I also visited Paradis Latin, and here are my notes from that show. At the end of the evening I rode a ‘velib’ – a bike you can rent in the street, to my friend’s flat to say goodbye to her before she travelled back to Berlin. Just some context for you!
Sometimes I plan blogs, and I plan them so much with ideas in my head and notes in my notebook that basically they never happen. Over thinking. And other times, I just think of something and want to get it out there so it manifests somehow. That’s what I’m doing now. As an artist, I am meant to be thinking about making art. In a studio. But I find myself thinking all kinds of things I’d like to do, usually nowhere near a studio. It’s nice to spend time alone – like this summer – in Berlin, Paris and London, away from normal life, to let those ideas of all kinds rush to me, through me and wash over me. Like waves. Some of the water will stick though, and I’ll take the idea forward and it will manifest in art. For now, though, maybe its fun to treat the ideas as the end product, the thing. So, one idea I had whilst watching Basic Instinct with Camille Paglia’s commentary was that I’d like to do commentaries on films too. It would be like writing but better. I like writing because you have to give your ideas form on a page, but I like thoughts in themselves, and writing is just a carrier for your thoughts. Talking is my favourite thought carrier. But that’s tricky. I mean, how do I get my talked thoughts ‘out there’, so they exist as a professional output? Why, is that important, you might ask. Well, the more thoughts I get out there ‘in the world’, and the more that people receive those thoughts (maybe like them? I can but hope) then the more freedom and potential for getting a wage I have. I am not after millions, just something to live on. I’m saying this because I have one more year of stipend at Sheffield Hallam University, so I can feel pennilessness rush towards me to steal my style. But freedom and a wage. That’s what its about isn’t it? It is for me. No outward signifiers necessary. The wage I blow on DVDs, audiobooks, books, second-hand dresses, make-up and haircuts (if I could have a bit more money I could have more frequent haircuts then I’d really have style).
None of this is the point. This is all off the point. These are idea waves.
What I was trying to say was, I would like to do an audio commentary for the films that I’ll look at in my PhD research like Showgirls; Gilda; Dance, Girl, Dance; On Tour; Dancing Lady and Stage Door. The question is, and its the same question for everything I do at present, is it ‘art’ or ‘writing’. A hybrid? How would it be disseminated? Could it be a DVD or something online, or an mp3 you have to play whilst you watch?
I have ideas in the moment, in the experience. The thereness. The in the moment. Like when I was watching spectacles this summer: Yma at FriedrichstadtPalast in Berlin and Moulin Rouge, Nouvelle Eve, Paradis Latin in Paris. I thought some really big thoughts. About what I was watching, about how to penetrate the spectacle, about visual pleasure, about how spectacle can be queered, or not, how it might evolve. My (dream) future life as a Professor of Showgirls, Desire and Art in which I am paid as a consultant to develop new shows that are both progressive and traditional. A life in which I do not have to pay to see shows, at least. And theatres give me access to photograph their auditoriums (unlike FriedrichstadtPalast, by the way. They said I could get access if I was to get the photographs published – going on a gallery wall is not enough, apparently. So if you could enable me to get a magazine commission for the interior of the FriedrichstadtPalast, then, let’s talk).
If I could create an audio commentary for seeing spectacle, now that would be cool. Like an audio guide for galleries and museums. Only for spectacle. Maybe it would be for all shows, including burlesque. Huh, I really should do that shouldn’t I.