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Archive for November, 2006


Strange Attractor Journal Three


The wonderful and essential Strange Attractor Journal will be with us again next month. The previous number (now sold out, I think) included my essay about psychedelic artist Wilfried Sätty. CONTENTS Contra Genesis—Catherine Eisner Unusual cases of extra-genital conception, extra-uterine gestation, and other anomalous exits. Burmese Daze—Erik Davis In which the author submits to the […]

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Layering Buddha by Robert Henke


Layering Buddha on CD and limited vinyl. The Fm3 Buddha Machine is a low-fi loop playing device containing nine pre-recorded loops which cannot be changed by the user. Due to manufacturing imperfections, individual machines play the loops with a slightly different sound, pitch and duration. The built-in playback circuit, with its low sampling rate and […]

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The art of Shinro Ohtake


Shinro Ohtake is always on the attack. Whether it’s against misguided art education, against the cold treatment and economic constraints Japan puts on anyone who could dare to live differently, against the contemporary art establishment that can’t be bothered to even disguise its own incomprehension—his fight as an artist continues. Ohtake is prodigious, original, and […]

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Steven Vaschon


The Michelangelo-esque photography of Steven Vaschon.

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High Priorities


In which your humble narrator enters a contest… Speak Up, in collaboration with New York magazine, is proud to announce the first-ever open contest to design the visually acclaimed, graphically exhilarating, by-invitation-only “High Priority” feature illustration in the magazine’s year-end, December 18, 2006 double issue. High Priority highlights five activities, suggested by New York writers, […]

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The Brothers Quay on DVD


A very welcome release, these are some of my favourite films (I reviewed Street of Crocodiles for Horror: the Definitive Guide to the Cinema of Fear earlier this year). Most of the early ones can be found on the Region 1 release from Kino International but that collection is poorly transferred and the interface has […]

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Druillet meets Hodgson


French comic artist and illustrator, Philippe Druillet, illustrates British horror novelist William Hope Hodgson. As anyone familiar with Hodgson’s work knows, this kind of imagery predates Pirates of the Caribbean by nearly a century. More pictures here. Previously on { feuilleton } • War of the Worlds book covers • The music of Igor Wakhévitch […]

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The art of Yayoi Kusama


Infinity Mirror Room—Love Forever (1966/1994). Mirror, light bulbs, stainless steel, wood. Narcissus Garden (1966/2002). Watermall, 2000 mirror balls. Fireflies on the Water (2002). 150 lights, mirrors and water. Infinity Mirror Room, Rain in Early Spring (2002). Since the late 1950s, Yayoi Kusama has used painting, performance, sculpture, and installation to develop a highly personal formal […]

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DIY aesthetics


“According to consumer research conducted on what factors matter to people when they decide whether or not to pick up a book in a bookshop, the cover design comes out as most important. So this might be the stupidest thing we’ve ever done. “…The covers are art-quality paper, and from internal Penguin efforts we know […]

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The glass menagerie


Not the play by Tennessee Williams, rather the glass sculptures of sea creatures by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. Leopold (1822–1895) and Rudolf (1857–1939) Blaschka were a father and son partnership, originally from Bohemia. Their work making spectacular glass models of natural history objects began in 1857, in Germany. Rudolf joined his father in business in […]

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William Burroughs gives thanks


Lest we forget… William Burroughs. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28, 1986. For John Dillinger In hope he is still alive Thanks for the wild turkey and the Passenger Pigeons, destined to be shit out through wholesome American guts — thanks for a Continent to despoil and poison — thanks for Indians to provide a modicum of […]

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The Times makeover


The new masthead designed by Luke Prowse, with a coat of arms by wood engraver Edwina Ellis. So, in today’s Neville Brody news (no, I’m not intending on posting about him every day…) it seems the designer has been busy with colleague Luke Prowse making The (London) Times look better. Not before time (so to […]

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Robert Altman, 1925–2006


“I’m very fortunate in my career. I’ve never had to direct a film I didn’t choose or develop. My love for filmmaking has given me an entrée to the world and to the human condition.”

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100 Years of Magazine Covers


From Black Dog Publishing. Words by Steve Taylor, design by Neville Brody. If you pick up a copy of this week’s Heat magazine in 30 years time, think how funny it will seem. Our obsession with D list celebrities’ private lives, weight loss and reality TV shows, will become ridiculous in the light of tomorrow’s […]

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Thorsten Horvath


Photography by Thorsten Horvath.

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Two American paintings


The Titan’s Goblet (1833) by Thomas Cole. Landscape with Grenade (1974) by Cliff McReynolds. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The fantastic art archive

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The art of Thomas Häfner, 1928–1985


Lucifer (no date). …I find nothing fantastic in so-called fantastic art, it is an aspect of reality in search of sanity beyond the normal bounds. I believe that fantastic art is related to the protective dream, that it prolongs the healing dream and finds symbols that change dread into wonder, strangeness and beauty. As in […]

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All you need is…


In which the lovable moptops get the official mashup treatment courtesy of George Martin’s son, Giles. Very creditable it sounds to these ears although it strains a bit much in places to shoehorn tiny bits of the very familiar songs into other very familiar songs. The added sound effects are pretty superfluous, some of them […]

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Arthur #25


Arthur #25, coming soon.

