Persephene Desirous - Andrea Coates & Jody Franklin
Andrea Coates is an interesting member of the alt lit community. she is very tenacious and outspoken, which are good qualities in an artist. at first she bothered me a bit with her posts about misogyny in vice and her constant, seemingly unwarranted criticisms of Tao Lin, but i’ve come around to liking her and i’m glad that there’s someone who isn’t afraid to call people on what she perceives to be bullshit. even when i was bothered by her i was still intrigued. being bothered is still a response, and any good art/artist should solicit a response, be it positive or negative. feel like she is sort of the antagonist of alt lit. that is probably a good thing to be. the worst thing to be is ignored. and she just wasn’t having any of that. I’m not really sure who Jody Franklin is, so, sorry Jody if I’m not mentioning you. i just mentioned you.
in their video, Andrea starts with talking about how difficult being an artist is due to the responsibility to truth. this is what keeps us revising and trashing things we’ve created that we aren’t happy with. i think that we can all probably identify with that. most of us don’t even feel comfortable labeling ourselves as artists because it makes us feel pretentious or we truly feel we don’t deserve the title.
once she gets going her narration runs the gamut between a cheerleaders cry, a guttural death metal growl, and children playing a clapping game a la “miss mary mack”. at one point it is reminiscent of Dee Snyder yelling about how he wants to rock.
the video itself is hypnotic and the transitions are quite seamless. it moves in slow motion and creates a liquid effect with the lights. it looks like it was filmed on a cell phone, which i like. more artists should be working in the area of cell phone cinema. it’s time to step into the new age.
her rant made me laugh at points. i’m not completely sure if that was the intended effect, but i think it was. she is being sarcastic and having fun. this is important, especially in alt lit. a lot of alt lit just reflects crippling depression or apathetic/drug induced boredom. i enjoy that. but i think that having fun is important to the counterculture too.
even though she’s being humorous, she still gets her message across.
“i want cocaine snorted at the edge of a whirlpool bath
i wanna fuck the gearshift of a lexus”
she is anarchous but still wants to fuck motor vehicles and soak it up hot tubs with her soul mate, cocaine. i feel like the mark of the new age anarchist is that they don’t want to do away with capitalism but they want more capitalism. this is something i’ve seen with the occupy wall street crowd. those dudes sit outside and picket other dudes, but they don’t want to do away with the capitalist system at all. they want more money and stuff. this, to me, is an interesting phenomenon. a sign of the times i suppose.
what i like most about this is the embrace of the vlog. feel like there is going to be a rise in alt vlogging. alt vlogging is going to be the newest extension of alt lit. some people like Steve Roggenbuck have been working in this area for a while. feel like Chris Dankland has perfected it and should be seen as the father of alt vlog. any day now there will be an alt vlog zine out which only accepts video poems. perhaps i should start that. i won’t, but somebody should. 2013 is the year of the alt vlog, and Andrea Coates and her partner Jody Franklin are on the ground floor.
better get on board now.