12.28.2007

Ashes of the Now Dead Andrew.














chadwick eberhardt said...
interesting post, liam. you have clearly done a great deal of homework.i have a question for you, if you are in fact willing and available to respond to it. andrew has always been one of the more accessible rockstars, especially physically, and as a result has come to represent the 'nice guy rocker' to expectant listeners. i would say that this film asks its viewers to divorce whomever the reborn andrew will emerge from the ashes of the now-dead andrew. but as the events on the internet have been transpiring for over a year now and the dvd has no doubt extended the audience of this propaganda, how much of an effect do you think this will have on the number of fans as a whole? if this was designed to discourage or even prepare the masses, unfortunately, i think it still evades all but the most ardent of fans with the methods currently being used (the internet, dvds, et al. - which are really just instruments of privilege).i would personally like to see how this will all play out on the road supporting the upcoming release this year!anyhow, liam, i am very glad i stumbled across your little corner of the web.

like an iron cube,
c.g. eberhardt

L.M. said...
True, and I would go further and say that non-native speakers of English are likely to be surprised when the next Andrew W.K. rears his head, whatever shape it may be, for the majority of what has been going on over the past year and a half has been conducted monolingually to the best of my knowledge. But, that said, the DVD does work at levels that transcend language, and no doubt those overseas fans who buy it will sense that "something" is very wrong here, but whether they will have adequate context for understanding it, I cannot say. Certainly I do expect changes to the way business is conducted in this next tour, and we may have a chance to experience firsthand this making of first-impressions - after the fact. Also consider that brand new fans approaching this after the release of the next album may have the chance to do the same in reverse, for when they hear of the Andrew of bygone days, it may be difficult for them to reconcile him with the Andrew that is yet to be.- L.M.

We've Endured Quite A Bit.















Scott said...
Good blog. I haven't seen anyone mention the little trick pulled before IGW. This is what we've been waiting for. We've endured quite a bit to get here. I saw that tv show on MTV, and I thought, how, why? But it's starting to come together now.

L.M. said...
I assume by 'little trick' you mean the intertextual referencing of the Hanson Collective film? For those who don't know about this, Andrew Wilkes-Krier was for a short time associated with a group of Structural Materialist filmmakers commonly grouped together under the name Hanson, who represented a third wave of that influential movement in avant-garde film practice. Like all Structural Materialists their primary concerns were formal, seeking to draw audience attention to the fundamental elements of film (light, grain, duration etc.) their films tended to be 'difficult' in the best sense of that word. Wilkes-Krier's contribution to the Hanson filmography is 4 minutes and 42 seconds so exhausting that Micheal Snow's "Wavelength" (which for those who have not seen it, is comprised of a 42 minute incremental static camera zoom across an empty room while white noise increases in intensity on the soundtrack) seem like a Disney film by comparison
However, if it is another trick you are referring to, please explain, as I am sure there are many things I have missed in my discussion above!


Jim M said...
Your forgetting about the rumored to exist Wilkes-Kriers "Poltergeist" video, which is a 20min(?)short film shot on videotape(as everything in the Hanson Film Collective)shortly after the 4.42 piece. This early work supposedly has alot more interconnected meanings and symbolic actions in reference to the WHO KNOWS DVD. I personally believe that this film does exist, and until the Hanson Film Archive or Mr.Krier let these pieces of information slip out we will never know.


L.M. said...
Sadly the only extant copy of the "Poltergeist" video I am aware of is in Special Collections at the University of Michigan's Askwith Media Library. I have tried several times to make special requests for it through the inter-library loan system, but to no avail. Given the rarity of the piece, and it's reported subject matter, the library is understandably retiscent to lend it out.