‘Gag is a sequence of rotting doors/mild suburban hell/rooms lorded over by men of obscenity/a blighted novella/sister book to PX138 3100-2686 User’s Manual/a little limb, little dog/bodies trapped in basements/leather, plastic, film/pile of burnt manuscripts/Artaud’s body writhing on an asylum floor/the outside world of light and terrors/an offensive dictionary/a song of TV’s great criminals/mere book/the acorns on the forgotten grave of Donatien Alphonse François de Sade/a collection of evidence from taped cabinets.’ — Inside the Castle
‘Strange and severe, reworking language into a series of ritual gestures, Gag takes the words and phrases you thought you knew and with them performs a new way of speaking, one that is sensation-based rather than knowledge-based. Gag is the kind of book that recomposes itself in the compost of your brain so that only days later do you realize what it’s done to you.’ — Brian Evenson
‘Gag takes place in a haunting and unpredictable world where silence is pure, violence is a career, and everyone is meat. Reading this book is like entering a dream, or a nightmare, depending on the page.’ — Chelsea Hodson
bronchitis reading of 3 poems from ‘ode to a vincent gallo nightingale’
Trailer: Grobbing Thistle by Grant Maierhofer
Trailer: Marcel by Grant Maierhofer
p.s. Hey. This lucky blog gets its second chance in several days to transfigure into a red carpet for a fantastic, newly born book, in this case Grant Maierhofer’s stunning newbie ‘GAG’. Please give it your full attention today and consider adding it to your library. Thanks a lot! Otherwise, I got whomped by illness yesterday at absolutely the most impossible time seeing as how I need to be working from morning to night every day for the next three weeks, and I literally have no choice in the matter, so I am very fucked and trying desperately to will myself back to health. I only mention that because this p.s. is going to be a somewhat listless, unfocused thing. Sorry. ** New Juche, Hi, Joe. Oh, that’s funny, the link, given today’s subject. Thanks! Everyone, Add to your Grant Maierhofer Day by clicking this and reading his thoughts on ‘Finnegan’s Wake’ over at the venerable 3:AM Magazine. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi, D. Oops, you’re right. Thank you ever so much for pasting that Facebook thing here. I’m only capable of skimming it at the moment, but it looks very rich. Thank you, David! ** Jamie, Hi Jamie! Very happy to see you! Oh, man, I’m sick and screwed, but otherwise I’m okay, ha ha. Even with my excessive busyness right now, I still think busy is a way to go. The film prep is non-stop and getting smoother and smoother, thanks. Seeings things solidified is weird, right? Our rehearsals feel like that, even though what’s happening there isn’t solid. Sorry you went through the sickness. I got totally zonked by it last night, and, oh man, does it suck. Happy Tuesday, hopefully with lots of spring in your step, back to you. Congested and semi-incoherent love, Dennis ** Ferdinand, Hi, F. I do remember that cover of The Face actually, yeah. When my brain starts working again, I’ll greedily read your poem. Thank you! Everyone, writer and d.l. Ferdinand (Andrew) has a poem brand newly online you and should read it. Here. Thanks about the film. It’s called PERMANENT GREEN LIGHT. ** Steevee, Hi. Well, if you like Robbie Williams it helps me understand why you like the Harry Styles single so much. I do like Mount Eerie, and, yeah, the new album is very beautiful. The bank got on the replacement card quickly. It’s just that they have to send it overseas to me because my bank doesn’t exist in France. Congrats on weight loss. Diet, cutting down on the med, both, other reasons? ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! I thought so too. Thanks about the card. It seems to be even more of a mess now. Asking authors whose work you accept for SCAB not publish that work anywhere else before SCAB comes out is absolutely the usual, reasonable, and perfectly okay and right way. That’s not asking anything unusual of the writers all. Two months is not a long time. Don’t worry about that. Yeah, my sickness swooped in and took over my body last night. It’s a shockingly bad development. We did get permission yesterday to use the music track finally, and hooray about that. The rehearsals went really well. Today we have our last Paris day of rehearsals and then a giant meeting about our shooting schedule, although I don’t know how I’m going to do and survive those things. Have an infinitely better Tuesday than I’m going to have. How was yours? ** Misanthrope, Yeah, I don’t like Robbie Williams’ stuff, so there you go. Fall, winter? Hm, I’ll take a guess. Someone’s pregnant? Yeah I don’t find sex dolls titillating at all, but I do find people’s ability to get titillated by them kind of interesting. ** _Black_Acrylic, Thanks, Ben. I wish you were handling my card, obviously. Cool, I’ll score the Dopplereffekt next time I get a minute. Thanks, buddy. ** H, Hi. Ha ha, my powers of denial did not work. I’m way sick. And now I’m asking those powers to work even harder. Talk about unbelievably bad luck. I’m really looking forward to reading the new Guibert. On Thursday, in fact. Take care, my friend. ** Right. Be all celebratory and welcoming regarding ‘GAG’ today, folks. Thank you very much! See you tomorrow.
