There are probably more reasons not to like Jackass than to like Jackass, but there’s something about this clip which makes me think “Gee, maybe this *could* be performance art”. It’s probably something to do with the way that it’s filmed…
The Crazy Cult of the New World Church of Creepy Crackpots
This edition of BSB is all about religion. And conspiracy theories. Weird ones. Caught on video.
It’s true what they say: god is everywhere. From the heights of Hollywood to the far recesses of the internet, rest assured the old man in the iCloud is sending us preachers of questionable character; failed doomsday predictions; holy hoaxes; and unrighteous rituals from shadowy elites. And yes, most of them are American.
Whether you believe that we are all descended from benevolent alien beings or noble advanced yetis, we can all agree that we love to put on glitter and exploit cheesy outdated video effects. Yes? Join us! For a journey through your future-past lives as is only possible with the latest of consumer electronics technology. A rapture of eternally saving channel-surfing, where the gods are crazy and self-ordained priests offer you spirituality at special prices in a blasphemous mix of parody and reality. Can you tell the difference between a fanatic cult leader who just wants to get into your pants and a nerdy prankster/animator who just wants to get into your pants?
All praises to the Goddess! I mean, she looks just great in that sequined dress…
“The Crazy Cult of the New World Church of Creepy Crackpots” playlist:
Zontar Video – Perverse Preachers, Fascist Fundamentalists and Kristian Kiddie Kooks – 1991
Negativland – Christianity Is Stupid / The Mashin’ of the Christ – 1987/2004
Godstuff – L’Chaim To Life Telethon
Bill Maher & José Luis de Jesús – Religulous – 2008
Marjoe Gortner – Marjoe – 1972
Neal Israel – Tunnel Vision – 1976
TZII – Roaring Pope
People Like Us – Discovering Electronic Music – 1999
Necromancy – 1972
Shaye Saint John – Washroom
Necrophagia – Manson Meditation Tape
Becky Sloan & Joseph Pelling – Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 3 – 2014
Raëlian Movement – Peaceful Revolution
Unarius Academy of Science – The Arrival
Bill Kates & Alex Aurichio – The Incredible Invisible Visualizer
John Safran – John Safran vs God – 2004
Le Dernier Cri – Les Religions Sauvages – 2004
Matt Anderson – Illumicorp
Emergency Broadcast Network – Nirvana
Breatharian Yogi – Freedom
Raëlian Movement – Elohim Embassy, Embassy for our Creators, the Elohim
Church of the SubGenius – Arise! – 1992
Unarius Academy of Science – Creativity for AVAM
The Carpenters – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft – 1976
The first edition of BSB at Spektrum will feature two different sets of connected short films:
1. “Glitch Is Fucked” (see below for playlist)
… or should that read ‘Glitch Is Fucking Great!’? We’re not sure. Herein we will explore those visions which will either glorify or lay waste to the so-called Glitch Movement. Get ready for epileptic blasts of computer graphics; rainbowing mushrooms of data corruption; analog synaesthesia processes; documents of pseudo-science; propaganda for non-existent conspiracies; classic early-internet viral weirdness; found videos from unknown sources; and maybe the odd cartoon.
2. “Music is Fucked Too”
It’s a lot like the first one, except you can nod your head and talk if you want to.
