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A Lecture by RON ATHEY and others on 'VICTIM ART'

Please join us for the final public event of Ron Athey's residency in the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London.

TITLE: 'Victim Art': Plague, Performance and Metaphor

In 1994, dance critic Arlene Croce famously refused to review Bill T. Jones' performance of Still/Here, proclaming "victim art" to be unreviewable. Diamanda Galas mounted the monumental Plague Mass while Susag Sontag wrote that cholera was the last bona fide plague. Athey will discuss his ACT UP-era torture trilogy and 'post-AIDS' work. Guests Dr. Dominic Johnson and Dr. Catherine Silverstone (QMUL Drama) will join him in looking at a range of work by artists including Bob Flanagan, Hannah Wilke, Scott O'Hara and David Wojnarowicz. Athey will also interview a younger generation of "Sick" artists on how illness is written on their bodies and their performance work.

Confirmed speakers:
Ron Athey
Dominic Johnson
Catherine Silverstone
Martin O'Brien
Brian Lobel

The event is FREE but booking is essential.
RSVP to Dr. Dominic Johnson at d.f.johnson@qmul.ac.uk
(even if you add yourself to the Facebook guest list)

Ron Athey is currently the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Artist in the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. More information is available at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/emotions/
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as usual, i'm behind in my blogging

this is going to suck when one day i decide to look back and see what was going on during a particular day, then i'll have to look a few days after to see if i simply did a late post. meh.

so London in summary - pretty nice. some nice days in there too! ones with sun and everything!
tho in the end, as we ( [livejournal.com profile] ynl  & matt & [livejournal.com profile] puppy_lenore & I) tried to enjoy it during one nice afternoon at our local pub, we realized it was actually quite chilly so put our gloves, hats, and coats back on.

april 1 arrive
2010 april 01 - SFO to LHR

april 2 shoot in potters bar

2010 april 02 - London

2010 april 02 - London

april 3 - i had to travel down towards the SE of London for a concert at the O2. (already blogged about this! RAWR STARWARS)

took the ferry over from the east india dlr as the jubilee line was down (as was almost all the other tube lines!)
2010 april 03 - london

ferrying across
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mr [livejournal.com profile] craigclare  met me there
2010 april 03 - london

moblog has videos linked up. (gotta go back for days) as does my vimeo account.

April 4 was spent wandering around london.well, chinatown first, then to the tate modern afterwards to be exact.
mostly me n [livejournal.com profile] ynl 

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2010 april 04 - london

2010 april 04 - london

2010 april 04 - london

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2010 april 04 - london

2010 april 04 - london

then in the evening, i headed out to the london japanese bondage festival

2010 april 04 - london

i drank a lil bit
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2010 april 04 - london

april 5 i had a shoot so went down to deptford bridge to see akasha d'eville

2010 april 05 - london

april 6 left london

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First off it was great!
Although admittedly there were a few things that I would have changed - well, actually one major thing.

I wanted to see the music being played - that is, i wanted to see the orchestra do their thing.
I realized that there was a 3-story screen involved and that scenes from the movie would be playing during, but unfortunately, too much of the movie was shown, including the dialogue. It eventually turned into basically a 2 hour edit and retelling of the 6 movies in multiple parts and rather than the music being the main attraction, the film bits ended up taking over. Once in a while the screen showed members of the orchestra playing but more often than not, it was the movie - including a lot of the first 3 episodes (I, II, III). Aside from some minor screen time, the musicians were relegated to the side screens that had some sort of pattern on them which offered up a less than clear view.

I was always under the impression that good music, especially classical pieces are able to draw out emotions from the audience by using a variety of methods. Even though it was great to hear Anthony Daniels MC the concert, some of it was extraneous and a bit patronizing - we all know what happens with the Anakin/Padme/Amidala storyline but even if we didn't wouldn't we be intelligent enough to figure it out with just the music? I suppose not, because we were also forced to listen to the dialogue of the characters over the music. UGH!

