Bernhard Lang – I Hate Mozart

2nd February 2011 by michael
arts | event | experimental | humor | music | opera | performance | theatre | video

I Hate Mozart [excerpt] (2006, 11MB, 4:03 min)

Excerpt from the 2006 production of Bernhard Lang’s opera
I Hate Mozart written for the Viennese Mozart Year festivities
of that year.
It’s interesting in a number of ways. Lang’s musical language is based upon the
loop, but loops treated within a fairly hardcore art music environment.
Sounds like a recipe for pretension or disaster. Strangely it’s neither,
but most compelling.
Secondly, the piece is that rare beast, too often promised and so rarely
delivered, a genuinely comic opera and all the more impressive for being
cast in an apparently recalcitrant & unforgiving musical language
for such a purpose.
Hats off, Mr Lang, hats off.

The Smith Family

10th December 2010 by michael
arts | collaboration | community | experimental | happening | music video | performance | remix/mashup | strange | theatre | video

#1 (2007, 1MB, 56 secs)

#1 (2007, 1MB, 57 secs)

In 2007 I ran a little competition on my site centred aound
a musical setting I had made of a tiny poem by my friends and
collaborators Robert Roth & Carletta Joy Walker for
their magazine “And Then”.

I invited remixes, either musical or visual, of the song and
these two pieces, both utterly barking & delicately poetic at one
and the same time, came winging their way from the Smith Family
in Germany.

Morrisa Maltz – Girl Space

2nd March 2010 by michael
animation | arts | experimental | identity | new media art | participatory | performance | portraiture | theatre | video

Girl Space
Girl Space (2010, 22MB, 3:45)

Another great piece from Morrisa Maltz, whom we first showed here last week.
This puts me in mind, stylistically, of another DVblog favourite, Donna Kuhn.
I mean that entirely positively – the content & tone are clearly different but there’s
something of the same dynamism and confidence in working with very diverse materials
in both artists.

Ed Day – Hats

9th December 2009 by michael
humor | landscape | narrative | performance | place | strange | theatre | video

Hats (2009, 123 MB, 10:54 min)

A first film from young UK actor Ed Day this made me laugh quite inordinately.
It was “was filmed over a few weeks in Jersey and Guernsey with the cast from
Oddsocks Theatre Company’s 2009 summer tour of Richard III”.

Apart from the humour what strikes home is the sheer technical ability,
wit and


21st July 2009 by michael
arts | documentary arts | experimental | new media art | performance | technology | theatre | video

Flight Patterns (2005, 22.9MB, 1:48 min.)

A String (2005, 43.5.9MB, 3:49 min.)

Documentation of two projects using the open source processing language.
A String was made by E.J.Gone for a performance at the National Theater
of Korea & Flight Patterns involves flight pattern visualizations from FAA
data parsed and plotted in ‘Processing’ by Aaron Koblin.
Fascinating & austerely beautiful.

More Wikipedia Art remixing

9th June 2009 by michael
arts | conceptual | controversy | experimental | humor | literature | performance | remix/mashup | satire | theatre | video

Wikipedia Remix (2009, 34.7MB, 6:19 min)

Another Wikipedia Art remix, this time a splendidly accurate riff
on Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf from Sean Fletcher and Isabel Reichert

Doron Golan – recent work

5th June 2009 by michael
arts | experimental | performance | poetry | portraiture | theatre | video

figure rocks square (2009, 16MB, 2:52 min)

figure and birdcage (2009, 45MB, 8:14 min)

Studies for Figure (Isabel Rosenthal) (2009, 5MB, 1:00 min)

figure and birdcage (2009, 5MB, 52 secs)

Some recent work from Doron Golan, of this manor.
And it’s quite extraordinary.
In general Doron’s work has been marked by, not so much
a refusal to pander to passing fashion, but a complete
lack of interest in it or acknowledgement that it’s even there.
He goes his own way, he explores what interests, excites
and moves him.( And so, moves us)
When a seam is exhausted he moves on without looking back.
There is no attempt to create an artificial, marketable, surface unity
(which is not of course to say that a real, deeper, unity is not there)
I believe Doron is constitutionally incapable of acting otherwise and
he’s made a body of work of great beauty, and one entirely lacking in cynicism.

In the last months he’s been working on these, at first sight very odd,
study type pieces, with, as I understand it, a group of actors in Tel Aviv.
His methodology is a first sight unpromising -there is the obsessive restaging
of rather obscure -sometimes personal, sometimes, I think, Biblical- scenes and images.
These are then subjected to what appear to me to be out of the box transformation-of-the-plane
type distortion.
Unpromising because if, say, you were teaching a student you would probably
attempt to restrain this tendency, in the same way as one would with over-use
of Photoshop filters.
The thing is though – he pulls it off.
This is not an easy, passive view though -you have to approach the pieces prepared
to open yourself to them, to engage, to think, to do some work.
The work is not cosy; it will not flatter you.
but there is a beautiful & harsh poetry at it’s heart.
An obvious point of comparison is Bacon
but actually I think Soutine is nearer the mark.
(As a key, a way in, I’m not even beginning to suggest an influence. Although it would
be nonsense to suggest Doron is somehow without influences they are wide ranging and
very assimilated; Samuel Beckett is actually the one nearest to the surface.)

I urge you to explore not only all these pieces but all the work of the last ten years or so.
If you have a heart and mind and are prepared to use them you won’t be disappointed.

"Dreams That Money Can Buy" at Tate Modern

11th March 2009 by doron
animation | arts | community | documentary arts | experimental | film | historical | puppetry | theatre | trailer


In the Turbine Hall in 2006 and Realityfilm presented
a ‘psychoanalytical, cinematic cabaret’ with live music by
The Real Tuesday Weld providing a new original score for the

Helmut Oehring – BlauWaldDorf

7th January 2009 by michael
arts | experimental | music | performance | theatre | video

Blau Wald Dorf ( Blue Wood Village) (excerpt) (2001, 1.7MB, 53 secs)

The music of Helmut Oehring is like nothing you’ve ever heard.
A hearing child of deaf mute parents, he incorporates his early
experiences into the music he writes, which frequently features
sign language ( not in a token but a completely necessary and
integrated manner).
The actual sound world of the music, moreover, is suffused with a character that
must surely have been formed by those same early experiences -stringed instruments
are tuned down to points of almost unplayable slackness & there is a fragmentary and
distanced, almost walled-off, quality to it all.
If you’re intrigued by the clip it’s well worth checking out recordings of his stuff.

Monochrom & the Bolshevik Glove Puppets

15th September 2008 by michael
activism | animation | arts | community | education | humor | performance | politics | puppetry | satire | serial | theatre | video

kiki and bubu and the good plan
Kiki and Bubu and the Good Plan (2008, 74MB, 7:24 min)

kiki and bubu and the shift
Kiki and Bubu and the Shift (2008, 39MB, 4:11 min)

Well, almost.
Marred only by some fashionable end-of-the-working-class-in-the-West
(who collects your trash, checks out your groceries, teaches your kids?)
nonsense, this is on the whole the finest piece of glove puppet based
agit-prop I’ve ever seen & very funny to boot.
In particular the best of these pieces,Kiki and Bubu and the Good Plan,
is an absolutely clear & devastating reply to the marketeers…
See ’em all