Animals In The Wall – William Burroughs at LondonNewcastle Gallery


Animals In The Wall will feature 40 original works by William Burroughs, in addition to new multimedia experiments, alongside an exciting programme of talks, film screenings and workshops at the LondonNewcastle space in Shoreditch, London.

You already know but lets think about it again – Burroughs was informed by a lifetime of dialogue with provocative and penetrating thinkers. Notable collaborators in his lifetime include Antony Balch, Ian Sommerville, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Keith Haring, Robert Rauschenberg, George Condo, Robert Wilson, Tom Waits, Kurt Cobain, John Giorno, Terry Southern, and Gregory Corso. He has been cited as having provided inspiration for countless of others, including David Bowie, David Cronenberg, Patti Smith, Will Self, William Gibson, Thurston Moore, John Waters, J.G. Ballard, The Beatles, and many more.

Burroughs is a prophet for the 21st Century with much of his artistic work still waiting to be unraveled. This exhibition is only on until the 7th of September and it would be sad to miss it.

“Punch a hole in the big lie. Punch a hole for me.” – Last Words, 1997

Curated by James Elphick (Guerrilla Zoo) and Yuri Zupančič (William Burroughs Communications) and with support from Londonewcastle Project Space.

DATES : 29th August – 7TH September 2014, 11am – 7pm
LOCATION : LondoNewcastle, 28 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DP OPENING HOURS :

http://www.guerrillazoo.com/william-s-burroughs.html


Announcing Primitive’s new weekly shop at Sang Bleu London with Riyo Nemeth and Andrew Grune’s film Morph

Sang Bleu are happy to announce that Primitive a network of artists, designers and musicians based in London will be presenting a selection of their stock to be bought every Saturday from the 20th of September in Sang Bleu London.

To celebrate this Primitive owner Andrew Grune and artist Riyo Nemeth have created this video named Morph using a selection of their current stock which will be available to purchase in Sang Bleu London. The film is loosely based on the concept of transhumanism and the idea that in the future we will perhaps be able to manipulate our bodies and reality.

Designers presented by Primitive include Cottweiler, Nasir Mazhar, Liam Hodges, Sang Bleu VTM, Bracken, Ava Catherside, Ambush, Louise Alsop, Roxanne Farahmand, BANZAI and Primitive will be realising their own line and collaboration as the project evolves.


Whatcha Raving At by Werner Amann

Re-blogged from our sister magazine Novembre because these portraits by Werner Amann taken at raves throughout Europe and the US in the early 90s are simply TOO GOOD not to share.

Photography:Werner Amann

WritingKlf

They’re justified and they’re ancient
And they like to roam the land
They’re justified and they’re ancient
I hope you understand
They don’t want to upset the apple cart
And they don’t want to cause any harm
But if you don’t like what they’re going to do
You better not stop them cause they’re coming through
Kick out the JAMS The notes’ll flow, yo, for the words I speak
Rap is weak so I teach and I reach
A positive vibe, a way of life is how I’m livin’
So get hype to the rhythm
KLF is the crew, ya hear, yeah
Design a rhyme I just won’t fear
Back to react, enough is enough
Let me ask you a question, what time is love?
What time is love?
What time is love?
What time is love?
I want to see you sweat
I want to see you sweat
Okay Houston, we’ll give you a countdown,
Four, three, two, one, fire
I want to see you
The final chapter, prophetic, poetic
When I’m done, this calls for anesthetic
Get to, step to, let an MC
Come in effect with Kingboy DA wannabe, gonna be, ol’time sucka
You know the time, I never stutter
A feat, a dream, a-yeah seem bright
Yeah, pass the mic, What Time Is Love?
What time is love
What time is love
What time is love
I want to see you sweat
I want to see you
I want to see you
I want to see you sweat
Thank you, thank you


Villa Müller by Adolf Loos

“All art is erotic” – Adolf Loos Ornament and Crime 1909

Modernist architect extraordinaire Adolf Loos passed away today in 1933, to remember him we are spending our Saturday morning looking at images from inside his masterpiece Villa Müller in Prague designed in 1930. Discarding the opulence of the aesthetic principles of the Vienna Secession, Loos created the most cutting edge and timeless interior and exterior spaces.

