London's Meltdown Festival: 20th Anniversary Year (and the curator is ...)

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    London's Meltdown Festival: 20th Anniversary Year (and the curator is ...)

    Now this is a concept worth emulating.

    Meltdown is a yearly festival in London featuring music, art, performance and film.   21 acres in size.   

    Here's what distinguishes Meltdown:  

    Each year the festival chooses an established artist or act as the director of the event, and THEY SELECT the performers for the festival.    The lineups are so unique, you will never see one even close to repeated, anywhere, any time.   Past directors include Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Ray Davies, Richard Thompson, David Bowie, John Peel (famous English DJ), Massive Attack, and Antony, to name but a few out of the past 19 years.

    Guess who is the curator / director for 2013?  Are ya ready?  From the website:  

    "Celebrating her 80th birthday in 2013, worldwide cultural icon Yoko Ono brings a lifetime of achievement in music, visual art and peace activism to Southbank Centre. Yoko Ono's Meltdown (14 – 23 June 2013) will be led by the artist's dedication to environmentalism, feminism and peace.

    For 20 years Meltdown has invited internationally renowned musicians to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Southbank Centre. Tasking artists to take over the 21-acre artistic site, Meltdown is renowned for unique events and artist led programming, from Jeff Buckley's final UK show to the New York Dolls reuniting, and the first solo performance in fifteen years from Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser. Yoko Ono is no stranger to the festival, having performed as part of Ornette Coleman's Meltdown in 2009, and her return for the 2013 festival promises to have 10 days of not-to-be missed performances."

    What do you think of Yoko Ono as the choice of director / curator?   No lineup announced just yet, BTW.   

    I happened on this because Massive Attack is one of my favorite groups (duo) ATM, and I was stunned and  impressed that they were chosen to direct this event a few years ago.   

    Each lineup looks more astonishing than the next; archives for the history of the festivals are listed, with their respective lineups.   You have to see them to believe them; exquisite writeups, totally aced in all manner of writing / speaking :

    http://meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk/

     
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    Sounds and looks pretty cool, indeed.  We might be hard-pressed to do something quite as similar in the US, where art + design have different public meanings in many ways.  A few events here come pretty close, however (SXSW, Burning Man, et al...)

    Yoko Ono is a no-brainer, if judging by past curators.  Say what one will about her music/singing, but she was always a conceptual artist first and had her own creative cache well before she met Lennon.  She is an icon and honorary dean of several art scenes around the globe, but particularly in London.

     

     

     

     
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    Sounds and looks pretty cool, indeed.  We might be hard-pressed to do something quite as similar in the US, where art + design have different public meanings in many ways.  A few events here come pretty close, however (SXSW, Burning Man, et al...)

    Yoko Ono is a no-brainer, if judging by past curators.  Say what one will about her music/singing, but she was always a conceptual artist first and had her own creative cache well before she met Lennon.  She is an icon and honorary dean of several art scenes around the globe, but particularly in London.

     



    Right on the money re: Yoko Ono; her footing is in the "art" world first -- we have to think of the singing as a sideline.  :)    Regardless, despite the fact she is still seen wearing sunglasses most of the time, I wouldn't mind being as spry at the age of 80.    She's remarkable.    She's definitely got the goods when it comes to connections.  I'll have to check back to see the lineup in due time.

    I wonder if Sonics has an opinion on Meltdown (or if he's attended).  Perhaps if he sees this thread, he'll chime in.  

     
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    Sounds and looks pretty cool, indeed.  We might be hard-pressed to do something quite as similar in the US, where art + design have different public meanings in many ways.  A few events here come pretty close, however (SXSW, Burning Man, et al...)

    Yoko Ono is a no-brainer, if judging by past curators.  Say what one will about her music/singing, but she was always a conceptual artist first and had her own creative cache well before she met Lennon.  She is an icon and honorary dean of several art scenes around the globe, but particularly in London.

     

     



    Right on the money re: Yoko Ono; her footing is in the "art" world first -- we have to think of the singing as a sideline.  :)    Regardless, despite the fact she is still seen wearing sunglasses most of the time, I wouldn't mind being as spry at the age of 80.    She's remarkable.    She's definitely got the goods when it comes to connections.  I'll have to check back to see the lineup in due time.

     



    The whole Fluxus movement Ono was/is part of is fascinating and highly influential to today's artists.  It really tried to democratize the notion of the avant garde into a shared-but-diverse aesthetic...(with varying results).

    One of my art criticism professors was involved with a Fluxus group back in his native Denmark and had many stories to tell.  It was a weighty counterpoint to the more popular (and more publicized) Pop Art at the time.

     

     
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    I'm going to update this thread with some details, now that Meltdown is in full swing.   

    NOTE: I don't know about anyone else, but posting is a total crap shoot right now.  I'm lucky if I can even open a thread.  Ah, okay.  

