ホテル Hotel – Grasshopper Road Tour

September 10, 2017

A long, slow summer is finally coming to an end. It seems we are all hard-boiled and moving slower than before. Much has happened, but hardly any of it seemed spectacular, although it is not much different from last year’s adventures, this year for some reason we are a bit falling apart, it seems anyways, maybe starting with Laila moving with Alexander into her own place. Kids give a sense of group-feeling to a place, everyone gets a part of it, even those who claim they don’t want anything to do with it.

Molly being there but not there for most of the time, either rehearsing “Was wollen Sie von mir?” or sleeping with Elle and leaving Starfish without much explanation (not that the situation needs much explanation, but those left behind always push for one anyways), wandering aimlessly around or hiding in his own or his friends’ room, til he get’s kicked out, doesn’t lift the mood; Larry seems the most tolerant with him, but he is no replacement for Molly and at some point Larry’s faible for drama is in reverse going on Starfish’s nerve.

End of July ShinySkySituation went on tour, the Grasshopper Road Tour, being summer vacation Molly was meant to come along but on the morning of leaving she broke her elbow, which delayed the departure, put Starfish in a deep black mood and didn’t help after all, Molly had to stay at home, cast and all, and the secretly hoped for chance for reunion for Starfish went downhill.

However, they came back with shiny eyes after all, so in a way it did some good to the situation.

I am editing film clips and grouping photographs together, exhausted from the project and in need of my own vacation, but there is no time for anything like that, to much work, still.

Josiane Keller - grasshopper road tour - train tracks in Arizona

Josiane Keller “grasshopper road tour – train tracks in Arizona” (2017)

 

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates – the slide show Semi-Finalist at Los Angeles CineFest 2017

July 12, 2017

The slide show won Semi-Finalist at Los Angeles CineFest 2017, … one more badge, hahaha, und das sieht so aus:

Josiane Keller - ホテル Hotel -Surrogates - slide-show

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Brief Interlude: “Pictures Speak Louder Than Words” – new book by Atelier Herenplaats on Outsider Art

July 12, 2017

Finally it has arrived: new book by artists of Galerie Atelier Herenplaats in Rotterdam on exactly that: Outsider Art. If you are interested in the topic and since it is absolutely beautiful I decided to show a few pages, to give an impression other than just bragging how gorgeous it is (it REALLY is!)

For more information check their homepage: Galerie Atelier Herenplaats

Atelier Herenplaats - Pictures Speak Louder Than Words

Atelier Herenplaats “Pictures Speak Louder Than Words” (2017)

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Unexpectedly: Puppet Animation for Children: “Confessions of a Runaway – In the Cafe” (Vol. I)

July 4, 2017

I never thought this day would ever come, and yet… : here it is, a puppet animation for a very small child, in fact for a specific small child, age 4. No sex, drugs or rock’n roll, no search for the meaning of life. (Ahh… wait! Not true, but maybe a bit more simplified, or is it?)

The story behind this is a certain friend, actually an art college class mate, has a little boy, who lost his favourite toy and was devastated. So we came up with a story to explain what happened, and since kids these days are smart, we can’t simply tell fake news, we have to come up with evidence of it.

It was so much fun that now we have a new (and very unexpected) category: Puppet Animation for Children

Josiane Keller - Confessions of a Runaway

Josiane Keller “Confessions of a Runaway” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – on the beach

July 2, 2017

Molly is spending an awful amount of time with Elle, also at Elle’s fancy apartment, although it’s only fancy inside, where she lives everyone has a Chihuahua and lets them pee all over the place, so it reeks. Oh well. I volunteered to go pick Molly up there anyways, as the idea is to go together to the beach with Starfish, Chiaki and Larry, and we hope, Molly and Starfish get a chance to rekindle.

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment 3

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment 4

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment 6

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment 7

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment 7” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly leaving the apartment 8

Josiane Keller “Molly leaving the apartment 8” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 2

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 3

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly on the beach

Josiane Keller “Molly on the beach” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly on the beach 2

Josiane Keller “Molly on the beach 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly on the beach 3

Josiane Keller “Molly on the beach 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the beach

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the beach” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 2

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the beach 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the beach 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 3

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 4 - Larry's tattoo

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 4 – Larry’s tattoo” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 5

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly and Chiaki on the beach 4

Josiane Keller “Molly and Chiaki on the beach 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 4

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 5

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 6

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 6

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly on the beach 4

Josiane Keller “Molly on the beach 4” (2017)

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Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 7” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry's hat

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry’s hat” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry's hat 2

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry’s hat 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry's hat 3

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach wearing Larry’s hat 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the beach 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the beach 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 8

Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 8” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 9

 Josiane Keller “Molly, Chiaki, Larry and Starfish on the beach 9” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach 2

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Starfish on the beach 4

Josiane Keller “Larry and Starfish on the beach 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on the beach 3

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on the beach 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - sailing boat

Josiane Keller “sailing boat” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Ferris wheel and roller coaster on the beach

Josiane Keller “Ferris wheel and roller coaster on the beach” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – making new jeans for Molly

July 1, 2017

Molly fashion queen is getting a new summer outfit, particularly new jeans:

Josiane Keller - making new jeans for Molly

Josiane Keller “making new jeans for Molly” (2017)

Josiane Keller - making new jeans for Molly 2

Josiane Keller “making new jeans for Molly 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - making new jeans for Molly 3

Josiane Keller “making new jeans for Molly 3” (2017)

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Anima Mundi – panther running at night – extreme short

June 29, 2017

Extreme short film, to view please click: HERE

Josiane Keller - panther running at night

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates – the slide show officially selected at Sydney Film Festival 2017

June 28, 2017

I posted this before, but now you can see it on their site (scroll down, we didn’t win  the top prices, but we’re in!):

http://sydneyworldfilmfestival.com/

Josiane Keller - ホテル Hotel -Surrogates - slide-show

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ホテル Hotel – not a black cat, rather a panther

June 26, 2017

It turns out, no matter how you want to look at it in reality this black cat is a black panther and that’s it.

I have no idea what it is doing here running around at night. Maybe it escaped from the zoo or something. Hopefully it’s hunting the tons of annoying chihuahua around, that pee all over the place, I wish!

