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Imponderable Art and L.A. Slow Days

Magazine article Filmmaker

Imponderable Art and L.A. Slow Days

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PETER KENNEDY ARCHIVE

A kindred spirit to Alan Lomax (with whom he worked), Peter Douglas Kennedy collected British and Irish folks songs from the '50s up through the aughts. The Peter Kennedy Archive, a new website, draws upon his '50s recordings as catalogued in the British Library. The amount of raw material to draw upon is large (over 1,660 open reel tapes and 500 DAT tapes for starters. This site allows you to browse Kennedy's reports to learn more about the circumstances of each recording or go through a performer's index that can funnel you straight to those tapes already digitized for online listening.

OUT RUN

Launched last year, the London-based Data Discs can plausibly claim to be the world's first and only company dedicated to issuing video game scores on vinyl. The company's sixth release, which should be out in July, is a lovingly remastered edition of Hiroshi Kawaguchi's score for the monster hit 1986 arcade game Out Run. The game is noted for being the first arcade game to allow players to choose their music for driving; contemplated as a stand-alone object, Kawaguchi's score is an evocative dose of peppy synth jams.

TONY OURSLER

One of our greatest video and visual artists is currently running two major works in New York. At New York's MoMA there's Imponderable, a "5D" feature meditation on technology and occult phenomena in which characters like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini and Oursler's own family members are portrayed by artists and performers such as Kim Gordon and Jim Fletcher. After watching, take Amtrak to the Hessel Museum of Art for "Tony Oursler: The Imponderable Archive," an exhibition of almost 700 items associated with various specious, fraudulent or simply wayward belief systems or practices ranging from Satanism to spirit photography to mesmerism.

SLOW DAYS, FAST COMPANY

Too long known almost exclusively for a photo of her playing chess naked with Marcel Duchamp, Eve Babitz's writing is now being rediscovered. Last year the NYRB Classics imprint reissued her first book, Eve's Hollywood, and now they're following up with her second short story collection. Evocatively subtitled The World, the Flesh and L.A., Slow Days takes a keen look at the city's mores, rituals and archetypal characters with an insider's cool eye. …

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