I want these shoes! I know I have a very similar pair already but still if someone could point in the right direction I would be poorer but happy! I know they are from Underground England but they don't seem to have this powder blue version available on their website.
Brion Gysin, lifelong collaborator of William Burroughs and guiding force in his cut and fold experiments also invented (along with his friend the mathematician Ian Sommerville) the Dreamachine. A dreamachine is a kind of meditation device using flickering light emitting from specific shapes to allow for a mathematically calculated rate of flicker. The device is "viewed" with closed eyes and apparently allows one to achieve an oracular dream state - sounds good to me!
The Dreamachine can be made from a cylinder of card with slits cut in the sides, it is then placed on a record turntable and rotated at 78rpm or 45rpm with a light bulb suspended in the centre of the cylinder. "This spinning, flickering cylinder was designed to affect the alpha rhythms of the human brain, allowing access to one's inner visual capacities. The first object-kinetic sclpture to be viewed with your eyes closed. Gysin spoke of flashes of memory and 360 degree visions with the clarity of projected film after extended use."
Gysin's Dreamachine plans are available to downlaod from Ubuweb here (at the very bottom of the page). Obviously not suitable for epileptics.
I finally made it to the Barbican to see Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion which is only on for a few more weeks - it ends on the 6th of February. If you haven't seen it yet and you're in London I would definitely recommend it - it's the best fashion exhibit I've been to. Often I find that looking at clothes in a gallery feels slightly boring and completely out of context but these clothes work perfectly as museum pieces - they are interesting enough to want to spend a decent amount of time looking at them, they look great on the mannequins and they are spectacular in an often unassuming way and are actually quite wearable. I wanted to snatch most of them off the mannequins and make away with them! Pictures just don't really do them justice.
As well as showing the Yamamoto film I unsuccessfully tried to watch a few weeks ago there are 3 short films on Yamamoto, Miyake and Kawakubo which all feature some incredible show footage. I've tried to find a video of the Yamamoto AW 1998 giant wedding dress but sadly this doesn't seem to be online. Anyway here is the dress. It requires four attendants to hold up the hat with bamboo poles...
The picture came from here which was a lucky find - apparently later on in the year there will be a Yohji Yamamoto retrospective at the V&A there will also be a chance to see the man himself in conversation with Frances Corner, Principal of the London College of Fashion. It's not until June but tickets are available now for only £8. Done!
I'm planning on going to and see Howl when it finally gets released in the UK at the end of February. The reviews I've seen seem to be rather mixed. Apparently the poem itself is animated in a trippy yellow submarine style cartoon. I'm going to try and reserve judgement on this until I've actually seen it even though my initial reaction was to recoil in horror at the idea. I'm pretty sure nothing can beat reading the poem for yourself or listening to Ginsberg recite it (which you can do so here). I'm not sure whether a 'trippy' cartoon can do justice to what is arguably one of the greatest poems ever written but I may well be proved wrong! Eric Drooker, the illustrator, was a friend and collaborator of Ginsberg's although he does admit that some parts work better than others in the sequence. There's a possibility that I may like the animation more than the rest of the film as the clips I've seen of James Franco, who is just a bit too teenage heart-throb good looking for the part, as Ginsberg did make me cringe slightly.
Exciting - have just booked flights to New York in April. Have been itching to go back since my first trip there last year. Thanks to the royal wedding we'll be getting 10 days away for only 4 days of holiday. Bargain! Hurrah for bank holidays!
This blog is making me want to shut myself and watch film after film after film. And as I've been underpaid by a whooping £700 that's probably all I'll be able to do because I can't afford to do anything else! At least it's Friday I guess!