Haunting new stuff was shown at a press launch yesterday at the Sant’Antonin church in Venice, depicting Al Wei Wei’s time of incarceration, using hyper-realist models of himself and his captors. The notorious activist artist’s latest work is comprised of six parts: (i) S upper, (ii) A ccusers, (iii) C leansing, (iv) R itual, (v) E ntropy (vi) D oubt.
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As we write radical artist Mark MacGowan (aka Artist Taxi Driver) is pushing a pig with his nose from Kings Hospital, Camberwell to Downing Street, to express his disgust at the government flogging off parts of our NHS. He says on blog where’s daddy’d pig, “Without a mandate, having concealed their health policy, this Government is giving away NHS contracts to the highest bidder. The tendering of NHS services to private companies is a despicable act. Under the cloak of austerity the primary purpose of this government is to move public money into private pockets, as fast as humanly possible, they are like pigs at the trough of public money. “They” are the ones that are fleecing the public purse, “they are the least amongst us”.
Mark told La Bouche in an interview back in 2009 that he has no problem doing long distance crawls. “I’m really good at crawling. I can do about five miles a day. To me it’s like jogging” he revealed.
Mark MacGowan is well known for his mad art stunts or ‘comments’ as he likes to put it, on current affairs. Some of these have most famously included pushing a monkey nut across town with his nose to protest against student top up fees, leaving a tap running for a year and kicking a crack head around town to highlight their rights. In the last couple of years he has become a YouTube sensation for his wild rants about the Tories.
Get to Downing Street for 6pm to see Mark deliver his pig to number 10.
We don’t really do book reviews, in fact, I don’t think we’ve EVER done one. However, when we heard about ‘The Eccentropedia’ we immediately took to the blog to enthuse about such a prospect.
“Isn’t this fabulous?” We raved. “Don’t you just need to have it? The author [Chris Mikul) has long been banging up zines about the most unusual people that ever lived, and now here it is binded into one big book, thanks to unpopular culture gurus Headpress. We just hope we get an invite to the launch party as there’s absolutely nothing we love more than a room full of eccentrics.”
Anyway, a couple of months later and still no party invite but we did hear the thud of our review copy (yay) and ever since we have been hooked on reading more and more about the world’s weird and wonderfuls.
This is an ironically comprehensive guide of not just the well known eccentircs but the undersexed n the under-rated. The avanteguard, the many occult leaders, radicals and some real freaks also grace the pages, accompanied by some awesome etchings. Mikul has barely left a stone unturned in his quest to document nature’s most ourageous and I couldn’t reccomend a better stocking filler! Pick yours up here, on Headpress’s site.
Last month we hit the Black Forest, Germany for the dOCUMENTA(13) press week – major contemporary art fair that only happens every five years – to see some art and get drunk at the press parties.
First, the parties were really really tres fun – we loved the fact we were allowed to take over Kassel train station to boogie on down to a DJ whilst trains were still truckin in n out, bewildered passengers wading through the crowds with their luggage, dazzled by disco balls. Can you ever imagine Cameron n co allowing such festivities in St Pancras? Nope, neither can we. We hung out on a platform guzzling wine n talking to lovely artists from Berlin till 3am! Marvellous eve. Other parties worth a mention was the vodka bash in the oldest gothic church in town (and we’re talking the birthplace of fairy stories here – the Grimm bro’s hometown) where we enjoyed cocktails and Pink Floyd style psychedelia on the light display front. All in all, great incentive for starting up a zine. Thank you, Documenta, for all that.
So, we encountered on our first day the increasingly familiar site of a pop up kinda camp site, right in front of Fridericianum, the main exhibition hall. I said to my colleague, ‘I bet you that’s Occupy’ n he said ‘Nah, it’s just some artistic thing, we’re in the middle of nowhere.’ However, upon approaching the tents n having un petit chat with their residents, my suspicions were confirmed. We were informed that the anti-1% protesters had made their way from Frankfurt (the biggest Occupy hub in Germany) to Kassel, to make a stand against both the exhibition’corporate sponsorship and general Capital/Merkelism – thus ‘Doccupy.’
