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December, 2014

dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

While you’re in the mood for a bleak look at Our Mediated Life, watch Johan Grimonprez’s dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y here.

dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y

“dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y” © Johan Grimonprez, 1997

No Maps for These Territories

I have the creeping suspicion that I should be doing something other than watching No Maps for These Territories

No Maps for These Territories, Mark Neale, 2000.

No Maps for These Territories, Mark Neale, 2000.

on Christmas eve. The insertion of 2 members of U2 and the mention of the Oklahoma City bombing situates this documentry of William Gibson in the back of a limo in another era entirely. Made by Mark Neale in 2000.

 

F for Fake

Watch Orson Welles’ film essay F for Fake here. A documentary of forgery, biography and a small monkey.

Still from F for Fake, Orson Welles, 1974

Still from F for Fake, Orson Welles, 1974

Blade Runner UK print ad, 1982

Blade Runner 1982 Print Ad.

From Photoplay magazine, 1982

Oscillate: Metamodernism & the Humanities

Did I mention that I had popped along to this great wee conference at the Univeristy of Strathclyde (16/09/14)? Interesting to hear perspectives from the creative writing sphere, papers by Emma Sullivan and Craig Pollard being the highlights for me.

Here’s a Frieze Video:

What is metamodernism?

Philosophers Robin van den Akker and Timotheus Vermeulen talk about their concept of metamodernism, the waning of irony and the new forms of sincerity emerging in 21st century culture.

The Facebook page for the conference is here.

 

Christina Ramberg

Retracing some steps this morning, I remembered a fantastic show of Christina Ramberg’s work at 42 Carlton Place – an occasional gallery run by Carol Rhodes & Merlin James. Perfectly augmented by a conversation between Nadia Hebson & Sophie Macpherson.

Admire the lush colours and tense poses of Ramberg’s bodies below and read more about the artist here.

Untitled (Torso with Leaf) c. 1980

Untitled (Torso with Leaf) c. 1980

Christina Ramberg

Christina Ramberg

Untitled (It's Napoleon)

Untitled (It’s Napoleon) c. 1967

‘Christina Ramberg (1946-1995) was a central figure in the Chicago Imagist movement, and in first-wave feminist art in the USA.  Beyond those contexts her unique work has emerged as increasingly compelling on its own terms, and highly relevant to artists now.

This exhibition – in association with Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago – will be the first showing of Ramberg in the UK since her substantial inclusion in the exhibition Who Chicago, curated by Victor Musgrave thirty-five years ago (touring to Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre in 1980).

Ramberg is best known for imagery of bound, fetishised hands and bodies, and for schematised torsos that can shade into ‘pure’ diagrammatic abstraction. She also assembled many ‘found’ photographs and scrap-book items, made quilts, prints and artist’s books, and kept extensive written notes. 42 Carlton Place will show around twenty small works, in oil, acrylic, ink, pencil and print media.’ – From 42 Carlton Place website.

 

 

Born in Flames

Watch Lizzie Borden‘s 1983 fictional documentary Born in Flames. Feminist pirate radio and the unfulfilled promise of a peaceful socialist revolution – what’s not to like? It’s all on YouTube right here, so there’s no reason to put it off a moment longer. Whistles out and on yer bike.

Born in Flames, Poster.

Born in Flames, Poster.

Embassy X

Nipped in to help celebrate the 10th aniversary of Embassy in Edinburgh on Friday.

Read a teeny bit more here.

Listen to CHANNELS and Red Death.

Embassy X Publication out now.

Embassy X Publication out now.