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Mon, Oct. 16th, 2006 03:59 pm
London 2: People as animals

Friday: Another London day. Hisae and I are staying at a big white shabby building (all chopped about inside into dead corridors and blind fire doors) near the Freud Museum. Just up the hill -- protected from the peace-is-war traffic thundering down the Finchley Road by a lottery-money glass wall -- is the Camden Arts Centre. Here we see Laura Owens' reassuringly bijou-eco paintings of animals, trees and flowers. But much better is Edwina Ashton's video "At Last, the Postman". "This is what the Pictoplasma Conference should have been like," I whisper to Hisae as we lie back on beanbags watching poignant portraits of giant felt animals sitting in neglected nissen huts. Actually, it's pretty reminiscent of the Fischli and Weiss film we saw at the Tate on Thursday. Same sort of anthropomorphised animal protagonists, same odd endearing atmosphere.

The Frieze Art Fair is like an airport, but instead of crappy perfume and electronics stores there are stalls with art in them. Clasping my press pack proudly to my chest and snubbing the foppy Jay Jopling (actually he doesn't know me from Adam), I pass through the turnstiles with the same rush of excitement others probably get at big sporting events. Beyond is a maze of white boxes, each popping with poised, preppy gallerists from all over the world. One of the first I see is Jeffrey from Ishii Gallery in Tokyo. Jeffrey married my old Tokyo flatmate Misako Niida, and tells me she's about to open her own gallery in a non-arty (but low rent) area a couple of stops up the line from Ikebukuro. Apparently there are some new Tokyo galleries, like Roppongi's Magical Art Room, a project started by Hiromi Yoshi Gallery and the critic Kintaro Ishihara. Magical Art Room is a space for psychedelia-influenced artists, and Ishii has a performance room called Magical Art Room Question Mark? for the same people. Jeffrey also likes Takefloor, Takezaki Kazuyuke's little Ebisu apartment, which doubles as a gallery.

The rest of the fair passes in a blur -- the main thing is just the struggle to see it all. In fact, the junior overspill fair, the Zoo Art Fair, is much better. And it's nice to see Detmar Blow there, in with the the kids (Blow de la Barra, the gallery I had my Whispering piece in this summer, is too young to qualify for Frieze). And the nice thing about the Zoo Fair is that it's literally in the zoo, so you can look at animals afterwards. Hisae and I head for the children's zoo and converse with the alpacas. And after all the art, it's impossible not to think the new monkey cages in the camel house are some kind of "installation".

Soho, the Blue Room cafe. Then down to Fieldgate Street in Whitechapel for a really great opening at the Fieldgate Gallery, Fast and Loose (My Dead Gallery), organized by Centre of Attention. Amongst lots of other 1960s and 70s British art, this huge show resurrects David David Critchley's Pieces I Never Did. I thought it had been destroyed, but a suitably distressed copy was playing in an alcove at Fieldgate Street. CoA's Gary O'Dwyer comes up to me and asks if I'm going to give an unreliable tour of the show, but I'm too impressed to mock anything here.

The evening ends at Bistrotheque, out in Hackney, where I meet Susanne from No Bra and actually get to hear her perform "Doherfuckher" in the flesh. It's powerful stuff, as she stands there baring her frigid poitrine in the most mannish way imagineable. There's also a performance from Bishi, who's a young Bengali singer obsessed by cabaret and circus songs. Wearing a tiny hat she plucks at a small mandolin, and it all feels very like the Tiger Lilies shows I used to go to. Somehow London feels more Berlin, sometimes, than Berlin itself does.


Mon, Oct. 16th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)

What did you think about with Bishi?

Mon, Oct. 16th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)

Loving your blog entries, and living vicariously through them, as I am deep in the process of grad school applications and can't travel right now! I added you last week, at the urging of my friend Bluecarp. Add me back if you like. There's a link to my painting blog under "my website."



Mon, Oct. 16th, 2006 03:54 pm (UTC)

It sounds like Berlin's sucking in the wealthy expatriates from around the world, so maybe the cities they come from will leave behind those who cannot "pick up and/or go". And so, the cycle goes on.

Mon, Oct. 16th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)


as usual, really enjoying the writing and insights...just haven't bothered to comment until now. thanks for being the best thing to read on my friends list.

all that said, i was wondering if there's somewhere i could e-mail you at. i'm pondering a temporary move to berlin and despite all the good things i hear about it here, i would still like to pick someone's brain about the place, preferably an expat. my significant other urged me to ask; yesterday at dinner we were weighing the pros and cons of berlin and he said, 'you really ought to ask that imomus guy on your friends list.' i said, 'well, i don't know. he seems a bit like an internet celebrity, why would he write back to yet another person wondering about berlin?' we then decided it was worth a try after all.

would love to ask you a couple of questions, at any rate. mostly regarding the language barrier.


Mon, Oct. 16th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
Ocky Milk in Metro

Sorry to be off meddage, but did you see the review of Ocky Milk in Metro today? First review I've seen, and not a bad one.
Good on you, you self-professed perv.

Stephen Parkin

Tue, Oct. 17th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC)
Hilo, Hawaii is where I am, if you ever visit

Is anyone who reads this far into momus' (incredible, edible) livejournal, a member of either Karagarga or the Oink torrent page?
Would anyone want (in the name of fun and frolic, fancy-free) to share with me the nice thing that I do not need to mention in regards to these sites?

I've definitely ordered (legitamately) your new album, Momus, and I'm considering ordering Voyager and others that I have downloaded (and been incredibly "affected" by, in lovely pleasing ways with little bites to them). "Conquistador" and "Afterglow" have been played often lately.

Momus, theres so much I could say to you. It would be wonderful if you could ever play in Hawaii, especially on the Big Island, where I live.

Apologies for saying unkind things on this journal in the past (as gorillabiscuit). I was unfunly affected by drugs (DA KORNS, BRAH! as they're often called in Hawaii) at the time, as you nicely noted. I would update my current (photos of weird mansion where i USED to spend time in) livejournal more (and with more than the current "eerie tropical" theme on it now) if I had a computer of my own. As it is, I go over to my gay neighbor's house (whose name is Oz, and whose existence I was unaware of until a little while ago) and use the internet there, while he watches television and smokes ganja. He also has crystal meth, acid, and amyl nitrite. I am saving up for an Apple laptop.

You are deserving of Nobel Prize.

Any Karagarga members on here?


Tue, Oct. 17th, 2006 09:30 am (UTC)
Re: Hilo, Hawaii is where I am, if you ever visit

No, sling your hook ya junkie

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Wed, Oct. 18th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Hilo, Hawaii is where I am, if you ever visit

Eat a Dick, anonymous! I didn't live there, it was a visual gift from a friend with all those carpets and carefully placed little decorations all about.

By the by, Momus, are you familiar with Karagarga?
It's the sort of thing that nearly everyone who would read this journal has looked for at some point in the past.

Also by another by, Mom and Us, have there been any early musicians who also pastiche pop song melodies and transform them into something else (besides beck)?

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Mon, Apr. 9th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
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I picked up some winny, primo, dec, etc


Wed, Jun. 6th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC)
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