Friday, February 23, 2018

PLAYING WITH SOUND

PLAYING WITH SOUND


PLAYING WITH SOUNDS : Linda Mary Montano

THE RESULTS OF MAKING SOUND 

Physically sounding and creating intuitive sounds:
*raises good energy
*encourages release of serotonin and dopamine
*creates a cohesive community
*can bring to the surface/heal memories and images from past events
*teaches a spirit of play

Anyone who has witnessed and heard the sounds of children playing in a school yard after an entire day inside,
has heard their sounds of joy, excitement and improvisational fun.

NAME OF CLASS: PLAYING WITH SOUND

PLAYING WITH SOUND is an experience based on the healing properties of group sound making.

STRUCTURE OF THE CLASS
  • Group sonic introductions
  • Breath as sound
  • A lullaby to oneself
  • Laughter as improvised sound-release
  • Sonic gratitude sounds/nature sounds
  • Sounding the community as a sonic portrait

PRESENTER:

Linda Mary Montano . I am a  Performance Artist and Certified Laughter Leader.  Having included singing and sound 
making in all of my performances, I have found sound to be an incredible tool of healing and improvisatory
story-telling. For more , go to my  WEBPAGE. Or Blog.Linda Mary Montano 

AGING AS ART

AGING AS  ART:  SHOW CURATED BY NICOLAS DUMIT ESTEVEZ


AGING AS ART and Performing for the Dead
An evening with Linda Mary Montano 

This event will bring together two of the movers and shakers of the performance art and art in everyday life fields in the U.S. for a participatory engagement with the audience dealing with the presenters’ experiences with aging and dying. Montano sees her body as a canvas, a sculpture that is chiseled by time as she grows older. Curmano has daringly orchestrated his own funeral in order to perform for the dead, and as an act of self- transformation: a rite of passage.

Montano says: “We all age. This is inevitable. Artists age, non-artists age. As a performance artist, my body is, has been and will always be my canvas, my clay, my paint, my material, and aging has brought an incredible menu to the table...a smorgasbord of physical, mental, physical, psychological and spiritual issues for me to choose from and work with and present to myself and others. One such issue is THE NURSING HOME! The dreaded last stop for many of us. And my theory is that if we prepare now, if we take care of our fears and angers and betrayals and jealousies, and rages NOW while we can still transform these obscurations into acceptance, then we will make it easier on the 40847 UNDERPAID nurses aides and caregivers who will feed, bathe and change our Depends. My presentation is an opportunity to bring up this subject as a discussion and then together watch my video NURSE NURSE, with participation from the audience as nurses and other personas that the video elicits. This presentation will last about one hour and it is not only a transformational experience but also a chance to heal unspoken fears and terrors regarding the fear of dying and death itself. After the event we will have a Q and A.”

WE ARE ALL HUNGRY

STATEMENT FOR PERFORMANCE AT  UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA: WE ARE ALL HUNGRY


Hunger  is for food,  for love, for contact with the Earth, for sustenance.  We are born hungry , nursed or bottle fed and then fed again by caregivers in a nursing home. We rehearse by feeding ourselves mindfully, by feeding others, by growing food.
This performance is about my relationship to food which is one which gives me fodder for performances and prompts for my therapists. I was bottle fed, allergic to cows milk and then brought up on goat's milk. And at 20, developed anorexia, going from 135-80 pounds.
As a life-long anorexic, never comfortable in restaurants, to be fed publically is a way to help me  pay aesthetic attention to food, a way to be  'HELPED" by others via the act of being fed, a way to receive and rehearse the future possibility of my being fed by a nurse in a nursing home.
May all migrants, may all children of the poor who are perpetually hungry, may all who are forced to eat chemically tainted food, be nourished in ways that heal their loss of nutrition. 

7 SONGS 7 GLANDS

7 SONGS   7 GLANDS


JOURNALS FROM 7 YEARS OF LIVING ART

VIDEO   JOURNALS FROM 7 YEARS OF LIVING ART

https://youtu.be/hFIYnESD_LE

TEXT: NEW AGING: LECTURE AND PANEL AT MOMA, Curated by Paola Antonelli and Erica Petrillo.

THE NEW AGING  MOMA  SALON 22




TEXT:  NEW AGING: LECTURE AND PANEL AT MOMA,  Curated by Paola Antonelli and Erica Petrillo. January 22, 2018.
There were four other women lecturers and I represented the artist's take on the subject of aging and illustrated my process via videos that featured sickness/nursing home care/ nursing homes in India/aging looked at humorously. I also talked about the DEMENTIA VILLAGES in Europe which duplicate real villages that allow dementia/Alzheimer patients to meander in them without getting "lost." Safe aging. My presentation ended with documents of my work with chickens and text about nursing homes in England and New Zealand that give their clients a pet chicken to hold/rock/feed/watch/clean up after so that they can earn the title of HENSIONER. My presentation was interactive, per usual, with the audience making sounds/laughing/imitating chickens. LINDA MARY MONTANO


 Salon22

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dear Volunteers for the WE ARE ALL HUNGRY performance,



Dear Volunteers for the WE ARE ALL HUNGRY  performance,

First I want to thank you for participating and to thank Ed for including me and Yuchen for organizing the details.  As you hopefully can see from the images enclosed,  you will be feeding me  food that I will provide. You will do this very slowly and silently.  There will be signs indicating that this is a silent performance so the audience will not be  encouraged to ask questions, plus the sound we are using will  fill the space and discourage  interaction with the audience. 

COSTUME;  Please wear all white clothing. Shoes also if  possible. Look like a "caregiver" or nurse.  Your hair can be  "nurse-like" and for  the nurse hat you have some options. Please don't buy anything. Borrow if you need to. For the hat:
  1. Make your own but make it look really authentic. Go online to find how to do this.
  2. You can get one on Amazon in case you ever want to be a nurse sometime in the future!!!!
  3. I will also bring a  white scarf-like head gear that looks like a nurse's  hat.

WHAT WE  DO
  1. We stand in a designated spot for two hours. You feed me when you are inspired to do so. I will bring the spoons/food. If you wish, bring a small chair if you need to sit. That is fine.  No intense rules . 
  2. On April 5, we will be at the Amphitheatre from 11-1pm. 
  3. On April 6 we will be at the Mall. Space to be determined by Ed and Yuchen.
  4. Before we begin we make a circle of paper flowers that I will bring...newspapers made to look like flowers.  We stand in this circle with our signs Yuchen is providing.

INNER  FOCUS:
This is about many things: HUNGER AND HEALING. With references to: respect for the body as it is,  migrants without food, starvation of many in the world right now, eating disorders, mindful eating, nursing homes, no more free lunches for children at  school , MGO's, poisoned crops and many more issues.
Your focus is to choose something in your life you want to address and bring healing awareness to.  This can be something private or if you like we can name each other's intention just before we begin.
Performance is powerful and helps raise consciousness inside the performer and in the audience as well. 

TIME:  Please be there one half hour/45 minutes before we begin.  So that would be 10:15/ 10:30. 

CONCERNS: If you have any questions about anything at  all, feel free to call me. Also if you would like, send me an image of your  "nurse costume." My phone is
845-399-2502.
My email is lindamontano@hotmail.com

With gratitude to Ed woodham for inviting me, to the University of Virginia for hosting me, to Yuchen for arranging everything and to you for performing with me.

And if in the future I can be of help to you, please ask.

In art=life=art,
Linda