RIP Hermann Nitsch (1938 – 2022)

Concrete Flesh concert with projection of Hermann Nitsch”

Hermann Nitsch was an Austrian artist who is known for his transgressive performance art.

His seven minute short “Maria-Conception-Action: Hermann Nitsch” (1969) illustrates how the past is a foreign country.

The performance is a combination of a sadomasochistic performance, artsploitation and carnography.

A typical scene from Herman Nitsch’s happenings featured cruelty, sexuality, blood and violence.

In the “Maria-Conception-Action: Hermann Nitsch” a young women is crucified and defiled with a disemboweled lamb carcass.

That film is not featured on YouTube but it can be faintly seen on footage of a concert by the band Concrete Flesh.

The closest I ever came to witnessing a spectacle like this is, is seeing Tier Mon (1988) by La Fura dels Baus in Antwerp when I was 23. And then there was Abattoir Fermé, the Belgian theater group whose aesthetics sometimes flirt somewhat with that of Nitsch.

RIP Orlando Julius (1943 – 2022)


Orlando Julius was a Nigerian composer, saxophonist, singer, and songwriter, known for compositions as “Ashiko” (1975 or earlier).

“Kawa oma ranti, ranti ile o, isedale baba awa” on “Going Back to My Roots” (1977) by Lamont Dozier can be heard at 5:34.

His voice and text “kawa oma ranti, ranti ile o, isedale baba awa” [we will always remember the roots of our parents] is featured on “Going Back to My Roots” (1977) by Lamont Dozier.