But here it is:

Josiane Keller - panther at night

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ホテル Hotel – Around the 50th Day /Starfish in the Museum (2017)

June 22, 2017

A film clip from ホテル Hotel; Starfish is being ditched by his lover Molly for Elle; heartbroken and lonely he tries to distract himself in vain in the museum;
song: “Por una Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel /Alfredo Le Pera (1935)

to watch please click: HERE

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ホテル Hotel – Uncle Karli brought everybody down and Starfish’s Herzschmerz in the museum

June 17, 2017

Since the stint with Uncle Karli something has definitely changed, although nobody wants to admit it, people are in a foul mood. The girls are afraid of being sold, and there is a lot of talk about that, because that is always the danger and around the hotel that is the history here, like it or not, better get used to it and plan and act accordingly. Chiaki advises everyone to get off it, but at the same time she is rather gloomy, also she had been considering to come along to the show in Chicago and then last minute didn’t, I guess partially she was worried something could happen to her, but partially she might have been too lazy to go on a trip, that too.

Apparently Chiaki pulled another modelling job for some new and upcoming magazine, so  that is a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

Molly is so rare to be seen around, it’s a joke. She  busy with the show “Was wollen Sie von mir?”, and then there is a lot of murmuring about Elle, although nobody met her so far, Molly certainly has, because they are both in the show, and we saw her from a distance, maybe one day Molly will introduce us to her, and all that is not exactly best news for Starfish, who is eating himself up over it. The two, in the rare time they spend together, are mostly fighting like cats and dogs, Molly generally leaving frustrated, we can guess she is going to stay with Elle, and Starfish being fucking devastated. He is trying his best to find a way to deal with it, a few days ago he announced he is going to be a painter now, but I don’t know if anything more than the announcement came of it. He is not in a good shape and people try their hardest, as far as they can be bothered, to be supportive, but it seems nobody can reach him right now.

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the dinosaur room

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the dinosaur room” (2017)

It’s all not so brilliant days at the hotel right now hope things cheer up soon. So I took Starfish to the museum today, thinking it might distract him, but instead he elaborated on the transient nature of life, so it was not really having the effect I had hoped for.

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the African mammal room

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the African mammal room” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – making a black cat… or something… a wabi-sabi cat

June 14, 2017

Next to showing the slide-show off I am working since a while on a black cat, or was it a black panther? No idea, it looks weird, also I made a mistake on the left front paw, somehow, or assembled the whole thing wrong. BUT it has some great shoulder-blades, and I did not waste my years in Kyoto for nothing (in fact I certainly did not waste anything there), so I trust, because I know, it looks best when it’s WABI SABI, so here is so far roughly assembled, my wabi-sabi cat:

Josiane Keller - black cat assembled 1

Josiane Keller “black cat assembled 1” (2017)

Josiane Keller - black cat assembled 2

Josiane Keller “black cat assembled 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - black cat assembled 3

Josiane Keller “black cat assembled 3” (2017)

Still needs some ears, more tail and a few details, so even wabi-sabi, this is not the finished version.

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ホテル Hotel – TRAILER ready for the slide-show

June 14, 2017

Finally the TRAILER for the slide-show is ready (just when you THOUGHT you were done, turns out you were nowhere near done… that one…)

If you had no chance to see the slide-show yet, perhaps it will entice you to see that one, too, see the TRAILER HERE.

Josiane Keller - Laila's lips

Josiane Keller “Laila’s lips” (2017)

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Brief Interlude: images, lenses and ‘It doesn’t look like that!’

June 13, 2017

Since showing the slide-show has thrown me somehow back in discussion with the Animation crowd out there, I am once again confronted with the critique my film work is “too choppy, too blurry and the transition is not smooth enough.”

This is not due to lack of technical skill, because I was unable to do any better I had to settle for the next I can. I am making these decisions after a lengthy through process and intentionally, after I initially tried it the conventional way and the results did nowhere near satisfy me.

Growing up in continental Europe provided me with a constant availability of direct interaction with old art and craft, from anywhere up to 1000 years backwards from our time, it is anywhere and everywhere, integrated in daily contemporary life.
The advantage is: one has seen many things and can draw from that visual information.
The disadvantage is: one has seen many things and automatically draws from that visual information.
If one is used to a long heritage of visual language one is inclined to take things for granted, no matter if they apply, still apply or no longer apply in that form for various reasons. Because in some media I am working in now I am actually self-taught, like puppet making and photographing I tried to create decent puppets and images of them the way I “thought” they “should” look like, but then by critical self-assessment realized, they only looked like many other puppets and puppet-images, but they did not look anywhere near like people when we actually SEE them and that was and still is important to me.

I am since my first serious film project in 2013 “I anyways live until I die” put in front of the problem that I have trained as an artist for years and years and eventually started using cameras and other photographic lenses, that one assumes create a perfect reproduction of what is depicted by them and that seems to be also the objective (as opposed to other art, such as for example painting these days does not ask for that.)

But if you hold a photograph next to even a living person and if you really ask yourself “Does this look the same way as I see it?” you might (?) notice it simply DOES NOT.

The reason is:

A; the camera is generally not recording things by its own or by no will but the images taken by it are chosen by the photographer, whoever that is, and s/he has chosen a certain image to take that was matched by a visual memory s/he has accumulated by things s/he has seen before. Otherwise s/he would not be able to see the image in the first place, at least it must remember him/her of something s/he has seen before or s/he would overlook it.

B; the camera does not represent human vision  exactly, only so-so, and will only create images that look like what the camera ‘sees’, not what the human eye sees.

In terms of animated films for some reason currently the opposite applies compared to contemporary photography, where in the attempt to create very “real” images we have completely lost ground, in animation we avoid creating anything that looks “real”, or perhaps, in both media our ideas of how that is being done, creating a very “real” image by means of photography versus by means of animation are, although very different approaches, by my humble taste both not correct because “it* simply does not look like that”.

(*By “it” I mean “the world”, by “the world” I mean our “visual perception”; these may not be the same things after all.)

Most of the time we do not see everything centered, in focus, in bright light clearly distinguishable colours, we do not see every motion is a nice smooth wave; if we remember an action it may be in strobe or in loop or still stand. And so on.

But if it looks completely different from my own experience I cannot relate to the image or understand the emotion it may be supposed to communicate, which makes looking at these images an out-of-my-world experience, (that can be both interesting or not interesting.)

