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Friday, October 16, 2020

GEGEN DEN HASS

Gegen Den Hass
Bitterer beigeschmack


Yes the Miss Rona Barrett pandemic is in its second wave here in Europe. With daily cases in Germany past 6000 and in the capital city of Berlin over 700. Things are far worse in France, Spain and the UK.

The Vagimule doll has almost every pre existing condition known to man including diabetes, kidney condition, hypertension and asthma. She has lived since March in pretty much an isolated state so that will continue into the winter months which means the lady will have to limit her Bukake parties from 100 virile men twice a week to 25 runts once a week.

Gallery news: Ms. Davis' lovely and talented daughter Wu Tsang has a new exhibition in Paris, plus humpy Seth Price and that genius child of high art Jonathan Berger's exhibition at Participant Inc. in NYC gets extended. See below:

Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi is pleased to announce


Wu Tsang

Visionary Company

21 October 2020 - 3 January 2021


Lafayette anticipations

9 Rue du Plâtre, 75004 Paris, France








Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi is pleased to announce


A reading of


SETH PRICE

DEDICATED TO LIFE


Livestream on Instagram


Saturday 17 October 2020, 7 pm CET


by 

Seth Price, Caroline Busta, 

Christopher Bollen, Kim Gordon, Lil Internet, 

Jutta Koether, Josephine Pryde, 

Stacy Skolnik and others


Jonathan Berger,  An Introduction to Nameless Love

Exhibition extended through Nov. 15, 2020

Appointments are required

Wednesday - Sunday, noon - 7pm


View the exhibition online


In collaboration with Mady Schutzman, Emily Anderson, Tina Beebe, Julian Bittiner, Matthew Brannon, Barbara Fahs Charles, Brother Arnold Hadd, Erica Heilman, Esther Kaplan, Margaret Morton, Richard Ogust, Maria A. Prado, Robert Staples, Michael Stipe, Mark Utter, Michael Wiener, and Sara Workneh


Jonathan Berger,  An Introduction to Nameless Love  takes the form of a large-scale sculptural installation that includes over 533,000 tin, nickel, and charcoal parts, Berger's exhibition chronicles a series of remarkable relationships, creating a platform for complex stories about love to be told . The exhibition draws from Berger's expansive practice, which comprises a spectrum of activity - brought together here for the first time - including experimental approaches to non-fiction, sculpture and installation, oral history and biography-based narratives, and exhibition-making practices. 


Co-organized by Participant Inc and Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University.

Friday, October 09, 2020

ENDLICH WIEDER DA!

ENDLICH WIEDER DA! JEDE WOCHE NEU

Erfroren sind schon viele erstunken ist noch keiner

The super gorgeous high art girl Baseera Khan who was such a big part of the team that helped me realise my Hag Gallery Exhibition at Participant Inc. in NYC back in 2012 has a residence at the famous Kitchen in New York. Her project By Faith and her valiant production team, including Director/Producer Ethan Weinstock, Director of Photography Christina Wairegi, and Kitchen curator Lumi Tan are producing something very beautiful and demented. The Vagimule Doll has come along for the joy ride via Zoom. I don’t like Zoom events in general but Baseera has risen the Zoom bar with what she is accomplishing and her zany energy is so infectious that one can’t help but get swooped up in the process.

During a residency with The Kitchen at Queenslab, she worked out a quirky pilot for a television show titled By Faith. In collaboration with a community of close friends, staged, directed, and performed scenes based on intimate, real-life conversations and situations. By creating a modular film set that replicates her own apartment, she cultivated comfort amongst performers/friends and collapsed the parallel realities of the often-lonely domestic life and abundant online social life that many are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ahead of the event, see documentation footage and stills from the production of By Faith on The Kitchen OnScreen.

A Nelly Afterthought

Saw an Andrew Gould doppelgänger yesterday in Berlin. Andrew Gould was the young handsome Brit co-founder of Bricktops at the Parlour Club with Ms. Davis. The German Andrew twin was around the same age, a little shorter then Andrew, heavier, blonder, gruff, muscular and oh so salty dogg.

While eating breakfast alfresco a man walked by wearing grey pants, shirt, jumper, grey shoes with grey hair and grey skin. Fascinating.

The local Spati post office blondine boy who is rather cute and dorky but a little doughy who flirts with me a bit when I come in the store to mail letters i just saw pushing a stroller. He looks way too young to have a child. He always seems to light up when I come into the store, so its not like he really flirts that much with me but he definitely notices me, and is somewhat playful for a German man. Being socially playful isn’t the norm for German males so i sense he does somewhat like me, though I really can’t define what that means.

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MarLou DeLuna, is one of my oldest friends. I’ve known her since the 4th grade in 1971, when her family first came to Los Angeles from The Philippines. We went to middle school together and UCLA where she joined a sorority. MarLou is a lawyer working for the State of California. Her husband Hal Marinus who we both met at UCLA is also a lawyer, but is employed by a top LA commercial law firm. Mar Lou & Hal live in a large gorgeous old house in the Montrose Hills near Glendale.

MarLou sent me an emug the other day letting me know that an old shared acquaintance Jeffrey Enyeart had died. Jeffrey and his younger brother “Chops” came to California in the early 1980s from Indiana. Jeff had graduated from Ball State University. I hadn’t seen him since the mid 1980s. His brother Chops was a good time Charlie who was a lot of fun to be around. When I first met Jeff he was very personable, but after I helped him get a job working for Enterprise Car Rentals Company in the mid 80s he became very conservative and status conscience.

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Very interesting group of people have contacted Ms. Davis lately including the 20 year old UK Bose Buben Oliver Malcolm. What he wants to do with Ms. Davis was very vague but the conversation was completely nutters and wild in a lovely way. Also our lady was approached by actors OT Fagbenle, Jacob Elordi and musician Julian Morris. How they even know about our lady of the perpetual dry puss is beyond my comprehension.