In response to the tent town, dOCUMENTA’s Artistic Director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev said “I welcome the ‘doccupy’ movement in Friedrichsplatz, which has grown over the last weeks. It continues the wave of democratic protests that have been spreading across many cities in the world. It enacts the possibility of re-inventing the use of public space and appears to me to be in the spirit of the moment and in the spirit of Joseph Beuys who marked documenta and its history significantly, embodying another idea of collective decision-making and political responsibility through direct democracy.”
In all fairness to dOCUMENTA, it really did incorporate some powerful political art. We especially enjoyed the ‘Picasso in Palestine,’ whereby a film made by director Rashid Masharawi and Hourani is exhibited, documenting the process of preparing, transporting and exhibiting the work of Picasso to the occupied Palestinian territory (the only ever masterpiece to be displayed here), alongside a drawing after Picasso’s painting by Amjad Ghannam, a prisoner at the time of the painting’s arrival, that was sent to Hourani as a postcard from Glabou Central Prison.
We were also asked to sign petitions on the second floor of Fridericianum to make the Earth’s ozone layer part of the ‘National Hertitage,’ thus protecting it from man-made harm. Quite a sensible idea, non?
Another crazy political piece was a photographic series (which we not allowed to photograph) by Man Ray’s lover and muse Lee Miller, who was employed by the American Army JUST after WW2 to photograph the dregs of Nazi Germany. Along with snapping a lot of dead Nazi’s, she took the unbelievable measure of posing naked in Adolf Hitler’s bath. In 1945, the year of the dictator’s death, with her apparent ‘access all areas’ pass, she nipped into his apartment in Munich and got stuck in. Well, if that’s not controversy, I just don’t know what is.
You can see a pic here
Putting the ‘art’ into pop tart.
“My pre-emptive strike against the Morloch empire and Mrs [bleep]”…. a Quilla Constance exclusive to la bouche.
Bonjour Bouchers! I have been spending a lot of time holed up in my country home recovering from my breast operation. Until, last week, that is…
Part 1 Meeting the man, handled by God.
LB: Tell us how it’s all got goin QC
QC: I was taking tea, scones and cocktails at my usual table in Fortnum and Mason last week feeling slightly sore following my breast reduction surgery.
Oh, did I say slightly sore?…. ****ing agony more like. So I was F+M-ing to get relief, and plenty of it.
numnumnum..aaaahhhh…numnumnum……comfort eating Quilla style …numnumbelch…that was the way I was goin’ ….
…so I gorged on mountainous, ice-cream filled jammy scones, slurped buckets of lapsang souchong tea and quaffed a bunch of idiotically monickered cocktails.
‘Sex with a leech’… ‘Bloody fairy’….. ‘Savoy corpse’….. ‘Singapore Bling’… and so on until staggering toward my favourite drink-athon finale, ‘Moanhatton’
In a haze, I mused on the success of the operation as the tearoom threatened to spin out of control.
Then the ship settled…. all became clear….
The surgeon had accidentally made a significant, magnificent contribution to the costume design [see photos]…. check the outfit featuring two white lacy chest titfers.
The next step was obvious and I needed to explore it.
Down and in… not up and out….that’s the way!
Get ’em off! …these words, of course, having a particular resonance with my former misdemeanors.
Breast concavity surgery? Could this be the antichrist of the implant? From incubus to sucubus so to speak?
The procedure would involve cutting 2 beautiful symmetrical depressions either side of the sternum and into my chest.
Thinking on though, I realised that it might not catch on. For one thing it would make you a little short of breath.
Not good when you’ve got something to say, arguments to have, protests to stage, mud to sling etc…
The prospect of a life twittering and trolling in cyberland hammering the keypad as my only outlet did not appeal.
Toooooo dull for me my hearties.
A way around this would be to investigate an alternative lung ventilatory system, perhaps a bit like a bird’s?