8 AD. — The First Sex Doll Story Told. In Metamorphoses, Ovid wrote of a myth involving a woman sculpted from ivory by Pygmalion. Her name was Galatea and he became so obsessed with her, bathing her feeding her and of course sleeping with her, eventually Aphrodite made her into a real woman.
11th to 12th Century — Touching of Naked Statues Encouraged. Naked women made of marble, called “Sheela-na-gigs,” were carved into the sides of English and Irish churches to ward off evil spirits. The carvings had exaggerated vulvas and a legend at the time said caressing these sexy busts gave you the power to heal others.
15th Century — The First Sex Dolls at Sea. Called “Dame De Voyage” in French, “Dama De Vinje” in Spanish or “Seemannsbraut,” in German, these female dolls made out of sewn cloth were used by sailors aboard their ships to occupy their time (and bodies) on long trips at sea.
1941 — Nazis Invent the Modern Sex Doll. The world’s first sex-dolls as we know them were created in Nazi Germany at the request of the SS leader, Heinrich Himmler. Called the “Borghild Field-Hygiene Project,” Himmler came up with the concept to stop the “unnecessary losses” of Nazi soldiers due to STD’s. The Project was considered ”Geheime Reichssache,” translated: ”More secret than top secret.”
The sculptor on the project, Arthur Rink, created three dolls. Typ A: 168 cm bust. Typ B: 176 and Typ C: 182 cm. According to Rink, The SS wanted the breasts “round and full” and SS Dr. Olen Hannussen insisted on “a rose hip form, that would grip well.” As for the face, the team agreed it needed a cheeky and naughty look. They asked to borrow the face of an actress of the time, Käthe von Nagy, for the doll, but she declined. Dr. Hannussen suggested an “artificial face of lust”, which he thought would be more appealing to the soldiers. Technician, Franz Tschakert agreed saying, “The doll has only one purpose and she should never become a substitute for the honorable mother at home… When the soldier makes love to Borghild, it has nothing to do with love. Therefore the face of our anthropomorphic sexmachine should be exactly how Weininger described the common wanton’s face.”
Going along with the Nordish Nazi vision of beauty, a tall leggy blonde rounded out the form. The first model of Borghild, Typ B, was completed in September 1941. Later, this blonde life-sized woman would inspire Ruth Handler to create the Barbie Doll for girls.
1955 — Bild Lilli. The first sex doll is marketed, which is 11.5 inches of plastic and is named Bild Lilli.
1975 — The Stepford Wives. A film about the quaint town of Stepford, Connecticut where men have beautiful robot wives that are all absolutely perfect … except for the fact that they’re creepy. Trivia: Diane Keaton turned the role of Joanna down the night before signing her contract, because her analyst got “bad vibes” from the script.
1977 — Hohoemi. The history the best Japanese sex dolls brand started in 1977 when the future CEO of Orient Industry decided to make the kind of doll that he knew men needed. He came up with Hohoemi. She’s a simple lady compared with the sophisticated silicone dolls of today but she certainly was a popular and durable creation. Made from urethane and PVC, Hohoemi was essentially a head, bust and waist with hole … and that’s it.
Early 80’s — The First Sex Robot is invented. British Company, Sex Objects Ltd. creates a sex robot, named “36C,” for obvious reasons. “She” also had a 16-bit microprocessor and voice synthesizer that allowed primitive responses to speech and push button inputs.
1985 — The Term “Gynoid” Coined. The term “Gynoid” was a name given to a female robot designed to look like a human female. It was given to us by Gweyneth Jones in her 1985 novel, Divine Endurance.
1987 – Britain Lifts Prohibition on Importing Sex Dolls. In 1982 a blocked attempt to import sex dolls into Britain began a court case about whether or not to lift the import ban on all “Obscene or Indecent” items. The sex companies finally won the case in 1987, lifting all prohibitions. This opened the floodgates to all perversity in England.
