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As the Greek drama unfolds, crowdfunding comes to rescue: help save Greece.

POLICING OF OUR BODIES

Terre Thaemlitz has commented on the changes to Japan’s controversial Fuueihou law via a statement on her website. The post responds to the “Declaration On the Future Of Japan’s Club Culture”, signed by 40 Japanese DJs on the same day that the 67-year-old law was officially changed by the Japanese government. She argues that it has “no purpose other than to comfort members of those reactionary political forces that have historically suppressed Japan’s club cultures,” and goes so far as to “pledge the future of Japan’s club cultures to the service of conservative social ideals.” She adds that “the larger issue at hand is not simply the ‘right to dance’, but the policing of our bodies and their movements”. The law was passed in 1948 in the post-war years to combat the lawlessness found in most dancing establishments. You can read the piece in full on her website Comatonse.

You can read an in-depth conversation with Thaemlitz on politics within the context of club culture in our current issue!

ALAS

Australian label ALAS makes the most wonderful and comfy sleepwear. You can find some of their organic and fairly produced pyjamas at Möon in Berlin or online where they now also happen to have a sale.

MONDAY MUSIC: SON LUX

This week’s top marks for effort go out to Son Lux, who have just released their new album Bones, for the painstaking stop motion video using nothing but pins and thread for their current single Change is Everything. I, in the meantime, am a little confused by the fact that the singer is male…

THE MUSE

A tale of a muse: violence and politics… The drama is not only going on in Greece, Brussels or the Mediterrenean Sea but also at unexpected spots such as the last runway show of Rick Owens.

‘I think it says Kill Angela Merkel or something? Is that what it said? I don’t know because it was not my idea. He pulled it out and I punched him when he came off stage. He’s been my male muse for the past twelve years or something and I think he just felt comfortable enough to do something in a show and I’m furious.’ says the designer.

S.O.S. – ART SAVES THE WORLD

No plans for the weekend yet? Don’t miss the festival 48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN, presenting a myriad of approaches to the festival’s theme in 2015, “S.O.S. – Art saves the world” in the form of around 350 artistic projects at approximately 220 venues. In addition, some 90 studios and galleries will be open to visitors as associated venues with their own respective programs, without dealing directly with said theme.

48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN is a forum for artistic projects from the manifold art scene in Berlin today, with a focus on presenting art dealing with societal issues. Since the festival was established in 1999, 48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN has become the largest festival of the arts in Berlin. Works of art that have been realized here serve as beacons beyond the limits of the district, facilitating interaction between artists, both here and internationally.

Find out more abut the program, the festival’s focus, the venues, and the participating artists.

48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN – A festival of the arts
S.O.S. – Art saves the world
June 26–28, 2015
Events along Karl-Marx-Straße in Berlin

Photo: copyright © Jörg A. Fischer

BACK IT UP

Are you keyed into the nineties? LA punk band FIDLAR takes a page out of Gondry’s style book with a throwback to late twentieth century’s great music videos. Much of the fun is tracing the references back to the original videos. While some of their luster have faded with technological advancement, their kooky and even ugly surrealityappear weirder than ever. Makes you almost regret how far we have come. FIDLAR seems to agree.

BALLET GOES NOISE

Our all time favorite noise-heroine Kim Gordon had an interesting collaboration last year, when she was commissioned to compose music for a ballet initiated by artist Nick Mauss. Inversions was first performed at Frieze Projects 2014, now the audio is to receive a limited edition vinyl release. Exclaim reports that Music for Inversions: A Live Ballet by Nick Mauss will come as an editions of 250 copies, each of which will feature silk-screened cover art by Mauss. A release date has not been announced yet, but you can pre-order the record by contacting 303 Gallery.

In related news, Gordon is currently showing work in her exhibition titled “Design Office: The City Is a Garden” at New York’s 303 Gallery, which is on view until July 24.

THE THISTLE

Priceless: one of our favourite artists, David Shrigley (and no, we really don’t have any issues left), was commissioned to design the new mascot for Scottish football team Patrick Thistle. They got a yellow, erm, thistle, even though it reminded us instantly of something else. What were they thinking?

EXACTLY