ホテル Hotel – close-up of Chiaki’s eye seven times

March 20, 2017

Preparing the upcoming slide-show I had the brilliant idea to make it all a bit more spicy, inspired by a clip by Pink Floyd I decided adding a mini clip of a close-up of an eye in it. Chiaki generously volunteered:

Josiane Keller - Chiaki's eye seven times

Josiane Keller “Chiaki’s eye seven times” (2017)

 

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: slide show, editing Mike Bradley soundtrack

March 20, 2017

Mike Bradley sent me a fabulous harmonica sound track. Mike is a genius, I know that, but he is also a crazy genius (of course, are there non-crazy geniuses at all?), so what happened was for the slide show I looked through various things as sound-track, recorded some new stuff, was not happy with any, and by chance found something from about half a year ago in my house, where we are listening to Screaming Jay Hawkins playing “I put a spell on you” and Mike is messing with a very nice harmonica I had shown him, and luckily I recorded it.

It is very great, only we are also goofing around, laughing and joking and I thought, this would be great “without” talking and joking, so I called Mike and explained it to him and told him I needed him to find a harmonica and play and record the same piece without chatter. Very simple, very easy, right?

I also sent him a play list of other things, if he wanted to do extra, so we could pick and combine. Well. Finally today I get the soundtrack which is A; fabulous and B; none of the things I had asked him or what was on the play list and ZERO Screaming Jay and ZERO “I put a spell on you”.

That’s Mike, the genius. A pain in the ass and yet: irresistible.

Leaves me sitting, editing for some extra xyz hours sound track and remixing slide show details and a mini clip “dog barking” to make it all work. Yes, we will do many more like that and they will be great (I hope)….

Josiane Keller - editing dog barking

Josiane Keller “editing dog barking” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates – one year work’s output: return of work from Parabolica-bis show, Tokyo

March 20, 2017

Work from the Parabolica-bis show in Tokyo came back. It was a very nice show, thank you all for making it happen!

Looking at it all condensed in a a few bundles sent in a box, huge pile of photo-prints, puppet costumes, poster, comment book, “NADJA” by Breton in Japanese version, this is the work of one year slaving away, makes one wonder.

Josiane Keller - work from Parabolica-bis show

Josiane Keller “work from Parabolica-bis show” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: Slide-Show @AUTOMATA, Los Angeles – poster (2017)

March 18, 2017

Josiane Keller - Slide-Show AUTOMATA poster 2017

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: the Slide-Show @AUTOMATA, Los Angeles, 8pm, 24th /25th March

March 14, 2017

Save the date if you are near LA: 24th / 25th March at AUTOMATA; world premiere of:

ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: the Slide-Show @ AUTOMATA, China Town, Los Angeles, 8pm.

Preparing the show, and going crazy (that’s nothing new):

Josiane Keller - preparing slide-show at AUTOMATA

Josiane Keller “preparing slide-show at AUTOMATA” (2017)

Josiane Keller - preparing slide-show at AUTOMATA 2

Josiane Keller “preparing slide-show at AUTOMATA 2” (2017)

 claims, it’s OK if the bulb burns out, because in the 80’s NYC audiences would simply sit and wait:

“… In small venues around town, Goldin would hold the projector as she manually clicked through images; if the bulb on the machine burned out, she’d run home and get another one. Audiences waited. …”

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/07/04/nan-goldins-the-ballad-of-sexual-dependency

I hope in the 21st century LA audience (allegedly way more chill) will also wait, it will take me only an hour, roughly, to get that other bulb.

 

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ホテル Hotel: Not so brief Interlude – obituaries: Stanley Bard, caretaker of Chelsea Hotel, died at 82, Vincent, and bohemia

March 8, 2017

On the 14th of February 2017 Stanley Bard, caretaker of the famous Hotel Chelsea, died from a stroke.

Stanley Bard outside the Chelsea Hotel, around 1970

(* photographer ?) “Stanley Bard outside the Chelsea Hotel” (around 1970)

Rita Barros, Arthur Miller at left, Arnold Weinstein center, and Stanley Bard at right

Rita Barros “Arthur Miller at left, Arnold Weinstein center, and Stanley Bard at right” (* date?)

ALLAN TANNENBAUM - POLARIS - EYEVINE - Stanley Bard in the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel, 2006

Allan Tannenbaum /POLARIS /EYEVINE “Stanley Bard in the lobby of the Chelsea Hotel” (2006)

Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times - Stanley Bard, longtime manager and part-owner of the Chelsea Hotel, with Mia Hanson, a photographer and hotel resident, 2007

Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times “Stanley Bard, longtime manager and part-owner of the Chelsea Hotel, with Mia Hanson, a photographer and hotel resident” (2007)

Plenty of obituaries have been written in rise of the occasion, which can be easily found online, some of them I will link here, but please look for more if you are interested in the subject:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/nyregion/stanley-bard-dead-chelsea-hotel.html

http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21717785-long-time-manager-new-yorks-hotel-chelsea-was-82-obituary-stanley-bard-died-february

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/nyregion/stanley-bard-dead-chelsea-hotel.html

and please also watch this talk given by photographer Linda Troeller on “Living Inside the Chelsea Hotel”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioxzi93U3Uw

The project ホテル Hotel has been loosely inspired, next to Nan Goldin’s “Ballad of Sexual Dependency” and other artists and their work, by the HOTEL CHELSEA, but more so by the stories and legends about its famous tenants and where they interfere and symbolize my own personal experiences as an artist and person.

The project was started over one year ago in January 2016 and has been ongoing since. I added characters, slowly, as the process of creating the puppets is time and energy consuming, and stories, some are masking personal experiences, some are in relation to daily happenings in politics and social life, but each are meaningful to me, otherwise I would have overlooked them and not been able to comment in form of an artistic translation.

The project has also so far been “my longest long-term project”, “Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me” being the first runner up with a making time of nine months. I was hoping to make ホテル Hotel a “really long-term” project, ideally ongoing over years. I have learned from other projects, in particular “Each reflection” how fulfilling and rewarding it is dedicating myself over long periods of time to one single project and diving very deep into the subject matter, meaning ultimately one’s own psychology from a certain aspect, undertaking my own psycho-analysis by creating, watching and reflecting.

I am not sure anymore this can happen as planned, which in itself reflects the nature of the issue.

I have been asking myself, especially after the project gained some publicity through exhibitions in different countries, what the project means for me and what is the purpose I am working on it. Where the “Each reflection”-project was deliberately a collaboration, and it was my intention creating a project to give other people a voice to express something about themselves and their lives and take myself to the greatest extent out of this process, the project ホテル Hotel is very personal and through it I am investigating my own life; most of the various characters with some very few cameo exceptions are versions of myself, reflecting my own experience and perspectives, masked in form of a group of people and their daily life and choices, and the hotel itself symbolizes me and my life experience and perspectives; in that sense the project is comparable to Mark Hogancamp’s MARWENCOL.