1994 – Fleshlight. Back in 1994, Steve Shubin had a problem — his wife was pregnant with twins and, being over 40, her health was a concern. Sex was off limits during the course of the pregnancy so Shubin had to take matters into his own hands. But not by using his hand. Deciding he needed something else to use, he started daydreaming. Eighteen months and $750,000 later, the Fleshlight was born.
1995 — The Inflatable Sex Sheep Sold. Muttonbone Productions, Inc. creates a life-sized, anatomically correct inflatable sheep called the Love Ewe. It is sold mainly as a gag gift.
1996 – First “Realistic” Sex Doll Created. At 29 years-old, Matt McMullen stops making scary Halloween masks for a living and creates the first female sex doll that is anatomically correct in look and feel. Her name is Leah. McMullen goes on to create the company Real Dolls, one of the most popular sex doll companies in the world. The dolls have a poseable PVC skeleton with steel joints and silicone flesh, which is advertised as “the state-of-the-art for life-like human body simulation”. They are now available in 10 customizable body styles, with a choice of 15 faces and five skin tones. Prices begin at around $6500, with some models costing over $10,000.
2001 — Joe.
2002 – Guys and Dolls. The BBC produces a documentary called “Guys and Dolls.” It chronicles the industry and the men who buy life-size dolls them. A California company called Realdoll began making realistic, lifesized dolls back in 1996. Since then, they’ve sold thousands of them for upwards of $10,000 each. The men interviewed in the documentary talk about how the dolls influence their lives. While they sometimes feel isolated from real life, they say the companionship they feel with the dolls is worth it.
2004 – Inflatable Sex Doll Raft Race. Today (August 21st, 2004) the second annual Inflatable Sex Doll Raft Race will be organized in North Russia/Leningrad region. Anyone over 16, and of either sex, is allowed to take part in this second competition. The participants will have to swim in the complicated Losevsky rapids of the Vuoksa river near St. Petersburg. The rapids are usually used for rafting in canoe and catamarans. This competition isn’t a sexually chauvinistic event; in last year’s edition (real) women rafted on the dolls. All participants stated that these rubber ‘products’ are economical in usage, they float wonderfully. They gave some pet names to their dolls: Mary and her Poppins; Speedy Sterlet, Cleopatra… All participants must wear a helmet and a life vest. They also have to remain sober and those who are seen drunk are disqualified.
2005 — Japanese Company Begins Renting Out “Dutch Wives.” Dutch Wives is the Japanese term for high quality silicone sex dolls. By the end of 2005 the Japanese company Forest Dolls had over 40 shops nationwide. The hourly rental rate, in 2005 was 13,000 yen an hour, or $146.00. Wigs and costumes were also available to rent.
2007 — Lars and The Real Girl. A film about a man in relationship with a sex doll, nominated for an Oscar for its screenplay written by Nancy Oliver.
2007 — The “Sexual Audio System” Is Invented. A Japanese company adds an mp3 player attached to a built-in pressure sensor in the chest of its sex dolls. It takes 4 AAA batteries. The dolls also come with real pubic hair and detachable heads.
2006 – 2008 – Sex Doll becomes Art. Artist Amber Hawk Swanson commissioned the production of a life-like sex doll, a RealDoll, made of a posable PVC skeleton and silicone flesh, in her exact likeness. Her doll, Amber Doll, began as a Styrofoam print-out of a digital scan of her head. Her face was then custom-sculpted and later combined with the doll manufacturer’s existing, “Body #8” female doll mold. After completing, “The Making-Of Amber Doll” and “Las Vegas Wedding Ceremony” (both 2007), Amber Doll and Swanson went on to disrupt wedding receptions, roller-skating rinks, football tailgating parties, theme parks, and adult industry conventions. In the resulting series, “To Have, To Hold, and To Violate: Amber and Doll,” ideas surrounding agency and objectification are questioned, as are ideas about the success or failure of negotiating power through one’s own participation in a cultural narrative that declares women as objects. Swanson’s work with Amber Doll, herself a literal object, deals with such themes through an oftentimes-complicated feminist lens.
2009 — The First Male Android-Sex Doll. Germans make the first male Android-Sex doll, named “Nax.” It has an “automatically soaring penis” and “artificial automatic ejaculation.” It costs $10,000.
2009 – Air Doll. Air Doll is a 2009 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. It is based on the manga series Kuuki Ningyo by Yoshiie Gōda, which was serialized in the seinen manga magazine Big Comic Original, and is about an inflatable doll that develops a consciousness and falls in love. The movie debuted in the Un Certain Regard section at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival. It opened in Japanese cinemas on 26 September 2009. Director Koreeda has stated that the film is about the loneliness of urban life and the question of what it means to be human.
