and I’m a bit worried that coming to China has taught me a new scary thing that I never new about myself: maybe I like warm water being squirted on my butthole?
the mirrors in this hotel give me a real good view of my butt.
gosh I have a nice butt. who wants to see my nice butt?
writing a new song called Mini Bars and Credits Cards Will Kill You
1. who comments on porn vids?
2. who trawls through the comments rating them?
3. why is there a reply button?
"Hmmm, yes, this person has an amazing insight into boobies and vaginas, but what I find most interesting is their fresh new insights into the subtleties of anal penetration and ejaculating on ladies faces. I will rate this comment a thumbs up."
So this conference in Shanghai goes for two days, we just finished up the first day. Apparently some weird political shit went down just before the conference and the amazing cool weird guy that was in charge of the Chinese speakers got replaced.
This is an international conference on contemporary and experimental drawing, the title and theme of the conference is Subtle Subversions. Three of the Chinese speakers didn’t have slideshows, they spoke about drawing and drawing pedagogy for about an hour each without showing a single picture. They had some of the most rigid and conservative methods and ideals that I have ever encountered. One of the speakers gave a lecture of the etymology of the Chinese characters for the equivalent term for ‘drawing’ at an international conference without showing us the characters he spent an hour talking about— in Chinese, with stilted translation (the translator was fantastic though, she translated for almost six hours, both Chinese to English and vice versa.)
One of the speakers basically gave a TAFE level introduction to industrial design. Again, this is an international conference, most of the attendees are academics, professionals, and established practicing artists. The international presenters, from Japan, Berlin, Glasgow, Pakistan, and Australia are all presenting original, experimental and, challengingwork and research.
However the last Chinese speaker actually spoke about his practice and incredibly challenging and subversive teaching methods. It seemed he was constantly getting into fights with the university administration and institution, his reaction was to document his bosses at every meeting, his notebooks were full of drawings of disgruntled bosses. He was documenting the politics and rise and fall of figures within academia, it was fantastic.
But what was most interesting about his work was his (incredibly subversive) teaching methods. He stated (I think quoting from a Chinese saying):
"Lots of people don’t have a friend.
A good enough friend who will allow you to draw their body”
From this he asked his students to approach their friends and ask if they could draw them naked, and failing this, approach a stranger. They were then required to embrace their friend— or newly found acquaintance— and, naked, embrace them in a hug, and then draw the experience. Now, I understand that this is incredibly confronting, and it is particularly problematic to ask students to do such a thing, but the concept and act was incredible. It made me question my own practice and boldness, I’m no where near as brave or forward as he’s asking of his students. It was fantastic, it was scary, it was challenging, it was exciting.
I will add that I don’t know how true his account of these stories is, I suspect that it may have been somewhat fictitious, but given the conference was called Subtle Subversions I think that is completely justified, it had a Beuysian feel to it, half truth, half shamanistic vision.
Also I just pressed that strange little button on the toilet and my butthole has never been cleaner. That was interesting.
The Chinese red wine from the minibar tastes like cocoa.
shanghai conference host uni gave me a tie, so I guess I gotta wear it tomorrow when I talk.
my advent calendar picture today was an ice cream truck floating in space. this is fucked up
you gunna audition for the next wolverine movie mate?
Yeah I got the part for when he gets the power to shrink into a tiny awkward flabby guy that keeps getting ID’d at those rough bars he goes to, then sits in the corner trying not to make eye contact with any of the scary blokey men.