Bjork and Matthew Barney used to be my favourite celebrity couple, just because the pairing seemed both perfect and perfectly bonkers.* So this Ask Polly about ICELAND!!! with plenty of Bjork and Barney references was like catnip to me.
So of course I headed over to YouTube to watch some Bjork videos… and then I had a wild thought: what if Barney’s Cremaster Cycle was on YouTube?
Reader, it is.
I’m a bit surprised at this, to be honest; I was under the impression that Barney was fairly controlling of the conditions in which the films could be shown. But nope: there it all is, in all its penis-obsessed glory, right there on YouTube, since 2013!
I don’t think I’m actually advocating watching the Cremaster Cycle. I did–in two sittings–when it screened at the Pacific Cinematheque more than ten years ago, and while I have fond memories of the experience, those memories are more about who I was watching with, and why. I think the films have their interesting moments, but generally they are over-long; and at times, the films’ obsession with maleness and masculinity comes at the expense of women.
However, it delights me to no end that the films are on YouTube. (And Bjork was always too good for him anyways.)
*Now that they are broken up, Joanna Newsom and Andy Samberg are at the top of my list, followed closely by FKA Twigs and Robert Pattinson.