thanks for this review. glad you had fun and care about the future. for the record, this particular group of auditioners was so talented they could probably have constituted two boybands. i did the best i could in deciding in the moment, but it is possible i made a mistake or two. and yeah, the karaoke mishap at the end was unfortunate, but the spirit was strong nonetheless, and who said everything has to be climactic? in any event, the future is not yet saved. for that, i think we will need a girl group.
@unicorn, Can you flesh that out a bit? This was the only thing I wanted to see at TBA this year, but I'm out of town.
From this description, I'm afraid I probably would have been in Alison's camp. I probably would have joined that camp as soon as I heard Erdal's sister didn't approve of the project. It seems pretty shitty and narcissistic to deliberately add a new dimension to an unfolding family trauma.
It's 11:00 - 3:30 on Saturday & Sunday (not 6:30)
I'm one of the raves.
Oh yea, and I laughed a lot too!
I saw this last night and loved it too. I had no idea what to expect, until I read the show description while I waited in line and thought "Ehhhhh, shit," and made a point to sit towards the back of the theater in case I wanted to duck out midway. However I really enjoyed it, and I really found myself thinking. The intimacy between the two of them is so INTENSE, raw, and confusing—they're like antagonistic brothers, but also, like lovers? I've seen a lot of dances that are about COUPLES, and intimate relationships, and yadda, yadda, yadda, yadda, but Still Standing was the richest, the most perplexing, ALSO...the most entertaining! (Gui is a really great showman.)
I can easily say I will never see a show like this again, which I'm okay with, but I'm really glad I saw it this time—I definitely won't forget it. Who knew penis-twisting and nose-picking could leave such a lasting impression...
Is Art Cop the frou frou creative cousin of Boat Cop?
It didn't feel like an art event at all. The gallery space was tiny and off to the side. There was that white room with Alex Dolan's stuff and the room behind it with the tape recorder project, then maybe a gallery by the fences (with barbed wire)? I don't know, I didn't make it over there because it was also near the all-ages section and the alcohol monitors wouldn't let me in. I'm not against rock shows by any means, but I really missed having 6 or 8 classrooms to wander through and see videos in.
Plus the sound was terrible. That space is too big for bands that loud. Everything was a mush. Even just standing around talking between bands it was often too loud to hear what my friends a foot away from me were saying. I wish they had built more walls to control that, but money.
"Noah Dunham wrote a sloppy account of my ejection, factually untrue but he got a good question in alongside libel and misplaced commas: 'do you want to be the type of performer that would prefer a subdued audience member?'"
ha, yeah, i actually just wanted to see a big man try to climb a little tree, that's exactly where the low bar of my sense of humor is set.
"I wanted to see the security guard try to climb the tree." == ALISON WANTS SOME VIOLENCE.
Hey Matt, this is Claudia Meza. Thank you so much for checking both installations out including the live performance! Water and Sonic City PDX were two completely different projects in my head and I had never tied them together in anyway, conceptually, aside from both featuring field recordings. But it's really neat you saw all these parallels and connections. The strangest one that I recently discovered is that my tape piece is called "Water" and the location I chose for the live performance and the first sonic space that spawned the entire Sonic City PDX project is on Water St....how weird is that? I didn't plan that either, or even really think about it until I saw the poster PICA made up and read the address out loud! I can see why it would make people think both pieces are somehow connected though and try to make it fit within some kind of philosophical or conceptual box. They don't! Well, I'm sure maybe they do somewhere in my subconscious but it just hasn't hit me yet...anyhow, thanks again for checking both of them out, it's so cool to read people's responses to the work. I hope the confusion didn't muddy up the experience of hearing 8 completely different sound pieces sonically shift and transform a space that is normally ignored. Cheers!
I'm a little freaked out by the part of this review where you seem to be advocating for a violent confrontation between security and a festival-goer.
I will grant you that your piece was better than people all over the world being killed, but so was my kidney stone. Come on -- sitting through your performance was for the most part like being stuck on a bus with a group of drunk teenagers, and I say drunk because drunks tend not to notice when they're not as entertaining as they'd like to think. Surely you know that you flopped. Maybe you're talented and wonderful but how would I know?
So what's your work all about? For real. Why should I care? Sell me. I know nothing about you.
Jenna- go see the Faustin Linyekula piece. I think you'll like it....
And meanwhile people all over the world kill each other. I am grateful for the opportunity to perform and to discuss my work.
I think we give self indulgence a good name. And I don't feel that ruffled but I don't like being mis-timed.
The Annoying Women show may not have been 2 hours but it felt longer. It gave self-indulgence a bad name. I wish your spot had gone to people who might have bothered to do something with the opportunity beyond showing off and amusing their friends.
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