Laurie Anderson has unveiled her massive Park Avenue Armory installation in collaboration with former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammad el Gharani — who was imprisoned between ages 14 and 21, and who now appears in a live feed from a studio in West Africa, projected as a human sculpture onto a Lincoln Memorial-like screen four times his size.
After a few box office bombs, M. Night Shyamalan has made a successful return to theaters this weekend with his latest film, The Visit. Our own Jason Bailey wrote about the horror tale that finds one family’s life taking a dark turn after a visit with the grandparents.
Music often drives us to change the architecture of our bodies – if it wasn’t for Rod Stewart’s raw, animalistic beats or Barry Manilow’s thrashing guitar, I wonder if I’d ever move at all. But seriously, the idea of music itself being architectural isn’t too hard to fathom, whether in the way that it’s laid out in blueprint form before it’s actualized, in the way that a series of supporting sounds bolster one another and create a song, or in the 4’33” sense that silences create their own music, just as there’s architecture in empty space.
Earlier this week we did some serious thinking about the role of gender in Shaking the Habitual, the fantastic new album by The Knife. Today, we thought we’d revisit the same topic in a rather more lighthearted way: by looking at some of music’s most memorable gender-defying fashion statements over the years. Androgyny and ambiguity have long been part of popular music, after all, and they’ve been responsible for some of its most iconic imagery. From The Knife to Grace Jones and a certain remarkable German countertenor, here are some of the best …Read More