New from CCC: Jürgen Ploog – Inside Flesh Film

Jürgen Ploog - Inside Flesh FilmNew from Counter Culture Chronicles:

Jürgen Ploog – Inside Flesh Film

Jürgen Ploog’s cut-up novella Flesh Film was published by Moloko Plus in 2018. In his review of this novel for Reality Studio Edward S. Robinson writes:

“What Ploog achieves in Flesh Film is a text that exists within its own space, drawing on Burroughsian tropes while demonstrating the experimental flare of his successors, while also looking forward with a distinctly twenty-first century aesthetic. Perhaps this is due in part to his re-creation of a Burroughsian world, often set in exotic and mystical places and populated by all sorts of shady characters — and Mugwumps. Equally, though, it is again due to taking a fundamentally random mode of writing and harnessing it. Ploog freely admits to editing his cut-ups, the cutting, splicing and reconfiguring of text analogous to the cutting and editing of film. A flesh film, no less.”

 

For the Counter Culture Chronicles cassette Inside Flesh Film Jürgen Ploog and Robert Schalinski – who also designed the Flesh Film book – have teamed up to produce a fascinating audio companion to the book. Fragments of the book are read by Ploog in a voice manipulated by Schalinski to resemble a cross between William Burroughs and the Alpha 60 computer voice in Godard’s Alphaville. The fragments are cut up and interspersed with bits of noise, street sounds, insects, fighting cats, TVs, music, radio broadcasts to form a noir radio play. The narrator impassionately reports from a dingy hotel room in a non-descript corner of an unhinged universum. Time and space have changed their game there. And yours is about to break down too.

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