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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

⧯ On the Silver Couch: Michelangelo Corsaro


Writer and curator Michelangelo Corsaro

Tell me the story of your life?
My mum never found out how unruly I was in school and my teachers always thought I was studying a lot.

What makes a curator nowdays?
I guess moving things around helps a lot.

What do you want to do in one year from now?
I'd like to establish a secret society.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

⧯ On the Silver Couch: Quinn Latimer


Writer and poet Quinn Latimer

: Tell me the story of your life in 140 characters
: She read Little Women read Ai Gaitskill Paley ED Lessing she read the Woolf read Carson Sontag Arendt Ferrante Bachmann she wrote she wrote

: What makes a poet nowdays?
:: Language, denial, strange syntax. Concision—while paradoxically wanting “every kind of life,” per Sontag: “What I really wanted was every kind of life, and the writer’s life seemed the most inclusive.”

: Do you read a poem in the same way that you may "read" a painting?
:: No.

: What's your favourite title of a poem or artwork?
:: Poem: “Amorgos,” by Nikos Gatsos (at the moment). Artwork? I love the titles of Michel Auder’s moving-image works—Heads in Love (1970/2009) sounds like a certain kind of British paperback novel; I Am So Jealous of Birds (2001) always cracks me up. But I also like “Untitled” in almost every language.

Monday, February 16, 2015

⧯ On the Silver Couch: Peter Burleigh

Linguist Peter Burleigh

☮ What do you do exactly?

⧯: I am a dad, a linguist, a lover (she said) and becoming Deleuzian. IRL I grade papers and drive my girlfriend around.

☮ Have you ever thought to invent a new English word? if yes how that would be?

⧯: I had. Yesterday. But forgot what. The beauty of communication is in between words; words are rough designators around which the slight ephemera of meaning gather. So if that word was invented it’d be a blunt sketch of the linguistically uncovered notion—it’s just as well I forgot.

☮ :Does it influence you emotionally the language you are speaking? and if yes can you tell me an example?


⧯: Ashamed to say I only speak English properly. I get very irritated when tones of language, an essential and very private and precious tool, are used manipulatively in the grotesque neo-liberal “let-us-work-for-you” farce. Companies assuming the voice of a friend, from the non-capitalized smoothie to British Airways “To Fly – To Serve” logo drive me mad. I AM NOT YOUR MATE.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

⧯ On the Silver Couch: Jesse Darling


☮:Tell us the story of your life in 140ch

Born to white immigrants in Wherever UK. Grew up weird, got a trade, lost my shit, found it back. Came out as 'artist' & the rest is history

☮:What's the most interesting thing you heard recently?

⧯: That the ancient stone lions that appear in eg Athens are a sort of word of mouth meme that travelled from Mesopotamia and that's why they look so funny, because nobody had ever seen one. 

☮: What makes you still living in London?


⧯ : At one point I felt like I would be useful, like there weren't many of my kind here so I should stick around and represent for my community. These days I just don't know, except that everyone has to live somewhere

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

⧯ On the Silver Couch: Phoebe Collings-James



 Artist Phoebe Collings-James 


:Tell us the story of your life:

 ⧯:As a child I was almost constantly naked, preferring life outdoors, trees, mud and mischief. Now as an adult artist my preoccupations are the same. The body, our connection with the earth our identity and sexuality being the points that most excite and fascinate me. 

:How would you define the attitude of your generation of artists?

:YAAAS! Bored, nervous, excited, productive, lazy, fun everything-all-at-oncers. There are so many people with varying agendas. While the consciousness of the market increases and the inability of anyone but the rich to live in any of the worlds metropolis' it can sometimes feel as though only one kind of voice is being heard. But the attitude is still very eager and hungry. Which is exciting.