SEA SHOW vlog: Episode 1 – Syphilis Sauna

December 2, 2008 at 7:36 am | Posted in vlog | 1 Comment
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This is a short track at the end of his set at the Free Sheep Foundation in Seattle on November 26, 208.

I really liked this track when I first heard it and have found it hard to not keep listening to it. Syphilis Sauna, thank you for letting us into your art.

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Arts & Lights and Music

November 28, 2008 at 10:27 am | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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Released on Friday, November 28, 2008, this morning I enjoyed an audio segment on NPR about how to think about new art and music. I am editing my footage that I shot two nights ago.

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There’s a third tape I had in my hand when I walked in the door that I need to locate. I had nervously anticipated an opportunity to meet some interesting figures from the northwest art scene who were also in attendance, but being the shy nerd I am, I only talked to someone if was about photography and video or my cable access show all evening long.

Yes, Seattle’s underground is still here, there is Butoh here and in Portland. I it was a good night of art.

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Syphilis Sauna was really good, as was the French singer Leticia aka Tiny Concept. It was great to know that those experiences and more are still to be had. Its too bad that building is going to be bulldozed and replaced with condos, much like the rest of the Belltown neighborhood that surrounds it.

It was definitely one of the more unpolished venues I’d gone in my adventures as Your Humble Host. Outside the building there was a Notice of Land Use sign and the sign outside for the art space was just a logo.

When my photographer Tim and I walked up there were some folk waiting outside. We saw that they were performing, and as we walked up they were guided to another part of the building. I told Tim told just follow them and we were in. Tim scouted for an outlet while I checked out the lighting situation. I ordered a drink but got the first one free and gave the customary generous tip.

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The bartender told me they have parties there, of the obscure persuasion. I tried to keep my cool. Ok, now I’m learning some new things!

Of course some SEA SHOW artists were performing, and before too long  Death Posture came out and gave an amazing performance.

I ran out of tape after three hours and had to go but was happy about my 4GB chip that I didn’t have to worry about getting full on my audiorecorder.

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It was pretty dark in there but the stage lights were on and the footage came out great. Now where is that third tape?

In the meantime, I have the audio files from my Zoom H4 downloaded and captured the last 5 minutes or so of the performance on one tape. It was a great time, I’ll blog more about this later, when the video is ready.

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On the Hook

November 25, 2008 at 12:53 pm | Posted in vlog | Leave a comment
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I was intrigued by a news article that arrived in my inbox about an artist who resorted to what some call extreme measures to express herself in this week’s art news. We are not strangers to artists who like to bring a little intensity to a situation, an immediacy piercing affords. For the artist Alice Newstead, the effort was effective in making the art world know about her efforts. We wholeheartedly understand the frustration of trying to get your audience’s attention. BRITAIN-ANIMALS-PROTEST

For example, I got a last minute call to film an art performance on November 5, 2008, in Portland Oregon, by no one other than the first artist ever to express interest in Arte Vivant,  which was name of the show during the pilot Рwhich was from April 23, 2007 to May 31, 2007.

Dr. JohnnyWOW! finds himself in a strange situation as an artist. picture-72He has a studio, is a full-time artist, retired, and has hundreds of visitors to his art gallery every month. Despite this, he unhappy with the situation, one of the topics of his performance at the BlackBird Wine Shop in Portland.

I’ve learned a lot about him in his frank discussions about the state of art and awareness, and I’ve kept my eyes and ears open to what he has to say. I enjoyed editing this last video because of the humor of the situation.

I’ll post more information about his next show for the December artwalk where we’ll get to see more of his video presentation as well as a live demonstration for the art about his frustration. This seasoned artist resorts to strange but not-so-painful efforts to get some kind of feedback or commentary from his large monthly audience.

When I first read the description of the artist that hung herself in the window of a gallery in a method referred to as Suspension, I immediately thought of the compelling performance which was a visual delight for your humble host to document!

My mental stability and my Canon HV20 survived the show, and while I had a sore back from doing hand held for the entirety of their two night performance, it is some of the best footage I’ve shot. Still working on the edit.

I don’t want to give away too many of the antics of the group since I am actually planning an interview with this organization, whose events I’ve been documenting for most of 2007 as I followed the now disbanded Midway Orchestra, in their adventures of a new band playing for some rather unorthodox performers.

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Despite all I saw last summer, nothing quite prepared me for March 15, 2008, when I first filmed a performance by a member of the local Butoh performers Death Posture. I am shooting an event with them and their rather interesting guests soon, and I look forward to this event with great anticipation.

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