Here are some exhibitions you might want to check out:

Fredericks & Freiser is pleased to present an exhibition by Kathe Burkhart. Ongoing since 1982, Kathe Burkhart's Liz Taylor Series has evolved into a serial performative life work that draws from traditional worldviews involving presumed emotional "truths" put forth in painting and cinema. Its graphic images cut deeply both ways — for Liz and those depicted around her; for the artist and viewers alike. In works on canvas, images of Liz Taylor drawn from film stills, press and archival sources are overlaid with singular typographic profanities to provide a seemingly vast platform in which Burkhart addresses feminist resistance, female dominance, and sexual power. Love is Just a Four-Letter Word includes works on canvas from the series ranging from 2007-2016, as well as works on paper depicting the star from 2005-2015. Her glow-in-the-dark painting “S’nuff: from the Liz Taylor Series (Ash Wednesday)” from 2016 will be installed in the gallery’s 24th Street window for day and night viewing.

This selection of works on canvas, many being shown in New York for the first time, were among the last works made in Burkhart’s Williamsburg studio before being forced out by gentrification of the neighborhood. Further narrative links are enhanced by groupings and sequencing of works such as “S’nuff: from the Liz Taylor Series (Ash Wednesday),” with “Bitch Goddess: from the Liz Taylor Series (Look magazine, 1970),” 2015, and “Biohazard: from the Liz Taylor Series,” 2016, all of which were made around the conclusion of the artist’s treatment for the Hepatitis C Virus. Works such as “Transbian: from the Liz Taylor Series (Ash Wednesday),” 2015, “Whip it Out: from the Liz Taylor Series (Reflections in a Golden Eye),” 2018, “Whore: from the Liz Taylor Series (The Only Game in Town),” 2013, “Pervert: from the Liz Taylor Series (X, Y and Z),” 2007, and “Love Diary: from the Liz Taylor Series (movie magazine cover),” 2011, all comprise representations of female deviance. The title of the exhibition makes reference to a Bob Dylan song recorded by Joan Baez in the late ‘60s, recalling a memory from her youth in West Virginia, specifically her understanding of the song’s lyrics not as a love song, but a lament for the disparity between left wing 'movement men' and the second wave feminist movement. Burkhart has noted of her choice of Liz Taylor that “she is the actress who always portrays herself,” a notion that figures broadly into the sense, in Burkhart’s work, that Taylor’s image is a stand-in for the artist — one who is required to perform feats of autobiography and gender, but consistently and aggressively overrules the scripts that are handed to her.

When, in hundreds of paintings, the image of Liz Taylor is invoked, a sizable register that includes her beauty is correlated with otherwise abrasive, aggressive, histrionic, and unfettered attributes to deliver a form of debasement administered through deconstructions of iconic representations of the star, combined with graphic direct addresses. Like one of her favorite Liz Taylor movies, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Burkhart brings us foul language as a device that ruptures too-lengthy silences, deploying anti-formalist strategies to address various systems of oppression, including language. As in Edward Albee’s play, psychological sport, verbal taunting, and manipulation of power are at work; and Burkhart, as well, goes too far with the fun and games, leaving scars after uncomfortable laughter. As Gary Indiana noted of Burkhart’s Liz Taylor Series, “Deflationary of our system of illusion and manipulation, they affirm the act of making-conscious. They raise the ante of awareness beyond the perceptual fence surrounding our collective penitentiary [and] indicate our complicity with oppression of all sorts, while suggesting where its logical dead end must certainly be: the stab we deliver to ourselves, the ultimate wrong targets.”

Trained in the theoretical traditions of conceptual and feminist art, versed in ideas of deconstruction and appropriation, Burkhart's work came of age in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, yet resisted the packaging of a period that fetishized technique and delivered a diffused form of feminist art that devolved into a representational painting style practiced by women artists, rather than manifesting transgressive potential. Remaining persistent in her visual articulation of the radical female subject, Burkhart continues to make Liz Taylor paintings that corrupt the master's tongue with curses, as well as the master's tools in painting, mounting a conceptual assault on the proscribed roles assigned to women. Although Burkhart makes paintings, she does not consider herself a painter. She works in a variety of interdisciplinary media, making video, installation, performance, photography, and sculpture; and writing fiction, poetry and criticism. Her performative, language-based practice, in general, comprises an accumulation of photographic and typographical research, writing alone and alongside others, and the combination and reproduction, by hand, of existing representations. Gleaning the clandestine oppositional substance that lies dormant in seemingly passive inflections, she, like writer Sissy Goforth (Liz Taylor's character in Boom!) plays by her own rules.—Lia Gangitano

About the Artist

Kathe Burkhart (American, born 1958) has had solo exhibitions at Fri Art, Kunsthalle Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland; MoMA PS1, New York; Participant Inc., New York; NICC, Brussels, Belgium; Cultuurcentrum Brugge, Bruges, Belgium among other venues. Her work has been shown recently in group exhibitions such as The American Dream: American Realism 1945-2017, Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany; Fast Forward, Paintings from the 1980s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Furious Gaze, Montehermoso Cultural Center, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain; and 1993: NYC Experimental Jet Set Trash & No Star, New Museum, New York. Burkhart participated in the 45th Venice Biennale (1993), and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2017. Her work is included in numerous collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, SMAK Collection, Ghent, Belgium; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She maintains an interdisciplinary practice, having published four books of fiction, in addition to a vast collection of poetry and essays. Burkhart currently lives and works in Amsterdam and New York.

Upcoming:

David Humphrey

November 12 to December 19

(A new monograph spanning the artist’s four-decade career will be available)

Fredericks & Freiser is located at 536 West 24th Street, New York, NY. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm. During the COVID 19 pandemic, capacity will be limited, large groups will not be accommodated, and private appointments can be made for individual viewing. For more information, please contact us by phone: (212) 633 6555, or email: info@fredericksfreisergallery.com. Visit us on Instagram, @fredericksandfreiser.

