Jonas Mekas: reflections on avant-garde cinema

Lithuanian-born American filmmaker, poet and curator Jonas Mekas died peacefully on the morning of 23 January, a month after his 96th birthday. He was born in 1922, on Christmas eve. Mekas arrived in New York City with his brother Adolfas in 1949, where he bought his first Bolex camera with borrowed money. In 1954 both… Continue reading Jonas Mekas: reflections on avant-garde cinema

Le Guess Who? Eclectic sounds from a truly fine music festival

This year’s edition of Le Guess Who? heralded eclectic music with excellent programming by the festival themselves and those of the aptly selected curators Moor Mother, Devendra Banhart and Shabaka Hutchings. Where does one begin? The most instantly commercial names on the bill were Banhart himself, his fellow American rockers The Breeders and Neneh Cherry.… Continue reading Le Guess Who? Eclectic sounds from a truly fine music festival

Jonas Mekas: Serpentine Gallery

Review | Jonas Mekas: Survey of a cinematic lyricist Serpentine Gallery, London 5 December 2012 – 27 January 2013   The Serpentine Gallery is a remarkably suitable setting to host Jonas Mekas’s work. Its location stretches inside Kensington Gardens where trees and ornamental flowerbeds surround the gallery’s building from the South to its North rooms. All his… Continue reading Jonas Mekas: Serpentine Gallery