Besides, there seems to be a conventional pressure to stay within certain aesthetic rules no matter if they make any sense or not.

In puppetry that seems to be “it has to be FRUMPY”, in animation “it has to be cute”. WHY, other than because that is how it’s done? It makes no sense at all. How funny would it be if we made films with real live actors the way we make puppetry and animation, it would be incredibly silly, surreal (perhaps a good thing?!) and might remind of some form of extreme right-wing-political-propaganda material promoting a perfect innocent and always happy or safe world that has nothing to do with the complications of adult life and therefor as art media at best serves escapism, but does not help me at all dealing with a better perspective on life on earth.

Josiane Keller - Sebastiao's feet in the creek

Josiane Keller “Sebastiao’s feet in the creek” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Sebastiao's feet in the creek 2

Josiane Keller “Sebastiao’s feet in the creek 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Sebastiao bathing his feet in the creek

Josiane Keller “Sebastiao bathing his feet in the creek” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Sebastiao hiking

Josiane Keller “Sebastiao hiking” (2017)

I am still working on this question: how do things look like the way we SEE them, and am trying to express that in my work, constantly discovering new aspects of this question.

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ホテル Hotel – slide-show at Physical Festival Chicago SCRATCH NIGHT – the show and a review in PerformInk

June 7, 2017

… was fabulous and BIG FUN.

Some highlights in images from here to there and then there you can see here:

Josiane Keller - Physical Festival Chicago - Sequence A - flight

Josiane Keller “Physical Festival Chicago – Sequence A – flight” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Physical Festival Chicago - Sequence B - rehearsal screening with Liam Fitzgerald

Josiane Keller “Physical Festival Chicago – Sequence B – rehearsal screening with Liam Fitzgerald” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Physical Festival Chicago - Sequence C - dressing room at Stage 773

Josiane Keller “Physical Festival Chicago – Sequence C – dressing room scene at Stage 773 with Cam Porter, Aileen McGroddy, Isaac Samuelson and Janet Howe” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Physical Festival Chicago - Sequence D - Physical Festival Chicago at Stage 773

Josiane Keller “Physical Festival Chicago – Sequence D – Physical Festival Chicago at Stage 773” (2017)

Scratch Night performers were: Semi-Circus Company /“Murmurations”, Janet Howe /”This is for You”, Cam Poter /”The Tinder Lover”, Amalia Mathewson / “Procession”,  Aileen McGroddy and Isaac Samuelson /“Tobes & Sauce Go To The Moon” and finally ホテル Hotel – the slide show.

Sadly I had to come straight home after my show, but the festival is still going on all week long, more info here:

https://www.physicalfestival.com/scratch-night-1

Review PerformInk / Kyle Whalen:

  • “The evening closed with a slideshow of some of Josiane Keller’s ホテル Hotel, an ongoing project of stark, devastating photographs of clay sculpture-puppets, based on images from the 1970s and ‘80s. It was a quick tonal shift for Scratch Night, but Keller’s work is undeniably powerful. Viewing her explorations, as she puts it, of the difference between a 3-D sculpture and a 2-D image of a 3-D sculpture, was a valuable section of the night, and of the whole festival.”

International Physical Theater Festival Recap – Part 2

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ホテル Hotel – slide-show at Physical Festival Chicago SCRATCH NIGHT

June 1, 2017

Coming Monday if you are in Chicago you can see the slide-show again,

being featured at SCRATCH NIGHT ad the 4th Physical Festival in Chicago:

https://www.physicalfestival.com/scratch-night-1
Josiane Keller - ホテル Hotel - slide-show

Josiane Keller –  ホテル Hotel – slide-show (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Day trip out

May 27, 2017

Day trip, taking depressed Starfish out, we’re taking snapshots with cell phones…

Josiane Keller - Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline

Josiane Keller “Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Larry and Chiaki with palm tree

Josiane Keller “Larry and Chiaki with palm tree” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish, Larry and Chiaki with skyline 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki with skyline and raised arms

Josiane Keller “Chiaki with skyline and raised arms” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Goebbels running on the street

Josiane Keller “Goebbels running on the street” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Goebbels running on the street 2

Josiane Keller “Goebbels running on the street 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Goebbels barking on the street

Josiane Keller “Goebbels barking on the street” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Goebbels barking on the street 3

Josiane Keller “Goebbels barking on the street 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Goebbels running on the street with buggy behind

Josiane Keller “Goebbels running on the street with buggy behind” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki with clock on the street

Josiane Keller “Chiaki with clock on the street” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki 58 with purple lipstick on Sunset

Josiane Keller “Chiaki 58 with purple lipstick on Sunset” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on Sunset with yellow traffic light

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on Sunset with yellow traffic light” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on Sunset looking back

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on Sunset looking back” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Chiaki on Sunset looking back 2

Josiane Keller “Chiaki on Sunset looking back 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - $1 Larry on Sunset

Josiane Keller “$1 Larry on Sunset” (2017)

Josiane Keller - $1 Larry on Sunset 3

Josiane Keller “$1 Larry on Sunset 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - $1 Larry on Sunset 4

Josiane Keller “$1 Larry on Sunset 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - $1 Larry on Sunset 7

Josiane Keller “$1 Larry on Sunset 7” (2017)

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Brief Interlude: Review by Centre of Ceramic Art York – Rethink Ceramic

May 20, 2017

This morning started with a surprise review of by the Centre of Ceramic Art York – Rethink Ceramic, surprise, because it’s been quite a while ago that I was in touch with them, but Thank You very much for your interest! Definitely a great surprise!

If you wish to read more or even all about it click this link:

https://www.centreofceramicart.org.uk/rethink/artist-josiane-keller/?platform=hootsuite

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ホテル Hotel – Uncle Karli the art rep, fairy tales, a big let down and how to live and learn from experience

May 13, 2017

Carl Offterdinger - Das Tapfere Schneiderlein

Carl Offterdinger Mein erstes Märchenbuch / Das tapfere Schneiderlein (‘The Valiant Little Taylor’)”, 19th cent.

