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.
Art world darling (and certified creep) James Franco recently launched a new and appallingly bad photo series at Pace Gallery, New York, that riffs on Cindy Sherman’s iconic film stills. “Cindy is an artist who used cinema as a source for her work; she ‘played’ at being an actress” says Franco. “I am an actor who inserts himself into his work. I am fully embedded in Hollywood, but these photos allow me to take a step to the side, look back, and refashion the work I do in Hollywood. I am at the same time actor, critic, artist, and character.” Hmm. When asked about Franco’s appropriations last week, Sherman said: “I was flattered, I can only be flattered. I don’t know that I can say it’s art, but I think it’s weirder that Pace would show them than that he would make them.” Not exactly a glowing endorsement then…
LOL’s just discovered a suite of early films by Raymond Pettibon, all shot by the artist in 1989 using home video equipment. The tapes address various elements of West Coast American subcultures from Charlie Manson and The Family (in Judgement Day Theatre: The Book of Manson) to the kidnapping of Patti Hearst by militant group The Symbionese Liberation Army (in Citizen Tania). The last of these videos, Sir Drone (above), focuses on the emergence of the American punk movement, to which Pettibon was intrinsically linked though his work with Black Flag and SST Records. In it, Mike Watt of the Minute Men and the late Mike Kelly (formerly of Destroy All Monsters) play teen punks trying to start a band. Pettibon himself also makes an appearance, as a character called Vomit. Shot over two days, Sir Drone contains a rambling script read awkwardly from cue cards. Despite their crudeness, Kelly later claimed that “Raymond’s tapes are strangely moving: he is a brilliant script writer”. LOL leaves you to be the judge of that…