But it seems not only to be that situations occur and I re-tell them in masked version through the story of the hotel, it seems also to apply the other way around: I tell a story through the images of puppets that then seems to happen, parallel to that, in real life.

Parallels of puppets and their originals they stand for or are based on have already become obvious to me when I was frequently asked by collectors and gallerists to sell the figures that stand model for the participants of the “Each reflection”-project.
I was not able to sell them because I felt an inseparable connection between the figures and the people they symbolize, which is the reason why I created a follow-up project “I’m going into the forest” , in which I ritually de-eared the figures, in order to make them permanently unsaleable, (this also because I do need to earn money and don’t trust myself if the temptation seems easy and considerably lucrative.)

Also this current project has shown such a connection between told story and story that is happening, which I don’t have full understanding and insight on, but I am observing it and am cautious of it. I am not a superstitious person, but after having lived in multiple different cultures that all apply different thinking systems on the subject I am open to options I may have previously not been thinking about.

The current recent political events have in a very short time had a strong impact onto my life as on the people living around me and consequently I am considering conclusions that are unexpected and that will interfere with my current work.

Also by thinking and researching a lot about the projects by other artists that inspired my own, and even more so the reaction of the audience over time to these projects, in particular to Nan Goldin’s “Ballad of Sexual Dependency” as well as now, re-newed interest in the HOTEL CHELSEA I realize these are projects that symbolize youth and bohemia and in particular the medium photography has to be always about the past, as there seems currently no way to take a photograph of the future.

I am no longer young, but currently, at the time of writing middle-aged. I am no longer free to spend my nights out in the streets, I live in an apartment and am not squatting with friends in empty houses, and I am no longer able to move to a new country without endless preparations.
I work every day coherently on bodies of work, where admittedly the effort that goes into marketing the work is equal if not bigger than making it.
It is very questionable if this can still be called “bohemia”, likewise I am not sure of work created randomly as the love-child of a creative explosion of an intensive life experience is still marketable, which applies by now the same to visual art as well as music, where the product used to be marketable in small affordable increments of show tickets and opposed to at least four or more digit piece-by-piece gallery prices.

These thoughts made me realize the project ホテル Hotel must be about youth, freedom and a nostalgia for both that is equally shared by myself as well as a general group of the population perhaps of any culture and any social class. Whilst I fondly look back on my youth I do not wish to re-live it and am happy to be where I am in time, but I am over and over questioning if the profession of a visual artist that is trying to put in what is needed to be successful is still or has ever been anything that can be considered a symbol of freedom.

It seems to me, if one wants to be financially successful one has to be willing to be the least free person on earth, accepting a life style that although it markets the artist as a creative, independent and free spirit, in reality turns out people as “artists” that are worse than slaves, because they voluntarily have to take on the most submissive and least free-spirited attitude possible in order to be successful, which makes a job in a cubicle office look adventurous and rewarding.

Or the other way around: which office worker would be willing to over and over send out job-applications and interview multiple times per month, sometimes per week or even several times a day? Some of these applications are on paid basis, and particularly in the media “photography” this has become such a perfect business idea that some galleries are financed by the amount of budding artists, eager to pay for having someone look at their work.
In the State of California in the performing arts the artist is protected from this practice at least in theory by the The Krekorian Talent Scam Prevention Act of 2009, recently brought to discussion through  a case in February (2017), when the Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer‘s office filed criminal misdemeanor charges against the operators of five casting workshops for allegedly charging actors for auditions in violation. Are visual artists protected by the same or a similar law?

Who other than an artist would be willing to accept refusals in bulk, if he/she even is graced with a response to an application or introduction? Not to even go into the plenty of times that female artists are being strung along with the promise of some form of marketing of their work as long as they keep up the person’s illusion of sexual interest in return, only to be tossed immediately once that is clarified and out of the question?
All this is the absurdest abuse (whilst ALL ABUSE IS ABSURD) and much of it would be case for a lawsuit in any other job, and yet it is completely normal for a working artist to do and to endure without complaint.

I do not experience the freedom so mythically connected to the life on artist, nor do I see any other full-time artist experience such freedom at all, no matter on what level of success he or she operates;
this is a freedom I felt very strongly as long as I was not professionally marketing my work and was simply making it for the sake of researching things and expressing what I felt to have found.
Instead I feel to be an outcast * of society, either way, successful or not, as soon as I engage in marketing my work on a higher level, perhaps some very few exceptions existing, in which I get the chance to work with equally eccentric gallerists, which is not the norm and very treasured.
I see myself surrounded by working artists who are in exactly the same situation, no matter if they feel it, hate it or love it, because the work and the nature of it that seems necessary to even be able to work professionally is constant and it seems to me degrading, seemingly mostly begging for some form of “audience” with professionals that market art, this must be to such an overhang that as a result such places and people fight off the many advances artists send their way, and the most important question to clarify first of all is: how to get to them anyways?
All this seems to have reached an extent that is bizarre to me.

If there is no interest to support the artist’s work it should not be made, and the artist should look for something else to do what is in higher demand, that a society is willing and able to support. That means a certain perhaps very poetic work at certain times of mankind will not exist. Maybe it will resurface at some point in time.
The question for me is, realizing this, where do I locate my own work and how much longer will I be willing to create it? When will ホテル Hotel be bought out and have to close its doors?

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the sofa 5

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the sofa 5” (2016)

At the same time “artist” is perhaps one of the few (the only?) profession that is commonly perceived as one anyone can claim to be simply by calling himself so, regardless if he or she has undergone academical training or not or how many years of professional experience he/she has. The question by now is even: aren’t the more wanted artists those who aren’t academically trained, but those who as a living person provide enough stimulation to trigger the voyeuristic fantasies of the bored Bourgeoisie, irrelevant of the quality of their actual work, but more as a form of idol who’s paraphernalia we can purchase and collect? Kissing the pope’s ring still seems to bring some of us closer to God.
And yet it seems important that there is a time span passed to acknowledge such personalities as Gesamtkunstwerk (“complete work of art”), not because all of a sudden our taste has grown up, but because it seems to me, and that is what I experience, most contemporaries in the position of professionally not making but judging art feel extremely threatened by these type of artists, and it becomes safe taking a second look once at least 20, 30 years have passed, perhaps because prior to that, when both are in their youth and same age, the life style of the bohemian artist questions the existence of the art judge too much. Now both have lost their youth, perhaps it comes down to that, and both had their chance to spread their genes, and if they haven’t, too bad, but we are no longer in concurrence with each other, now we can be friends.

