Saturday, November 24, 2018

LINDA AT FALES

LINDA  AT  FALES:

http://wayback.archive-it.org/7078/20181022145139/https://www.lindamontano.com/

IMAGES DAD ART CHICAGO

IMAGES  FROM DAD ART: CHICAGO

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hbupoO4fYRVcwZPTSBchARD3zVeBXxT5

NICOLAS DUMIT ESTEVEZ: 2 WRITINGS: ONE OUR INTERVIEW OTHER SHOW IN NYC

NICOLAS DUMIT  ESTEVEZ  2 WRITINGS:

DAD ART INFO AND PR

DAD ART  INFO  /PR AND  /BIO

Video by Lal Avgen

LINDA MARY MONTANO [ http://www.lindamontano.com ] is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art, Linda Montano’s work since the mid 1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging. She has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco, and the ICA in London. Montano has taught Performance Art, published five books, and has over fifty free videos on YouTube.

In 1998 I began collaborating with my father on video: recording our meals, time together, and finally getting to know him. For four years we enjoyed this art-life collaboration. After he had a hemorrhagic stroke, I literally hid behind the video camera because I couldn’t face my Dad’s situation. So for 3 years I recorded it all so I didn’t have to see it…feeding/bathing/walking. I mourned his death with my art family, probably around 2007, at  Pauline Olliveros’ Deep Listening space on Broadway in Kingston and then for some time after that I shared the video-performance, but very rarely because the pain was too raw. But thirteen years later, I am able to re-share this experience because of many things but especially because of music! My parents had a band in the 30’s and 40’s: Dad played drums and trumpet and sang; Mom sang. So when I began focusing on SINGING FOR MY PARENTS AS ART in DAD ART and seriously included my singing in this INTERACTIVE mourning-meditation, the video took on a teaching-tool function and way for me to rise out of debilitating pain and fly toward trance-formation. Also audiences have a chance to interact with over seven other performer-collaborators and deal with death performatively, which opens a door to REALLY being with Impermanence. We all get it: LIFE IS SHORT.  Art makes it spacious and long for a minute. The interactive aspect is what makes DAD ART a communal ART OF HEARTFELTNESS/COMMUNITY. Dedicated to Pauline Oliveros.”        

 – Linda Mary Montan

MORE DAD ART INFO FOR PERFORMERS

MORE  DAD ART  INFO FOR PERFORMERS




INTENTION:  THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE EXPERIENCE: THAT YOU HAVE A PERSONAL KOAN/INTENTION/PRAYER THAT YOU BRING TO THE EXPERIENCE. WE ARE NOT "PERFORMANCE ARTISTS" BUT SHARERS OF ENERGY. AND WHEN THAT ENERGY CIRCULATES AMONG US AND THE INTERACTING AUDIENCE, WONDERFUL THINGS  HAPPEN.  THE PERFORMANCE IS DEDICATED TO PAULINE OLIVEROS. I FIRST PRESENTED DAD ART AS A MEMORIAL "SERVICE'  FOR PAULINE/IONE AND A FEW FRIENDS AT THE PAULINE OLIVEROS FOUNDATION ON BROADWAY, KINGSTON , 2007.  THE NEED FOR ALL OF US TO CONTINUE TO EMBRACE EACH OTHER, IN ART, CONTINUES.   LINDA


: DANCE OF LIFE: YOU WEAR DANCE  CLOTHES, NICE HAIR, EARBUDS WITH 2 EAR BUDS ONE FOR U ONE FOR  DANCING WITH YOU. MUSIC: PLEASE DOWNLOAD  JACKIE GLEASON MUSIC FOR LOVERS  FROM YOU TUBE.  YOU AND PARTNER DANCE TO THIS MUSIC AS LONG AS YOU FEEL IS GOOD FOR YOU BOTH. 

