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McSweeney’s first ever student short story contest!

If you are a fan of McSweeney’s like we are and if you ever wanted to publish a short story with them, now you can do it: IF you are a student (undergraduate or graduate) living in the US and have a story which doesn’t have more than 7,500 words…Submission ends on September 30, 2014. The winner of the contest will receive $500 and their story will be published inMcSweeney’s 51, in August 2015.
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We’re suckers for exhibitions where the gallery space is in itself transformed, rather than just being decorated – and so must be Olafur Eliasson, who is, of course, a master of transforming space. His latest experiment is on view at the renowned Louisiana museum in Denmark, where he turned the central space into a natural landscape with a little river flowing through it.

Other transformation highlights come to mind: Elmgreen & Dragset’s Powerless Structures Fig. 111 with its warped floors and ceilings, or Florian Slotawa’s grand Bonn Ordnen, where he moved the (functioning) offices of the Bonner Kunstverein into the exhibition space and showed his works in the deserted offices.

Above: Riverbed by Olafur Eliasson
Below: Powerless Structures Fig. 111 by Elmgreen & Dragset / Bonn Ordnen by Florian Slotawa

The Revolution will be colored

Lapham’s Quarterly shows the colorful side of revolutions.


I’m so overly excited about Blonde Redhead’s forthcoming album Barragán. Their latest single The One I Love is just fantastic (so was the first track to be released No More Honey) and it takes me straight back to obsession of this fantastic band. The album was recorded with a lot of old analogue synthesizers and Kazu herself described it as ‘analogue heaven’. Barragán will be released September 2nd by Kobalt (not 4AD this time) and a tour throughout Europe and America will follow during fall and winter.


Tonight opens the 2014 installment of Berlin Atonal – a legendary festival of 1980s West Berlin pioneering electronic music that went on hiatus after the fall of the wall, only to return again in 2013 in founder Dimitri Hegemann’s new space, the impressive former power plant Kraftwerk Berlin. Launching with Ensemble Modern interpreting Steven Reich, the 5-day-festival will host a range of diverse electronic and experimental artists, from Cabaret Voltaire to Biosphere, who will showcase along with others a new 4D sound system. Either way, the location is worth going on its own, and filled with music, it is simply magical.


Maybe the most inadvertently accurate footnote on Ricardo Bofill’s architecture from the 1980s comes from Cyprien Gaillard, our interviewee of issue #24 who actually, at the time, introduced us to the work of Bofill. A mixture of fascination and skepticism exemplified beautifully in Gaillard’s short film The Lake Arches, shot, of course, at Les Arcades du Lac – see a few posts down.

Video: The Lake Arches by Cyprien Gaillard


Boerum House & Home via Old Brand New.


“Wildcat is a state of mind; an experiment inspired by the composition and performance of jazz music.
The characters that populate this world are actual – cowboys; and envisioned – angels.
The town they all inhabit is real – Grayson, Oklahoma.”

2012 gave us “Until the Quiet Comes”, the pithy collaboration between filmmaker Kahlil Joseph and musician Flying Lotus. Its difficult to imagine how the two could follow up and overcome the emotional, sociocultural, and cinematic panorama realized in their singular first film. With 2013’s “Wildcat,” Joseph and FlyLo expand on the audiovisual lexicon they formulated and introduced in “Until…”

Again Joseph inscribes the life of all-black rodeo in Grayson, Oklahoma with his semiotically dense montages and dreamlike cinematic gestures, all too sensitive of the sublime. Pun aside, monochrome–sharply contrasting with its predecessor’s brocaded hues–highlights several undertones in “Wildcat”: nostalgia for American romanticism, a Malboro Man stoicism typically associated with the Midwest, and the irony inherent in the existence of a black rodeo. FlyLo’s score holds balance with all these. His track for an alternate American Midwest sounds delicately surreal, but no less majestic for it.


Force Majeure (or Turist, which is its original title) is the latest film of Ruben Östlund; director of previous films such as Play and Involuntary. Force Majeure examines the consequences of a father’s decision to run for his life and leave his family behind when nature comes crashing in at a ski resort in the alps. Ruben Östlund’s rather confrontational films often lead to discussions and this one doesn’t seem to be an exception. The film received the jury prize of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and will now be screened in theaters internationally.

Lago Di Efterklango

Danish band Efterklang is back — with a web radio station called “The Lake”: “The Lake runs 24 hours daily and aims to be the anti-thesis of commercial radio. Its function is to serve as a platform for experimental and inspiring music, sounds and radio art, without playlists, boundaries or limitations. The carefully curated library spans all decades of recorded audio, crossing geographical borders, languages and genres. No one knows what The Lake will play next. Randomized playback will make it a unique experience for listeners who can hear everything from the forgotten and underrated to ground-breaking, rare and new pieces.” This way.