I recently had a small show in an alley gallery in China Town, shady but cute and I was showing some slides of Starfish, Molly and Chiaki and the others, which was fun, as it was a first for everyone, Chiaki came up on stage to introduce herself to the cheering crowd (it was a very small and yet eclectic crowd) and it went well and I was introduced to a person with no official title other than “some form of artist rep”. By a very trustworthy lovable other person, as far as I can tell. But what do I know, really, I am just a grey alley cat like the rest of us.
So this guy who goes by the name of Uncle Karli called me up straight away. Apparently from a swimming pool of friend’s house in Beverly Hills. For those of you from far away, that is a rather impressively (to some) expensive area in LA.
So he calls from there and because the friends were noisy, he told them to quiet it down, because he was doing an important business call. That is me. I am important! (Score.)
Then he tells me my art is “fucking amazing” (he is a passionate man who thinks if we swear at each other we are best friends, so every second word starts with “f”, I ask to tone it down, but turns out he can’t even though he tries); then he rattles a list of people and organisations down he has connections to.
Uncle Karli is a fast talker, so those I picked up where the owner of RED BULL, Johnny Depp, Debbie Harris (she will LOVE my work, so Uncle Karli promises = SUPER SCORE!) , the MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART in Tasmania founded by a in certain circles famous millionaire, various editors of subculture magazines such as VICE and JUXTAPOZ, someone of a major studio (meaning film) out here and about a thousand others, and all of them are on personal friend level with the guy and can’t wait to see my fabulous art work. (Yes, finally here is someone who understands me, and who can connect me to THE RIGHT PEOPLE. Score.)
And he is going on a trip to San Francisco and then shortly after on a trip to Berlin, where he is also producing a mysterious film (he is a Jack of all trades indeed, we have visual art, music, film, you name it – he does it and better than anyone before, he is so busy he doesn’t even have a website) and he MUST meet me in-between. Sure thing.
We met in a wonderful stylish French Cafe downtown (he stated he had never been before at) , but he had a swollen hand and so wanted to go home soon, the hand was really swollen. He took me home, lives downtown, nice place ($$$) with a seemingly normal nice gf, then has to go to a chiropractor for acupuncture. Because he assumes it is a spider bite.
All those nurses out there will say now STOP right there, but I didn’t click.
Then he goes to SF where he has an appointment with a topnotch gallery, texting me non stop over the days, because I am very important. (SCORE.) He says he introduced himself meaning my work to this elegant gallery, named contact person (the associate director) and that she loved my work and totally gets it. Then back. (BIG FAT SUPER SCORE! At last, my luck has come along….)
He sends email apologizing for having taken the liberty to send my work to John Waters (yes, the film director), who absolutely loved it, but he was brief because currently on book tour, so be patient, but this should be helpful of getting me into more galleries and stuff. (Yes, of course, SCORE SCORE!!)
Then I should give him a list of galleries in Berlin where he should introduce my work. I say it has been years (over a decade) and I am not up to date what is going on in Berlin. I check and come up with a few possible places, one of them being ACUD Cinema, (he promptly tags me and facebook eventually asks me to review my experience of having been there with Uncle Karli. I decline, because I wasn’t there, I was here. One is left to wonder: where was Uncle Karli?)
Same thing, whilst in Berlin, tons of texts and two long phone calls. Because I am incredibly important. (SCORE.SCORE.SCORE.)
In one of them he invites me to one out of his four upcoming birthday parties, suggests I should bring my lesbian lover along and casually asks if he can stay in my mother’s apartment. (I decline, because I know my mother and it’s not gonna be. Besides, WHO are you?!)
It will never be mentioned again although I send lengthy apologetic explanation about the character of my mother. We talk about more fantastic plans and everything I never dared to dream about is possible, and grants in $20,000 can be found, because the key to success is being well connected.
Meanwhile without that I introduced them this guy is on the friend list of two of my very recent contacts, I can’t help but notice, (the ones who speak English and both have also over a thousand friends.) Then he is back, I say, hey I wanted to hear details about the meeting with the gallery in SF and also what exactly did John Waters say? (SWOON.)
He states “Everyone can be gotten to. Yesterday I was chatting on the plane with ICE T”. He knows even more demi-gods on a first name basis: “I have Iggy” (as in James Newell Osterberg, world famous punk-musician, only the finest) and his partner knows John Lurie, of course. Impressive. 
I only know my shabby half-on-the-streets-friends and one (as in: “1”) world famous artist who is very much from another century. Good to make fresh connections.
He asks if I want to come on a long road trip together to San Diego. There we will meet one of his incredibly wealthy art connoisseurs pizza shop owner friends, it will give us time to chat and this man may be interested in my work or sponsor a mammoth project that otherwise will never come true.
I say I need to make arrangements, they are being made, then I ask where exactly we are going again? It turns into a trip to Coronado. Not quite San Diego.
The pizza shop owner looks familiar, because he looks exactly like any small town Cleveland mafiosi I know too well, generally not exactly people who have an interest in the arts. Fine. Never be discriminating. I am not discriminating, it is evening, I am preparing my trip, hurrah, I get to go on a road trip.
Text message: “Bring your passport.”
By now I have learned, bossy people = effective people. (Memo to self.) Important people. Polite people are not important. And yet.
I ask why.
Because there “might be a quick meeting in TJ [being Tijuana], “don’t worry, you’re safe.”
(If you are not from the area and never watch the news, simply google image it and add the words brothel or drug cartel, you can see what it looks like.)
I decline.
Uncle Karli says, “Then he’ll have to cross [the border] to meet if possible. It’s ok”
WHO IS “HE” ??
And why does he have to cross any border, as the pizza shop plus owner is on the US side?
Anyways I state I do not know him well enough.
He asks “You’re afraid of being sold aren’t you?”
“It’s fine. Coronado only.”
I say let’s meet in a cafe instead another time.
Uncle Karli states he understand he didn’t mean to bug me out.
Of course you didn’t, Uncle Karli.
No apology whatsoever.
Fine. NOT SCORE.
I ask ICE T if he was chatting with Uncle Karli on a plane. (You may wonder, but ICE T is not out of reach for the commoners.)
ICE T replies instantly “Not true. He is lying.”
Go figure.
I scrap all my courage together and call the gallery and leave a message with God, who Uncle Karli has talked to and shown my photographs when in San Francsico.
God calls back ten minutes later. God has never met Uncle Karli.
I am submissive as can be and force God to take a look at my website because if God has EVER seen my work God would remember as weird as this shit is, good or bad left out of the discussion.
God is incredibly friendly and reassures me never to have met Uncle Karli nor seen my work.
God also as tactful as possible points out that they are incredibly full and do not take people on so easily.
I assure God that I am doing this job since over 15 years and am WELL AWARE of how these type of galleries are run (seemingly as opposed to what Uncle Karli thinks, or tries to make people think) and that it is no surprise, in fact the actual surprise was, that Uncle Karli of all people seemingly had ZERO trouble jumping such hurdles without sweat, that are totally out of reach for all the rest of us.
But hey, wishful thinking, right? (NOT SCORE, and yet: BINGO.)
I check on John Waters (don’t ask me, but he is a living being and there are ways, in that respect I suppose I have to agree with Unlce Karli.)
We will see if he replies, but either way I think I know one thing, John Waters has NEVER seen my work and: John Waters does NOT know Uncle Karli either.
I call back the friend who referred me and explain; he throws a fit and starts almost crying. He does not wish to discuss it and insists Uncle Karli is the nicest and most compassionate man he has ever met and very, very trustworthy.
I feel terribly sorry and send him an apology e-mail, I probably misunderstood everything, because I am a silly person or whatever is easy to digest. I feel bad.
I email Uncle Karli some more questions, basically the stuff gets more and more BS.
Not THE END but basically I have everything I needed to know.
It comes down to this: Uncle Karli is just a tad too pretentious for my taste, and people who are the real deal do not need to pretend.
That was the short version of this story.
IF Uncle Karli ever contacts you to make your ardent dreams and hopes come true and telling you how incredibly fabulous your work is, and is simply too good to be true, do yourself a favour and realize, the guy is a con artist. And skip the experience. If you want to make sure: contact the people he claims to know and ask if they have ever met him. Depending on how desperately you need fairy tales come true you will be surprised or lesser so to find out nobody has ever seen of heard of Uncle Karli.
The Remainder Is : [completely unproductive] DISAPPOINTMENT.
I am off to the pub with Larry and Chiaki, getting wasted and drowning myself; Starfish is heat broken over Molly spending an awful amount of her time on an doff-set with Elle recently and wanted to stay at home sulking.
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ホテル Hotel – Notice Of Filming

