Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Grant Morrison @ Steve Cook's Alternity

Back in 2002, funnybook scribe extraordinaire and Dork Forty patron saint Grant Morrison performed a dramatic reading, with musical accompaniment by Ysanne Spevack, for the opening of an exhibition of artwork by sometime-funnybook-design-wizard Steve Cook. It's an odd thing, as you'd expect, based on one of Cook's paintings. I'm going to have to listen to it again to fully appreciate it, but on first run-through Morrison seems to be riffing on Britishness by way of American icons and the cosmological preoccupations underlying most of his work. Bizarre and funny and not the least bit afraid of slipping over into pretentiousness (though I think it avoids that for the most part), this really brightened my morning, and so I thought I'd share it along to you, my faithful readers...

Alternity Performance from Temporal An0maly on Vimeo.

Many thanks to Bleeding Cool for posting.


  1. The audience doesn't quite seem to know what to think. I do, because now I will go touch myself. :)

    Brief appearances of the side of Kristen's face too, wearing the completely undecipherable Mona Lisa smirk, as usual.

    I know a lot of musicians that do accompanying gigs like this right now, too, so that's fun.

  2. I knew you'd enjoy it, Girlie. In your own inimitable fashion...

    And I know what you mean about the audience. I especially like those two black women they keep putting the camera on. They seem REALLY dubious, if mildly amused by the end.