Monday, September 28, 2020

RANDOM HARVEST

Random Harvest

A Dispatch From Reuters

Busby Baloys. What an unusual name that matched the person attached. We met at Berendo Jr. High School. He was an odd black kid, wore a Jheri curl or wet perm, was tiny and thin, a teller of outlandish tales. He lived on 24th Street near Vermont not far from Fertile La Toyah Jackson. We bonded over a shared love of Elton John, Queen, The New York Dolls, Glam Rock, Circus and Cream Magazine. Very few other kids in our school knew about these rock publications. Busby and another even stranger kid named James Nolan stood out in our school. James always wore platform shoes with white gym socks, high water pants and a corduroy jacket. James and Busby floated in and out of my hanging with Paul Lee and Fertile after I basically stole them from their former best friends. Paul had known Luis Alfaro since they had attended 10th Street Elementary School in Pico Union. Years later Luis became a MacArthur Grant winning performance artist and playwright.

Herman Candejas,  Alberto "Abbie" Morales, Michael Matsunaga bullied and ridiculed Fertile every day of 8th grade until i rescued him. Fertile stayed loyal to them as friends because of their shared histories from the elementary school they had attended together that fed into Berendo Middle School. 

James Nolan lived near LaFayette Park with his white grandmother. He was mixed Caucasian and Latino if I do remember correctly. He had wavy dark brown hair and a peach fuzz moustache. James was bright and somewhat good looking with a dorky white boy type of personality. We lost contact with each other as we went to different high schools but later during the post punk scene of the early1980s whenever i was being interviewed on radio with the Afro Sisters he would always call the station to talk to me so he kept up with my post Junior High career. The last time i heard from him was about 2011 when i was in LA doing the performance piece Dejecta for MOCA and I was being interviewed on Stella’s Stray Pop the long running late nite radio program on KXLU out of Loyola Marymount College. James called in to talk to me and for some reason I was annoyed by this and wasn’t featuring chatting with someone from so far back in my distant past. I regret brushing him off. For some reason i suspected he was a recluse or shut-in of some kind, so I should have been more sensitive to his need for connection of some kind.  He also had writtem letters to the editor at the LA Weekly after some of my articles that appeared in that publication over the many decades i wrote for them.

Later in the 1990s during my time hosting and DJaning at Club Sucker at the Garage in Silverlake i reconnected somewhat with Busby Baloys. He was using a different moniker at the time I think he called himself Christian Hornsby and was speaking in an affected British accent saying he was related to the family that owns the luxury automotive brand Jaguar. Throughout the 90s Busby was hanging with a lot of the Silver Lake 40 gay crowd. One guy in particular a goofball of a sweet dude named Chris Ganzer who had a punk band called Ganzer that played at Club Sucker. Chris Ganzer worked in the film industry and confided in me that he sometimes hired Busby aka: Christian to work on film related projects as a production assistant and that he was a very industrious worker. He also didn’t question him about his little white lies about his so called family connections to wealth and priveledge. He would give him rides home, but Busby would always have him drop him off on a street corner in Downtown LA. One time he surreptitiously followed him to see exactly where he lived and it seemed he was living at a run down Single Room Occupancy Hotel. Since the climate in Los Angeles since the new century is not one conducive to roughing it or living hand-to-mouth like it was in the 80s and 90s. I wonder if Busby Baloys or James Nolan are even alive now.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

THEY ARE VERY SKINNY, INCREDIBLY HORNY AND READY FOR THE MOST SENSATIONAL GAY SEX IMAGINABLE

They are very skinny, incredibly horny and ready for the most sensational gay sex imaginable. Impeccable screwing for a big booty Brazilian stud.

The Willie Aames jogger circa the exotic teen exploitation film Paradise (1982) that thundered down the Hauptstrasse almost made me spill my glass of Riesling. Sitting outside the Asian fusion boite Pitaya watching the lads file by with this superior dorky, horn rimmed glasses specimen with thighs and whispers that could pull a mack truck. Oh how he glistened in that magic hour. Isn't it curious how the light reflects on the asphalt making even so so boyards seem like Babylonian Gorgons.

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Put your penis where your mouth is and show that you really support Black and Trans people of color artists.

Deeds for AIRs

Help us provide housing for black and trans, housing-insecure artists!

During the month of June, in the midst of the BLM protests in New York, Angel, Danyele, Donte, Rj, and Stev—the Artists in Residents (AIRs)—were invited by People’s Space—a group of artists from our 02020 initiative—to work with Performance Space New York. What started as a project to offer refuge for protesters quickly shifted to a mutual aid space for those facing houselessness. After securing temporary housing for the AIRs, it soon became apparent that the five artists needed a more permanent solution.
People’s Space and Performance Space are now helping the AIRs raise funds to collectively purchase a home outside of NYC, and to provide seed funding for their artistic careers. With your support, the AIRs will be able to secure both long-term housing for themselves and eventually other houseless, Black and trans artists.

Help us raise $60,000 by October 15 to lift up impacted communities and most of all, help keep them safe, sustained, and supported!


The donation will not go to Performance Space; 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the AIRs.

Donate to the Deeds for AIRs Campaign

 
 
 
 
Jennifer Levonian, Agitated Still Life, 2020, acrylic on paper, 16 3/4 x 12 7/16 inches.
 
 
 


 



Monday, September 14, 2020

KEIN SCHNICK SCHNACK

KEIN SCHNICK SCHNACK
Nich kieken, koofen
To catch a thief of a glimpse of a strapping Arabian lad freshly gym pumped and eyebrow plucked, i sprang into full throttle stalking mode following discreetly behind him and his delicious rump roasterierre to Bostonian Market perfection.

I got ahead of him to gaze a plenty on his handsome hawk like face and bodacious tat-as - heavy on the cleveland with the most divine musculature West of the Rhine. I thought I lost him when he scurried through a construction sight at the end of Yorkstrasse and Potsdamer Strasse. Alas our glorious jeanne jeannie had only sat down in a bus enclosure to wait for the 185 to the Haupt Banhoff.I kept close eye on him until he and his muscles boarded and off he went Forever Amber out of my life just like Linda Darnell in the 20th Century Fox adaptation of Kathleen Windsor's scandalous novel.

My teutonic patrician cousin Norman Ghoulsen von Holtzendorf sent me some wonderful reading material via post in the form of Duncan MacLeod's Agnes in the Fifth Bordo. Mr. MacLeod besides writing novels is a singer / songwriter in the alt country indie rock sensations The Acres. His other books are 5150: Transfer, Half, M3x1 (0, A Quarter and Seventh Avenue South.  He also mailed me Amanda Brainerd's Age of Consent.  Lord Love a Duck Choate/Rosemary's Bleacher Creatures from the 1980's.

On my nightstand is also A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell sent to me by artist supreme and Art Forum's number one journalista Alex Jovanovich .

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Here are some more art exhibitions I recommend you check out:

Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff
German Theater 2010–2020
Fri Art Kunsthalle , Friborg, Switzerland

September 5 - November 8, 2020
Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff
in
Lost in America
nbk , Berlin, Germany

September 10, 2020 - January 17, 2021
Opening: Wednesday, September 9, 12pm
Wu Tsang
in Radical Passivity: Politics of the Flesh
ngbk , Berlin, Germany

11 September - 1 November 2020
Hannah Black in
The Refuge: Waiting for New Beginnings

Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff
in The School: The Sonorous, The Audible and The Silenced
Venues: Bar Le Perrin, Chez Fun Funk, La Brasserie Communale
MANIFESTA 13 , Marseille, France
11 September - 29 November 2020

Seth Price
Dedicated to Life
Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, Germany
12 September - 17 October 2020
Gallery Weekend:
Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13
12pm - 7pm

Juliette Blightman and Anthony Silvester
in BOUNDARIES (for your dance)
Fridericianum , Kassel, Germany
Performance / Concert is part of FF - Live at the Fridericianum
24 September 2020, 7am - 8pm

Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys
in MONOCULTURE - A Recent History
M HKA , Antwerp, Belgium
25 September 2020 - 24 January 2021


Friday, September 11, 2020

NACHRUF



NACHRUF
Faule Ausrede

The weather warmed up a bit, but not too much, and our heroine Ms. Molyneaux found herself mysteriously at the Skater Anlagen in Park am Gleisdreieck where she became enthralled by a tight bodied little minx of a blondine boy juggling white puffy balls on the basketball court. Didn’t expect such a sight at 11am on a Wednesday. The lad was shirtless with a mindlessly flat stomach and valley girl coum gutters you could laundry a small village upon. Lest one forget to mention his convenient bubble asstrovar. A derrière to build a dream on.

For those in Berlin proper looking for something fascinating to partake in during the waning days of summer you would be doing yourself a giant favour to check out the latest instalment of the the performative film series by the art collective Discoteca Flaming Star. Below is the 505:

Discoteca Flaming Star

Continuous Rehearsal (Public) / (Ingrids Web_Hospital install 2)

Sunday, September 13, 18.00 -21.00

District

Bessemerstraße 2-14

12103 Berlin

T +49 30 547742-35

http://www.district-berlin.com/en/Subject line: The Gay Divorcee

Starting from a design that thought about the mixing of bodies in space at a distance and their digital transmission, the injured collective Discoteca Flaming Star will create a WEB_HOSPITAL, or a third test for it. It is for its imaginary member INGRID, a place for new forms of closeness for the collective and the audience alike, a setting for a (scattered) body that cannot be whole at the moment.

With the WEB_HOSPITAL we would like to create a hospital together with and for our performance figure INGRID. As a partly fictional figure, partly a real group member, tragedy, comedy and pathos overlap in her, as in the individual layers of a Max Beckmann painting, she is multifaceted and unrhymed. The hospital forms a metaphorical space in which the injured body of our collective can be placed under care. A space for action is created in order to act in the concrete context and semiotics of the current crisis - a crisis of care and a crisis of the commons. Here we treat current events and aspects of the crisis of care not as a mere topic, but as a series of socio-political conditions that influence our bodies. "Politics are a book of fiction in which the book is our own body" (Preciado).

In an institutional hospital, patients are kept apart to prevent infection. A similar isolation is demonstrated by windows in video chat and web screens. We will experiment within this framework, overcoming them conceptually and aesthetically with artistic operations. The WEB_HOSPITAL will be a reservoir for fictions and testimonies of our crisis experiences.

We want to discover new forms of proximity, of working and living together. We will respect our fears of encountering each other and the audience in order to overcome them together.

Link Trailer WEB_HOSPITAL: https://vimeo.com/422143732

Link Trailer INGRID: http://www.discotecaflamingstar.com/arbeit/ingrid-2/

Discoteca Flaming Star (DFS) is an interdisciplinary and collaborative collective of artists* using songs and other forms of oral expression, understanding them as a personal response to historical events and social and political realities. Through conceptual, visual and musical translations, DFS has been creating sculptures, performances, video works, drawings, stages and situations since 1998. Current members: Sebastian Bodirsky (video editor), Cristina Gómez Barrio (concept, music, live performance), Sofia Lomba (concept, video-acting, music, live performance), Wolfgang Mayer (concept, texts, live performance), Sara Pereira (concept, sound design, music, live performance), Anike Joyce Sadiq (video, display, special effects) and Lorenzo Sandoval (production, mediation, display, texts)

In recent years we have been intensively engaged with the performance and film figure INGRID as a kind of palimpsest of the possibilities of being. The figure is embodied by one of us in the film, but so far without a voice of her own. She develops in live performances with improvised music, sounds and her read biographical notes. Ingrid refers in part to the late B-movie actress Ingrid Rabel, in part to the characters and fictions played by her, in part to the fictional extensions we add.

2018-2020: Ingrid (live): FFT Düsseldorf, Diaphanes, Foreign Countries, Savvy Contemporary Hamburger Bahnhof (all Berlin). Vampire Thrillogy: Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Rio de Madrid Tier Space, n.b.k Berlin (both Berlin). Sticky Stage: Hospitalhof Stuttgart, District Berlin. 2061 Inmoral Lidos: Performance Project NYC, Grüner Salon (Volksbühne Berlin), Finish Research Pavillion (Venedig).
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Please register by email under press@district-berlin.com

(the event is limited to 40 persons)

Hygiene concept: The event takes place in a well-ventilated 400 m² hall. At the entrance we provide disinfectants. Please keep the minimum distance and wear mouth and nose protection.

http://www.district-berlin.com/en/
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Um Anmeldung per Email unter press@district-berlin.com

wird gebeten (Die Veranstaltung ist auf 40 Personen begrenzt)

Hygienekonzept: Die Veranstaltung findet in einer gut durchlüfteten 400 m² großen Halle statt. Am Einlass stellen wir Desinfektionsmittel bereit. Bitte haltet den Mindestabstand ein und tragt einen Mund- und Nasenschutz.

http://www.district-berlin.com/de/

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Also the Dice Forum has an upcoming event on the Black perspective that looks promising.

DICE FORUM #3
Join us for a conversation with Dr. Edna Bonhomme + Daddypuss Rex + an exclusive mix by ETTA
The third edition of DICE Forum will take place at Prinzessinnengärten in Neukölln on September 17th with guests Dr. Edna Bonhomme and Daddypuss Rex. Our guest mix will be made by Detroit-based DJ ETTA.

DICE Forum is a nomadic event series which explores artists’ personal biographies and artistic practices as well as their relationships to larger cultural movements and art forms. Each installment represents a different artistic perspective, delving into working environments, socio-political influences, creative processes, and more.

Each in-depth artist talk is followed by a DJ set, in changing venues throughout Berlin. All talks and DJ mixes will be made available online shortly after each event, to allow everyone to participate regardless of location or current restrictions.

The event will take place outdoors in Prinzessinnengarten in Neukölln with a limited audience, incorporating social distancing measures. Entry is free with RSVP. Please note that in compliance with government regulations pre-registration is strongly recommended.

Tickets here: https://www.universe.com/dicebln

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That sizzling young art photographer Matt Lipps who is not only one dazzling beauty, but an extreme talent of original film works has a few new exhibitions that one must venture to short of madness or death. Here is a note from the artist:

Dear Friends,

First, and above all else, I hope this email finds you and your families safe & healthy & working toward racial equity and social justice! Second, I'm excited to share some details below about two solo exhibitions opening this month. All details & links below.

Opening today at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, I am sharing an excerpt from my new series (see below) alongside an expanded version of Where Figure Becomes Ground, shown in 2019. This series merges iconic 1990s fashion images published in Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar with documentary photographs from the male-dominated U.S. Camera Annual (1936-1972). By exploring the roles of fashion photography and photojournalism in structuring identity, the work questions notions about both genres: shallow commerce versus deep investigation; ephemeral style alongside timeless documents; and a challenge to the feminine/masculine binary.

On September 26th, at Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles, I will debut The Body Wants to Live, a new series of 26 small-format gelatin silver prints that reframe MoMA's The Family of Man exhibition catalog (1955) through the lens of Richard Avedon's fashion campaign for Gianni Versace from the 1990s. The series proposes intersections between seductive advertisements and institutionalized propaganda, capitalism versus community, and the merger of style and substance encoded in all photographs.

An essay by William J. Simmons accompanies the exhibition.

And, last but not least, please take 15 seconds to make sure you are registered to vote at vote.org; make a plan on how & when you are voting; and, ask people in need how you can help them vote.

Thanks for reading. Take care.

xoxo, Matt





Wednesday, August 26, 2020

ZWISCHEN KOSMOS UND PATHOS

ZWISCHEN KOSMOS UND PATHOS

Bilderatlas Mnemosyne

20 sunsets at Haus der Kulturen der Welt the mid last century preggers oyster in the Tiergarten ended Sunday August 23rd with a collaborative event with HKW and Arsenal Institut für film und Video Kunst.

The site specific performative film event Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome hosted and curated by Vaginal Davis and Daniel Hendrickson, the Jewish/Muzlim kept the publicum in high spirits with a surprise screening of Davis' La Petite Tonkinoise (2001) along with Werner Schroeter's 1968 film Neurasia that features his muse Magdalena Montezuma. After introductions by the lovely Arsenal Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Davis and Hendrickson took to the stage in the form of a quarky deconstruction of the Hal David/Burt Bacharach song “A House is Not a Home” with a cheeky subtitle of “Bildungs Burgeliche”

Here is a bit of the text: ...cities are not just theme parks for the rich where everone else is cast in a menial service role. Cities are not architectural showrooms for haughty bank branches. Cities are not apartheid states providing raw material for the prison industrial complexia.

Cities are not matte painting backdrops for tired Amazon's new headquarters building. Cities are frenetic tapestries that bring rich, poor, young, old, artists, business people, students, retirees und stricher (hustlers), sex workers together facilitating unpredictable relationships. The delusion of endless economic growth and financial fertility-natty neo liberali neebobs and nimkumpoops...

Contemporary Vinegar Syndrom is part of a new movement and way of looking at film, life, culture and politics from the skew of a decrepit patina.

