German conductor, harpsichordist and composer Michael Petermann spent eight years creating “The Stupid Orchestra,” an art installation-slash-35-minute noise symphony out of over 200 small household appliances. Petermann ‘auditioned’ hundreds of vacuums, electric mixers, washers, and other machines to create the perfect balance of sound and visual presentation, choosing only appliances designed between 1940 and 1975. As he explained, ” I refused to take younger ones [because], in general, design of the late ’70s and ’80s changed considerably towards making things look alike”… “People recognize their parents’ or even grandparents’ kitchen when they first see the installation, and become thrilled by their beloved machine’s heightened second life as an artist.” To compose the actual machine music, Petermann designed his own system, which he calls the “MIDI-to-Household-Appliance-Interface.” The program runs off his laptop and controls the on/off switches of all the appliances. Click through to see a preview of the symphony and check out some photographs – the installation will play every hour at MKG Hamburg until April 30th. … Read More
Performance artist Terence Koh attracts the press once again. In his exhibition nothingtoodoo at the legendary Mary Boone Gallery in New York, Koh has taken a vow of silence and slowly circles a giant mound of salt on his knees with a monk-like reverence. With only one week left in the show, this weekend’s crowds grew thick.
The new work is a departure for Koh, whose previous sculptures, installations, and performances, while diverse, tended to expose a domme personality. Here, the physical endurance required of the work evokes many of the same questions viewers asked last year at famed Marina Abramovic’s exhibition at MoMA in New York, The Artist Is Present. When does the artist eat? How will he go to the bathroom? What will happen to his knees? Also, why does he like white so much and what’s the significance of the salt? Is anyone making spin off art or attending several times through out the course of the show? The following photo essay documents his current show, and answers a few of these questions. … Read More
Matt Alaeddine, also known as “Fat Matt” and “Powermann,” of Edmonton (of course he’s Canadian), claims he is the world’s fattest contortionist. Well, we suppose there has to be a world’s fattest everything. But is Alaeddine a real contortionist or just a slightly more-flexible-than-average fat guy in gold spandex flopping about? Whatever he is, he’s officially hilarious. Choice quotes: 1. “I have traveled to many countries, and done many things. Obesity — it’s working for me.” 2. “My weight fluctuates depending on the candy associated with the season. I mean, we’re just coming out of, at this point, the Christmas rush, the Halloween rush, so I’m sittin’ pretty at over 400.” 3. “I’m just a dirty carney, but people think I’m some kind of rockstar. It’s the best life.” Read the story at the Edmonton Journal and watch the video after the jump. … Read More
This is a video of a girl dancing her face off around, on and through the Staten Island Ferry, wearing what we can only imagine is an outfit picked out by a hipster and a middle schooler forced to compromise. She (and two somewhat more put-together gents) dances to Girl Talk blasting from speakers hidden around the Ferry in front of a pretty blase crowd of onlookers. It’s the perfect combination of so-embarrassing-for-them-you-can-barely-watch and actually really impressive. This nearly 8-minute video is part of a project to create an album-length music video to go along with Girl Talk’s newest album All Day, which is 71 minutes long. Well, sounds awesome, but we’ll believe it when we see it. Regardless, this girl’s got skills. But, wait, she also looks like a total crazy person. Needless to say, we love her. … Read More
“I’ve been asleep for 20 years,” says Laurie Anderson in a video interview (posted below) about her performance piece Delusion, which made its New York premiere last week as part of Brooklyn Academy of Music’s yearly Next Wave Festival and continues into early October. She doesn’t mean this in the Rip Van Winkle sense. Rather, she’s talking about the cumulative time she’s spent asleep in her 63-year-old life and the dreams that provide much of Delusion’s content. … Read More
Buddy Wakefield, the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion known for wordplay that stretches reality beyond ordinary limits, has shaped the art of spoken word with a fierce truth that touches the soul. Flavorpill sat down with him recently to get acquainted with the guy who left his position as the executive assistant at a biomedical firm in 2001, gave away everything he owned, moved into his car, and set out to “live for a living,” touring North American poetry venues. One thing led to another, and now he’s one of 20 featured live performers at our Yoga at The Great Lawn event on June 22.
Read on for a hint of what goes into his performances, and if you really want to find out what could make us laugh, cry, and scream simultaneously, get there early to catch him up close next Tuesday in Central Park. … Read More
Our friends at Cool Hunting turned us on to a cool thesis project from recent NYU grad Nahanaeli Schelling that’s called “A Series of Walks”; it was inspired by the car-mounted cameras of Google Street View. The twist? Schelling placed 10 cameras on her own body and walked the streets of New York like a robot, hyper-documenting everything that she saw. “We ‘surf’ the internet rather then surf the waves,” she explains in her statement. “And if we ever get that chance to ride the ocean, we perceive the experience through the lenses of what we have already seen on YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr and other sites.” Now viewers can experience Schelling’s walks secondhand, thanks to a rectangular box and 6 projectors. … Read More
New York City just doesn’t seem safe these days, and people don’t always know where to look for protection. Recently, when the New York Public Library became infested with ghosts, who do you think they called? That’s right, Improv Everywhere. Studious patrons were disturbed during the evacuation, but the team of faux-parapsychologists got the job done and the reading room is better off because of it. At least they hope so. … Read More
Actor James Franco is taking his campaign to Be Taken Seriously to the next level in this MoMA video matching him with artist Marina Abramović and Klaus Biesenbach, chief curator of MoMA cousin P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center. On the occasion of Abramović’s retrospective at the museum, The Artist Is Present, the three sit down for a chat comparing performance art to acting, including the danger of losing oneself in a character and the value of self-expression as a freedom from the strictures of daily life. (And on a sidenote: just look at Marina Abramović’s glowing skin. The woman is 63! What the eff is her secret? Success? Close proximity to Daniel Desario?) Video after the… Read More
The art of awkward conversation: role-playing hosts Vicky & Lysander cordially invite you to the dinner party from hell. Unless, of course, your sense of humor borders on the absurd and you find social button-pushing hysterical (we do), in which case get yourself down to the Lower East Side sur le champ. Grand Opening — the revolving art space that previously housed D.I.Y. workshop Trade School — has been remade as a hipster-rustic dining room complete with questionable art and rough-hewn shelves hosting china and leather-bound books. Vicky, a Houston oil heiress, and Lysander, a questionably-straight man about town, are the fictional marrieds who conduct over-the-top conversation while twelve guests chow down on fried chicken and cupcakes. It’s BYOB, and trust me when I say the B considerably helps the proceedings.… Read More