 WATER HEALER:  PLEASE CREATE A LOW IMPACT  HEALING  ACTION WITH WATER. EASY/SIMPLE/ LOVING... PEOPLE COME TO U AND U USE WATER AS A VEHICLE.  BLACK CLOTHES  NICE  HAIR RED LIPS. 

CHOIR LEADER.  YOU STAND NEAR/BY ME AS I SING AND AFTER EACH OF 7 SONGS YOU LEAD THE AUDIENCE IN THE GLAND SONGS.  PLEASE PRINT OUT 7  PAPERS  WITH THE 7 GLANDS   MAKE SURE TO MAKE LETTERING BIG AND USE THE  NUMBERS  1, 2, 3  ETC  GLANDS ARE:  1.  OVARIES/TESTES    2. PANCREAS  3. ADRENALS   4.  THYMUS  5. THYROID  6.  PINEAL  7.  PITUITARY  ...YOU WILL REHEARSE AUDIENCE IN THYMUS  BY HOLDING UP  THAT PAPER AND SINGING THAT ONE ONCE AND THEN ONCE WITH THEM.  TO LEARN THE GLAND SONGS GO TO  NURSE NURSE  YOU TUBE  OR   7 SONGS FOR 7 GLANDS ( THAT MIGHT BE PULLED OFF  U TUBE, NOT SURE)) WE ALSO CAN REHEARSE ON PHONE   845-399-2502..YOU CAN ALSO LEARN FROM INTERACTIONARAM VIDEO BELOW. YOU NEED A CHAIR NEAR MY CHAIR. 

SECRETARY TO DEATH.  YOU WEAR A BACK WARDS  DEATH MASK.  I BRING THE DEATH MASK.  AT UR INTRO YOU INVITE PEOPLE TO COME TO YOU AND DICTATE ANYTHING THEY NEED TO SAY ABOUT DEATH TO YOU AND YOU WILL WRITE IT DOWN.  YOU PROVIDE  PAPER(START RECYCLING PAPER)  OR IF U HAVE A PAPER  CONCEPT YOU WANT TO USE.  MAKE SURE U BRING SOMETHING HARD TO WRITE ON BECAUSE WE MIGHT NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A TABLE FOR YOU TO WRITE ON AT  THE SITE.  KEEPING IT LOW TECH. 

MASTER OF CEREMONIES;  YOU  WILL BE  THE  MC.  PLEASE MAKE A NICE SIGN  TO SAY MC ON YOUR CHEST OR BACK...SHOW ME VIA EMAIL BEFORE THE DAY.  CLOTHES  BLACK. BUT AS  MC  YOU 2 SHOULD HAVE A DISTINGUISHING HAT???OR  WHAT??  SOMETHING?  PLEASE HAVE A WHISTLE..EVERY 12 MINUTES YOU USE THE WHISTLE  AND BLOW IT, TO INDICATE WHEN I WILL SING. ALSO YOU WATCH EACH OF THE  "STATIONS"  AND ANNOUNCE  WHEN  A PERSON COULD GO TO A STATION BY SAYING:   " IF YOU WISH YOU CAN GO TO THE WATER HEALER"  OR  "IF YOU WISH ONE OF THE LISTENER  CHAIRS IS EMPTY"   ETC

ANGEL  YOU WEAR  ALLLLLLLLLL  WHITE CLOTHES.  FLOWY IF POSSIBLE. MAKE SURE U KEEP IN TOUCH AND SHOW ME YOU WEARING YOUR CLOTHES ON EMAIL PHOTO...(ON THE EMAIL)  NICE NICE HAIR...FLOWERS IN HAIR.  I BRING THE WINGS.  YOU FLY AROUND. BLESS YOURSELF ALOT.....AND WHEN FEEL MOVED  FLY AND BLESS OTHERS.  MAKE SURE YOU STAND IN BACK OF ME DURING THE SONG YOU LIKE BEST AND BLESS ME AS  WELL.

