Saturday, November 24, 2018
IMAGES FROM DAD ART: CHICAGO
NICOLAS DUMIT ESTEVEZ 2 WRITINGS:
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.
– Linda Mary Montan
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.
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.
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.