UCNV – Crashed Universal
Guillaume Vallée – Tzara I
Woody Vasulka & Brian O’Reilly – Scan Processor Studies
V-Atak – Anti
Takeshi Murata – Pink Dot
Jim Crutchfield – Space Time Dynamics in Video Feedback
Teddy Lasry – Challenger
Brenna Murphy – skyeye
Crazy Dave Tape – DRUGS
The Divine David – Television
Le Dernier Cri – Les religions sauvages
Botborg – To Bypass a Sensory Roadblock
Threee Geniuses – Jon
Daniel Leyva – FAKE+GAY
Guadaloupe & O. Chatté – Spermadroïd
Sgure & Sekitani – Anulus Pexie
Princesse Rotative – M.Gunt Junior
Shaye Saint John – TWENTY4SEVEN_REDUX
Ouananiche – Anti Love
jonCates – Moviestorm Machinima Audition Tape TX VRSN
Module VXD – Acadesrevenge
Devin Flynn – Y’all So Stupid #4
Crazy Dave Tape – DON’T KNOW
The Superusers – Every Interpretation of Maxim
KOKOFREAKBEAN – GOD KNOX
Crazy Dave Tape – WHAT
And then there’s this music video… The images are a bizarre mix of outdated 90s raver trash, gratuitous green-screen, and datamosh techniques. The song is reminiscent of many fine Belgium New Beat acid house classics. Recommended.
All three of these films are musicals. Two of them feature singing Satans, the other has R Kelly.
*Wednesday 11th June *
The Apple (1980)
Released in 1980 and set in the distant future 1994, the world has evolved into a fascist *disco* dictatorship run by the all-powerful BIM Corporation and its suave devilish leader, Mr Boogalow. Starting in 1994’s ‘Worldvision Song Festival’, we are introduced to Alphie and Bibi, two sweet, naive singers from Moose Jaw, Canada, who enter with their song ‘Love: The Universal Melody’. Although the pair apparently have talent, they are beaten out by the festival favorites Dandi and Pandi, who win thanks to the underhanded tactics of the BIM. Though crestfallen by their loss, Alphie and Bibi are soon delighted to hear that Mr Boogalow has taken an interest in their music and wants to sign them to his label. All is looking up for the two until they begin to discover the dark underside of the glamorous rockstar world.
Warning: this film contains insane amounts of glitter, feathers, and angular shoulder pads; some very bad songs (and some pretty banging ones); disco cops; dancing nuns; and an unbelievable ending.
Viewers may recognize some parts of old West Berlin amongst the glamor and tragedy that is this film.
*Wednesday 18th June*
Forbidden Zone (1980)
Forbidden Zone was made as an attempt to capture the essence of The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo’s live performances on film. Directed and produced by Richard Elfman, who co-wrote the film with fellow Mystic Knights member Matthew Bright, it was the first film scored by his brother Danny Elfman.
The film begins on “Friday, April 17” at 4 pm in Venice, California. Huckleberry P. Jones, local pimp, narcotics peddler and slumlord, enters a vacant house that he owns. While stashing heroin in the basement, he stumbles upon a mysterious door and enters it, falling into the Sixth Dimension, from which he promptly escapes. After retrieving the heroin, he sells the house to the Hercules family. Don’t even try to guess what happens next.
Stars: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Warhol Superstar Viva, Joe Spinell, The Kipper Kids, and members of the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo including a very young Danny Elfman.
We will be screening the original black and white version rather than the post-release-colorized-George-Lucas-style-shizzle (even if it was what you originally intended, Mr Richard Elfman).
Trapped in the Closet (2005-2012)
How can one describe the enigma that is R. Kelly? Simply restating his crown as the “King of R&B” hardly does the man justice, nor does it give credit to the enormous breadth and impact of his work. Soul singer, record producer, professional basketball player, video director, and sex symbol… Mr Kelly could possibly one of the most influential polymaths of our age.
And then there’s “Trapped in the Closet”…
To grossly over-simplify things, “Trapped” is a long-form music video split into 33 ‘chapters’ of around 4 minutes each. But really it’s much more than this. A cryptic melting pot of soap opera, independent filmmaking, and R&B, “Trapped” is one of those rare phenomena that categorically “defies categorization”. Mr Kelly himself invented the term “hip-hopera” in an attempt to describe this labor of his love, but this in itself does not do justice to the unhinged genius of his work. With “Trapped”, Robert Sylvester Kelly did much more than show us that he is a top-level player – he solely created an entire new game.
“Trapped” will be shown in its unfathomable entirety, including the newest chapters 23-33 which were released in 2012. Yes, that’s over two hours of the same song!