BOMB 151 Spring 2020

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Editor’s Choice

Bouchra Khalili’s The Radical Ally by Sophie Kovel

In February 1970, the Black Panther Party (BPP) sought political support from the French dissident writer Jean Genet, after his play The Blacks, which had recently traveled to New York, suggested he might be an ally.

Édouard Glissant’s Sun of Consciousness by Miho Hatori
Édouard Glissant, Sun of Conciousness,

Last spring, inspired by Édouard Glissant’s theory of mondialité, I created an experimental performance salon at The Kitchen, featuring sound stories with an attitude of globality and an improvised/ambient/chanting vibe.

Jasmine Guffond’s Microphone Permission by Kristen Kubecka
Jasmine Guffond, Record Cover

This spring, Vienna’s experimental label for “new punk computer music,” Editions Mego, releases an anxiety-inducing record by Australian-born, Berlin-based sound artist Jasmine Guffond.

Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow by Michael Blair
First Cow 02  Courtesy Of A24

Two friends flee from a band of vengeful hunters in the 1820s Northwest and dream of striking it rich.

Books that Hold Performance by Sophie Seita
Valencia Mariana, ALBUM Spread, 58-59

How do we translate performance onto the page?

Thalia Field and Abigail Lang’s Leave to Remain by Shelly Oria & Nelly Reifler
Thalia Field, Abigail Lang, Leave to Remain—Legends of Janus, Dalkey Archive Press, 2019

At the heart of Leave to Remain is the two authors, who, like Janus, share two faces and a mind that begins as two but comes to function as one,.

Sam Pink’s The Ice Cream Man and Other Stories by Darina Sikmashvili
Sam Pink, The Ice Cream Man and Other Stories
Interviews

Charles Atlas by Erica Getto

Since the ’70s, the filmmaker, video artist, and pioneer of “media dance” has recorded exceptional bodies in motion—dancers, drag queens, and punk musicians.

Amani Al-Thuwaini and Andrea Hasler
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Two artists recast the iconography of consumerism—one into tradition-bending Kuwaiti dowry chests and the other into sculptures evoking raw flesh.

Vi Khi Nao by Louis Elliott
Vi Khi Nao Covers

From personal ads compiled as narrative to a frame-by-frame retelling of a short film on grazing sheep, Nao’s poems and stories are acrobatic experiments in form.

Netta Yerushalmy by Jack Halberstam
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Paramodernities juxtaposes scholarly texts with movement, deconstructing iconic dances by Ailey, Balanchine, Cunningham, Fosse, Graham, and Nijinsky.

Issue #151: Chitra Ganesh by Tausif Noor
Soccer Practice For Bomb

In her paintings, videos, and installations, Ganesh plays with the distinction between art object and artifact, myth and history, to posit alternative, emancipatory futures.

Bruce Boone by Evan Kennedy
Bruce Boone

Bruce Boone Dismembered selects from four decades of unflinching, intimate prose and poetry on gay life by the cofounder of San Francisco’s New Narrative movement.

Tania Cypriano by Amy Jenkins
Born To Be Dr Jess Ting2

Cypriano’s documentary Born to Be follows the profound journeys of several patients and doctors at the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery.

First Proof

Telegram by Verónica Gerber Bicecci

Alphabets are limited; it’s the arrangement of letters that produces meaning.

Abridged Abyss by Justin Taylor

David Berman committed suicide, and I’m like a blackbird that has flown into a bay window and awoken in a flower box, dizzy in gardenia shade, trying to get un-stunned and back on the wing before the neighborhood cats come round.

from HEX by Rebecca Dinerstein Knight
Hex, Rebecca Dinerstein Knight, Viking Press

I am a woman who wakes up hungry. Tom touched only coffee till noon. You do what you’re capable of at some point, so Tom and I left each other.

Pierre by Lee Relvas
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First I was Ren’s guest, a role that indicated only the short length of our acquaintance, rather than what it would become later: the strategic adherence to a balance of formality and intimacy designed to showcase only my most appealing qualities.

Textes by Shuzo Takiguchi

A snow lark hovers over the isolated Isle of the Dead A shadow on the beach is an echo of Venus who bestows upon me some ripened red fruit In this isolated moment waves produce a dream that seduces me

Three Poems by Bruce Boone
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‘Now here’s one I like!’
Or—‘Stop me if you’ve heard this,’ but
this story’s the exception. It’s
vouched for by Science and actually
happened. You judge.

Mark McKnight
Mark McKnight, If Water Forgets How To Play Mirror

In Mark McKnight’s photographs, the material of the terrestrial world merges with a celestial aspect. Dark bodies, asphalt, oily birds, decomposing stone, and dimpled flesh all radiate from a field of tarry shadow.

Comic

under the sun by abrownrecluse

And in that dream I felt a warm bright light.

Essay

The Lost Art of Raw Recording by Ian Brennan

Re-embracing the full sonic spectrum in the era of binary digital sound.