Robert Wilson’s macabre video portraits of Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is hanging upside down naked while a rope cuts into her skin, bending her left leg, pinning her arms behind her back and deforming her breasts. This video, by the experimental artist/director - and former Wallpaper* guest editor - Robert Wilson, shows the pop star’s painful-looking initiation into the art of Japanese rope bondage. And it serves as the ‘making of’ for a performance-art video called Flying. The video, along with Wilson’s new video portraits of Gaga, is currently on show at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris, run by Wallpaper* Design Awards 2014 judge Thaddaeus Ropac.
The collaboration began after Wilson received a phone call from the singer, saying she’d like to discuss projects they might work on together. He subsequently designed the set for her 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance. And he suggested that she pose for his series of video portraits, also featuring celebrities like Brad Pitt and Winona Ryder.
Knowing he had an upcoming stint as guest curator at the Louvre, Wilson chose themes from the museum’s collection, all dealing with death. ‘She’s sort of serious,’ he explained, ‘not your ordinary pop star.’ They shot the videos in a London studio over three days, Gaga standing for 14 or 15 hours at a time (when she wasn’t trussed like a chicken), blowing away the director with her stamina and emotional intelligence.
One subject he selected was Andrea Solario’s 16th-century ‘Head of Saint John the Baptist on a Charger’. He filmed 11 views of the singer’s bearded face and superimposed them over the painted head of the martyr. ‘She would look at the image and after a while she would look at her face in a mirror and something happened, and I would shoot her,’ he said. Each portrait is unique - thanks to the size of the slash at her throat, her lips being parted or closed, her eyelids fluttering or her expression changing.
A larger-format video references Ingres’ ‘Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière’, the portrait of a 15-year-old girl who passed away soon after the completion. Gaga managed to capture both the maiden’s dignified beauty and the knowledge that she was about to die. ‘There’s a nobility to her,’ Wilson said of the Born This Way singer, ‘she’s a real princess.’
ho ho hoes, under the mistletoe. it’s christmas time and i think it’s fitting that i made a follow forever
like everyone else.
this year tumblr wise has been amazing for me. i gained a heap of followers (almost up to 2k) and i’ve met
watched from a distancefrom my dashboard a whole bunch of hilarious and amazing people.
seeing as this is my first follow forever, i thought i’d better make it a big one and i tried to include as many people as i could remember. these people have made my dashboard one of the best places to be.
thankyou so much for all your amazing edits, graphics, posts and personalities. by the way, there are a bunch of people i have just discovered recently who would’ve been on the list if i had followed them for longer. everyone is seriously perfect. in the coming year i hope to actually talk to some of you and make friends but for now
like seriously guys hmu inbox go go gohere you go:
abcd // acciogaga, amenfame, amenscheibe, aphrodisy, applauuse, arrtpop, arspop, artpopulate, artchet, artmonsters, artraver, aurras, badromanced, behindtheanus, bitchcoven, burqaswag, burqaura, buttromance, cervaantes, countcountessa, diamondtwink
efgh // enigmaspopstar, fameisfake, famehookerface, familienjuwelen, gagalicious, gagangsta, gagasdoublechin, gagatea, gagayork, ggaga, godmonsters, gypsyxdreams, hausofcoralcunt, heavymetalglory, heisamonster, hostageunicorn, hybridpop
ijkl // inlovewithgagaloo, jewelsanddrugs, juhdas, jupiterqueens, kanemura, kindofdirty, ladygagaruinedmylife, lanascola, llamadelrey
mnop // madonnadiditfirst, manicurs, marcomonster, mcqueen, mermaidhotel, merryjaneholland, monsterst, ohmygagas, orientslayed, ourgirlladygaga, partynaseous, popstarsdecay, popsucksmytits, psychoticmusichead
qrst // righttrackbaby, rivingtonhooker, savelo, sexdrems, sickestambition, siliconesaline, slayvelo, sparksofgaga, strongfemale, stupidpopstarrules, tarasavelo, tarasighvelo, taylorkidney, tealwig, thatxlavenderxblonde
uvwxyz // vuittonbrown, wecouldbelong, yeahartpop
So here is my follow forever list for this end of the year and i wanted to say my gosh in almost 4 years that i’m here i had the pleasure to talk with the most adorable people ever and very talented too you guys are amazing and wonderful a little bit more everyday so thank you from the bottom of my heart! xx.
PS: Please don’t be mad if i put you here but don’t follow you i may love you and your blog but yeah i’m stuck at following 5000 people i still can’t follow more so i’m sorry lil babies and if by mistake i forget you on the list you’re very welcome to tell me ok ? so here we go this is not in order ! i love you guys all the same.
ARTPOP (The Live Collection)
As a thank you gift to all of you who’ve been supporting me on my comeback, I put together what I think are the best live performances from the ARTPOP era so far on a .mp3 album for you to enjoy. The tracks are as follows:1. Venus [Live @ The Graham Norton Show]
2. MANiCURE [Live @ Holiday Spectacular]
3. Do What U Want (Acoustic) [Live @ Alan Carr: Chatty Man]
4. Do What U Want (feat. R. Kelly) [Live @ the AMAs]
5. ARTPOP (feat. Elton John) [Live @ Holiday Spectacular]
6. Fashion! (feat. RuPaul) [Live @ Holiday Spectacular]
7. Dope [Live @ Alan Carr: Chatty Man]
8. Gypsy (Acoustic) [Live @ The Howard Stern Show]
9. Gypsy [Live @ SNL]
10. Applause (Acoustic) [Live @ Sukkiri]
11. Applause [Live @ the VMAs]
File size: 78,17 MB
Anonymous asked: do u really pray or were u jk?
well gagas not on tumblr anymore and i dont have a twitter account so i gotta reach out to god in some way