In 1978, French filmmaker and sometime Godard collaborator Jean-Pierre Gorin, then teaching at UC San Diego, trained his lens on eight year old identical twins Grace and Virginia Kennedy.
Poto and Cabengo, as the two girls called each other, spoke to each other in a private language they’d made up. Because their father feared they were developmentally disabled, the twins were neglected by their parents and kept from the outside world and their unique language flourished in that neglect.
Observing Poto and Cabengo in conversation is riveting, what one imagines watching a Henry Darger-directed version of ‘Waiting for Godot’ might be like.
‘Poto and Cabengo’ Digital Restoration from Criterion Films
(Jean-Pierre Gorin, 1979, USA, HDCam video, 76 min.)
This reminds of the story in Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody, when a woman called Ivana left her cell phone in a taxi. Thinking it lost for good, Ivana was surprised when a friend, Evan discovered the girl who had found the phone was using it as her own. They contacted the girl and asked her to return it. But the girl told them to go to hell. So Evan started a webpage called StolenSideKick, and blogged about the phone and the girls actions. As Shirky pointed out in his book:
“Everyone who has ever lost something feels a diffuse sense of anger at whoever found and kept it.”
And this “diffuse sense of anger” makes people behave in different ways.
When Joshua Kaufman had his MacBook stolen, he responded by taking direct action to get it back. He set up a tumblr page This Guy Has My MacBook and started posting photos from a hidden device contained in his Mac. It takes pictures of the person who allegedly has it:
On March 21, 2011, my MacBook was stolen from my apartment in Oakland, CA. I reported the crime to the police and even told them where it was, but they can’t help me due to lack of resources. I’m currently in the process of contacting the mayor’s office. Meanwhile, I’m using the awesome app, Hidden, to capture these photos of this guy who has my MacBook.
Check Joshua’s site, This Guy Has My MacBook, here.
This is quite weird and wonderful, chilling even - a surreal Stepford Wife sings “I Feel Fantastic”.
In ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion was a highly accomplished Cypriot sculptor. Though skilled at imitating the human form, and well acquainted with it’s subtleties, he became disgusted by it when he witnessed the Propoetides prostituting themselves. These women were punished by Venus for their lack of worship with a coarseness of skin and a crudeness of nature, and were then forced into prostitution. Seeing this, Pygmalion the sculptor was repelled and could no longer appreciate women.
Seemingly alone, Pygmalion sought to create for himself a perfect, pure, unsullied companion. He used his particular skills to this end: he created a statue bride.
What you are about to watch is a mysterious video. It’s origin is attributed variously, and almost certainly spuriously, to various abstract artists or surrealists. The truth is that what we are seeing, and what we perceive to be strange and disturbing, is actually beauty to it’s creator.
Perhaps what we are viewing is the work of a modern Pygmalion. To him, her toneless voice, the paleness of her skin and the comparative vibrancy of her lips may indeed be the very embodiment of a perfect woman…
Consider the mind-scape of the creator. In whose mind does this appear beautiful? In whose mind is this pure, near worshipful? Are we missing out on his perspective?
Who are we to be afraid or to judge them? He may well love her fully, perhaps more fully than any of us could ever hope to be loved. In the mind of her creator, she is a near goddess; the perfect representation, not just of femininity, but the peak of human potential. A perfectly satisfactory being.
How does that kind of unconditional love feel?
Well, how does she feel?
The great thing about these videos is that you can sit and compose stories around what is going on, who made this beautiful “android”, called Tara and why? And what happens when the drapes are drawn?
If this were a fiction, a horror film, then the close-up of the trees and grass in the first video would be significant - a clue to where the bodies are buried. But of course this isn’t a fiction.
Bonus clips of this singing android, after the jump…
In 2007, Asheton described his guitar sound: “I get a brighter and brassier sound than a lot of people. It’s almost painful. I’ve been told, ‘Your guitar sound is painful, man!’ And I go, ‘Hey, cool. All right!’”
I love this description of Asheton’s playing on “No Fun” from Tim Lucas:
For the first 2:43 of the song, Asheton anchors the song with steady, distorted, rhythmic riffing from the right channel—and just when we think we’ve heard everything this anthem to teenage boredom has up its patched denim sleeve, Iggy’s pleas prompt Asheton to launch into the fuzziest, dirtiest, squiggliest, squealingest, noodly guitar solo ever heard, absolutely merciless in its full-on drilling against the hard stone walls of ennui.”
The man who gave courage and inspiration to thousands of fledgling punk guitarists, launching a rock and roll revolution, the godhead of psychotic, six string, sonic sublimeness, Mr. Ron Asheton:
1987’s Put More Blood Into the Music is an impressionistic documentary directed by George Atlas about Sonic Youth and the city that bred them. With Lydia Lunch, Kramer, John Zorn, Gerard Cosley and more.
Really cool Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy family home movie shot in 1956 at the Reseda, California home of Stan Laurel’s daughter, Lois. I loved every second of this.
Featuring: Stan Laurel and his wife Ida Kitaeva Raphael Laurel, Oliver Hardy and his wife Virginia Lucille Jones, Andy Wade (who shot the film), Stan’s daughter Lois, her husband Rand Brooks and their children Randy and Laurie.
Over the weekend, a planned action by the Westboro Baptist Church in Joplin, Missouri to coincide with President Obama’s memorial to the people killed in the storms, was abandoned after a large group of bikers arrived and made things hot for them. Some truckers are alleged to have blocked members of the hate group from leaving a truck stop area until the event was over. Apparently the one guy who did manage to show up on site was a “freelance” nutcase and not actually a member of the “church.”
According to one first-hand account, reposted on Raw Story, it went down something like this:
“When the police saw what was about to happen they grabbed him and tried to push the bikers back!! Then they told the guy “run you stupid mother fucker” And I am quoting!! We heard that more of them were blocked at a local truck stop by a few awesome truckers!! They pinned them in until it was over, not sure about this one just what we were hearing!! You may think of bikers as mean or lawless but when it comes to things like this they really step up!!!”
Demo of “Platinum Blonde” produced by Alan Betrock in 1975. It wasn’t released until 2001 as a bonus track on a re-master of Blondie’s self-titled debut album.
I gotta be a platinum blonde!
I gotta be a platinum blonde.
I gotta be a platinum blonde!
I’ll hit the bottle baby.
The video includes some shots of CBGB and the Lower East Side just before they became rock and roll Meccas. I have the feeling that former art student and Blondie founder Chris Stein directed this. But I don’t know it for a fact. Anyone know?
Update: DM reader Michael says the video is a segment from from Amos Poe’s Blank Generation. Been awhile since I’ve seen Poe’s film, but it makes sense to me - right place, right time.