"What exactly is it you DO?"...

A fair enough question. Seems like I get asked this frequently lately.

Once I establish the context of the question (as in do you mean how do I earn the small living I am capable of, or what do I DO in the larger context...) I try to give as clear an answer as possible. The wage earning is much easier, the big DO is much more nebulous. So i decided to illustrate (based on current conditions, interest, prevailing winds, weathers and tides...)

This is artisting-specific, not incorporating wage work and life maintenance, but you can probably see the logical progression of any add on.

Trust me, the analog real-life version of this is much more convoluted...

Crafty

I have decided that everyone needs a soapbox...



for standing on, pontificating, resisting, rousing the rabble, poetica, or to see what's on the horizon...



(found and altered pallet. performance text in the works...)

Fall in Motion

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Fall


Fall
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Change is coming (hopefully...)


Change is coming
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It's a long way from my mountaintop to town. And I'm not a fan of big crushing crowds, or over-hyped anything. But on a whim we went to the city and saw Barack Obama speak today.

It was worth it.

I had already decided long ago on my vote. I've watched the speeches, the debates, and read the books. By far and away the most inspiring candidate of my lifetime. The first and only time I've been more than positively lukewarm about anyone that has run for office. He is articulate and intelligent, and seemingly willing to unify and collaborate with any and all who are willing to work together and fix the accumulated wreckage of our government and society.

Change is needed. Let's hope it comes.

A bit of what it looked like...






video

After a week of cryptic posts...

Punctuated by Slate's lunch (there's a potato in there somewhere!) I can illuminate...

A couple of puppeteers from B&P came down and we did a workshop choreographing and rehearsing a show that we performed at the school on Tuesday night. Good performance, lots of fun, big crowd. Then we went to Asheville and performed the show the next night. Another great crowd, with a wildly enthusiastic response. Great experience and I love working with those guys (thanks Maura and Jason!)

At the same time I was finishing building and rehearsing a group of about a dozen people for a little show that we performed last night. I called it the "Resurrection Mass of Gratitude". I think it went ok. Very unusual for stuff like that to happen at our place- costumes, masks, props, action, dialogue, sonics- the whole deal. I'll find out if someone did video or if i can get some stills. We got mostly a good response, though some folks didn't quite know what to think of it. I think the next time I need to study/work on the visual imagery a little more, this whole thing is new to me and true to just making stuff form I'm flailing about figuring it out as I go. Thanks to all my peeps that joined in, it was a LOT of work for a short result but it was great fun and I'm really grateful to have had the experience with you.

So now, I'm pretty pooped. Give me a day or two to catch my breath, and then I'll start on the next project which will take place at the end of Oct.

Apparently the current stuff I'm making is large scale collaborative spectacles with no clear point or purpose than to do them. I'm just riding the waves as they come. There's something there, I'm sure of it.

Slate's lunch


Slate's lunch
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Masks


Masks
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Lubberland

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Road show


Road show
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