2010 — The First Sex Doll with a “Customizable Personality.” At the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, Doug Hines, owner and designer for TrueCompanion, revealed Roxxy. She costs a mere $7,000 and reacts to tactile and verbal stimulation. Personalities range from “Wild Wendy,” an outgoing party girl to “Frigid Farrah,” the shy librarian type. Her interests can be modified according to the owner’s conversation preferences.
2010 – Sex Doll Fashion. A Dutch artist named Sander Reijgers is recycling inflatable sex dolls into the most bizarre clothing. Perfect for a rainy weather, these waterproof hoodies were made by customizing existing tracksuit tops with heads, breasts and other pieces from 50 blow-up dolls that Sanders received from a “sponsor”.
2011 – A music teacher has been arrested after he was caught in a sex act with a child-like doll outside an elementary school. Officers were called to the school in Tennessee, following reports of a naked white male on school property. Daniel Torroll, 56, a private music teacher, was seen performing sex acts on the doll under a bridge that links the Spring Hill school from the main road. The responding officer said he could be seen by people driving to the school. Police later discovered Torroll had cut holes into the doll, News 2 reported. Torroll claimed he did not know he was on school grounds.
2011 – These high-heeled shoes that look like inflatable sex dolls are part of a collection of footwear by Tel Aviv designer Kobi Levi. The Blow shoes were designed to highlight how high heels are synonymous with sex and accompany a second pair where the heel illustrates the act of sex itself.
2012 – Just-in Beaver. US adult toy manufacturer Pipedream Products has produced an unofficial Justin Bieber blow-up sex doll. Named ‘Just-in Beaver’, the not-related-to-Mr-Bieber-in-any-way product retails at around $26. The company’s advertising blurb – which rather dubiously fixates on ‘Beaver’ recently turning 18 – describes ‘Beaver’ as a “barely legal boy-toy who’s waited 18 long years to stick his lil’ dicky in something sticky! When he’s not busy beating up paparazzi or beating off, he’s up to his high-tops in hot Hollywood tail!” The company also produces a ‘Dirty Christina’ doll modelled on Christina Aguilera, and a doll named ‘Finally Miley’ modelled on Miley Cyrus.
2012 – Dollstories.net. “Doll fetish is the desire to be transformed in to a doll or transforming someone else into a doll. This can be a living being such as a rubber doll or an inanimate object such as a lovedoll. The attraction may include the desire for actual sexual contact with a doll, a fantasy of a sexual encounter with an animate or inanimate doll, encounters between dolls themselves, or sexual pleasure gained from thoughts of being transformed or transforming another into a doll. This website was born out of a love of reading doll stories, and the thoughts, fantasies and desires to become one. Whilst this site deals mainly with Doll transformations and people turning into dolls, there are a few mannequin, fembot & objectification stories here.”
2012 – Turkish rescue workers rushed to retrieve an inflatable sex doll from the Black Sea after panicked residents mistook it for a woman’s body floating offshore. The country’s Milliyet newspaper said police cordoned off a wide stretch of beach in northern Samsun province and sent a team of divers into the water to rescue what appeared to be a drowning woman. The team quickly discovered it was in fact a blow-up doll, which they tactfully deflated before throwing it away.
2013 – Missy is launched into space. An inflatable sex doll named Missy was recently launched into space making history as the first sex doll to have entered the earth’s outer atmosphere. Check out the video and watch Missy being hooked to a hydrogen-filled balloon then shot towards the cosmos at a speed of 426 metres per minute when, at an altitude of 31,090 metres, her balloon burst and she shot straight back down to the ground.
2013 – Student arrested for posing by Russian WWII memorial with an inflatable sex doll. A university student has been jailed in Russia for posing for a photograph in front of a Second World War memorial – arm in arm with a blow-up sex doll. Anastasia Polnikova, 23, was charged with hooliganism after she and three friends took the inflatable sex aid to the memorial near the Federal University in Stavropol, Russia. Wearing WWII head gear and waving a Russian flag, the drunk students borrowed the doll from a friend and walked through the park to take the pictures before posting them on the internet. Detectives are hunting Miss Polnikova’s three unnamed friends who went on the run after police issued arrest warrants for them all. Stavropol’s Ministry of Internal Affairs spokesman Eugene Nuykin said: ‘The identities of all the people who appeared in this photo are known to us and they will all be punished.