A few years ago Nan Goldin was invited to create a show based on paintings of the Louvre, Paris, the result is her project: “Scopophilia” (Louvre Museum, 2010-2011, after that travelling and excerpts shown in various leading galleries). At the time the director of the Louvre was Henry Loyrette. Apparently the project was initiated by Patrice Chéreau, the gay stage and film director (“L’Homme Blessé” / The Wounded Man, 1983, Jean-Hugues Anglade’s first noticeable role playing a young hustler), but apparently this fact was not emphasized upon in the promotion of the show:

http://brooklynrail.org/2011/12/artseen/nan-goldin-scopophilia

Nan Goldin created her most famous work “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” between 1979 and 1986 in NYC (before it was a “must” to live there and consequently was affordable and dangerous, at least where Nan Goldin lived).  Henry Loyette at the same time, 1978 to 1999 was curator at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
Henry Loyette born May 31st 1952 and Nan Goldin born Sep 12th 1953 are almost the same age, would Henry Loyette in the 80’s and 90’s have had an interest in befriending Nan Goldin when they were both between 26 and 34 years old, whilst she was right in the middle of living meaning making what is now her most cherished work? Would he have talked to her then, had he met her in a bar, or would they even ever have frequented the same type of bars?
Would he have, as a curator of a major French art museum, have attended one of her early slide-shows? And if he had, perhaps by chance or to have a laugh, would he have contacted her, expressed his interest and suggested at some point in the near or far future a possible exhibition of her work?
Or would he have thought of it is something “with some interesting points, but in need of more time to mature”? Would he have asked her to meet up some time soon for a studio visit, only to be told that there is no studio and the pictures taken are not staged but simply her snap-shots of her and friends’ daily life?

Nan Goldin - Ballad of Sexual Dependency Slide Show flyer

Nan Goldin – Ballad of Sexual Dependency Slide Show-flyer

What if she had said, why don’t you come next week I am having a party? Would he, had this taken place, felt comfortable at the party, or even on the way to it?  Or would any attempted conversation collapsed because of unbridgeable differences in communication style, to begin with?

One more interesting observation: there are a number of photographs by Nan Goldin that depict her friends shooting up in NYC as well as other countries, in particular Italy. I have seen these images frequently when I was younger in photo-books, but now despite the omni-potent internet, I can’t seem to find them any more? Where is the image formerly so often seen of the “Junkie-Madonna”, a porcelain statue covered with syringes and notes of believers in some town in Italy, if I recall currently it was taken in Positano? Why are these unpleasant images nowhere to be seen any more, that threaten the romantic dream of the social outlaws with grim reality of addiction, miserable illness and death? Do they seem unsuitable in the marketing strategy of the brand © Nan Goldin or her managers? She has to be wild, untameable but not too nasty?

Is it not often that the most interesting artists are not those who have never seen the bourgeoisie in their upbringing, but instead those who were born right into it and who couldn’t buy into the masked life style and pretended group pleasantries and violently broke out of it, deliberately seeking salvation from emotional suffocation in the opposite, whatever that might be? Isn’t that the reason why both sides seem to look down upon each other? Is it a sign of youth to feel that way so strongly and over time we mellow down?

Josiane Keller - Vincent

Josiane Keller “Vincent” (* 16th Jun, 1934 – † 14th Feb, 2017)

The differences in social class seems, if not back then, then at least now, too big to be overcome in real life on the 21st century art market, and yet it is this “out-of-reach high up art marketing class” that is majorly interested in the intimate life style of the “low-life scrambling bohemian artists”, it seems even the lower the better, and as can be seen in the example of bohemian New York City: by its own existence destroys the natural habitat of its most beloved prey by making it in-affordable living a life-style that allows thinking people time, reflection and self-reflection, and consequently is left with work that obviously seems to be comfortable, but is ultimately boring, unfulfilling and meaningless, even to themselves.

These thoughts falling together with the death of Stanley Bard made me add his life data to my own character of the caretaker of the hotel Vincent, by doing so the story although currently still unfolding and being told in the present tense, it is clear this is a story about the past.

* perhaps there is a way by self-labeling as an ‘Outsider Artist’ ?

And further: Japanese people believe dolls protect us. So that might be reason enough to keep working.

 

 

 

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ホテル Hotel – Larry wants to join a Psych Rock Band and is breaking his wrist

February 28, 2017

Well, that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Larry and Starfish came across a sign someone was looking to start up a “Psych Rock Group” and feeling he might do some extra gigs outside of ShinySkySituation to expand his repertoire he called up and met the band singer in the pub.

Josiane Keller - want to join a psych rock group

Josiane Keller “want to join a psych rock group” (2017)

As the devil never sleeps it turns out just the very same guy from the other evening, the one with the wife who had already then such issues with Larry smearing the ‘Granada guitarist’ story on his sandwich. Obviously a very picky guy who likes holding a grudge.
And the rest is history, which means in more detail that Larry has now a big bandage around a broken wrist and a small one on his bleeding nose, for quite some time one may assume. Luckily someone called ChoCho (who else would be so generous?) came up with a bottle of some very fine whiskey to celebrate the occasion, because what else is left to do?

Josiane Keller - Larry with broken wrist

Josiane Keller “Larry with broken wrist” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry with bandaged nose

Josiane Keller “Larry with bandaged nose” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry with broken wrist 2

Josiane Keller “Larry with broken wrist 2” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Alexander is back from the hospital, a successful outdoor poster photo shoot and Larry got hit on the nose

February 23, 2017

Alexander was allowed home from the hospital and everyone is majorly relieved. Apparently somehow he had come in touch with rat poison, maybe playing outside stuck something in his mouth when we were not looking or God knows. Who the hell would put rat poison outside is anyways a big question, but luckily so far he is fine again and the doctors told Laila just keep an eye on his condition and come back should anything get worse again.

Josiane Keller - Laila with Alexander back from the hospital

Josiane Keller “Laila with Alexander back from the hospital” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Laila with Alexander back from the hospital 2

Josiane Keller “Laila with Alexander back from the hospital 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Laila with Alexander back from the hospital 3

Josiane Keller “Laila with Alexander back from the hospital 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Laila with Alexander back from the hospital 4

Josiane Keller “Laila with Alexander back from the hospital 4” (2017)

Whilst Laila and Alexander came home Larry, Molly, Chiaki, Starfish and Viola were out again for that poster shoot by some waterfalls, this time of the animals only Goebbels came along, and apparently this time the photo shoot worked out and they could all say good-bye to the kimonos, Starfish being the happiest about that.
Further, each one got paid on the spot, and thanks to Molly’s negotiating talent the fee for Starfish was substantial and included payment for the other shots too, we were worried about. So Starfish announced he now has enough money to pursue the final major step for his sex change, which is another reason for everyone to celebrate.

