Diego Barrera premieres his latest video for Lena Platonos, exploring gender duality and sacred sexuality through androgenization rites and video magick.
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Lime Lodge is a new alternative publishing house with three releases from three different artists, including Torturing Nurse. We speak with the owner Angelo Harmsworth about the art of curation, the value of context, and what it means to launch an independent label in this day and age.
Lily Taylor premieres the video to her latest single, “Fade,” to launch her Fall tour of the North East. Video artist Sean Miller and production company Irregular Visions team up with wearable art designers to create Taylor’s surreal dreamscape.
Walter Crasshole launches the first online gay porn magazine that features content outside the realm of erotica. This lifestyle site melds culture and sex entertainment as a unique gay media venue, featuring exclusive boys and real couples in docu-porn style.
Mathieu Laca distorts the faces of cultural icons like Walt Whitman, Jean Genet, and Virginia Woolf to a state of grotesque contortion while retaining familiarity and alarming beauty.
Enjoy an insider perspective of the avant garde underground from acclaimed writer and critic Nina Živancevic with the guidance of Marc James Léger. Formerly an assistant to Allen Ginsberg, Nina Živancevic opens up on run-ins and histories with icons like John Giorno, Ira Cohen, Kathy Acker, and more.
Hop along with Cream, Lollipop, Gummy, and Foxy Star for an egg hunt gone totally wrong in this odd video treat that’s this season’s trash cinema answer to Easter.
Take a listen to the first Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mother’s Temple) recordings as Ankoku Kakumei Kyodotai (Dark Revolution Collective) and Baroque Bordello.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with Candie Hank’s new video “Elevator Life,” a dazzling animated ride directed by Angie Reed. Bopping gumdrops and twirling suckers dance amongst sophisticated party-goers with a penchant for decadence.
NSFW. For Anna Block, the distinction between staged and impromptu coexist in her photographic process. Implementing performance, life as art, and multimedia documentation into a series gives us a constructed glimpse into her psyche. Anna’s travel, sex, and creativity live through her images.
In Berlin we met with Ema Discordant and discussed his photographic process of disembodying identities, repurposing urban landscapes, and queer raves. NSFW.
We speak with CoH on the newly launched video channel featuring visual takes on his latest release “To Beat or Not to Beat.” The special 2xLP edition includes remixes from Matmos, JG Thirlwell, John Parish, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Drew McDowall.
NSFW. Seattle-based visual and performance artist Juan Franco focuses on the body and queer identity, displaying sexuality as a creative process. In this series, he intimately engages with Shakespeare’s Sonnet 24 through erotic experience.
NSFW. From J.G. Ballard to Pinku Eiga, Tessa Kuragi breaks the fashion model mold with her daring influences and unconventional collaborations. She’s captured attention from couture legends and avant-garde auteurs alike, and with a recent showcase in Diesel’s SS14 campaign, Kuragi injects an enticing vision of surreal erotica into the cultural mainstream.
Uchihara Yasuhiko takes and uploads hundreds of images a week, documenting his colorful life as an ultra-mobile photographer. Clocking in at nearly 18,000 images, his Flickr & Tumblr feeds are not for the faint of heart. Get lost in his virtual sea of breathtaking images; intimate captures of street life throughout Asia.
We take a look at three similarly executed video pieces from Japan’s New Wave auteur Toshio Matsumoto, the famed filmmaker behind Funeral Parade of Roses. Those familiar with the avant-garde classic might be surprised to see a visually disorienting digital deconstruction of architecture and nature.
Late founder of Mystic Fire Video and seminal documentarian Sheldon Rochlin worked alongside then muse and collaborator Flame Schon to create this 16mm short film featuring the likes of Paul Morrissey, Jonas Mekas, Bill Levy, and a score by Malcolm Goldstein. We spoke to Flame about her memories of Sheldon, underground legends, and NYC in the early 60’s.
Experimental videographer Daniel Swan digitally renders Cottweiler’s SS15 collection as a weeklong vacation as a virtual dreamscape. Originally installed at ICA, the piece premiered online as a Dazed Digital exclusive.
Yony Leyser, who brought us William S. Burroughs: A Man Within, returns with an intimate, first-hand experience of Berlin’s queer underground. Featuring Peaches, Nina Hagen, Rummelsnuff, and more, this work of docufiction reinvigorates the intellectual hedonism once inseparable from gay culture.
Cinematic iconoclast Jack Smith is widely regarded as the ignitor of drag culture, performance art, and camp. An inspiration to Warhol and John Waters, Smith challenged gender norms and obscenity laws with the infamous underground classic Flaming Creatures, amongst others. Although regarded as a master photographer, Smith’s photography remain widely unseen.
Cyberculture pioneer and unconventional writer Gareth Branwyn unabashedly shares his voracious curiosity for life on the cutting-edge of technology in a 30+ essay collection spanning 30+ years. In this exclusive interview, Gareth discusses what it’s like living in the future, virtual reality rituals, and literally becoming “cyborged.”
