Dog-ear — or Donkey-ear if you’re German — or Pig-ear if you’re South African — is a bookmark that thinks like a magazine, or a magazine that can used as a bookmark. Either way, like the equally wonderful Matchbook Stories, it’s a object that proves the maxims “more than a mouthful goes to waste” and my favourite “a simple idea done well”.
Nine panels, each with a cherry picked short story, poem or illustration to stop you folding the page down. I eat with my elbows on the table. I drink cappuccinos after eleven. I have even poured white wine into a glass that previously held red. But the line is very firmly drawn at creasing the page corner over. Thank you Pete and Joe.
It’s free from stockists listed on the site, or being egalitarian a printable pdf is provided to make your own. The Tattered Page Liberation Front starts here.
For those wondering, Matchbook Stories is the creation of Kyle Petersen who publishes a super short story of not more than 300 characters inside a matchbook cover. I would be a very happy literary arsonist but it’s impossible to get a book unless you live Stateside. No mailbag fires and Fedex wont ship matches.
My story “Foundation” was short listed for Issue one, read it on the site.
If we’re being inclusive I ought to give a shout-out to Stack, a service that posts you a fresh independent magazine once a month. The wonderfulness doesn’t stop there, like a tangerine in a Christmas stocking they are prone to popping a present into the bottom of the envelope. Which is where Dog-ear raised its head. Stack will be solving my present list come December.
I sense a new game… Bookmark, Matchbook, Rack.
A selection of work by Guy Bourdin is on show at the Michael Hoppen Contemporary gallery in Chelsea.
Here’s what they say…
Bourdin, born in Paris in 1928, was one of the most radical and influential fashion photographers of the twentieth century. His unique blend of surreal and erotic imagery filled the pages of international magazines such as French Vogue during the 1970s and also became synonymous with the revolutionary advertising campaigns for Charles Jourdan. Rejecting the typical ‘product’ shot in favour of staging unsettling scenarios that hint at consumption, sex and desire, his photographs sought to shock and play on viewer’s curiosities.
I would say… if you have even the slightest interest in fashion, pop culture, the nude or iconoclastic photography – make the show, it’s on till the 10th of March. It will keep the colour burning in our retinas till the documentary finally makes the light of day.
Running at The Wellcome Trust in Euston till the end of August is a free exhibition entitled “Skin”. Covering the gamut of skin, disease and representation.
It’s always good to see work in the flesh so to speak that one’s only seen online. Rhian Solomon is represented by her face lift mask, mentioned in my Dermatographia post, whose delicacy is for more beautifully intricate and eerie than the photograph shows. There’s also great photography from Catherine Opie, Desiree Dolron and blemished ceramics from Tasmin van Essen.
A highlight, for me at least, is not only the discovering the project “Skinbag” by Olivier Goulet, latex clothing made to resemble human hide, but also the chance to actually try on and wear quite a few of his pieces, replete with a mirror to pose in front of.
Well worth making the effort to visit.
This is quite old now but I didn’t catch it until a couple of weeks a go. I really like it.
(And it answers that nagging question: what would Belle and Sebastian sound like if Liam Gallagher fronted them?)
It’s by Pigeon Horse Sex Tennis, you can download it for free from www.bottleofwine.org
I missed it last time due to holidays, something I wont let happen again; it’s free, in a great setting and sounds fantastic. See you there.
Sat 12 September 2009
2pm – 4pm
London Bridge City Pier
Flood Tide, created by jazz trumpeter and composer John Eacott, is a unique open air musical performance generated by the movement of tidal water: a live sonification of tidal flow. A sensor placed in the Thames reads the river’s tidal movements which are then converted into musical notation and played live by an ensemble of 40 musicians. The piece will last for approximately two hours, and will include string and wind instruments, drums and voices.
Flood Tide is an ambient piece that aims to encourage a new kind of listening- the audience are invited to drift in and out of the music, listening for a while and then moving on, perhaps to return and hear how the piece has changed.
Holidays are traditionally a time for reading, and since I have broadband whilst away, the less popular pursuit of sorting out my plethora of unreviewed browser bookmarks. Now I am able to combine both these past times in a single post…
Ewan Morrison’s new novel Ménage was published a month a go, I mention this for two reasons. First, he was perhaps the final contributing factor in starting me writing, but secondly and more importantly for the world at large, he has contributed a short story to the online lit-zine Dogmatika.
Read ‘Dogs’ by Ewan Morrison here:
Two things that have pipped on my radar, I shall be away on summer holidays for both of them but that’s no reason not to pass them on. Both look well worth attending.
Station House Opera are after volunteers to help topple 10 miles of concrete breeze blocks dominoes style on July 26th. It’s a four hour stint to help lay out, topple and then collect up the blocks. After marshalling and clearing away a section of the route, participants will receive an invitation to the private party in Greenwich that evening.
The official blurb reads…
Station House Opera’s commission for CREATE09 takes as its starting point the simplest of ideas… a line of dominoes.
On Sunday 26th July, thousands of concrete blocks will be used to create a moving sculpture unfolding over the course of the day.