Josiane Keller - friends on the bridge

Josiane Keller “friends on the bridge” (2017)

Larry took him out for a drink man-to-man that night, but sadly that went wrong because they were hitting on a woman in the pub showing off with the band ShinySkyStituation, and her husband was not into it, in particular he seemed to have an issue with Larry, who had pulled his favourite stunt, claiming to be a Flamenco guitarist from Granada, Spain, which is total bullshit, even if he has about any ethnicity in the world combined in his veins, next to other substances he occasionally adds to these. He is really from Granada, Colorado, a tiny nest, and the only noticeable asset of it is the Japanese internment camp that once was there, where his dad was born. As a result of a misunderstanding Larry once found out the other version is way more effective, so he uses that at times, some of which are ill chosen.
And so it ended up with Starfish making a runner back home and Larry arriving 45 minutes later with a bleeding nose. He had a massive panic because the guy had been coming after him and Larry was not sure if he had managed to sneak into Cooks Lane unseen, so he thought the guy might now know where he lives and mumbled something from a getting restraining order.

Chiaki simply gave him a tissue for his nose and told him to skip being such a jerk in the future and he would not have such issues. I am not sure if Larry is capable of giving up being a jerk in the future, in particular when he thinks he has an audience, I doubt it, but he also has a very compassionate side to himself, so let’s just say, it’s typically Larry and we all are sure he’ll be fine (until next time….)

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ホテル Hotel – PANIC: Alexander is in ER

February 22, 2017

Panic in the hotel. Alexander was rushed to the emergency room, with a bleeding nose, coughing blood, diarrhea and vomiting all night long. Laila is freaking out, Vincent same, and everyone else.

Absolutely no photos allowed.

 

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ホテル Hotel – Alexander’s first steps

February 20, 2017

Alexander is one year old and starting to walk. Laila took him out today and we took a short film clip, he is very determined, it’s too cute.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQMPUUxlaKY

Josiane Keller - Alexander first steps 1

Josiane Keller “Alexander first steps 1” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Alexander first steps 2

Josiane Keller “Alexander first steps 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Alexander first steps 3

Josiane Keller “Alexander first steps 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Alexander first steps 4

Josiane Keller “Alexander first steps 4” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Chiaki injures her shoulder and a no show photo shoot

February 17, 2017

At the last photo shoot Chiaki must have injured her left shoulder somehow hanging from that branch all morning, so she needed medical assistance and some rest before the next appointment:

Josiane Keller - Chiaki injured her left shoulder

Josiane Keller “Chiaki injured her left shoulder” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki injured her left shoulder - close-up

Josiane Keller “Chiaki injured her left shoulder – close-up” (2017)

And this morning there was supposed to be the second appointment for the Tokyo poster photo shot, everyone all dolled up in kimonos and the animals with ribbons and what not was going to the specified place, driving rather, only once we arrived there was … nobody, meaning the art director was nowhere to be seen and so everyone was just standing around waiting, hoping he’d show eventually.

Larry took his geta off, as he wasn’t used to having a strap like that between his tender toes and Viola managed to keep the cats entertained and distract them from pulling their silk ribbons off their necks.

Same as last time the dog came along and although he had settled down that much that he would not try and snap people constantly like last time by the rock; at first he sat patiently near Starfish, who held his leash, but obviously without the snapping game he must have been feeling terribly bored, because after half an hour sitting actually surprisingly quietly he started howling like a whole pack of wolves. I can’t give him any blame, but it did hurt everyone’s ears eventually.

After two hours waiting and no show we all went home, Starfish mumbling something of having enough of wearing that bloody kimono.
Not sure if there will be payment for today, I hope so, time will tell.

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 2

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 3 - Starfish

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 3 – Starfish” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 4 - Goebbels howling

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 4 – Goebbels howling” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 5 - Chiaki and Viola

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 5 – Chiaki and Viola” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 6 - Chiaki and Viola

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 6 – Chiaki and Viola” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 7 - Larry and Molly

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 7 – Larry and Molly” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 8 - Goebbels howling

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 8 – Goebbels howling” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 9 - Viola's shoe soles and MiuMiu on her back

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 9 – Viola’s shoe soles and MiuMiu on her back” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 10 - Viola playing with MiuMiu

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 10 – Viola playing with MiuMiu” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 11 - Goebbels howling

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 11 – Goebbels howling” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 12 - waiting

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 12 – waiting” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 13 - Larry and Molly

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 13 – Larry and Molly” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 14 - waiting

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 14 – waiting” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 15 - waiting

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 15 – waiting” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 16 - waiting

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 16 – waiting” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 17 - waiting

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 17 – waiting” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 18 - waiting

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 18 – waiting” (2017)

Josiane Keller - no show photo shoot 19 - waiting

Josiane Keller “no show photo shoot 19 – waiting” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Laila reading a magazine on the bed with a picture of her grandfather above

February 14, 2017

Whilst Starfish, Molly, Chiaki and Larry are out for photo-shootings and God knows what else Laila is doing her own thing, many revolving around Alexander, understandably so. Alexander just turned one year old and the family from Tehran sent gifts without end, which Laila gracefully accepted, not without several snarky comments about the very same people. Vincent said nothing much to it and Starfish is too busy with his own issues to be jealous

Josiane Keller - Laila reading a magazine with a picture of her grandfather above

Josiane Keller “Laila reading a magazine with a picture of her grandfather above” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Laila's foot on the bed with traditional shoe

Josiane Keller “Laila’s foot on the bed with traditional shoe” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Laila reading a magazine on the bed

Josiane Keller “Laila reading a magazine on the bed” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Laila reading a magazine on the bed 2

Josiane Keller “Laila reading a magazine on the bed 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Laila reading a magazine on the bed 3

Josiane Keller “Laila reading a magazine on the bed 3” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Alexander new born and Alexander one year old pre-glaze fire

February 13, 2017

Alexander new born and Alexander one year old pre-glaze fire:

Josiane Keller - Alexander new born and Alexander one year old pre-glaze fire

Josiane Keller “Alexander new born and Alexander one year old pre-glaze fire” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – group shot outside with kimonos – Vol. II

February 12, 2017

Volume II of the outdoor shot with kimonos. Molly was the undisputed star, of course, and everyone hurling around her. They wanted her to pose as if she was eating the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden, and she had to pose with some odd red fruit, but nobody knew for sure what kind of fruit it was and we thought it might be poisonous, so she could not really eat it. But to take several shots with her posing was a bit tiring, holding that thing to her mouth making sure nothing would come near her lips; in the end professional as Molly is she pulled it off, she’s OK right now, so obviously nothing happened:

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Molly eating a paradise fruit

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Molly eating a paradise fruit” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Molly eating a paradise fruit 2

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Molly eating a paradise fruit 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Molly eating a paradise fruit 3

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Molly eating a paradise fruit 3” (2017)

Larry was to hold MiuMiu, who does not like being held by anyone but Viola perhaps, only Viola had to guide Goebbels, and had her own problems:

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Larry holding MiuMiu

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Larry holding MiuMiu” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Larry holding MiuMiu 2

