I would heartily recommend ‘The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns’ exhibition at the Barbican. Particularly on Thursday evenings and over the weekend as thats when you have the opportunity to see The Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform.
Duchamp’s championing of ‘readymades’ everyday objects as art has had a deep effect on the culture we now live in. In music, for example, sampling (using previously composed beats and rhythms if not melodies) helped shape hip hop and modern pop tunes. In the 1920s many felt that this was the end of art, however it has freed up the artist. If done well it can be smart and fresh, changing our perception of something we had grown used to, giving it a new narrative and allow for new ideas about its meaning, while its common form is a reference for us to base these high flung thoughts from.
These ideas where taken on my the other artist in the exhibition. Cage presented sounds from the street as music, used everyday objects to compose and developed a Prepared Piano, which by inserting bolts and other objects between the piano strings changed how we view a piano and helped expand what we conceive as music. Today we wouldn’t even blink if we heard a police siren or a car engine in a song.
Maybe the critics were right, its a bit disturbing to think that the culture we live in was inspired by a urinal! There are a variety of different shows celebrating Duchamp at the Barbican till June, so go and check it out.
Enjoy. H x
I recently came across the work of this director but more specifically his film Vampyros Lesbos. I warn you now, this film is a little sexy. But it has an absolutely killer soundtrack.If you’re into sound track stuff, especially stuff that makes you think of jazz, sleaze, psychedelia, 70′s funk grooves then check it out.
If you are interested in hearing it you should head over here………..
And the whole film with English subtitles below! If the subtitles aren’t in English you can change them with option just below the film.
Really worth checking out more of his stuff around late 60′s and 70′s. Later on he gets a little dirtier apparently and we don’t really talk about that sort of thing here! Also, some of his work stars Christopher Lee and Klaus Kinski which is another great reason to check it out.
As it’s the festive season we thought we’d share with you this free download of our cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game. Thank you to everyone who came and saw us this year and, looking forward to seeing you in 2013. Merry Christmas! Download and enjoy.