Photographer Polly Borland and her Director husband John Hillcoat (of The Road and Ghosts of the Civil Dead fame) have joined forces to create a short film in collaboration with band IO ECHO for MOCAtv. In it, found footage is spliced together with classic Borland figures, their features distorted by dowdy stockings and clumsy protrusions.
Hillcoat’s no stranger to making music videos, he’s directed them for the likes of Siouxsie and the Banshees, Depeche Mode and a couple for his good pal Nick Cave (who Borland has photographed on a number of occasions). Above is the latest Hillcoat/Cave collab – featuring Ray Winstone no less – for Cave’s new single Jubilee Street.
Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang is perhaps best known for his orchestrated explosions (see bottom) but for his November show at GOMA – his first in Australia – he’s taking a different tack. Heritage, the exhibition’s centrepiece, will consist of 99 life-sized wild animals clustered around a ‘waterhole’. Originally commissioned by and on loan from the Deutsche Bank Collection, the work is said to be inspired by the artist’s time on Stradbroke Island in Queensland. Also included in the show is the oft-reproduced work Head On (2006); a mass of 99 artificial wolves leaping and crashing into a glass wall.
No word yet on whether any of Guo-Qiang’s remarkable fireworks based installations will make it into the show, but Leg of Lamb’s really hoping for a little something like this:
Tilda Swinton spent the weekend at MoMA snoozing in a glass box. The Scottish actress was reprising The Maybe, a performance she initially developed with collaborator Cornelia Parker in 1995 for London’s Serpentine Gallery. In it, the actress lies slumbering with a pair of sunglasses placed beside her. She’ll be occupying the box intermittently over the coming months but if you want to know anything else about the work you’re out of luck. Host organisation MoMA has issued the following statement to accompany the installation: “An integral part of The Maybe’s incarnation at MoMA in 2013 is that there is no published schedule for its appearance, no artist’s statement released, no museum statement beyond this brief context, no public profile or image issued. Those who find it chance upon it for themselves, live and in real – shared – time: now we see it, now we don’t.”
Here’s an unedited interview conducted by fashion website SHOWstudio in ECU with one half of the Chapman Brothers, Dinos.
The Victoria and Albert Museum’s major new David Bowie exhibition David Bowie Is doesn’t open until Saturday yet over 42,000 advance tickets have already been purchased, breaking attendance records by doubling pre-opening ticket sales for any other V&A exhibition, ever. The show includes over 60 stage costumes (including the spectacular Kansai Yamamoto number above) as well as personal items like handwritten lyrics and diary entries. Bowie’s had nothing to do with the show, but it conveniently coincides with the launch of The Next Day, the musician’s first studio album in over a decade.
(This one’s for you mum).