Sarah Maple: You Could Have Done This

 

I wish I had a penis
I wish I had a penis

Since we last spoke…ah, won’t bother getting into it, check this out, Sarah Maple, you may have heard of her before, good on you, I am just catching up.  If you heard of her before, why didn’t you tell me?

Her father is white British, her mother is an Iranian Muslim, and she went to a Catholic school in Eastbourne. “I always found it difficult culturally knowing where I fit in,” says the 30-year-old artist, who lives in Crawley. “I wanted to be a ‘good’ Muslim, but I was an immediate outcast for being mixed. And I felt guilty about that.”

She has found her way, and aren’t we glad?  Well, no, not everybody is, to the point of throwing bricks through her window.

The opposite of a feminist
The opposite of a feminist

“I was at university and we’d go round doing crits, talking about each others’ work. Every time a man got up to speak, we’d be really supportive. But every time a woman spoke, we’d berate her. I realised I was complicit – subconsciously, we’d all taken on that conditioning. It was the first time I realised I might be held back by being a woman. The phrase ‘I wish I had a penis’ just came into my head. So I did that work based on it. When I took it into uni, although all the tutors liked it, everyone else berated me. Then I put it on MySpace and got all these amazing responses. People started sending me their own. That’s the moment I realised that, through humour, I could really communicate something.”

She has a book coming out, titled You Could Have Done This, which for me is the point of art, especially when people say “Oh, I coulda done that!”  But you didn’t, that person did, regardless if you like it or not.  Be inspired to move, even with something that rubs you the wrong way.  More power to you.

More on Sarah Maple here via the Guardian.Her webpage is here

 

Sony World Photography Awards

How time flies, it seems like only yesterday….

The Guardian present the winners of this years Sony World Photography Awards.  Here is a selection, more winners here.

Molotov cocktails have been the weapon of choice for the EuroMaidan protestors in Kiev. Using fire to their advantage, the protestors were able to defend their barricades, extend their lines and fortify their positions. To set fire to tanks, armoured vehicles, buses and tyres in opposition to local cops, Kiev’s protestors used thousand and thousands of Molotov cocktails, calling on people all over the city to collect as many bottles as possible.

Untitled_Donald Weber
Untitled_Donald Weber

Aerial photographs of the Adriatic coastline between Ravenna and Rimini, Italy, photographed in August 2014. The colourful umbrellas create amazing geometric patterns which contrast dramatically with the golden sand

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Untitled_Bernhard Lang

In the depths of the Great Liangshan mountains in southwest Sichuan province, which has backward economic development, the ethnic Yi people are living a self-sufficient farming way of life – one of the best preserved among ethnic minorities in western China.

Ethnic Yi woman_Fan Li
Ethnic Yi woman_Fan Li

Eduardo Galeano – Novels about Pirates

eduardo_galeano_efeEduardo Galeano:  03.09 1940-13.04.2015

Should you have some connection with Latin America, the Spanish speaking world, history, Uruguay, literature, oppression, exploitation, IMF, then you are aware of the humble giant who possessed a prose that was profound yet on the surface, easily accessible.  His history of the milking of Latin America by the British, French, Spanish, Portuguese, the US, Canada etc. were first contained in ¨Las venas abiertas de América Latina¨  (The Open Veins of Latin America),  was written in a six week period when he was twenty-seven years old.  He would later say he was too inexperienced to have written such a book, however it reading it now, as I have recently done again, it still holds as an insight into manuals of operations that have been played out by corporations, dictators, governments, business etc. aka well-organized crime.  This was the book Hugo Chavez presented to Obama, on the latter’s first conference down south. “Read this, then you will understand, what we are saying.”

Upside Down is another personal favourite, his style now infused with a humour that was not present in his opening salvo.  He was raging then, quite rightly so.  However with Upside Down, I found myself breaking out in a laugh as I followed the lines with my eyes.  Shit like this ain’t supposed to be funny, It eases the pain momentarily though, and we are in need of relief, and he was a medicine for a continent and beyond.

Below, his long-time translator and friend, Mark Fried talks with Sharmini Periest of The Real News Network about Galeano’s life.

