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hy-performance hyperformance

In an alternate universe, I am at the University of Southern California earning an MFA in Acting.  Inthis universe, however, I am slowly coming to realize the lifelong importance of performance to my artistic practice.  When I say lifelong, I mean from the age of about 9 onward, to the present.  I used to act when I was a kid.  When I was 15, some friends of mine and I wrote and produced aStar Wars-themed radio play, winning a contest and bringing geeky honor to our already geeky honors high school.

Tagged: The Next Big Thing Blog Interview Project

I was tagged by my dear friend and collaboratorj/j hastainto participate in the ongoing blog interview project, "The Next Big Thing."  For this project, I am to respond on my blog to the same questions j/j used, then tag five others to do the same on their blogs--or to guest blog here-- each of whom then tag five others themselves. Here, the questions refer to one of my forthcoming books.  And I will add names and links to the blogs of the authors I "tag" right here, as they agree to participate:

I want to teach what I don't know.

Last night I was very privileged to be able to participate in Miguel Gutierrez's performance/movement workshop, "Ineffable Intangible Sensational" atDefibrillator. It felt transformative in so many ways, and the psychic dust has yet to settle, so to speak.  But one thing that I want to comment on immediately is an idea stemming from a conversation we had in a discussion period.  I had asked Miguel if he saw teaching workshops as part of his own research process--and what I meant, basically, was whether that kind of teaching was important to his life as a maker of art.

Guest Blogger at Drunken Boat

See my essay "Collage-Mind" at Drunken Boat! Thanks to Dan Godston for inviting me to send occasional dispatches.

The Querist of Forms: Polaroiding in Public

Polaroiding in Public 

Photography is ubiquitous in the wake of the "digital revolution." Versatile, powerful cameras are standard equipment on devices and tools from phones to vehicles. These days, no one looks twice at someone holding their phone or phone-sized camera up in the most public, everyday places: restaurants, museums, buses and subway trains, the street, the grocery store, school, etc. A traditional-looking DSLR--with its "pro" sign value, its documentary seriousness and its satisfying heft--no longer generates much interest among spectators.

Recovering Overexposed Impossible Project Pics

You know the feeling.  

You set up a shot with your instant camera, loaded with Impossible Projectâ„¢ film.  You've taken every precaution against light contamination in the first few seconds after the shot exits the camera (perhaps purchasing an accessory to aid your efforts in image-shielding).  But for whatever reason--you're in a hurry, you're distracted--you later discover that you've accidentally blown out your carefully-composed photograph.  It hurts. It stings.

Seeing Double: Two Kinds of Double-Exposures with Polaroid Cameras

Ever since I got my Polaroid Spectra, I've been experimenting diligently with various "guerrilla" techniques for making and altering instant photos.  One of those techniques, the double exposure, is particularly wonderful for adventurous people who want to make equally adventurous images. The exciting truth is that these methods allow you to set up a double-exposure--combining subjects and textures and lighting conditions using your imagination & experience--without completely controlling the results!

EmergencyINDEX and its release party

Emergency INDEXis a great new annual focusing on documentation of performance. It's put out by the wonderful Ugly Duckling Presse, and I'm looking forward to its release.  I can't make the release party at the Kitchen (as announced here).  But those of you in the NYC area should try to make it.  It looks great!

Oh yeah, I'm in thisINDEXtwice: as part of the Human Micropoem, and for the "Restrictive Andragogies and Ex-Citation" performance with Nicholas Alexander Hayes, in the Red Rover series.

replay BDA

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Something better than I'd planned!

what a mess.

This is my desk, in my studio.
I'm looking at it.  It's full of stuff I've been working on, and tools I've been using in that work.  Sometimes it's both enticing and repellant, a place of simultaneously great comfort and great irritation.  

I've been spending too much time at it recently, but I've also been spending more time than usual away from it this past week. I've been seeing friends, going to poetry readings and performances, being more social and less studio-bound.  But it's still largely poetry/art-oriented activity.
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