Examining the seductive and dangerous aspects of mimicry

Smeared States was held at MAMA between 14 June and 11 August. In relation to this exhibition, Kari Robertson and Lila Athanasiadou (programme maker of Smeared States) are producing a two part podcast surrounding the alluring yet dangerous concept of mimicry.

Part 1: Passion’s Parasite focuses on the alluring aspect of mimicry as seduction exploring deadly seductress spiders, Zeus’s deceitful trickery, Sirens’ captivating deadly lyrical call, the beguiling words of poets, pop music’s addictive lures and fan-fiction with a death drive. Listen to Part 1 below.

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00.00: Introduction to Passion’s Parasite

00.30: Bjork Talking About Her TV 1998

02.11: Introduction to Plato’s Republic

03.11: Excerpt from Plato’s Republic (Book 10) and Beyonce Drunk in Love

05.04: Excerpt from Coyote Anthropology by Roy Wagner

05.26: Introduction to Ovid’s Metamorphosis

06.10: Ovid’s Metamorphosis Book VI: The Contest of Arachne and Athena

09.15: Excerpt Bolas Spider: from series Life in The Undergrowth by David Attenborough

11.42: Paul Kelly’s Gobbling Demonstration

13.20: Advice to Pick Up Artists for utilising womens’ mirror neurons

13.53: Truth Hurts feat. Rakim Addictive

14.37: This Mortal Coil Song of The Sirens

16.23: Siren Song by Margaret Atwood (excerpt)

17.29: Sirens excerpt from L’ODYSSEE directed by Franco Rossi 1968

19.07:  Siren Song by Margaret Atwood (excerpt)

19.33: Sevdaliza Sirens of The Caspian

21.11: Karen Cecil What Love is fan fiction of The Talented Mr. Ripley

23.10: Peter’s Death excerpt from The Talented mr. Ripley directed by Anthony Minhella 1999

25.48: Leonard Cohen I’m Your Man

26.45: Excerpt from Enter the Mantis from 2001 BBC Wildlife series narrated by David Attenborough

27.40: Nelly Furtado Maneater

28.10: Introduction to Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi, quote from Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures By Mark Fisher

29.04: Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi excerpt from The Obsession of the (Vanishing) Body

30.09: Busta Rhymes / Mariah Carey I Know What You Want

Part 2 releases in December. The second part zooms into the psychological and pathological aspects of mimicry through a survey into disturbances in perception of space, postmodern urban disorientation, malls as spaces of consumption of identities and the entropic tendencies of pop music that echo nature’s inertia.

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