How to create a Frivolous Extravaganza - a 5 step programm presented by Feral Child
FERAL CHILD - a tender feeling
FERAL CHILD is the spirit of extravagance - a wo_man walking around in a dress made of three million feathers. Herefore, FERAL CHILD uses modes of seduction - one which employs flamboyant mannerisms susceptible of a double interpretation.
FERAL CHILD is a vision of the world in terms of style - but a particular kind of style. It is the love of the exaggerated, the „off“ of things-being-what-they-are-not. The best example is in Art Nouveau, the most typical and fully developed FERAL CHILD style. Art Nouveau objects, typically, convert one thing into something else: the lighting fixtures in the form of flowering plants, the living room which is really a grotto.“It‘s too much“, „It‘s too fantastic“, „It‘s not to be believed“, are standard phrases of FERAL CHILD enthusiasm. FERAL CHILD is the creator of sensibilities and can be serious about the frivolous, frivolous about the serious. FERAL CHILD taste is a kind of love, love for human nature as well as the triumph of the epicene style.1
FERAL CHILD developed the Y-SHOW to wake up the spectator who has been drugged by spectacular images, through radical action in the form of the construction of situations - situations that bring a revolutionary reordering of life, politics, and art. 2
(Enthusiastically) Let them build something [glamorous] out of piles of trash.(Passionately) Be your own public relations wo_man; convince them all that what you’re doing is worthwhile because it’s enjoyable to play, (And if you can’t convince them, confuse them.)/(Undoubtedly) There is nothing to improve in a FERAL CHILD SHOW, you don’t need to be a professional FERAL CHILD. It’s best when it is artless, for better or worse. (wholeheartedly) Don’t give up the whole idea of putting on a show for audiences. A show is a show. Don’t leave the shows only to the theatre people and discotheques. 3
That’s Y, FERAL CHILD invented the Y-Tube or yPod - an instrument of personal and collective pleasure in which, once entered, one could curate her_his personal sound collection. This ultimately personalised act derives from the fact that the consumer can choose between 3 constantly changing music channels, which operate independently, connected through a highly developed programe. Also, the Y-Tube turns the user into part cyborg, extending the body into an electronic gadget and flows digital technology back into the body. Once this embodied experience is instigated through the object, then it connects the body to space and action. Using your Y-Tube or yPod is more than just listening. It entails an entire bodily immersion. Once in use, the yPod delivers correspondence between tactile, visual, aural and a stylish experience. FERAL CHILD is swapping music with friends as a self-identifying act and socially alluring process. FERAL CHIILD invites to touch, hold, manipulate, caress. The Y-Tube / yPod remains the ultimate personalizable alienating object. 4
1 Sontag, S. (1964) Notes on Camp
2 Ford, S. (1950) The Situationist International: A User’s Guide
3 Kaprow, A. (1966) How to make a happening
4 Julier, G. Inside and Outside iPOD in Candlin, F ., Guins, R. (2009) The Object Reader, New York: Routledge, P. 477
SPECIAL THANKS and LOVE to Shania Twain - You‘re Still the One!, magical Olivia Newton John, Diana Ross and the Supremes, I. Cara - who sang FAME and of course our Companions - the Shaggs!