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Larry holding MiuMiu 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Molly eating a paradise fruit 5

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Molly eating a paradise fruit 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Molly eating a paradise fruit 6

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Molly eating a paradise fruit 6” (2017)

and Starfish, despite the vertigo pulled it off, too, or maybe because of it he sat straight up in perfect posture, gracefully on that rock with a stone face that made him appear shy and innocent (nobody will know he was about to throw a fit when he had to climb back down and Larry, Molly and Chiaki altogether had to coax and help):

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Starfish on a rock 4

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Starfish on a rock 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside by a rock

Josiane Keller “group shot outside by a rock” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Chiaki, Molly and Goebbels

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Chiaki, Molly and Goebbels” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Larry holding MiuMiu 3

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Larry holding MiuMiu 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Starfish on a rock 5

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Starfish on a rock 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Viola with Goebbels and Larry 2

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Viola with Goebbels and Larry 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Molly in a kimono with Muschi

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Molly in a kimono with Muschi” (2017)

Chiaki was not quite herself, she looked good, no doubt, but her usual confidence did not quite shine, which for a kimono lady is maybe quite appropriate. I am not sure if she just agreed to participate to have an eye what is going on with Molly and Starfish, seemingly she gets on OK now with Molly and also between Starfish and her were no more major fights recently, as far as we know anyways:

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Chiaki in a kimono by the paradise fruit bush

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Chiaki in a kimono by the paradise fruit bush” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Chiaki in a kimono by the paradise fruit bush 2

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Chiaki in a kimono by the paradise fruit bush 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Starfish's feet

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Starfish’s feet” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Starfish in a kimono

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Starfish in a kimono” (2017)

In the end everyone was glad when it was over, although these were just test shots and apparently for that poster we have to assemble all once more, when the sun is shining next time….

Josiane Keller - Chetwood Hotel 2

Josiane Keller “Chetwood Hotel 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chetwood Hotel 3

Josiane Keller “Chetwood Hotel 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chetwood Hotel 4

Josiane Keller “Chetwood Hotel 4” (2017)

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Brief interlude: search for Félix Nadar – Pierrot the photographer – Le Mime Deburau 1854-2017

February 12, 2017

Mirror reflections:

Josiane Keller - my daughter and search for Félix Nadar - Pierrot the photographer - Le Mime Deburau 1854-2017

Josiane Keller “my daughter and search for Félix Nadar – Pierrot the photographer – Le Mime Deburau” (1854/2017)

Josiane Keller - coin, mirror, my daughter and search for Félix Nadar - Pierrot the photographer - Le Mime Deburau 1854-2017

Josiane Keller “coin, mirror, my daughter and search for Félix Nadar – Pierrot the photographer – Le Mime Deburau” (1854/2017)

* the coin is covering the camera on this laptop; I mentioned earlier I am against data-collection (this much you can gladly collect.)

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ホテル Hotel – group shot outside with kimonos – Vol. I

February 11, 2017

Things for the poster photo-shoot proceed slowly because of many reasons, really, one of them being that the rehearsals for “Was Wollen Sie von Mir?” are being held parallel, and in full swing, and it seems since day one everyone on is in fights with everyone, Vladimir and Jan for starters and now really the whole crew. As for Molly, she is trying to hang in there seeing it apparently as a potentially highly imperative career step, consequently upsetting the lonely Starfish, at the same time trying to keep him happy with connecting to the poster shoot, just where Starfish thought it will be a sort of romantic moment for the two love-birds only, the drama about the ultra-feminine kimono aside,  it turns out it is supposed to be a photo-shoot for a group of friends to advertise this Tokyo hotel, and now the assembled models are Starfish and Molly, Chiaki, Larry and all of a sudden also Viola popped up, I supposed she was all the time working with the same agency that Molly signed up with as well.

Job overlapping and internal tensions not even considered, it all of a sudden seems to rain every second day at least, and by the all models can be assembled for a shoot it will start drizzling half an hour later.

Not an easy task to get done, that’s for sure. Here some first shots from session one, and yes, it seemed a good idea at the time to include the animals Muschi, Goebbels and MiuMiu, the dog on a leash (!) and the cats decorated with colourful silk ribbons around their neck, neither of them is used that, no comment on that idea:

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Chiaki leaning back Starfish on a rock

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Chiaki leaning back Starfish on a rock” (2017)

Starfish had to sit on that rock with Muschi, what you can’t see here is that Starfish has extreme vertigo, already a bar-stool is too much for him, so this was quite daring, mildly put, and getting him up there even less than getting him safely down…

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Chiaki leaning back 2

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Chiaki leaning back 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Starfish and Muschi on a rock

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Starfish and Muschi on a rock” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Starfish on a rock 2

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Starfish on a rock 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Starfish on a rock 3

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Starfish on a rock 3” (2017)

The director of the shoot thought it would be nice if Viola gets to hold Goebbels, because somehow he thought the dog would go well with her pink hair or something. Viola really likes dogs and has never in her life met an unpredictable monster like Goebbels, in particular now that Goebbels got somehow, do not ask, used to Starfish, but Starfish was stuck high above everyone on a rock and trying not to fall down, and Goebbels was about to attack everyone who seemed to separate him from Starfish, not knowing where exactly Starfish had gone. Goebbels starting barking, Starfish shouting at him, trying to calm him down and all others tried to keep a peaceful advertising face, in one word: CHAOS. Considering all that what was really going on the shots look rather peaceful…

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Viola with Goebbels and Larry

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Viola with Goebbels and Larry” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Viola with Goebbels 2

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Viola with Goebbels 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Viola

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Viola” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Goebbels on a leash

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Goebbels on a leash” (2017)

Josiane Keller - group shot outside - Goebbels on a leash 2

Josiane Keller “group shot outside – Goebbels on a leash 2” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Starfish’s geta and Larry’s geta

February 9, 2017

Finishing up Starfish’s and Larry’s geta for the fabulous poster shot to come:

Josiane Keller - Starfish's geta

Josiane Keller “Starfish’s geta” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry's geta

Josiane Keller “Larry’s geta” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Making of one-year old Alexander – Vol. II

February 7, 2017

One-year old Alexander, complete, pre-bisque:

Josiane Keller - Alexander one year old

Josiane Keller “Alexander one year old” (2017)

After some consideration I thought the neck was too long for a one-year old and the legs, as well, so here the improved version of Alexander at age one:

Josiane Keller - Alexander one year old with improved neck and legs

Josiane Keller “Alexander one year old with improved neck and legs” (2017)

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Brief Interlude: ホテル Hotel – PH21 Gallery Budapest: “Surrogate”-show featured on local culture TV station

February 6, 2017

Local culture TV station atv in Hungary features:

http://www.atv.hu/videok/video-20170203-ferencvaros-qr-kodos-seta-2017-02-03-3-resz

you can fast-forward to the feature at minutes 09:46 min until 18:12 min;

see show details here:

http://www.ph21gallery.com/keller-hotel-hotel

PH 21 Gallery - Josiane Keller ホテル Hotel-Surrogates exhibition on atv

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ホテル Hotel – Making of one-year old Alexander

February 3, 2017

Alexander is one year old and has grown from an infant to a toddler. Interesting thought, as opposed to the other puppets, Billy, who has died and infant Alexander will be the only puppets so far I definitely cannot use in any shots any more, because according to to the logic of human life time on earth they are both gone. Very sad, as I love them both! Nothing lasts forever.

