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Those New York ’Nineties—Reality

Those New York ’Nineties—Reality (fun and frolic)

This entire menu here above called Those New York ’Nineties is just for fun—a frisky little soufflé laying no claim to profundity, presented for moral instruction alongside The Imagination Thief. My presence in the 114 film/TV projects and other items of footage in the menu probably adds up to something like one full B-movie’s worth of performance, as a rough estimate. Here on this page is just the “Reality” component in particular, but a more general introduction and an insufficient apology for Those New York ’Nineties as a whole is at Those New York ’Nineties – Introduction.

Random snippets, numbered randomly…

Rohan Quine - New York Montage: Intro and StillsNew York Montage: Intro and Stills. Introductory montage from Those New York ’Nineties. (18’02”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 1Reality 1. A brief Manhattan roofscape shoot at dawn—a sweet little whim suggested by my friend Edward Vilga because he had an unused fragment of old Super-8 film that he felt it would be a shame to leave unexposed. So up that stairwell we headed at a painfully early hour of the morning, to his Soho rooftop above Sixth Avenue. Those classic rooftop water-tank silhouettes in the distance, on soft-toned black-and-white celluloid… (36”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 8Reality 8. In the Times Square dusk, shot by Wayne: just wandering the streets and the subways that feel like the Centre of the World. (2’21”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 32Reality 32. “Mallucinations”—me processed and reprocessed on screen, through the inspired creativity and unfailingly generous labours of my dear friend Mal, by means of an arcane and unrepeatably Malefic conjuration of analogue data cables that coiled like alien spaghetti behind the TV set at 400 East Ninth Street above the south-east corner of First Avenue, all dusted with that fine seasoning of dead roaches and stray nickels and lost crumbs of controlled substances that always accumulate on wooden floors behind TVs in old East Village apartments, however often one may flit about with the feather-duster and one’s little hoover-nozzle for just such awkward corners… (3’59”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 12Reality 12. At the Perry Street apartment, including Mal’s Welsh-hat-and-flying-penis routine—always a hit at weddings, funerals and bar mitzvahs. (2’05”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 15Reality 15. A party, a “flesh”-coloured plaster, and arrangements of hands. (2’05”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 17Reality 17. My first New York home, 49 West Eleventh Street, the smallest apartment in Manhattan. (45”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 4Reality 4. In the multitudes at Pride parade: Fifth Avenue, World Trade Center, West Side piers. (2’02”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 2Reality 2. Four of us out in the Greenwich Village night. (55”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 28Reality 28. Kim, Wayne and I, as silent screens for projections of my paintings. (1’27”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 35Reality 35. Video re-videoed. (24”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 18Reality 18. Happiness to the sound of Malcolm McLaren’s Fans, mirrors, late-night fire and Cocteau Twins. (2’15”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 30Reality 30. Samantha Peterson making a great job of my Angeldemonfish tattoo design (still swimming there on the right arm), shot by Mal. (2’53”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 20Reality 20. Marijuana and acrobatics on a night-time verandah upstate. (29”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 13Reality 13. Returning from the night streets, and bare-assed in the courtyard. (29”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 23Reality 23. Antics to the music of Foetus; Ikon interviews; and a spontaneous rap from me. (9’02”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 25Reality 25. A party at my second apartment, 126 East Fourth Street, with DJing by Mal and a very early appearance by Cradeaux. (54”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 9Reality 9. Out in Greenwich Village, goofing around on Christopher Street. (41”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 14Reality 14. A spontaneous performance comprising equal parts ham and cheese, involving lip-syncs, smoke, light-projections and undoubtedly alcohol or grass all around, shot by whoever was still sober enough to hold the camera—silly fun times and many golden happy memories of Mal and Kim’s apartment, 99 Perry Street, between Bleecker and Hudson, Greenwich Village. (22”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 3Reality 3. Just the back courtyard at Perry Street, shot by Mal, with the sounds of falling rain, thunder and those familiar New York police-car sirens wailing in the distance: nothing more and nothing less. (14”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 7 & 5Reality 7 & 5. Nearing Manhattan on the Long Island Rail Road. Most people I knew would have seen this train’s journey in three easy categories, if they’d thought about it at all: (1) its origin in obscure and deathly Long Island suburbs where people’s grandmothers lived; (2) its trundle through Queens, which was of course one of NYC’s five boroughs and therefore technically in the First World, but still a huge suburbia in many ways, let’s admit it (and on the few times they’d been there for the occasional party, most of the streets were called by some ridiculously confusing number system lacking any reliable street-grid); and finally (3) a wake-up during the downbeat glamour of this industrial waterfront section of Queens near the East River (shot by Wayne), all leading up to arrival in the place where life can finally begin, on that island with the skyscrapers … you know the one. (1’08”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 31Reality 31. Me modelling “X’ray V’zyn” fashion designs by Tania Sterl, then “Space Girl” fashion designs by Pamela Thompson, on the catwalk with various reprobates at Alternative Fashion Week, shot in Webster Hall by hands unknown. (2’30”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 16Reality 16. Planning the Voguing Egyptian Boys tattoo, and discussing pecs in the hallway. (1’07”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 29Reality 29. Tattoo artist Samantha Peterson in Chelsea, making a great job of my Voguing Egyptian Boys design (still looking nicely crisp-edged on the left arm there), shot by Wayne: two silhouetted boys in profile, as from the tomb-walls of an Egyptian pharaoh’s catamite, in mirror-image of each other; self-portraits, of course… (1’22”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 11Reality 11. A sensitive performance, or perhaps just a bit of a meal, comprising the eating of an apple, probably because I’d just realised I forgotten to eat anything for a day or two—an unplanned little camera jaunt with my friend Koji when I visited him in Greenpoint. Faded Brooklyn streets and abandoned buildings in nearby McCarren Park, and by the look of it a hang-over. (2’11”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 10Reality 10. In the strobe-lights at a nightclub party called NyLon, shot by Mal. (22”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 22Reality 22. Oops—trashed on the cooking-sherry already, re-videoed on Perry Street yet again and reciting Coleridge into the face of the darkness (and it was only 11 in the morning). (1’19”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 24Reality 24. Channelling odd characters for a moment, during an unrepeated wander into a small bare room in a briefly vacant apartment above Mal the cameraman’s. (1’32”)
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Rohan Quine - New York - Reality 36Reality 36. It’s finished—wisp of an end-piece for Reality. (07”)
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The above “Reality” videos in Those New York ’Nineties are also here:

And in the Vimeo album Those New York ’Nineties—Reality:
Those New York ‘Nineties Montage Video: Intro and Stills,
Reality 1, 8, 32, 12, 15, 17, 4, 2, 28, 35, 18, 30, 20, 13, 23, 25, 9, 14, 3, 7 & 5, 31, 16, 29, 11, 10, 22, 24 and 36.

And in the YouTube playlist Those New York ’Nineties—Reality:
Those New York ‘Nineties Montage Video: Intro and Stills,
Reality 1, 8, 32, 12, 15, 17, 4, 2, 28, 35, 18, 30, 20, 13, 23, 25, 9, 14, 3, 7 & 5, 31, 16, 29, 11, 10, 22, 24 and 36.

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