Christof Migone - Disgust Display Series - The Crack Museum
  Year :   2006
  Location :   Canada
  Worktype :   -
  Materials:   -
  Info :   Series of Museums -but really each is an amalgam of works by various artists, filmmakers, writers featured (Vito Acconci, Franz Kafka, Christian Marclay, Michael Snow, Igor Vamos) which focus on a specific bodily function/action. First exhibited for E

  Work Details  
  Crackers (1997) text. Christof Migone Crackers began in 1997 as residency project for Gallery 101 in Ottawa. Participants were solicited through the radio, classified ads in the weekly paper, and via the Gallery’s membership. The recording sessions consisted of an interview succeeded by a cracking session. Participants: Germaine Koh, Justine Akman, Marguerite Dehler, Tony Daye, Sarah Dobbin, Vera Greenwood, Louise Levergneux, Michael Sutton. Letters to Milena. Franz Kafka Excerpt from the book: [...] “nechápu” — “I don’t understand” A peculiar word in Czech and even more so in your mouth, it’s so severe, callous, cold-eyed, parsimonious, and above all nutcracker-like; three times in the word the jaws crack upon one another, or more correctly : the first syllable makes an attempt to seize the nut, it wont work, then the second syllable tears the mouth wide open, now the nut fits into it, and the third syllable cracks, d’you hear the teeth. [...] Crackers (2001) CD cover. Christof Migone CD Design: Dawson Prater. Drawings: Onya Hogan-Finlay. Record label: Locust (Chicago). Crackers (2001) CD audio. Christof Migone Recorded: 1997 in Ottawa. Edited: 1998 in Québec City. Mixed: 2000 in Montréal. Record label: Locust (Chicago). Exclusive source: source: sounds of cracking knuckles, knees, wrists, jaws, toes, ankles, backs, necks, wrists, elbows, hips. Do you crack your fingers? your neck? your back? your knees? your elbows? your ankles? your hips? your jaws? your toes? your…? A joint is the locale where bones articulate a tension. Crackers are compulsive about the release of that tension. A crack is incontinent. A cracker too. As the sound of the cracks echo, some wince, others feel relief. A crack is a body nonsequitur, a bone edit, a broken break. Cinecrackers (2005) (work in progress) (1:06). Christof Migone Scenes from films where someone (or something) cracks. Excerpts so far (more are being sought, contact the artist at if you know of any others): Woyzeck (Werner Herzog 1978), Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow 2005), Dodgeball (Rawson M. Turber 2004), Blade Runner (Ridley Scott 1982), Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone 1968), Repulsion (Roman Polanski 1965).