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Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 12:00 am
Momus in Sweden

This week sees me in Sweden, presenting three events in two cities:

Wednesday November 21st
Momus presentation "She's Been Done!" at Pecha Kucha GBG vol #5
Gothenburg, Sweden



For his first pecha kucha presentation, "She's Been Done!", Momus presents 20 post-climactic images from Japanese soft porn sequences. On sites like S-Cute, the genre is very formulaic: in around 40 pictures, an erotic encounter in a love hotel is documented, and almost always ends with an image of the girl, her clothes in disarray and sperm on her body, lying alone on the bed. The theme-and-variations typology of these disordered "done" pictures interested Momus, reminding him of an article in IDEA by one of his heroes, the Japanese design writer and artist Kyoichi Tsuzuki, who travelled to Korea to document a 94 year-old "active scrapper" who collects girlie pictures. So is Momus Tsuzuki, finding this an appropriate subject for a series of thoughts about design, or his old man, happily scrapping? And what message might these messy pictures have for designers -- people who often prefer "finished" to "done"?

At 8pm host/founder Jesper Larsson will present the Pecha Kucha book. The presentations start at 8.20pm:

1. Råvara/kvarnen
2. Lovisa Ringborg
3. Henrik Wallgren
4. Tomas Ferm / Spotcity.se
5. Christine Gustafsson
6. Karl Palmås
7. Robert Lindberg
8. Staffan Bengtsson
9. Anna Byvald
10. Momus

Pecha Kucha GBG vol #5
Nefertiti
Hvidfeltsplatsen 6
Gothenburg , 411 20
+46 31 711 1533

http://www.pecha-kucha.org/gothenburg/
http://www.pecha-kucha.se/

Friday November 23rd
Momus presentation "Down With Fun!" at Krets Gallery, Malmo, Sweden.



We live in a world where certain values are axiomatic and unquestionable. In France, for instance, just about anything can be justified as long as it's done with "passion". In England and America, curiously, even the most respectable people want to couch their enthusiasms in terms of drug addiction: this man is "hooked on stamp collecting", that one needs his multivariable calculus "fix".

And just about everywhere, "fun" reigns supreme. Not beauty, not ethics, fun! It's a value you're never called on to defend. Japanese designzine Pingmag recently ran a headline "No fun, no design!" So when did design stop being about making things work and start being about making things fun? How long before we invade Iran "for fun"? Before murderers justify their crimes with the line "You've got to have a bit of fun once in a while, haven't you?"

Tonight -- for one night only, and just for fun! -- we're going to think the unthinkable. That there might be better values than fun. That fun, in a world where it's compulsory, might not even be fun any more! Sure, we're down with fun. But tonight, for fun and against it, we're going to be trying out the idea: Down With Fun!

Krets Malmo
Kristianstadsgatan 16
214 23 Malmö
SWEDEN

http://www.myspace.com/kretskrets
http://www.krets.info

Saturday November 24th
40 minute Momus concert performance at Cheesy Not Cheesy club event
Uppåt Framåt, Gothenburg, Sweden

CHEESY NOT CHEESY
@ Club: "Uppåt Framåt"
Address: Magasinsgatan 3, Göteborg, Sweden

22.00-02.00 (Momus performance at 23.00)
Entrance: 40 sek (incl. wardrobe)
http://www.uppatframat.se
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=20505602432

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electricwitch
electricwitch
For anything, oh! she´ll bust her elastic
Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)

I thought we were doing things for the lolz now, not fun?

And I can tell you what that would make the world- LIKE /b/!!!
If that´s not shocking I don´t know what is.


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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)

I am very much regreting that I didn't try and get myself down to Gothenburg so I could see you at Uppåt Framåt. But with no job it is better to save the money for emergencies. Good luck in both Malmo and Gothenburg and be sure to check out the Nasirmosque of Göteborg, and Malmö's too if you got the time.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the tips, shame I won't get to meet you this time, but I'm sure I'll be back soon.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
bleh

I bloody *hate* fun. Never understood the concept. All these idiots go on and on about fun this and fun that...


Not to say it's *wrong*, or *bad*... but doing anything for it's own sake is masturbation. And yeah it's a perfectly natural healthy good and ack! fun! thing to do. But come on!

ok ok sorry rant off.

"I came here to dance not to get laid."


