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TIME’S UP JAMES FRANCO!

Postmodernism is a movement that refused to die. The aged postmodern icons go on and on…and as prominent critic Eleanor Heartney declared way back in 2004: “There is nothing to replace (them).”

And then, along came James Franco…

By 2008. the movie star had become bored and frustrated with the limitations of his expression confined to acting and the time-consuming grind of the publicity machine…

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James Franco extremely bored while appearing with Amanda Seyfried at the Lovelace press conference at Berlinale 2013. The film was about how the porn star Linda Lovelace was used and abused by the porn industry and was surely a Promethean advance warning to the exposure of abuse in the mainstream industry if Franco was open to the message…(Photo by LPS)

 In 2009, James Franco shattered the boundaries of the insular enclosed art world system when he traveled to museums across the U.S.A. to present and discuss Erased James Franco with the multimedia artist, Carter.

 

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The intersection of art & film: the Aquariann Carter directing the Leo shadow evoked in painting behind James Franco. Photo courtesy of Carter.

 

The short art film Erased James Franco was filmed inside Carter’s installation at Yvon Lambert Paris in the fall of 2008.  The key signifier in the installation had its inspiration in the postmodernist artist Robert Gober, namely a casting of James Franco’s actual leg strategically placed against an open door.

 

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Dr. Francostein & his Monster as the Leo/Aquarius doppelgänger: The multimedia artist Carter directing James Franco on the art installation/set for the filming of Erased James Franco at Yvon Lambert Paris.  (Astro-Portrait of FRANCOSTEIN is the composite natal chart of Franco and Carter, rectified by LPS.)

The exhibition was aptly titled Leg Opens Door/1963, an ontological reference to the Aquarian wave breaking in the sixties cultural revolution.  Carter’s direction for James Franco to perform his ouevre at 50 percent was a real time symbolization of the collective emptying of the Leo personal self to absorb the light of the quantum wave as the Aquarian impersonal Self.

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LEGONTOLOGY signed into zeitgeist by Carter.  Photo courtesy of Carter.

Carter told me that James Franco had AHA Moment while making the film Erased James Franco.  I pursued the actor for over five years to uncover what prompted the quantum leap that made Dr Francostein’s Monster the ubiquitous after-postmodern icon that I personally summed up as: “shattering every possible boundary between creative disciplines”.

My “Missing James Franco” journey across three continents began in April 2013 with the Copenhagen Collapse

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Carter (right) at the 2013 Copenhagen Film Festival to present “Erased James Franco”.  James Franco gamed his former director by appearing via SKYPE to introduce “My Own Private River”, a recut of Gus Van Sant’s “My Own Private Idaho”.  (Photo by LPS.)

By 2010, James Franco was on the red carpet of the Met Gala as doppelgänger to Marina Abramović wearing an identical tuxedo. Other appearances with art stars which revealed an unleashed shadow of celebrity famewhore lurking in the art world into the tabloid media that doesn’t normally focus on art stars.

The signature of the FRANCOSTEIN expression following Carter’s 2008 Aquarian experiment is a dual methodology of intervention and allegiance to meta.

Meta (from the Greek preposition and prefix meta- (μετά-) meaning “after”, or “beyond”) is a prefix used in English to indicate a concept which is an abstraction behind another concept, used to complete or add to the latter.

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James Franco mocking the Mother of Postmodernism in his interventionist James Franco’s Film Stills exhibited at PACE Gallery in Chelsea in April 2013. This astro-portrait of james reveals the asteroid Eris conjunct his Sun and its ruler, Mars, in his 2013 Solar Return.  (Gallery photo by LPS.)

This sums up the after-postmodern which was a media game that to be played successfully determined that the would be media star had to hold the tension of opposites, with his mastery of Web 2.0  multitasking…

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James Franco triple-tasking his way out of the I Am Michael press conference at the 2015 Berlinale: posing for a fan’s Selfie, chatting with Mahari and avoiding his critic who took this photo.  (Photo by LPS)

James Franco, with years of thespian training, could do this better than any art star.  Therefore, his intention to outdo the avant-garde with his Web 2.0 mastery of smashing boundaries between the disciplines had a purpose…

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Gadget Love Gesturing the Opposites:  Smart phone in hand, James Franco blocks his shadow, Tommy Wiseau from the microphone (Screenshot from YouTube).

…beyond raising his celebrity into a virtual epic of platform-hopping never experienced before in the pop culture.

Meta means about the thing itself. It’s seeing the thing from a higher perspective instead of from within the thing, like being self-aware.

Making a movie about the film industry isn’t meta. Making a movie about making movies is.  —Urban Dictionary

The January 8 telecast of the 2018 Golden Globes presented James Franco with his ultimate meta moment — to appear on stage with his shadow, Tommy Wiseau, whose “worst movie ever”, The Room, was meta-made into The Disaster Artist to win critical praise.

This way James Franco, currently starring in The Deuce, becomes the meta-figure personifying the tension between the opposites — good art vs. bad art — for the critics!

