lundi 22 février 2010

Marina Abramovic

 



Marina Abramoviç , (four Performances 1975 -76)



Prague biennale


Marina Abramovic - How we in the Balkans kill rats
From "The Star" movie (1999). This video was a piece of "Balkan Baroque" installation in the Venice Biennale 1997, that was Marina Abramovic awared the Gold Lion Award.
"I´ d like to tell you a story of how we in the Balkans kill rats. We have a method of transforming the rat into a wolf; we make a wolf rat. But before I explain this method I´ d like to tell you something about rats themselves. First of all, rats consume large quantities of food, sometimes double the weight of their own bodies. Their front teeth never stop growing and they have to be ground constantly otherwise they risk suffocation.
Rats take good care of their families. They will never kill or eat the members of their own family. They are extremely intelligent. Einstein once said: "If the rat were 20 kilos heavier it would definitely be the ruler of the world". If you put a plate of food and poison in front of a hole the rat will sense it and not eat.
To catch the rats you have to fill all their holes with water, leaving only one open. In this way you can catch 35 to 45 rats. You have to make sure that you choose only the males. You put them in a cage and give them only water todrink. After a while they start to get hungry, their front teeth start growing and even though, normally, they would not kill members of their own tribe, since they risk suffocation they are forced to kill the weak one in the cage. And then another weak one, another weak one, and another weak one. They go on until only the strongest and most superior rat of them all is left in the cage. Now the rat catcher continues to give the rat water. At this point timing is extremely important. The rat´ s teeth are growing. When the rat catcher sees that there is only half an hour left before the rat will suffocate he opens the cage, takes a knife, removes the rat´ s eyes and lets it go. Now the rat is nervous, outraged and in a panic. He faces his own death and runs into the rat hole and kills every rat that comes his way. Until he comes across the rat who is stronger and superior to him. This rat kills him.
This is how we make the wolf rat in the Balkans
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Marina Abramovic - Rhythm 10 ("The Star", 1999)


Mind Over Matter on Nowness.com.

Portrait of Marina Abramovic

vendredi 19 février 2010

mercredi 10 février 2010

HATHA ORA !

2006. Video installation. Objects and live camera.
Struttura, S.Vincenzo Italy
Music:
HASHISHEEN The Endo of Law
Bill Laswell, William S.Burroughs, Patty Smith, Lizzy Mercier Descloux,Sussan Deyhim, Nicky Skopelitis.
ASHES Unisono
Eraldo Bernocchi, Raiz, Bill Laswell
CITY OF LIGHT
Bill Laswell, Coil, Lori Carson, Trilok Gurtu, Hakim Bey, Tetsu Inoue, Christopher James.

lundi 8 février 2010

HENRI MICHAUX - Prince de la nuit -


Prince de la nuit, du double, de la glande
aux étoiles,
du siège de la Mort,
de la colonne inutile,
de l’interrogation suprême.

Prince de la couronne rompue
du règne divisé, de la main de bois.

Prince pétrifié à la robe panthère.
Prince perdu.


                       Henri Michaux - Le Prince de la nuit (1937)



samedi 6 février 2010

SNAKE DREAM


William Burroughs - "Towers open fire" - "Thanksgiving Prayer"






Thanksgiving Prayer By: William S. Burroughs
This poem re­so­nates to­day as ex­po­sing what has gone hor­ri­bly wrong in the USA, or maybe what has al­ways been wrong. It is a short film by Gus Van Sant of Mr. Burroughs rea­ding his poem cal­led Thanks­gi­ving Day Nov. 28, 1986.

Thanksgiving Prayer By: William S. Burroughs

William S. Burroughs - Thanksgiving Prayer par Bodhisattva1956