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MTAA's Karaoke DeathMatch 100

Comments on “Hash Pipe” performed by M.River

  1. Bla. Missed the first half of the song. Tim in the background is the most awake he ’s been for the last 10 rounds.

    I have to say sometimes I find watching the kdm100 depressing. This is not another one of my plea of pity votes. It’s just something I wanted to say before the end. I’m not sure as to why. The performances are crass, egotistical and imperfect. The online vote has been a systematic theater of humiliation. And over it all, I just keep thinking – Is this what I wanted my art to be?

    The counter thought comes and tells me that it’s a difficult work and that I chose to make it that way. It plays at online pop culture and American Idol voice but exist as something else. It is not a meme but I small world. I try not to think of it as Tim and I. I think of it as an image of people and culture at a time in a space. It speaks about the viewers as much as the performers.

    The story I often tell with this work comes from showing it in Austria. KDM100 was first shown as part of a large group the show on kitch in Leonding. As part of the show, a panel of philosophers came in from Vienna to speak.

    After the panel the one philosopher who spoke English came up to me to convey their interest and amusement in the KDM100. She told me that in Vienna they love the opera and the divas of that stage. They have a tradition of bringing old divas back to perform way after their skill dies. It is done with love but is “beautifully horrific”. That is what they saw in the KDM100. Beautiful horror.

    It’s Memorial Day. Go outside, fire up the grill, have a beer out of a can. Think good thoughts about the summer and the world.

    Comment by m.river — May 28, 2007 @ 9:11 am

  2. ‘The performances are crass, egotistical and imperfect.”

    Don’t forget narcissistic!

    Comment by twhid — May 28, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  3. Yes there is all that - the engagement with some of the meaner facets of popular culture, the kitsch factor, but I continue to find this whole project curiously uplifting - for me it’s not simply a commentary on that small world, that culure in time & space - there’s something central about the determined *practical engagement* in a difficult task that is actually moving.( & because I’m not a moralist, I read the drinking, for example, as simply adding another layer of difficulty which is almost *enobling* as you both struggle to deal with it & still fulfill your self assigned mission ..hmm.. do you also say “on a mission” in the States for someone clearly in a deeply disturbed but passionate state of mind?) For me that’s what makes this piece really good art -it is resonant in so many ways, but none of them definitive. And it has real passion -it’s not lukewarm in any sense.
    I think you could watch it in 500 years, not understanding except in the most general & distanced way any of the finer background points and still derive something quite nourishing from it..
    It’s curious that the whole project too is swathed in so many layers of irony -the role playing in the comments, the Barnum like presentation of it all - that it’s actually quite difficult to respond to it straightforwardly without being suspected ( and indeed suspecting oneself) of irony.
    What keeps striking me is how humanistic in rather an old fashioned way it all is.

    Comment by michael — May 28, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

  4. Hey Michael,

    Thanks for the comments :-)

    Comment by twhid — May 28, 2007 @ 7:51 pm

  5. thank you michael.

    Comment by m.river — May 28, 2007 @ 8:26 pm

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