Here is a list of the beautiful people both seen and heard socializing before and after the event: Margarita Tsomou - the HAU discourse supercurator,Rafa (Rafaela Wahl), Russian speaking Chilean wonder woman and maker of things both digital and analog, AK Knoll, lesbian artist working from Printeretto, her risograph studio. Ms. Knoll was also one of Ms. Davis' talented students when she taught at Weissensee Art Academy in 2007/8, Natalie Lettenewitsch, a true blue cinéaste, expert on underwater and animal films, a generous and gorgeous friend to the world, and a new researcher at Filmwissenschaft FU. Sabeth Buchmann (art theorist from the Akademie in Vienna) Elfe Brandenburger (filmmaker, and one the women behind the great new bookstore Paul & Paula in Lichtenberg), Michaela Wünsch (film and media scholar & psychoanalyst part of bbooks collective) Anja Lückenkemper (great curator, feminist zine publisher, history of plant expert and radical ceramics artist), Sirkka Möller, independent curator, she did the open air films at HKW last year but she also works at Panorama Section of Berlin Film Festival for the pre-selection, that divine lovesexy and super smart lady known to the world as Nanna Heidenreich, baby diaper of Canada's Hidden Cameras music group Joel Gibb with a cute pal from Los Angeles DJ Chris Cruse of the warehouse Spotlight Party Series, and Saskia Hahn the former guitarist in Peaches' band, Catherine Sullivan dancer Assaf Hochman aka: Gisele, Diedrich Diederichsen & Raphaela Vogel(great young artist), the cute British artist Rob Cross with Jane from Sternberg Press, La Famiglia de Isabella Bortolozzi Ms. Davis' goddess gallerist with Leila Hekmat, Marco Bruzzone, Michelangelo Corsaro, Aisha Butt, Maria Pilecka, Philip Reinartz, Kamilla Pfeil Gardiner, prima ballerina Beatrice Cordua aka: Trixie von Schonherr, Piero Bellomo(handsome husband of Daniel Hendrickson), film historian Marcuse Siegelstein, Fearless Leader of CHEAP Kollektiv Susanna Sachße, artist extroidinaire and legendary great beauty Pola Sieverding, hunky German film stars Maximilian Brauer & Jonas Dassler with Gotthard Lange (Einar Schleef ChoralDirector and now the celebrated CHEAP Choral Director), Ludwig Schönherr archive assistant José Segebre + artist boyfriend Francois, philosopher king Matthias Haase, and celebrity choreographer Laurie Young, Cashmere Radio hostessa, Prinzessin Ute von Hala'sz who gave Ms. Davis a beautiful present of royal fabrics that have been in her family for centuries, Eirini Fountedaki and Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein the bright young curators of SAVVY Contemporary's Residing in the Borderlands series that Ms. Davis participated in back in January, artist Monica Bonvinci, juicy Hannah Hurtzig of Mobile Academy, Stephan Ahrens, Petra Palmer (works at Forum Section of Berlin Film Festival, Abina Manning (Video Data Bank), filmmaker Liz Rosenfeld, Nathalie Knoll & Markus Ruff, Arsenal Archiv, Linda Winkler of silent green, Andreas Werner, of Kino Arsenal, Shiaz Legs (Berlin Drag personality) artists Andrea Hackenberg, Josi Brinkmann, Jimmy Robert, artist/ professor at UdK performance/scultpure department, young Israeli artist Renen Itzaki who is one of Ms. Davis' students at Work Master HEAD in Geneva, the 13th Gwangju Biennale Team of Natasha Ginwala, Defne Ayas & Krisztina Hunya.

Special thankx to Laura, Jason, Adrianne, Henning, Matchie, Martine and Rene at HKW support services for being so helpful and on top of every little thing, and of course Stefanie Schulte Strathaus who invited Ms. Davis to be a guest curator at Arsenal back in 2007 and has been digging around in the archive being a 'nosy nelly ever since and CVS production coordinator Gerrit Woltemath who besides working at Arsenal also works on the Panorama Team of Berlin Film Festival. With the pandemic still raging don't know if there will be another CVS. Ms. Davis has a lot of pre existing health conditions and so she is forced to curtail her schedule down to the bare minimum of activities while under strict doctor care.







Saturday, August 15, 2020

ER LIEß DAS BADEWASSER AB, INDEM ER EIN LOCH IN DIE WANNE MACHTE

 Der geneigte hellgelbe Fliesenboden des Badezimmers leitete das Wasser zu einem Abfluß

Once again Ms. Davis is in major apology mode for not writing in this very blog even after being gifted a wonderful brand new Mac Book Air from some very generous admirers here in Berlin.  The ladies  benefactors who want to remain anonymous not only bought her a streamlined lap top which is so light an airy its like typing on a mist cake.  The Vagimule doll is feeling very Polychrome the Rainbow's daughter. They also came to her rescue in getting the woman DSL internet as her old flat from 1860 wasn't able to accommodate high speed.  The Davis creature has lived in Berlin since 2005 with no internet. Don't ask her why or how, as she remain forever "Tunte und Technique".

For those of you who still haven't watched CHEAP People Are Other People the first CHEAP Collective feature film in five reels.  You can still see it for free streamlined from 10pm-6am Germany time every day until August 20th on the Academy De Kunst of the World Cologne website.  The film was made while all the CHEAP members were in isolation in March and April with  fearless leader Susanne Sachße editing all the parts together from various CHEAP contributions.

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Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome, the performative film event will make a special site specific appearance at the HKW Sunday August 23rd 9pm with a social distanced open air rooftop terrace screening of Werner Schroeter's 1968 film Neurasia starring Magdalena Montezuma.  The last CVS was December, 2019 so this will be the first time Berlin  audiences will get to see Vaginal Davis and Daniel Hendrickson back in action.  This is a joint cooperation between HKW - Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Arsenal Institut für Film und Videokunst.  There will be some special surprises so do yourself a favour and come on down and be ready to get down and dirty.  For more info go to:  arsenal-berlin.de or hkw.de



Sunday, July 05, 2020

COME BLOW YOUR SHORN

Forever Amber and Limber.

So sorry my lovelies in blogland for keeping you in the Johnny Darko all these many months of  quittangy quarantining. To explain: I don’t have a working laptop so writing using my olde iPhone presents itself as quite a chore, but I will anyway, just this once, and hopefully soon I will have a working Mac Book, and get back to a regular blogging schedulina.

