10 02 2011







Tura Satana dies at 72; actress starred in 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!'
Satana gained cult status for her role as Varla, 'the Arnold Schwarzenegger of bad girls,' in the 1965 Russ Meyer film.
February 07, 2011|By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times
Tura Satana, an actress who gained cult status for her role in the 1965 Russ Meyer movie "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!," died Friday of heart failure at a hospital in Reno.

Satana's death was confirmed by her manager, Siouxzan Perry, who said Satana was 72.

In "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" Satana played Varla, the leader of a "daredevil trio of sports car-driving vixens," wrote film critic B. Ruby Rich in the Village Voice in 1995. "She drove her Porsche like a bat out of hell, delivered her dialogue with an arched eyebrow that let the audience in on the joke and tossed men into the air like they were pancakes."

After Varla kills a young man with her bare hands, the three women kidnap his girlfriend and converge on the desert ranch of a wealthy older man and his two sons. "The ensuing conflict is like a clash between King Kong and Godzilla," Kevin Thomas wrote in The Times in 2004. Thomas said the film was "loaded with sex and violence to the point of parody — which may be the point."

The movie was "a loser, absolute loser" when first released, Meyer told The Times in 1994. But by the 1990s it had been rediscovered. Filmmaker John Waters even called it "not only the best movie ever made but the best movie that ever will be made."

Meyer insisted she play Varla with raw strength, Satana told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2008. The result was "the Arnold Schwarzenegger of bad girls," the Chicago Tribune's Michael Wilmington wrote in 1995. "Clad in black leather with a yawning cleavage, [she] is almost insanely voluptuous.... Satana looks like a comic book temptress come to life."

She was born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi in Hokkaido, Japan, on July 10, 1938, Perry said. Her birth year was listed as 1935 by some sources.

Her family moved to California in 1942 and was sent to the Manzanar internment camp during World War II. She grew up in Chicago, worked as an exotic dancer and nude model, and said she turned down a marriage proposal from Elvis Presley.

Her other credits include the film "Irma La Douce" in 1963 and the television shows "Burke's Law" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

Satana's survivors include sisters Amparo Steitz of Grass Valley, Calif., and Pamela Trujillo of Loves Park, Ill.; daughters Kalani Silverman of Enoch, Utah, and Jade Fall of Reno; and six grandchildren, Perry said. She was married three times; her third husband died in 2000.

from latimes.com

Not that it matters but the final picture in this tribute is actually another Meyer regular, Haji.

08 02 2011

Weather Report "Third Stone from the Sun"

Jaco killing it, watch from 2:50

08 02 2011

Chiharu Shiota @ La Maison Rouge & MOMA FOMA






This post is in reference to her exhibition in Paris soon.

"Tous Cannibales"!

and: http://www.detached.com.au/exhibition.html

January 3, 2011: Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota set fire to a grand piano in a Hobart street as part of an art installation for MONA FOMA 2011.

The burnt piano will form the centrepiece for an artwork to be exhibited at Detached gallery from January 14 to April 3.

Chiharu Shiota will then spend 10 days spinning a vast cocoon of black thread around what remains of the piano. The work, 'In Silence', is one of four pieces that form the artist's first major Australian exhibition. The blackened carcass of the grand piano and accompanist's chair will be trapped in a labyrinth of black wool. Shiota says the work is a meditation on sound and its absence.

The piece responds to an incident that occurred when Shiota was nine-years old. She woke in the night to sound of burning timber and ran to wake her parents. The family then watched helplessly as a neighbour's home burned. Later, Shiota saw the remains of a piano charred and silent in the ashes.

'I became scared,' she recalls, 'and quickly ran home. There I tried to play on my piano. My mother said I should not play at a moment when the house of our neighbour had just been burnt down. But I felt as if my own voice had been burnt, too, and therefore continued to play. I was overcome by silence. Days later, the wind carried the smell of the extinguished fire over to us. I then felt every time I smelled it that the smoke made me loose my voice.

This happened 20 years ago. I always carry this silence within me: deep in my heart. When I try to express it, I lack the necessary words. But the silence lasts. The more I think about it, the stronger it gets. The piano looses its voice, the painter does not paint any more, the musician stops making music. They loose their function, but not their beauty. They even become more beautiful.

My true word has no sound.'

About the artist

Shiota was born in Osaka in 1972 and has been based in Berlin, Germany since 1997. Over the past decade she has earned an international reputation for her haunting installation and performance practice. Recently, she has exhibited at major commercial galleries in London, Nagoya, Paris, and New York, and in the Third Moscow Biennale (2009) and 2009 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial. For more information:


Curated by Olivier Varenne (MONA), the exhibition 'In Silence' shows two site-specific installations, an early video projection and a new series of 10 drawings made especially for the occasion.

About the curator:

Olivier Varenne (Paris, France, 1977) is a curator at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, Australia. He was also the curator of on&on at the Casa Encendida in Madrid in 2010 and the assistant curator for the 2009 edition of the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art and has worked in the acquisitions departments of galleries such as the Gagosian in London and Pace Wildenstein in New York.


... and more from:


12th May 2008

Like a dark obsession with arachnids, Japanese-born artist Chiharu Shiota wraps objects from floor to ceiling in miles of black wool. Her work, ambiguous and stunning, leaves you curious about the strangled objects seemingly suspended in time and space.
Her first solo show in New York is currently on display at the Goff + Rosenthal Gallery.

The piano above (below), titled “In Silence”, was burned before it was wrapped. This is in response to a fire that hit close to her heart as a child. Here is an interesting article about the piece.

Chiharu’s works convey a very personal, profound meaning; they are a physical creation of a shrouded memory literally exploding from the artist. Because of this we feel a deep connection with her and are at the very least sympathetic if not at all empathetic.

06 02 2011




Very interesting American composer.
This SongDrapes CD is one of the more compelling albums I've heard in some time... invigorating, humorous, bizarre.

Thanks to Maestro Volkov for the introductions


06 02 2011



Collages (2010-2011)

Exhibition at Rumpsti Pumsti (Musik), Berlin

February 5, 2011 - March 22, 2011

Saturday, February 5, 2011, 4-10pm


05 02 2011



This image really struck me...


05 02 2011

phurpa nag bdud ceremony


1.Mapang Yinchen
2.Yang – Drub
3.Nag – bDub

This voyage began in the middle of the 1990′s in Moscow, when a group of artists and musicians led by Alexei Tegin and based at the legendary Fabrique of Cardinal Art commenced their studies of traditional ritual music, drifting away from the field of contemporary electroacoustic and industrial music with the intent to delve deeper into the ancient musical cultures of the ancient Egypt, Iran and Tibet. The original 2003 lineup of the project that emerged as a result was dubbed Phurpa (one of the five tutelary deities of the Father Tantra in Bon tradition), and all the members have carried on with their research in the field of Bon and Buddhist liturgies up to the present day.
Before Buddhism reached Tibet, local people had practiced involved shamanic rites derived from various ancestral cults. Later on, circa the VI-IX century AD, a conflict between the local tradition, namely, the pre-Buddhist religion of Bon (which originates from Central Asia) and Tantric Buddhism (hailing from the North of India) gave birth to a unique cultural phenomenon known as Tibetan Buddhism, which combines an extensive metaphysical corpus and an advanced philosophical system with pristine ceremonial practices that reach down through many centuries.


05 02 2011

GRAVE MIASMA & TRAP THEM at O)))'s curated Roadburn day.



Greg and I are excited to announce these additions to the massive Roadburn lineup we've somehow managed to get together! What an honor and a privilege. Two blasts of DEATH METAL right here... we have one more band to announce in the next days.

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