Architecture doesn’t get more arousing than this.

 


the last of the nuba

(editor note) Today would have marked the birthday of the late Leni Riefenstahl, so to celebrate her stunning work we’ve republished these beautiful and vibrant scans from her book The Last of the Nuba.

A body of work can turn out to be a milestone in an artist’s career. Somehow it might seal this artist’s fate as well as the perception you can have from him / her.

Sometimes it ends tragically as for Pasolini who has probably been assassinated in the aftermath of Salò. At some other time, an inflatable rabbit can transform a trader into one of the most successful contemporary artists. More rarely, it can also be a redemption as with Leni Riefenstahl’s The Last of the Nuba. Published in 1973, this book is documenting the 15 years she spent in Sudan and rehabilitated her artist status.

Many thanks to Lyne Friederich who scanned these images.


Cute and Aware: An Interview with New York Artist and DJ Boylita

Meet Boylita also known as Aaron Kolfage, an enigmatic visual artist and DJ currently living and working in New York. I became familiar with Boylita’s audio work after being introduced to New York pseudo-label and party Shock Value NYC. I later came across her visual work, which she spends most of her time on nowadays, and was immediately drawn to the playful and critical use of vibrant anime aesthetics incorporated to produce abstracted prints and photographs.

It’s no surprise that anime is gaining mainstream traction in the United States especially with online streaming sites such as Hulu and Netflix drawing large audiences with new anime-programming that transgress the boundary of family entertainment. In many ways, anime is a space for discussing and mediating politics of the body and society. It seems much of the appeal of anime stems from its ability to capture and confront the general infantilization of our Internet generation and the general preoccupation with sexed “cuteness” while also being a space to portray and discuss social taboos, affects, and desires tinged on gender and sex. Boylita is the performative embodiment and lens of this space and brings to light the cultural contexts that inform this trend by incorporating the safe representational escapism anime provides for accessing these hidden subjectivities that continue to shape a post-internet identity.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Boylita and getting a better sense of what they’re about and uncovering more about her love of anime amongst other topics:

 

 

 

A lot of your visual work is informed by anime, where does this interest stem from? How specifically does it inform your visual work?

 

> oh i dunno *smiley face* i just love cartoons. video games, big budget fantasies, anything with amaze sfx, and reality [...]


An Interview with Jenna Bouma (a.k.a. Slowerblack)

Primarily known to the internet world by her handle Slowerblack, Canadian tattooer Jenna Bouma has been traveling the world for the last two years, covering people with her distinctively bold handpoked tattoos. Her simple, graphic images of sultry ladies, kuniyoshi cats, and strong reworkings of classic flash are the products of meticulously engineered hand tools that Bouma makes herself, and by simplifying her setup and reducing the level of minute detail, Bouma creates tattoos with a sense of mystery–almost teasing a viewer by suggesting that there is more than meets the eye. Bouma plans to settle down in a city TBD, but until then, she’ll be making appearances in Sweden and Italy with Guy Le Tatooer. We caught up with her before all that to learn more about her background and her work.

Firstly, how long have you been tattooing, and how did you get your start?

I started tattooing on my own accord in 2008. That summer, I moved to Vancouver after having spent my life in Edmonton. I had always been intrigued by tattooing, but I didn’t feel at all comfortable with buying a machine and doing it at home, so I stuck with a stripped-down setup and began making pretty whack tools for stick n poking my roommates. (By “whack,” I mean a pencil end, a needle, thread, a thimble and India ink.) I’d pick up overly expensive packs of nitrile gloves from shoppers drug mart and trot my ass home with a smile on my face, fully ready to get to it. My friends Chad and Colin had both got matching Maple Ridge straightedge tattoos, and another friend Mallory got the Minor Threat sheep on the side of her foot.

When I did those tattoos, I really [...]