Saturday, 24 December 2011

Sniježi u pustinji...

S novim nadahnućem vratili smo se u Dvadeset treću ulicu da pogledamo našu prostoriju. Ogrlice su stajale obješene na zidu, a ondje je pričvrstio i neke od naših crteža. Stali smo kod prozora promatrajući pahulje snijega koje su padale na fluorescentnu reklamu za Oasis Bar, i na njeno povijeno palmino stablo. "Gledaj", rekao je. "Sniježi u pustinji." Sjetila sam se scene iz filma Lice s ožiljkom Howarda Hawksa u kojoj Paul Muni i njegova djevojka gledaju neonski znak s natpisom "Svijet je tvoj". Robert mi je stisnuo ruku.  
iz biografije Patti Smith

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

It was just a kiss...

On July 19, 2007, police arrested Cambodian-French artist Rindy Sam after she kissed one panel of Twombly's triptych Phaedrus (worth an estimated $2 million). The panel, an all-white canvas, was smudged by Sam's red lipstick. She was tried in a court in Avignon for "voluntary degradation of a work of art".
Sam defended her gesture to the court: "J'ai fait juste un bisou. C'est un geste d'amour, quand je l'ai embrassé, je n'ai pas réfléchi, je pensais que l'artiste, il aurait compris... Ce geste était un acte artistique provoqué par le pouvoir de l'art" ("It was just a kiss, a loving gesture. I kissed it without thinking; I thought the artist would understand.... It was an artistic act provoked by the power of Art").
 In November 2007 Sam was convicted and ordered to pay €1,000 to the painting's owner, €500 to the Avignon gallery that showed it, and €1 to the painter.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Mark Ronson remembers Amy...

She'd go in. I'd call her. "Where are you?" "I'm in the clinic, getting dry." "Oh, um, sorry to hear it." "What are you sorry about? I'm the idiot who got myself into this state." And that was her attitude towards it. She had little time for emotions like pity anyway; she only liked the big ones: Love, Heartbreak, Death, etc. Once in, she'd make these miraculously speedy recoveries. It didn't matter how messed up she'd been for the past however long, how slurred her words had been when I had run into her just three days earlier. Day 2 in that place and it was the old Amy again, the Amy that I had met five years ago. She had her brilliant mind back, her razor-sharp wit, and a warmth, a beautiful lovingness that was sometimes obscured in the depths of abuse. I would hang out in her room there for hours and not ever want to leave, like a sleepover at your best friend's house when you're 13 years old.

Sean Austin remembers the Rings...

On any given day and on any given moment, you could step out of your trailer and take a deep breath and think, 'I am a part of something right now that is as important from a career perspective or artistic as anything I'll ever do.' You're in the South Island and you're looking at this majestic scenery - the mountains and the clear water... You're so filled with a sense of confidence and pride and looking around and knowing people are doing the greatest whatever it is and are operating at the top of their craft and I'm a part of it.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Do the subjects of your songs know they've been written about?

I have had issues with people. One girlfriend used to punch me. I could see her point, because I do tend to be a bit closed off emotionally. You know when you get into that thing where people want to discuss the relationship? I'd rather discuss what was on telly, avoid the issue, discuss anything other than the relationship. And so this girl, quite rightly, found it a bit much that when she came to concerts you would get all this emotion splurged out on the stage. Her phrase was, "The only time I find out what's on your mind is if I come to one of your concerts." All I can say in my defence is that I wasn't really doing it in a snidey way. Jarvis Cocker