2013 – Sex Doll Commits Suicide In Czech Online Dating Ad. An ad for the popular Czech dating site Lidé is called “the bleakest thing you’ll see this side of an Ingmar Bergman film”. It features a sex doll, devastated now that her man has found a real human to have sex with, jumping off a balcony as she replays in her mind the bittersweet moments the two of them had shared.
2013 – Chinese Site Sells ‘Child-Sized’ Sex Doll: Protest Group Launched. A Chinese website is under fire for selling disturbingly life-like child-size, sex dolls. The disturbing advert, spotted by an advocacy group on Facebook called Dining for Dignity, shows the model of a girl, who does not look much older than 9 or 10. Described as a “beautiful young girl sex doll for men,” the item costs $178 and is available to ship worldwide. Worryingly 57 of them have been sold so far to customers in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, and more, the advert shows. The product listing boasts that it is highly flexible, and that “all three holes can be used.” Dining for Dignity has now set up a protest page to pressure DHgate – one of China’s top global merchants platforms – into removing the item or banning the seller. Its petition reads, ”This negligence is fueling human sex trafficking, pedophilia, violent rape, and more.”
2014 – Synthetics. Synthetics launches a new line of male sex dolls with removable parts depicting the various boner stages. “We are proud of the beautiful, hand-crafted items we produce,” writes Synthetics publicity department, “and we want them to be appreciated as multifunctional rather than simply pigeon-holing them into the easy go-to connotation of the word ‘sexdoll.’ We view our products as usable art, and our clients as art collectors.”
2014 – Sexflesh Full Sized Sammy Sex Doll. There are a lot of positive things going on with this sex toy. First of all, washboard abs. While not structurally relevent it’s a nice touch and speaks to the meticulous detail molded into the rest of the toy. The penis is stiff but moldable, which is a VERY nice touch. It’s 7.5 inches in length, 5.75 inches in circumfrance and 1.8 inches diameter – a nice large penis without being a monster! There are two holes for fucking. The anus and mouth. Both are ribbed and both have “exit holes”. This means the tubes you fuck on the doll are open ended. This makes cleaning it VERY easy and is definatley something you should look for in any high end sex doll (ie. more than $150). The anus is tight and gives a great amount of pleasure. One of the best things about it is that when it gets lubed up, SexFlesh feels very close to the real thing. The outer layer is covered in it, which gives the whole thing a nice skin like feel. Admittedly, the eyes are a little shocking, but if you’re looking for a high end men’s sex doll, this is the one.
2014 – New Japanese sex doll looks just like a real woman with ‘new level’ of realistic artificial skin. A new sex doll has been created in Japan that is so realistic they are ‘barely distinguishable from real women’. The £1,000 doll, made by Orient Industry, is made from a high-quality silicon, hailed as the ‘next level’ in artificial skin. This gives each figure an unbelievably realistic look, especially in the eyes – previously a problem area for doll-makers. The fake women also have moveable joints so they can be placed in any position and owners are even able to tailor their woman in bust size, hair colour, and physical appearance. Company spokesman Osami Seto said: “The two areas we identified as really needing improvement were the skin and the eyes. We feel we have finally got something that is arguably not distinguishable from the real thing.”