At mid-afternoon the blocks will begin their journey in the middle of Mile End Park – a quiet, unobtrusive begining on their long journery through East London. On paths, through parks and even on water, the domino line will wend its way southwards, linking the diverse communities of the areas it passes through in a symbolic as well as physical chain of cause and effect.
Eventually the line will cross the Thames, concluding in a performance at dusk in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
Sign up at www.dominoes2009.com
Flood Tide is a live musical performance composed by John Eacott and is generated from the flow of the Thames. Data collected using a sensor in the river is processed with custom computer software into notation read on computer screens. An ensemble of six musicians read the notation as it appears in real time as the tide flows. The result is a live sonification of tidal flow.
Flood Tide is being performed as part of the Royal Observatory’s Moon Weekend, a weekend of lunar-themed events to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
Meridian Line courtyard, Royal Observatory Greenwich.
3.30 pm Saturday 25th July 2009
3.30 pm Sunday 26th July 2009
Flood Tide Talk
The Discovery Space, Royal Observatory Greenwich.
2.15 pm Saturday 25th July 2009
John Eacott (composer of Flood Tide) and Simon Boxall (from the National Oceanography Centre Southampton) discuss ideas behind Flood Tide.
in may 2006 royal de luxe performed “the sultan’s elephant” through the streets of london. the show featuring a giant wooden puppet girl and a 42-ton mechanical time traveling elephant, and without recourse to hyperbole, the event can only be described as “wondrous”. the company’s founder jean luc courcoult says his aim is “to bring out the child in every adult”, to which the sight of tens of thousands of people grinning inanely including the police presence can only testify.
artichoke, the arts group who brought the show to London are staging a new event “les mecaniques savants” on the 5th to the 7th of september in liverpool. although not officially billed as a Royal de Luxe performance it is likely to be very similar. the theatre company performing it, company la machine, is run by françois delarozière – the man who designed and built the giant elephant.
a message on the royal de luxe central flickr group reads…
For the past eighteen months, we’ve been working on creating a spectacular new commission for Liverpool 08 – a show on the same scale as The Sultan’s Elephant. The event comes to fruition in September when Francois Delarozière and his company La Machine will invade the streets and public places of Liverpool. An unmissable piece of free theatre will unfold against the landmarks of this great city, stopping the traffic and captivating everyone who sees it. The precise details are a still a closely guarded secret, but prepare to be astonished by a show that will make you believe in the impossible…
indeed, prepare to be astounded and delighted. i would post links to photos of their performances but they ask…
If you never saw an event by Royal de Luxe, Gran Reyneta or La Machine then first check them out live and look to the photo’s / info afterwards.
Let the surprise be with you !
instead sign yourself up to the mailing list at www.lamachine.co.uk and clear your diary. see you in liverpool.
bill drummond, best known for burning a million pounds; having tammy wynette sing ‘they drive around in a ice cream van’; writing a how-to-have-a-number-one-record guide with a money back guaranty, could be described perhaps as a ‘pop-terrorist’, has been quietly working on a project called the17 for the last few years.
an accomplished media prankster, he has played both sides of the coin: mocking notions of celebrity within the music industry whilst having number one hits. the17 is a project to return music to the oral tradition, to an assembly where the ‘music’ is heard only by taking part. and anyone can take part, those with no musical experience are encouraged.
with music now sold as a lifestyle experience, a product, removing any element of participation, artists performing exact replicas of the definitive recorded version, the 17 seeks to readdress the balance. the scores are vague, and often locked to a particular location, drawing parallels to the art of richard long, whom drummond admires. it’s purpose is not to produce, but to experience.
drummond has experimented with this before, recording the red army choir signing a version of ‘k cera cera’ to be broadcast at the glastonbury festival, which failed due to the organiser michael eavis stating it was “simply dreadful”. a very ‘drummond’ outcome. by eschewing the notion of audience/performer the17 avoids the same pitfall.
it‘s roots could also be traced to carl orff’s schulwerk, with drummond taking the project to various primary schools, getting the pupils to create scores along with performances.
drummond states that he hates nostalgia, that the17 exists only in a transcendental moment. a commission by derby‘s quad gallery bring‘s it nearer the more modern interpretation of performance. Drummond has been busy recording 100 disparate groups of 17 hairdressers, or traffic wardens, or morris dancers… making non-verbal sounds. these 1700 voices will be mixed into a single five minute piece to be broadcast in Derby Market Square, Friday 22nd August, 6.30pm.
the recording will be destroyed immediately afterwards.
the sites don’t mention a time, but their response to an email enquiry confirmed it, signed appropriately “the 17”.
wether or not it becomes a modern “spem in alium” (temporarily at least) remains to be seen, but i for one will be making the effort to be there, to hear what glorious cacophony these massed voices make.
feeling ill, surfing for vacuous relief, finding amongst the fashionista swipes in the online version of vice magazine’s dos and don’ts, nuggets of homespun observation. out of context from the accompanying photos becoming poignant celebrations of life’s ephemera…
…like fictional versions of the photograph captions within the wonderful “cradle to grave” by pharmacopoeia, shown in the british museum wellcome gallery. a lunch hour anecdote to work desk existence. an affirmation to live life more.
image © 2003 Pharmacopoeia