a note from Bamuthi

Posted in Uncategorized | March 15, 2011 | by emilyharney | (1) Comment

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i am wishing you all in chicago with me right now…
Theaster’s  iteration of urban development embodies the principles that we seek to manifest with Life is Living, and through red, black and GREEN: a blues.

read this  for deeper context:
Regarding the rbGb set…think Legos. Large, repurposed wood puzzle pieces that assemble and reassemble in the shape of different structures that are linked to the piece’s geography. Chicago architectural geometry, Houston’s row houses, New York’s brownstone stoops, California coastline…

Trace a narrative that encompasses the building and deconstruction of these archetypal frames…

With each reconstruction we also fashion a different projection surface(s), in a different physical location on stage, in a different shape, perhaps with video cut to match the unique shape of corresponding structures…flat like the earth next to water, tall and tetris, like the negative space in chicago’s skylines…

Think redeemed wood…built in hydraulics…built in speakers… pull out drawers that hide a potter’s wheel or a surface for tapping or surface for drumming.

pictures soon…
much love

When it’s time, it’s time

Posted in Uncategorized | February 11, 2011 | by emilyharney | Leave a Comment

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A couple of impressionistic videos from Marc Bamuthi Joseph‘s recent residency at the University of North Carolina where he and creative collaborators Theaster Gates and Eli Jacob’s Fantauzzi spent a week interacting with students and working on the visual look and feel of red, black and GREEN: a blues.

At UNC these were used as “backdrops” for poetry performance, but even on their own they highlight a key element of this new work—the strength of individual stories, grounded in community and place, to express the inherent VALUE of LIFE. And the role of the artistic production in highlighting juxtaposing these multiple stories to create something that is more than the sum of its parts.

On a day when the people of Egypt have taken their future into their own hands by strength of will, and yet environmental regulations continue to be besieged in our own Congress, Theaster’s words resonate. When it’s time, it’s time.