholia and Moralism: Essays on AIDS and Queer Politics, 2004). Moreover, Crimp's writing on AIDS cultural practices directly influenced the development of the scholarly field of queer studies (AIDS: Cultural Analysis, Cultural Activism, 1988; How Do I Look? Queer Film and Video, 1991). More recently, he has continued to attract international attention though his lectures and essays on contemporary dance and on the artistic practices that emerged in the New York Underground scene of the 1960s, mainly the work of Jack Smith, Ronald Tavel and Andy Warhol (e.g. 'Our Kind of Movie': The Films of Andy Warhol, 2012)

Throughout his career, Crimp continuously corroborated his critical and theoretical insights with curatorial work. The 1977 exhibition Pictures (with, among others, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Philip Smith and Jack Goldstein), which he curated for Artist's Space in New York City, is the most influential in this respect in that it instituted a paradigm shift in artistic production and theorization. The historical overview that Crimp developed with curator Lynne Cooke in their co-curated exhibition Mixed Use Manhattan (Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2010) dedicated itself to New York City in the 1970s, the space of Lower Manhattan that was transformed by a recession into a stage for the development of new artistic practices.

Crimps Memoirs serve as the departure point for an exhibition that Christopher Müller curated –in close collaboration with Crimp himself– and that unfolds Crimp's perspective on a half century of mutual exchange and tension between artistic and subcultural practices. The exhibition, "Pictures, Before and After", opens on August 28 at the Galerie Buchholz in Berlin and will run through October 31, 2014. On August 24, a few days before the opening, Crimp will be a guest of the dance festival Tanz im August, where he will hold a public discussion with Belgian dancer and choreographer Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker. On the two days following the exhibition opening, August 29 & 30, there will be an international symposium in Crimp's honor at the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art. Alongside Crimp, who will deliver as a keynote the final chapter of his upcoming Memoirs, there will be lectures by Rosalyn Deutsche (New York), Jonathan Flatley (Detroit), Rachel Haidu (New York), Dirck Linck (Berlin) and Juan A. Suárez (Murcia), as well as the three event organizers. Following Crimp's keynote, there will be a screening of Lives of Performers (Yvonne Rainer, USA 1972). (For the program, see:
(Diedrich Diederichsen, Juliane Rebentisch, Marc Siegel)
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LaborBerlin Summer Screening


Doors open at 7pm 
Film screening at 8pm
Performances at 10pm 
Party at 11.30pm

Am Flutgraben
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LaborBerlin present a program of new and recent films and performances by its members. Though ranging widely in their approach they all show a commitment to exploring the possibilities of film as an artistic language. The evening is organized in two parts: the first one starts at 8 pm and consists of single screen films made at the lab. The second part, starting at 10pm, consists of live film performances. 

Come celebrate with us the beauty of hand-processed, do-it-yourself film! Doors open at 7pm. Please feel free to come early, meet the makers, and hang out at the bar!
With works by Miguel Mariño, Anja Dornieden & J.D. González Monroy, Andreas Kebschull & Andreas Zech, Oscar Kranc, Björn Spiedel, Jakob Kirchheim, Sadashivam Rao, Viktor Dill, Distruktur, Doireann O'Malley, Klara Ravat & Sicknife and Nikolaus Tscheschner.

LaborBerlin is a nonprofit, independent film collective, open to any and every individual interested in artist-run initiatives and analogue film practices. With this in mind, the goal of this event is to be an open invitation to anyone that’s interested in preserving the artistic use of analog film, and in supporting collective initiatives that seek to make these types of practices open, accessible, non-hierarchical and non-commercial.