Living in New York City isn’t all adventure and dynamism. Unless you are wealthy the way no real person is, you probably have to settle for a living space that is cramped and cluttered. It is the project of Graham Hill, entrepreneur and treehugger.com founder, to come up with an ideal New York apartment—one with a small footprint, both physically and environmentally, and one that offers just as much beauty and functionality as a pad multiple times its size.
Cutting one’s hair with two pairs of scissors simultaneously by Rebecca Horn, 1974-75
“When a woman and her lover lie on one side looking at each other; and she twines her legs around the man’s legs with the window wide open, it is the oasis.”
In the first part of this final performance in the series, the actor Otto Sander reads out a passage of text. In the second part, Rebecca Horn cuts her hair. The simultaneity of her two hands’ actions, the metallic clipping of scissors, and her resolute stare into the camera heighten the atmosphere of menace. [ftp]
Watch this short film at the link.
The Tiny Transforming Apartment That Packs Eight Rooms into 420 Square Feet
Gean Moreno, Werner (open), 2005. Sculpture/Summer Art Camp supply cart: wood and Plexiglass. Installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Image courtesy the artist.
John Talabot + Pional have been supporting us on our tour recently, and made one of our favourite albums of 2012, ‘Fin’. They’ve done a wonderful remix of Chained, paying homage to another of our favourite productions, The Streets’ ‘Blinded by The Lights’. Hope you like it.
xx The xx
Check out our own Sadie Stein’s Book Notes music playlist for our new anthology, Object Lessons: The Paris Review Presents the Art of the Short Story, featured on largehearted boy:
“Some Velvet Morning,” Nancy Sinatra
I immediately thought of this song when I first read Leonard Michaels#8217;s “City Boy”; the dreamy quality; the oddness; the undercurrent of suppressed violence.
“Presbyterian Guitar,” John Hartford
If I had to choose one song that, for me, captures the overall feel of the collection, it would be this one, which I still think is the most beautiful rendition.
“Something on Your Mind,” Karen Dalton
The melancholy and eccentricity of Karen Dalton’s voice puts me in mind of the narrator of “Emmy Moore’s Journal”: a woman barely holding onto sanity, but still a strong personality to be reckoned with.