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Biophilia – Björk – MIF 10.07.2011

to Sma and Matei Vlad

It felt like a close encounter of the third kind. Björk gathered the public for her new album in small groups, closely around the place where her music emerges from classical and innovative instruments, a female choir and her own powerful voice. She moved inside that narrow circle light as a feather, barefoot and made us keep our breath in fear she might sense us and vanish like a deer or that she might hear our off-key humming and dive under like a siren. She was indeed as shy and mysterious as a deer and siren but only between songs while thanking us for our awkward and hysterical howls and whistles.

It was not a concert but a master class that gradually poured energy into the audience. This energy was finally used for a revolutionary blast. “Declare Independence” blew us up. I, at least, felt very close to a blessed heart attack.

The new album is a mass for the newly born religion, “ecologism”. Hopefully the new faith will have nothing in common with the last couple of monotheistic religions’ extremism. Björk has definitely a pantheistic approach to it so there’s some hope.

Biophilia is definitely a show worth attending, for fans and neophytes too for it is ingenious, innovative, powerful and sensual. The set list included lots of songs from previous albums, a generous treat from the artist.

This show proves it again; Björk is the main artist of the last two decades, there are few important DJs, who hadn’t remix at least one of her songs and there are also many great rock and pop artists who cannot go on in their careers without acknowledging her influence on their music.

She is to our times’ music what TGV is to the railway and the washing machine to the beetling-bat and beetling-block, though I guess she wouldn’t mind using the last ones as they are very musical and eco-friendly.

1. Thunderbolt
2. Moon
3. Crystalline
4. Hollow
5. Dark Matter
6. Hidden Place
7. Mouth’s cradle
8. Isobel
9. Virus
10. Jóga
11. Sacrifice
12. Sonnets/Unrealities
13. Where Is the Line
14. Mutual Core
15. Cosmogony
16. Solstice
17. One Day
18. Unravel
20. Declare Independence


The man who stare at goats – Grant Heslov

The man who stares at goats is a big promise. The story is a satire on the U.S. Army’s alternative fighting experiments based on Jon Ronsons’s best seller. The cast is impressive (George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey) and together with the plot it should guarantee an acid satire.

The start is promising; the cast is filling the high expectations, more or less, is handling this black-comedy with great skill: George Clooney and Jeff Bridges are outstanding, Ewan McGregor follows them closely and Kevin Spacey is a bit behind. The story is promising good laughs; the new eco-friendly war techniques of the “Jedi” warriors are absurd and hilarious.

After enjoying some satire elements spread across the narrative, one is eager to see them coming together, forming an arrow and shooting someone or something down. But it does not happen. Institutions, policies that could have been pinched hardly are unharmed. U.S. Army is still standing, war in Iraq still standing, right-wing policy still standing. Am I missing something here or this would have been a good opportunity to embarrass these?

Anyway it is worth seeing these four cool guys at work, and there are some moments when all things come together and pure satire is created. It is a pity that it only happens occasionally and that in the end satire is just a tamed shadow of itself.

If you really are in the mood for a perfect satire on war, you should watch Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove, of course. You should watch it anyway.

Watch them both!

I used the word “satire” too many times. I think I miss the genre.

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