Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mike Kelley Lost Angeles

I'm off to NYC in a couple of days and away for two week. Despite being in a right muddle for those in LA this is what I'd recommend...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Four cities, four shows

1) Laura Buckley at Cell Project Space in London

2)Adam Curtis at e-flux in New York

3) Keller/Kosmas (Aids-3D) at Kraupa-Tuskany in Berlin

4)Teenage Hallucination curated by Dennis Cooper and Gisele Vienne at Centre Pompidou in Paris

Keep and eye open from the explosion of editorial from me in the coming places: In the beautifully redesigned Dazed I've got a feature and interview with Thomas Ruff, interview with Santiago Sierra, piece on Dennis Cooper, and profile on Hannah Perry. There's also a huge 3000 word piece in the forthcoming Its Nice That, a column on the the rise of acid house smiley faces in contemporary art for House, and an exciting interview with someone I'm waiting to announce in Sleek...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Tonight's Mountain Action

In honour of tonight when I warm up for KINDNESS at Summit Going On, here are three mountain songs. Only one of these is an actual good song. The other two are hilarious either aurally or visually.... guess which?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Saturday Come Saturday Come Saturday


WHEN Saturday 11 February 8pm - 3am

WHERE PASSION (251 Amhurst Road, Dalston)

WHO DJs Kindness (DJ set)
Frank Tope
Fran Gavin (YES I'M DJing)
Kate Hutch

+ An uber RAFFLE with prizes including tickets to Bestival, Dazed and TimeOut subscriptions, Laurence King books, a Whistles handbag and coat, Agent Provacateur goodie bag, dinner for two at Shoreditch House and The Paradise...amongst many other things...

Ticket price: £5

ALL PROCEEDS going to CHARITY - we're Doing It For The Kids...Company

If you can't come, please donate here:
I'm raising money for Kids Company's Heart Yard project by climbing Kilimanjaro.
Every little really does help but please give generously.

Here's a link to the first thing I ever heard about the amazing and totally inspirational Camila Batmanghelidjh who heads up Kids Company (her Radio 4 Desert Island Discs):

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Buy Junk Jet

Junk Jet N°5, the net.heart issue, is hands down the best publication of the year. Editors Mona Mahall and Asli Serbest deserve a round of applause. The small book-zine has brought together essays and imagery exploring all things art slash internet. I've flagged a couple of these essays in the past - Artie Vierkant's impressive 'The Images Object Post-Internet' and Natalie Bookchin and Alexei Shulgin's 'Introduction to Net. Art' (1994-1999) - but there are lots of other pieces preserved between these pages which were fresh to me. Texts by Brad Troemel, Will Brand, Aureliano Segundo and Nicholas O'Brien which are thought provoking, awesome, inspiring, insert a superlative here... As well as artworks by Hanne Mugaas, Ben Vickers, Mike Ruiz, Constant Dullaart, Nicholas Sassoon, JODI, Parker Ito etc wrx. Immensely rereadable. I wish I had made this book.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

RIP Mike Kelley

As most art fans know, Mike Kelley died earlier this week. It's so sad. He had a huge personal impact on me and I imagine many other people. Apart from Destroy All Monsters, apart from all the dirty mixed media work, for me what Kelley has been making in recent yers has been awe inspiring. The Kandors shows at Jablonka in Berlin and Galerie Hussenot in Paris in particular were so atmospheric and strange and emotive. Here are just a few images and videos showing why he was such a genius.