May 8, 2017

The Hotel has been a mess since over a week now, because they are filing some sort of Japanese avant-garde movie, some bizarre love story involving time travelling and a turtle, don’t ask me, please! – and it has to be here, where we live or used to one should say, until these guys popped up. I am not sure if Vincent gets any money out of this, maybe, anyways he seems as pissed off about it as everyone else. Everywhere are piles of camera stuff, film people running around and papers with scripts, or God knows what it is. Constant back and forth and phone calls in any space all the time where we live and go about our business as good as we can, but we are invisible to these people and they seem under time pressure, so they are on top of it annoyed because things don’t go as planned.

“Annoying” is putting it mildly.

Josiane Keller - Notice Of Filming

Josiane Keller “Notice Of Filming” (2017)

Posters and stickers and flyers announcing the very important artistic project going on in our living quarters everywhere, and I am bit wondering if they are not in the way when they shoot in the hallways.

And the actors, oh my. Plastic people, once again, and plenty of them. Would they every greet anyone here? No, we are the B-Class. And the food these people get, you haven’t seen the likes! Tables and tables of delicacies, sushi trays, salads, fruits, what not. At the end of the day only a minute part of it is being eaten and the rest goes to the cockroaches in the back alley. Luckily we get to snatch some left-overs, if that is the idea or it juts worked out that way because we don’t waste time asking if we may please, who knows, but we are at least eating very well by dinnertime in the hotel these days.

Laila took Alexander and moved in a separate apartment that Vincent has somewhere down the road, she says it is not a suitable environment for a toddler, She is right, just, was it ever? Anyways.

Allegedly today is the LAST day of filming. I can’t wait when things go back to normal around here!

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ホテル Hotel – Starfish and Molly at the Library Cafe

April 20, 2017

Today Molly took half a day off to go out with Starfish, upon his urging, wearing a stylish new frock she got yesterday, although she made herself very clear about her priorities, which were: she is very dedicated to her career and the success or failure of it lies in only her decision-making, therefor all she can spare is half an hour, if that is not enough, then …

Poor Starfish told me about it getting ready to go meet her, and stated, since the desirable presence of his girlfriend is quite rare these days he has to grab whatever he can get; they wanted to meet at the Library Cafe, which is off shore from Cafe Leben, so the chance to run into noisy fellow actors is small.

Molly repeated once more, the main reason why she came to the city is to pursue an acting career full-heartedly which would require 100% commitment, meaning love affairs can only happen if they don’t get in the way of that and not demanding anything of Molly that would mean a distraction of her ultimate goal.

Further she needed time to make important professional connections with people who can help her in her further career, as she was determined to stay on track also after “Was Wollen Sie Von Mir?” has been staged; small detail information she had met on stage a young choreographer from Paris, France named Elle (go figure!) and the two were assigned upon Vladimir recognizing a certain valuable chemistry between them, to work out a special solo dance that Molly would perform and Elle was to choreograph, the “peacock dance” and that would require extra time, but there was no way in the world Molly would let a chance like that pass her up not for anything in the world and if Starfish would give a s*** on her she would not even have to explain such a thing.

Starfish was sitting and listening to all that and said not too much, but I guess one way or another it sank in and left an impression. Anyways, then Molly stood up and left for her rehearsal, leaving Starfish probably picking up some bed-bugs hiding in the red plush cafe chairs. There was a flyer some band is looking for a drummer, maybe Starfish could give them a call, it would be something to do other than dwelling over his ambitious Molly.

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Molly at Library Cafe

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Molly at Library Cafe” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Molly at Library Cafe 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Molly at Library Cafe 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Molly by the window

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Molly by the window” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Molly by the window 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Molly by the window 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Molly at Library Cafe 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Molly at Library Cafe 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly at Library Cafe

Josiane Keller “Molly at Library Cafe” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish at Library Cafe 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish at Library Cafe 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish at Library Cafe looking to the side

Josiane Keller “Starfish at Library Cafe looking to the side” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly talking

Josiane Keller “Molly talking” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Molly talking

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Molly talking” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Molly talking 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Molly talking 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish and Molly talking 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish and Molly talking 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly at Library Cafe 2

Josiane Keller “Molly at Library Cafe 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly in a red dress

Josiane Keller “Molly in a red dress” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly in the Cafe lifting her hair

Josiane Keller “Molly in the Cafe lifting her hair” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly in the Cafe lifting her hair 2

Josiane Keller “Molly in the Cafe lifting her hair 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly in the Cafe lifting her hair 3

Josiane Keller “Molly in the Cafe lifting her hair 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly at Library Cafe 3

Josiane Keller “Molly at Library Cafe 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish at Library Cafe 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish at Library Cafe 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly's red dress

Josiane Keller “Molly’s red dress” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly's red dress 2

Josiane Keller “Molly’s red dress 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly's red dress 3

Josiane Keller “Molly’s red dress 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Eat It All

Josiane Keller “Eat It All” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Band Needs Drummer

Josiane Keller “Band Needs Drummer” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Molly is gone out shopping and Starfish’s got the blues

April 19, 2017

Molly is for once not at her secret rehearsals at “Cafe Leben” but out shopping for clothes, claiming she has nothing at all to wear. (The last time I saw her room I could not help but notice a ton of her clothes being very elegant, some with a serious price-tag.) She left Starfish at home, with the comment he is “making her nervous”. Instead she went with some people from the theatre group, God knows who, because the rehearsals are closed to the public, boyfriends included in the excluded ones.

Starfish is pissed, which is understandable, and finds nothing to do with himself besides waiting until Molly comes back and then looking like that was the very last thing on his mind.
I make use of the situation and ask him to model for a quick session outside, thinking maybe we can use some for ShinySkySituation-poster, but he is in a particularly foul mood chain-smoking (since he completed his sex-change he also has taken up smoking), non-stop ranting about how shitty, pretentious and self-involved everyone is, and that everyone around him is just using him (I agree to that, but he does not hear it), and how arrogant they are, that they live by the wrong standards, and that he will absolutely never ever waste a single second of his life starting from right now on with any of these people ever again.

The power-rant gives him a very mysterious and angry look that is perfect for the pictures, but he is getting quickly annoyed standing in the sun posing and wants to go to the pub for a beer, which I have to pay for because he hasn’t got any money (I knew that), so we go and I get to take a few extra shots there, that aren’t bad at all.
Poor thing Starfish… love is a bitch!

Josiane Keller - Starfish smoking a cigarette

Josiane Keller “Starfish smoking a cigarette” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish outside

Josiane Keller “Starfish outside” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish smoking a cigarette 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish smoking a cigarette 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish smoking a cigarette 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish smoking a cigarette 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the pub

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the pub” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the pub

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the pub” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the pub 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the pub 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish close-up

Josiane Keller “Starfish close-up” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the pub 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the pub 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the pub 4

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the pub 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the pub 5

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the pub 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the pub 6

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the pub 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish in the dark

Josiane Keller “Starfish in the dark” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – black cat and new eyes

April 17, 2017

Working on various projects at once for a moment, two out of three are a black cat (that came out a tic huge) for new video and eyes, eyes, eyes….

Josiane Keller - black cat and eyes

Josiane Keller “black cat and eyes” (2017)

Josiane Keller - new eyes

Josiane Keller “new eyes” (2017)

Josiane Keller - new eyes 2

Josiane Keller “new eyes 2” (2017)

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Brief Interlude: “Spirits and their habitats: signs of the Japanese style in the graphics of Josiane Keller – illustration review on BLOG fairyroom by Masha Skaf/ Мария Скаф

April 13, 2017

Духи и места их обитания: приметы японского стиля в графике Джосиан Келлер (“Spirits and their habitats: signs of the Japanese style in the graphics of Josiane Keller – illustration review on BLOG fairyroom by Masha Skaf”), some things come slowly. Oh well, better than never!

Illustrations to Japanese fairy tales, a review by Masha Skaf (sorry, only in Russian!):

Духи и места их обитания: приметы японского стиля в графике Джосиан Келлер

 

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ホテル Hotel – Molly and Starfish – TV night

April 12, 2017

Finally an evening when Molly is not staying late for rehearsals at “Cafe Leben” and spending a simple TV night with her sweetheart Starfish, first time after his completed sex-change, as far as I know and as far as I am able to take a few snap shots of both of the with each other. Starfish wasn’t very talk active, but then again he is never, not when I am around anyways, and Molly was as usual chatty, but they were holding hands, so maybe all is well or well enough between the two.

Josiane Keller - Molly and Starfish

Josiane Keller “Molly and Starfish” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly and Starfish 2

Josiane Keller “Molly and Starfish 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly and Starfish 3 - Starfish

Josiane Keller “Molly and Starfish 3 – Starfish” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly and Starfish 4 - Molly

Josiane Keller “Molly and Starfish 4 – Molly” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Molly and Starfish 5 - hands

Josiane Keller “Molly and Starfish 5 – hands” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – the Slide Show: ON SOUND – does Nan Goldin buy the rights for her sound track? and some Švankmajer input

April 10, 2017

So the slide-show has premiered to a miniature audience, yet with very positive feed-back and the show must go on. Starfish reportedly completed his sex-change and is now a full man and the president of the United States is bombing Syria. The show must go on.

Shortly before WWIII (this may be one day referred to as “pre-war-work”, although I HOPE NOT) I am promoting the slide-show at other venues, basically whoever seems open to more screenings, bringing up some questions regarding soundtrack.

Nan Goldin famously so showed her slide-show for the first time in 1979 with a soundtrack compiled of songs by various more or less famous rock bands, some indie, some not so indie.

Aperture Foundation who also published “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” in book form a year after the slide show premiere in 1988  http://aperture.org/shop/nan-goldin-ballad/ and further: “on the occasion of the third printing of Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency we have assembled a YouTube playlist based on Goldin’s original slideshow soundtrack”

which you can (partially) listen to here:

Soundtrack to Nan Goldin’s “Ballad of the Sexual Dependency” 

So far if you happen to attempt listening in USA, omitted from the playlist are currently:
Yoko Ono’s “She Hits Back”,
Charlotte Rae’s version of Petula Clark’s “Downtown”, 
Maria Callas “Casta diva” (1958) by Vincenzo Bellini “Norma” (1831),
and a not listed song by “The Velvet Underground” stating: “The YouTube account associated with this video has been terminated due to multiple third-party notifications of copyright infringement”.

