(DVD released by Hypnagogic, Ireland, 2020)
Irish filmmaker and musician Willie Stewart premiered his documentary film Ludo is fantastic about Flemish artist Ludo Mich late in 2018. An audio CD with the soundtrack to this film was released simultaneously on Stewart’s own label Hypnagogic. Now, two years later, Hypnagogic has released Stewart’s film on DVD together with a restored version of Ludo Mich’s 1972 film Arthur is fantastic plus the film ‘De Minotaurus’ by Chris Gillis and Rufus Mich, which documents Ludo Mich’s 2005 performance Excavation of the Minotaur. On top of that, a download code to the soundtrack of Ludo is fantastic is included in this handsomely packaged DVD.
(DVD released by Hypnagogic, Ireland, 2020)
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(LP released by 90% Wasser, Berlin, 2020)
NNOI is an annual open air festival for experimental music in Großwoltersdorf, close to Berlin. Since 2016 the festival, organised by Column One’s Robert Schalinski, has seen line-ups of artists and musicians such as Limpe Fuchs, Christoph Heeman,Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson, Asmus Tietchen, Felix Kubin and Ditterich von Euler-Donnersperg. The latter two artists, who took part in the first NNOI festival of 2016, have now been brought together on an LP, which was released on Robert Schalinski’s 90% Wasser label in March 2020. The LP, with experimental sound pieces combined with a number of locked groove tracks, is a unique experience, in which according to the liner notes participants of the NNOI Festivals “gather and reveal the primitive anatomy that sinks onto the frosted glass of nature, like the printers blacking out in the letters of the newspaper.”
New in our Moloko Print catalogue:
Bert Papenfuß (1956) grew up in the German Democratic Republic where he was trained as a sound and lighting technician. After military service he moved to Berlin in 1976, where he made a living at a theatre and developed into an active member of the Prenzlauer Berg literary scene. Papenfuß co-owned the Kaffee Burger club for 10 years and ran his Rumbalotte Continua cultural café until 2015, when he decided to close the premises as a result of the intensifying gentrification of Prenzlauer Berg. The irrepressible Bert Papenfuß was awarded several literary prizes, has been published widely in Germany and has been on the editorial board of a number of cultural magazines, among others Sklaven, Gegner and Abwärts!. Last year Moloko Plus from Schönebeck published Papenfuß’s Abriß!, no doubt one of the author’s most comprehensive works so far.
New from Ragged Lion & Counter Culture Chronicles join forces:
William Stanley Merwin was born in New York City in 1927. When he was ten years old, his family moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania, where his love of nature and interest in man’s relationship to the environment developed. Environmentalism, Buddhism and a fierce anti-war stance fuelled much of his poetry, which has won him acclaim since the 1950s and 1960s. After having attended Princeton University, Merwin and his then wife moved to Spain in 1952, where he met Robert Graves and became a tutor to Graves’s son. Deeper into the 1950s he befriended Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes in London, before moving back to New York City in 1968 and retreating to a rural part of Maui, Hawaii in the 1970s. Merwin is especially known for his anti-Vietnam War poetry and was a respected translator of Spanish, French, Latin and Italian literature. Merwin received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry twice and was bestowed the Tanning Prize among other honours. He died on Hawaii at the age of 91 in 2019.
Ragged Lion Press and Counter Culture Chronicles have jointly released a reading by Merwin at the State University of New York at Buffalo (Sunyab), which was recorded by documentalist and author Allen DeLoach in 1969. The C60 cassette was designed by André Koolmees and comes with a xeroxed biography of the poet.
New in our Collectible catalogue:
Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) was born in Amsterdam, where he was trained as a stonecutter and sculptor until 1944. Inspired by the photojournalistic Picture Post and Weegee’s Naked City he shifted his interest from sculpting to photography in the late 1940s. When he tried his luck Paris in 1950, he took up a job printing photos in the darkrooms of Magnum agency. There he met his future wife, the Hungarian photographer Ata Kandó, who was twelve years his senior and was part of the bohemian rive gauche. Through the friendships and acquaintances of Ata, Van der Elsken became one of the best-known documentalists of that seminal post-war scene. Van der Elsken divorced Ata in 1955 and moved back to Amsterdam, where his photo novel Love on the Left Bank – starring Australian bohémienne Vali Myers – was published by De Bezige Bij one year later. The influential edition was to be the first of some twenty photo books published over the following decades.
Van der Elsken travelled extensively and documented the people and places he encountered during his journeys in warm and candid photos. His book Hallo! brings together images from all over the world. Often juxtaposed on facing pages, the photographs document the late 1970s in striking and colourful images. Some photos are briefly commented on by Van der Elsken on the final pages of the book. This copy from the Sea Urchin archives is in fine condition and has no ownership or other marks.