Please forgive me, thank you for your patience.  Hope you enjoy this tiny excerpt from my still unfinished novel Mary Magdalene:

Mrs. Jeffrey Burroughs also known as Thing, of Ventura Highways Homo House 1, 2 and 3, had a great sense of adventure. I don’t  remember the year he died, just that he was renown for flexible genitalia in the performative party trick of “Doing the Turtle”.

Sometime in the late 1980’s he was down in Hollywood visiting the Melrose Avenue Retail Slut gang, and managed to take a solo detour into deepest darkest South Central Los Angeles.  This was during the height of the crack epidemic when Los Ang was at its crime peak. Jeffrey Burroughs was a  five foot nothing blondine surfery looking creature who wound up partying with three roughnecks in a late model Impala sedan.  Copious amounts of narcotics and alcohol was exchanged before it was decided to venture into the Hollywood Hills.  Did it occur to Mrs. Burroughs that perhaps he was in a dangerous situation?  Yes and no.  If he wound up murdered and left in some high chaparral at least he was going to get a righteous buzz on, and some unbelievably aggressive jack hammering of the sugar wall shattering varietè.

(To be continued)

Sunday, March 01, 2020

KULTURKONTRASTE


KulturKontraste
Profil der Arbeitseinheit

I am a little behind in writing about the misadventures of our heroine the little tiny demure lady known to the world as Ms. Evelyn Venable. Going back to the beginning of the Whoring Twenties and by that I mean January, Evelyn Venable our protagonist was invited by the delightful folks at SAVVY Contemporary to curate a film program for their series Residing in the Borderlands which happens every Wednesday of the month creating a new cartography of Berlin. 

Some of the other participating personages have been Liz Rosenfeld, Eli Cortinas, Ali Moraly, Niusha Ramzani, Can Sungu, Malve Lippmann and Amelie Umuhire. Our Miss Venable choose the Todd Haynes film Velvet Goldmine and what a great choice it was. Perfect for the winter month. 
The gallery space was packed to the rafters and beyond with a multigenerational crowd that even the curators didn’t know. I only recognized Wolfgang of the art kollektiv Discoteca Flaming Star and actor Jonas Dassler of the film The Golden Glove. SAVVY family members present and accounted for: Kamila Metwaly, Kelly Krugman and Ola Zielińska. Special thankx to gorgeous curators Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein, Eirini Fountedaki and handsome coordinator Jorg–Peter Schulze.

A brilliantine time was had by Evelyn Venable with the beautiful Berlin gallerist Isabella Bortolozzi. At her gallery was a juicy exhibition of the work of Enrico Baj who died in 2003. The two pretty ladies then took a taxi to The Martin Gropius Bau to see Boychild and Josh Johnson perform some eclectic endurance style interpretive dance. All hail the intense power behind Boychild and the lovesexy Mr. Josh. They were both wearing costumes of whirling dervish proportions and cyclona styled coiffure ala the Orange Ruffian Tetrarch of what was formerly known as the United States of America. My daughter Wu was a bit under the weather and left right after the performance. Afterwards we all convened inside the Gropius Bau Restaurant for tea and dainties. The Bortolozzi familia of young sweeties is a most bright shiny firmament.

It was wonderous to see that my former Malmo Art Akademy student Stine Omar of art band Easter is part of the Boychild beauty gang.

The gracious and glorious Ms. Bortolozzi also surprised Miss Venable with a birthday cake after the closing night at her galerie space of the performance piece Crocopazzo by Leila Hekmat. Upon entering the galerie and seeing the emblemic curtain of characters, such detail orientation was a harbinger of something special this way cometh and there was no disappointing in that proclamation.

A Nancy Grace/Gayle King TV presenter nicely played by rubber faced delight Mj Harper welcomes the followers of a Davidian Branch/People’s Temple Cult led by charismatic leader Mother (Roman Ole) who is part Dolly Parton, Julia Childs, Maggie Smith and Jo Briathe rolled into one big clitoral amalgamation. The disciples were a mass of Felliniesque faces you want to buy and chew with names like Felvis, Lemon Drop, FlipFlop, Aphasia, Harpy, Toto and Tutte played with verve and lovesexy conviction by Finn Ronsdorf, Cassie Augusta Jorgenson, Nicki Fehr, Noah Lietblau, Shade Theret, Gina Maiwald and Weiland Schonefelder.

This pistachio pastiche of Carson McCullers, Jean Genet, Brecht, Offenbach and Marat-Sade makes all the sense in the world upon realizing that Ms. Hekmat who wrote the play, did the sculptural costumes and production design is a young lady who hails from Los Angeles, Cali. Heaps of praise should be leveled also upon her collaborators with music by Roman Lemberg, wigs and makeup by Franziska Presche, tailoring by Elsa Leguevaques and Grace Kim.

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Miss Venable missed the opening of Forum Expanded this year because she was teaching at Work Master HEAD in Geneva. It was the first time she has missed the opening since moving to Berlin. Was able to make it the next evening to the Canadian Embassy Marshall McLuhan Salon for Forum Expanded’s exhibition of Thirza Cuthand’s NDN Survival Trilogy. It was so lovely to be in the thick of it with Empress Stefanie Schulte Strathaus looking radiant along with the sexy sexy of Nanna Heidenreich, Angela Anderson, Uli Ziemons and his pretty ginger haired lady love the writer and curator Anja Luckenkemper.

Monday, February 17, 2020

JE SUIS TROP VIEILLE POU JOUER LES MIGNONNES



Bagarre dans les gradins

Chicago was a gigantic mega success. The Chcago Art Institute bought my video installation The White to be Angry and will be screening it till April 26th. I was invited to give a lecturina and presented No One Leaves Delilah. I never do anything the same way twice so for this iteration I didn’t take to the stage until after 15 minutes of a slide show which had many in the audience rumbling.

I was introduced by David Egeland the Society for Contemporary Art’s President and Solveig Nelson the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in Time-Based Media.

