KAOS remains one of the most authentically subversive nightclubs in London and last month it celebrated its tenth anniversary where myself and Eloise went to take portraits of the hardened fans of the club.
Lee Adams, the founder let us use the shower room in The Flying Dutchman as a studio. I would wait outside the shower room while Eloise took photographs of individuals and I would catch people to be photographed and wait with them while Eloise finished each portrait.
There is a kind of following that KAOS possesses which I’ve never experience for any other social event. The club lets its attendees manifest themselves into something that the mundanity of day to day life doesn’t necessarily offer us. Although the club has a reputation for being utterly wild, which it very much is, I’ve never visited a club which is simultaneously so inclusive. People of all backgrounds and ages attend to experience a similar kind of expression.
The club is known for being closely associated with a fetish and performance art scene and the likes of Ron Athey, Franko B, Chadd Curry and David Hoyle are always familiar faces. However it is also enjoyed for its dj’s who play dark techno which is not necessarily available to experience in many other clubs in London.
These portraits have been chosen to show you all a kind of underground culture which is very much alive in London but once used to be more vibrant. It is so important to document and keep this kind of underground culture going in the face of commercialisation spreading its tendrils and seeping into everything. This club remains utterly original and so do the individuals who support it.
Static Shock Festival is an annual selection of concerts over a four day weekend in London celebrating the best of international hardcore punk. Now in its third year, the festival has been attracting a widening audience of hardcore fans congregating from all over the world.
The festival which is organised by Static Shock Records is completely underground and totally self financed meaning that it acts as an authentic breath of fresh air against the vapid monotony of the city’s increasingly capitalistic destruction of music venues. Most prominently this was expressed though much of the festival taking place at the new DIY Space for London, a brand new venue totally cooperatively-run and funded which recently openend in South East London. This concluded with an exhibition named The Kids Will Have Their Say at the space showing the work of Ollie Murphy, Ashley Rommelrath and Reid Allen which had previously been at The Doomed Gallery and a special karaoke party to finish the weekend off.
Photographer Simon Parris has been kind enough to share a selection of his images that he took over the four day weekend earlier this month and we spoke to Paco Mus; the CEO of the record label La Vida Es Un Mus told us his top ten performances:
1. Orden Mundial
2. Blazing Eye
3. Una Bèstia Incontrolable
5. Digital Octopus (After party)
8. Chris Bress Gabba set
9. The Love Triangle
Tattooing by Yokohama Horiken
For most within the tattoo world, Takahiro “Horitaka” Kitamura needs no introduction. Aside from being a renowned tattooer, Kitamura boasts an impressive resume as owner of State of Grace tattoo shop in San Jose, co-organizer of the Bay Area Convention of Tattoo Arts, and author of a number of widely-published books including Bushido: Legacies of the Japanese Tattoo (2001), Tattoos of the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Motifs in the Japanese Tattoo (2003), and Tattooing from Japan to the West: Horitaka Interviews Contemporary Artists (2005). We recently caught up with Kitamura to discuss his most recent endeavor – curator of the Japanese American National Museum’s upcoming exhibition Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World. Composed primarily of photographs by Kip Fulbeck, Perserverance showcases tattooing by a number of international artists and will surely be a landmark event within the history of tattooing. Just days away from the March 8 opening, Kitamura discusses with us, among other things, how the exhibition came to be, the artists involved, and the various issues that arise when organizing a show of this magnitude.
The exhibition takes place at the Japanese American National Museum – the largest museum of its kind in the United States. How did the exhibition come to fruition and why is the Japanese American National Museum such an appropriate venue?
Perseverance is the result of a bold move by director Greg Kimura and his staff. Dr. Kimura has long been aware of the increasing popularity of tattooing as a whole, as well as the appreciation and ubiquitous nature of Japanese style tattoos. This piqued his interest and he called on Kip Fulbeck, (professor, author, artist, poet, photographer, awesome guy extraordinaire) who has exhibited in the past with the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Kip has [...]
Emerging out of Montreal, Editorial Magazine is a magazine produced by a small team of women three times a year. The publication explores an uncensored perspective on up and coming art, fashion and photography from throughout the globe. Rejecting any co-operation from any brands or publishers, Editorial expels a fresh energy presenting a vision of whats really interesting right now.
This spread is one of my favorites in the new issue. Monika has been our Tokyo Correspondent since we started the magazine a few years ago, and is largely responsible for the Editorial’s popularity in Japan. Monika came to visit Montreal this Spring and we talked a lot of about body image. We ate a lot of poutine and both had big bellies. Monika talked about how she found it beautiful, and wanted to make a fashion story that reflected those feelings. She worked with the amazing stylist Masako Ogura, who styled a shoot for us a few issues ago. I think it’s really important to show different kinds of bodies.
