by Johannes Goransson on Aug.31, 2011
As I announced yesterday, we have a new issue of Action, Yes up. It’s an all-Swedish issue edited by the Swedes Anna Thörn and Sara Tuss Efrik. It features one of my favorite writers of the past few months, Stina Kajaso. I don’t have time today to write a whole lot about her, so I’ll post a couple of things I’ve written in the past.
This is what I wrote for Steve Evans’ Attention Span of 2011:
Some of my favorite “poems” of the past year has been the ranty entries on performance artist Stina Kajaso’s ultra-gurlesque blog of roughly biographical writing. If it’s biographical it’s in the best sense: performative, fantastic, ridiculous, excessive, over-the-top. And for people who don’t read Swedish, it’s got hilarious, ridiculous collages and videos (such as the one in which she explains how to put a fake sore on your shoulder and why that’s a pretty thing). She’s as likely to talk about eurovision competition as performance art (which is to say she’s likely to talk a lot about both topics).
And this is what I said in an interview with Chris Higgs on HTML Giant:
I spend a lot of time reading performance artist Stina Kajaso’s blog, Son of Daddy, which includes breakneck rants and writing about everything from dreams about being sexually assaulted by Lady Gaga to her theories about theater (it’s too high culture, the cure: “blood tsunami.”) to documentations of her performances pieces (sad bunny playing a flute inside an industrial elevator etc) and her crazy collages. To me she seems a text-based relative of Ryan Trecartin’s awesome youtube videos. Instead of the conventional academic/modernist discussion about “e-literature” and poetry in the electronic age, her blog comes off as a thrilling performance through the interface of cyberspace (rather than some kind of modernist “deep structure” based on programming).