To coincide with the release of his upcoming semi-autobiographical documentary 20,000 Days on Earth(see the trailer here), Nick Cave, created in collaboration with filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, presents "The Museum of Important Shit,” a virtual Museum that catalogues the things that remind us of those transformative moments that make us who we are, and unlocks the stories connected to them.
"We were shooting the film and Nick told us this spine-tingling story. Nina Simone had been a nightmare backstage at one of her final gigs. But when she walked on and sat down, she took the gum from her mouth and stuck it on the piano, and… transformed. It was one of those rare moments. Nick felt the gears of his heart change. We’ve all had experiences like this," said Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.
"A few weeks later, we're shooting another scene. Nick is asking bandmate Warren Ellis if he remembers that Nina Simone gig. Warren interrupts: 'I have that gum' he says. And he really does. A pathetic looking dirty piece of gum, wrapped in a towel. As Nick says in the film, 'It’s shit, but it’s important shit.' And that’s what this Museum is all about. We might not all have the masticated detritus of a jazz legend tucked away, but we all accumulate objects that have little financial value, but they hold the stories of the things that make us who we are. The Museum will unlock these transformative moments that define our very being. We urge you to share them with us, with the Museum, with the world." Click here to submit
Tom of Finland Foundation's 10th Emerging Artist Competition gives emerging artists the unique opportunity to have their work viewed and judged by a group of highly respected professionals in the field and to assist them with their artistic pursuits. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Tom of Finland Foundation, a list of 10 prominent and Internationally renowned contemporary artists are invited to act as judges. The panel includes assume vivid astro focus (Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson), Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset), Richard Hawkins, Ryan Heffington, Bruce LaBruce, Helmut Lang, Linder, and A.L. Steiner. Submissions must be received by the closing date of November 3rd, 2014. Click here for more information
Concurrently with the opening of their show Vive la sociale! at Almine Rech gallery in Brussels, the talk will deal with several underlying topics including the Bruce High Quality University and the influential Belgian painter James Ensor. Photo Elise Gallant
To mark the begining of New York Fashion Week we asked photographer, filmmaker, and New York native Richard Kern to select this months TV Takeover. Kern's experimental, provocative, and erotic films came into prominence in the 1980's. Such films like Thrust in Me, The Right Side of My Brain, and Fingered featured underground artists such as Lydia Lunch, Sonic Youth, Kembra Pfahler, David Wojnarowicz,Henry Rollins, and more. For his exclusive ten day takeover Kern will be selecting an array on films including young visual artists such as Maggie Lee and Chloe Wise. This takeover also coincides with the release of his forthcoming book Boyfriend Girlfriend published by The Oversea Books in October and the 20th anniversary version of his cult classic New York Girls with a directors cut and never before seen outtakes set to be released by Taschen in 2015. Check out his instagram @richardkernnyc.
Check out Nobuyoshi Araki's exclsuive Non-Diary Diary on the Fondation Cartier website to echo the Memories Vives exhibition now. Until the end of September, the Japanese photographer will create slides of images; from views of Tokyo and pictures of young women, to sensual still lifes or snapshots of a small bar in the Kabukicho area where he has his habits.