‘What do telephones, poetry and the Museum of Modern Art have in common?” read a press release issued by the New York institution on 21 July 1970. A question to which they might have added gay liberation, Aids activism, the aesthetics of advertising, Tibetan Buddhism and sleeping for Andy Warhol, and still received the answer of John Giorni. The artist and poet, who died on Friday aged 82, was the linchpin of New York’s downtown scene. The list of his collaborators, friends and lovers, many of whom made their work at the Bunker, the studio complex Giorno established on the Bowery, which the New York Times described in 1965 as “a vision of Montparnasse replacing Skid Row”, is as numerous: John Cage, Anne Waldman, Mark Rothko, Lynda Benglis, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Trisha Brown and Carolee Schneeman were all contemporaries. In 1963 he appeared in Warhol’s film Sleep, which lasted five hours and 20 minutes and consisted of a static shot of … [Read more...] about John Giorno – the New York radical who broke art and poetry’s boundaries
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20. My Baby Just Cares for Me (1987) After it was used for a perfume ad, Nina Simone’s jazz classic made it into the top 10 in the autumn of 1987. Inspired, no doubt, by the (non-Aardman) video for a successful re-release of Jackie Wilson’s Reet Petite earlier in the year, this music video became a second bite at claymation-meets-1950s. Peter Lord, who directed, went with a sultry singing cat and some artistic shots of piano keys. 19. Next (1990) Aardman Animation secured a high-profile commission from Channel 4 at the end of the 80s: a five-part short film series called Lip Sync, mostly comprising animation of pre-recorded interview material. Next, directed by Barry Purves, deviates from the concept: its basic gag is that William Shakespeare himself is auditioning for an uninterested Peter Hall. On the stage, Shakespeare whizzes through references to every one of his plays; Hall couldn’t be less impressed. Clever. 18. Going Equipped (1990) A more orthodox … [Read more...] about Aardman’s 20 best films – ranked!
Riot police charged at protesters outside Barcelona's airport today after the Supreme Court sentenced 12 prominent Catalan separatists to lengthy prison terms for their roles in a 2017 push for the wealthy Spanish region's independence. Police used batons against the demonstrators who moved on El Prat airport after a call by the grassroots group Democratic Tsunami, which supports Catalan secession. Activists fought pitched battles with police tonight at the taxi rank outside terminal one, with officers responding by firing foam bullets and using batons to disperse them. Spanish state broadcaster TVE described the scenes as the most violent of the day and said the atmosphere at the airport around 9pm local time shortly after peace was restored as 'very tense.' A dozen people have so far been treated for minor injuries, Catalan emergency service SEM said. Spain's airport operator, AENA, said at least 67 flights were cancelled. Travellers inside the terminal, who included the elderly and … [Read more...] about Protesters battle police as tens of thousands take to streets of Catalonia with flights at Barcelona airport disrupted after Spanish court jails nine independence leaders for total of almost 100 years
If you’re interested in the end of the world, you’re interested in New Zealand. If you’re interested in how our current cultural anxieties – climate catastrophe, decline of transatlantic political orders, resurgent nuclear terror – manifest themselves in apocalyptic visions, you’re interested in the place occupied by this distant archipelago of apparent peace and stability against the roiling unease of the day. If you’re interested in the end of the world, you would have been interested, soon after Donald Trump’s election as US president, to read a New York Times headline stating that Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, considered New Zealand to be “the Future”. Because if you are in any serious way concerned about the future, you’re also concerned about Thiel, a canary in capitalism’s coal mine who also happens to have profited lavishly from … [Read more...] about Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand
Jonathan Aitken, who served a seven-month stretch for perjury and perverting the course of justice in 1999 but who is now an unpaid prison chaplain, has officiated at his first funeral Former Tory Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken’s life story, already more improbable than any novel, has taken yet another diverting turn. Aitken, who served a seven-month stretch for perjury and perverting the course of justice in 1999 but who is now an unpaid prison chaplain, has officiated at his first funeral — not of an old lag but of baronet Sir Toby Clarke, who died last month aged 80. ‘It was my first funeral as a priest,’ the Reverend Jonathan Aitken, 77, who was ordained last year, tells me. ‘It was a moving experience — burying an old friend.’ The church — historic St Mary’s in Bibury, Gloucestershire — was packed out with mourners who knew Aitken as well as they knew the deceased. Among them were Lord Vestey, newly appointed … [Read more...] about SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Ex-inmate and Tory Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aitken performs his first every funeral for his Eton friend as he serves as an unpaid prison chaplain