As far as the good parts go, the opening was simply thrilling. The lights went down and the ever recognizable crescendo of the THX mark sounded across the arena followed by the fanfare of 20th Century Fox and moving into the Star Wars theme.

From wiki:
By the 1970s the Fox fanfare was only being used sporadically in films.
George Lucas enjoyed the Alfred Newman music so much that he insisted it be used for Star Wars (1977), which features the CinemaScope version. Composer John Williams composed the Star Wars main theme in the same key (B♭ major) as the Fox fanfare as an extension to Newman's score. In 1980 Williams conducted a new version of the fanfare for The Empire Strikes Back. Williams' recording of the Fox fanfare has been used in every Star Wars film since.

Here's a video I did not make from youtube of the opening fanfare and theme. it was cool. Smoke and spotlights and lasers (those came later in the show though). I felt like I was 7 again and about to see something that was going to be really epic.

It was followed up by Duel of Fates which was kind of awesome too cuz the Chorus came and did their thing.
Anthony Daniels was also introduced by the voice of James Earl Jones.
After that I felt it went someone down hill as no more were the cool clear shots of the orchestra playing like in the first video.
I wanted to see a concert, not an edited summary of all 6 movies.

It did pick up again though. And I really could have done without seeing some sections but it was all super. I'd go again if it were convenient.

oh and me n [livejournal.com profile] craigclare  were also in the front row of the 2nd floor section so we were close enough to see things well! :-D

my crappy videos are here:
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well, tonite is another night of the london japanese bondage festival. tonite is also the Subversion party that goes with it.
luckily tonite is not the main night of the festival - tomorrow is.
which means i'm going to avoid the latex and the booze session once again (last nite stayed in with flatmates/friends).
instead i will take a trip to the O2 arena with mr [livejournal.com profile] craigclare  to see/hear Star Wars!

the only thing is, quite a few tube lines are down, which means i'm going to have to take the northern line to london bridge, then take the boat down the thames a bit but that service looks quite packed and the O2 express boat is booked up. oh well. looks like tube/replacement bus!


anyway, time to get ready to head out now so we can meet up early n eat then check out the expo and get our geek on!


Massive multi-media event features stunning visuals, a live orchestra, choir and narration, plus an exclusive exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props and production artwork.

Star Wars: In Concert, a unique multi-media event featuring music from all six of John Williams' epic Star Wars scores, is on a worldwide concert tour.

The show which had its world premiere at The O2 in London on April 10 2009 will return to the venue on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 April for matinee and evening performances each day.

Narrated live by Anthony Daniels (the actor who portrayed C-3PO in all six films), the production features the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and a choir, accompanied by specially edited footage from the films displayed on a three-story-tall, high-definition LED super-screen - one of the largest ever put on tour. The live music and film elements are synchronized in order to create a full multi-media, one-of-kind Star Wars experience.

"We've taken the key themes from the music and cut together all the images that fit with each theme, so you can really get a sense of how the music played into the images," said George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars Saga. "The whole soundtrack is a testament to John Williams' creativity and his extraordinary ability to enhance the emotional aspects of the films."

"Creating the music for the Star Wars films has been an exciting and wonderful experience for me, and I therefore have derived particular pleasure in assembling a compendium of themes from all of the films to be presented in Star Wars in Concert," said Williams. "The editors at Lucasfilm have created original film montages to accompany each of the musical selections, and in the process, I believe that a singular and unique Star Wars experience has been born."

"This event has been crafted to present Star Wars from many points of view; for the first time, the full dramatic sweep of Williams' iconic scores can be heard performed live in one evening," said Another Planet Touring Producer Spencer Churchill." "The show is a new way of experiencing the epic scope of the saga."

