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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

DIE FORMEL E ELEKTRISIERT BERLIN



Die FORMEL E elektrisiert Berlin

Very depressing Spring with the knowledge of the recent deaths of LA underground royals Henry Peck, Janet Cunningham, Tony Kinman and Charlie Quintana.

Of the four who passed, the Ms. Vagimule Davis doll was closest to Henry Peck. Henry was the mastermind behind the legendary indie import record store Vinyl Fetish, and the other half of the infamous gay “It” couple Joseph&Henry of the 1980's Melrose Avenue scene.

With Henry's then partner Joseph Brooks they brought the New Romantic and Blitz Kid scene of London to LA's trendiest with their famed nite spot The Veil that started at the Cathay De Grande and then moved to Club Lingerie where it was immortalized in the Kim Carnes video Bette Davis Eyes. 

My favorite club that Henry DJ'd was the short lived Monday night hotspot that was located at the former Cattle Barons Restaurant on LaCienega Blvd. I don't remember what he called the club, but the space was one of the best for an underground niteclub in terms of square footage and atmosphere. Henry and Joseph also used to great affect an old black owned theater on Washington Blvd near Crenshaw for their long running Fetisch Discoteca, which crisscrossed the city at various locations. Henry was one of LA's most underrated DJ's and his musical taste shaped Los Angeles in the 80s and well into the early 90s. Something he has not been properly credited for. 

Henry and I both share native American heritage, something that also linked us with Glen Meadmore whose Cree/Ojibwa mother grew up on a First Nations Reservation in Canada. My grandmother Mama Sarah is a Choctaw Indian and also grew up on a reservation.  Henry was also a hairdresser and was known for his wild crazy colored hairdo's and outlandish outfits.  Like Tomata du Plenty of The Screamers I considered Henry to be a mentor. LA has definately lost a valued treasure.

Janet Cunningham use to run the underground performance space C.A.S.H. (Contemporary Artist Space in Hollywood) Her security guard was a pre-Matrix fame Lawrence Fishbourne. She also ran a casting agency that specialized in providing freaks, punks and weirdos for Hollywood Films and TV. She cast me and my Afro Sisters in a film called Cold Dog Soup that starred Randy Quaid. Michele Buhler was the key make-up artist on that film. I never saw Cold Dog Soup. Maybe it went straight to video. Movies with dog in the title are usually never big box office hits. Janet was a very dear, sweet lady and a major contributor to making LA of the 1980s unforgettable with her take on art and performance.

Tony Kinman along with his brother Chip were in the first wave punk band The Dils and later the indie country group Rank & File.-my fav, and Blackbird. I thought that the brothers were sexy in a lanky asphalt cutie sort of way. I never knew them but I admired them from afar. Tony died age 63.

I also didn't know Charlie Quintana who was the drummer of Tito Larriva's band the Plugz and later Cruzados. In his youth I was very hot for Charlie and the guy he later joined forces with Mike Ness of Social Distortion. I remember at one of those famous art punk New Year's Eve party's shamelessly flirting with Charlie and Mike Ness to no avail. I couldn't compete with Sean DeLear who always carried strong marijuana with her to give to straight boys, who after toking on it would somehow wind up shagging her. I was forever jealous of Sean D for her ability to always get her sex needs met. RIP Sean D and Charlie Q.

Norman von Holtzendorf my German cousin on my fathers side who lives in New York City and works as a high powered international lawyer sent me the book Mexico by Duncan MacLeod. Duncan use to be a club kid in 1980s and in the early aughts was in the most excellent alt country folk band The Acres whom I championed.

Mexico is part of the Psychotic Break Series by Duncan that playfully delves into his youth and struggles with mental illness. I read the first book of the series 5150 A Transfer, with Mexico being the third book. Hopefully Duncan will send me the second.

Duncan has a nice relaxed style of writing that is breezy and intoxicating. His books are very hard to put down. You keep reading until you're finished. Mexico is also quite lovesexy in the description of his homo antics and situations. Below is a little interview I did with Duncan via smug:

VD:... I loved your first book and your band The Acres. Your are this centuries super post punk Sinclair Lewis.

DM: I'm so glad you loved 5150. When you and I first met way back in olden times, I had just recovered from all that nonsense. I was an avid reader of Fertile LaToyah Jackson Quarterly; I was star struck. You might not have guessed that I was successfully fighting off mental illness. I kept a tight lid on the crazy shit.

VD: All teen boys are mentally ill

DM: Some girls are bigger than others. It’s a matter of degree. Is he ill enough to get arrested and 5150’ed? Or perhaps he’s just down in the dumps.

VD: Where on the spectrum were your mental health issues at that time?

DM: I was officially diagnosed with 'Schizophreniform Disorder' which is roughly defined as a psychotic episode lasting between one and six months. It means "Looks like schizophrenia, but it's not". It looks like a pump, feels like a sneaker. Over the years, different doctors have given their own diagnosis - Atypical Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Acute Psychosis followed by Depression...the names are just helpful labels when they decide what pills to give a patient.

