Gaga's latest album, ARTPOP, is due for release on 11/11 whilst her new single, Dope, is due for release on 4/11. According to the mail on line, Gaga tweeted that "Dope will be available 12:01am local time". Bear in mind that 121 is 11 x 11, I will return to that at the end.
I found an article on the video for Gaga's Applause, apparently written by someone with "a degree in comparative literature", and thought it might be worth exploring the discussed themes in a more esoteric manner. The majority of the images and a fair amount of Gaga-facts are from - Every Cultural Reference You Probably Didn't Catch in Lady Gaga's New Video
The video begins by visually referencing the movie Metropolis, as a winged Gaga descends. Metropolis has been described as "a society where the New World Order has already been implemented and a select elite live in luxury while a dehumanised mass work and live in a highly monitored hell"... "pop stars are often portrayed as the character Maria, an android programmed to corrupt the morals of the workers and incite a revolt, giving the elite an excuse to use violent repression" (Viligant Citizen). Gaga has used the imagery before, in her singles Alejandro and Born this Way, whilst she was photographed as an android against a Metropolis-inspired background in 2009. Whilst from wiki: "The film drew heavily on Biblical sources for several of its key set-pieces. During her first talk to the workers, Maria uses the story of the Tower of Babel to highlight the discord between the intellectuals and the workers"
Next, Gaga in her pants, allegedly in a "cat pose", on a bare mattress. Apparently this alludes to a young Gaga, fresh out of school and dreaming of her future. Which it quite possibly does, but not in a nice way.
The movie The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is the root of Gaga's next trick, as she emerges, rather bewildered looking, from a cauldron. In the film, the doctor controls a sleepwalker through a form of hypnosis. One can only imagine what Gaga is alluding to.
The Seventh Seal is the impetus for Gaga's next portrayal - a movie which "deals with issues of spirituality, God, the devil, and general mortality in a plague-ridden town". The film title comes from the Biblical Book of Revelation, whilst it's main theme revolves around the "silence of God" wiki
Up next is Gaga appearing in a magician's top-hat. The magician may be her, given her name on the hat, or maybe it's been made personally for her by the magician. All science was once magic.
Gaga in a bird cage - potentially symbolising entrapment. She is dressed Warhol-style.
Pierott, according to the main source, the sad clown. It reminds me though of Dahl's sad story, James and the Giant Peach.
Duality, yin and yang, black and white. Note semi-obscured eye, Shades of Grey; bondage, Nunnery?
Gaga-Icarus, according to our source, who writes : "But Icarus’ own ambition and curiosity get the best of him as he moves closer and closer to the sun until the wax melts, and he falls to the sea where he ultimately drowns".."We see Gaga both flying and walking the catwalk with her wings, but later on during the climax of the song, we see her fall. Her Fame-era Gaga, who maybe got too consumed in her own art (or perhaps sacrificing herself for reinvention), falls to the ocean to come back reborn as a swan and as Venus (as we see later in the video), who is also born from the ocean". There's another myth which does the rounds, stating that the Biblical Garden of Eden story with Eve and the serpent is allegorical, and refers to a hypothesis that humans were genetically engineered by aliens (Gods) to be their worker slaves. Lucifer - a fallen angel, was the serpent, and told the humans (Adan and Eve) the truth (the fruit). Adam and Eve rebelled. Hence Lucifer is worshipped in certain quarters as a light-bringer, the one who illuminated humanity, in terms of knowledge.
An semi-reptilian Gaga, though according to the source, "influenced by photographer Cindy Sherman" : "That’s the kind of dedication and passion to shapeshifting that Gaga aspires to and practices herself".
Centaur, a mythical half horse - human hybrid, again a reference to duality. Also the symbol for the star-sign Sagittarius (and galactic centre). Centaurs, according to myth, pulled the chariot of Dionysus.
Inspired by German photographer Horst P Horst : "Given the context of “Applause,” the divine imagery lends itself to the idea that Gaga will always sacrifice herself in the name of her art.".
A human pyramid follows, apparently alluding to Gaga's previous Born this Way song, which includes the lyrics : " On Goat, a government-owned alien territory and space, A birth of magnificent and magical proportions took place.....But on that same day, As the eternal mother hovered in the multiverse, Another more terrifying birth took place, The birth of evil (here). Our source though, puts the mind at rest : "Both of these images bear resemblance to many works portraying “The Last Judgment,” like those by Jan van Eyck, Michelangelo, Hans Memling, and “The Gates of Hell” by Rodin.They all feature a divine figure atop stacks of writhing bodies, representative of the underworld."
The pyramid illuminates : "we see the people in the pyramid aren’t weak or writhing at all; instead, these are strong bodybuilders wearing latex swimsuits, flexing their oiled-up muscles" ..."
It’s still a death scene in a few ways: Gaga is wearing her Death costume, and given what we know about the myth of Icarus, we know she’ll soon fall after reaching the sun". Bear in mind what I noted above re the fallen angel, Lucifer, and worker slaves.
Venus Botticelli. Venus is strongly associated with Lucifer in esoterica. Note that Applause was released on August 19th, "the date of Vinalia Rustica, the oldest-known Latin festival honoring Venus. The day celebrates gardens, harvest, wine, and fertility." Note the above-mentioned centaurs, their love of wine, Dionysus (who I mentioned above), and an old post of mine -Wine, Woman, and Song - where I attempted to qualify various goings on between Gaga, Amy Winehouse, wine quaffing, Alex Ferguson, Sean Connery, and Andy Murray's mum. Yeah, honestly.
Glove-kini. Apparently there are two ways to read this:
1) As the object and entertainment up for offer, the hands are both her Little Monsters clutching at her for more, but also claiming ownership over her. She’s their jester, after all, right?
2) She also throws up the “all-seeing eye” or “eye of providence,” which represents an eye of God watching over humankind and the universe. If she is a deity — which she often alludes to here — the hands could symbolize her followers looking to her for guidance and strength.
I'll go for a mix of both but, as above, not in a positive manner.
Black Swan - "The “black swan theory” was created by statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who describes a “black swan” as a highly improbable, rare event that occurs as a surprise, produces a major effect, and can be rationalized by hindsight." Watch this space.
Revelations by Alvin Ailey is the basis for this, apparently. Revelations "tells the story of African-American faith and tenacity from slavery to freedom" . Alvin and his band were/are one of the kinds of "Christians".
Shakti is Gaga's next target, a Hindu goddess of some distinction. For "Not only is Shakti responsible for creation, it is also the agent of all change". Gaga, in Shakti guise, wanders with a giant mannequin leg in tow : "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."
Gaga, like on X factor, writhes on floor. She still wears "glove-kini". Her hand could maybe be mistaken for something else, the androgynous work slave, the elite's one sexed, golden child.
All seeing eye. To end. It's full-circle
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