Me Like DIS

DIS magazine launched today. It’s onläne. It’s fashion. It’s art. It’s DIS.

Basically, I spent my whole day discovering their pages (pun intended). They first feature that caught my attention, was Multitasking. So many arms, so much to do. Check out the pictures and multiply your arms. Then, I found the CGI fashion story by Ryan Trecartin.

I got more and more disoriented, lost in the DIS pages.

Finally, I clicked on A Sunday With Susan. OMG, I screamed in excitement and wet myself (downstairs). The fashion shoot features Rumi Missabu (of The Cockettes) and Donna Personna (amongst others) in Susan Cianciolo dresses. Eons ago, I’ve written a quick blurb about Susan. Here are just 3 pictures from DIS magazine, be sure to check the whole story including a Q&A at the end:

Donna Personna in Susan Cianciolo

Rumi and Donna in Susan Cianciolo

Donna in Susan Cianciolo

I had never heard of Donna Personna before. But after watching her youtube promo reel, Join The Donna Party, I’m a fan forever. She also performs at one of my favourite bars EVER, Aunt Charlies Lounge in San Francisco. Here are some mini pics I took at ACL in June 2004: one and two. I have to go back soon. Like NOEWWW.

Also, Ryan Trecartin will be in Toronto next week for an artist talk on Tuesday and an opening at The Powerplant on Thursday.

Earlier: A Highly Advanced 3D Text Message of My Future Self

Three Toronto Must Sees Siehs

So, this week is a bit crazy, the social butterflies have to rush to several events every night. Below is just the tip of the iceberg.

IMAGINE, THERE: Three Contemporary Mythologies

assume vivid astro focus, Oliver Husain, Terence Koh
Curated by Kevin Hegge (iFag)
Exhibition runs February 13 to March 13, 2009
A Space Gallery, 401 Richmond St. W. (Richmond & Spadina)

The opening reception is tonight, Friday February 13th from 7-9pm
I’m very excited about this. Come to The Dollhouse and get your mind erased.

Oliver Husain's Pfau

Funkaesthetics

Justina M Barnike Gallery, 7 Hart House Circle
February 12 – March 23, 2009
Sorry, the opening reception was yesterday

Curated by Luis Jacob & Pan Wendt
With work by Pedro Bell, Leigh Bowery, Free Dance Lessons (Paige Gratland & Day Milman), Fergus Greer, David Gwinnutt, Nick Knight, Will Munro, Adrian Piper, P-Funk, Salvatore Salamone, Sun Ra, and Stephen Willats.

My favourite pieces are the Leigh Bowery costumes, the original Funkadelic cover drawings, the Will Munros and the Sun Ra in Egypt movie. Watch it NOEW (seems to be a double feature Egypt & Italy on youtube, but whatevs):

The Sexual Aberrations: Part One

Plays until Sunday, 8:00pm, The Chamber at Buddies

This play is written and directed by my friend Alex Wolfson (gay) and it is the absolute winner at the Rhubarb festival. The three actresses should get a Tony nomination. I adore them. Of course, I knew I would love everything about the play as soon as I saw the Trompe-l”™Å“il set design by the dearest Bojana Bobo Stancic.

Performed by Amy Bowles, Lindsey Clark and Liz Peterson
The Sexual Aberrations: Part One is the first in a series of three plays based on the Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality by Sigmund Freud.

Before

After

Bulletinboard Blvd.

Lucie and Will have an opening at their gallery Pro Choice in Vienna tonight. And 5 million people are involved. Every one sent a poster which is going to be put up by Tom Humphreys.

The list of all people is below, but I really wanted to show you what my poster looks like. There is a some Chicago in there and no Bernhard Willhelm. I know, shocking.