VD: A lot of your writing in the first book covers the period of your living in beautiful, but lets face it a little tired San Francisco. Could you ever see yourself living in that city again?

DM: I doubt I could afford it. The San Francisco I left twenty odd years ago has become the Manhattan I fled thirty years ago. I love the many friends I still have there, but I can't picture myself returning. Besides, I bought a house with a swimming pool here in LA. I know the Zuckerbergs might afford a house with a pool up there, but not me or anyone I know personally. And of course summer pool parties in San Francisco would have to take place indoors because of the freezing cold fog.

VD: The relationship with character Fritz and Ethan in your book Mexico seems ideal to me, being able to worship a juicy musclehunk. Why wasn't that enuf for the Ethan Character?

DM: Ethan didn’t totally dislike what was happening with Fritz. He needed somebody to pair up with. Fritz was using Ethan for his language skills, and Ethan was getting very fancy scraps in return. But they were still scraps. Ethan wanted a hand-holding kissy-poo sex boyfriend. Plus Fritz got really scary when he drank tequila.

VD: What's in store for Ethan in the series conclusion?

DM: Ethan goes down a new rabbit hole full of depression, needles and spoons. I wrote the first draft. Editing is taking a lot more time than I planned. It’s hard to know how much to keep in. I don’t want to make my readers ill with details, nor do I want to leave out the grit and grime. I’m trying to keep it sloppy and sleazy.

VD: Wish Ethan,Cory and the young Mexican character had engaged in a hot buttery threegy.

DM: An older, wiser Ethan might have allowed that to happen. He let his injured ego and broken heart get in the way.

VD: As someone who has never had a boyfriend let alone lived as part of male pattern lesbian domesticity I don't understand the world of coupledom.

DM: I’ve been in a lesbianesque couple for going on sixteen years now. I don’t know how it happened. I was at an age where being a bear looked really good on me, so I had a lot of suitors. Rafael stuck. I always trip up when I call him my “husband.” It just sounds so weird. My mother had husbands. What is really helpful about being married, besides the “I Love Yous” and the ways we take care of each other, is the sharing of money. We have shared money in a joint account, and separate money in our own private accounts. Shared money pays the bills and buys groceries. Separate money pays for whatever else we want. That’s coupledom in 250 words or less.

Be sure to visit Duncan’s author page: http://www.amazon.com/author/duncanmacleod

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My West Coast Gallerist Amy Adams of Adams & Ollman Gallery just sent me her schedule for the rest of Spring and into Summer 2018 with the illustrious artists she works with. Check it out:

NEWS, EVENTS

VOLUME I BY MICHAEL STIPE

WITH JONATHAN BERGER

JONATHAN BERGER

901 WASHINGTON BLVD.
VEDA, FLORENCE, ITALY

OPENING MAY 25


ORIGINAL SIN, A CONCERT BY SUSANNE SACHSSE AND XIU XIU

WITH VAGINAL DAVIS

SET AND COSTUME DESIGN BY JONATHAN BERGER

EUROPEAN TOUR, VARIOUS DATES AND LOCATIONS

KATHERINE BRADFORD, RITUAL

ACQUIRED BY THE PORTLAND ART MUSEUM
WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF VICTOR PLATT

JOY FEASLEY AND PAUL SWENBECK

OUT, OUT, PHOSPHENE CANDLE

JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER, SHEBOYGAN, WISCONSIN
THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2

PERFORMANCE BY MARTHA MCDONALD WITH LAURA BAIRD

SATURDAY, MAY 12 AND SUNDAY, MAY 13

PAUL SWENBECK

AWARDED 2018 SACHS PROGRAM FOR ARTS INNOVATION GRANT

ELLEN LESPERANCE

AWARDED 2018 LOUIS COMFORT TIFFANY FOUNDATION GRANT

ELLEN LESPERANCE'S ESSAY, FEMINIST VISUAL TACTICS
INCLUDED IN MAKERS, CRAFTERS, EDUCATORS, ROUTLEDGE

RYAN MCLAUGHLIN

SOLO EXHIBITION

ATLANTA CONTEMPORARY
OPENING JUNE 5

MARLON MULLEN, UNTITLED

ACQUIRED BY THE PORTLAND ART MUSEUM
WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF SHANE AKEROYD

CONNY PURTILL

IN CONVERSATION WITH JONATHAN GRIFFIN
ACID FREE ART BOOK MARKET, LOS ANGELES
SUNDAY, MAY 6 AT 4PM

BILL WALTON

FRITH STREET GALLERY, LONDON

CONTINUES THROUGH JUNE 23

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

KATHERINE BRADFORD, MAGENTA NIGHTS

THROUGH JUNE 2

INSTALLATION IMAGES

JAMES CASTLE

OPENING JUNE 8

CONDO NEW YORK

WITH CHAPTER GALLERY

JUNE 29–JULY 27 

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Had a deliriously lovely girlish birthday luncheon catching up with the great Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus of Arsenal Institut fur Film und Video Kunst at Osteria No. 5 in Kreuzberg's Mehringdamm Corridor. The day was bright and bounteous, with a little chill in the shade, but oh so blue and clear in the glorious sunlight.  You are probably wondering if we were gossiping about you.  Well rest assured we were.  Hahahahaha







Thursday, May 03, 2018

JENSEITS DER TRAMPELPFADE



Jenseits der Trampelpfade

This just in----Wilheim Hein the experimental film legend and art photographer extroidinaire Annette Frick are part of this hot Artbook Fair. More info below:

Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair brings together a wide selection of the most interesting artists/authors, artist periodicals and art publishers and is accompanied by a series of lectures, discussions, book launches and workshops exploring the boundaries of contemporary publishing and the possibilities of the book.