The remaining seven songs you can currently still listen to through this link anyways, probably if you go to a live show all of them, I would assume.

Exactly my question: how about Nan Goldin and the songs she picked to play during her live slide shows? Did she buy rights over each one of them? Is there any conflict? Did it not apply in 1985 when she premiered the slide show? Maybe lesser so that today in 2017.

There actually is an APERTURE article by Greil Marcus to the soundtrack topic “Songs left Out of Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency” , but it doesn’t address the question of how does an emerging artist go about using well-known pop/rock/whatever music he or she wants to combine with work made as soundtrack. Is it even a good idea, besides the legality of it, in terms of creativity?

Sometimes I am tempted to think that Nan Goldin is not the talented genius people market her as, but her one notable work, “The Ballad” seems to be famous for other reasons, one of them it is a documentary easily emotionally accessibly “as if one was right there” for “those who had not been there”, one of the various magic tricks photography is able to do. In her case, like certain autobiographies, it applies to people who are never anywhere really themselves, paying the price for going, but would love to be on a weekend vacation, in and out and free entrance. The point is, a certain life style does not just plunge onto you overnight or because one hopped the wrong train, but like an apprenticeship you start out as the one who sweeps the studio and then you watch for a while before the master allows you to touch any tools. Years later you get to keep your pots. It’s not a powder in a tiny paper-bag you rip open and mix into a glass of water and microwave the whole thing. And people who do other things with thier lives (cleaner and more profitable ones I assume) that probably underlie exactly the same rules there, too, they do not realize that. Personally I would never want to be a CEO of a corporation for a day, so the temptation of collecting pictures of high positioned executives in their office is low, practically zero.

I see occasionally Nan Goldin’s attempts at fashion photography, and the recipe “take one or more skinny depressed looking young people and drape them casually in a dark scruffy apartment interior, ideally involving a cheap old-fashioned sofa in rust-red velvet”, and realize that doesn’t work. Not a single time, no matter how fluffy the model’s hair is and how long their legs are and how terribly bored they look, and Nan Goldin says in interviews that she is not interested in the work and shooting models.
https://fraenkelgallery.com/videos/an-evening-with-nan-goldin-and-vince-aletti-remembering-peter-hujar (scroll to 8:26 min)

The question which was proposed to her by more famous people than myself, apparently Peter Hujar at one occasion, why she is doing it then in the first place, has not been publicly answered so I am left to conclusions. If it is her idea of “money has to be made somehow” that makes a lot of sense, but personally I would never water down my own work “meeting somewhere in the middle”, because the few occasions I tried the works was equally ridiculous and and far from what I normally do and the wage for it wasn’t worth the prostitution. Those commissions I can be proud of (so I list them on my CV) were paid with peanuts by people who also followed a personal vision and consequently had not figured out how to make money at their own lifetime with that.

Gladly Nan Goldin’s failure in fashion photography makes me realize, the beauty of life can not be rented “instant just add water” from modelling agencies, but only earned through life experience; the same question applies of course sound as much as to images.

I shot a short video (not frame-by-frame animation as most of my animated films) of “Billy’s Funeral” and the sound track is a version of Franz Schubert’s “Ave Maria, D. 839, Op. 52, No. 6” (1825); the sound is what we were playing during the funeral, which precisely is: a cover by Mirusia Louwerse /André Rieu; but obviously because posting art or whatever online counts legally as a form of exhibition there is a copyright question and as a result of this specific music I picked the clip will now come with odd subtitled advertisements, which in this case is fine by me, the irony matches perfectly with Billy’s fate.
However, for future exhibitions I realize for several reasons I will need to change the sound for something more authentic, one being because canned music is crap, bluntly put.

Currently I am using in my own slide-show the famous Janis Joplin cover of “Little Girl Blue” (1969), originally published 1935, written by Lorenz Hart and composed by Richard Rodgers; here is the long list of covers as known to Wikipedia: “Little Girl Blue”
I did send an inquiry to SONY, who hold a 1999 copyright over the version I am currently using, through their site one can request, but so far no reply, time will tell.

I certainly would also heavily object if anyone downloads my stuff and uses it for their own art whatsoever without asking my permission first, in particular in case of a world famous artist, which Nan Goldin only became over time. But on the other hand that leaves me in the situation that because of the copyright law I have to either use only self created sound or work made by friends.  I admit, being a fan of fire of Czech composer Zdeněk Liška (who collaborated up to his death in 1983 with Jan Švankmajer doing the sound for his early short films), it is nicer to go the 100 extra steps and create your own fabulous soundtrack from scratch, which is anyways the route I am planning to take most of the time, time being exactly the issue that stands in the way of doing so.
But besides time and situations when one needs something fast, is it possible to communicate the same emotional reaction with abstracted sound as a traditional music piece well known on to a wider audience inclusive its attached history can cause? Sometimes I think at this point in time I might like the emotional meaning a certain more well known song took on within a certain culture.

* Some people seem to not be able to get into the chemistry of Liška sound with Švankmajer image, deleting the sound adding their own corny garage band sound with it and post it back on various social media sharing platforms (making me cringe every time).
Interesting enough, Jan Švankmajer could not find a replacement for Liška and is now using classical music for his films, but technically the copyright discussion comes up all over again, assuming he is using the sound from orchestra recordings of some kind or another.

An interview to the question is here:

Jan Švankmajer on “Sound”

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, LA, 2” (2017)

And whilst we are in the mood, here another interview with:

Jan Švankmajer on “Puppets”

PS: I can already hear the complaints on this post, that yes, the part about Nan Goldin is very interesting and the part about sound is, and the one about Švankmajer/Liška, but they do not belong together. Oh man…

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ホテル Hotel – Starfish is coming home from the hospital

April 4, 2017

Yesterday Starfish came home from the hospital – all a man now. We took him out for a drink, that is Chiaki, Larry and ChoCho (who paid the tab), only Molly was at “Cafe Leben” rehearsing “Was wollen Sie von mir?” as pretty much all the time now, so that was a bummer for Starfish, I guess, but he didn’t show it, only he was smoking quite a lot, which I hadn’t seen him do before.

