Posts from 7th September 2003

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Sep 03

I have been involved

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I have been involved with an organisation called Exeter City Supporters’ Trust. It’s a group of fans of our little club set up a few years ago with the aim of representing us to the board of the club, amongst other things, and aspiring to the valid, if rather airy, idea of encouraging ECFC to be a better ‘community club’.

It’s been a difficult time for City, a story which I’ll tell you at length one day (if you ask nicely, and if you’re buying). The Trust has been principally responsible for the survival of the club over the last six months. Last Thursday the Trust took ownership of the Club. It’s ours now and we have to make it work. I’m very proud. The club’s problems aren’t over yet, of course: we’re still ‘3million in debt if the rumours are to be believed. That’s an huge amount of money to us.

So on Thursday evening I’m happily feeling proud and listening to the radio while I’m cooking. Some fellow from Chelsea FC is being interviewed about his club’s amazing spending binge. Leeds United’s spectacular overspend is being invoked. Mister Chief Executive is asked something along the lines of: “What happens if Mr. Abramovitch gets bored and takes his money away? What then?” His reply amounts to “stop being so negative and enjoy these good times while they’re here.” (These are my misquotes.)

The thing is, he’s right. Football in the UK has historically been a collection of fiefdoms and any influence most fans can hope to have is grace-and-favour. Mr. Abramovitch has bought himself a toy and he has no reason to give a tinker’s cuss what the fans think. A fan of Chelsea might as well just enjoy the good times: they can’t do much else. Good luck to them, I hope it’s an exciting ride (actually, I really do, though I have no fondness for Chelsea). I’d recommend them having a Trust in place for the day when the bottom does fall out…

HORNBLOWER

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HORNBLOWER! Marvellous stuff. No series has ever been more

a) NOBLE
b) HEROIC
c) ridiculous

as the adventures of Captain Horatio Hornblower and crew of able Seamen. Even now as I type, the plucky ENGLISH hurrah are getting boats to sail offshore into TREACHEROUS STRAITS to rescue the Spanish who are rotters and all drink sherry. Hornblower has also been subjected to TORTURE defending his men from a botched escape attempt and if I believe so, it all ends up with him having to fight an insane sea captain. Uh-oh! And here comes a LADY (whot on earth is the Kenco coffee woman doing here???). Seeing the nobilty of Mr Hornblower you understand why they did not allow GURLS in the navy as they would all lose their hearts to the ponytailed vision of seamanship. Within two seconds of them meeting (ma’am, would you allow me to make a request of you!) they’re already having a snuggle. And wouldn’t you (picture here)?

Also it appears to feature Robert Lindsay from My Family (punctillious in manners of honour) who gets to promote Acting Lieutenant Hornblower to Full Lieutenant! But but will he stick to his honour and go back to the Spanish? Such breathless drama can never be blogged accurately. Haters who say it is just like SHARPE but with boats are RUBBISH.

3 cheers for Hornblower! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah! (It occurs to me that Hornblower/Captain Jack Sparrow slash fiction cannot be far away but matters of this nature are not palatable to readers of Do You See. I hope).

Yoko Ono-Cut Piece

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Yoko Ono-Cut Piece

Yoko Ono doing the cut piece (she sat on stage, people cut her robes off) in 1961 was scary shit, this was before the second wave really begun, and the fears of violence against women were not discussed very loudly.

That’s what we are supposed to see in it, rape, forced confinement, the history of what men do to women, but that’s too obvious. There is something cryptic in the unveiling maybe its the use of the domestic in public spectacle, perhaps or a freudian longing for the phallic objects, maybe something more then that. The piece hurts because its too simple, too obvious, too staged and then at the end of it, she is naked, shreds of clothing like a halo, she has through the transsubtation of object into art become nude instead of naked.

She is 70 now, living through the Hatred, the Widowhood, the Fame and the Money, conceptualists have taken her back, and her new work has taken the themes of early pieces and moved them to places more somber and more calm. The room of coffins with trees growing out of them that she displayed at Sao Paulo three years ago for example.

3 years ago, as a haha we love you, now fuck off, German students recreated the cut piece with a white goat. 2 years ago Lisa d?Lamour recreated it at Walker Arts in Minneapolis and with in the next 6 months, she returns to Japan so she can recreate the work.

What does it mean now, with the obvious signs of aging and a new critical reception does this.
Is she thanking those who brought her here, is she reminding us that their is work still to be done or is she playing fame games.

Is this necessary, and is it even or right to ask ?