In conjunction, the annual Conceptual Poetics Day explores the imaginary border between visual art and literature.

Founded in 2009, MISS READ is Europe’s Art Book Festival, dedicated to community-building and creating a public meeting place for discourse around artists’ books, conceptual publications and publishing as practice. In 2018 MISS READ is gathering 263 exhibitors.

Since 2017, Miss Read: The Berlin Art Book Fair takes place at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Dear Ones

Dear friends and fans

you want us at MISS READ Artbook Fair

in Berlin .

We present our new and new issues of

BEYOND THE TRIPLE PATH

From the 4th to the 6th of May 2018 we will be at the Miss Read with our stand
and present our new releases:
"Beyond the Tramping Paths" and satellites
in the House of World Cultures.


Saturday, April 28, 2018

THE BASIS OF SPRING



The Basis of Spring

Hunty Molyneaux couldn't believer her lucka. “Exclaim, she said. Brandeis Lintelman is the best 90 minute man I have ever had.

He was diminutive, but was well proportioned with a sturdy rack, broad shoulders, a throat stretcher if ever there was one, with klick-klacky hangy downey mildew Baoding balls.

It had been many years since Hunty had a Spring romance. Winter had been harsh and dismal. Brandeis of the steel grey eyes made her feel desire under the elms, or rather Linden trees.

Hunty had felt so invisible before meeting him. He was old enough to be her godson. When he asked her exactly how old she was, she smiled and gave him her standard How old do you want me to be?

He took a moment to think about it, then mumbled, “Thirty-nine”.

So that became her age, just like comedian Jack Benny. All her points of reference dated Miss Hunty miserably. Brandeis doesn't know who Tom Cruise is let alone Jack Benny. 

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Congrats to Ms. Vaginal Davis' former NYU student Beatrice Glow who is an official Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow. She will be researching with world class experts at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery and the National Numismatics Collection at the National Museum of American History. 

Another one of Ms. Davis' brilliantine students is Lydia Hamann. Miss Lydia was in Ms. Davis' Do or Die Performance Art Seminar way back in 2007 at Weissensee Art Akademy in Berlin. Now Lydia is involved in a myriad of fantastic, fascinating projects, the latest a book called Radical Admiration along with fellow artist Kaj Osteroth. Please consider contributing to their crowdfunding effort. You won't regret it, as it helps to finance young feminist art, and there is no more important cause I can think of supporting: https://www.startnext.com/radicaladmiration

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

RAUM DER MOEGLICHKEITEN

Raum der Moeglichkeiten
Enjoyed a lovely Spring awakening with Fearless Leader of CHEAP kollektiv Susanne Sachsse and film historian Marcuse Siegelstein at the Schwules Museum to see Dynasty Handbag perform. Her performance was a longer version of what she did in Oslo recently.
Ms. Jibz Cameron the woman behind the designer purse is revitting on stage. There are no bounds to the Dynasty Handbag genius, plus she always knows where her light is, captivating the young queer audience.
Happy to report that on this particular day the musuem was delightfully void of the usual gay lizards that are their typical publicum.
The next day I breakfasted with the hot, sexy lesbian schtarina at a cute little boite on the Mehringdamm Corridor. I had no idea that she had first come to Los Angeles from New York to work on a project with the production company of mainstream comedy film star Jack Black, whose wife has a background in the underground scene.
Had a lovely girlish time bonding with Ms. Cameron as a coupla of hot chix sitting around shooting the shit.
Was able to do some site specific location scouting for Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome with Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus of the Arsenal and Jewish Muzlim Daniel Hendrickson. We found a very cool space, but I don't want to talk about it as I feel that would jinx it. Keep posted to this very blogina for future developments.
Been painting like mad to make my deadline for the upcoming Art Basel. Was able to take a break from painting to hang out with one of my best girlfriends the famed make-up artiste Akira Knightly. Mz. Akira and I love to Barney Google cute boys and gossip gossip and more gossip.
So thrilled I got to listen to handsome Jamie Stewart of XiuXiu in town for an impromptu solo gig at the Volksbuhner's Rote Salon. Was sitting on a sofa with Senol Senturk and was able to just close my eyes and drift in Jamie's illustrious voice and sounds without physically seeing him as he was surrounded by throngs of attractive young admirers. With my swollen feet and bad knees I can't stand at a concert so I had to park it in one place and marinade in an aural swell of complete utter joy. Will be going back on tour with Jamie & Gang for the Original Sin concert/installation project soon.


