indieWIRE is reporting that Avi Korine and Richard Ayoade are together writing an adaptation of Dostoevsky’s The Double. Further details, as given in the indieWIRE article:
Ayoade reveals that he’s developing an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky‘s classic novella The Double, calling it “A sort of doppelgänger tale, and funny, I think. Very funny. Dostoevsky never finished it to his satisfaction, which is somewhat…” before adding, with a hint of sarcasm “So yes, we’re going to dust that off. We’ll do what Fyodor couldn’t”
For those not up on their Russian literature, the source material involves a government clerk who loses his mind when he decides that a colleague is trying to usurp his identity – and yes, it’s one of the many inspirations for Darren Aronofsky‘s Black Swan, although it appears that Ayoade’s take will have a more comic spin.
Richard Ayoade is an English actor and comedian perhaps best known for his roles in the TV’s Nathan Barley (2005) and The IT Crowd (2006). In 2010 he wrote and directed his first feature film, Submarine, based on a novel by Joe Dunthorne, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The Swiss Institute, New York, are hosting a talk between Harmony Korine and conceptual artist Dan Graham. The event, moderated by artist Antoine Catala, will take place on Saturday, January 15, and entry appears to be free but there is a suggested donation of $5. Further details can be found on the Swiss Institute website here, which offers the following description for the event:
Dan Graham and Harmony Korine will talk about comedy in films such as Elio Petri’s The Tenth Victim, Billy Wilder’s Kiss Me Stupid, as well as the comedic styles of Jerry Lewis as opposed to Dean Martin.
On January 22, the following Saturday, there will also be taking place a talk between Rita Ackermann, Peter Doig and Charline von Heyl.
Dazed Digital have a new interview with Harmony Korine and Rita Ackermann concerning their Shadow Fux show. The interview, published yesterday, can be read here.
Shadow Fux is on display at the Swiss Institute, New York, until January 29. More information can be found on the institute’s website here.
Below you can also find a comprehensive video overview of the exhibition, featuring interviews with Korine and Ackermann. It’s not completely clear who is responsible for the video but the Swiss Institute blog at this time says it’s from the PBS.
Art in America has an interview with New York-based artist Joe Bradley, which can be found in full on their website here. The interview, published on January 5, includes a brief mention of Korine.
Interviewer: Has having kids around changed how you work?
Joe Bradley: One has to manage time more efficiently. But I’ve been wondering about this very question lately. I think that in my day-to-day life I have to really have my feet on the ground, and the studio is becoming more of a place to come and dream. I mean not that my life outside of the studio isn’t fun. Harmony [Korine] and I were talking about this; he has a young kid and the movie that he made after becoming a father was Trash Humpers. It didn’t seem like he’s losing his edge or anything. He’s just getting more and more bizarre, but now more people are involved.
An overview of Bradley and his work can be found here.
On December 22, a short video was posted on YouTube showing Harmony Korine with rappers Ceddybu and Delwin. In the video, Ceddybu and Delwin give further confirmation of the project with Korine (first mentioned on this site in the December 8 entry here).
For more information on Delwin you can visit his MySpace here. Ceddybu’s Myspace can be found here.