Sounds a bit fiddly and far fetched. Y’ get me?!!!
A GM chest? No way baby…no thanks!! Must be joking…..
The idea was already waning when he walked in….
Napoli and Argentinian legend, drug fuelled maestro, portly dribbling messiah….just a few of the superlatives cascading through my cerebral cortices.
“Como eres tu?” croaked the squat moustachio’d figure in front of me.
The short legs, light blue+white shirt, the manic stare and the cry of “¡Avante!…. Gooaaalll !!!” had been immediate give-aways of course, as he frolicked through the diners and swerved past the maitre de toward me.
Just who was this footballing genius-madman whose handling in the penalty area was all the talk in women’s washrooms from Buenos Aires to Shoreditch?
Well, I can not reveal of course, as I am gagged at present by a super injunction.
But anyway, here my mystery man was, let’s call him ‘D’ in the flesh at Fortnum’s and in front of me….staring!….intently!!….. Yikes!!!
QC: He murmured, “Yo hablo D ¿tienes un espejo”
“Sí señor” I said and passed him the mirror I’d been bursting my spots onto not 2 hours earlier.
They’d since dried out to form small, seemingly decorative, crustules on the surface of the glass.
“su crujiente…porque?” I didn’t have the heart to tell him.
He looked so cute so I took it back, scraped off the encrusting supurations and passed it back gingerly.
I was astonished to see what happened next.
D, right there in broad daylight, chopped out 2 lines of charlie drake onto my spot mirror.
Then he grabbed the straw from my Moanhattan, inserted it brain-wards, bent forward and took in a great swooping nostrilful of Columbian self-raising sherbert.
“scccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhlooooooop ckckckckckckkkkkkkkk….aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh !!!” snorted his sinuses.
The resultant sound reverberated around the room from coaster to doily, cake to cupcake, trinket to champagne flute and causing a minor Tsunami in my cocktail on its way.
I couldn’t believe it.
The entire room went still.
After a few startled moments, one by one, slowly, but as surely as a pack of lemmings jumping off a cliff, all of the diners turned to look disapprovingly toward table 8.
Accompanied by a cry of “quieres venir conmigo?” he invited me to join him, oblivious to the outrage of Fortnum’s affronted rich, famous, powerful and their attendant slaves.
I responded: “Yo no hago las drogas D.”
I glanced at the window, only to see the paparazzi peering in from outside. Were they beginning to sniff a sensational story in the making??? Who could possibly have tipped them off??
“No, estoy machacado ya, de seguir adelante y llenar su boca arriba.” I whispered into his furry left ear, suspecting that the table was bugged.
This roughly translates as: “No, I’m mashed already, you go ahead and fill your face up.”
He promptly vacuumed up the powder, and asked for my number.
Somehow I found his cheeky, bad-boy, “I don’t care what you think, I’m ‘muy rico’ you slags so f*** you” demeanor strangely compelling. I was hooked!!
So, seduced by a tried and trusted ‘girl meets bad boy’ scenario, I promptly gave him my number, landline, address, twitter account, FB page, vital statistics, favourite gemstone, a small instruction booklet entitled: ‘Top 100 gowns I’d like to own’ by QC, a Quilla Constance limited edition bottle of Parfum Fiquelle and my bank details.
He grinned, packed his man bag and with an “adiós….hasta luego hermosa”, and pole vaulted out of the room leaving me shaken and stirred. What a mover!
LB: So, did he phone or text?
QC: The opening text was quite innocuous: “¿cómo estás”. Not being fluent in Spanish, I clicked on my Google translator app ..”muy bien, gracias” I tweeted innocently into cyberland..
His next messsage was the more racy, slightly less formal: “¿Cómo es su bebé culo?” [which translates as: how is your ass baby?]
I told him that it was much further from the floor than his and that he could “mear fuera” [p*** off] with his testosterone-driven salacious chat.
