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Prologue / Afterthought
Topics at yesterday's meeting were:
Should Pan chase nymphs or just women in general
Should participating Tangoists and anti Tangoists sign a waver form
Should we put all shredded characters in the trash as a finale
Should we bother to have another meeting.
From Rene (Ezra)
Ezra will only tango with "truth." You requested this blurb on Ezra. Remember, Ezra is who he is not and will contribute accordingly. He maintains the right to refuse participation at any time depending on his perception of the complete picture of the invisible and constantly moving target that is Tango 43. Ezra Guevara is wearing a black jacket and pants with a gray crew neck T-shirt and black loafers. He never wears shoes with laces. He has a mask on that has a smile with teeth on one side and a down turned mouth with a hanging tongue on the other side. The mask is made of an inverted grocery bag. He interacts independently with the audience; is not part of the cast; is not in the script; is not a member; is not dependent on anything but free flow and engages audience individuals one on one in conversation about:
We are condemned to freedom because we do not know what to do with it. A person is not what he is but what he is
not -Jean Paul Sartre.
Are free will and consciousness intractable? If so maybe we should just sip red wine and play tennis?
Based on Manufacturing Consent; Power & Fear by Noam Chomsky; Daniel Donnet's ideas challenging the "Cartesian theater" model that gave Rene Descartes such an orgasm, "the mind has a single locus of conscious awareness, which observes events in the outside world enfolding as a more or less seamless, continuous narrative, and which has privileged access to the contents of its own mind. So ingrained is this model in our view of ourselves that it passes for common sense and has been taken as one of the basic facts about consciousness which any theory has to explain." This is the model taught by the academy of arts & sciences @ anywhere university and declares the greatest issues of our day are intractable. Ezra agrees with Donnet's "multiple drafts model" ... "all varieties of perception-indeed all varieties of thought or mental activity-are accomplished in the brain by parallel,
multi-track processes of interpretation and elaboration of sensory inputs. Information entering the nervous system is under continuous editorial revision."
If we found ourselves stranded in the Guatemalan Jungle and there was no food available; would you eat my body if I died? The ideas of Oscar Olivera about leaderless collectives as quality solutions for the left vs. right party games that produce illusion and corporate collusion in a world where natural resources are quickly becoming limited in the world. Who are the grocery clerks sent out to collect the
Appropriate poems can be read or recited to open individuals if the multidimensional moment calls for it.
Ezra has plenty to say about life but only to those who are willing to listen:
The new editor of Paris Review, Philip Gourevitch says, " Maybe this is the effect of American master's degrees in creative writing...maybe its something else but a lot of fiction submissions we get are voice-driven...There's a certain amount of accomplishment in craft but it doesn't have anything to say...Writing programs can teach craft and form but they can't teach wisdom and they can't teach depth...What's rewarded in these programs is a certain kind of polish and style...and what I am looking for is fiction that has something to say as it has the ability to say it..." Of course, the same is true for Poetry these days. Ezra wants to engage in meaningful conversation even with all. Ezra is not confrontational but provokes thought and feeling with lucidity. He is not mean. He is not boring and not serious. He is not attack or fear but gently plucks the strings of those who search with heart and reads fear in others immediately. Ezra is what he is not. He is not selfish, mean, jealous, and not patient with bullshit, left, right, good, bad, or other illusions. He is not death. He is not fame or celebrity. He is not illusion. He is not betrayal. He is not your reflection. He does not impose. He is not certainty. He is not "Cartesian theater". Do you believe in life or do you experience it? For Ezra it is not 2005. Maybe it is 1776/1789 and the ideals of these revolutions are not yet realized? What are you not doing about it? He is not a psychopathic profile. He is not a corporate sponsor or supporter either. Truth is the progenitor of peace and Ezra insists we have fun while seeking anything if we must seek.
One of the things not mentioned was
These would be days other than July 1st when we could get together in the
gallery to have a little fun with anyone who might visit the gallery. Live art.
I thought you might be interested in the list, thus far, of Fluxus participants for the July show at art6. You can see why it will be better to ask the participants and art6 members to distribute their own announcement cards. The card does NOT list all these names (but perhaps about half of them--the ones we knew at the time we were planning the card). If your name appears on the list erroneously, please let me know. If you see any names misspelled, please let me know that, too. Also, if
you know ahead of time who any additional participants will be, I would appreciate the information so that I can add them to this list.
Fluxus Redux July 1 - 31, 2005
Fluxus Artists and Collaborators:
Stephanie Brody Lederman
ReCollage Mail Art Project
Polka Dot Arts
Barry C. Fuchs
Santa Sergio De Haven
Thomas M. Humphrey
Nicole de Armendi
J. M. Lucas
Margaret Porter Daniel
The Paper Shredder
James E. Gilchrist
Celeste Howard Ray
and many more.
jimmy, you did great job of covering most details i jotted down, but i will try to read my scribbles and add on or point up same as you [point up! oh yes! what the hell is THAT? i LOVE that line!]
chant -thing around gallery 'what the hell is that?' ' what does it mean? '
lynn, lew, shann, marian agreed to get into the one-piece sheet [like an oversized t-shirt] with 4 holes for heads to stick out , as we move along the gallery gazing at art, and in
unison [ we need to establish the count, or not, as we are so free -flow, here, but all using the stare-at-art in multi-expressions exaggerated,
of couse] / this can be decided next meeting,perhaps]... and then move a few spaces, stare, chant, etc...til cover whole room. this will go on at different intervals in the evening...we can establish times, etc...
and the ' i want you! ' chant [ uncle sam or auntie sami in faces of people, recruiting ..pushing political buttons!] simple fun costume to bring up image of uncle sam etc...