Accompanying the concert is an exclusive exhibit of Star Wars costumes, props, artifacts, production artwork and specially created behind-the-scenes videos from the Lucasfilm Archives. Many of these pieces are leaving Skywalker Ranch for the first time. The exhibit features many classic fan favourite artefacts, as well as several new and never-before-seen items, including:

  • Full costumes for Jedi Masters Kit Fisto and Plo Koon will be on display.
  • For the first time ever, pages from John Williams' original hand-written sheet music for Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace will be exhibited for the public.
  • Also on display will be various never-before-seen props from the films, including blasters and helmets from Coruscant, Tatooine and other iconic Star Wars locations.
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I'll be performing with Amrita during the main party and then doing a little demo at the expo of some sort - either a latex themed one or perhaps even a little bit of bondage.

got my air booked too:
Flug 2323
London Luton nach Hamburg Mittwoch, 12. Mai 2010 15:00
Abflug: Mittwoch, 12. Mai 2010 15:00
Ankunft:Mittwoch, 12. Mai 2010 17:35

Flug 2324
Hamburg nach London Luton Montag, 17. Mai 2010 18:00
Abflug: Montag, 17. Mai 2010 18:00
Ankunft:Montag, 17. Mai 2010 18:35

Back to London on the 17th instead of heading down to Vienna because I need to catch a flight on the 19th to Houston, Texas for the Texas FetishBall where I'm performing a new show with Athena Fatale ;-D
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    Rachel Freire


    Marchella & the Forget Me Nots




    Suka Off


    Anna Fur Latex

@ Debut London (formerly SeOne)

Western St, London SE1 3QX (London Bridge Tube / BR)

The world's largest & most famous fetish, body art & burlesque club celebrates it's birthday with the biggest Ball of the year! The headline event of the TG Birthday Weekend at London largest club venue...

Club Arena

Fashion Performance by:

Rachel Freire Couture Fashion Show & Body Suspension

DJs: Ed Real, Fidelity Kastrow, Mike Koglin, Allen TG

Sexy Electro House, Dirty Electro

Carousel Ballroom

Performances by:

Satomi (Japan / France)

Roxy Velvet

Anna Fur Laxis



Carousel Fun Fair Decor & Visuals

Pole Dancers

DJs: David TG, Jimmy Mofo, The Secretary, Lydia Darling, Tony Trauma

Mash-up: Neo Swing, Burlesque Grind, Glamour Trash, Electro Clash, R n B Booty, Drum n Bass

Burlesque Kabaret Boudoir

Performances by:

Marchella And The Forget Me Nots - Live

Anna Fur Laxis

Suri Sumatra

Joe Black

Ophelia Bitz

Kabaret Stage & Seating

Boudoir Beds & Pole Dancing Podium

20 Ways - Erotic Dancing Installation

DJs: Duncan De Morgan, Joe Black, Mark Charade

Kabaret, Burlesque, Boudoir, Freak Show

Trauma Unit


Car Crash Decor

Auto Erotic & Medical Visuals

Medical Beds & Play Equipment by Playpenz

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i stumbled upon this shot of me and ben on a site... the latexwiki i think.
i totally forgot all about it. i also know there's the full sized version with both of us holding the prop luggage and you can see my entire outfit including sock-garters to go with the trans olive socks & 6-inch non-platformed heels. I had to teeter & shuffle around Paddington Station dressed like this but before, we had to get a proper looking cab for me to step out of (and document). There were quite a few onlookers and I think they enjoyed watching. Aside from the chill, it was pretty fun and people seemed to not mind that the latex was transparent and instead appreciated the overall look.

HAH! Found a couple of the shots over at the AtsukoKudo page :-)

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flights booked:

03 November
14h05 - 18h35
London Heathrow to Atlanta, GA

27 November
19h50 - 14h00 (+1)
San Francisco to London Heathrow
British Airways
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After Lyon, instead of staying on the continent, i flew back to London in time for the London Fetish Weekend.
First thing I did was visit Holloway Road to see Atsuko Kudo, then spent some time at Fettered Pleasures. Ended up meeting up with Samppa and Aneta for sushi at Bento in Camden. Then back to the house.

I think I became slightly addicted to the xbox and Guitar Hero. not good!

I was planning on getting to TortureGarden a little later but forgot about the fact that i'd need to do the rehearsal for the fashion show thingy.
Ended up getting there a touch before 19h00 where me and [profile] helene_atsuko got to see the HW Design outfits for the first time. They ended up looking like pieces from Flash Gordon/Superman - but think more along the lines of the evil characters! (Ming or Ursa from Krypton!)
The latex featured was the transparent but paint patterned sheeting with smokey black trans and black accent with a little bit of trans.

