Marie Chouinard is a Canadian Dancer/Choreographer/artist who has been putting together provocative pieces since the late 70's. I recently came across her Body Remix piece and, because I have been wearing an immobilizer on my leg now for 8 weeks, was captivated by the use of the various aids that were used for the piece - crutches, prostheses, horizontal bars, and harnesses. These devices seemed to liberate the dancers movements and at other times stifle them. The use of these aids create bizarre, almost alien bodily shapes and opens the audience up to a universe of dark, wacky and playful explorations that echo the human condition.
Today FICTILIS will be brainstorming questions from my Process Mundane project through their Vague Notions series. Questions include: What is mundane to you? What does a mundane sensation feel like? How does it affect your physicality? What are some of the more dreaded mundane tasks in your life? How do you go about doing these tasks? Do you procrastinate or simply dive in? Do you often find yourself thinking about other things when you are doing something mundane? What would make these experiences more fulfilling, more playful and more engaging?
Vague Notions, a series of low-pressure, open-ended “brainstorming sessions”, at Interface Gallery in Oakland, CA between July 16th – August 10th 2014. FICTILIS and special guests will facilitate a series of scheduled sessions on topics submitted by artists from the Bay Area and beyond. All sessions are free and open to the public, and visitors are encouraged to use the chalkboards and other materials to conduct their own brainstorms during other open gallery hours (Wed-Sun 11-4).If you live in San Fran, please check it out.
Can't someone create a search engine where wikipedia is screened out? Just because a bunch of idiots views wikipedia doesn't mean I want to. They are too lazy to do real research. Why does it smell like broccoli in my apartment? I just realized this. I don't know wtf to do? I haven't cooked any broccoli...but wtf? Is there anyone else out there like me that loves a good spanking. Not just a couple of swats but a good long spanking. I've been spanked with a hand, leather paddle, wooden bath brush, belt, and a switch. But there is no other feeling than having my bare ass but over a strong woman's knee for an old fashion spanking. What's the matter you dirty hillbilly, did your foodstamps not get approved and you could not afford housing once you had to start buying your own Wonder Bread and Miracle Whip?? dark..........maple..........marshmallows. I know I shouldn't eat anymore ................ But you know I will. ............................How do ladies really feel about men with bulging muscles? Is their preference for muscular men a myth, or a fact? When answering, please state your: gender, age, marital status and (optionally) your ethnicity. Thank you for your cooperation. Now that summer is in full stream I'm glad in several ways but I have to rant on girls wearing flip flops in NYC. It's just disgusting! Your feet don't look good in flip flops. Those are for the pool and beach. Can't you wear wedges instead? And. Don't wear open toe shoes if you have Mortons toe- it's gross! This is to the fat ugly ching chong lady who tried to show me up with her fat fug ass hell nasty looking albino boyfriend or whatever. First of all you nasty ass looking mamasan wannabe prostitute with no ass and no selfrespect really need to stop your uncle tomming ways. I don't know how it goes down in whitey town, but sellingout and being a cheap ass ho ain't going to get you much respect where I'm from. Secondly why would some ugly ass ching chong fug like you think that making out with Mr. Albino fug was going to set me off? Please go back to chink town or whatever massage parlor or mailorder bride this nasty white fug found you at. You nasty ass chink women think you all that in NYC. Come to my hood and I'll show you what we think of your trifelling ass. Have you been hypnotized by a hypnotist and been stuck with some unwanted side effects? Don't you dare take this nice man's guns away from him!
Thanks to the interweb, every day I am introduced to the brilliant and wild minds and actions of human mammals in the world. Some of these humans are deep ocean biologists, some are hunter/gatherer chefs, some are parrot whisperers, some are everything else, and some are artists. The multi-talented and punctilious Timothy Furstnau falls into the "everything else" and "artists" categories of humans I've recently encountered on the web. His work is engaging, thoughtful and marvelously brain-tickling.
A bit from Timothy's totally unpretentious and fun-to-read artist statement:
I want to make work that speaks for itself, but it never quite does, does it? We need it to be about something, or at least to be something. And we need to speak for it. Okay then….
The more I work, the less important I think it is that people grasp what something is “about” than that they lose grasp of what exactly it is – that they come away asking “What was that?” and feeling, maybe, that the world, and our dealings within it, can be “about” much more than we may have thought.
Here is a peek at some of Timothy's solo projects and collaborative projects with co-conspiritor, Andrea Steves. You will definitely want to take the time and peruse his site and his collaborative project site, FICTILIS, while slowly sipping a beverage of your choice.