p.s. Hey. ** Jeff Coleman, Hey, Jeff. Obviously super happy about housing the post on my end too. I think the book’s totality definitely won’t disappoint you one bit. Thanks, buddy. ** New Juche, Hi, Joe! I’m so glad you thought the post worked out well. My great pleasure. Strangely, I hadn’t know about your sound work until I put it together, so that was very cool is discover and explore. I like the piece in the embedded video a lot. Shit, yeah, my mailing address. I’ll send it you right now. Hold on. Done. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi, David. Happy morning! Nice observation: WEJ, Bataille rendering. ** Chip Smith, Hi there, Chip. Thanks bunch for coming in. Obviously, it’s nothing but a thrill to have my blog do its little part to forefront NJ’s book and work. I’ll look for that interview, for sure. Excellent! I’ll go read your open letter and pass it along now to the folks here. Everyone, Here’s Chip Smith, publisher behind the excellent Nine-Banded Books that published New Juche’s new book as well as James Nulick’s most recent novel and many other excellent, crucial titles: ‘While I have the attention of the gang here, I will mention that I have posted and circulated an open letter in objection to Amazon’s selective book ban. The text is posted at The Hoover Hog. If you agree, please take a few minutes to contact Amazon (and Barnes & Noble) to politely let them know. Thanks!’ Thank you again for stopping in and for all you do. ** Misanthrope, Hi, G. Well, honest dude that I am, I have to say I listened to your boy Styles’ single and to me it mostly sounds like he wants to be the new Robbie Williams, sorry. But my tastes lie elsewhere, as you know. Anyway, Steevee liked it! Well, now you’ve got me chomping at the bit about these good, interesting, mysterious things. Luckily I’m way too busy to chomp hard enough to cause any self-damage, but know I am way curious. ** Thomas Moronic, H, Thomas! Man, I haven’t seen you in yonks! How awesome to ‘lay eyes’ on you! Yeah, my being busy is true and an understatement. It’s interesting. I don’t think I’ll have the time and brain space to do another film-related scrapbook until after the shooting is finished. Thanks very much for finding it interesting. Take care, dear friend. Please catch me up on your stuff when you get a chance. Love, me. ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! Your weekend of writing and friends sounds so nice. I’m almost feeling nostalgic for those days even though I hate nostalgia. My weekend actually had some unused space in it, which was interesting, during which I just futzed around. The bad part was that I went to an ATM and it ate my bank card. Then I called my bank, and then the bank guy and I had an argument because he insisted that I have two ATM cards rather than the mere one I have, which led to him cancelling my card. Which is, like, the eighth time that’s happened to me recently. Then he sent me over to their fraud department, and the guy I talked to there said he had no idea what the first guy was talking about my account activity is totally normal, and there was no reason to cancel my card, but now it was too late. Grr. So the bank is rushing me a new card, and I have no way to get money until it arrives, and I’m praying it gets here before I leave for Cherbourg for two and half weeks early on Thursday morning because I would be fucked. Anyway, sorry for the grouchy side trip. Otherwise, there was a long meeting about the film yesterday, and some added rehearsing, and Zac and I revised the script a little because we changed some things, and I’m still fighting off a cold as best I can. So I guess, all in all, it wasn’t a great weekend. No news about the music track yet. Hopefully today, which will otherwise be eaten up by long rehearsals and then meetings. How was Monday? Hopefully a lot less cramped than mine is likely to be. ** James Nulick, Thank you, James, and Happy Monday. Yes, I saw an email from you that looked like it held a guest-post which made me very, very happy, thank you, thank you! It’ll go up pretty much as soon as the blog restarts after the film shoot is over. I’ll let you know. Sweet of you, man! ** Steevee, Great about Cineaste! But isn’t the summer issue a good situation since it’s available/new for longer than usual issues?I guess that’s how I always felt or tried to feel when something I wrote was in the summer Artforum issue or whatever. ** Bill, Hi! Cool about the Dare Wright post/stuff. Right? Grueling is something I deeply understand, hugs. I did know there is a new Stephen Beachy. Like a YA sci-fi Mormon (?) themed thing or something? I’m curious what that will be. He’s such a good writer. Let me know what you think. I fully intended to go to the Paris Ass Bookfair, yes. It was all planned out, the day, the time, but then, you know, the film work ended up eating that weekend entirely, story of my life. I heard it was a very cool thing. ** Okay. Your restoration today is this informative and helpful history of the Sex Doll. See you tomorrow.
* APRIL 26, 27, : Gent @ Kunstencentrum Vooruit: THE VENTRILOQUISTS CONVENTION
* MAY 6, 7: Shizuoka, Japan @ SPAC: THE VENTRILOQUISTS CONVENTION
* MAY 11, 12: Kyoto, Japan @ Kyoto Performing Art Center: THE VENTRILOQUISTS CONVENTION
* MAY 19, 20, : Lisbon @ FIMFA: THE VENTRILOQUISTS CONVENTION
* NEW: MAY 24: Nuremberg @ Internationales Figurentheater-Festival: THE VENTRILOQUISTS CONVENTION
* May 26, : Erlangen @ Internationales Figurentheater-Festival: THE VENTRILOQUISTS CONVENTION
* June 3, : Tallin @ TREFF: THE VENTRILOQUISTS CONVENTION
* June 19, 20, 22, 23: Paris @ CND: JERK
* UPDATED: November 8 - 10: Strasbourg @ Le Maillon/Theatre de Strasbourg: World premiere: CROWD, a new work for 15 dancers by Gisele Vienne and Dennis Cooper
* NEW: November 14, 15: Reims @ Le Manege de Reims: CROWD
* NEW: December 7 - 9, 11 - 16: Paris @ Nanterre-Amandiers CDN: CROWD