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November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Thank you kindly for your constant interest in Merzbau! Only today after a random visit here I realized that there have been  more than 13000 visitors to this blog! Merzbau is over [at least for now] but this does not mean that I will bring it down. It will remain online for archival purposes.

There has been a return to the merzposting though. There is a new incarnation of this ongoing ‘effort’ that is called Llamarinth. This is a new journal of the weird and wonderful maintained by me and a very dear person to me, houdinismother. I am sure that Merzbau readers will find many things of interest there and they will not be disappointed.

I would be glad to see you and maybe hear from some of you over at Llamarinth!

cheers

dmtls

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Itsuki Takashi + Coilhouse + Namio Harukawa

September 21, 2008 5 comments

Inconsistent blog reader that dmtls is, he missed a wonderful post on Trevor Brown’s baby art blog made a whole half year ago. This was the first featuring Itsuki Takashi’s Amputee Robot Doll Bondage series, followed shortly after by an informative post on the subject. Thankfully TB [given the interest in the former ones] made a new post today Amputee Robot Doll Bondage vol.2 of which Jahsonic informed me. Enjoy these amazing + perverse imagery.

Through the posts of TB and Jahsonic I made it to Coilhouse blog + magazine. I did not have the time to look around much but the first impression is more than rewarding. Their motto a love letter to alternate culture composed in an era when alternate culture no longer exists is intriguing and the whole project full of promises. dmtls rushed to buy one copy of the uncensored, printed 1st issue [available only online] and suggests that you give it also a try.

Finally in Merzbau inbox arrived notice of this publication:

CALLIPYGE by Harukawa Namio

Harukawa Namio is well known for his female domination drawings and Callipyge [from the Greek word καλλίπυγος, meaning the one with well-shaped buttocks] is the first official publication of his to be available outside Japan, from United Dead Artists publications [thank you very much for letting me know].

changes + erotic art blog

September 16, 2008 4 comments

There would probably be some radical changes in Merzbau. Most important one [although not yet finalized] is that there will be no shares anymore [certain special exceptions would probably apply]. I definitely want your opinion on that.

Meanwhile visit a great erotic art blog called @mateurdart surely much above average and highly recommended [found via jahsonic]

{selection from latest posts on @mateurdart}

See the black Sun rise from the Solar Lodge

September 16, 2008 4 comments

Yes dmtls is back! After abandoning thoughts of ‘killing’ Merzbau [Merzbau destruction is declared in dans le labyrinthe de l’Acéphale (see below) first post] it is time to get back here to work after this long absence. Back full of new ideas, curious new records, new books and broadened tastes even further from normal.

Earlier in September dmtls started two other blogs:
dans le labyrinthe de l’Acéphale and
Η κοινωνία του Ακέφαλου [Acéphale society]

Acéphale society is an experiment in Greek language [currently hosting only a reworked and rather lengthy post on Gilles Berquet] while dans le labyrinthe de l’Acéphale is another project in English concerning more special interests. It is probable for the later to be absorbed in Merzbau.

Thank you all for your interest and love.

dmtls

Demon Barber and the Bitter Moon above

February 9, 2008 2 comments

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street premiered on Thursday here in Thessaloniki (probably in Greece also). An event of questionable, as it was proved, importance. Well we rushed on premiere night, following a dedicated to see-it-as-soon-as-possible friend, only to sit third row from the screen, entitled to the most awkward of film-viewing body positions. All this after having paid quite a lot for a ticket at a glamorous (?) multiplex. This was definitely not a good start but it would not be the first time to sit through a film under much different than ideal circumstances.

Then it started and yes it was a musical, dmtls not being a great fan of movie musicals. After a nicely done title sequence I got prepared for another treat by Tim Burton. That was not the fact though. Overcrammed scenes with generic Victorian era baroque. Not the high quality Burton has used us to. Baroque not as seen through his trademark ‘playful’ and inventive look, just stale and dead. Shooting was heartless, done in a mannierist way. Same old tricks. Acting was not bad, not a great thing either. Of course not a masterpiece. Another dark/goth/fantasy/whatever film tale from the lot in the current fashion. A film for ’emotional’ ‘goth’ teenagers full stop. No interest whatsoever if you have already seen any of the older Tim Burton’s creations, more rightfully claiming the title of masterpiece.

A sure best seller on the heavy vehicle of Burton-Depp collaboration, there is a great possibility you will end up seeing it despite anything like the above you might read. It probably didn’t just work for me. I don’t know. Sure thing is that dmtls is fed up by all this pseudo-demented Sunday-perverseness. No more proper and decent macabre for the masses.

