Cut the World
August 9, 2012 1:12 AM   Subscribe

Antony and the Johnsons - Cut the World (starring Willem Dafoe, Carice van Houten, Marina Abramović.) [Graphic Violence]
posted by naju (25 comments total) 8 users marked this as a favorite

 
Antony on transgenderism, ecology, and belonging - "Future Feminism"
posted by naju at 1:34 AM on August 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Future Feminism transcript
posted by naju at 1:44 AM on August 9, 2012


This doesn't necessarily need a NSFW tag, but a warning about the graphic nature of one scene would've been appreciated.
posted by knile at 1:53 AM on August 9, 2012


Um, isn't this just advertising?
posted by Clave at 1:54 AM on August 9, 2012


Sorry -- the post, I mean. Not the video, although it might be as well...
posted by Clave at 1:56 AM on August 9, 2012


This doesn't necessarily need a NSFW tag

Call me a prude, but I'd say extremely graphic violence might warrant a NSFW.
posted by robself at 1:56 AM on August 9, 2012


Um, isn't this just advertising?

Not sure I understand, Clave. From my point of view, it's an artistic vision that's provocative and thought-provoking on multiple levels. As good art videos will tend to be. Combined with the artist being transgendered and outspoken on the subject, I'd think the post would stand up.
posted by naju at 2:01 AM on August 9, 2012


I'd think the post would stand up

Not saying it doesn't -- some kind of clue as to the content would have been nice.
posted by Clave at 2:05 AM on August 9, 2012


I generally really like Antony, but this video does nothing for me, or the song as I see it.
posted by Isadorady at 2:22 AM on August 9, 2012


[Added a warning.]
posted by taz at 2:26 AM on August 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wow, that video is kind of amazing, even if I did have to cover parts of the screen at a certain point.

The Future Feminism talk is also fascinating. Although I honestly doubt his conviction that major religious institutions could ever be at the forefront of embracing feminine systems of governance, or even of valuing feminine ways of being.
posted by misfish at 2:57 AM on August 9, 2012


en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judith_Beheading_Holofernes
posted by victory_laser at 3:09 AM on August 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Interesting vid. And I mean that in a good way. But can someone explain what was actually going on there?
posted by MuffinMan at 3:16 AM on August 9, 2012


I've had days like that at work. I usually find a couple of beers sees me right.
posted by Decani at 4:37 AM on August 9, 2012


Um, isn't this just advertising?

Brutal Willem Defoe Murder-Blue
posted by to sir with millipedes at 4:42 AM on August 9, 2012


Was she Willem Defoe? Or is she this Antony? Is it really a Judith and Holofernes reference? What does this have to do with transgenderism or feminism? Is it just saying that it's bad to have a secretary? Is she even his secretary? I don't understand anything about this.
posted by cmoj at 5:01 AM on August 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm with cmoj. I feel like it was nicely shot and cut (pun!) but I felt like I missed something at the beginning.
posted by knile at 5:44 AM on August 9, 2012


Googled lyrics for the curious, may not be accurate:

for so long I've obeyed that feminine decree
I've always contained your desire to hurt me

but when will I turn and cut the world?

my eyes are coral, absorbing your dreams
my heart is a record of dangerous scenes
my skin is a surface to push to extremes

but when will I turn and cut the world?
posted by nicebookrack at 6:08 AM on August 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Meh.
posted by kinnakeet at 7:12 AM on August 9, 2012


Oh so this is what Antony sounds like? Melodramatic anthemic crap with overblown orchestrations? He has such a huge name it seems, and a big following. This is really what his stuff sounds like?
posted by ReeMonster at 7:17 AM on August 9, 2012


Lover of Antony that I am, I'm inclined to agree that the orchestration is really obscuring the song here, and not particularly helpful. For something a little simpler, his cover of Landslide emerges into the commercial realm next week, or even simpler than that, how about a little solo Antony?
posted by robself at 7:22 AM on August 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


I liked it.
posted by glhaynes at 7:53 AM on August 9, 2012


ReeMonster, I was about to bite but then thought better of it. Instead I turn to the that bastion of decency and common sense - YouTube comments:
Everyones got their own personal taste :) He's like Bjork and Nico, an artist you either love or hate. Nothing wrong with him not appealing to you!
posted by dmit at 7:54 AM on August 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


Loved it.
Although I suspect Abramovic demanded top billing for her cameo.
posted by Theta States at 8:22 AM on August 9, 2012


Oh so this is what Antony sounds like? Melodramatic anthemic crap with overblown orchestrations? He has such a huge name it seems, and a big following. This is really what his stuff sounds like?

If it's not worth it to you to listen to like ten minutes worth of songs on YouTube to find out for yourself, then why are you even bothering to ask? Or does not caring burnish your own self-appreciation in some vital way?

Incidentally, "melodramatic" is too often misused in a negative sense. The word has a meaning, and encompasses a wide range of work. As a dismissive term it has its own misogynistic associations -- cinematic melodramas, for example, have often unjustly derided as "women's pictures."
posted by hermitosis at 7:00 PM on August 9, 2012 [1 favorite]


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