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1A. EDITORIAL by V. Vale: Free Presentation on San Francisco Punk Wed April 19 noon at BAM/PFA. April 19 7:30pm meet RE/Search at dorkbot sf! April 22-23 Don Buchla Memorial Concerts Marathon; not to be missed! May 13-26 RE/Search Europe tour; come meet us! Also: new Jello Biafra zine, Incredibly Strange Films book release, more!
2b: RE/Search Conversations Podcast Series on researchpubs.com or iTunes
3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS:
4. OUR PAST LIFE: Books/CDs/DVDs we’ve been given, Experiences, etc.
5. Recommended Links – send us some!
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1A. EDITORIAL by V. Vale: Free Presentation on San Francisco Punk Wed April 19 at BAM/PFA. April 22-23 Don Buchla Memorial Concerts Marathon; not to be missed! RE/Search Europe Tour May 13-26—meet us there! Also: new Jello Biafra zine, Incredibly Strange Films book release, more!
Morton Subotnick – Wow!
Marielle V. Jakobsons
Laurie Spiegel (Tape Music – Premiere)
George Lewis (Tape Music distilled) Wow!
Sunday Night Concert: Doors 7:00pm
Alessandro Cortini – Yes!
Keith Fullerton Whitman
Antimatter (Xopher Davidson)
Layne (Rachel Aiello) (a RE/Search favorite!)
bran (…) pos
Artists of the Industrial Scene – Printed in France! Color Zine in French and English! Interviews with Genesis P-Orridge (Throbbing Gristle/ Psychic TV), Mark Pauline (Survival Research Laboratories), Johanna Went, Jim Thirlwell (foetus), Ryoichi Kurokawa, Ilpo Väisänen and Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), Peter Christopherson (Throbbing Gristle), Graeme Revell (SPK), Naut Humon (Rhythm & Noise), Gerald V. Casale (DEVO). $20 plus $5 ship ($10 overseas)
Kat Toronto: I grew up in two very eclectic and artistic households. My father is a photographer and my mother is a textile artist, so I suppose it was only natural that I ended up as an artist as well.
I went to CCA in Oakland for three years, where I studied both textile arts and photography. I then took a year off and ended up receiving my BFA in textile design from the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, MO.
ZB: Your work recreated a vintage aesthetic from 1960s and ‘70s fetish magazines, in which the photos were incredibly intimate and personal—usually taken by amateurs within their own homes. Which vintage fetish magazines, books, erotica are you inspired by?
KT: Vintage fetish magazines like Atom Age, Bizarre, and Dressing for Pleasure have been a huge influence. The old magazines had a wonderful, intimate and sincerely voyeuristic feel. To me, it feels like looking through old family photo albums. Everyone seems to be having a lovely time with one another in the comfort of their own homes, their backyards, or on a hike through the local meadow.
ZB: After working for many years in a fetish and BD/SM business, it was fascinating to observe the psychology behind many fetishes. It seems they come from early sexual experiences and associations of pleasure. What is your opinion about how fetishes are formed?
KT: I believe that this varies from person to person based on their life experiences. I’ve found that for myself, personally, that I fetishize items, smells, textures, etc. because they make me feel safe. Once I am in this safe space, then I am able to fully let go of the stresses of everyday life and immerse myself completely in the realms of sexual fantasy and play. For me, it is things like my grandmother’s kid leather gloves, the smell of old perfume, etc. that are the catalysts leading to the feeling of comfort and safety—the ultimate feeling of love and tenderness and sentimentality.
ZB: How has your work as both subject and photographer helped to create a safe place for you to fully play with and explore your sexuality and gender identity roles? Are you able to achieve a sense of radical liberation through your work?
KT: The development of Miss Meatface has helped me immensely in exploring and discovering more about my sexuality. She has given me a safe outlet to delve into subjects, emotions, fascinations, and obsessions that I’ve held my entire life… but until recently haven’t felt comfortable enough to tap into.
ZB: Where do you acquire your props and unique fetish clothing seen in each piece?
KT: One of my favorite things in the world to do is go shopping at thrift stores (or charity shops, as are they are called in the UK). Many of my Meatface “shoots” begin when I am in a thrift shop and stumble upon something amazing. Then that one item will spark the inspiration for an entire shoot!
ZB: Each photograph is accompanied by anecdotes that use dark humor and satire—within the context of advice on manners or etiquette—to create a contradictory narrative. What was the inspiration for this, and will we see these manifest into an actual book?
KT: Along with my fascination for doilies and granny squares, I also have a penchant for old cookbooks and etiquette books from the 1940’s-1960’s, wherein a housewife learns how to host the perfect dinner party as well as whip up a lovely, say, “Under-the-Sea” salad from lime-green gelatin. Halfway through my “Dolls in the House of Venus” series, I came to realize that I was creating my own “atomic age housewife” narratives—but through the eyes of Miss Meatface—and that this narrative could be pushed even further if paired with etiquette and entertaining quotes directly picked from those eras.
ZB: Will you talk about the type of film you use for the shoots? How do you choose the locations, and what is your process in creating the theme(s) for each scene?
KT: During each Meatface shoot, I switch back and forth between using a traditional digital camera and vintage Polaroid cameras. I love having that visual variety within my images.
ZB: Your art and performances can be seen in everything from fine art galleries to underground venues like Torture Garden. Will you talk about some of your shows, and how you transition your work into performance?
KT: I feel that it’s important for people to experience firsthand what goes on in one of my shoots. I love the idea of the audience voyeuristically peeking through an invisible window into my living room or parlor, whilst I sit drinking tea with my latex doily maid or taking self-portraits with my creepy vintage dolls. Photographs are good, but if people can witness a Miss Meatface shoot happening live in front of them, that adds a whole other level to the viewing experience.
ZB: Will there be a Miss Meatface book out soon (based on your photographs and performance art)? Where can people see your work and buy prints?
KT: Yes, indeed there will! I am extremely excited to be working on that Miss Meatface photo and etiquette book that is set to be published in late spring. There will also be a photo exhibition in conjunction with the release of the book, most likely in the SF Bay Area or Los Angeles. In the meantime, if anyone would like to purchase prints and other goodies, I have a website: www.missmeatface.com. [end]
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2b. RE/Search Conversations: podcast series
Most of us are too busy to sit down and watch a “TV show,” so now you can listen to some of the conversations that happen around the table at the RE/Search office.
Please send us feedback if you listen to these podcasts so we’ll know someone out there is listening!!
And for the Thorsten Schutte podcast [director of Frank Zappa documentary “Eat That Question” go to: http://www.researchpubs.com/2016/07/research-conversations-8-thorsten-schutte/
3. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)
() S.F. EVENTS to Check Out Regularly: Long Now Foundation. Hypnodrome/Thrill Peddlars now R.I.P. (they need a new space; can you help?!?). Goethe Institute. The List (Punk Rock). Dorkbot. Bottom of the Hill. INdependent. Thee Parkside. The Chapel. Brick & Mortar. ATA Gallery (last “underground” film place?). The Lab under Dena Beard. Southern Exposure Gallery under Patricia Maloney. Mule Gallery.
5. LINKS (Send Us Some!)
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