I wanted to head back to the house but realized that would just be a waste of time so I stuck around the club and got some food nearby.

The bondage show with Amrita was a smaller version of our Lyon performance - must less rehearsed and I planned on exerting less energy but during the show I kind of changed my mind and ended up becoming completely inverted for a while. Owie on my shoulders!
And AUA on my back too after Amrita sat on me.
Of course, I only realized how much it hurt the next day!

These one is from Mathieu Richardoz:

And this one is from Siberfi:


After the show, I put the latex back into the box and threw on my latex track suit n flip flops and ran to the bar. Ended up dancing around and having a blast. I didn't get home until sometime near 05h30. I even left after the TG office crew so I didn't get paid out for my show even! lol!

The next day I felt the pain, but ended up meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] zuckerrotermond and Sacha, Eden and Heiko, and [profile] hyperion_101 for dinner in Shoreditch. [livejournal.com profile] ynl and his work buddy came too. After eating we stumbled over to Hoxton for some drinks before stumbling home.

The following day, I packed up my things and headed for the airport for my trip to Edinburgh!

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All about the small airlines for these next bounces:

30 Sep 2009
Lyon to London Stansted
EasyJet 3190
18h35 - 19h15


05 Oct 2009
London Luton to Edinburgh
EasyJet 15
16h10 - 1725


13 Oct 2009
Edinburgh to Bologna
RyanAir 4327
12h05 - 15h45


19 Oct 2009
Bologna to Vienna
Austrian/Tyrolean 550
20h05 - 21h45


28 Oct 2009
Vienna to London Luton
EasyJet 2198
21h00 - 22h20


London to Atlanta
03 Nov


26 Apr 2010
Vienna to Bologna
Austrian/Tyrolean 549
17h45 - 19h30
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i'm so bad i've not posted in here for a while. (and for me that's bad. i usually post something non-twitterish every day!)

In london i was without internet for most of the time. but now i have access as i am in Lyon.

i updated the moblog.

shots from London n some Lyon stuff too...

i've been waking up at crazy hours of the am.
5am, 4am, etc.
it's kind of neat but frustrating.
it was perfect though as far as getting to the train stations for my various commutes (to shoot, to airport).

weather: great. both in london as well as here in lyon. (lyon is better though because london is getting colder).
but still pretty damn awesome for both.


taking train home from swanley

tried to avoid but eventually got sucked in:

was planning on going with [livejournal.com profile] ynl but i ended up working the cashier booth for [livejournal.com profile] jaketherat . super fun!

construction on the street in camden square - look! blue skies!

the day i leave london: more blue skies

lyon is warmer though!


for [livejournal.com profile] ynl -
chicks are funny. lots are walking around in heels that are kind of stripper high - which must be great on cobbled pavement.

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Monday 05 October
London Luton To Edinburgh

flight 15; 
dep. Mon 05 Oct 16:10
arr. Mon 05 Oct 17:25

booked n confirmed

i hope i wont freeze my ass off in edinburgh. june was already a bit chilly!

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During my last visit to London I got to shoot a few videos with LatexGirlsHD wearing latex - of course.
There are some behind the scenes styled shots of me putting on hoods and stockings (without added sound for the fetishists that enjoy the noise that latex makes!)
Lots of hoods and stockings actually (all latex!)

Just do a search for 'kumi' to find the ones with me in them!