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Tue, Nov. 20th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)

I refuse to sign up to social networking sites that won't let me read them unless I sign up.


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eclectiktronik
eclectiktronik
eclectiktronik
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 12:02 am (UTC)

" Let's face it, nobody wants to hang out with somebody who's smarter than they are. This is not fun. Americans have always valued the idea of fun. We have a national craving for fun. We don't get very much of it anymore, so we do two things: first, we rummage around for anything that might be fun; then, since it wasn't really fun in the first place, we pretend to enjoy it, whatever it was."

--F. Zappa, "choose cheese" . more>.http://www.science.uva.nl/~robbert/zappa/interviews/cheese.html


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)

I haven't seen your Pecha Kucha presentation but I can already say unequivocally that it's a wasted opportunity. Even for a bright and usually-critical observer, the combination of Japanese porn and the design world clearly results in a multiplication of the same basic aversion to critique.

Marxy


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)

My argument is a highly critical one. I will be arguing that, as designers tend to be undereducated inaka boys obliged to perform humiliating services for "clients" to make money to pay off their debts, we shouldn't look at their work with normal criteria like "beauty" or "effectiveness" in mind. In fact, given their low-class origins in non-urban places, we shouldn't even think of them as people at all.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
eh..?

uh, aren't you a pechakucha hater? if memory serves me accurately, last time you brought it up was to lay a turd on it.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Re: eh..?

That's like saying to Colbert or The Onion "Hey, I thought you guys loved Bush!"


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
the first image

what show is that first image on top of the thread?

Your mentions on FUN are interesting... something to think about.

wholewheattoast


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
Re: the first image

err. sorry not the first image. the third... the art gallery pic.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Fun.

This reminds me of a Chrissie Iles quote I quite like.

"One of the problems with Western culture right now is that we killed pleasure by thinking that fun and cool were better. Now we’re waking up with a bad hangover, frustrated and still thirsty, to realize that the party was a promotional event for a new, cheap, ambient fragrance."

From a Walker Art Center interview in 2006.

Vivian R.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
Re: Fun.

Ha, excellent! It must be her aversion to fun and cool that made her hire me for the Whitney that year!


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avatorrotava
AvatorotavA
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)
scrapper

Sorry Momus, but what's an active scrapper?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Re: scrapper

Someone who keeps scrapbooks. Actively!


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akabe
akabe
alin huma
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 08:53 am (UTC)

not sure i understand the concept but it's really nice you're not showing products at pechakucha


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cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
cap_scaleman
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)

What? People show products? Not fake diagrams? Faux-physics?... :(


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womanonfire
womanonfire
Auriea.
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)

I gave a Pecha Kucha presentation last night. The first one for me and also the first ever in Brussels. I was going to ask you for advice on giving a good presentation but seems you're new to it too :)
It was great though, we presented 10 unmade game ideas... all of them about taking the "fun" out of video games!

good luck in Gothenburg!

Edited at 2007-11-21 11:27 am (UTC)


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 12:18 pm (UTC)

Sounds interesting! Any stuff about that pecha kucha available online?


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 01:52 pm (UTC)
Greetings from NW6

Take me some odd pix - my maternal great-grandparents were from Goteborg... x


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 02:44 pm (UTC)
not cheesy

http://www.anaitgames.com/wp-content/animalcrossing_mirror.jpg


Alex P.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Re: not cheesy

http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=2666800


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ewok_sister
ewok_sister
Wed, Nov. 21st, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
Crap

Aw, damn it, i won't be dropping into malmö until the 29th! I have been looking forward of seeing one of your shows for a long time...

Krets is a great place, though they strike me as very funny people. I hope that won't come into the way of your funless plans...


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kittypuppy
kittypuppy
Tamagotchi's Sparkling President
Thu, Nov. 22nd, 2007 06:05 pm (UTC)

What time does the Krets presentation start? I tried checking the site and the myspace and can't seem to find it..


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Nov. 23rd, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)

i am exited to see you play!!!!!!!!!! /kisses!!


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Nov. 28th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
Presentation

Dear Momus:

I've presented at Pecha Kucha - great experience, great fun to meet other designers, artists, etc. Would you have a copy of the slides of your presentation? Just curious how and what you presented.

Maybe you can offer download of your slides or even better a taped version of the presentation?

Regards,

Robert


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