We all congratulated him to the great outcome of the operation and at some point Chiaki apparently couldn’t help herself and gave him a big smack right on the mouth, that was a bit of a surprise to us, but it can never hurt in tough times, can it?

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 1

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 1” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 4 - Chiaki

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 4 – Chiaki” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 5 - Larry

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 5 – Larry” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 6 - Starfish and ChoCho 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 6 – Starfish and ChoCho 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 7 - Starfish smoking

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 7 – Starfish smoking” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 8 - Starfish smoking 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 8 – Starfish smoking 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 9 - Starfish smoking 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 9 – Starfish smoking 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 11 - Starfish exhaling 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 11 – Starfish exhaling 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 11 - Larry 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 11 – Larry 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 13 - Starfish exhaling 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 13 – Starfish exhaling 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 14 - Starfish and ChoCho 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 14 – Starfish and ChoCho 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 16 - Starfish and ChoCho 5

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 16 – Starfish and ChoCho 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 17 - Starfish and ChoCho 6

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 17 – Starfish and ChoCho 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 20 - Starfish, ChoCho and Chiaki 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 20 – Starfish, ChoCho and Chiaki 3” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 22 - Starfish, ChoCho and Chiaki 5

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 22 – Starfish, ChoCho and Chiaki 5” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 23 - Starfish, ChoCho and Chiaki 6

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 23 – Starfish, ChoCho and Chiaki 6” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 24 - Starfish and Chiaki

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 24 – Starfish and Chiaki” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 25 - Chiaki kissing Starfish

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 25 – Chiaki kissing Starfish” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 26 - Chiaki kissing Starfish 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 26 – Chiaki kissing Starfish 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish is back 27 - Chiaki kissing Starfish 3

Josiane Keller “Starfish is back 27 – Chiaki kissing Starfish 3” (2017)

 

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ホテル Hotel – a fire in the hospital, ChoCho’s charity performance and the only worthy purpose for art is fighting for freedom

April 1, 2017

Starfish is still in the hospital and people telephone in regularly, but still no visitors allowed, hospital rule. This morning we found out there had been a small fire on the ward where Starfish is, scary, but apparently they got it extinguished immediately and no-one got hurt.

Very glad and grateful that we even have such hospitals were we can get sex changes.

ChoCho gave a charity performance, not at “Cafe Leben” which is still booked full time by Vladimir and his troupe rehearsing “Was wollen Sie von mir?”, so instead at the “Bird Cage”.
It’s a pretty radical routine inclusive a media show and some pretty strange tools, where he eventually takes everything off inclusive in the final pose also his wig, which generally makes the crowd rage.

He donated the complete profits to the hospital, stating: “The only worthy purpose for art is fighting for freedom!” Who would disagree with that.

Josiane Keller - ChoCho in his dressing room putting on make-up

Josiane Keller “ChoCho in his dressing room putting on make-up” (2017)

Josiane Keller - ChoCho without make-up

Josiane Keller “ChoCho without make-up” (2017)

Josiane Keller - ChoCho in the dressing room with mirror

Josiane Keller “ChoCho in the dressing room with mirror” (2017)

Josiane Keller - ChoCho in front of the pink curtain

Josiane Keller “ChoCho in front of the pink curtain” (2017)

Josiane Keller - ChoCho's butterfly tattoo

Josiane Keller “ChoCho’s butterfly tattoo” (2017)

Josiane Keller - ChoCho with one foot on a chair

Josiane Keller “ChoCho with one foot on a chair” (2017)

Josiane Keller - ChoCho with one foot on a chair 2

Josiane Keller “ChoCho with one foot on a chair 2” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Starfish’s sex change III

March 30, 2017

Starfish’s sex change stage III:

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the operation table 6

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the operation table 6” (2017)

During the operation suddenly some complications with the left upper leg happened, which delayed the whole process one additional day.

We are not allowed to visit at this point, but we are all nervous, hoping everything will go OK.

 

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ホテル Hotel – Starfish’s sex change II

March 28, 2017

Starfish’s sex change on its way:

Josiane Keller - Starfish's sex change - body on a green sheet

Josiane Keller “Starfish’s sex change – body on a green sheet” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Starfish’s sex change

March 27, 2017

Finally the money is there and Starfish is having his final stages sex change.

Josiane Keller - Starfish's sex change - body in a jar

Josiane Keller “Starfish’s sex change – body in a jar” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish's body parts female

Josiane Keller “Starfish’s body parts female” (2017)

It’s a lengthy procedure, currently he is under anesthesia.

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the operation table

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the operation table” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the operation table 2

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the operation table 2” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the operation table 4

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the operation table 4” (2017)

Josiane Keller - Starfish on the operation table 5

Josiane Keller “Starfish on the operation table 5” (2017)

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Driving at the Pier /Something Completely Different (2017)

March 27, 2017

To watch please click: HERE

Confessions of a Runaway (Vol.II): runaway dog driving on the pier;
puppet animation for children, but well behaved grown-ups may look, too.

music: Matthew Huffaker /TEKNOAXE, “Something Completely Different”, http://www.teknoaxe.com

Josiane Keller - Driving at the Pier

Josiane Keller  “Driving at the Pier / Something Completely Different” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates – Slide-Show at AUTOMATA LA, Molly’s karaoke poster

March 27, 2017

Josiane Keller - Molly's karaoke poster slide show at AUTOMATA

Josiane Keller “Molly’s karaoke poster slide show at AUTOMATA” (2017)

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ホテル Hotel – Surrogates – Slide-Show (world premiere) at AUTOMATA LA, Mar 2017

March 26, 2017

Josiane Keller - slide show at AUTOMATA ARTS LA

http://www.automata-la.org/calendar.html

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eyes, various (2016)

March 22, 2017

Josiane Keller - making eyes

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 – revised flyer (2017)

March 20, 2017

Josiane Keller - Automata show - revised flyer 2

* despite the fact that the depicted character “Molly”, stage name: “Molly Tyler”, is actually a man, born as “Albert Paul Watson”, (which is from this image alone not detectable) and in the eye of general public only female nipples are objected to complaint and admiration and therefor more complaint, it was suggested to modify the visuals of this advertisement of the show, therefore here the revised version;

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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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