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06.28.13 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL stopped by the opening of Jonas Mekas’s exhibit “OUTLAW: NEW WORKS” at the Microscope Gallery last night. The 90-year-old Lithuanian filmmaker, “godfather of American avant-garde cinema” and founder of the invaluable Anthology Film Archives was cheerful and friendly, despite the aggressive theme of his show. I dedicate this Exhibition to all artists who had to go […]

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04.18.13 Marina Galperina

“To die will be an awfully big adventure.” Legendary weirdo, New York’s theater director Robert Wilson’s “Peter Pan” just premiered at the Berlin Ensemble. Do you want to hear what NY band CocoRosie sounds like à la Wilson? Here’s a bootleg clip of it. It’s not quite as epically soul-crushing Wilson sugests, telling ARTinfo Germany: …the original […]

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04.17.12 Marina Galperina

Composed in 1952 by experimental composer and artist John Cage, 4’33” is “four minutes, thirty-three seconds” of silence, or rather of the environmental sounds of performers not playing. This is a supercut of Nicolas Cage “performing” the piece. He’s not saying anything, but he is softly sighing, grunting, gulping and otherwise orally excreting tortured sounds of his inner […]

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08.17.11 Marina Galperina

Following “outrage,” avant garde composer Steve Reich is self-censoring Masatomo Kuriya’s cover image of a second plane about to this the WTC from his WTC 9/11 album. It’s comprised of amplified recordings of first responders, kids saying “suddenly it was black outside,” shmira prayers over victims’ body parts and violin drones from the Kronos Quartet […]

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10.20.10 Marina Galperina

UBU WEB was hacked, but now it’s back. “If we had to ask for permission, we wouldn’t exist,” says Kenneth Goldsmith, creator of epic online avant-garde archive, admitting to non-profit piracy. […]

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09.27.10 Marina Galperina

Jonas Mekas – filmmaker, artist, avant-garde vlogger, Lithuanian poet, enchanter of Anthology Film Archives and a lovely person even when it comes to Paris Hilton – is showing new work as part of his freshly-opened solo show. Lovely. “To New York With Love,” Jonas Mekas, Sep 24 – Oct 31, James Fuentes LLC, NYC […]

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Marina Galperina

With Enter the Void Gaspar Noe made a definitive drug/avant-garde film based the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Last night at the IFC Center he said, “I’m not spiritual.” […]

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08.03.10 Marina Galperina

The heartbeats of these musicians are composing avant-garde music and visuals, live. It’s a living score – “an organism forming itself.” The Heart Chamber Orchestra is at Sao Paulo’s FILE festival, going on now. […]

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