ArtStars* is the TMZ of the Toronto art scene, in the good way: easily digestible, super-short, qualm-less videos about what the city’s self-proclaimed artisans have on offer. Torontoist is teaming up with ArtStars* to bring you one new episode a week (more or less).
Peaches called us on our cell phone (we didn’t recognize the number). A few hours earlier, we had sent an email to her Hotmail account saying we heard she was in town and asking for an ArtStars* interview. She called and said: “Yo, its Peaches!”
“If you want an interview, come on down to Thrush Holmes Empire tonight, and bring some friends because we need extras. Can you act for us?”
That’s journalism—star as an extra (as a clapping audience member alongside Gentleman Reg), to score an interview with Peaches. The Berlin-based performance artist and musician, who has her roots in Toronto, was in town a few weeks ago starring in Ivory Tower, a film about two chess-competing brothers vying for Peaches’ love. It is co-written by Chilly Gonzales, produced by Nicolas Kazamia, and stars Tiga, Peaches, and Gonzales. Her character is (surprise, surprise!) a performance artist named Martha Thirteen who does “violinstallations,” that is, playing the violin with LED-lit fingertips that never touch the actual instrument. While most artists are too snooty to step down from their ivory towers to talk to us (you’ll see Feist shying away from our microphone), Peaches was quite the opposite—after the interview, she told us she was a fan of ArtStars* and cited the Powerball episode and the Wham City episode as two of her favourites. “It’s a good angle,” she said. Ivory Tower will be released in the fall.