Undeterred, D pressed on…. and on….. tapping furiously, sauce upon sauce, filth upon filth through the ether until I was swooning and moist with desire.
My mobile had never bleeped and vibrated so much. It had become a regular fire hazard. So I removed all combustibles and stroked my keypad crazy…. I just had to meet this horny little critter again!!
A few days later, UPS delivered a package to my mayfair apartment.
The concierge brought the parcel to my room.
WTF was this? I tore the paper off.
The mahogany, rectilinear cuboid measuring precisely 23cm tall by 50cm square gleaming in front of me seemed such a strange gift.
Strange, that is, until D appeared at my door dressed in full Barcelona strip, regular number ten, randy legs a-twitching and raring to go…….
“mi trampolín, mi trampolín de amor”
With his unmistakeable husky croak and that trademark world cup stare, the dirty D would have to be kept on a tight leash for sure – otherwise he might sprain his ankle falling off the block during our lovemaking.
Over the next 3 weeks we were inseparable….thanks to the leash and his stash of viagra.
Eventually, we were released by my butler on his return from holiday. “Tea, m’lady?” enquired Snuffington……discretion being the better part of my valet as ever.
After taking tea together, D decided it would be best to lay low for a while and then left amidst a flurry of pappysnapping. We spoke on the ‘phone everyday for hours on end about this, that and the other.
The notorious pap-snap outside Fortnums had done it for our relationship though. All over the tabloids. Daily.
It occurred to D that our ‘phones must have been hacked by Morloch’s number one news feeder himself, Glenn Mulch-Hair.
There seemed to be so much intimate detail out there in tabloid land. Redtop headlines screamed: “D steps up!”, “Hand of God in the penalty area!” and “Gotcha!”
The block, his tackle, the leash, the texts, the tweets, entire telephone conversations, the live video feeds….all seemed to indicate that we must have been under surveillance. D was upset.
A single episode in Fortnums, 3 days of ‘bouncy castles’ and endless mobile ‘phone calls…..just the 2 of us…..there was no way details could have leaked out to the gutter press?
Or was there….?……I didn’t have the heart to tell D about my team of hackers, spies, rackateers and vagabonds nor about my DPhil in Security, Hacking and Information Technology.
He was just grist to my mill..”grano para mi molino”… so to speak.
I wanted his cash, his body, his abilty to feint, dribble, shuffle and shiffle…
….but I got more than I bargained for.
LB: Sounds like the end of part one QC?
QC: Cue ad break then: “Looking for something cool, cutting edge and in your face? Popalong to ‘Maison Twenty @ Harvey Nicks’ and spoil yourself with one of my tees. You deserve it. Being spoilt that is.”
Next time in LB: Hand of God made my baby! Quilla’s family planning dilemma.
Suzanne Treister’s Hexen 2.0 at the Science Museum
But don’t expect science, expect séance!
We have long been fans of Treister’s psychedelic adventures into the shadows of the military occult and psychological warfare. Here above a vast expanse of bizarre modern machinery in London’s Science Museum, we journey into post World War 2 governmental and military imperatives. Expect sinister psychiatrists, a séance of academics and tarot cards with a twist. This is on until April 30th and is not to be missed.
At the La Bouche towers, we do NOT like bullfighting, and so we welcomed this picture of a matador repenting at his involvement in the vile sport.
This photo shows the collapse of Torrero Alvaro Munera, as he realized in the middle of the his last fight… the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an opponent of bullfights.
Our brand new La Bouche Gossip Columnist, Quilla Constance exclusively spills the beans from Lambeth County Court…
Photo by Andrew Crowe. All Rights Reserved 2012
“You’re nicked sunshine!” – QC [me!!] kicks ass in the Lambeth County Court.
I laughed and watched as ashen faced neo promoters FEEDME MUSIC left Lambeth County Court on January 16th 2012.
Shocked, out of pocket and with their tails firmly up their bjewelled asses they slunk out into the barmy air of SE11 following a lambasting from the beak.
