by Fabrice Bourgelle

Iron Mountain

Real Change We Can Truly Believe In Actually

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This is very serious indeed. It will have some considerable ramifications, it’s very serious, actually. It carries meaning for every one of us, and I hope you understand, as I do, the gravity of the situation, that is obviously not to be taken lightly. In fact it is unprecedented, and carries implications of the most… more

Honeyfeet

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There is a question, that I find myself and probably most poncy artists and musicians asking ourselves daily: Is the work I’m doing worthwhile? A few years ago I had no time to ask myself this question. I was too drunk. When you are drunk, you have less time – everything is faster, for the… more

Crumbs

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Two pigeons. The dying one, sliding its hard-swollen leg over the plate, made a tapping sound as it recovered, from mortal battle over crumbs with its healthier, if one-legged, companion. Between them they actually challenged me, and won the right to another passenger’s left-over chocolate cake, two seats down. The oily, rat-looking, days-numbered one, just… more

‘Tics in the Work

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  I watched a TV show the other night. In it, a set of spunky young men and women used CGI to do battle on a global scale. The good guys were very clearly working in the name of the nation of that show’s origin – the US – and of course, democracy. When I… more

Explanation of the Jester Project, Chapter 5 (final) – Meaning/Concept of ‘The Jester’

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It’s like this. A jester is a figure of fun. Alone in the entire kingdom, our jester can speak his mind. Since his every quality, comment or thought is considered universally to be folly, and of no worth; since he is so thoroughly an embodiment of the unworthy, the butt of ridicule, he alone is… more

Explanation of the Jester Project, Chapter 4 – Pledge Campaign

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Amanda Palmer speaks eloquently and passionately about crowd-funding, and the debate about its place in the future/fate of the music industry is an intriguing one. I have my own ideas about what sort of person will thrive on this sort of thing, but we’re here to talk about the explanation of The Jester, not business…. more

Explanation of the Jester Project, Chapter 3 –Art Collection, Curation and Exhibition

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  This is a brand new project, made by two pretty obscure characters, and lacking in any support from major organizations. It was pretty ludicrous, as undertakings go, in the first place. If anyone was going to have access to it, or even be made aware of it at all, we were going to have… more

Explanation of the Jester Project, Chapter 2 – Recording Process

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I’ve recorded with analogue tape before, and some people think I’m fixated on a preference for it. I won’t get into anything technical here, since I’m unqualified, and I want to avoid tempting your thunderous disinterest. But I will say that certain tools will fit certain jobs, and we might want to consider every one… more

Explanation of the Jester Project, Chapter 1 – Composition (cont)

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Similarly, weeks later, the morning after performing in that play‘s unforgettable first night in Dublin, still full of bewildered zeal and romantic drunken glory, I was just hungover enough to arrive at a poem called ‘I Don’t Want A World Today’. It was all about wanting a rest from how awesome everything can be. Obviously,… more

Explanation of the Jester Project, Chapter 1 – Composition

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I claim to be able to explain this to you, just as though it belonged to me, but it doesn’t. If the project has worked in any small way, then this ‘explanation’ will unravel itself. Around half-way through, I’ll be uncovered as a half-baked flounce. I will resemble an apology’s birthday cake in the rain…. more