whatever your role may be, DRESS in costume-ie fun and using whatever other means we all come up with to identify ourselves.
above all else, have FUN with it!
clip boards are good/multi-useful. jot notes[ or what is prepared and given to you, as to your role or what you say or where you are needed at given times]...use these clip boards to identify self, and for any notes to help guide way thru [or not, it is
fluxus, and if you trip up,. so what?! ].you can hold them up to your face and hide behind if people scare you ha
or put it over butt and say ' kiss it if you don't like my art',... okay , i just added that ha it wasn't discussed at meeting, but ya get my drift... spontaneous combustion fluxus
the boards will have the big sticker symbol stuck on back. wanna wear'em in hair? on forehead?> we don't care.just be sure on
what about buttons??
in another 'play' , lew and lynn will take on opposite positions , bantering their own 'cause' ...
lynn, your daughter has every right to dance her tango or whatever position you are taking. i believe you ha your character development was shining thru
already,yesterday, and i was having fun just watching and listening! and lew, who wouldn't believe you?? now, fight it out! LOUD
i heard it mentioned that lynn sews, too, so between shann's daughter and lynn, we may be able to come up with some simple tricks to add to
jimmy has a list of different names of characters he'd like seen played. jimmy, add that page here for everyone[ that you showed
me ] SCRIPT
The characters are shreds and don't have lines, you can be the characher
and act out the character's agenda as though chacters in seach of a plot.
names of people showing interest /and [most] committed to gig:
jimmy warner, director [ who will be on' landing' where music stuff is, a lot, and also going around overseeing what happening in other parts of gallery, guiding, answering questions we may have etc.... in other words, free-flowing jimmy will steer where needed...or not. it is
fluxus...did i say that before? ]
lew, lynn bailes
barbara brown [ character // twyla harp, famous dead person dancing around?]
eugene [ our very own pan! playing his flute!]
cynthia excellent dancer
kelley excellent dancer
[jimmy, add on others as i am not sure who else]
there were other suggestions, too, so know list will grow.
you mentioned 2 dancers, and know, too, barbara has mentioned wanting to possibly
you need to ask mitzi to borrow her video camera[ need film, too, and i found it cheaper at kmart for 2 rolls , i think about $8], and was suggested valley be roving reporter, as she documents stuff, interviewing //and snooping into
'goings-on'.would be great to have it documented and NOT destroyed...she could dress as a real flashy
reporter,too...getting into peoples faces, broad character, fearless! [i am adding on bits as i
write,too, folks, thinking outloud as keyboard dances under fingers i hit and peck!]
which leads me to shredding room. a line or dialogue of "play" or whatever can be read off from clipboard and then ripped off and put into shedder.this can be repeated with a number of copies of play showing up thru out night/read and
shreaded... it was suggested by shann we need to be careful as the shedder can get hot, and we don't want fire !! i will bring an extra fire extinguisher for that room that night JUST IN CASE.there was more discussion on use of that room.
brain and notes aren't clear at this moment[ fill in blanks here, jimmy//and we can clarify more at next meeting]
JUNE 19th, 400PM
folks, i am no secretary[ bless them!] and my notes look like , well, i write in various angles, circling this and that, and maybe a key word or too, so am bloggggging babbbbbling here ha bear with me....
yeah, i will be a body to be played off of if wanna cover me in ribbons/string[fill hair, arms ,legs, whole body/ end of night,or plastic wrap and rolled around on floor]. i do not want to be put in
shredder, though... i have a few limitations on my free-spirited nature.
oh! it was also dicsussed to have a 'happening' kinda thing on the 14th[thurs.] or 16th [sat] or both...during gallery hours. maybe shockoe poets? we can have little handouts with 'event' and times on it to hand out at opening...[and leave some on back of commode in bathroom,as that is a much visited site during nite]...
that's all i can think of or have scribbled.
oh! we want to utilize the entrance /outside gallery...characters can climb up on rocks and read "play' stuff from clip board, or read poetry...whatever....space NEEDS to be used...
hope this helps.
peace and fun
Wow, what a wonderful meeting, Team Tango is alive and well
and coming up with fabulous ideas for the Fluxus show, July 1st.
I wish to thank Marian Hollowell for calling the meeting and taking
notes throughout. Also Lew and Lynne for helping me clarify just
intent should be, and how some of my characters will
operate in this event. And
I wish to thank Shann Palmer with all of
her theatrical experience for
helping us find ways to express the
practical staging and reinforcing of theme
with props and other
devices. Everyone had excellent ideas and I didn't feel
I had to be the one pulling it all out of my ...You guys are just
Thank you so much.
We agreed to meet again on Sunday (next) at 4:00 PM JUNE 19th
to continue mapping and plotting, suggesting and questioning,
brainstorming and coming up with solutions to what is basically a
conceptual piece that is in constant flux.
That is to say, Tango43 is a play that was never intended to be
performed, though many of the characters in the play did come to
life, but the play was shredded before it was finished and those
fresh characters did not know that they no longer exist.
continue to live on as shreds. Anyone who wants to be a shred
on July 1st, is more than welcome to participate.
We've discussed the idea of using clip boards to officiate over the
event. Also crack and peel stickers will be provided to all
There could perhaps be a hierarchy of stickers to
collect like "pieces of
flair" such as in the movie "Office." I think
anyone with clip boards
should have a list of questions to fill in with
checks. Always /sometimes
/seldom/ and never.
I proposed a crowd singing "What the hell is this" to the tune of
Close Encounters theme. Shann said Alia could make a huge t-shirt
to fit over
the entire group, as many as can squeeze into it. They
would sing to each exhibit.
I'm hoping Marian will type her notes for us and I will add them to
blog ASAP. Oh, did I mention that Marian wants us to put
stickers and ribbons on her while she is...
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