During the 60 minute court hearing, the judge confirmed that the FMM performers contract is officially unfair under Sections 3 (2)(b)(ii) and 11 of the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977.
Now read the full story!
Darren Groanfool and Kay Leavage, aka Directors of FMM had seemed overawed and out of their depth as they twitched nervously pre-court.
The court clerk emerged from the courtroom to call the defendants. After a slight pause, he swiftly strolled past the mumbling/oblivious FMM into the lobby.
Continuing to call the dynamic duo to book, it dawned on FMM that they’d better do something.
My team had already been recognised of course, 2 Equity Representatives, my manager and moi….(clad in a black jump suit, Matrix-esque black coat and big hair complete with fluffy white muffs).
We headed into the courtroom and took our seats = Style.
Hapless – FMM scuttled after the clerk, ready, piercings a jangling, to doff their bleached forelocks and fawn before the hurried ex-public schoolboy, finally stuttering: “..ip ep ip ep…er….duuuuuuuuh…it’s us mister….mister? ….it’s us, FMM…the contract control freaks who promise:
to give ‘young fledgling bands’ the fiscal mugging of a lifetime.
a guarantee that you’ll pay to play,
a dead cert you’ll pay if you cancel,
and you won’t play as long as we promote for PUNK, the rich Soho poseurs in whose pockets we reside,
who can decide to cancel our night [at your expense naturally] in favour of a lucrative corporate do.
Clearly their recent charisma bypasses were working perfectly .
Dazed and confused by their journey from FMM HQ [aka ‘Ripoff Central – We’re here to fleece your ambitious asses’], they FINALLY realised that their bullshit was over.
FMM shuffled in to the court and sheepishly asked for permission to take their seats.
After some confusion as to which of the 2 seats offered to occupy, they sat down and got ready to tune in.
Heads down and sporting tired overgrown yellow spiky barnets, they now knew to expect the worst.
The beak informed the court that he’d scanned the documents pre-trial and asked me [QC] to make my case.
Evidently, one set of papers made sense, the other roll of recycled bog paper from FMM was nonsense.
The claimant’s, me [QC], case was well prepared, intelligent, coherent, logical and downright right for gawds sake.
Needless to say, this contrasted sharply with the barely comprehensible grunts and fumblings of FMM who once again seemed overwhelmed and twitchy.
Therefore the judge had no hesitation in summing up with:
”……QC had spent considerable time and money on PR-ing the event , putting the required effort as advised “100% effort into promoting…”
By the time FMM had unilaterally cancelled the contract , 43 sales had been made and another 73 people had said that they were coming…..
….the Contract is unfairly weighted in favour of the defendant…. [cue FMM gibbering and incandescent with shame]…In my view, the contract is unfair and not binding….”
FMM, heads in hands, were stung for QC ticket sales, travel, court fees and given 14 days to pay.
= Well and truely nicked!
As for me [QC], after the hearing I rushed to a nearby phone box in which I changed into full costume and became QC[me].
I took my twinkling disco outfit and spandexed ass back to the court steps. Here I proceded to quaff a whole bottle of Bollinger whilst being papped up to the max.
Then we all went for more bubbly, oysters and sushi at the St. Pancras Hotel before travelling first class on the last train back home.
Worried that FMM, the 2007 Indie Promoter of the Year, can’t afford to cough up?
Fear not!, they’ll have mugged plenty of pop wannabeindieblandgullibles by then.
And have money in the bank.
In summary, this ain’t just about unfair backstreet promoters, but the bands themselves who seemingly prefer to sit back and let themselves get shafted.
FMM contract is officially unfair…that’s now proven in court. So we don’t need to put up with this crap anymore.
If your band has signed it and been ordered to shell out £50 – £100 under the cancellation clause, you’re entitled to a full refund as the cancellation clause pre January 16th 2012 is not legally enforceable.
JOIN EQUITY PERFORMERS UNION. GET ADVICE. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
You can catch up with the legal particulars of this case in Equity Union Magazine, Spring Edition…out real soooooon!!!!