Friday, April 13, 2018

THE PENSION GRILLPARZER

The Pension Grillparzer
My first time in Oslo, Norway the home of my Pedro, Muriel & Esther bass player Dean Opseth.
Had a lovely time. The weather was a bit chilly but very sunny and bright.
Invited to Norway by Troll Krem and the Munch Museum/Munchmuseat on the Move.
Thank god I was able to bring Love Camel aka: Andrea Novarin as my assistant. They put us in a comfy hotel across from the main train station.
Sweet and cuddly Tor Erik Boe of Troll Krem and his cute beau fetched us from the International Aeroport and took us to a swank dinner at a delicious boite where we were served a 9 course meal of local favourites.
Met the stylish and sophisticated Natalie Hope O'Donnell of the Munch Museum, event producer extroidinaire and pretty party girl Benedicte Bolling, Seth Bogart of Gravy Train and Hunx and His Punx fame. Seth brought with him a copy of Alice Bag's new CD Blueprint for me. Seth is also one of the stars of Alice's rock video that also features Kathleen Hanna and Shirley Manson. The video is a remake of the Lilly Tomlin/Jane Fonda/Dolly Pardon feminist treatise 9to5 set to Alice's song 77. Seth is a bonafide sex stud. With a bubble butt you can build a dream on and a rocket crotch of good n' plenty to match. When Seth was a teenager he use to write me fan letters that included his art work and zine writing. It wasn't till Oslo that we have finally met in the fleshy flesh. Now he is a super duper international music, art and sexyline schtarino of the highest order. During his performance he had the entire audience all wrapped up in the very house of his booty and titten politic. I love his hit song “Men Must Die”, a sentiment I greatly approve of. At the end of his set he had two roid raging Chippendale lite strippers who were ill-er then ill as his backup dancers. Geniustrata.
The other performer on the bill was the sensational Jibz Cameron as Dynasty Handbag. I've known Ms. Cameron for a long time as she was one of the many gifted children of the late Professor Jose E. Munoz of NYU's Performance Studies Department. If you have never seen her you owe it to yourself to check this amazing lady out. She is the performance art equivalent of writers Radcliffe Hall and Patricia Highsmith having fornicated and produced a lesbiana love child. Dynasty Handbag is alchemy of the highest order. The last time I saw her perform was at my installation talk show VD is Speaking From the Diaphragm at PS 122 in New York in 2010. Dynasty Handbag rocks like no one else on the planet!

For Oslo we performed in the site specific location of Ivars Kro(Ivars Inn) a dive discoteca in the Greenland city center district. This area is the last to be gentrified and is Oslo's Kreuzberg with lots of sexy immigrants on parade. The performance evening started with a Talk Show artsy fartsy version of The View with Tor Erik as Barbara Walters.
I wasn't expecting such a huge audience of people from all walks of life and ages. After a short intermission the publicum moved to another section of the large niteclub where I began the evening festivities singing my old major label release “My Pussy is a Cactus” where I sprinkled in some Adorno and George Bataille text. I also pulled out of my arsenal the Tom Cruise Loves Women video that I made with Billy Miller of Straight to Hell fame. I couldn't believe that such old material still can enchant an audience. Does any of the young people of today even know who Tom Cruise is? Thank god a lot of people my age and older came out to see me from all parts of Scandinavia. Got to see my brilliantine former Malmo Art Academy students Stine Omar and Ihra Lill who are now huge international stars. Stine is even a supermodel on the Paris runway. Her band Easter with Max Boss is on hiatus at the moment.
Also while in Norway I got to do a photo shoot with the famous Oslo based photographer Fin Serck-Hanssen. Mr. Serck-Hanssen lives in an elegant country compound surrounded by chickens and Bambi's frolicking in his backyard which is a giant forrest woodland.
Special thankx again to Bendicte, Tor Eric, Natalie, Frode, Christian, Kyrre, Kaeto, and Sanna for making my time in Oslo so swell.
Before going to Norway I did a workshop in Vienna at the famous Schule Friedl Kubelka fuer unabhaengigen Film. My students were smart, sexy and super talented and did things in the exercises that no other students have performed. Also managing not to get arrested or injured.
I didn't expect such a huge audience for my intro lecture. Afterward Phillip Fleischmann the schools very young, dreamy Dean of Students took me for a comfort meal at Wratschko Gastwirthschaft along with Salvatori who use to work with Ali and Tobias of Gelitin at the Kunst Akademie in Linz.
All my love and kissyz to Phillip, Magdelene, and my juicy hot students. Ms. Davis Loves you!!!!

Before going off to Vienna the BabyDiaper Joel Gibb of the Hidden Cameras invited me as his plus one to the Easter Fetisch Party SNAX at Lab/Berghain. This was my second year attending with Baby Diaper Joel. Once again there were giant peterfications on display. I even met a sweet blondine lad who I wound up hanging with, and his lovesexy gaysian pal. Like me they got a kick out of voyeuring the sex gods in attendance in various stages of debauchery.

