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    Left, John Cage, from Lecture on Nothing, 1959. Via. Read it in its entirety. Right, Lutz Bacher, from the series Sex with Strangers, 1986, 9 B&W photographs, framed, 72 x 40 inches each. From the exhibition at Galerie Bucholz, Köln, April 2014. Via.
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In Sterling Ruby’s 2009 video installation, “The Masturbators,” male porn stars jack off alone. Recently, while interviewing him for an unrelated magazine piece, I asked Ruby what it was like to work with the men. He told me that when the porn stars came in, they were mostly full of bluster, like—you want me to what? That’s it? Ruby nodded. Then watched as, one by one, the professionals couldn’t finish the job. Some of them broke down, almost crying. One screamed repeatedly to turn off the camera. Another got so upset he threatened to break down the door between him and the smaller man, the artist, and beat him up.
Ruby said a smart thing: that it was embarrassing to be a man, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. He also said he thought the US porn industry, a phrase I can’t tell if he meant synecdochically, was cruel for telling men to come on command. I agreed, but I also thought the men broke down in their small white rooms, one at a time in front of one camera, because they’d never before had to be the lone objects of a gaze. And, lacking the feminized receptacle without which the dick can’t exist, they began to feel, for perhaps the first time in a while, the embarrassment of just being human.
Sarah Nicole Prickett, from The Ultimate Humiliation, for n+1, May 2014. Via.
See also, The Masturbators.
via fette

This reminds me of the lack of exploration into the idea/repurcussions of the female gaze and D’Angelo after his (in)famous video Untitled and the subsequent tour:
Worried that he didn’t look as cut as he did in the video, he’d delay shows to do stomach crunches. He’d often give in, peeling off his shirt, but he resented being reduced to that. Wasn’t he an artist? Couldn’t the audience hear the power of his music and value him for that? He would explode, Questlove recalls, and throw things. -Questlove

    Left, John Cage, from Lecture on Nothing, 1959. Via. Read it in its entirety. Right, Lutz Bacher, from the series Sex with Strangers, 1986, 9 B&W photographs, framed, 72 x 40 inches each. From the exhibition at Galerie Bucholz, Köln, April 2014. Via.

    In Sterling Ruby’s 2009 video installation, “The Masturbators,” male porn stars jack off alone. Recently, while interviewing him for an unrelated magazine piece, I asked Ruby what it was like to work with the men. He told me that when the porn stars came in, they were mostly full of bluster, like—you want me to what? That’s it? Ruby nodded. Then watched as, one by one, the professionals couldn’t finish the job. Some of them broke down, almost crying. One screamed repeatedly to turn off the camera. Another got so upset he threatened to break down the door between him and the smaller man, the artist, and beat him up.

    Ruby said a smart thing: that it was embarrassing to be a man, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. He also said he thought the US porn industry, a phrase I can’t tell if he meant synecdochically, was cruel for telling men to come on command. I agreed, but I also thought the men broke down in their small white rooms, one at a time in front of one camera, because they’d never before had to be the lone objects of a gaze. And, lacking the feminized receptacle without which the dick can’t exist, they began to feel, for perhaps the first time in a while, the embarrassment of just being human.

    Sarah Nicole Prickett, from The Ultimate Humiliation, for n+1, May 2014. Via.

    See also, The Masturbators.

    via fette

    This reminds me of the lack of exploration into the idea/repurcussions of the female gaze and D’Angelo after his (in)famous video Untitled and the subsequent tour:

    Worried that he didn’t look as cut as he did in the video, he’d delay shows to do stomach crunches. He’d often give in, peeling off his shirt, but he resented being reduced to that. Wasn’t he an artist? Couldn’t the audience hear the power of his music and value him for that? He would explode, Questlove recalls, and throw things. -Questlove



    Reblogged from fette sans.

    July 21, 2014, 11:46am  

    Just watched the Jay-Z short film on HBO

    And I am pretty impressed with how many artists I recognized.


    My boss was telling me a story about a prank that an artist did to a bunch of other artists like Jeff Koons and such (it was the 80’s) that they asked them to come and get their photograph with Michael Jackson. Every single person showed up and were freaking out excited to meet Michael Jackson, and of course he was never scheduled to be there and they just had a photograph of just them, all hoodwinked and such.

    Anywho, I don’t know where I’m going with this but I thought it was tangential. Everyone gets excited to see their favorite musicians. I’ve never seen Lawrence Weiner smile so broadly.


    Also, Jay-Z hugs Marina Abramovic at the end and asks her if she liked it. That was pretty cute.



    August 04, 2013, 3:12pm  

    Andre Saraiva’s Dream Concerts on the corner of La Brea and Willoughby, Los Angeles, CA.



    July 31, 2013, 9:31am  

    Jay-Z’s Picasso Baby is now going to be an “art film”. Next Friday, HBO.

    Wow.



    July 27, 2013, 1:01pm  

    Ai Weiwei releases heavy metal protest song ‘Dumbass’.
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    Ai Weiwei releases heavy metal protest song ‘Dumbass’.

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    May 22, 2013, 8:45am  

    » VIDEO: ABBA Museum Opens in Stockholm | Artinfo

    This is really important to me.

    I can hear the drums Fernando!



    May 07, 2013, 1:00pm  

    Mick Jagger’s letter to Andy Warhol

    Mick Jagger’s letter to Andy Warhol



    April 12, 2013, 10:41am  

    Vistalite A Moment

    My friend* started a new music venture and his first video is genius.

    *And Hyde or Buy artist Jesse Hoy! Get it while the getting’s good.



    March 07, 2013, 3:16pm  

    LADIES AND GENTLEMEN…BOWIE IS BACK

    Musings on fame, healthy doses of Androgyny… all the good things we’ve come to expect from Bowie are here on display in this short film/video for ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)’. Bowie and actress, Tilda Swinton play a suburban couple whose life is intruded upon and taken over by celebrity couple: Saskia De Brauw and Andrej Pejic. Directed by Floria Sigismondi. 

    via hahamagartconnect



    Reblogged from HAHAMAG.

    February 26, 2013, 12:06pm