Visited Somewhere I’ve Never Been book-reading/NYC-launch event organised by Pool publishing and Steph Kretowicz at the Commend space. Kretowicz talked warmly of her collaboration with Kimmo (on a podcast series based to the book which I mentioned earlier). The event was relaxed but the atmosphere was not cosy. This unfortunately made the text feel introverted and nostalgic. Kretowicz’s interesting idea of using global public-pop-music-performances as a tool for illustrating, the degree by which personal identity building processes differ across the globe; was not explored in detail.
Renewed my monthly membership to Frenchie’s Gym (at 306 Broadway). The place is a gorgeous antique-bodybuilding facility. Majority of the weights and devices are from the seventies and the atmosphere is welcoming (in an edgy way). I haven’t had the stamina to visit the place often but as the weather cools I’ll have more energy for exercise. A blogger by the name of MissfitFinland has made a post about the place in 2014.
It’s not allowed to take photographs at the gym so, at some point I’ll have to spend some time writing about the feel of the place. The gym is on the second floor of a worn brick building, at the level of the M & J train rails, which run over Broadway. The passing trains shove a breeze of air from the windows and their sound cuts trough the constant salsa muzak playing from the radio. People on the train platform peek trough the open windows but it’s dark inside and I doubt that they see us sweating inside. There is no air conditioning.
Omar Souleyman’s Björk – Crystalline remix (2012) is the future. His new album To Syria, With Love is available on Soundcloud. Es Samra is my favorite so far.
A new episode of Somewhere I’ve Never Been by Steph Kretowicz & Kimmo Modig is available on Mixcloud. Apparently they are publishing each episode through a different channel. I guess it’s fitting to the theme of the book. I’ve enjoyed the episodes so far and I think they should translate it into Finnish and sell it to Yle. The Ableton Live automations on Kretowicz’s voice could be easily used for an actor speaking Finnish. Sari TM Kivinen would have the perfect accent.
All of the episodes of Pietari’s podcast series Pietari K. kävi täällä for Yle are now online. The episode on Kalle Päätalo as a cyborg is particularly fun. Lawrence Lek’s Sinofuturism (2016) is mentioned.
Returning soulfully to Soundcloud with a mG2 fuelled moods.
Steph Kretowicz & Kimmo Modig have launched a book-pod-art-cast series: Somewhere I’ve Never Been. It’s a tad complicated. Kretowicz has written a book and build a project around it which happens simultaneously as podcasts, a webpage (with links to essays/articles) and in (fb) discussions. The first podcast episode (1/7) offers a personal account to the subject of post-soviet global westernization. Kretowicz’s text is packed with pop-culture references (which leave me cold) but her account on visiting a music festival in Romania (as a first generation Polish-Australian) is touching. Her estrangement is twofold.. She is a daugher of immigrants who seeks for grand narratives in global-pop and a creative-westerner from London ushering promises of development for ex-soviet countries. Keywords for the first episode would be: Nationalistic stereotypes, beer, sentimentalism and global-pop.
An interesting text on post-fossil sexualities: Sex Matters on the Hot Earth – Making Wonderlust (2017) by Anni Puolakka. She references Low-Eroei Manifesto (2017?) by Tommi Vasko.
Today the tellurian lubricant (oil) underlies every narration on Earth. […] One could say that urbanization, the rise of youth culture, sexual liberation, idea of infinite growth and individualism are all born from this sudden ecstatic burst of excess energy: a liberation from physical labour which is suddenly done for us by fossil-fuels.
The manifesto is fun to read (it’s so-ooo angry). Vasko’s views on sustainability are romantic. Sustainability does not mean a balanced relationship with the environment – Absolute control of the environment can be sustainable too. The text also claims that art is a messiah in our efforts to reach sustainability. De-rendering is the most interesting concept presented in the text (More on loweroi.net).