    Yoko Ono's Meltdown is one for the record books.  You have to see the schedule of events and list of artists to believe them.  That is, if you think you can handle the roster.    There are far too many artists and events to list or ennumerate, but here's a random sampling: 

    Boy George
    Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell
    Iggy and the Stooges and the Savages  (SOLD OUT) sorry.   And remember, Raw Power and Funhouse were commercial failures when they were released in the 1970's.  
    Thurston Moore
    Siouxsie
    Reggie Watts and Mac Lethal
    Julianna Barwick
    Peaches Christ Superstar  :)
    Silent Disco featuring Nenah Cherry
    Bo Ningen
    BodyHead (Kim Gordon and Bill Nace)
    Deerhoof
    Patti Smith (JE's love)
    The Roots
    Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (first ever UK appearance)
    and
    Yo La Tengo  :)

    Here are two events I thought you would *all* love to attend with me:

    "Sky Piece to Jesus Christ"

    Yoko Ono's extraordinary performance piece features members of an orchestra who are wrapped in gauze as they perform.

    **AND***

    "Cut Piece"

    Canadian porno-pop musician Peaches performs Yoko Ono's 'Cut Piece' for the artist's Meltdown festival.

    Audience members will be invited to cut away pieces of the performer's clothes.


    Okay, who's on board with this?Cool

     

    "I am no fan of perfection." Ada Louise Huxtable  

     
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    Updated this thread, and almost thought it went into the ozone.  :)

     

    "I am no fan of perfection."   
     
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    In response to yogafriend's comment:

    Now this is a concept worth emulating.

    Meltdown is a yearly festival in London featuring music, art, performance and film.   21 acres in size.   

    Here's what distinguishes Meltdown:  

    Each year the festival chooses an established artist or act as the director of the event, and THEY SELECT the performers for the festival.    The lineups are so unique, you will never see one even close to repeated, anywhere, any time.   Past directors include Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Ray Davies, Richard Thompson, David Bowie, John Peel (famous English DJ), Massive Attack, and Antony, to name but a few out of the past 19 years.

    Guess who is the curator / director for 2013?  Are ya ready?  From the website:  

    "Celebrating her 80th birthday in 2013, worldwide cultural icon Yoko Ono brings a lifetime of achievement in music, visual art and peace activism to Southbank Centre. Yoko Ono's Meltdown (14 – 23 June 2013) will be led by the artist's dedication to environmentalism, feminism and peace.

    For 20 years Meltdown has invited internationally renowned musicians to create once-in-a-lifetime experiences at Southbank Centre. Tasking artists to take over the 21-acre artistic site, Meltdown is renowned for unique events and artist led programming, from Jeff Buckley's final UK show to the New York Dolls reuniting, and the first solo performance in fifteen years from Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser. Yoko Ono is no stranger to the festival, having performed as part of Ornette Coleman's Meltdown in 2009, and her return for the 2013 festival promises to have 10 days of not-to-be missed performances."

    What do you think of Yoko Ono as the choice of director / curator?   No lineup announced just yet, BTW.   

    I happened on this because Massive Attack is one of my favorite groups (duo) ATM, and I was stunned and  impressed that they were chosen to direct this event a few years ago.   

    Each lineup looks more astonishing than the next; archives for the history of the festivals are listed, with their respective lineups.   You have to see them to believe them; exquisite writeups, totally aced in all manner of writing / speaking :

    http://meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk/



    I think it's a joke.  It's bad enough that they always choose middle aged, over-the-hill rock stars that pretend they have a clue about what's happening in the modern music scene but at least they are, you know, MUSICIANS.  Maybe I am underestimating her, but WWTTFF is a 70-year old Japanese conceptual artist likely to know about modern music?

     
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    In response to yogafriend's comment:

    I'm going to update this thread with some details, now that Meltdown is in full swing.   

    NOTE: I don't know about anyone else, but posting is a total crap shoot right now.  I'm lucky if I can even open a thread.  Ah, okay.  

    Yoko Ono's Meltdown is one for the record books.  You have to see the schedule of events and list of artists to believe them.  That is, if you think you can handle the roster.    There are far too many artists and events to list or ennumerate, but here's a random sampling: 

    Boy George
    Marianne Faithfull and Bill Frisell
    Iggy and the Stooges and the Savages  (SOLD OUT) sorry.   And remember, Raw Power and Funhouse were commercial failures when they were released in the 1970's.  
    Thurston Moore
    Siouxsie
    Reggie Watts and Mac Lethal
    Julianna Barwick
    Peaches Christ Superstar  :)
    Silent Disco featuring Nenah Cherry
    Bo Ningen
    BodyHead (Kim Gordon and Bill Nace)
    Deerhoof
    Patti Smith (JE's love)
    The Roots
    Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band (first ever UK appearance)
    and
    Yo La Tengo  :)

    Here are two events I thought you would *all* love to attend with me:

    "Sky Piece to Jesus Christ"

    Yoko Ono's extraordinary performance piece features members of an orchestra who are wrapped in gauze as they perform.

