As soon as I desire I am asking to be considered. I am not merely here-and-now, sealed into thingness. I am for somewhere else and for something else. I demand that notice be taken of my negating activity insofar as I pursue something other than life; insofar as I do battle for the creation of a human world – that is, of a world of reciprocal recognitions. He who is reluctant to recognize me opposes me. In a savage struggle I am willing to accept convulsions of death, invincible dissolution, but also the possibility of the impossible.
~ Frantz Fanon: Black Skin White Masks. New York: Grove Press (1967)
My favourite version of this Weill/Brecht classic, ever.
“Pirate Jenny” (German: “Seeräuberjenny”) is a well-known song from The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. The English lyrics are by Marc Blitzstein. This cover by Shilpa Ray, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis was published in February 2013 on Sons of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, a Hal Willner-produced compilation album of songs performed by a roster of artists which also includes Tom Waits, Shane MacGowan, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Macy Grey, Johnny Depp, Frank Zappa and Richard Thompson.
Marina Abramovic and Ulay shared an intense love in the 1970s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course (after almost 12 years), they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.
At her 2010 MoMa retrospective, Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened: