Parade Emails, Chautauqua Brain Storm, Emily Hubley Workshop

For those of you following my parade progress: Today I emailed Roosevelt Principal about their marching band, I finished my draft of the Spanish letter and emailed it to Minerva for proofreading. I am trying to devise an artistic way to invite fellow artist friends.

Eric Repice and I had a phenomenal meeting about the parade and Chautauqua Art Lab on Saturday. Eric is also going to help look for a marching band. His wife is talking with the Smashinistas (rollergirlz). Eric thinks his costume will be a take on Charlamagne whom he calls Carol Magnus. Here is an older version of Charlemagne. Eric's is going to be a little more tongue in cheek, I think.

If you haven't read about it yet: Cherokee Street Chautauqua Art Lab is a one week project. LEARN, INCLUDE, COLLABORATE, CONSTELLATE. These word best describe our take on the old movement. We envision an event each night for one week that might inspire people to discuss, connect with each other, share- where people can come and hear about topics that might pertain to them. A sort of free night college. The original Chautauqua Movements from the late 1800's-early 1900's and brought entertainment and culture to the community via speakers, teachers, entertainers, religious theorists, and specialists of the day.

Topics that we are throwing around include:
* Beyond Cliche: Reinvisioning Community Art Practices.
* Instrument Building, Theories of Improv. Collaborations, Soundscape Hootenanny
* How I started my space. People who started with what they had to achieve a bigger dream.
* Hate and Tolerance: Is it a Post Racial America?
* Public and Private Good
* Technology in the artspace, virtual studios, blogs, video artists.
Do you have any suggestions? Things you like more or less. call, talk to, Email me....

Emily Hubley
Saturday I went to the Webster University workshop with Emily Hubley. First I want to say Kudos to WFS because they consistently bring in contemporary animators. This has been a lifeline for me and my own practice. I was so energized to hear Emily Hubley speak. I have been a fan of her and her parent's work for the past couple of year. In fact her parents' animations were the first animations that made me cry, because I felt overwhelmed with beauty. She showed several of her animations interspersed with a continuous Q and A. I was struck by how she could transform her materials into an animation. Marker sketches, spraypaint, pencil, paint, newspaper, back lit paper, all these things were used to make these ever changing fluid animations. At times they were hard to follow because they meandered much like dreams but there was an inventiveness to her storytelling and her animations that made following the entire plot not necessary for enjoyment. A few things I am going to apply to my own practice include:

1. When she was trying to get her films out she mentioned trying to send 10 letters a day. that reminds me of my own practice of 50 actions for my career.

2. She said that a lot of times she had two drawings and the fun part was trying to get from one to another.

3. Her sister is in YolaTengo, she has collaborated with many musicians, you never know who you could collaborate with!

4. She shot her films using a digital still camera.


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