Weekend links 32


Red Quechquemitls (2010) by Sylvia Ji.

• The Blackout Mix, a pay-what-thou-wilt 49-minute mixtape, “specially designed to accompany (or simulate) a human-plant interaction”. Art by Arik Roper, music selection by Jay Babcock.

An ode to the many evolved virtues of human semen: “the penis is capable of dispensing a sort of natural Prozac” says Jesse Bering.

• The new John Foxx CD & DVD release, D.N.A., has a Jonathan Barnbrook cover, a new collaboration with Harold Budd and a disc of short films.

• “I have been copying Margaret Hamilton my whole life, and I am proud to admit it. The Wicked Witch of the West, the jolie laide heroine of every bad little boy’s and girl’s dream of notoriety and style, whose twelve minutes of screen time in The Wizard of Oz can never be topped … I’m a big butch-lesbian hag. I love the ones with chips on their shoulders and heavy attitude. They’re my real favorites.” John Waters always gives great interviews.

• Listen to a track from the forthcoming Brian Eno album while you’re reading Kristine McKenna’s interview with the man himself at Arthur mag. Includes an appreciation by Alan Moore.


Atropa Bella Donna (2009) by Sylvia Ji.

• Steven Severin is touring the UK this month, performing a live accompaniment to screenings of Jean Cocteau’s The Blood of a Poet. He’s at the Tyneside Cinema this Tuesday. Other dates can be found on his website.

• “I know it’s a very emotive subject and you’re either for it or against it but for a jobbing self-employed musician such as me – bootlegging (CD copying) is just killing us.” Finding The Spaces Between: musician Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey, et al) interviewed.

Mile End Pugatorio (1991), a one-minute film-poem by Guy Sherwin and Martin Doyle. Related: four one-minute movies by The Residents.

• Gijs Van Vaerenbergh installed an Upside Dome at the St. Michiel Church in Leuven, Belgium.

• Sidney Sime illustrates Lord Dunsany at Golden Age Comic Book Stories.

Europe according to gay men. There’s more at Mapping Stereotypes.

• There’s never a dull moment in the High Desert.

• Generative art by Leonardo Solas.

5 thoughts on “Weekend links 32”

  1. Thank you for the Sylvia Ji pictures and link. The artwork reminds me of an interview of David Lynch wherein he defended Francis Bacon’s works against those who griped they all looked the same. He said something to the tune of -who cares? If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.

    Indeed, these are the same people who can look at nothing but still-lives with fruit all day and nothing else, any single one of Bacon’s admittedly similar paintings has more atmosphere and energy in it than every possible still-life arrangement of fruit or flora, or any Impressionist hayfield scene.

    Yes, and any of Ji’s nocturnal, New World femme fatales could impale any shitty Impressionist piece a stuck-in-their-way snob could lash out with.

  2. Sidney Sime – second only to Beardsley in my pantheon of illustrators. Ok, maybe Lee Brown Coye too……..i guess that makes Sime third…….oh, this ranking of artists was a bad idea…….

    I love these weekend links posts.

  3. I can’t help but be skeptical of this “semen is a wonderdrug” theory that keeps floating around. Evolutionary psychologists are always trying to come up with new reasons why people should fuck them. Kinda makes you question their agenda. (And it is most assuredly *not* a gay or gay-friendly agenda, let me assure you.)

  4. Wow, I didn’t give the Sime piece the attention I should’ve initially. Though I’ve seen all of the pictures shown, they are by far the best as well as the largest reproductions of his pictures I’ve seen on the Internet.

  5. Wiley: I have Thombeau to thank for the link to Sylvia Ji’s pictures. There are some great painters around at the moment, it’s always good to find another.

    LCP: I prefer Harry Clarke over Sime but that aside, you’ll love the post which follows this one.

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