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Bulletinboard Blvd. from 29.01.09 ““ 28.02.09

Posters by Ei Arakawa/Patrick Price, Arakawa and Gins, Thomas Bayrle, Michael Beutler, Gerry Bibby, Jesse Benson, Henning Bohl, Catrin Bolt, Wolfgang Breuer, Michael Callies

David Catherall, Sunah Choi, Kerstin Cmelka, Dépendance, Sara Deraedt, Michele Di Menna, Lucy Indiana Dodd, Christian Egger, Michaela Eichwald, Jana Euler et Manuel Gnam

Fabrics Interseason, Isabelle Fein, Olivier Foulon, Free Class FFM, GirlsOnHorses (Elke Auer/Eva Egermann/Esther Straganz/Julia Wieger), Manuel Gorkiewicz, Gülsüm Güler, Marlene Haring, Florian Hecker, Tamara Henderson

Darcy Huebler, Tom Humphreys, Nate Hylden, Anna Jermolaewa, Steffen Jørgensen/ Robert Kjaer Clausen/ Allan Nicolaisen, David Jourdan, Pernille Kapper Williams, Annette Kelm

Thomas Kilpper, Peter Kortmann, Michael Krebber, Markus Krottendorfer , Andrei Koschmieder, Sonia Leimer, Anita Leisz, Brian Mann, Christian Mayer, Birgit Megerle

Michaela Meise, Almut Middel, Daniel Müller-Friedrichsen, Joshua Nathanson, Dennis Oppenheim, Michael Part, Luciano Perna, Manfred Pernice, Produzentin, Josephine Pryde

Barak Reiser, Sabine Reitmaier, Mandla Reuter, Claus Richter, Ulla Rossek, Matthias Schaufler, Bernhard Schreiner, Nora Schultz, Dietmar Schwärzler, Hanna Schwarz

Constanze Schweiger, Ditte Soria, Anne Speier, Tove Storch, Josef Strau, Stephen Suckale, Megan Sullivan, Stefan Thater, Pascal Theriault, Harald Thys/Jos de Gruyter

Vier5, Westphalie Verlag, Alexander Wolff, Amelie von Wulffen, Haegue Yang, Nate Young, Alivia Zivich, Andreas Zybach with a stencil by Michael Beutler.

A Highly Advanced 3D Text Message of My Future Self

Finally, last night I saw some Ryan Trecartin. His 100 minute video I-Be Area kept me on my toes. So much fun to watch, too many lines to remember. I wish my reality was more like that. Identity switching, walking through walls, baby stealing(?), blotchy make-up, sped up voices, repeated dialogue. What’s there not to like?
Ryan Trecartin plays a lot of the characters himself, over the top gay pronunciations or a Southern accent included.

Pasta (played by Trecartin) and Wendy M-PEGgy

In this clip, I-Be2 (played by Trecartin) appears at around 3:15, becomes Oliver and changes his name to Amerisha

All of Ryan Trecartin’s videos are on his youtube page.

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Yesterday, Mary and me went to Miss C’s Closet, a new drag store in an back alley near Yonge and Wellesley. Not only looked the store great from the outside, we just had a very pleaseuarble shopping experience. Highly recommended.

With our bags stuffed, we hailed and cab and drove to the Powerplant to see a performance by Ei Arakawa. He used Scott Lyall’s exhibition as his set, two pictures below.

Perfect Saturday.

Showgirls (fall down the stairs scene) projection

Ei sawing

Caking Night

Caking Night
Caking Night by Homer Sykes
Currently in an exhibition at Tate Britain

“Caking Night in Dungworth (1974) was shot in the Royal Hotel, Dungworth, Yorkshire, a small village on the outskirts of Sheffield. The “caking” usually took place on 1 November. (It was a local tradition associated with All Souls’ Day, where “soul cakes” were offered to poor Christian neighbours.) Competitors concealed their identity by wearing a mask or fancy dress, which by tradition had to be of local significance. Having paraded silently from lounge to public bar and back again so their voices didn’t give their identity away, the competitors went upstairs to be judged. In this picture the judging had taken place and one participant, still disguised, was supping a pint of beer through a straw. I liked the neat surreal nature of the disguise. His gloves contrasted with the couple in their woollen jumpers, slacks and pointy collars. Caking night no longer takes place.” (source)

It reminds me a bit of Newfoundland Mummers, whom I find just as much intriguing.