Video: Claudia Rucker Performs “A Bench Above The Ocean” Inaugurating The Leonard Cohen Hydra Bench

A poem and a song  written by Claudia Rucker for the inauguration of the bench on Hydra dedicated to Leonard Cohen (see Finale Of Three-Year Saga: The Leonard Cohen 80th Birthday Bench On Hyra). Performed on Hydra by Claudia Rucker 10 June 2017.

Claudia writes:

I started composing this song in 2015 in the expectation of the bench being built by Leonard’s 80th birthday. When I heard it would be delayed,  I was very disappointed and stopped the process. When I arrived on Hydra Saturday, 3 June 2017,  I saw that the construction of the bench was in process. So, I sat down at the yellow and red house in Kamini, which offers a cool breeze and a shady place to work, to finish the song. A Greek guitar player came along the way, asked if he could help, and showed me a unique picking pattern that I integrated into the song.

Credit Due Department:Photo of house by Claudia Rucker. Photo of Claudia Rucker by Claudia Georgii.

Trailer: I’m Your Man (A Portrait of Leonard Cohen) From 2017 MAC Exhibit


Commissioned by the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, the release of the trailer for I’m Your Man (A Portrait of Leonard Cohen) coincides with the museum’s unveiling of its programming for its special Leonard Cohen exhibition.

From What does it sound like when Leonard Cohen fans of 50+ years sing I’m Your Man? (CBC News: Jun 15, 2017). More information at the link.

Venice Transmedia Exhibition Inspired By Leonard Cohen’s Lines “The Boat Is Leaking. The Captain Lied”

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking.
Everybody knows that the captain lied.

From Everybody Knows by Leonard Cohen

Cohencentric has published a couple of photos of the sign in Venice proclaiming “Everybody knows that the boat is leaking. / Everybody knows that the captain lied,” including this close-up  by Laurence of Paris. Now Rike provides the information about the 13 May – 26 Nov 2017 tribute from the Fondazione Prada site:

“The Boat is Leaking. The Captain Lied.” is a transmedia exhibition project, the result of an ongoing, in-depth exchange between writer and filmmaker Alexander Kluge, artist Thomas Demand, stage and costume designer Anna Viebrock and curator Udo Kittelmann. The exhibition unfolds on three storeys of the 18th century palazzo – the ground floor and the two main ones – and include photographic and film works, as well as spatial settings and loans from private and public collections.

The long process which led to the realization of this project is not only the result of discussions and exchanges between the authors involved in it, but also the outcome of a misunderstanding. The sharing of a reproduction of a painting by Angelo Morbelli Giorni… ultimi (1883), generated in the three artists and in the curator different interpretations of its subject, which depicts a group of elderly destitute men within the Pio Albergo Trivulzio in Milan. More specifically, the portrayed individuals had been mistaken for retired sailors spending their old age at the hostel. This suggestion not only caused the marine metaphor in the exhibition title, inspired by Leonard Cohen’s song Everybody Knows (1988), but also the choice to devote a monographic room to Morbelli, hosting seven of his works.

Quoting William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar “Why, now blow wind, swell billow, and swim bark! The storm is up, and all is on the hazard”, Udo Kittelmann underlines how this collaboration generated out of a “shared awareness, both on an emotional and theoretical level, of the critical aspects of present times and the complexity of the world we live in”. In a dialogue of polyphonic references and constellations between the contributions of each artist, the exhibition spans film, art and theatre media. The confluence of image spaces and scene settings for a variety of atmospheres transforms the historic palazzo of Ca’ Corner della Regina into a metaphorical site for the identification of the worlds we live in and our personal attitudes towards them. The exhibition aims to provide comprehensive insight into the respective production of Alexander Kluge, Thomas Demand and Anna Viebrock, whose artistic endeavours have always extended beyond the aesthetic and imaginative, and were conceived with political and historical intentions. All three artists reveal themselves as pathfinders and clue seekers, witnesses and chroniclers of times past and present.

Read the complete description at the Fondazione Prada site