So I can’t go tonight. But last year’s first Comics Choice Awards was a blast. Great stand-up and a good way to see the best of our best.
I asked a few comics to answer the question: Is there anything funny that you are ashamed to admit to?
John Vlismas – who is a star and complete pro – had this to say:
Sneakily watching appalling reality shows, like The Only Way Is Essex , or Big Rich Texas – I am gobsmacked at the ridiculous-ness of these people, but it’s also brilliant satire.
Alyn Adams, one of The Times Comic’s Pen Award nominees, came back with this:
Top Gear. Richard Hammond’s a sniggering schoolboy sidekick, James May (who should know better; he’s bright!) is a collaborator in the WWII sense and Jeremy Clarkson suffers from the same unexamined life and privilege of far too many wealthy white males; but even knowing all that, they make me laugh out loud. It’s probably the irreverent piss-taking of so much that “their class” also takes seriously that allows them to get away with the juvenile leftie-bashing, in my book…
■Tickets for the 2nd Annual Comics Choice Awards on July 10 at the Teatro, Montecasino are available from Computicket. For more information visit www.comicschoice.co.za
Yayoi Kusama, the Japanese artist who was born in 1929, sees her life as “a dot lost among millions of other dots”. Once when she was young she hallucinated at a dining table: the red flower patterns on the tablecloth started to spread across the walls, the floor and on herself. According to the Louis Vuitton press release I have, she then used all and any technique to transcribe “this disorientation” (sculpture, painting, film-making and photography, and writing).
She has lived in New York where she knew Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and Donald Judd. In 1973 she went back to Japan where she moved into a psychiatric hospital and where she still lives. She visits her studio daily.
Louis Vuitton has collaborated with Kusama and many of their goodies will be given the Kusama treatment. Marc Jacobs, artistic director of LV, is a fan of her work, and through working on designs, special Kusama store windows, and Kusama concept stores, with her will spread her message: Love Forever.
Daniel Born, one of The Times photographers, put together the above slide show.
At the opening of the Sounding Out exhibition in Fordsburg on Wednesday night, Professor Achille Mbembe from the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research made some powerful observations. A few observations about the exhibition. But mostly about the state of our culture. It felt angry and a little sad. I recorded the speach. Here is most of what he had to say.
“It seems to me that the present cultural moment we are experiencing is what we can call official culture. By this I mean it’s the attempt by the ruling elite to tell us what culture is all about and they can tell us at what point it is we transgress that culture. The ruling class will also tell us what price it is we have to pay when we transgress that culture.
On the other hand we have what is clearly the intellectual decay of the ANC. I mention the ANC because our country and society depends a lot on what happens in the ANC. This is the case because we live in a one-party democracy and when that party is in a crisis, it has a tremendous effect on the rest of society. And right now that party is suffering some serious intellectual decay. So these things: the emergence of official culture and the crisis of imagination in the ruling party go hand in hand with a 3rd trend. Which is the capacity of art to release high levels of toxic energy. And it seems to me as we try to go forward we need to take seriously these three challenges because they introduce into our public life or public culture a number of things: Read More…
Neo Muyanga. You know him from the guitar duo, Blk Sonshine. Remember “when we make love”?
Now Muyanga has been playing with operetta and contemporary dance. The Flower of Shembe the result of two years of work is coming to the Dance Factory, Joburg this weekend. I’m not missing it. Think you shouldn’t either. Tickets are available at Computicket.
I came across this picture of Donatella Versace first thing yesterday morning after logging onto my computer. And it quickly became the talking point of the day. The Versace brand has returned to the catwalk after eight years of not showing collections at fashion weeks. It opened the Paris haute couture show last night with 26 beautiful gowns which were rightly applauded. But the clothes lost their impact and I got distracted by images of fashion designer Donatella (pictured above with her daughter). Read More…