My Woshin Mashin sounds like a goofy name. For Hugo Simons and his wife, Bibi Tulin, it's a name the electronic duo created for their band. They came up with it by using what they call their mythical language, known as Mawamian, mingled with English.
Every religion, every ideology and every construct of self implies a perspective on what constitutes the good life, as well as some kind of critique of the bad. But what are we to do when our ideals are in conflict?
There are certain aspects of America that I find enormously attractive -- the openness and friendliness of the people, their generosity and the lack of a stifling European-style class system. However, there is a side to America that I find extremely unsettling -- the relentless fixation on money.
In the Bible God exiles Adam and Eve and declares that they will never be permitted to return to the Garden. If God's intention was to assure that humanity would be forever exiled, why did God not destroy Eden?
"I wrote a song about my high school girlfriend who broke my heart and have been milking it ever since. The irony of it is, it's the very first song I ever wrote and it's the song that's pinned on my back, kind of like 'kick me.'"
In Wheeler's art case it is purely the medium of light that we explore, touch, see, and sense. His simplified use of material heightens and distills the experience. Being inside his space is at once ethereal and dense.
A utopia only for the rich is no utopia at all. Americans have to decide whether they are going to continue to chase after an unobtainable mirage, or choose to construct a society where the vast majority have the same chance at a happy and prosperous life as the lucky few.
Here's a loose-lipped playlist for Stan the Man, a dude with a big ego and a very mixed record who finally accomplished the impossible -- actually stealing some of the cultural spotlight away from Lady GaGa.