Article Matter – Vinyl Covers

Whapp’n yesterday?
Gosh, saw four stories regarding the state of vinyl, I wasn’t even specifically looking for them either, plus somebody complaining online about those that fetish over the stuff.  Everybody to their own, safe within what school they came up in, old, new, not conceived yet, just warming up etc.  Mpfreeze give you one thing, the music and are convenient for traveling dj’s, while vinyl gives you the music, plus something to read, learn & inform, put the links together over time re: studios, producers, engineers, musicians, session players, concepts, etc, add as  you see fit.

Record Store Day is apparently hurting those it was mean’t to prop up, the indie sector, yet the majors and dodgy make a quick buck operators are jumping on it, with limited editions already for sale at $1,000.   What else? Oh, Sonic Boom, (great name) a record store in Toronto, is opening up a walk-in record pressing service. Like dat! More on that here via Fact.

Also grabbing my attention was a record cleaning product, then I found out you can use carpenters glue. I had no idea….uh, that I treated my records so badly, so badly, that time has defo arrived to clean some of that ancient gunk and sweat etc. outta them grooves.

I had to move my records lately, so the electrician could get behind them to reach a socket, that he thought was causing the electric box to trip every time we turned a light on.  After all that effort, of course, that socket was not the problem…..grrrrrr.

Moving them has several positive things going for it,  the crazy notion of getting them all in proper alphabetic order, which will be an ongoing ten year job I reckon.  That is some physical exercise yeah.

Thanks to Anna Gavana & Peter Ericsson / Meerkat Recordings for the most recent vinyl jam session that took place in yard, amongst typical Swedish and Canarian foods, sweets, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Former Virgin colleague, Jens Peterson Hallefors also knows what I mean when it comes to putting one’s vinyl collection in order.  Must be a Swedish thing…..

Let me finish on one reason, vinyl is better than mpfreeze, it gives commercial artists work.

 

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Afronaught_Shapin’ Fluid
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Ape Records, London
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Barry Adamson_The Negro Inside Me (Mute)
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Frederick Galliano ‘Sabar (Le Vent Et La Poussiere) ‘

Jneiro Jarel-Viberian Experience

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I saw a video post last week by Jneiro Jarel aka Dr. Who Dat?He was a broken man, discussing how his computer with all his music went tits up.  Albums worth of material yet to be released, poof, gone  all gone to digital heaven.  A few of us know that feeling all too well.  Back up the back up, and yes, back that up too. This is his latest venture, Camouflaged Thieves and below that, DRC Music, with Damon Albarn, Dan The Automator and a large cast and crew of singers and players from Democratic Republic of Congo.   Coming up third is ‘Brazilian Thought’, my introduction to Dr.Who Dat? and Jneiro.  Different shizzle for sure. Jneiro’s website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQH_0dx7oUo https://youtu.be/63TAIaNxBuM?list=PLVrhVhZKxeYohXg4YEYwRYjrnPRe516xi https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aae-WdRJluc

The Ear Raid

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Mazes to the Motherlode: Brandon Locher

 

I used to fret about making mixtapes, anyone that makes them knows the deal about having to repeatedly start again due to an error committed along the way, such as the volume too high, something turned down, off, a missed cue point, take 56, uff, enough already! I stopped fretting once I remembered it’s supposed to be fun. This selection covers nuff nuff in less than thirty minutes.  Fresh jams from Mutamassik, who came out with her new work Monday past, ‘Symbols Follow’.  It’s heavy heavy, her hardcore roots are not hidden, she is a minor threat indeed.  Last week I had a session on the beach in Santa Cruz, por fin.  Was looking forward to dropping the DRC tune, and it worked like a dream.  A lot of other joints from that session are included here, you are just missing the sand, don’t let that put you off.  Gotta give props to Patrick de Groote who organizes the Sfinks Festival.  It was through that festival I saw Máximo Jimenéz, a Colombian vallenato singer, a singer of the pueblo, of the people, he had to leave Columbia quick quick, to live in exile.  The truth damn near got him killed. Must get an update on his whereabouts.  Right, work to do.  PEace.

