A Piece of Monologue is a treasure trove of modern, contemporary, and avant-garde expression in literature, philosophy, art, design, painting, music, theater, and more.
A smattering of insides:
Flannery O'Connor on Ayn Rand.
An online guide to the life and work of Samuel Beckett.
Twin Peaks Behind the Scenes Photographs.
Rare photographs of John Coltrane.
posted by whimsicalnymph
on Jul 10, 2014 -
Jamestown Baloos (1957) [SLYT]
by Robert Breer [PDF]
) "is a frenetic, three-part stop-motion animation that features an army of everyday forms and figures — geometric shapes, a piece of string, newspaper clips, a pin-up girl, even Napoleon Bonaparte — flashing across the screen. Placed in increasingly compromised situations and choreographed to a jingoistic tune, the figures essentially become puppets of their former selves. Such unrelenting visuals recall not only Fernand Léger’s early experimental film, Ballet Mécanique
(1924), as Breer himself has mentioned, but also early twentieth-century Dadaist collage. Dada artists like Kurt Schwitters and Hannah Höch created witty, unapologetic works that reflected the chaos and violence of modern existence. Jamestown Baloos
serves, as their works did, as a pointed indictment on the absurdity of war."
posted by Room 641-A
on Mar 8, 2014 -
, Finnish-born poet
, translator, and teacher, has died. A major figure
in the poetry avant garde for
decades, Hollo was a professor at the Naropa Institute's Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
. Robert Archambeau writes: "Hollo's grasp of the gulf between the sublimity of which poetry is capable, and the absurdities into which poets fall in pursuit of that chimera, a 'career in poetry,' made him the ideal person to hold the title of United States Anti-Laureate
, to which he was elected by the Buffalo POETICS list
back at the turn of the century."
posted by aught
on Jan 30, 2013 -
was a major figure in the Czech avant-garde; a writer, designer, typographer and collagist.
He was a member of Devětsil
and later joined the Prague Surrealist group with Toyen
and Jindrich Styrsky
Here are some of his Book Covers
of the 1920- and 1930's and 1926 he made ABECEDA
with each letter posed by the dancer Milca Mayerová.
Here is a video reconstruction
of the dance moves.
Teige died in 1951 of a heart attack, said to be a result of a ferocious Soviet press campaign against him as a 'Trotskyite degenerate,' his papers were destroyed by the secret police, and his published work was suppressed for decades.
The Central European Review
has some articles on his work.
posted by adamvasco
on May 9, 2012 -
The Avant Garde Project is a series of recordings of 20th-century classical, experimental, and electroacoustic music digitized from LPs whose music has in most cases never been released on CD, and so is effectively inaccessible to the vast majority of music listeners today.
Until now, of course. [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Jun 28, 2011 -
MOMA has around 400 images from its collection of illustrated books
available online. It's heavy on the works of the early 20th Century European avant-garde, especially the Russian Futurists, though it extends into the present day. Here are a few of the images that I liked: Aleksei Krucenykh and Kirill Zdanevich
, Vladimir Mayakovsky
, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti
, Olga Rozanova
, Ekaterina Turova
, El Lissitzky
, Max Ernst
, Raymond Pettibon
, Vasily Kandinsky
and Natalia Goncharova
. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus
on Dec 13, 2007 -
Else Marie Pade
(b. 1924) is a phenomenon in the history of Danish music. As a child she was often ill and bedridden. She would listen to the sounds around her... on the stairs, from the yard and the room next to hers. This is where her audio universe began. During the Second World War, she was arrested by the Gestapo and placed in solitary confinement. Rather than despair, she began composing music on the bare prison walls, where she scratched the notes with the fasteners on her garters. After the war and her discovery of the concrete music of Pierre Schaeffer and the French avant-garde, she realized that the sounds resembled those she had heard in childhood, and that this was the music she really wanted to compose. Read a long interview with Else Marie Pade here
and listen to her collected works here
. (Last link in Danish. Left column is production year, middle column is title. Click the bit rates on the right to listen to each work.)
posted by sveskemus
on Jul 30, 2007 -
Kiki de Montparnasse
aka Alice Ernestine Prin
was a French country girl down on her luck in early 20th century Paris. She would however become a great muse of the avant-garde art scene of the Années Folles
, posing for and befriending the likes of Chaim Soutine
, Moise Kisling
, Amedeo Modigliani
, Per Krogh
, and, most famously, Man Ray
, with whom he entertained a steady (if not particularly monogamous) relationship before Lee Miller
. During their tumultuous eight-year romance, Kiki was the model for several of his most famous works
(with some Surrealist art films
thrown in for good measure).
She also competed with Jean Cocteau
for the affections of sailors in Southern France, was a good friend of Tristan Tzara
and received letters of support of Aragon
when she was jailed for public disorder.
A life of excess that ultimately led to her early death in destitution in 1953 also provided stuff for several biographies
(the latest one, appropriately enough, a graphic novel), as well as a Hemingway
which was banned for obscenity in the US until the '70s, and the odd art exhibition
posted by Skeptic
on Mar 30, 2007 -