June 16th, 2005

operesque

Love on BASF

The Hospital in London's Covent Garden is showing Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's film, Anyone Else Isn't You until 2nd July. Like Iain and Jane's last two films, the piece presents people talking about mix tapes they've made for lovers. The theme seems to be in the air: last month Thurston Moore published a book entitled Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture. Here's Salon's piece on Thurston's book, and here's Thurston himself talking about it on NPR.



Iain and Jane's film is attracting just as much attention on the other side of the pond. Last month, when I was working on a text for the show, I blogged about the show here on Click Opera. I thought today I'd sling the text itself up here for those of you who can't make it to Covent Garden. I opted for a "compilation" format: a sequence of obliquely-related phrases expressing polymorphous and contradictory feelings about the theme, which isn't just love but how we mediate it, and ourselves. (I'll see the film in situ this Monday when I pass through London on the way to my own art show in New York.)

One thought in the Salon piece about Thurston's book echoes my entry yesterday about Simon Reynolds and the museumization of pop music: "That the book was published at all argues that the era of the mix tape is over. If it weren't, then why put out a book about it?" Of course, it's always possible that things have to die to begin a second life... as art.

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