But here is the beginning of the new, now one-year old Alexander:

Josiane Keller - making Alexander one year old

Josiane Keller “making Alexander one year old” (2017)

Josiane Keller - making Alexander one year old 2

Josiane Keller “making Alexander one year old 2” (2017)

 

 

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ホテル Hotel – Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels the dog upstairs at 赤いエプロン red apron bar

January 29, 2017

Starfish is, reluctantly so, ready for a test shoot upstairs in the guest room of the red apron bar, and Goebbels came along, Goebbels for some reason has taken a liking to Starfish, seemingly the one and only person he is not biting, Starfish is not really concerned with the dog, but is OK with him following around, so they are both in these test pics, for the big amazing poster shoot for the hotel in Tokyo:

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 4

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 5

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 6

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono - triple

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono – triple” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 8

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 8” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 9

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono with Goebbels 9” (2017)

 

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ホテル Hotel – Chaki in a kimono outside

January 24, 2017

The girls are back from whatever they have been doing. Chiaki has a kinki moment and obviously needs to make some money, which is fine with me, because these will make me some money, too:

Josiane Keller - Chiaki in kimono outside

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in kimono outside” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki in kimono outside 2

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in kimono outside 2” (2017)

ane Keller - Chiaki in kimono outside 3

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in kimono outside 3” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Larry in a kimono 2

January 22, 2017

As it turns out, also Larry is modelling for that poster. That must be some poster! Since Larry’s kimono is expressing what he wants to express to his immediate surrounding (or to himself) there were so far no complaints from him about the job.

And once more we find ourselves in the upstairs guest room of the 赤いエプロン red apron bar, shooting photos, whilst none of the girls were around today; I have not seen any of them all day long, God knows what they are up to, but I learned sometimes to ask no questions, so meanwhile here are Larry’s shots:

Josiane Keller - Larry's kimono

Josiane Keller “Larry’s kimono” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry's kimono 2

Josiane Keller “Larry’s kimono 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry in a kimono

Josiane Keller “Larry in a kimono” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry in a kimono 2

Josiane Keller “Larry in a kimono 2” (2017)

 

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ホテル Hotel – AUTOMATA Peephole Cinema and selecting fabric for Larry’s kimono

January 20, 2017

Strange days. On one of the strangest days so far, (as long as this is a strange day and not a “normal” day we are still OK) I came across heavy rain and this very wonderful hole in the wall:

Josiane Keller - AUTOMATA LA - Peephole Cinema

Josiane Keller (photo) – AUTOMATA LA – Peephole Cinema (2017)

* images from movies now showing:

Ghost Algebra” (Peephole Edition), Janie Geiser, 3:20 minutes 2016/2009

“Inconsolable Objects”, Susan Simpson, 2:40 minutes 2016,

because of the strangeness of the day today the show was closed.

For more information and otherwise open, please view website:

http://www.peepholecinema.com/peephole-cinema-los-angeles-2/

Meanwhile back home the fabric selection for Larry’s kimono, who also is starring on the Showa-inspired poster with the girls.

Josiane Keller - fabric for Larry's kimono

Josiane Keller “fabric for Larry’s kimono” (2017)

The others will be wearing all these flowery cheerful designs, so the question is, which one would be matching and give a masculine element to it all (yes, Starfish is offended, but what can one do?!)

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ホテル Hotel – Chiaki in a kimono at snack bar 赤いエプロン

January 20, 2017

As it turns out: also Chiaki is on the bill for that poster, and also she got a fabulous kimono. Chiaki being Chiaki she is the only one who pulls it off not only wearing the thing with confidence, but also being able to pout it on, seemingly without outside help.
Generous as she is she let me take some test shots, in the upper room of a small Japanese snack bar 赤いエプロン “akai epuron” (the red apron), God knows what purpose this little room has served over time, tonight it is a photo studio.

Josiane Keller - Chiaki in a kimono

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in a kimono” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki in a kimono 2

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in a kimono 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki in a kimono 3

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in a kimono 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki in a kimono 4

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in a kimono 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki in a kimono 5

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in a kimono 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki in a kimono 6

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in a kimono 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki in a kimono 7

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in a kimono 7” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki in a kimono 8

Josiane Keller “Chiaki in a kimono 8” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Hayao Miyazaki スタジオジブリ- となりのトトロ poster - 1988

Josiane Keller /Hayao Miyazaki スタジオジブリ- となりのトトロ – poster” (1988)

Josiane Keller - coffee table with fruitbranches

Josiane Keller “coffee table with fruit-branches” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Molly comforting Starfish

January 18, 2017

Tonight Molly made it home a bit earlier and brought along the kimono which she will be wearing for the poster (obviously Molly will be modeling with Starfish); her kimono is not unlike the one Starfish is currently so much sulking over and based on that insight, for time being, she managed to comfort him and they made up.

Josiane Keller “Molly comforting Starfish” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly comforting Starfish 2

Josiane Keller “Molly comforting Starfish 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly comforting Starfish 3

Josiane Keller “Molly comforting Starfish 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly comforting Starfish 4

Josiane Keller “Molly comforting Starfish 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly comforting Starfish 5

Josiane Keller “Molly comforting Starfish 5” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – costume test: Starfish in a kimono is looking like a girl

January 17, 2017

Once again Molly is out at rehearsals at “Cafe Leben” til late night and Starfish is in, waiting for her, watching TV, probably falling asleep over it. Apparently the poster he is to model for is a bigger deal, which means more money and that also means harder to say “no” to it, if one needs the money, like Starfish currently does.

What’s the problem? Well… The poster is an advertisement poster for a hotel in Tokyo, so far so good, currently it is unclear how many people will model, only Starfish, or also Molly or three or four people in total, all that would be fine. The ‘problem’ came up later after lunch, when Molly dropped in between where-ever she went to organize that shoot and later rushing off to rehearsals at “Cafe Leben”. Molly brought the costume by that Starfish is supposed to wear on it, and it turns out to be a lavish kimono, and yes, Starfish is looking like a girl wearing it, which he is not comfortable with, because he does not feel like a girl and certainly does not want to look like one on any poster hanging in various travel agencies or wherever it is going to be in the end.