Architect and artist Walter Pichler’s sci-fi helmets from the late 60’s were critical examinations on the future of entertainment and technology. Virtual reality becomes claustrophobic, physically trapping its participants in immersive multi-media experiences.
The Collection de L’Art Brut houses over 60,000 works from the mentally insane, socially unique, and physically imprisoned. Conceptualized and initiated by Jean Dubuffet, Andre Breton, and others, the collection still grows and continually questions what it means to be an artist. In this article, three individuals are featured with works ranging from knitted fabrics to drawings crafted with pharmaceuticals.
Sebastian Bieniek’s new series “Man on Canvas” humorously explores authorship and the artist through portraiture reimagined. A fitting follow-up after his infamous “Doublefaced” series was appropriated without credit in Pharrell Williams’ video for the hit single “Marilyn Monroe.”
New Aesthetic frontwoman and self-proclaimed “crust-monk” Genevieve Belleveau speaks to The End of Being on her RV-based journey in self-awareness and enlightenment. Leaving behind urban connectivity and a reliable wifi connection, she encounters the trials and tribulations of the open road from NYC to LA.
The short documentary “Dark Light” follows three photographers from the world’s first blind photography exhibition at a major museum to show that not only is blind photography possible, but has various surprising facets.
Wynne Greenwood’s band-as-performance-art project Tracy + the Plastics gets archival treatment at the Henry Art Gallery, on exhibit now through July 15th.
In this critical response to Benjamin Sutton’s review of the James Franco exhibit at Pace, artistic agency and gender are discussed as factors that formulate a negative bias against Franco. JC Gonzo presents an argument that the review, similar to many negative reviews on the exhibit, avoids conceptual analysis over controversy and scandal.
Rar production footage of William Burroughs reading for David Blair’s cyberpunk cult film WAX Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees.
The independent Taipei-based avant-garde art, music, and culture mag just landed a major global distribution deal with WhiteCirc. Expect White Fungus, the magazine Carolee Schneemann calls “rich” and “un-predictable,” to spread near you. This interview with editor Ron Hanson also features live clips from exclusive performances by Merzbow, Wang Fujui, and Betty Apple.
Charlotte Rodgers delivers a brutally honest and insightful recollection of her tumultuous youth as a part of the counter-culture. Both frightening and empowering, “P is for Prostitution” does not shy away from life’s tougher challenges, perplexing circumstances, and brighter moments.
Bruno Hibombo’s ethereal pop debut gives promise; the young Swedish musician speaks on Ives, RnB, and how his sexuality intersects with Ugandan descent.
Spanish auteurs Diego Barrera & Julieta Triangular (Celestial Twins) continue the spirit of surrealist and avant-garde cinema for Lebanon Hanover’s new music video “Hall of Ice.”
Finnish multimedia artist Heidi Kilpeläinen, the woman behind sci-fi pop diva HK119, shifts direction with her third album “Imaginature” by exploring her relationship to the natural world.
A young artist’s even handed words from Tehran, Iran, on their new President, Hassan Rowhani.
We spoke with the CEO of the online alternative cinema host FANDOR on their new “Journey Into Film” series that merges curation, context, and education with the viewer experience.
French philosopher Jacques Derrida interviews saxophone virtuoso Ornette Coleman on language, race, women, and improvisation. “For me, being an innovator doesn’t mean being more intelligent, more rich, it’s not a word, it’s an action.”
William E. Jones showcases segments from 90’s eastern European gay pornography to expose an underlying reaction to the introduction of capitalism.
Five rejected panels of Diamanda Galás’ comic strip made for Milan’s main paper in 2011.
Hailed as a “Romantic Punk Shaman,” Almagul Menlibayeva personifies Kazakhstan’s cultural history in a modern context, giving us a rare look into Central Asian contemporary art. Explore Menlibayeva’s surreal, mesmerizing, exotic, and sensual world.
Cyberpunk classic and first film ever online, “WAX or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees,” has an upcoming sequel! Creator David Blair speaks with The End of Being on the film 20 years in the making, “The Telepathic Motion Picture of THE LOST TRIBES.” Featuring new material associated with the project!
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Shanghai’s rapid lifestyle, young photographer MANG MANG explores an internal world of alternate personas and female identity ala Cindy Sherman. Read the exclusive interview with this fresh artist who’s catching the eyes of art bloggers worldwide.
Help fund Lydia Lunch’s latest project: a women’s workshop featuring 10 artists from around the world, including Bibbe Hansen. Only 23 days left!
Twenty-two year old film student Jewels Sison pays homage to Singaporean filmmaker Royston Tan in an impressive and intimate short video exploring teenage sexuality and male identity.
Legendary author Anais Nin speaks on two types of anger and the female artist. “I became interested in the women who did not demand their freedom, but created it, took it.”
