The artist was present on April 1, 2013 at the IFC center in New York as artist Marina Abramovic was on hand to talk about one of her favorite films, “The Color Of Pomegranates” (1968) directed by Sergei Parajanov. In the discussion, Marina talked about David Lynch, if movies are art (which you will see below) and she also talked about how the United States feels the need to categorize everything. For example, rather than discuss the works of art in a museum, this country will say “x number of pieces are made by women, x number are made by men and so on.” We are of the same mind when she said that the most important thing and the only thing that should be mentioned is the art itself. Amen, Marina!
Marina Abramovic and Geoffrey Dicker
Great chatting with you Marina and I loved hearing your thoughts!
I am really happy the Superfraiche concert took place on April 1, 2011 because when I saw the future of pop music, I definitely thought the joke was on me. On April Fool’s Day, Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn featured a live showcase of four of the latest pop music sensations. Performing in front of backing tracks, She’s The Queen, Databoy, Simon Curtis and Sky Ferreira made me glad I am open minded in seeing new talent. Many times, it appeared that I was at the food court at a mall and happened by a performance. With this food court reference, the only thing missing was delicious snacks. Sky Ferreira will probably become a Justin Bieber-like sensation, but I felt that I was watching a young singer whose schtick was flipping her hair back and forth as the highlight of her performance.
Host for the evening, Arjan Writes, informed the crowd that Simon Curtis, who was making his live debut in New York, has had his album downloaded over 1 million times. Yowsah! The American Idol-style performance found Curtis closing out his set with an a capella version of what he called “one of the greatest songs ever recorded,” and it turned out to be Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” The universe was not pleased by that blasphemous statement and his voice cracked before making it through the song! (I have video to prove it).
Databoy, a male duo performed mostly unremarkable songs, but infused “Thriller-like” choreography during the chorus and all I could think of was “that’s been done before by way more talented people.”
She's the Queen
The highlight of seeing She’s the Queen was not even in the performance. It was watching the lead singer knock back a double whiskey before taking the stage. Props for being coherent!
Obviously, you can’t trust my opinion on this unless you share with me the mindset that “American Idol” and “Glee” are like cholesterol clogging the arteries of the music scene. With that being said, you should probably expect to hear a lot about these acts in the future. Happy April Fool’s?
The Strokes Madison Square Garden Poster. April 1, 2011.
This is not an early April Fool’s Day joke. The Strokes have reunited and are playing a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 1, 2011. When tickets go on sale at 11 am on February 25, 2011, you can bet that Ticketmaster’s server is going to have a stroke of its own. Tickets will likely sell out in a matter of minutes so good luck getting through! It’s doubtful that we will get to hear anything off Julian Casablancas’ solo album “Phrazes for the Young” which is a pity because I really love that album.