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Folder icons


I don’t use customised folder or desktop icons much these days but this set, entitled Ink, is great, based on tribal tattoo stylings. If there were other designs as good as this in the world of lurid, gum-drop-shaped, drop-shadowed reflectiveness, I might be more inclined to customise my folders now and then. Jamie McCanless is […]

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The art of Bill Travis


Secret Dream (2005), giclee print with oil paint, gold and mixed media. Via Casual In Istanbul. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The gay artists archive

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Ten films by Oskar Fischinger


After complaining a couple of days ago about the difficulty of seeing works of abstract cinema, it turns out that a collection of Oskar Fischinger’s great animations appeared earlier this year. Decades before computer graphics, before music videos, even before Fantasia (the 1940 version), there were the abstract animated films of Oskar Fischinger (1900–1967), master […]

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Film noir posters


Two pages of them, and BIG scans as well, which makes a nice change for a web gallery. Strictly speaking, many of these films aren’t what’s usually classed as film noir (a debatable term at the best of times) but we shouldn’t quibble, painted posters are now a lost art. Previously on { feuilleton } […]

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The art of Andreas Martens


Andreas Martens, artist of Rork. A native of Germany, Andreas (Andreas Martens (1951- ) studied at the St. Luc comics school in Belgium, assisting Eddy Paape on Udolfo, before relocating to France. His genre series include Arq, Cromwell Stone, Cyrrus, Rork and its spin-off, Capricorne, as well as a number of single works such as […]

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In praise of WordPress

Regular readers may have noticed the coming and going of certain features here recently, due to my experimenting with different plugins. One of the great features of the WordPress blogging software is its open source quality which allows anyone to write a plugin to extend the application. Ones I’ve been playing with over the past […]

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Jean-Frédéric Bazille’s swimmers


Scène d’été (Summer Scene, 1869) by Jean-Frédéric Bazille. Elsewhere on { feuilleton } • The gay artists archive Previously on { feuilleton } • The art of Thomas Eakins, 1844–1916

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The Bowes Swan


“I watched a silver swan which had a living grace about his movements and a living intelligence in his eyes.” Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad. The Silver Swan is perhaps the best known and best loved object in The Bowes Museum. It is musical automaton in the form of a life-size model of a swan, comprising […]

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Lapis by James Whitney


Lapis (1966). Proof of the conservative nature of cinema as an artistic medium can be found in the way its abstract practitioners don’t merit anything like the attention received by Piet Mondrian or Jackson Pollock. In cinema narrative is all, and it’s ironic that when artists such as Julian Schnabel or Robert Longo turn to […]

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El Topo


Subterranean Cinema has the El Topo screenplay online, taken from the Douglas Book edition from 1971 (above is the cover of my John Calder UK reprint of the same). As well as a screenplay with annotations by Alejandro Jodorowsky, the second half of the book featured a lengthy, fascinating and at times bizarre and hilarious […]

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Election day


From the Propaganda Remix Project. Previously on { feuilleton } • Liberty 2006

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Interview with the Hustler


Left: Michael Jones. Irony abounds. In the Protect-me-from-what-I-want Dept, Pastor Ted Haggard gave this sermon four days before his gay liaisons were brought to light: “Heavenly Father give us grace and mercy, help us this next week and a half as we go into national elections and Lord we pray for our country. Father we […]

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The art of John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1836–1893


Spirit of the Night (1879). Few people recognise the name of John Atkinson Grimshaw today but anyone who’s bought a birthday or greeting card in Britain will have seen his Spirit of the Night fairy painting, one of a generic series he produced in the 1870s that remains very popular despite the painter’s obscurity. Grimshaw […]

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News from the universe next door


November 5th is traditionally the time to consider the death of the head of state here, although we’re actually “celebrating” the destruction of the would-be assassins not the near-death of the king. Few people will weep for the wretched Saddam Hussein; how many would would weep for Chimpy these days if the headlines were reversed?

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Another masterpiece from Cormac McCarthy

The road to hell Cormac McCarthy’s vision of a post-apocalyptic America in The Road is terrifying, but also beautiful and tender, says Alan Warner. Saturday, November 4, 2006 The Guardian The Road by Cormac McCarthy 256pp, Picador, £16.99 Shorn of history and context, Cormac McCarthy’s other nine novels could be cast as rungs, with The […]

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All the President’s (gay) men


Well, two of them at least. Okay, so we don’t know for sure that meth-curious Pastor Ted is a bona fide Friend of Dorothy but, you know… Is it at all usual for evangelical gay-bashers to receive massages from gay escorts? I don’t remember the nuns telling me about that part of the Bible so […]

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Gay for God


So, another week, another gay sex scandal in America… Schadenfreude levels are going through the roof with all this happening days before a critical midterm election. Latest culprit is Pastor Ted Haggard, president of the 30-million-member National Association of Evangelicals who yesterday was denying that he paid for sex with a male escort and bought […]

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The man who saw tomorrow


Nigel Kneale created reality TV without realising it. Comedian Mark Gatiss recalls his turbulent relationship with the ‘TV colossus’ who died this week. When Big Brother began on Channel 4 in 2000, I took a principled stand against it. “Don’t they know what they’re doing?” I screamed at the TV. “It’s The Year of the […]

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Nigel Kneale, 1922–2006


Nigel Kneale, creator of the Quatermass series, The Stone Tape and Beasts, died this week.

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Bernini’s Anima Dannata


Anima Dannata (Damned Soul, 1619) by the incredible Gian Lorenzo Bernini. From an old Italian postcard (thanks Lorraine!). Here’s a more recent view. Previously on { feuilleton } • The art of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, 1736–1783

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“feed your head”