Viv Albertine is an Artist Unleashed Between Four Walls in the Director's Study of Domesticity
“I had absolutely no fear,” says
former Slits guitarist and punk icon Viv Albertine of taking on the role of artist D at the
last minute, at the behest of her close friend Joanna Hogg. “I said: ‘I’m
putting myself completely in your hands, I’m like your baby, do what you
want with me.’” The writer and director’s third feature film Exhibition depicts the often-silent relationship of her two
protagonists—D's husband H is
played by conceptualist one-time YBA, Liam Gillick—who are readying to leave their home. Defying the rural settings of 2008’s Unrelated and 2010’s Archipelago, this work led the former apprentice of Derek Jarman back to her home city of London. “I wanted to push myself into new territory,” explains the director, who premiered the film at the 2013 Locarno Film Festival. “I was interested in looking at a marriage, a husband and a wife of a certain age existing within the space in which they live and work.” The third protagonist of the story is the setting itself; the property’s staunch angles and walls of glass form one of the only private homes built by late Modernist giant James Melvin, to whom the film is dedicated.
Exhibition opens in the UK on April 25.
The Internet Creatives Go Head to Head On Thrifting and World Domination for It’s Nice That’s Latest Print Venture
Fashion blogger turned publishing sensation Tavi Gevinson is framed by artist Minna Gilligan's psychedelic-inspired illustrations and photos of pop icons in a FaceTime-style exchange between the pair. The film comes as a visual response to the pair’s tête-à-tête for the fifth issue of Printed Pages, a foray into paper publishing from online platform It’s Nice That. Gevinson has become synonymous with the zine-toting digital revolution that juxtaposes feminist views and heartthrob collages across the web. She launched teen-focused online zine Rookie in 2010—itself in the second issue of it’s printed edition—and now reaches over four-million readers per week, boasting a global network of contributors including the 21-year-old Melbourne-based illustrator. The pair give NOWNESS the low down on their web-centric world.
What’s the one internet habit you have no intention of breaking?
Tavi: Just, like, tweeting things and then being like “ugh, why? Ugh, I hate myself” and deleting them after.”
I have a lot of internet habits, most of them bad. My most crazy one is
obsessively checking eBay auctions even if I’m not bidding on it or
anything. I love a bargain, so if it’s like the last five seconds of an
auction I don’t want to miss out on something I don’t need.
You’re editing your fantasy issue of Rookie, Who are your fantasy contributors, dead or alive?
T: That’s so hard, ok—Beyoncé. Emily Dickinson would be great, Frida Kahlo and Zadie Smith. Madonna if we could go back a bit, before shit went down.
If you were a social media platform, what would you be and what’s trending?
M: It would be kind of a logistical nightmare to become a social-media platform as a human but I’ll bypass that and say that I’d probably be Instagram. I like the cleanness of it and the ability it gives you to curate this totally perfect rose-tinted dream world.
What do you consider to be the greatest internet invention?
T: @Seinfeld200 is my favourite Twitter account. It’s my favourite internet invention by far.
The Spring 2014 Issue of Printed Pages is available now.
The New York Video Artist's Many Personalities Shine in an Art Basel Hong Kong Debut
Florida-born, Brooklyn-based artist Kalup Linzy casts Michael Stipe and Leo Fitzpatrick as his co-stars in the tragi-camp world of the fictional Braswell family in his newest feat, Conversations wit de Churen X: One Life to Heal. The video revisits characters that Linzy has been working with for over a decade in acclaimed soap opera-inspired films such as All My Churen (2003). From overbearing mama to wayward son, Linzy plays nearly every character in his draggy world of high drama, song and dance, where disturbing effects such as voice modifiers give foreboding electronic depth to the Braswells' skewed universe. Though a celebrated figure in the art world, with work housed in MoMA’s permanent collection among others, Linzy's engagement with the vocabulary of daytime television runs surprisingly deep. He has crossed into more popular forms, appearing in episodes of soap General Hospital during the same period in which his sometime collaborator James Franco infamously guest-starred. While here Linzy follows the disappearance of a camp chanteuse named Taiwan from a cruise ship, leaving us with her body slumped on the shore, this weekend at Art Basel Hong Kong fair the artist will reincarnate his tragic diva at a dinner for art-world luminaries organized by Yana Peel, held on an old boat decorated in the style of 1930s Shanghai.