: RESTING:  YOU WILL BRING SOMETHING NICE TO LAY DOWN ON. AND ARRANGE THAT BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE. YOU WILL WEAR SUNGLASSES AND STAY RESTING/SILENT/ LISTENING THE ENTIRE TIME UNTIL THE ENDING PROCESSION OUTSIDE. 

LISTENER:  YOU SIT ACROSS FROM AN EMPTY CHAIR.  PEOPLE COME TO YOU TO TALK ABOUT DEATH  …..PLEASE DONT FEEL OBLIGED TO GIVE  ADVICE        JUST  LISTEN...AND  BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE. YOU CAN ASK, "DO YOU WISH ME TO SAY ANYTHING?" ...OR SOME WAY OF CONNECTING.. I GUESS  SAYING  "I'M SO SORRY."..IS GOOD?  LETS CHAT . CALL ME IF YOU WISH  .WEAR,  ALL BLACK  GREAT  HAIR, OR WIG..  RED  LIPS...

  PROCESSION LEADERS YOU 2 WILL BE ONSTAGE. BLACK CLOTHES  SUNGLASSES.  DURING THE  PERFORMANCE  CAN YOU AND RICARDO PROVIDE VERY VERY VERY  LOW IMPACT RATTLE(EGG?)  OR NICE  BELL OR CHIME? YOU DESIGN A PROCESSION AT THE END  ( AS YOU ENTER STAGE YOU INVITE ALL TO COME OUTSIDE AT  END TO BURN THE LETTERS TO DEATH) YOU GO TO STEPHANIE, HELP HER GATHER THE  LETTERS  AND START THE PROCESSION FROM THERE ALONG WITH STEPHANIE.. YOU AND RICARDO BRING A METAL BOWL AND MATCHES...ALSO SOME PERFORMATIVE WAY TO LEAVE THE SPACE AND MARCH OUTSIDE  ..I HAVE USED  THE SONG  I'LL FLY AWAY  AND YOU CAN DO THE SAME IF YOU WISH????OR WHAT EVER YOU WISH. IF YOU WANT  CAN INCLUDE  BANNERS????  CAN SING  ILL FLY AWAY????LOW AND SOFT??? ANGEL ACCOMPANIES  YOU..

LISTENER: YOU AND   ARE THE 2   LISTENERS :  YOU SIT ACROSS FROM AN EMPTY CHAIR.  PEOPLE COME TO YOU TO TALK ABOUT DEATH  …..PLEASE DONT FEEL OBLIGED TO GIVE  ADVICE        JUST  LISTEN...AND  BE KIND AND COMPASSIONATE. YOU CAN ASK, DO YOU WISH ME TO SAY ANYTHING  YOU CAN ASK, DO YOU WANT ME TO HOLD YOUR HAND??  ...OR SOME WAY OF CONNECTING.. I GUESS  SAYING  "I'M SO SORRY."..IS GOOD?  LETS CHAT . CALL ME IF YOU WISH  .WEAR ALL BLACK  GREAT  HAIR OR WIG, RED  LIPS

 VIDEO:   E.  PLEASE MAKE THE VIDEO  PARTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT  OF THE PERFORMANCE.  HAVE A SIGN THAT SAYS  PRESS...A REALLY NICE  SIGN  ON  YOUR BODY OR ON YOUR FOREHEAD??? BE  "OBVIOUS"  MAKE IT  A GAME  OR FUN...ORRRRRR LET'S TALK.....WE NEED A WAY TO PERFORM PRESS....ETC. 
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ROSHI BERNIE GLASSMAN


 
ROSHI  BERNIE  GLASSMAN  RIP

In the  70's  I was living in  California…..5 years in  San Francisco and another 5 in San Diego. At that time,  I was going to Maezumi Roshi's  Zen Center in LA for teachings and remember seeing Bernie there. Over the years I  would read about his clowning and peace and justice work and was always very inspired/impressed but  about  6 months ago I got that I wanted to go to his Concentration Camp sesshin but did not follow the  call.
  I had  also heard about his Yonkers social practice bakery and the fact that there was  MORE!!!! ...that he invited students to live  on the streets to do sesshin practice there as  literally homeless dependent/needy people who had no money/no bed/no clothes. Bernie seemed to be a performative kind of  person friendly with fear and trembling as substitutes for  sitting on the cushion to achieve the big wake up.