Before we went to SNAX we went to a little shindig at the Kreuzberg home of the delightlfully sweet musician Colin Self. Colin was hosting some American pals which included a few Chicago natives who are very good friends with Mark “Ears” Frietas of HomoCore Chicago and Spectra-Sonic Record Label that produced my PME CD The White To Be Angry.

Monday, March 26, 2018

DENEN MAN VERGIBT

Denen man vergibt
So sorry dear blogina faithful for being missing in fraction but I was on the first leg of tour with the CHEAP/XiuXiu concert installation project Original Sin.
OS premiered late last year at silent green Kulturquartier. Our first tour stop was Duesseldorf so I had to relearn the songs and text plus the configuration of the piece would be vastly different at the FFT Kammerspiel Theater. The last time I was in Duesseldorf was seven years ago touring with Communist Bigamist. This trip my accomodations were exactly the same at Hotel Rubin on Corneliusstrasse. I like Hotel Rubin. Its an olde fashion gast haus where you receive a real key, and not an awful modern hotel keycard.
We had a nice large audience that included art shtars Katharina Sieverding and her husband Klaus Mettig, Eva Birckenstock who will be bringing us to Art Basel and even “Easy Target” Heiko Pfost of Impulse Festival. Heiko has managed to rangle himself a very goodlooking young Polish lover. Hurray for him.
The recent death of Matt Dike of Delicious Vinyl fame has put me in a minor debilitating funk. I first met Matt when he was the DJ of the famous underground groove club Nairobi Room at the Red Sea Ethiopian Restaurant on 3rd Street and Crescent Heights in Los Angeles. I was going through my dandy baby dyke period wearing pristine vintage mohair suits from the early 1960s. My mode of dressing, and my snazzy skills on the dance floor caught Matt's immediate attention, and he was very sweet and flirtateous with me back then.
In the early 1980s I compartmentalized my various personas and Matt met me in the dapper guise of Kayle Hilliard a name I used for my prose and poetry. Later when Matt saw me as Vaginal Davis he was very turned off.
La grande diva Ms.Vaginal Davis is not everybodies cup of chamomile tea. I was very young then and searching for love, while living high on an exhalted hobby horse. Matt was extroidinarily beautiful with pale transcluscent skin, almondine shaped eyes and lips of vermillion. I was smitten with Matt Dike.
Matt hung out with a group of very sexy stylish black boys from UCLA and USC who were regulars at Nairobi Room when it was at the Red Sea and later when it moved to the bigger space of the Park Plaza Hotel aka: The Elks Lodge. My scrawny girlish figure certainly couldn't compete with the hunks that were in Matt's regular orbit, and I was resentful and jealous. When Matt was doing the club Power Tools I was in a Bad Fashion Show presentation mounted by Beulah Love and photographer Albert Sanchez, and performed at the club with the band Gore Gore Girls. Matt even came to check out the Afro Sisters after we were in Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine. Too bad he saw one of our worst shows. When Matt was working with Tone Loc the rapper, he contacted me to be in the video for the song Funky Cold Medina. I declined so he cast the late Sean DeLear instead.
The last two times I saw Matt, the first was in the early 1990s at an opening at the famed Ace Gallery on Wilshire Blvd's Miracle Mile. I was dressed very similar to the way he first met me wearing a vintage suit and at first he was very sweet and playful.  I was attending the opening with my friend Doug Gordon who was the art director of Tokyo Journal. Doug also designed the covers of two of my Fertile La Toyah Jackson zines. I think Matt thought that Doug and I were an item because he started teasing me, and so I gave it back to him even harder and then he plopped his business card in my wine glass and I flicked some of the wine into his face.
In 2002 after I came back to Los Angeles from touring with Margaret Cho I saw him at Circus of Hooks Bookstore in Silverlake at the Junction. I didn't recognize him at first. He looked like Robert Redford in the 1970s film Jeremiah Johnson with long straggly hair and a Grizzly Adams mountain man beard.  While in the bookstore I noticed him looking at me with a tenderness. Later I found out through some friends that he was a recluse living in his big Edendale house on the top of a hill in Echo Park plus some other disturbing information I won't go into.
In reading one of his obits in Variety I found out that he grew up as a Jehovah's Witness which explains a lot about some of his behavior towards me over the years. My family has connections to the Jehovah's Witness religion as well, but I embraced my religious fundamentalism and used it in my art practise. Matt didn't have such an outlet, and looking back I wish I had been more forgiving of Matt Dike. Who knows under the right circumstances we could have been the great loves of each others life. If not that at least cherished and endearing friends. Once again my rigid stubborn nature messed things up between us.
Goodbye Matt I can honestly say I loved you, and you will always be the man that got away.