The Fremont Hall in the Art Institute was packed with 500+ in attendance including my old pals from HomoCore Chicago Joanna Brown, and her girlfriend Caroline and Mark “Ears” Frietas of Spectra Sonic Records, along with sexy Circus Trainer extroidinaire Tera McBlaine, my hot and humpy ex student Stevie Hanley who is now the midwests leading musclebound art schtar, Albina Manning of VTape, David Getsy who is a studly professor at the School of the Art Institute, Mar-Teen of the punk band Limp Wrist, Ann Goldstein the Deputy Director, Chair and Main Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute, curator Hendrik Folkerts who hails from Holland, Chicago Bulls basketball star Zach LaVine, Malia Obama and her British beau Rory Farquharson. Will add more about Chicago and all the events I had in another post, so stay tuned.

Two of my beautiful New York children of high art Jonathan Berger and Aliza Shwartz will have big solo exhibitions soon. Do yourself the biggest favour and go check them out as they are beyond brilliant.

From Jonathan:

Greetings,

My new exhibition, An Introduction to Nameless Love, will open at Participant Inc on February 23rd. I have attached the announcement and you can also find a press release with more information hereThe exhibition is co-organized by Participant Inc and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard, where it was on view this past Fall.

This project is of great personal importance to me and was made possible through the generous collaboration of an incredible group of contributors, over the five years during which it was produced. 

There will be no standard evening opening reception at Participant, as the pieces are very fragile, instead the gallery will be open 12-7pm on opening day. All details are below!

All the Best,

Jonathan
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In brief:

An Introduction to Nameless Love
Jonathan Berger 
In collaboration with Mady Schutzman, Emily Anderson, Tina Beebe, Julian Bittiner, Matthew
Brannon, Barbara Fahs Charles, Brother Arnold Hadd, Erica Heilman, Esther Kaplan, Margaret
Morton, Richard Ogust, Maria A. Prado, Robert Staples, Michael Stipe, Mark Utter, Michael
Wiener, and Sarah Workneh.

On View
Feb 23 - April 5, 2020
Participant Inc. 
253 East Houston Street
(Between Norfolk and Suffolk Street)
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, Noon to 7pm


From Aliza:

Dear Friends,

Please join me for the opening reception of Purported on Thursday February 20, from 6-9pm at Art in General. 

I have been told throughout my life to “use my own words,” as though the language of theory could never be mine. I’ve been told to believe in a feminism of “speaking for oneself,” as though such an act carried no risk. What both these injunctions communicate is how much is at stake in the belief that the language we use transparently represent an authentic, unchanging self—one that is easier to capture or prosecute.

Instead, we might think about how words and images misbehave. They diverge, always, from the body they purport to represent. This divergence, when acknowledged, becomes a medium with which to make visible representation’s disciplinary function. More importantly, that non-identity between ourselves and our words becomes an alibi for doing what we want.

This exhibition spans the past decade of my practice, and it is my first New York solo show.

So please do come have a drink with me :)

Aliza Shvarts: Purported

Curated by Laurel Ptak

Exhibition: February 21, 2020–May 9, 2020

Opening: Thursday, February 20, 6-9pm

Art in General

145 Plymouth Street (Map)

Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Wednesday–Sunday, 12–6pm

Hope to see you there!
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Saturday, February 15, 2020

DEATH ON THE NILE

Death on the Nile

Love's Labour Gnost

The Vagimule Doll is gutted with news of her beloved Afro Sister "Pop That Cherry" Jefferson's death yesterday morning at her home in Oakland, surrounded by family including her film director son Immanuel Martin and University professor daughter Mira Bai plus grandkids and her ex girlfriend the lovely Ghislain de la Falaise.  Cherry Jefferson whose real name was Priscilla Hazelwood was the niece of Hollywood golden era star Richard Widmark.  Vaginal Davis and Ms. Hazelwood lived in the 1980s at the famed Karnak Apartments on La Mirada Avenue.  Other residents included members of such notable LA underground bands as The Fiends, The Shadow Minstrels, The Lazy Cowgirls and The Nymphs.

Priscilla worked in the art department of the LA Weekly in the 1980s and in the 1990s was art director for Klinger International, a gay porno empire run by Casey Klinger. She moved back to the Bay Area in the mid 90s and headed her own feminist advertising agency called Begonius Creative.  Priscilla was featured in the famous photo of the Afro Sisters taken by Albert Sanchez that graced the pages of a special edition of Interview Magazine from April, 1986.  It was the last issue of Interview Magazine that Andy Warhol personally supervised.  Priscilla had a wicked sense of humour and was always involved in some mischief deflating the egos of the pompous and overbearing.

Also dying this week was the great German actor and director Volker Spengler.  Known for his roles as part of the Fassbinder ensemble of the 1970s.  Ms. Davis met Volker in 1999 in Los Angeles when Volker was performing with the Berliner Ensemble that included Martin Wuttke, Margarita Broich, Constantine Ahcmed Berger and Susanne Sachsse.  This meeting propagated the forming of THE CHEAP Kollektiv in Berlin in 2001 with the performance piece CHEAP Jewelry at The Volkbuhner, which led to Vaginal Davis moving to Berlin in 2005 and the rest is herstory upended.  Vaginal Davis will always remember the high times with Volker at his favourite watering hole Deane at Savigny Platz and hanging with him at the hustler bars in the Nollendorky Platz area of Schoneberg.  She remembers Volker saying that certain liberal types were "Nazis without a spine".

RIP Volker Spengler and Priscilla Hazelwood. You will be missed by many. 

Friday, January 24, 2020

DAS EISMEER RUFT



Das Eismeer ruft

Der Teufel moeglicherweise

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

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

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

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

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

Britney/Skull

Gaudel de Stampa

31.01-28.03.2020

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

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

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Gaudel de Stampa

49, quai des Grands Augustins – Paris 6e

T + 33 (0) 1 40 21 37 38

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

www.gaudeldestampa.com



Monday, January 13, 2020

COSMO PROLET



COSMO PROLET
Zum Fressen gern

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

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

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

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