So when he died this weekend I found links and have listened non-stop to his teachings and posts and  interviews which rounded out the portrait of this  man and  his  life's work.  And in almost  20 hours of listening I have not smelled an ego or a subconscious blunder or a stain of oye vey....but have seen and witnessed someone cleaned out by meditation and called to reach out and share non-seperation  with others.  But not with  just others  but with the Hungry Ghosts. 
 It happened this way:  He was driving to work in LA, still being a Roshi at the Zen Center there but heard a call to  "feed the hungry ghosts"  or something like that.  After listening to many variations of this story I was able to piece together his "hungry Ghost" reference and got that he meant that the "hungry Ghosts" were others in need of  more: more  food/money/pleasure/power/etc.  But he also indicates that wanting to address these hungers and fix others was also a call to "fix" his own hunger. For I think 10 years he had  been a bona-fide/strict Zen master who could keep  hunger in order and when he saw students  being "hungry" he could invite them/order them back to their cushion when they presented  their  "hungers."  Then he was literally called to leave  the world of order and sitting inside and took the show on the road to  the streets/the bakery/the housing he built/the concentration camp but once outside in the world,  in the streets as a homeless person or at  a concentration camp surrounded by millions of Holocausted  beings waiting to be  honored and mourned,  it was less about clean cut control. No bowing and silent entering and leaving the dokusan/darshan room. Outside, things get  messier, more chaotic, more human and scary. But the intention the same as the one for those who sit sit sit: it was to cut through the conditioning and fear and veils we all swim in to make way for wake-up-Love.

He thrived in these atmospheres and that is why I am so taken with his sadhana...how can people put themselves as  leaders and  organizers in these atmospheres of  care-giving/danger etc. That equals taking care of people who are crying/dirty/smelly/needy and HUNGRY!!!! He talks about wanting his students to become  fearless on the streets, become fearless at the Camp because the many, many people on sesshin present/act  mixed up and messy and  guilty and chaotic and angry.  He talks about the camps/the bakery/the streets/the homeless suspension of safety which  invites his student into the fearful unknown BUT like zazen, breaks the shell in a way that sitting can and does, but when it occurs at the Camp or the street or the bakery, it does it with  bravado that does not stink of zen. Walking the tightrope over the Grand canyon is Bernie's way.

I think of Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, Padre Pio, the Berrigan Brothers, Maryknoll Nuns/Priests and others willing to touch the holy via the unkempt, the smelly, the needy, the hungry. Bernie talks in many of his interviews about being called a social working Catholic because his social justice practices smell of  Catholic practices that bring comfort/healing/housing/food/food kitchens to the unloved/starving etc. And he mentions that he was a forerunner in the Zen world of practitioners who once were encouraged to  sit, sit, sit but NOW are encouraged to reach out and  do and not just  sit. Joan Halifax,  Peter Matthiessen are only two of his many lineage holders. And their practices are a mix of  cushion/non-cushion.

BERNIE GLASSMAN  thanks for being willing to get dirty and literally  "not  know" when on the streets practicing homelessness; Bernie thanks for teaching that it is mind blowing/enlightening to not know where to find a place to shit.  

Linda Mary Montano 2018 November.



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Linda Mary Montano. It seems  I was born performing according to my Mother and began acting as  Chicken Woman in the 70's. I took all of my issues/problems/traumas/questions/secrets/dissociative personas to the performance world where I showed myself what was happening to me by acting things out!!! That way I could "understand/learn/heal." Performance Art is my medicine , my drug of choice, my language and I teach it, write about it and you can find 61 free videos of my thinking on you tube. Free!   lindamontano.com and  lindamontano.blogspot.