“at last your wardrobe will be complete again with the Sweeney Todd® T-shirt”

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On to a real masterpiece now.

Polanski hardly ever misses the chance to prove his mastership. Bitter Moon is a fine example of great European cinema. Cynic and demoralized (?) builds up frenetically tangling the viewer in a morbid and decadent tale, each chapter of which, turns the screw even deeper. A tale half way through which the female basic character declares her loss of faith to the human race. The story of ‘now’ [a 4 person one] unfolds in the isolated bourgeois stage of a traveling cruise ship, while the story of ‘then’ [a 2 person one] evolves in the bohemian Left Bank of Paris. Love and eventually its closest neighbor, hate are in the core of this movie. More correctly it is passion and a desire for endless attention by the special One this film is about. The balance of power between characters is a fragile and fickle one.

What starts off as an exploration for the furthest extremes of adoration [what is love after all? an unexpected encounter on the No. 96 Montparnesse bus, a pig face, urolagnia, black vinyl and a whip?] ends as an exploration for the furthest extremes of degradation and torture, physical and psychological. Everyone pays for his/her sins in the end as nemesis is objectified and personified in a final twist of fate. Irony and bone-crushing cynicism are profound for all the almost 14o minutes of movie running time.

Superb acting, Emmanuelle Seigner was an apocalypse, a great Peter Coyote, a wonderful Kristin Scott Thomas and an unexpected role for a very good Hugh Grant in a movie like this, and solid, immaculate directing by a grand maitre working on a recurring theme in his work, the relationship between victim and predator, and the unstable and shifting dynamics of power relations between characters that often lead to sudden outbursts of absurd and grotesque violence. The end titles found me in a loss for words craving for more when I could barely get anywhere further. A final mention is essential, and it is to the fitting soundtrack [original score composed by Vangelis].

Simply Excellent!

Is Love the Devil after all? [to paraphrase the title of another great must-see movie, Love is the Devil]

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Now playing: Joy Division – Failures (of the modern man)
via FoxyTunes

Entre Vues [Between Views] by Frank Horvat

January 3, 2008 2 comments

Interviews by Frank Horvat, about photography, with photographers Édouard Boubat, Robert Doisneau, Mario Giacomelli, Hiroshi Hamaya, Joseph Koudelka, Don McCullin, Sarah Moon, Helmut Newton, Marc Riboud, Eva Rubinstein, Jeanloup Sieff, Joel Peter Witkin.
Work published by Nathan, Paris, in 1990.

Introduction [2002]

Between 1983 and 1987, I had serious problems with my eyesight. This gave me the idea of “photographing with my ears”, i.e. exploring reality with a taperecorder, somehow as I had done with a camera.

I decided that my first subject would be photography itself – as a creative process, more than as a technique. Hence the idea of “talking shop” with a few fellow photographers whom I admired. The hardest was putting those records on paper – which in my analogy was the equivalent to editing and printing.

In the following years, my eye problem was treated and my eyesight sufficiently restored to allow me to return to the camera.

The result of this experience has been a book, “Entre Vues”, published in Paris, in 1990, by Éditions Nathan. Translations into japanese and chinese came out in the following years. The french edition was sold out, but not reprinted. An english publication never took place (don’t ask why, publishers have their reasons).

In spite of this relative commercial failure, “Entre Vues” had a certain impact. Antiquarian copies still pass from hand to hand, and people approach me in the hope of finding one. Unfortunately I cannot be of any help – which is why I decided to publish this work on the net.

I wish to remind the reader that fifteen years have passed since these interviews. Édouard Boubat, Jean-Loup Sieff, Robert Doisneau, Mario Giacomelli and Hiroshi Hamaya are no longer among us. My other partners have evolved, one way or another. My own ideas and my own style of photography have changed. Last not least, photography itself has gone through the digital revolution and has become very different from what it was.

The attentive reader will take these circumstances into consideration.

Frank Horvat, November 2002.

Read it here

Merzbau quick picks [‘Quick picks’ serve as pointers to references of immediate interest to merzbau. The whole ‘book’ is worthwhile, read it if you have the time]

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Now playing: Doxa Sinistra – 09 The other stranger
via FoxyTunes

2008

January 1, 2008 Leave a comment

dmtls wishes you a Happy and Creative 2008!

May our secret fantasies prevail. Unbind the desire!
Viva absurd, viva fetish, viva surrealism, viva daDA!

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Now playing: Kazuki Tomokawa – Mata Kon Haru
via FoxyTunes

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