CREMASTER 1 is a musical revue arranged by Jonathan Bepler and performed on the blue Astroturf playing field of Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho – Barney’s hometown. Two Goodyear Blimps float above the arena like the airships that often transmit live sporting events via television broadcast. Four air hostesses tend to each blimp. The only sound is soft ambient music, which suggests the hum of the engines. In the middle of each cabin interior sits a white-clothed table, its top decorated with an abstract centerpiece sculpted from Vaseline and surrounded by clusters of grapes. In one blimp the grapes are green, in the other they are purple. Under both of these otherwise identical tables resides Goodyear (played by Marti Domination). Inhabiting both blimps simultaneously, this doubled creature sets the narrative in motion. After prying an opening in the tablecloth(s) above her head, she plucks grapes from their stems and pulls them down into her cell. With these grapes, Goodyear produces diagrams that direct the choreographic patterns created by a troupe of dancing girls on the field below. The camera switches back and forth between Goodyear’s drawings and aerial views of the chorus girls moving into formation: their designs shift from parallel lines to the figure of a barbell, from a large circle to an outline of splitting and multiplying cells, and from a horizontally divided field emblem (Barney’s signature motif) to a rendering of an undifferentiated reproductive system (which marks the first six weeks of fetal development). Gliding in time to the musical score, the chorus girls delineate the contours of a still-androgynous gonadal structure, which echoes the shapes of the two blimps overhead, and symbolizes a state of pure potential. —Wikipedia
Matthew Barney was born in San Francisco in 1967; at age six, he moved to Idaho with his family. After his parents divorced, Barney continued to live with his father in Idaho, playing football on his high school team, and visiting his mother in New York City, where he was introduced to art and museums. This intermingling of sports and art informs his work as a sculptor and filmmaker. After graduating from Yale in 1991, Barney entered the art world to almost instant controversy and success. He is best known as the producer and creator of the “CREMASTER” films, a series of five visually extravagant works created out of sequence (“CREMASTER 4” began the cycle, followed by “CREMASTER 1,” etc.). The films generally feature Barney in myriad roles, including characters as diverse as a satyr, a magician, a ram, Harry Houdini, and even the infamous murderer Gary Gilmore. The title of the films refers to the muscle that raises and lowers the male reproductive system according to temperature… read more
I watched this yesterday. "Life in the Gonads - the Musical!" is what I thought as I watched it, so I guess I'm glad that that's kind of what he was doing...I didn't get it as fetal cell division, but, meh. I was distracted by the Goodyear dominatrix lady -- she looked like she had escaped from a Lady GaGa video. Some nifty ideas -- football field full of dancing girls as womb among them. It was odd but happy-ish
Well, I finished the first instalment... and I'm not sure what to think. I feel a mixture of "This was a waste of my time!" and "I'm glad I saw it..." Visually it was very well-crafted (although the scenes became tedious, as they were so repetitive) but in terms of enjoyment... it felt like a chore. Very abstract, and it's meaning requires some insight and explanation. More of an art installation, gallery-piece.
I'm excited to finally have an opportunity to view this series, beginning with 1 and ending with 5. The premise is intriguing to say the least, and the cinematography appears stunning from the still photography I've seen (I was first turned on to Cremaster by the cover photo on The Order released by Palm Pictures.) PS. Does anyone have a preference in terms of viewing order? (Production dates, or entry number?)
Eram por volta das três da tarde, já tinha voltado de casa da minha avó onde fui almoçar e ainda não tinha nada combinado para a tarde. Arrumei uns livros na estante e olhei de relance para o ‘Cinema… read review