Love Camel aka Andrea Novarin has been in Berlina for a month where he is investigating a possible move from London where he has lived for over 20 years. Camel was not featuring the recent Brexit vote and who can blame him? Its was nice having the crazed packaderm in the capital city. Every Doll needs a Camel.
The Camel and I were invited to a very delicious formal dinner party at the stylish Freidrichshain compound  of my lovesexy former Geissen student Christoph Bovermann and his sizzling hot lover J.P.
Young Christoph lives in a charming flat and has a great position with the European Film Academy. His boyfriend JP is a student at the Film School in Potsdam.
I was also treated to kafe und kuchen by sexy young Michael Scaturro at Zimt und Sucker a delightful Turkish cafe on the Hauptstrasse in Schoneberg. Michael is a well regarded journalist and TV presenter who has worked for Deutche Welle and Bloomberg News.
He has been based in London and Brussels, but has always kept Berlin as his main residency. Michael burned out on the full-time corporate journalista grind and is now freelancing, and experiencing a better quality of life back in Berlina.
One of my brilliant exWeissensee students Anne Duk Hee Jordan has been commissioned by the Beaufort Art Triennial by the Sea in Ostend Belgium to present her sculpture piece I Travelled 1.8 Million Years to Be With You. For more info go to https://www.beaufort 2018.be/

Got a nice little missive from Hotsy Totsy Papa Ron Athey . According to Ron the Faultline Bar in East Hollywood hosted an olde school theme night bringing back the legend of the notorious The Stud Pub. It was an authentic biker/cowboy/black&white men together at last event that was packed and fun drenched.
Daddy Ron ran into Marvina at the party. Marvina is the famed dinge queens delight of Los Angeles who was one of the hot stars of my film The White To Be Angry. I utterly adore Marvina. He is probably the sweetest man you will ever meet in this life or the next.
For the fundraiser Spicy Beef Curtains I turned Marvina into a human chocolate ice cream sundae and sacrificed him to the publicum. Marvina was placed butt naked on a table and covered in ice cream, sprinkles, chocolate syrup, candy and whipped cream. We auctioned off parts of his body to the audience to lick and suck. Within a nanosecond he was licked completely nude left with a throbbing erection and dilated nipples. He told me that the sensation of so many hungry mouths on his entire beautiful black muscular body was quite the turn on.  I am very jealous of Marvina as he gets the kind of sexual attention from men and companionship that has always eluded The Doll.

Marvina's dayjob is Special FX Designer for Hollywood movies like the recent Black Panther. I am not a big fan of action movies or special effects riden comic book films. To me its like watching a very loud, jarring cartoon, and I am sorry to say that these multi-million dollar effects don't look real at all to me. I prefer olde school matte paintings and stop motion.
Watched Black Panther with Love Camel at the IMAX theater in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz. It was my first time seeing a commercial film in IMAX. I have to admit that seeing a movie at LA's Cinerama Dome is much better then IMAX.
Getting back to the Black Panther movie. To me it scored high as a spectacle of sorts. Watching it I kept thinking I was seeing a hightech remake of Alex Haley's TV mini series Roots, but with less white people. The black cast was very attractive and appealing especially Ms. Lupita Nyongo.
I like Forest Whittaker, but in this role he seemed flat channeling his past performance as Idi Amin. Angela Bassett looked amazing, but her African accent sounded more like a holdover from Stella Getting Her Groove On in Jamaica. The all-female Proaetorian Guards were my favorite bit of schtick.

Love Camel sent me some rare items from his personal collection including some episodes of the famed Playhouse 90 TV show from the 1950s. Jack Palance looked erie and plastic as The Last Tycoon in an adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald posthumous novel which featured Keenan Wynn and very young, girlish Lee Remick.
Looking majorly gorgeous as a humpy barefoot bandit and sloppy murderer was Tab Hunter in the resplendid true life teleplay that featured a lucky Geraldine Page as Tab's older schoolmarmish love interest. The most interesting of the Playhouse 90 dramas in Camel's collection was a surreal take on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness featuring a sexy half naked and histrionic Roddy McDowell, a liver lipped Boris Karloff and a mesmerizing young earthy Eartha Kitt. Fascinating.
I get sick of hearing commentators rave on about quality TV in the cable era. That is so ridiculous. The only time there was any true quality to the telly was in its early days in the 1950s with their live broadcasts.
CONGRATS to my incredible West Coast gallerist Amy Adams of Adams and Ollman and Dan Gunn of Dan Gunn Berlin.  They sold a whopping amount of my latest make-up painting series Forever Amber at the recent Independent Art Fair in NYC.  Not only that but they scoured the four corners of the known universe to find copies of my old rare video films from the 1980s and had them digitalized.  There is no way I could have ever done that.  Also kudos to my child of high high art Jonathan Berger who is responsible for introducing me to not only Amy and Dan but also my fab New York City gallerists Ben & Risa of Invisible-Exports Gallery on the lower east side.
The next few months will be intense for me so you there may be some holes in this blogina as i tackle several projects at once including painting a new series for Art Basel, performing at the Munch Museum in Oslo, teaching a workshop at the Independent Film School in Vienna, searching for an appropriate site specific location for the premiera of Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome, and more touring with Original Sin.