I’m obsessed with this essay “Sympathy of the Forger” by Brad Phillips. I love learning about historical scandals, especially in the art world. Brad has a bit of that “bad boy artist” thing going, so he’s kinda the perfect author for the piece- no bullshit and lots of juice. It’s hard to find good art writers who aren’t too academic and who can make you laugh. This piece made me laugh.
It’s cool to analyze the motivation behind art forgery. I personally copy Matisse’s [...]
The seminal documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry that charts the early feminist movement of 1966-71 is screening tonight at Goldsmiths University, London.
Mary Dore’s documentary uses archival footage and interviews with the women involved in the early women’s liberation movement to create a powerful and passionate film that is long overdue. From the establishment of NOW (National Organisation for Women) to the more feminist groups such as the theatrical witches of W.I.T.C.H (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell), this is study of the radical women and their revolutionary voices that inspired great change.
The documentary features a dialogue beyond what the early feminist movement is often understood to have been, featuring discussions on race and sexuality such as the Black Sisters United feminist group and the radical lesbian rights group Lavender Menace. The documentary proves the movement was a diverse power of women from a myriad of paths.
Produced within the framework of America’s current reproductive rights campaigns, it’s disheartening to see placards featuring cries for equal and fair abortion laws being paraded in protest in an exact mirroring of forty years earlier. For some, nothing has changed.
She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry is a thrilling and exciting film about the power of women and the strength of union and protest. Their actions inspired changes for women’s right that we can sometimes take for granted but the film featuring the Texas abortion law brings to light that feminism is an ongoing campaign, and a worthy one. We interviewed director Mary Dore about the film and feminist theory.
What incited you to begin this project?
I’ve made other historical documentaries, and always wondered why no one had made a major film on the early women’s movement. There’s been films, including regional histories, but none that from my perspective represented [...]
Tomorrow, Danny Fox will be opening his latest show of paintings at London’s Redfern Gallery. Collating into a years worth of new work made in London, LA and St Ives, the exhibition named ‘As He Bowed Down His Head To Drink‘ will be open until the 5th of December. Danny asked me to host a discussion between himself and artist Sue Webster for the exhibition’s catalogue where we are publishing a special preview in celebration of his new work.
RM: So how did you find out about Danny, Sue?
SW: Danny was propping up a bar and invited me to watch his band that were playing that night. I didn’t make it but I did bump into him again about a year later, and he then invited me to see his paintings. I thought, what about the band?! I didn’t realise at the time that he was a painter. When I first went to his tiny studio, it was hard to look properly through the layers of paintings that were stacked against all four walls. Most of those paintings had never seen the light of day but I was encouraged by their fluidity, which reminded me in a way of Picasso, although Danny’s subject matter was much dirtier.
RM: Did you know about Sue’s work before you met her?
DF: Yes but I had only seen it from a distance. Since then Sue has given me all of her books; now I know everything about it! The first thing I loved about Sue’s work was the guts, there’s bravery in it to me.
SW: Tim and I made all of our early work, all of those huge sculptures not knowing if they would even be shown let alone sell, because it’s just something you have to do [...]
The lifestyle and cultural production of the rural organisation the Kibbo Kift (‘proof of strength’) has been chronicled in a new book The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift: Intellectual Barbarians, written by Annebella Pollen and published by Donlon Books.
We are well rehearsed in post-war twenties culture through art and literature; a disenfranchised population numbed by loss and ignorant of vitality. The Jazz Age city: the self indulgence, the self destruction and the carefree disregard of consequence has since become the defining state of rebellion of the decade. However, the scarcely documented gatherings of the Kibbo Kift offered an alternate ideal escapist fantasy, a pursuit of utopia founded on the principles of nature, self sufficiency and spirit.
The Kift was a group of influential individuals of various genders, ages and classes that congregated in the English countryside to pursue an ideal lifestyle away from industrial modernisation and the mechanised deaths of the war, ‘away! Away! From men and towns’ they chanted. Their philosophy was dominated by complex ideologies of health, myth, magic, education, handicraft and art.
In Intellectual Barbarians Pollen focuses on the artistic and spiritual aspects of the movement. The group itself would have been aesthetically arresting; ceremonial parades of men, women and children marching in cloaks and jerkins with banners and carved totems, painted tents evident of the influence of Modernism and practicing theatre in the style of Classical poetry in fields and atop stones. As founding leader Hargrave wrote in 1924, ‘the method of the Kibbo Kift is based upon a direct appeal to the senses by means of colour, shape, sound and movement, that is, by every form of symbolism’.
The art produced is symbolic and bizarre, featuring a haunting series of images taken by Angus McBean of cloaked members amongst the [...]