Art and alchemy. Performance and pandrogeny. Identity and investigation. Gender and the grand love story of Lady Jaye Breyer and Genesis P-Orridge.
Days with my father by Phillip Toledano is a work of rare intensity and universal intimacy. It is terribly touching. A labour of love, in the truest sense. A marvelous memento made of text and images and the human heart.
There's a real freshness in the fetish photography of Danilo Pasquali. And the backgrounds, the details in some shots are so intimately Italian.
In my early teens there were three writers which I devoured and that kicked off my reading adventures and fed my thinking: George Orwell, Hermann Hesse and Aldous Huxley.
Decades of thought and thousands of books later, I recently picked Nicholas Murray's biography of the latter. This is how he introduces Aldous:
"His life was a constant search for light, for understanding, of himself and his fellow men and women in the twentieth century. This intellectual ambition - not unknown but rare in English novelist - sent him far beyond the confines of prose fiction into history, philosophy, science, politics, mysticism, psychic exploration. He offered as his personal motto the legend hung around the neck of a ragged scarecrow of a man in a painting by Goya: aun aprendo. I am still learning."
Today, thanks to Bruce Eisner, I watched this incredibly prescient interview with Huxley dating back to 1958. From the decline of politics into personality, oil running out, and his thoughts on the shape of future dictatorships, this is well worth watching.
The film ends with the words that spoken at the start of his rendition of Redemption Song.
Cherish & change.
The first bullet-proof gentlemenís pocket square, offered solely in military grade lemon Kevlar Aramid.
Big thanks to Leandro Agro' for inviting me to speak at Frontiers of Interaction IV and to all the production team for putting on such a great event. The line-up was inspiring, from Bruno Argento (aka Bruce Sterling) to David "openspime" Orban, via Elisabeth Churchill and Nicolas Nova, among others.
You can check out the videos here.