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!! OMG, mari et mari: Pierre et Gilles for V Magazine !!

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‘Pierre et Gilles’s’ pre-photoshop photographs “are iconic, yet none of their sitters look robotic…because everything is done by hand” so says shoe designer and long held friend Christian Louboutin.
The French couple have photographed Andy Warhol, Iggy Pop and Madonna and collaborated with fashion designers Thierry Mugler and Jean Paul Gaultier over the years, and their.
Their latest series, which you can see after the jump, are a series of self portraits of the couple created in pre-emptive celebration of the approval of Marriage Equality in France:

“It’s actually our second time doing this…in 1993 we did a fake wedding which showed Gilles as a bride.” _Pierre Commoy

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!! OMG, zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz: Mounir Fatmi’s ‘Sleep (Al Naim)’ !!

If you are not familiar with Sir Salman Rushdie, read a blooming book some time. His first novel ‘Midnight’s Children’ won the Booker Prize in 1981, and his fourth novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ won him death threats and from angry Muslims and a fatwā issued by the -then- Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
Oopsie!
Paris-based Moroccan Artist Mounir Fatmi’s latest piece is a reinterpretation of Andy Warhol’s 1963 film also entitled ‘Sleep’, and features a 3D render of Sir Salman Rushdie…asleep…obv.
This 6 hour durational piece was censored at a show at l’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris last year but is currently showing in Fatmi’s solo exhibition entitled ‘History is Not Mine’:

“Rushdie lives between different worlds, between countries, between life and death. It is at once boring and voyeuristic to look at someone sleeping for six hours. I want the audience to feel guilty about Rushdie’s destiny.”

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!! OMG, the vision of Divinity: Jeffrey Schwarz interview !!


Jeffrey Schwarz has directed over 100 films; documentaries about movies, films on films, covering the making as such classics as ‘Footloose’ [this amounts to several films, obsessed much?!], ‘Bewitched’ and ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’.
His in-depth documentary on the queen of all queens, Divine, premiered this year at SXSW and features previously unseen photos and videos provided by Divine’s mother Frances Milstead who was still alive when Jeffrey was collecting together his material for what he describes as “the ultimate ‘it gets better’ story”.
Schwarz sat down with Afterelton to discuss his dream of one day making a Divine Biopic, his search for film-funding sugar-daddies or “donor angels”, and remembering that John [Waters] and Divine, were creating “movies for gay people who didn’t get along with other gay people”:

“Today’s queers need to remember people like Divine and the people on the fringes who made it easier for the rest of us.”

True dat!
You can read the whole interview HERE [I promise only a single mention of canine excrement] and you can browse the North American film screening deets, after the jump.

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!! OMG, SHAKE YOUR HABITUAL ASS: The Knife’s ‘STH’ interview !!

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Beginning with a mesmeric swingy swing and the footage taken from their album teaser from last December, The Knife’s album ‘interview’ expands upon this very album teaser blurb and their later released album manifesto [also after the jump], questioning systems of fame and school institutions that they see as failed and championing those systems [the ecosystem, the soundsystem] which they still believe can instil change.
Scanning through relatively mundane images [people dancing, birds feeding, doorways and windows, railings and walls], Olof and Karin narrate a new process-heavy-shake-up of old habits:

“we approached each other…through the language of others…and we play…and we played and we played and we played…to let go of what we already knew about music and explore what we didn’t know…letting go…we want to question the knife”

“we used homemade instruments, or played traditional instruments in non-traditional ways and tried to find non-tradional ways of creating traditional sounds…making a bedspring sound like a voice, or a voice sound like a bedspring”

They discuss protest songs [against monarchy and the nuclear family] and the power of safety in collectivism. They use the “commercial homogenisation and extreme hierarchical conservatism” of the music industry as a metaphor for societal shifts in Europe, and set aside their previously worn masks which questioned ideas of “fake tanning” fame and identity, but then became commercial institutions in themselves:

“I think there are no real ‘us’, behind the masks there are other masks”

I’ve popped the video after the jump due to some non-nuclear titty sucking near the end so jump in and SHAKE YOUR HABITUAL ASS !

“it’s time to move…to fall…to fly”

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!! OMG, stick thin: Wolgang Stiller’s Matchstickmen !!

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German installation artist Wolfgang Stiller is a fire-starter, a twisted fire starter. I mean look at the heads on those hot-rods, they are like blackened indignant old man orgasm faces, like maybe he hasn’t squeezed one out in a while and then a little grey drop comes out the end and he’s so ecstatic that he just INTERNALLY COMBUSTS on peaking.
I find these matchstickmen so beautiful, with the open match boxes looking like open funeral caskets; the faces serene but with a sense of something sudden and tragic has befallen upon them and they lie where they were struck down.
Follow the jump to see more more shots of these flaming queens.

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