But the meta moment hat followed this triumph, a full decade after that momentous AHA Moment was signified by the pin that he was wearing —

TIME’S UP

 

James Franco, the master of the Web 2.0 meta moment, got a new meaning for both signifiers, The Disaster Artist and Times Up, in the wake of Twitter accusations in “real-time” with his acceptance of the Best Actor in a Drama Award at the Golden Globes.  The flood of accusations to follow were indeed about the FRANCOSTEIN breaking through boundaries, including removing the guards while simulating oral sex for a film scene.  Whether the accusations are accurate or not, the symbolism is apt for Mr. Franco’s meta project:

This is not what I meant when I commended you for transgressing boundaries, Mr. Franco!

In bringing together his own quantum leap into a critically hailed American auteur by way of a postmodern “meta copy” of “the worst movie of all time,” James Franco was doing a real-time performance of the tension of the opposites in which he personally defined the after-postmodern.

But the fallout which has put him on the defensive during his victory run reveals what happens when the human ego believes it can make the myths…

The nine-year reign of James Franco, as the ubiquitous figure of the after-postmodern superseding all other creative expression in this epoch by his sheer omnipresence has come to an end. Astrology confirms this as Uranus leaves Franco’s sign of Aries to move into Taurus this spring.

A new modernist movement has arrived and James Franco’s unexpected meta Moment summed up by signage on Sunset Strip revealing “James Franco’s life and art are getting uncomfortably close” provides a lesson right out of a neo-modernist playbook:

“WE DON’T CONTROL THE STARS, THE STARS CONTROL US.”

 

James Franco would be wise to withdrawal from the limelight and go inward to gaze at his fated star configurations as a means of shedding skins in 2018 and entering the realm beyond the meta: the Möbius strip where outer and inner are wedded in the sacred marriage of opposites.

 

But then, the very speed of the FRANCOSTEIN monster meant stomping on his critics!

Dr. Lisa Streitfeld is a Kultureindustrie theorist utilizing astrology as hermeneutics in the interpretation of contemporary art and pop culture.  She is currently placing two book length texts on the market, “Missing James Franco 3.0: Nine Days at the Berlinale” and “Art & the Stars”, disclosing the ontology of the Age of Aquarius.  

 

You can find her Huffington Post archives at:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/lisa-paul-streitfeld

She can be reached at shivalisapaul@gmail.com

 

(R)EVOLUTION IN GREECE: Michael Mantas’ “Receta” for the Avant-Garde

It is a cinematic breakthrough that perhaps could only come from the monk.  Michael Manta’s Receta expands the vocabulary of film to fold the personal journey into the universal quest for transcendence.

lisaMike Mantas enacts his inner monk on a spiritual journey in his “Receta”.

While this is no small feat, the surprise is how it achieves this quantum leap into the timeless; in real time by way of interweaving the making of homemade cheese into political documentary about his ancestral Greece during the violent uprisings anticipating the Trump era of nationalist revolutions.

As writer, director and producer of his own mythology transforming his identity from queer monk to avant-garde Greek-Canadian filmmaker, Mike Mantas‘ layered interweaving of autobiographical…

family-archeologuy …the mythical…

mythical …documentary of the Greek uprising…

xarchia …and political narrative of ego repression…

docu …absorbing the the long-repressed Shadow

shadow …by means of a multicultural tapestry of Queer identity on a sea journey…

boat …to absorb the transgender Aquarian icon…

goddess …is coded with the newly arising icon of the hieros gamos via the extraordinary face of Mina Orfanou as the Goddess Eurynome.

Evoking the hero’s journey of our time of dislocation, Mantas, a trained actor, self-performs the marriage of polarities (masculine and feminine)…cheesw ….by means of mastering a Greek recipe for cheese created in real time…

Diametrically in opposition to the externalization of the “male gaze” …

manneqjuin …coded through the killer stare of the nude female store mannequins…

sea …melds symbol and gesture to herald a 360 perspective symbolized by the trangender figure holding a utility geometry of holism: an umbrella.

The outward projection of the psyche’s inner struggle for union takes place through the eye of Mantas’ vintage camera in which the analog camera serves as recurring motif…

camera …for the physicality of filmmaking in which the gesture with the camera is an apparatus of personal excavation…

mobious… a metaphor of Heideggerian Being in which interior is reflected in the exterior…

Such a richly multilayered narrative texture utilising the Shadow as container for the embrace of the iternal feminine is new to cinema.

box“Receta” has a metal lock box as metahpor of the Philosopher’s Stone storing the coded psyche.

Upsetting the hierarchical linear time measured in quantity, Mantas infuses kairos — the unexpected moment of the quantum leap– into film as a measure of the qualitative…

Melding analog and digital by means of the symbolic and performative, Receta constructs the organic source of film, celluloid, into the Mobius strip as it overcomes the binary dualism of the subjective/objective…

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Receta proclaims a bold new era of cinema marrying subjective/objective through the right and left hemispheres of the brain.  By challenging the viewer as participant in the quest for unity, the real/surreal seamlessly blend personal and universal narrative..

thirdeye The Third Eye is among the rich iconography in “Receta” for the paradigm leap into the Third.

Mantas’ Greek birthname is Chronopoulos.  Not surprisingly, this enterprising filmmaker has made his destiny in digging so deep as to establish the visual language of a new art for(u)m at the intersection of Chronos and Kairos…

door …by means of opening new Doors of Perception.

While making unconventional demands for a whole brain participation to absorb multidimensional narrative, the rewards of learning Mike Mantas’ Receta are well worth the effort.