Degrees of Freedom

Over the past fifty years in the Fluxus era the parameters of visual experimentation within musical performance have been enormously expended. This experimentation reconfigures traditional views of musical performance to a new, alternatively engaging experience, one that embodies sound and space, object and image, resulting in a refreshing compositional form. In this light, Degrees of…

I Need a Bohemian Atmosphere!

Performance, Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg’s multi-layered, Borgesian portrayal of mutable late 1960s London demi-mondes, is rightly hailed as an outré classic of British cinema, despite having its hallucinatory, sex and drugs permeated narrative cut to ribbons by unnerved Warner Bros executives and an overzealous censor. Finally unleashed on art-house audiences in 1970, this fractured…

The Icarus Files

by Emma Holmes It’s been nearly two decades since the maverick artist Frank Zackoff first staged his pioneering videos and subversive performance projects, and he’s still pushing the boundaries. High above the city at the fabulous house of Anna Benau, we met and spoke about his latest hazardous and transfixing work. In these performative acts…

Cage Against The Machine

In 1961, the Wesleyan University Press published a collection of John Cage’s essays entitled Silence: Lectures and Writings. Already an avant-garde cause célèbre, notorious for his ‘silent’ composition, 4’33”, Cage’s revolutionary, Zen-derived, non- deterministic approaches to creativity were now available to all in one handy volume. Silence would duly become the catechism of the 1960s…

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

The Barbican 24 September 2011 Little did he know, but when Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy passed on an obscure, mid-’70s Swiss recording of a peculiarly otherworldly eastern European folk choir to Ivo Watts-Russell, head honcho at his band’s record label, 4AD, he was setting in motion one of the 1980’s odder musical success stories. Watts…

Serge of Pleasure

He drank, he smoked, he loved and he took orgasmic moaning to the top of the UK singles charts. Yet Serge Gainsbourg’s aptitude for the sensual was more profound, and more subversive, than his enduringly lubricous reputation suggests. Peter Wix penetrates the myth behind the mean who gave the world ‘Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus’.…

Martin Creed

Work No.1020 at Sadler’s Wells “I want to feel better, better than I do, I want to feel better, better than you,” recites Martin Creed towards the end of a truly Creedesque evening of ballet, live music, prose and video works. His project Work No.1020 was presented by Sadler’s Wells and Frieze Music as part of a season marking…

15 Future Art Stars

HARRY PYE Andy Warhol once said “In the future’ everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” Did he simply mean that we all have our own story to tell, or was he guessing that future attention-seeking generations would demand the invention of devices such as the internet or YouTube? Maybe he was suggesting that either…