The January 2008 issue of Dazed and Confused featured an article on the work of Kenneth Anger. The article also included quotes from various artists giving their thoughts on Anger, among them was Korine.
I first came across Kenneth’s films when I was a boy growing up in Nashville. There was a small video store by my house that specialised in art films, and they had a single bootleg copy of Lucifer Rising with a Xerox on the cover. I asked my father if I could watch it, and he told me not to go near it. He seemed spooked at the very idea of this film’s existence. Once I finally watched it, I realised that there was a darkness in the world I knew very little about – and it was very exciting to me… This was cinema as voodoo.
Rabbit’s Moon is my favourite of his films – the music and the images are so beautiful and strange. This film is truly a poem. I’m not really sure what his influence has been – that’s a good question. Perhaps he turned people on to the rhythms of Satan?
In terms of influencing my own filmmaking, well, he is an original thinker. The films are an extension of the man – it’s hard to describe his work, and very easy to feel it. I personally strive for that every day.
As for why he has not been more widely celebrated, I think he is just way too dangerous – I met him once and saw it in his eyes. Do I believe in his claims about black magic and the occult? Yes, of course I do.
Harmony Korine’s short film with Die Antwoord is scheduled to have it’s world premiere at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, on March 15. The film prior to production was going by the name Wat Kyk Jy but now has the title Umshini Wam.
According to details given on the SXSW website here, Umshini Wam is 16-minutes in length and cinematography is by Alexis Zabe, who is perhaps best known for the 2007 Carlos Reygadas film Silent Light. The plot is also given as follows:
Big dreams, big blunts, big rims, and big guns. It’s time to get gangsta gangsta. Ninja and Yo Landi are wheelchair-bound lovers and real gangstas. They live in the outskirts of civilization, they shoot guns for fun, smoke massive joints, and sleep in the woods. They don’t have any bling to show for their gangsta cred, but the world deserves to know who they are. They’re tramps, and their wheels are starting to fall off. Ninja become despondent over their vagabond existence, but Yo Landi won’t let him give up. What ensues is straight up gangsta mayhem, the realist of the real, true gangsta shit.
Harmony Korine is one of many artists included in an exhibition opening at the Fuse Gallery, New York, on March 4. The exhibition, titled “What’s He Building in There?”, is described by the gallery as being “an ode to the darker side of curiosity.” More information can be found on the gallery’s website here. The website also features one image from Korine here.
Harmony Korine is responsible for the art and photography in the lookbook for the Urban Outfitters Spring/Summer 2011 collection, which was sent out at some point in February. Rachel Korine is also one of the models featured.
You can find many or all of the images from the lookbook on SLAMXHYPEhere as well as The Fox is Blackhere.
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.