But since ironically the money for the sex change of which he is smack in the middle right now is sparse, until he comes up with more finances to fund it he will have to put up with jobs incorporating stuff he would rather not do and that’s that. Explaining these details to me, sitting in that kimono on the bed, TV running unattended in the room, he almost fell apart, but pulled himself together, I guess with Molly arranging a job like that he would have hoped she knows better and not even put him in the situation of having to make such a choice. I can perfectly well imagine what Molly would say to that, pragmatic as she is she’d explain the work time invested versus the income earned and then deduct that from the remaining amount needed to turn Starfish into a full man as far as medicine of today allows it and that would be the end of the discussion for Molly. As far as we got to know Molly she is not the kind of person interested in making her life “unnecessary complicated” as she would call it, quite different from Starfish.

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono on the bed

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono on the bed” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono on the bed 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono on the bed 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono on the bed 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono on the bed 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish's feet on the bed

Josiane Keller “Starfish’s feet on the bed” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono on the bed 4

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono on the bed 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in a kimono on the bed 5

Josiane Keller “Starfish in a kimono on the bed 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish's hand in kimono sleeve

Josiane Keller “Starfish’s hand in kimono sleeve” (2017)

 

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ホテル Hotel – Molly is getting Starfish a modelling job

January 14, 2017

Possibly Molly has noticed Starfish’s devastation and tried to make the high waters smooth again. Apparently she has organized him a modelling job, it is only a one time thing, but a great opportunity, so Molly says anyways, it is in costume for a poster, Showa style, advertising a Japanese hotel.

Starfish will be busy and earn a few bucks and who knows what will come from it. They are still talking it out, but Starfish’s eyes recently regularly reddened, seem bright again for once. So we will see.

Josiane Keller - costume fabric for Showa poster

Josiane Keller “costume fabric for Showa poster” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Starfish with Goebbels the dog in Chiaki’s room

January 13, 2017

A new year has begun and things are in the happening and in the making. The old year ended with a lot of confusion and worry, but life goes on, for now anyways, it does.

So whilst Jan was reviewing the contract he had with Vladimir about the play, seriously trying to get out of the contract and calling the whole play off, it seems somehow either there was no loophole for Jan to wiggle through or they sorted their differences out at least to the extent that they could keep the agreement up, anyways, the play “Was wollen Sie von Mir?” and in, it starring for the very first time (is it?) in an acting and dancing role, the lovely Miss Molly Tyler (although off stage her name is Watson.)

Was wollen Sie von mir - poster

Josiane Keller “Was wollen Sie von mir?” (2014/16/17)

And since everything what happens in the rehearsals is TOP SECRET and Molly is drop-dead ambitious, Starfish is being a bit left out, and has given up on accompanying her twice a day to Cafe Leben, dropping her off and picking her up from rehearsals there, whilst Molly afterwards, if she comes home to the hotel straight away, which is usually not the case, as the actors and everyone working on the play first tend to go out to eat as a group, once back Molly is practicing or tired, too tired to hang with Starfish as they used to do it practically every free minute of the day (and night) before rehearsals started.

Starfish, in the past working any odd job he could get to pay for his ongoing sex-change operations now has lost focus, it seems and does not know what to do with himself. Today I found Starfish sitting in Chiaki’s room, although Chiaki was elsewhere rehearsing with Larry for an upcoming show of ShinySkySituation. Starfish is member of that band, too, so theoretically one would assume he should be there, but somehow he missed the train or something.

Instead I witnessed him playing affectionately with Goebbels of all dogs, who is still being accommodated in Chiaki’s room, one may assume without Vincent’s knowing about it, because Goebbels, if you ask me, is totally unsafe and should be put down immediately before he causes serious injury to anyone.

But with Starfish this almost rabid creature turns into a playful childish puppy, only that Starfish is currently anyways way to absentminded to take notice of it or to be cautious around the dog, which maybe is the key to this crazy dog’s heart: ignoring him and his aggression, or since everyone has lost most interest in him, he feels by now as left out and lonely as Starfish seems to; and so he was jumping up and down in front of Starfish, licking his face, wagging his tail and trying everything to get to interact with him.

I keep my safe distance from that dog, but am most grateful for a set of nice shots as a proof it has really been happening. First of all I could test out various things with Starfish’s magnificent white mane, that usually he would not have let me, thinking it’s too silly and might make him “look like a girl”… 

Josiane Keller - Starfish golden

Josiane Keller “Starfish golden” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish with big hair

Josiane Keller “Starfish with big hair” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish with big hair 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish with big hair 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - white Starfish

Josiane Keller “white Starfish” (2017)

– luckily in the mood he is in he doesn’t give a damn what he may or may not look like, (me, personally I think these are great) …

Josiane Keller - Starfish with beer bottle

Josiane Keller “Starfish with beer bottle” (2017)

And then that dog…:

Josiane Keller - Starfish petting Goebbels

Josiane Keller “Starfish petting Goebbels” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish petting Goebbels 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish petting Goebbels 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish with dinosaur shadow 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish with dinosaur shadow 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish with dinosaur shadow 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish with dinosaur shadow 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 5

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish with double face

Josiane Keller “Starfish with double face” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 6

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 9

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 9” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 10

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 10” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 11

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 11” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 12

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 12” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 13

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 13” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 14

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 14” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 15

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 15” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 17

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 17” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 18

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 18” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 19

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 19” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 23

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 23” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Goebbels 24

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Goebbels 24” (2017)

 

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Brief Interlude: belated Happy New Year of the Chicken – Rooster, if you will, with あとりえミノムシ Atelier Minomushi

January 13, 2017

It is year of the chicken, meaning rooster, which sounds better somehow, and in the process of preparing and having not one but two solo shows (Tokyo AND Budapest) there was no time really at all to do that + live + blog, although the former two things I did mots intensively.

So I am catching up now, first of all by wishing everyone who may read my BLOG a Happy New and hopefully thoughtful Chicken/Rooster Year 2017 and please keep in mind: sometimes there is absolutely no shame in being a chicken, even if at all other given times you are a proud and fearless rooster!

