Tuesday, February 17, 2009

rolling composter

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An ArtLab / aneco project. Rolling composter installation by Wendy Peart located on Saskatoon City Hall grounds.

... caged material for composting ...
"As visual imagery, I believe the organic form can incite basal, yet complex, reactions that arouse viewers to acknowledge their relationship within the intricate ecological world," writes Peart. (ArtsBoard)

- See: Sculpture

:: note :: ... have loved this piece in all its seasons ...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

green flag song

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Joni Mitchell:green flag song "a new body of photographic work by iconic singer/songwriter and visual artist Joni Mitchell"(Mendel Art Gallery).

... had read that Joni was angry ... entering the gallery room for green flag song was more oppressive than angry ... the dark grey walls with over 120 green & rose hued grainy images hung in vertical triptychs were uninviting ... hurriedly left the room forcing myself to re-enter & each time staying a little longer to digest the images ... pictures of war, terror and solitude evoked pathos ...

... on a bench lay a piece of corrugated cardboard ... the catalogue ... a beautifully crafted work of documentation ... lost myself in words, songs and photos of the artist at work ... returning gaze to the walls noticed none of the individual images were particularly arresting it was their context which provoked ... the process of broken televisions & disposable cameras heightened the sense of decay, waste & destruction ... i reflected on a reading from the previous day ...
"When you put feelings into words, you are turning on the same regions in the brain that are involved in emotional self-control," Lieberman said. "It regulates distress," ...( reuters)
... maybe it had worked for the songs Joni had written after a ten year hiatus were powerful & shining ... the original LA exhibition had no publicity ... being bold i rationalized these works were an exorcism of sorts and speculated with each further showing the artist was further removed from the anger or pain ... like waking from a nightmare and having to talk it out to make sense of the terror ... thanked Joni for sharing yet fled the exhibition and its relentless commentary on the past eight years of horror politics ...

... outside huge soft snowflakes drifted down from the grey sky ... held out my hand to catch one watching it melt ... exactly what i needed ... shine on ...

- See: Art

:: note :: ...an npr songslideshow, youtube & other previous reviews ...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

how we look & who we are

... why my icon is king kong was thought provoking ... the web (flickr, twitter, friendfeed ad infinitum) relentlessly demands an image ... for years cast about changing icon and have settled on this black&white photo of the northern lights (aurora borealis) ...

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history ... it is a photo my father took while working in Fort Churchill Manitoba Canada ... he had till then devoted his life to plasma physics & upper atmospheric research spending nights on the lookout tower photographing the sky ... my mother found the negatives in one of the clean outs following a moment of transformation (birth/life/death) ...

title ... from the beginning (2002) called my blog if & later as my presence webbed out adopted the tag ifsphere ...

place & imagination ... the icon spells if ... the solid tower & wave lights ... visualizes the splendour of the night sky ... hints at the mystery of l(if)e ...
"As the solar wind interacts with the edge of the earth's magnetic field, some of the particles are trapped by it and they follow the lines of magnetic force down into the ionosphere, the section of the earth's atmosphere that extends from about 60 to 600 kilometres above the earth's surface. When the particles collide with the gases in the ionosphere they start to glow, producing the spectacle that we know as the auroras, ..."(aurora borealis)

- See: icon

:: note :: ... what i love is though much thought goes into such things it is often an intuitive act and then only much later comes the articulation of the process ...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

teaching as an act of transgression

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"Writing for the theatre is at its best an act of transgression - and
as teachers of playwrights, we should encourage our students to
step over the line, redraw the line, erase the line, even multiply
the lines so that we sit up, step forward, strike out.
I believe the job of mainstream culture and mainstream
theatre is to keep the peace. Our job, as teachers, is to encourage
new writers to break it, to disrupt the lie, to speak truth
to power. Think seriously about the word en-courage: What
are we giving our students courage to do, exactly? Not just
Rarely do students of drama enter the classroom with
what we might call, for lack of a better term, "original minds."
Surely their originality, their agency for questioning and considering,
is there, but it has been dominated and subdued by
a culture that amplifies individuality over community, profit
over peace, property over human need. For we live in a culture
that is hostile to creativity and original thought that does not
serve capitalism, empire, and the most virulent by-products
of those forces: racism, homophobia, classism and sexism."

(Playwright Naomi Wallace delivered
this paper at York St. John University
in England, in collaboration with
Palatine and the Center for Excellence
at York St. John, in October 2007 /pdf
(via Noises off: Lessons in teaching theatre)

- See: theater

:: note :: ... a wonderful debate with many links ...