    **AND***

    "Cut Piece"

    Canadian porno-pop musician Peaches performs Yoko Ono's 'Cut Piece' for the artist's Meltdown festival.

    Audience members will be invited to cut away pieces of the performer's clothes.


    Okay, who's on board with this?Cool

     

    "I am no fan of perfection." Ada Louise Huxtable  



    Offboard!  Offboard!  Stooges are a good booking, but they've played London several times recently so it's hardly a coup.  A bunch of washed up 80s pop stars, the worst band ever featuring squawking bird on vocals but without John Lennon to support....I'm not a huge Sonic Youth fan, but Thurston Moore interests me (he lives in London now and hopefully he's gonna play at our club)...plus a few obvious, boring choices and a couple I don't know.  I know several teenage bookers that could do better than that.

     
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    Not to mention that the Southbank Centre is as Rock'n'roll as Billy Joel.

     
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    I think it's a joke.  It's bad enough that they always choose middle aged, over-the-hill rock stars that pretend they have a clue about what's happening in the modern music scene but at least they are, you know, MUSICIANS.  Maybe I am underestimating her, but WWTTFF is a 70-year old Japanese conceptual artist likely to know about modern music?

    Would you believe she's 80???    

    (btw, she did perform and (apparently from the review) it was not a good thing)  ;)

     

     
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    I think it's a joke.  It's bad enough that they always choose middle aged, over-the-hill rock stars that pretend they have a clue about what's happening in the modern music scene but at least they are, you know, MUSICIANS.  Maybe I am underestimating her, but WWTTFF is a 70-year old Japanese conceptual artist likely to know about modern music?

     

     

    Would you believe she's 80???    

    (btw, she did perform and (apparently from the review) it was not a good thing)  ;)

     

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    I'm not a fan of conceptual art at all, but I like and respect Yoko Ono outside of music.  Even more respect to her for defying time.  But I cringe when I think of her singing.

    BTW, a musician friend of mine that lives in Hita City is married to a woman named Yoko Ono.  I like that.

     
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    I think it's a joke.  It's bad enough that they always choose middle aged, over-the-hill rock stars that pretend they have a clue about what's happening in the modern music scene but at least they are, you know, MUSICIANS.  Maybe I am underestimating her, but WWTTFF is a 70-year old Japanese conceptual artist likely to know about modern music?

     

    Thanks for your feedback -- not sure if you noticed earlier in the thread, I was hoping you'd see this thread and comment on it from your "insider" knowledge.   I posted it a while back as you can see by the date.  

    Yoko Ono is well-connected,  and perhaps her background in conceptual art gave her the scope of knowledge for the whole gestalt ...?   Maybe she was given the benefit of the doubt she didn't deserve?

    I do like the idea that they turn over the planning of the festival to musicians -- it looks good "on paper" and from a distance.   What more can I say?    

    Look there was an opportunity to attend the conceptual art performance, "Cut Piece" -- and cut a piece off of a porn star's clothes.  What MORE do you WANT?   LaughingLaughing

    PS As stated above, Yoko's performance at the festival was horribly panned.   I cringe, you cringe, we all cringe.    She has to stop, already.  

     

     
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    I think it's a joke.  It's bad enough that they always choose middle aged, over-the-hill rock stars that pretend they have a clue about what's happening in the modern music scene but at least they are, you know, MUSICIANS.  Maybe I am underestimating her, but WWTTFF is a 70-year old Japanese conceptual artist likely to know about modern music?

     

     

     

    Thanks for your feedback -- not sure if you noticed earlier in the thread, I was hoping you'd see this thread and comment on it from your "insider" knowledge.   I posted it a while back as you can see by the date.  

    Yoko Ono is well-connected,  and perhaps her background in conceptual art gave her the scope of knowledge for the whole gestalt ...?   Maybe she was given the benefit of the doubt she didn't deserve?

    I do like the idea that they turn over the planning of the festival to musicians -- it looks good "on paper" and from a distance.   What more can I say?    

    Look there was an opportunity to attend the conceptual art performance, "Cut Piece" -- and cut a piece off of a porn star's clothes.  What MORE do you WANT?   LaughingLaughing

    PS As stated above, Yoko's performance at the festival was horribly panned.   I cringe, you cringe, we all cringe.    She has to stop, already.  

     

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    Ooh, I missed that event, too bad, I would have gone.

    I'm just opposed to anything that makes rock'n'roll more sophisticated or comfortable.  There are seats at the venue they use.  SEATS!  Why not just pass out jewelry at the door for the seated people to rattle?  I would never attend a gig with seating.  Not even sure it's right to call such a thing a "gig", that's sort of false advertising.  Maybe if there are seats it's a recital?

    I geddit....to make such events get maximum promo they pick curators with big names.  But that doesn't interest me.  It reminds me of the big dinosaur bands picking cool young bands to open for them on tours of enormodomes (and charging them $100,000 or more for the privilege).

     
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