Not long now until Adam Curtis’s new documentary film HyperNormalisation is released. The proposition for his latest ‘story’? – the premise that as a culture, perhaps as a species, “we have become lost in a fake world and cannot see the reality outside”. More here.
HyperNormalisation will premiere on BBC iPlayer on October 16th.
Kanye West’s new video for All Day, directed by Steve McQueen has finally been released. Well, sort of. The double-header video for the aforementioned single as well as new song I Feel Like That recently had a four day run at LACMA in Los Angeles. It features West bounding through a London warehouse filmed in tight close up in a single take.
On Friday West participated in a Q & A about the work at LACMA with McQueen and LACMA director Michael Govan that you can read more about here. It was a rambly affair typical of Kanye, in which he described his decision to work with McQueen as “elevating his palette” as well as his desire for his work to exist in an art context (West did go to art school after all).
No word yet on a general release for the video, so in the mean time check out the clip above of Kanye performing All Day at this year’s Brit awards.
LOL hero Genesis Breyer P Orridge is involved in a new film project about voodoo. Directed by Hazel Hill McCarthy III, Bight of the Twin explores the relationship between Vodun and Western secular art and performance. Focusing on Vodun culture in Ouidah, Benin, McCarthy’s research had particular resonsance for P Orridge following the discovery of the ‘twin fetish’ and its associated rituals, which have curious interrelationships with P Orridge’s own practice and relationship with her late partner, Lady Jaye. P Orridge is recorded participating in twin fetish ceremonies, reactivating his bond with Jaye, and in the process, creating a film that becomes voodoo in its own right. Bight of the Twin is still in development with a second trip to Benin scheduled for later this year. If you want to support this project and generate some voodoo as well, you can donate here, but do it quickly – the campaign closes on November 22nd.
Stray Dogs at the Museum by Malaysia-born, Taiwan-based film maker Tsai Ming-Liang was a stand out show I encountered during my recent trip to Taipei, supported by the Ian Potter Foundation. Tsai’s feature film Stray Dogs won the Grand Jury Prize at the 70th Venice Film Festival in September last year and his exhibition at university space MoNTUE featured vignettes from the film installed in galleries overrun by shrubby off-cuts of foliage, providing not only a dramatic backdrop but a distinctly earthy odour.
Each screen in the exhibition was modified by the artist; crushed, rubbed with charcoal, recalling the traditions of scroll painting. The footage featured a solitary figure enacting simple, everyday rituals – sucking on chicken bones, squatting and smoking, staring into the distance – imagery that is at once exotic and resoundingly familiar. This was a beautiful, simple, poetic foil to the earnest, documentary style traditions that seem to proliferate in Taiwanese video art.
This is a creepy little horror film that Lars von Trier made when he was fourteen years old. It’s called Why Try to Escape from Which You Know You Can’t Escape from? Because You Are a Coward! and you can read more about it here.