FRIDAY Fast Five: Transcendance

Today at work netball I smashed heads with a man, resulting in a lingering headache. I mention this as it impacts on how muddled this week's Fast Five is, which you are now reading tomorrow/today depending on your perspective. Moving on. There is no real theme to this except, actually, here is one I've just thought up. On Monday, I gave an off-the-cuff presentation about this here website to the new cohort of Victoria University museums studies students. In that presentation I talked about this here section of Tusk and described it as being the place where we write about the ways in which the cultural sector reaches, out, over and through all aspects of life. The way in which it transcends. Which is a nice segue into my first of the five.

1. Prince, Rest in Power

This fucking incredible human being is dead and that sux. When I first moved to Wellington, it was as an 18 year-old fresh from the Bay of Plenty. Up there we didn't have a gallery and I didn't really know artsy types. Then, I fell in with a crew of super tight mates who had all been to this liberal high school that had late starting times and didn't wear uniforms (what?). It was with this formative crew that I grew to LOVE Prince. It was during these formative years that we'd jump around their Hawker Street living room to 'Let's go Crazy'. At this late age, Prince was an awakening about what it is to fucking just do YOU. And have an awesome dance while you're at it, Prince's music and my new crew gave me the ability to fling my body around in wild abandon. It was in the sheer volume of Prince thinkpieces that I saw the reaction to an article that claimed he transcended everything, including his blackness. Prince was unabashedly proud of his identity and to erase that is wrong. 

2. Met Gala

Okay, I love the Met Gala. But every year I just wish people would fucking try harder dammit. Last year, pizza dress killed me, in a good way because the theme was (based on the exhibition of the time, as it always is) 'China Through the Looking Glass' and Rihanna was the only attendee to wear something by a Chinese couture designer. And it was the biggest (literally) impression of the night. This year, as always, there were a few stunners and a whole lot of bores (i.e. all the men dressed like waiters and all the woman wearing bodycon sparkles). This year, an eagle-eyed twitter user compared the outfits to Met collection objects like as follows:

The rest can be seen here.

3. Timothy Long, @Fashion_Curator

Speaking of Twitter and fashion, if you're on Twitter, I would highly recommend you following Timothy Long, he is the Curator of Fashion and Decorative Arts at the Museum of London and he makes the best wee videos of collection objects. This one is my favourite:

What a reveal!

4. The myth of the 'universal' museum

Bronwyn Labrum shared this great article with us which I found to be a great riposte to the drivel that is constantly published by Tiffany Jenkins. My twitter reaction sums up my reaction pretty well: "'Universal' is evoked as a way of controlling colonised cultures, the path forward doesn't help indigenous people, it protects looters."

5. Bingeculture Podcast

Puawai shared this podcast on Twitter and though it is a couple of years old, and I have only had the chance to listen to the opening parts of it, it is hilarious. I love me a good bit of satire and they do it really, really well. I lol'ed. If you have any good podcasts, feel free to share.

Totally changing tack again with my Friday song but my cousin shared this on Facebook a while back and I fucking love it (also, kia ora Wairangi Koopu, loved you in Find Me a Māori Bride):