♥ P A N O P T I C U M
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Krzysztof Zanussi, Poland 1973, 87 min
A student of physics searches for solid scientific paradigms and, ultimately, metaphysical explanations, eventually realizing that the state of mind suggested by the title will prove elusive. Combining elements of fiction and documentary, this film-essay puts the impossible ideal of philosophical illumination in confrontation with the clichés of everyday life, utilizing a shocking and extraordinary form.
Established in 2001 and held every two years, the event is a unique forum for dialogue between psychoanalysts, film makers, academics, critics and the public. It is organised by the Institute of Psychoanalysis.
We miss good interviews with Zizek. Here is a pretty amazing one from a couple years ago by the Guardian. For real fans, go into your diaries and write the 24th of November as your day off. Zizek is speaking for free at Birkbeck. Currently touring his new book First as Tragedy, Then as Farce , Zizek will be doing a few talks in London. Panopticum is delighted to see Zizek has launched a new website too.
Friday, 23 October 2009
Most mornings, Kate and Laura Mulleavy wake up in their parents’ home, kiss their mother goodbye at the door and head out to work. When they get to the Starbucks in downtown Los Angeles, they order the same thing. The sisters then head to their design studio, where they sit across from each other at a wide work table, and when the design process becomes intense, they pull out a thin fabric partition to signal that they shouldn’t be disturbed.
As usual in the rag trade, fame has arrived well ahead of fortune and commercial success for the little house of Rodarte. After eight seasons of collections, the sisters’ label is dining on buzz, which the Mulleavys are counting on to tide them over until their evening-dress business reaches critical mass. There’s industry pressure to turn them into a bankable brand—the sisters were among the designers Gap asked to create limited-edition white shirts in 2007, and last year Vogue approached the pair with a four-month regimen intended to help them, in Vogue’s terms, “learn good habits.” They lost a combined 50 pounds. Despite all the attention, the women are an unwavering and united sister act.
Rodarte’s dresses are a gothy art-school tribute to the couture method. Russian ballerina costumes spiked with a downtown edge, festooned with tissue-thin layers of mussed-up chiffon, embellished with silk tulle and worn with shredded, spiderweb tights and stiletto sandals. Linda Fargo, women’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, remembers an early Rodarte show in September 2006 where the audience fell silent. “It was like ‘run don’t walk’ to get a closer look at these beautiful dresses that were so romantic and original,” she says.
Kate, now 30, and Laura, 28, grew up in the San Francisco area, and later Pasadena, under the wings of intellectual and free-spirited parents, whom they still regard as their best friends. William, their dad, is a former botanist and professor who specialized in fungi. A licensed pilot, he took his daughters flying on the weekends, and his photographs of spores have been the inspiration for certain Rodarte printed fabrics. Rodarte is the maiden name of his wife, Victoria, an artist who made Navajo weavings and taught her daughters to sew.
- is a self-styled parallel miniature universe of fashion. Carefully designed and skilfully finished in a little studio in Hackney and made in one of the first Fair Trade workshops in Poland.All items are made in short runs and 50% of fabrics used are from vintage hard to find stocks.