Saturday, August 22, 2009

Iselin Steiro

ph: Laurie Bartley

Indeterminacy 100

One day when I was across
the hall visiting Sonya Sekula,
I noticed that
she was painting left-handed.
I said,
aren’t you right-handed?” She
said, “Yes,
but I might lose the
use of my right hand,
and so I’m practicing
using my left.” I laughed
and said, “What
if you lose the use of both
hands?” She was busy
painting and didn’t bother to
Next day when I
visited her, she
was sitting on the floor,
painting with difficulty,
for she was
holding the brush between
two toes of her left foot.

- John Cage

Yulia Kharlapanova

ph: Paul Wetherell

The Incredible Petrified World (1957)

Four adventurers descend to the depths of the ocean and find themselves trapped in a deep-sea cave system.

Incredibly bad in all departments with an amazingly suspenseless plot. Fun to watch, though, and with lots of hilarious dialogue.

"You just listen to me, Miss Innocent. There's nothing friendly between two females. There never was. There never will be."

A Scan a Day

L'été meurtrier (1983)

One Deadly Summer USA
Ein mörderischer Sommer West Germany

A mysterious, beautiful young woman marries a man to take revenge for a crime committed long ago.

Seemingly made to show its female star in numerous stages of undress this otherwise great psychological thriller is marred by the notion that Isabelle Adjani - although playing fabulously - doesn't quite fit into her character.

Who's That Girl?

Intermission (2003)

A variety of losers in Dublin have harrowingly farcical intersecting stories of love, greed and violence.

A competent and fast-paced mix of social realism and satire with a cast of great actors doing their best.

Natalia Vodianova

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Margaryta Senchylo

Miniatures #6

A scout burst into the room, through the door. "Porcupines!" he shouted.
"Porcupines what?" the Dean asked.
"Thousands and thousands of them. Three miles down the road and coming fast!"
"Maybe they won't enroll," the Dean said. "Maybe they're just passing through."

Donald Barthelme: Porcupines at the University

Natasha Poly

Indeterminacy 144

David Tudor and I went to Hilversum
in Holland to make a
recording for the Dutch radio.
We arrived at the
studio early and there was some
delay. To pass
the time, we chatted
with the engineer who was to work
with us. He
asked me what kind of music he was
about to record.
Since he was a Dutchman
I said, “It may
remind you of the work of Mondrian.”

When the session was finished
and the three of us were leaving
the studio, I
asked the engineer what he
thought of the music we had
played. He
said, “It reminded
me of the work of Mondrian.”

Toni Garrn

ph: Karl Lagerfeld

Tchao pantin (1983)

Am Rande der Nacht (Germany)

A lonely ex-cop who works the night shift at a local gas station takes revenge for the murder of a young Arab friend.

Great French neo-noir thriller which rightfully has a small cult status. A favourite of mine from the early 80s.

Candice Neil

Le scaphandre et le papillon (2007)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly International (English title)
Schmetterling und Taucherglocke Germany

Adaptation of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby's book about whose experience suffering under the locked-in syndrome after having had a stroke.

Amazingly successful account of a rare and nightmarish existential condition. The movie avoids any sentimentality, but - like the real-life author - tells this story with intelligence, humour and big hunk of humanity.

Who's That Girl?

ph: Marc Philbert

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Ruslana Korshunova (1987-2008)


Vignettes #43

On my way home after work I walk through a small area of apartment buildings before I reach the bus station. Although the houses themselves are rather dull and uncomely, they are surrounded by some grassland, a nice large playground with sandbox and swings and a well-kept soccer field, and there's even some woods where kids can play jungle.

On any given summer evening, especially at vacation time, I'll see lots of things going on: kids playing playing everywhere, a mother or two at the clothesline, a dad mowing the lawn or fixing a car or maybe barbecueing, some old folks sitting on a bench chatting.

Recently, however, it was a wonderful lukewarm evening, and I noticed that there was nothing going on at all, it was remarkably still and there was nobody around. Walking through the area I did notice a group of maybe 7 or 8 girls, all the age of maybe 10-12 years, sitting around a house entrance. They were all silent and each in some kind of thinking man's position as if they were in a silent conference.

While I walked pass them I imagined that probably some adult had scolded the kids for something, and now they were just hanging around with no idea what to do next.

I had already passed them, when I heard one of the girls behind me say: "But what shall we do now?"

Anna-Mariya Urajevskaya

ph: Steven Meisel

Indeterminacy 108

it is a beautiful
Let us take
a walk.
Perhaps we
will find some mushrooms.

If we do, we
shall pluck them and
eat them.” Betsy
Zogbaum asked Marian
Powys Grey whether
she knew the difference
between mushrooms
and toadstools.
think I do.
consider, my dear,
dull life would be
without a
little uncertainty in it.”

- John Cage

Who's That Girl?

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Juliana Imai

ph: Patrick Demarchelier

Miniatures #5

A colleague of mine came back from a trip visiting an aunt of his in New York City. It was his very first time there, and since it's my favourite city I really wanted to know how we liked it.

"I was not impressed", he said. "It's just a very big and loud city."

Disappointed I replied: "Well, isn't it THE big and loud city?"


Mathilde Frachon

ph: Nicholas Moore

Michelle Schermer

Indeterminacy 62

Schoenberg always complained that
his American pupils didn’t do
enough work.

There was one girl in
the class in particular who,
it is true,
did almost
no work at all.
He asked her
one day why she
didn’t accomplish more.
She said,
“I don’t have
any time.” He said,
“How many
hours are there in the
day?” She said,
He said,
there are as many
hours in a day
as you put into it.”

Until They Sail (1957)

Four sisters in New Zealand fall for four U.S. soldiers en route to the Pacific theater in WWII.

Solid woman's picture with a great cast. The fates of the people are involved are a bit too calculated, but made plausible by the excellent production.

Who's That Girl?

Borstal Boy (2000)

Irish writer and political activist Brendan Behan, is befriended as a teenager in a British labor camp by a liberal warden.

I haven't read the book, so I can't speak about the accuracy of this adaptation. It is a great reform school melodrama about the ambiguities of love with all participants in great form. Very touching without being too sentimental.

Kate Moss irrégulière

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