Goldenboy Jay Watts wrote some very nice words about me on his blog.
Come see Voltage at Zoobizarre next Tuesday. There! just like a real blog.
"his troubles may be over but his doubles have still to come"
The new issue of Cabinet is out presenting a survey of micro-nations. Micro-nations are difficult to define in the sense that they challenge the notions of territory and identity. Hence, each new micro-nation tends to only broaden the scope of what is possible.Essentially a micronation is anything claimed to be a nation out side of worldly recognition. Many are conceptual in nature others are actual and sufficient communities. None the less their citizens and instigators are involved in an interesting practice of mixing life and art with a health does of utopist tendencies.
While this issue does contribute to Cabinet’s already outstanding out-put, I’m surprised myself that they overlooked Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen , Summit of the Micronations, which took place in Helsinki in 2003. As curators of the Amorph! Performance festival, Kalleinen and Kochta-Kalleinen co-ordinated an actual sumit, where members of select micronations would meet to workshop and discuse their personal and shared issues. The participants; Principality of Sealand, NSK-State in Time, Kingdoms of Elgaland & Vargaland, Remony of Ladonia , Transnational Republic, State of Sabotage, presented themselves in Finlandia Hall offering a glimpse towards their respective ideologies along with performances of each national anthem. Harakka Island in turn played host to each micronation’s embassy, where visitors could pick up literature, stamps, currency or apply for citizenship from those who opened their doors to strangers.NSK State in Time is headed up by Laibach, a seminal industrial group from Slovenia. The Summit was marked by a rare and intense performance by these northern provokers. As a collective they have been performing since 1980. In 1984 they joined up with theater group, Scipion Nasice Sisters forming a new organization known as Neue Slowenische Kunst. This new conglomerate moved on to present ever more challenging performances with NSK contributing to Laibach’s concerts and the band in turn composing music for theatrical presentations.
Liabach’s has freely consumed pop culture, boiling it down with their Wagnerian military marches. Following are two Beatles covers:
So, Ubuweb is off-line all summer meaning I can no longer lazily use it as a launch pad for upcoming posts. Time for some discipline.
German singer-songwriter Wolf Biermann is considered by a few as
Son of a Jewish German Communist, he lost his father to the Nazi’s during World War II.
The 60’s saw Biermann’s introduction into the East German cultural milieu by composer Hanns Eisler, who served as his mentor and protector. After Eisler’s death in 1962 Biermann became to investigate theater and music. His nonconformist politics enticed the Socilalist Unity Party of Germany to publicly denounce him as a “class traitor”, further stunting the artist by forbidding any public publication or performance of his music.
1976 Biermann was striped of his citizenship and exiled by the Socialist Party. He moved to
Biermann’s composition’s are scathing and acidic, real theater, you don’t necessarily need to understand German to find the source of his efforts.
follow this up with W.G Sebald's last interview before his unfortunate death.