We would like to extend very special thanks to all our volunteers: 2012 Creative Directors: Nestor Topchy and Myk Henry, Event Organizers: Kelly Alison and Mariana Lemesoff, Production Management: Jay Mays and Blake Lewis, Photographers: Ben DeSoto, Alex Barber and Steve Patlan, Videographer: Cressandra Thibodeaux, Public Relations: Jonatan Lopez and Julia Wallace, Directors: Nestor Topchy and Myk Henry, Live Streaming: Ted Veins, and Volunteers: Renee Dillenseger, Alex Tu, Jordan Johnson, Ivan Cheesman and the 50+ performers in Rodney Dickson’s piece.
We lost Daniel-Kayne this past Monday, October 9. May the Living Waters carry him home.
“He came to me and asked if he could transform but it could easily return to its former state … a window front on Main Street…. he wanted to live there for three days solely on water… he said was the essence of life….. He transformed the space into pure white ….. Nothing but he and a sculpture of water bottles back lit … It glowed… spiritual in feeling… simple pure and direct….. one small space of notsuoh free of clutter distraction and history… Incredible he could tame my beast of a space…. he showed me the possibility of transformation…. after the performance of existing and on display …he described the early morning hours of homeless downtown gathering to watch and his almost hallucinatory experiences as The Thirsty Artist…. Daniel your ideas transcend your body …you are still here in my mind” ..Jim Pirtle
It was a great pleasure to meet John G. Boehme on his recent visit to Houston to perform in the Lone Star Performance Festival. It was an even greater experience to trek across town with him hunting down a major block of lard. Boehme is a professor of Performance Art and he had a number of enlightening observations to share. Watching him work, I could not help but be impressed by his sureness. Photos courtesy of Alex Barber and others.
On March 8th at DiverseWorks Non Grata did their performance Force Majeure.
It was a real thrill to witness a talent like 1KA from France. An important member of Non Grata, this guy was totally fascinating to watch and to listen to, whether he was performing or simply escaping into the sounds on the street.
Carrie Nation and her band of protesting hatchitators broke up the bar at notsuoH with REAL hatchets.
Words from Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Identity as circle of light calling through tiny electric sounds a heartbeat, heard on embrace. This performance was beautiful, and the huge white balloon floating away beyond any vision as the fiber optic light in it still shown bright. I’m still contemplating it’s possible destination.
I had the great pleasure to work very closely on this performance piece with Rodney Dickson. When he first sent his list of materials needed it was funny enough to post. From then on our group of conspirators and F*#cked Up Houston characters started coming together.Talking to Rodney I gather that this piece is progressive and that each “F#$Cked Up Place gets added to the videos showing at the next event. So far the show has traveled to Beijing, Mexico City and Vietnam among other locations. The meaning is to reflect the Chaos in our F#*Cked Up world. I think it also reflected the unity in our F#$%Ked upedness. Thanks Rodney for letting me be myself and try and paint during this performance. I thought it was very funny that the nude models multiplied everytime I looked up. Yep. The audience started joining in with EVERYTHING!