Guilty, A Public Passion

August 16, 2011

Last weekend I was part of a ritualized public reading of Bataille’s ‘Guilty‘ out at the Smoke Farm complex. Photographer Dan Hawkins made a time-lapse video of our 7 hour adventure…

Guilty is the edited diary of George Bataille written during World War 2. Bataille explores the guilt and anger he experiences at not being able to join the war effort due to illness. It is at times funny, philosophical, pornographic, yet always high-minded even in the midst of literary excess.

There were four of us and we each took turns reading from the text. When one of us finished their section they’d fill our glasses with wine. Taking our glasses, we’d all rise and toast one another. Then we’d sit and some of us would light cigarettes. The next person would start reading where the last left off.

By the end of the reading we were shivering and drunk having consumed 7 bottles of pink wine. We stripped naked in the dark and folded our clothes leaving them sitting on our chairs. Each of us lay down in the frigid river. I screamed when I did so as the chill of the water was too much to bear. Then I ran to the shore and dried myself; put on my street clothes. Returned home to our camp having only thrown up twice during the entire evening.

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DK Pan Officially A Genius

August 11, 2011

It Was Bedlam!: DK Pan, You’re A Frickin’ Genius‘.

An amazing honor has been bestowed on one one of my finest friends, DK Pan. He’s been given The Strangers’ Genius Award for 2011 in visual arts. Read about it!

The Opening

DK, on the left, at NKO's 'Another Total Failure of Language'.

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August 06, 2011

tito a video by bluecut on Flickr.

This is exceptional. The lighting, the editing.
I want to shoot video of so many people tonight.

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Dead Bird Movement : TRIOS

August 01, 2011

Dead Bird Movement : TRIOS

On July 27, 2011 I participated in a 24 hour dance event.

Local arts incubator Project: Space Available recently held a week-long fundraiser, Five Fingers Fundraiser. There were 5 different events each hosted by a different artist or arts collaborative.They invited Jessie Smith, creator/choreographer/sole intelligence of dance concept Dead Bird Movement, to take part.

Jessie’s idea was to ask 5 different dancers and five different musicians to meet with her over a 24 hour span. Each group of Jessie, a dancer, and a musician would spend an hour creating a piece and then they’d present it to a waiting audience. The first piece showed at 10am and the last at 1am.

She asked dance photographer Tim Summers and myself to document the event. I came on as writer. The opening link to this article will take you to the work that Tim and did.

A lot of my favorite performers came through the space that day; I won’t name anyone in the hopes it will lure you into checking the link to actually read my writing and check out Tim’s lovely photographs.
I love photography myself, but I was too busy writing to snap many shots. During the second collaboration between dancer Karn Junkinsmith and musician Maggie Brown I did manage to step away from the keyboard and snap a few. They’re more mood-based than Tim’s work so it’ll give you another view of the event.

(Story continues after the jump…)


And that’s something else I should mention: Jessie had a very novel form of interaction for the audience (novel for the dance world). Each piece would occur once for viewing. She then passed video cameras to random members of the audience. ‘Tape whatever you want,’ Smith told them, ‘I’m interested in your point of view.’ Then the dance would occur a second or even a third time.

The plan is that Smith will review all the footage and create a final collage from it. When this finally happens I’ll post a link to it. She’s very good on following up on her promises so I have no doubt that will happen.

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Val and the Don

July 14, 2011

Val and the Don by artofmulata
Val and the Don, a photo by artofmulata on Flickr.

Loving the grain.

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