FAR FROM THE MADDING BOY GEORGE O DOWD
here is the new interview from Filmhighlights Magazine with host Manuel Schubert:
Thursday, September 20, 2012
DAS GANZ NORMALE CHAOS
Spent a glorious day with one of my best girlfriends and sister of the clothe Glenn Belverio aka Glennda Orgasm. Glenn is an international fashion and culture writer and was one of the first people to predict the ascension of China as a force to reckon with in his writings in the Asian Magazine East/West. Glenn is also a regular contributor to the well respected fashion blog by Diane Pernet A Jaded View on Fashion. Glenn treated me to breakfast at East London – God Bless British Food and we then had ice cream and walked the course of the canal in Kreuzberg, stopping to snack and then we went by the apartments of Hildegard Knef and Marlene Dietrich before coming back to the Cheese Endique Trifecta where I cooked us a dinner of Bulgar and Endive. Glenn had been in Vienna for their fashion week and will be off to Amsterdam and China before returning to his guilded life in New York where he lives in the East Village.
Also visiting Berlin was one of my beautiful young Bricktops at the Parlour Club children, the gifted singer and musician Jose Promis who I met for a little coffee and cake klatch. So divine seeing Jose who collaborated with me on my last big commission piece in LA for the Getty/Pacific Standard Time. Jose has triple USA-Chilean and EU citizenship so he may move to either Berlin, Spain or Portugal in the next year. I am so glad that he is coming into his own and realizing that he was being taken advantage of by certain elements in Los Angeles that prey on the gullible nature of performers in that town where everyone is so hungry for a venue and exposure. I told him to follow the adage of the great Diane Vreeland, “There is elegance in refusal.”
When I was sitting on a bench along the canal with Glenn two women approached me about being in a movie with Nastassia Kinski. I use to hang out with Ms. Kinski in LA in the early 1980s when she was making Francis Ford Coppolla’s One From the Heart. She is beautiful, but I would not want to be reunited with her as she can be a bit much to take. In all fairness so am I, so we cancel each other out. I feel sorry for Quincy Jones who was married to her back in the last century.
Hope to see you all Sunday at Kino Arsenal 2 9pm at Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz for Rising Stars, Falling Stars-We Must Have Music when we screen the French musical classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg directed by Jacques Demy (Agnes Vardas’ late husband) starring divine beauty Catherine Deneuve.
Monday, September 17, 2012
UNRESPONSIVE MONDAY CHAKRA
Below is a little note from those fab kids of Hugs & Kisses Magazine:
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUGS AND KISSESWir feiern die Jubiläumsausgabe des Magazins Hugs and Kisses und unseren 5 jährigen Geburtstag mit tollen Gästen.Live spielen und performen wunderbare Gäste aus Wien und aus Berlin und HamburgDen Anfang macht Rosebutt ( Berlin ) mit einer tollen Burlesque Show und der musikalischen Unterstützung
von Le Roi et Moi aus Hamburg ca. 23 Uhr Crazy Bitch in a Cave( Wien)
Disco als Ort der großen, übergroßen Gefühle, und wo
Jimmy Sommerville und Sylvester im Duett singen.” (Skug)
„Exquisiter Elektropop mit Referenzen in alle Himmelsrichtungen, großes Kino” (the gap)
„Das ist heißer ScheißDie Turntablerocker sind
Didine van der Platenvlotbrug : Dragtronics
Inger : Post-70-Soul: Modern Soul - Funk - Phillysound - Boogie (Delicious Biscuits )
Julie Wood : indie pop rocks ( Bang Bang)Einlass 22 Uhr / Ende 5 Uhr / Eintritt 5 euro
Stopped by the Bloodyminded Opening of Invisible Exports Gallery of NYU Saturday at The Wye in Kreuzberg that is part of Berlin’s Art Week. The exhibition looked incredible. Gen’s video wasn’t working when I was watching it but it was very early in the evening. Wish I could have stayed longer then 30 minutes but I had to get back to the Cheese Endique Trifecta to work on my solo show for Participant Inc. Gallery that opens Nov 4th. Saw my Tenderloin hottie Felix Knoke at the show and he sent me this report on the entire event at The Wye:
My lovely Lady Vag,
I didn't spend a lot of time at the exhibition: saw the installations on the second floor (for example the danish artists' room with the shot mannequins, lying lifeless on their faces or sitting in the corner with a puddle of blood under their heads and bodies) and talked with some publisher-friends on the third but quickly fled from those people whose outfits made me doubt their art a lot: is it really "their" art or is, for them, art just another facade or fountain or extension of their ego? Do they communicate and reveal or do they dictate and hide? Their art felt cold and shallow - but I'm not sure if that's a deep insight or just me being irritated by their uniform unique/unique uniform appearence.
Also it didn't help, that the Gin n Tonic I drank was warm like pony piss.
Your pictures, to be sure, stuck out - just because they didn't try so hard to be special and clever and meaningful and provocative and deep while everything else was just being pretentious. It didn't surprise me when those two souther german art students in the toilet cubicle next to me took some drugs (while whispering like two school kids smoking half a cigarette) instead of having sex. I gave me best to make them feel unpleasent.
I'm surprised that no one's mentioned yet that the aura of the gesture notates the larger
carcass.With regard to the issue of content, the subaqueous qualities of the negative space endangers
the devious simplicity of the essentially transitional quality. It should be added that the sublime beauty
of the facture makes resonant the eloquence of these pieces. As an advocate of the Big Mac Aesthetic, I
feel that the metaphorical resonance of the sexy fish threatens to penetrate the exploration of montage
elements. It's difficult to enter into this work because of how the mechanical mark-making of the
figurative-narrative line-space matrix spatially undermines the substructure of critical thinking."
Sunday morning I met with Benjamin of Invisible Exports for a lovely studio visit before he heads back to New York. He actually lived in Berlin briefly in 2000. Then I was off to have a meeting with the wonderful British artist Phil Collins in the former east. Phil and his students will be collaborating with me on Camp/Anti-Camp in Frankfurt in late November/early December which will be a lot of fun as Phil is a sweet good time Charley.
In the morning had radio interview with Manuel Schubert of Filmhighlight Magazine, and I am writing to you from the Schoeberg Bibliotek which is right next to the Schoeneberg Bad just around the corner from my Cheese Endique Trifecta.