Ear Raid

Quincy Jones: Jazz Corner of the World

JJ DOOM: Waterlogged (Lex)

Mutamassik: Ke Nin Kai  (Discrepant)

DRC Music: We come from the Forest feat. Bokatola System

El Mahdy Jr. & Gulls: Disco Maghreb (Boomarmnation)

Rabit: Bloody Eye (Tri Angle)

Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force: Yermande (with Mbene Diatta Seck)

Moderat: Seamonkey (BPitch Control)

Salome de Bahia: Batucada Fantastica (Yellow)

Uproot Andy: El Botellon (Dutty Artz)

Máximo Jimenéz: La Gente de Mongteria (Alegre Cumbion)

DJ Premier: Come With Me Now (Skit)

DigitalDubs feat. Duda Do Boreal: O Cemela Vacilou (Man Recordings)

Kahn: Abattoir (dmz)

The Bug feat. Flowdan: Black Rain (Ninja Tune)

Kubo: Kookoo

KingLMan: 7MWM feat. Kiki Hitomi & Count Dubulah (EarCon)

Death Grips: Government Plates (Third World)

NameBrandSound: Name Brand Ah Murdah  (Big Dada)

RP Boo: 03_02-52-03 (PlanetMu)

El-P: Instrumental No.6 (DefJux)

Vincent Price: Discussing Racism & Religious Prejudice

More on Brandon Locher, who created the image up top

The Drone Operator who said no, dreams in infra-red

bryant-drone-opertor-bryantDeath by Metadata.

Terror Tuesday.  Every Tuesday, the White House occupant, Oh-Bummer Man has a meeting where he and military chiefs go through a list of people they have decided gets an early retirement, based, many times on evidence which is as solid as a toothpick.

“Bryant saw a flash on the screen: the explosion. Parts of the building collapsed. The child had disappeared. Bryant had a sick feeling in his stomach.

“Did we just kill a kid?” he asked the man sitting next to him.

“Yeah, I guess that was a kid,” the pilot replied.

“Was that a kid?” they wrote into a chat window on the monitor.

Then, someone they didn’t know answered, someone sitting in a military command center somewhere in the world who had observed their attack. “No. That was a dog,” the person wrote.

They reviewed the scene on video. A dog on two legs?”

Brandon Bryant, was in the US Army and worked within the secret drone programme bombing targets in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

He was told that he helped to kill more than 1,600 people, but as time went by he felt uneasy with what he was doing. He found it hard to sleep and started dreaming in infra-red.

Brandon Bryant told the BBC/World Service ‘Witness’ program about his doubts and the mission that convinced him it was time to stop.

Link to video

If your still awake, Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald discuss the assassination program with Amy Goodman at Democracy Now, (from Feb. 2014) and the piece also includes an interview with Brandon Bryant. Link

 

Gordon Parks

 

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Gordon Parks, one of the most celebrated African American artists of his time, is the subject of this exhibition of groundbreaking photographs of Fort Scott, Kansas—focusing on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s, but also relating to Parks’s own fascinating life story.

In 1948, Gordon Parks (1912–2006) became the first African American photographer to be hired full time by LIFE magazine. One of the rare African American photojournalists in the field, Parks was frequently given magazine assignments involving social issues that his white colleagues were not asked to cover. In 1950, Parks returned to his hometown in Kansas to make a series of photographs meant to accompany an article that he planned to call “Back to Fort Scott.”

Fort Scott was the town that he had left more than 20 years earlier, when after his mother died, he found himself—a teenager and the youngest of 15 children—suddenly having to make his own way in the world. He used this assignment to revisit early memories of his birthplace, many involving serious racial discrimination, and to reconnect with childhood friends, all of whom had attended the same all-black grade school as Parks. One of the most visually rich and captivating of all his projects, Parks’s photographs, now owned by The Gordon Parks Foundation, were slated to appear in April 1951, but the photo essay was never published. The exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, represents a rarely seen view of everyday lives of African American citizens, years before the Civil Rights movement began in earnest.

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More photographs from the exhibition can be seen here

200 years of African American art

JamesBalwin_Beauford DelaneyJames Baldwin by Beauford Delaney

NoWorld_KaraWalkerNo World by Kara Walker

MLKJr_John Woodrow WilsonMartin Luther King Jr. by John Woodrow Wilson

“From Henry Ossawa Tanner, the first African American painter to move to Paris and be accepted into the Salon, to superstars of today like Kara Walker, here’s how generations of artists have tackled race, identity and prejudice.” – The Guardian.

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art is at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 10 January to 5 April

More art from this series here