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Unfortunately, Satomi can't make the party we were going to perform at in Lyon.
But luckily, I have a perfectly wonderful back up!
I've already performed with Amrita in London several times, Essen, Rome, and Athens.
It'll be our first time performing together in France.
It's a new show I've come up with and instead of a super messy ink and paint covered girl, I'll be getting a little crispy!
(actually, i hope not).
There will be bondage (of course), suspension, and fire.
I can't wait to dress the stage. I've become used to the idea of performing on a stage that's been completely set rather than just jumping up and trying to do a show on a club stage which usually leaves a lot to be desired. I prefer being able to create an actual environment and this piece will require it in order to look good!

london, UK
torture garden bday ball - elements of suffering show

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ok time to catch up once again.
before i forget everything...

last weekend in london ended up being full of ups n downs.
ended up at Torture Garden even though I wasn't working.
It was very quiet which is really nice especially after 2-3 months of giant fetish parties every weekend.
I actually didn't want to go out at all since it was going to be a pricey cab ride to/from and I was right about that -
but i did end up going because i wanted to see someone. :-)
and i got to wear my new Atsuko Kudo latex piece.

Woke up much too early and went for breaky.
Then headed over to Atsuko's shop again before heading home completely exhausted.
Didn't end up getting a nap in at all, and then had to get my bags sorted for my flight home.

The next night, my last night in London, went completely to shit.

Alarm went off at 8am. I know I didn't pass out the am before until sometime after 4h30.
Ended up having to have my cab turn around because I forgot my stupid purse with passport and housekeys at the house.
Had to jump the fence and my driver was kind of impressed. lol. necessity n all.
So then off to Heathrow and of course, the weather in London would have to be gorgeous n all.
And I missed out on flatmate's bday BBQ.

Never flew out of Terminal 3 before.
Had to keep reminding myself I was flying Virgin and not British Airways like I usually do.

I like terminal 5 much better. Terminal 3 annoyed me. what with having to wait for a door to open to allow others to pass by
(someone designed the building kind of oddly).

i also didn't get my upgrade or my meal request but it was ok. Good entertainment system and food was decent too.
Even fell asleep for a little bit.

San Francisco was also gorgeous.

The next night I went by my local bar.

All the rest of the photos are up at the MoBlog

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the thing i love most of all about st pancras station is kind of cheesy.
but still:

i loved seeing it when coming in from the Eurostar. it's also there when you walk into St Pancras from the stairs outside the station across the street from the KingsX tube station.

I just really like it. I like the rest of the station too. The other day I came back from a shoot at Potter's Bar (with LatexGirlsHD.com) and arrived in KingsX rail station (tube strike on thurs).
[livejournal.com profile] hedonydesign  happened to be coming in from Paris on the Eurostar so I went over to meet him.

While waiting for his train to come in, I realized how nice it is to actually have someone meet you upon arrival - not just pick you up outside by the curb, but actually at that point where they are physically barred from coming any further.
I take off and land so often (and I do appreciate it when people pick me up at all) but because i like things to be convenient so I often prefer the perfect timing of the cellphone/cig/curbside swoop and scram.
Usually upon grabbing my bags and walking towards that oneway door, i know that there will be no recognizable faces searching for me with smiles nor hugs nor kisses. Instead, I prepare myself to rush past those bodies holding each other and blocking the path to the world outside and my cigarette fix.
When it does happen, it really is nice though. It's kind of like the final acknowledgement and realization that one has arrived.
When I flew from Vienna to Paris, I jumped on the train to the gare du nord and that's where i was met.
I think it was at that point i felt like i arrived because technically I was still in transit alone.
(I only realize this now that i take the time to think about it, of course).

When J did arrive at st pancras the other day, i withheld any kisses because i was being snooty.
he did get them before we left the station, but i made him wait until after sushi.
next time, if there is a next time, i promised not to make him wait.

In australia, I noticed that not only passengers were at the gates before boarding their flights, but friends and family as well.
(not on the intl ones, but domestic flights). hugs n kisses all over the place.
of course, maybe i just noticed cuz it's something that i don't usually take part it. hmm.

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just found this online
shot by manolo
quite a while ago!

London, UK
[livejournal.com profile] madmaxtattoo  in the dark bit

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these are from [livejournal.com profile] hedonydesign 
he said he liked the show
and he didn't get messy either - til after

you can find the rest at FetishBoudoir.com ( > blog)

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here's a shot of the stage set up after [profile] fd_midori  left rehearsal
nice n clean n white - but not for long...