Quarantine Metamorphosis

The Q-word had been overused in the past couple of months; from Instagram hashtags and social media user’s daily ‘reports’ all the way to the oversaturation of the new digital and streaming content – the content we mostly never asked for. Here’s my two cents on that, as well as some unstructured comments on the stuff I made during the lockdown…

I mostly decided to lay low and put upcoming ‘releases’ on-hold (more about that sooner than later). In some way, that forced me change the model of doing things; for example, I finally launched the XIII website, which was supposed to provide monthly music / reading / film recommendations and some sort of Internet radio, but  since quarantine gave us tons of mixes and streams, it didn’t make sense to play in that field anymore (at least for now). Instead, I focused on long-form content and person-to-person e-mail recommendations for now. That’s why the newsletter is *limited* (rare?).

Other than those Vatican Shadow and Blackest Ever Black pieces, the first XIII product was a premier issue of PROPAGANDA ‘zine. The packaging needed to wait a bit (for obvious reasons), but more on that soon. The ‘zine was assembled out of photography from my phone archive, dating back to 2015, and various reading excerpts (books, comics, scientific journals, web, daily news…) from last summer until now; mostly taken out of context in order to fit the narrative – that’s why no sources are listed, to ‘protect the innocent’.

 

The xerox+cut+paste MO continued with my archive of The Soft Moon photos and some new insect footage (mostly recorded on my window) and scans (‘found bodies’). The portfolio section contains the polished digital work and here you can see the raw, original versions. More about these metamorphosis and the new life coming out of them in the time to come…

 

The work I started with Pablo Bozzi (Lapse of Reason of Imperial Black Unit, Infravision, Lost Highway…) in Berlin is slowly crystallizing itself through a couple of projects; for now, you can see some of the footage we record in January here, as well as my video edit for his remix of Trans-X’s synthpop classic ‘Living on Video’. As everything else in this post, MORE SOON (obviously)…

 

To finish this stream-of-thought unstructured mess…

I love the smell of this; it gives me a Madeleine moment – taking me back to my childhood and remembering the exact comic book page that I’ve read at that time.

Well, you already know…

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