Famous for accurate recreations of Pollock, Picasso, Duchamp, Matisse, and many others, the great imitator Mike Bidlo takes on Andy Warhol’s Factory in this 8 minute video clip created by David Blair of WAXWEB fame.
German electro-punk duo EC8OR (members of Cobra Killer, Candie Hank) chose their single “Dynamite” for their second the last video. Featured in great quality, sent from the director himself! One of the last videos to emerge from the Digital Hardcore scene.
True independent Spanish filmmaker Julieta Triangular shares and exclusive look at her upcoming short Huérfanos de Astronautas (Astronaut Orphans) with production photos and a teaser video clip. It’s love, discovery, and reunion in the midst of a cephalopod invasion.
In the new music video from Mater Suspiria Vision, Diego Barrera breaks away from the kaleidoscopic haze of Cosmotropia de Xam with hauntingly iconic imagery in luxurious hi-fi detail.
William S. Burroughs is interviewed by Kathy Acker at the October Gallery in London, featuring Burroughs’ first exhibition in the UK. The 33 minute video interview is a rare treat for fans of these legendary, transgressive artists.
Master experimental filmmaker Martha Colburn occupies Wall Street, Amsterdam, and an anti-police brutality rally with her 16mm and Super8 cameras. One of the finest examples of art to emerge from the movement.
Hong Kong based artist and historian Linda C.H. Lai uses video as a psychogeographical tool to explore the boundaries of digital automatism through an international cultural identity, forming a “self-made citizenship” from the day-to-day experience.
Cutting-edge artist-run, internet-based live broadcast Auto Italia Live redefines what we consider television, featuring new performances and engaging discussions every Saturday evening until October 8th.
Up and coming filmmaker Tucker Bennett discusses his new sexploitative parody BLOODRAPE, featuring an all-girl vampire trash band who capture two teenage boys with a camcorder in order to document their tour. Fans of George Kuchar, Nick Zedd, and Jon Moritsugu should take notice.
Exclusive interview with Ron Athey and Sue Fox on their recent collaboration based in automatic writing. “People got close to the seance table as if drawn by static or magnets, and stared endlessly at the almost severed heads, where planchettes were moving with strange pencil marks…” – Sue Fox.
New media Witch House art collective BATHAUS explores ritual and mysticism with macabre imagery and seductive ambiguity.
NSFW – Porn auteur Marc Blackie presents the latest extension in the erotic world of Disappointed Virginity with his new short film “A Special Form of Denial,” considered haunting, brutally sexy, and not for the faint-of-heart.
Julieta Triangular answers a few questions on the premiere of her new video for witch house act FlAsh$i†, titled “BLACK ROSES.”
South Korean auteur Kim Ki-Duk releases the trailer for his upcoming unconventional documentary “Arirang,” a look at the filmmakers past.
Enjoy this bizarre animated film from 1930, IT’S A BIRD. Featuring the unique but under-appreciated comedy star Charley Bowers.
Digital Hardcore videographer Philipp Virus creates visuals for poet Vanessa Matic’s upcoming book, Animal Abstract.
Cutting-edge Icelandic pop star Björk announces a live residency, new dates, and her upcoming album Biophilia.
Young and upcoming photographer Rebecca Cairns conjures haunting, abstracted self-portraits and photo manipulations reminiscent of Francesca Woodman.
JC Gonzo reflects on feminist electro-punk band Le Tigre’s final project; a live tour documentary, which overviews their legacy and fuels viewers to continue it.
Veronica So of UK band T3ETH is the editor and founder of L_A_N, an independent, large-format print magazine for technophiles and fashionistas alike.
The radical queer New York-based Russian exile Slava Mogutin made a tribute video piece featuring Gio Black Peter & Neil Young to Marina Abramovic & Ulay’s “Light/Dark” piece.
This UK video artist has worked with M.I.A. and many more, he has recently launched his self-released short film of futuristic desolation LUX LAZE.
A brand new album from the queen of abrasive electro pop, “Mutsumi “MU” Kanamori is back after a five year silence with her self titled release.
Underground legends Jon Moritsugu & Amy Davis have a new film in their infamous cannon called PIG DEATH MACHINE coming out in 2011. We had JonnyCunt talk to them about it in this epic interview!
Former Atari Teenage Riot front woman is back from a hiatus in French Polynesia. She discusses new collaborations, a new life-direction, and the rift between her and the new Atari Teenage Riot lineup.
An exclusive discussion about his latest involvement with the reformed Atari Teenage Riot, live video/audio mixing, his forthcoming DVD, and more.
The hottest, too-cool-for-school UK pranksters release their debut music video and 7″ single, “See Spaces.”
Feminist pornographer Émilie Jouvet’s video tour diary hits the screens as a new, feature length documentary, “TOO MUCH PUSSY: Feminist Sluts in the QueerXShow.”