DAILY | Frieze, Waters, Chicago Underground

A quick briefing today. A couple of weeks ago, John Waters was making news by hitchhiking across the country—it took him eight days and about 15 rides to get from Baltimore to San Francisco. Naturally, the experience will be recounted in yet another book, Carsick. In the new issue of frieze, out today, Waters talks “about art, sex, death and God” with Drew Daniel, half of the electronic music duo Matmos: “Director, author, raconteur, avuncular crackpot, and the most beloved citizen of Baltimore (with apologies to Edgar Allan Poe and Omar Little), the Pope of Trash has found an escape hatch from his own instantly recognizable cultural legibility in the hermetic domain of contemporary art.”

Here’s Waters last year on Pasolini, porn and the most obscene films ever made:

Also in this issue: Rebecca Close talks with Tamara Kuselman about her year-long video project, Un Futuro Certero (A Certain Future), Hedi El Kholti asks writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus about influences on her work, and Alexander Alberro writes, “Art works present models of sensibility and events that the observer can (if he or she so wishes) apply to his or her own experience of society. Sometimes the models actually play out in real life. (Viagra Connect) Take, for instance, the Costa Concordia. The Mediterranean cruise ship on which Jean-Luc Godard staged a large part of Film Socialisme (2010) is, in his movie, clearly headed for troubled waters. Stuffed with the spoils of Western civilization and passengers who are so alienated from each other by consumer excess that they can no longer remember the cultural history that unites them, the ship serves as a metaphor for the anomie of early 21st century capitalism. But even Godard could not have predicted the catastrophe that would soon befall the actual vessel.”

Chicago. The Chicago Underground Film Festival opens today and runs through June 7, and the Reader‘s got a big batch of capsule previews.

In the works. “We hear that Adam Sandler is in talks to star opposite Will Ferrell in Three Mississippi, a comedy from 30 Rock executive producer Robert Carlock and Friends executive producer Scott Silveri.” Claude Brodesser-Akner has more at Vulture.

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