Thursday, March 01, 2018

VERTIKEL DENKEN


Vertikel Denken
The first major event of the Berlinale season always starts with the beauteous Forum Expanded exhibition at Akademie Der Kuenste at Hansaplatz in the Tiergarten. This year the mood was very mega Maya Deren with the theme “A Mechanism Capable of Changing Itself”.
I saw lots of new, bright sexy faces which of course is the best way for any major eventa to begin, don't you agree?
Forum Expanded founder, Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus was beaming during her wonderful, humorous intro and this year her curatorial unit consisted of handsome manchild Ulrich Ziemons,Khaled Abdulwahed, Maha Maamoun. Nicole Wolf(Think Film No. 6), Antonia Alampi, and Pia Chakravert-Wuerthwein (SAVVY Contemporary).
Ute Holl also gave a spirited talk on the Film Theory of Maya Deren. This years title coming from a Deren notes about Marxism from 1947.
In the upstairs exhibition hall the perfect start to the proceedings was Extended Sea by Nesrine Khodr with a 2 channel video installation where the artist endurance swims back and forth in a lap pool. The Mediterranean Sea is the perfect background for 12 hours. 
With Berlin suffering from frigid Arctic temps and a ring of 1918 enfluenza in the air, the lush tranquil Beirut coast was the perfect place to sit and meditate. I spent many joyous hours contemplating my haggy life, and the pitfalls inherent in wintery Berlina.
I also enjoyed Laura Horelli's Namibia Today, Cafe Togo by Musquiqui Chihying & Gregor Kasper and The Otolith Group's The Third Part of the Third Measure featuring music and text by the militant minimalist, avant garde black composer Julius Eastman. In the Forum Expanded Magazine I adored reading Bonaventure Ndikung's “I Love to Love,Oh Pleasant Love-The Marvel of Julius Eastman.

New York artist Shelly Silver's two cute films one black & white and one in color are part of an ongoing vinegar syndrome experiment. Like every year the amazing Angela Anderson heads the exhibition design and technical coordination with her crack crew that includes Masha Nehis, Alexia Apolinario, Catherina Barich, Catalina Fernandez, Josephine Freiberg, Richard Gabriel, Laure Gilquin, Noam Gorbat, Mareike Hornof, Kofi Mahama, Dafne Narvaez, Janna Nehls, Michail Papoutsis, Juliana Piquero, Thais Ribeiro Jibaja, Neda Saeedi,Coral Short, Isabel Spengler, Willem van den Hoek,Ute Waldhausen, Michaela Werner, Katrin Winkler, and Alessandro Zannini. Bravo heros!

Went to see the film Ruekenwind von vorn by Philipp Eichholtz part of Perspective Deutsches Kino a section of the festival I never visit. I take that back I did see a horrid movie starring cute German actor Max Reimelt as a gay policeman in this section a few years ago. The reason I saw this film was because my godchild Richard Gabriel's ex girlfriend Victoria Schultz is the star, and is quite the young actress. Vicky photographs gorgeously, and is a most appealing film ingenue. Her co-star is the attractive, husky actor Daniel Zillmann of theVolksbuhner.