Here a photo from the puppets above the New Year’s party I was so happy to attend at puppet master Iimuro Koiichi’s house Atelier Minomushi, http://at.mino3064.com/ :

Josiane Keller - Atelier Minomushi marionettes

Josiane Keller “Atelier Minomushi marionettes” (2016/17)

that is what hangs under the ceiling and here you see what’s below, which are basically many, many local puppeteers (who most of them brought also a puppet along), bottom row right side the maestro’s assistant 阪東 亜矢子 Ayako Bando from Studio Jijo:

Josiane Keller - Atelier Minomushi New Year's party 2017

Josiane Keller “Atelier Minomushi New Year’s party 2017” (2016/17)

and this is Mr. Yoshitake Araki, giving a special 紙芝居 kamishibai (picture-story) performance in the subway, but otherwise you can see him perform at the International Kyoto Manga Museum:

Josiane Keller - Yoshitake Araki - kamishibai in the subway

Josiane Keller “Yoshitake Araki – kamishibai in the subway” (2016/17)

(* It is a wild adaption of the traditional fairy tale of かぐや姫の物語 Kaguyahime or the “bamboo cutter and the moon princess”, somehow involving a neon lamp bulb born from bamboo…)

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「 ホテル Hotel – Surrogates」- double exhibition in Tokyo/Budapest, a short documentary

January 10, 2017

mini documentary of Tokyo/Budapest exhibition, Dec/Jan ’16/’17; (to view please click on link:)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCF4qT9KWDY

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: guided tour with Gabor Pfisztner at PH21 Gallery Budapest

December 29, 2016

Guided tour with Gabor Pfisztner (in Hungarian) on Jan 5, 6:30 PM:

http://www.ph21gallery.com/

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: NADJA ナジャ – the Lover’s Flower at 夜想 yaso & parabolica-bis gallery Tokyo

December 27, 2016

NADJA ナジャ – the Lover’s Flower:

Josiane Keller - NADJA - ナジャ

Josiane Keller “NADJA – ナジャ – the Lover’s Flower” (2016)

Josiane Keller - NADJA - ナジャ 2

Josiane Keller ” NADJA – ナジャ – the Lover’s Flower 2″ (2016)

Andre Breton - Nadja - Les yeux de fougère - page 128 - 1963 edition

Andre Breton “Nadja – Les yeux de fougère – page 128” (1963 edition)

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: night window and costumes at 夜想 yaso & parabolica-bis gallery Tokyo

December 25, 2016

夜想 yaso & parabolica-bis gallery window at night:

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis show window 1

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis show window 1” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis show window 2

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis show window 2” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis show window 3

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis show window 3” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis show window 4

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis show window 4” (2016)

and costumes:

Josiane Keller - costume inventory left wall b - colour

Josiane Keller “costume inventory left wall” (2016)

Josiane Keller - costume inventory center wall - colour

Josiane Keller “costume inventory center wall” (2016)

Josiane Keller - costume inventory right wall colour

Josiane Keller “costume inventory right wall” (2016)

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: ナジャ NADJA – the Lover’s Flower, dummy book at 夜想 yaso & parabolica-bis gallery Tokyo

December 25, 2016

And then a few pages from a dummy book of “NADJA – the Lover’s Flower” (ナジャ) :

Josiane Keller - NADJA - the Lover's Flower

Josiane Keller “NADJA – the Lover’s Flower / ナジャ “ (2016)

 

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: more exhibition pictures from 夜想 yaso & parabolica-bis gallery Tokyo

December 24, 2016

Even more pictures….

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 2

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 2” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 3

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 3” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 4

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 4” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 5

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 5” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 6

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 6” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 7

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 7” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 8

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 8” (2016)

(* no #9, indeed…)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 10

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 10” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 11

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 11” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 12

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 12” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 13

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 13” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 14

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 14” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 15

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 14” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 16

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 16” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis 17

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis 17” (2016)

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: sneak preview exhibition at 夜想 yaso & parabolica-bis gallery Tokyo – OPENING TONIGHT!

December 23, 2016

If you are near Tokyo, tonight opening:

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis show - detail 1

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis show – detail 1” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis show - detail 2

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis show – detail 2” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis show - detail 3

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis show – detail 3” (2016)

Josiane Keller - parabolica-bis show - detail 4

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis show – detail 4” (2016)

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: setting up Tokyo show at 夜想 yaso & parabolica-bis gallery

December 21, 2016

Arrived in Tokyo and off to setting up the show at parabolica-bis, opening on the 24th:

http://www.yaso-peyotl.com/archives/2016/12/josiane_keller_hotel.html

Once again the question of how to arrange the “inside seating situation”, in this case consisting of two chairs and a stool aka mini coffee table:

Josiane Keller - chair combo

Josiane Keller “chair combo” (2016)

and then it is once more: pictures-pictures-pictures:

Josiane Keller - pb photo 16

Josiane Keller “parabolica-bis photos 16” (2016)

This gallery has a very cool device I have to admit I have never seen before: a laser level:

Josiane Keller - BOSCH laser level

Josiane Keller “BOSCH laser level” (2016)

here in action:

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Josiane Keller “laser level in action” (2016)

Three more days to the opening. . .

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ホテル Hotel – other puppets and NADJA – the Lovers’ Flower – dummy books in two different sizes…

December 14, 2016

Preparing the shows and also finalizing dummy books with photographs from the hotel and a painting “Anemone I” by Yasuo Imai.

Here some other examples of puppets around me. These ones sit in a car, at first I thought it is a joke, but in fact these are a trick so the driver can use the faster car pool lane, here is mom…. :

Josiane Keller - puppet riding in passenger seat

Josiane Keller “puppet riding in passenger seat” (2016)

and the kids sit in the back, what a lovely family:

Josiane Keller - puppet riding in back seat of a car

Josiane Keller “puppet riding in back seat of a car” (2016)

I also found a “copy” of “Agnes blowing a bubble and advertisement”; I am pretty sure whoever took that shot has not seen my picture, and I certainly had not seen his, yet stunningly similar; how many photographs exist of a ‘girl blowing a chewing gum bubble’? Do we “create” such a photograph or do we only fulfill teh expectation of an audience, how a ‘girl blowing a chewing gum bubble’ should look like, because we have seen it so many times before?

Josiane Keller - Agnes blowing a bubble and advertisement

Josiane Keller “Agnes blowing a bubble and advertisement” (2016)

here coffee puppets from paper and plastic:

Josiane Keller - coffee puppets

Josiane Keller “coffee puppets” (2016)

Finally two out of three dummy books so far, number one is on its way to Budapest, Hungary, one of these two is coming with me to Tokyo. The bindery made a mistake and at first had one of them upside down, so when doing it over they clipped again the edges, the effect is the third book is small than one and two.

Andy Warhol would embrace that type of mistake, so who am I to spit against the wind?

Josiane Keller - NADJA dummy books front

Josiane Keller “NADJA dummy books front” (2016)

Josiane Keller - NADJA dummy books back

Josiane Keller “NADJA dummy books back” (2016)

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: Double Show in Budapest and Tokyo

December 13, 2016

ホテル Hotel – Surrogates: Double Show:

in Budapest at PH21 Gallery, opening with curator Ágnes TelekNay on Thursday 15th December:

http://www.ph21gallery.com/keller-hotel-hotel

and in Tokyo at 夜想 yaso & parabolica-bis gallery, opening on Saturday 24th Dec:

http://www.yaso-peyotl.com/archives/2016/12/josiane_keller_hotel.html

Josiane Keller - Chiaki and Starfish making out

Josiane Keller “Chiaki and Starfish making out” (2016)

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