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Autumn means the reflourishing of many cultural events. Aside from our shows we want you to know what’s going on, so we asked DOLLY BING BING, a ‘glamorous alien popstar’ created and impersonated by Ghent-based artist/dancer Elisabeth Van Dam. DOLLY BING BING is a new development as well as a continuation of Elisabeth’s fascination for the idea(l) of the Gesamtkunstwerk with the plastic-sensual (re)birth of a new Mensch as Leitmotiv.
DOLLY BING BING represents a revolution in Elisabeth’s work as she is capable of bringing together all of the artist’s diversities and talents in one figure, with its own narrative, style and mission. Shaping a new Übermensch, made from the future and made for the future, defending the beauty of love and the glory of birth, is her biggest fascination and finds its way into the glossy darkness and gloomy shimmer revealing the brave new world of Dolly and her sexiness.
Within the frame of the expo Something Stronger Than Me in WIELS, Lázara Rosell Albear presents Somewhere, Somehow, Somebody. This Cuban-born Brussels-based female artist got me stoked to literally undergo her work, as she strives for the effect of a complete submersion in the totality of all the different media she uses: dance, theatre, sound, film, music. This is a match with my own practice of developing contemporary Gesamtkunstwerke. For this event she invited befriended artists to perform and play, with a.o. the Hi Shi Wah Killers.
I am rather excited to pump myself up with this special evening presenting Danish pop provocateur Anders Rhedin, serving as Dinner spiritual dance floor material. Alien Observer, my music buddy and collaborator for DOLLY BING BING, will bring support with his own crazy work worthy of discovery: fresh yet dark, dreamy yet crazy electronica songs. Sounds like a great night out.
This woman flying over from the LA music scene appears to bring exuberant and frenzied live performances with eighties gothic pop, surrealistic texts and chaotic visuals. Unfortunately to be seen and heard on the same night as the show by FAKA, Kim Berly and myself organized by Subbacultcha, I nevertheless couldn’t resist mentioning her. Her lack of conformity makes her appealing to me and might be exactly what one needs in our often boring and predictable world.
The wild, colorful, seemingly primitive yet multi-layered referential work of this young dead superstar, who was picked up from the streets into the circles of Warhol and the 1980’s downtown NY art scene, has always appealed to me. The Barbican in London has now an unprecedented group of 100 works on show. Featuring rare film, photography and archive material, you can experience the spirit of this self-taught artist, poet, DJ and musician whose influence, since his death at 27 in 1988, has been enormous. He was also very handsome and will undoubtedly keep on growing in fame.
DOLLY BING BING plays In De Ruimte, Ghent on November 8, as the support of FAKA. The show is free for members and their +1. Join here.