The Competition film Eva directed by Benoit Jacquot I only wanted to see because of its stars Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel. Joseph Losey directed a much better version of this story in 1962 starring the late great Jeanne Moreau. The lovely Mr. Ulliel has wonderful cheekbones and a bubble butt to build a dream on, but in person is rather dimunitive, and small boned.  I can't imagine him jumping on top of me and getting me preggers.
Rupert Everett's The Happy Prince was all Oscar but nothing Wilde. I am a sucker for anything OW but can't recommend this opus. The documentary Generation Wealth in Panorama Section had only one amusing bit featuring some wealthy Chinese learning how to eat a banana elegantly.
Had a nice time at the yearly Salzgeber Reception at Prinzessinnenstr where I ran into Wilhelm Hein, and his art photographer girlfriend Annette Frick. So good to see that Wilhelm has gotten his color back after a long illness. At 77 years old he has a very youthful drive and spirit. Annette's career just keeps exploding with a big group exhibition called Mess With Your Values that opens March 2, 7pm at NBK Gallery. Also chittle chatted with lovesexy Christian Weber of Sissy Magazine, “it boy” Jan Kunemond of Universitaet Hildesheim, proper butch Manuela Kay, Tat Ort TV star Zazie De Paris, Susanne Sachsse, Zach Blas and Ruth Schonegger.
My date for the party being that humpy Muzlim jihadist Daniel Hendrickson.
Fearless Leader Susanne Sachsse of CHEAP and Zach Blas who expertly directed the fab La Sachsse as Ayn Rand in the hilarious Forum Expanded short film Contra Internet -Jubilee 2033 screened as part of Program 5. Mr. Blas is one supper smoldering young cineaste you will be hearing a lot more about. He is already quite famous in certain quarters. Zach scored a recent hit at the Transmediale Festival. Zachariah as I like to call him, is a professor in London at Goldsmith College so that makes him a colleague to the wonderful Nicole Wolf. Also part of Program 5 was We Live in Silence, Chapters: 1-7 by Kudzanai Chiurai which featured quite a lively tableaux vivante Last Supper scene.
In Program Four I was quite surprised to see footage of Downtown Los Angeles movie palaces on North Broadway as part of the film In the Ruins of Baalbeck Studios which revolves around the biggest production studio in the Arab world and its archive. Optimism by Deborah Stratman involving darkened winter and gold extraction hit a little too close to home with this Berlinale being the coldest I can remember in over ten years of being a part of the festival. I was constantly fighting getting sick or dealing with gout, and swollen knee and feet tissues. Yes Vaginal Davis turned 457 on Feb 20th. I am one old biatch.  Wikipedia has me listed as being born on Feb 23, 1969 which is wrong, wrong, wrong!  My actual date of birth is Feb 20th and as far as the year of my birth that is incorrect as well and I will just leave it at that.  
Was surprised to find out that Nanette Fabray died age 97.  Her one big film role was in the 1953 Vicente Minnelli musical The Bandwagon that stars Fred Astaire & Cyd Charisse.  Ms. Fabray was incredible in the ensemble number "Thats Entertainment" "Triplets" and her solo "Louisiana Hayride". She also was featured in the TV sitcom One Day at a Time in the late 1970s.  Her niece is actress Shelley Fabares who uses the original spelling of the family last name.  Nanette changed the spelling as it was too confusing to stupid Americans.
Getting back to Former Expanded Jan Peter Hammer's Dug involving the discovery of a 6,500 year old Early Bronze Age settlement in Bulgaria was another highlight of Program Four. I think it was a good idea to have the programs be a little shorter this year. But of course there were some big events like Margaret Honda's 6144 x 1024 which in my estimation encapsulates everything that Forum Expanded is about.
The Forum's Casanova Gene by Luise Donschen had some nice moments especially with an interview with a biologist and the cavorting of finches. I didn't really need to see Hollywood actor John Malkovich, but I did appreciate the goofy ending with a lanky kid doing an ill interpretive dance to Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights.
Had an enjoyable time at the special Forum Expanded concert at silent green Kulturquartier featuring Invisible Hands the Cairo based band of American/Lebanese musician Alan Bishop(Sun City Girls). Mr. Bishop is quite a character on stage and sings in an off kilter Leonard Cohenesque fashion. Favorite moment was the SatanLuciferBeelzebug speaking in tongues section. My only complaint being that Bishop and his bandmates performed on stage wearing sunglasses and street clothing which is one of my alltime pet peeves.
So happy I was able to attend Think Film Congress No. 6 Archival Installations. Empress Stefanie and Nicole Wolf gave a juicy spirited intro and set the mood perfectly. The first panel, Unpacking Histories: Film Archives and Their Consequences which featured the marvelous Christy Best and Esther Jemila Chukwuma(Jos) cutie pie Vinzenz Hediger of the Goethe Univeritaet and Didi Cheeka of Lagos.
The Worker Leaves the Archive...Documents, Material & Commentary But No Film discussing the 1943 censored and lost Egyptian film by Ahmed Kamal Mursi. Because I was Djaning the Forum Party in the evening I had to leave at lunch time to go home and take a disco nap so i missed Tremors, Repairs and Ruptured Naratives: Post Earthquake Film Archives in Mexico and Japan with Viviana Garcia Besne of the Performencia Voluntaria Film Archive, Tepotzlan and Ayumi Hata of 311 Documentary Film Archive, Yamagata.
At the party Daniel Hendrickson who got to witness most of Think Film Congress No. 6 gave me a little recap of what I missed including Qamra: Queer Archive and Visual Jurisprudence featuring T. Jayashree of Bangalore and Siddharth Narrain (Delhi) with everyone's favorite facilitator gorgeous Nanna Heidenreich.
The Forum Party was fun but the icy cold weather made getting to and leaving a little tiresome with all the layering one has to do to avoid frostbite. Let no part of the body be exposed. My former Weissensee student Christophe DeRohan Chabot came escorting her royal highness Prinzessin Gloria von Thurn und Taxis who only stayed for a little while, but it was nutty seeing the Punk Rock Princess who i use to hang with in LA, NYC and in Europe back in the 1980s along with her faggot husband Prince Johan.
Joining me behind the wheels of steel again this year was Djane Olga Damnitz who is always a delight. When i spun the song Cool Places by Sparks that features Jane Wiedlin of The GoGo's, I noticed Quincy Jones and Nastassia Kinski's model daughter Kenya Kinski Jones dancing frantically 80s new wave style with her actor beau Will Peltz. I use to dance the same way with Kenya's mom at The Odyssey and The Mirror-Go-Round in Hollywood in the early 1980s. Brandon Thomas Lee the son of Pamela Anderson & rocker Tommy “Pencil Dick” Lee and his boyfriend Fionn Whitehead dry humped in a corner near the DJ booth as Roberto Rossellini the son of Isabella, snapped photos of the frisky lads. Famed German directress Monica Treut who I heard later won a Teddy Award wanted a selfie with me as I unsuccessfully mixed Laura Nyro into Aaliyah. Well what can I say? The Ms. Davis doll is unequivacally the world's worse Djane. See you next year!