NO GUTS, NO GALAXY is a weekly series of artist-curated slideshows that expand upon the diverse subjects addressed in RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder, such as, the Downtown scene, early hip-hop and performance, Afrofuturism and cosmology, the mythology of Gothic Futurism, and the coercive power of language.
The format takes inspiration from an existing recording of a slideshow-cum-performance called RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: UNDERGROUND INNER THINKING (1987), given by the artist at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, where, in between impromptu freestyles and bouts of audience heckling, Rammellzee espoused his philosophical tenets of Gothic Futurism and Ikonoklast Panzerism. Presenters for NO GUTS, NO GALAXY include artists, photographers, writers, curators, and musicians, many of whom share a common history and personal connection with Rammellzee, or have found inspiration in the artist’s diverse, interdisciplinary output. Expect to see presentations—experimental or performative in nature—that feature personal archival materials and rare documentation.
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DOWNTOWN ‘81 (In Memory of Glenn O’Brien), with Kenneth Goldsmith.
Thursday, June 14
MoMA poet Laureate Kenneth Goldsmith, founder of UbuWeb, reads excerpts from his book, “New York: Capital of the 20th Century” (Verso, 2015), a rewriting of Walter Benjamin’s “Arcades Project,” for NYC. The slideshow and reading will focus on the downtown section, which paints a picture of that scene of which Rammellzee was an integral part, with excerpts from dozens of authors including: Keith Haring, Anthony Haden-Guest, Cookie Mueller, Glenn O’Brien, Andy Warhol, Jay McInerney, Tama Janowitz, Bret Easton Ellis, Guy Trebay, David Wojnarowicz, and many more.
MAD MISSIVES, LAST WORDS, AND THE FINE ART OF MARGINALIA: LEARNING TO READ OUTSIDE THE LINES, with Carlo McCormick.
Thursday, June 21
Carlo McCormick, co-curator of RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder, presents a motley historical collection of voices on the fringe; a kind of “last words” ultimatum from artists, activists and outsider figures. Cries of rage or calls for help, desperate times calls for desperate measures. Projects, gestures, hasty inscriptions and sophisticated marketing campaigns all collide in a hypertext of dread and desire. Including images from: John Fekner, Vito Acconci, Rammellzee, Trevor Paglen, Icy & Sot, Ernest Zacharevic, Shepard Fairey, George Booruji, Freedom, Revs, the Situationist International, the Unabomber, Medieval monks and a special tribute to the student revolts of 1968 on their 50th anniversary.
IKONOKLAST BATTLE STATION VS. THE CLOCKTOWER: IT’S YOUR DEATH, with Charlie Ahearn.
Thursday, June 28
Charlie Ahearn, director of Wild Style (1983), presents a live slideshow video mix on Rammellzee, set against his iconic radio program Yes Yes Y’all. Featuring special rants, MC excerpts, and Ramm’s theories on the Alpha’s Bet, Ahearn drives us through rare Battlestation photographs, early Hip-hop graffiti slides, video documentation on the origins of Battle Culture, and Wild Stylism through the wind tunnels to Ramm’s Gothic Futurism finale.
Stay tuned for more July and August programming, on occasion of RAMMΣLLZΣΣ: Racing for Thunder.