Bitte Spiel Mein Gong

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Xiu Xiu

With their “Bitte Spiel Mein Gong”-actionism Xiu Xiu prove true as an interactive and experimental group consisting of sportful and committed people (for more proof see their blogging below). It was just a couple of months ago at Donaufestival when Xiu Xiu’s sonic brainchild Jamie Stewart politely turned down our request for reasons of impracticality of transferring their stage-appearance outdoors, at the same time referring us to his bandmates Ches Smith and Devin Hoff (together they are Good for Cows), who did a really nice job with Jeff Parker (from Tortoise) back then. Anyway, once Xiu Xiu return to Austria, they come up with something really special for our shooting. With their lo-fi “Bitte Spiel Mein Gong” Jamie Stewart, Caralee McElroy and Devin Hoff totally go for the dynamic interaction. Yet the area the trio is heading for – leaving the venue brut to the inner city, direction Opera – is not a good turf for actionism, as unbiased and inoffensive it may be. Just because they kneel down at the walk of fame reserved for composers (it is Johann Sebastian Bach whom Jamie gives a peck), have a rest at the Opera toilet where you can pee to “The Blue Danube” and pass by the famous State Opera, this does not automatically mean that they come across people who are into musical interaction. On the contrary: only a third of the persons invited would react responsive to Caralee’s, Devin’s and Jamie’s “Bitte” and take the pleasure of “Spiel Mein Gong”. Howsoever, for being denied by that majority, Xiu Xiu is a fortiori adored by you and me.

  • Posted: February 16, 2009
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Sarah Brugner
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner