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ALL THE MINUTES

Our relentless obsession with connecting to the world in real time is maybe nowhere better captured than in Studio Moniker’s Twitter clock All the Minutes – essentially retweeting posts at the exact same time of the day. Another point in case that we usually have little more to say than banalities, but we do it live.

THE PYGMALION EFFECT

As the holiday season is coming to an end, we are still looking for reasons to stay or even to go back to some of our favorite spots this summer. Cyprus for instance has not only a multilayered history, but also an eclectic contemporary art scene. Part of it is Neoterismoi Toumazou, a former novelty shop turned into an artist-run space in 2013 by artist and curator Maria Toumazou. Besides the curation of a diverse exhibition programme, she also produces artist editions and multiples. We are not surprised that the upcoming solo presentation of New York based artist Marysia Gacek looks just as promising!

Marysia Gacek’s work is known for its suggestive personal symbolism, using memory and arcane cultural references that assert the transcendent possibilities of the banal. Gacek works in a variety of materials from painting, clay, to textiles and video. By starting with a place, an image, a specific memory, or an object, she creates structures and narratives using personal symbolism and different modes of representation. For her exhibition, titled Same Goals, Gacek will display a collection of sculptures and assemblages testing the elusive nature of the forms depicted and the retraining of narratives. Elements of the exhibition allude to display strategies encountered during the artist’s stay in Cyprus.

Marysia Gacek – Same Goals
03 Septmeber – 25 September 2015
Neoterismoi Toumazou
69A Odos Aischylou
1011 Nicosia / Cyprus

Classical Connections

Unfortunately, Chilly Gonzales, very much “a man of his time,” doesn’t usually work as a radio host – his voice is so perfect for that! -, but for once, he did connect the dots between classical and pop for the BBC, and you can listen to his amazing round-up only until mid-September 2015 over here:

Chilly Gonzales joins the dots between the seemingly polarised worlds of classical and pop, taking us on a whirlwind journey through musical time with help from Alt J, Arcade Fire, London Grammar, Vampire Weekend, Clean Bandit and Bon Iver. Sitting at his piano, Chilly tells the story of 1000 years of musical evolution in just one hour, from medieval music to minimalism, and explains it’s relevance to the hip-hop, metal, indie and dance music of today.

Chilly also hears from well known pop stars discussing their lesser known passions for classical music. Did you know that Beethoven is Vampire Weekend’s top tip for a hangover cure? Or that Alt J would not exist if not for Gregorian Chanting? Or that Chopin’s ‘pop melodies’ inspire London Grammar’s Dot Major?

However, as BBC Radio 3’s Suzy Klein states, classical music still has something of an image problem. Despite there being a thriving and exhilarating contemporary scene in the UK, with new music being brought to new spaces and audiences around the country, negativity around the term ‘classical’ persists. Over the course of this programme Chilly asks if these negative perceptions are fair.

For fans of Muse, Mozart, Plan B, Purcell, Justin Timberlake, JS Bach, Dr Dre and Dimitri Shostakovich.


MELODIOUS SOUNDSCAPES

The pioneer of experimental music Hans-Joachim Roedelius is going to be honoured with a three-day festival at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen Welt. Lifelines is a series of events presenting his diverse creative achievements by reflecting them in discussions, films, an installation by Brian Eno, and, above all, concerts in which Roedelius will be joined by fellow friends and collaborators from his past and present, such as Arnold Kasar, Tim Story, and Christopher Chaplin. Roedelius is particularly known for his project Cluster, which was founded in 1971 in collaboration with Dieter Moebius who has sadly passed away earlier this summer, and later joined by Conrad Schnitzler.

Roedlius talks about his approach and influences in creating melodious soundscapes in his recent interview with Dominikus Mueller for frieze d/e:

“We still don’t know what electronic sounds actually do to the body, or how the body reacts to electronically generated frequencies. Does the body ‘naturally’ take in every kind of sound? We didn’t start off with the aim of doing something new. We wanted to create our own sound-language.”

Roedelius from Mindpirates on Vimeo.

Lifelines #4: Roedelius
03 Septmeber – 6 September 2015
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin

MONO.KLUB #47: NADA

This is for our friends in Colombia: if in Bogotá this weekend, please join us for a casual talk on all things mono.kultur and self-publishing at the lovely Nada store. Very much looking forward to seeing you there, hasta sábado!

mono.klub #47: Nada
Saturday, August 29, 2015 / 11 AM
NADA
Carrera 6 No. 35 – 37 Piso 2
Cine Tonalá Bogotá
Sala Tonalá

SOME WORLD AFTER ALL


Remember when Banksy was actually a guerrilla street artist? Last week the artist debuted his “bemusement park” Dismaland in Weston-super-Mare, England. And no, it’s not a ripoff of Paul McCarthy’s WS show. The park features collaborations with 58 artists including Damien Hirst and Jimmy Cauty, and sets with Banksy’s trademark satire. Cinderella’s carriage crash sprawls in her castle while a village replete with police inhabits another corner. While tickets are priced at low low £3 per person, it’s hard to imagine Dismaland as the dystopian fortress Banksy purports to be when musical acts play weekends and the project itself requires enormous capital. No one can contest the Banksy’s brand power anymore.

YOUR BODY IS A LANDSCAPE

In his Metamorphosis series, Frederic Fontenoy seemingly pushes the visual logic of McGinley’s naked romps to the extreme. Here again are the pastoral settings and wan bodies of the latter photographer’s images, but a time lapse renders the human subjects intelligible. They become stumps of skin, trees of muscle, a naval notch, and a gesture a nude surf. In these images, the divide between man and nature collapses.

A CHAIR FOR MARUGAME

Martino Gamper first attracted widespread attention in 2007 with the project 100 Chairs in 100 Days, for which he reworked elements of existing  chairs into a collection of charismatic new pieces of furniture. Taking on the ultimate design object of the chair within severe self-imposed constraints in terms of time and material, the results were odd – at times impractical, at times funny-looking, but always refreshingly unexpected. Drawing upon the history of furniture yet altogether unique and original improvisations, he has toured 99 chairs around the globe, always creating another 100th chair in each new location. For the exhibition Martino Gamper – 100 Chairs in 100 Days in Japan, he will create a yet-unveiled 100th chair from a find in Marugame. Another Gamper-treat!

This might be also a good occasion to pick up mono.kultur #32, to re-read our interview with Martino Gamper, which we published in 2012.

Martino Gamper – 100 Chairs in 100 Days
The Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art
The MIMOCA Foundation

80-1 Hama-machi, Marugame-shi,
Kagawa 763-0022 JAPAN
On view 13 June – 23 September 2015

KIOSK MELAMINE STUFF SUMMER 2015

Oh KIOSK, your Melamine Stuff for Summer 2015 (pictured above) and story telling is so fun and lovely!

“It’s Marco’s favorite, the one that originally got away, returned and on the rebound.  Back again by popular demand even though I’m not even certain how it arrived.  This vintage melamine keeps popping up like the beautiful invasive plant you thought you had eradicated or the mushroom you believe you had picked the last.  You want it to be over so you can savor the last drop but still, you’re glad when it returns.  Down, down old dog, I can’t cuddle you now!  A pleasant repeat performance.  Like the dessert you thought was finished but you find more of in the fridge at the finale.  Surprise!  Delicious stuff.  Eat, eat on it, eat from it. Drink and be merry for tomorrow my friend there may not be more. And the nebulous cloud said, Aye, Aye!”

BEING A WRITER

As a part of My First Time interview series by The Paris Review, Sheila Heti talks about how she became a writer .