ARTUS INTERRUPTUS, LINDA M MONTANO, for panel INTERRUPT/INTERVENE, CALIFORNIA, 2008
It is with great happiness that I sit with you today and
intervene in collaboration with this distinguished panel.
Let's give a round of applause to Beth Stephens and her significant other and her energetic staff for bringing all 247,000 conference details to successfull fruition. Now to my letter.
Thanks for iterrupting my daily life routine by inviting me here. I
have sat at home this winter, sourrounded by monumental northeast snowdrifts
and there I interrupt myself from global warming, democratic debates and my
personal anxieties by spending inordinate amounts of time visiting the electronic
faces of Montel, Judge Judy, Sylvia Brown,Jerry, Ellen, Dr Phil, Oprah, Caesar
Milan,Tyra, Flavor Flav, Katy C, Cathy Lee, Whoopie, Britney, Drew, Jay and
Conan, to name a few of my friends. Beth, thank you
for interrupting my
attention, diverting it from my three addictions to artificial light sources:
1. My computer screen
2. My tv screen
3. The interior light of my refrigerator
Beth, you have brought my face into the light of day, my face, once public
now has become the new private genital, tabooed by technology.Seen by few.
Beth, you have interrupted us and shyly we meet face to Face, in this glorious
re-union of pre-robotized, uninterrupted, still alive flesh; flesh fed and learning
how to feed.
Thanks for caring Beth,
P.S. We go home filled with hope and promise to use, as time permits, our new
intervention skills with a happy grace.
Now I ask you to help me, interrupt me.Then I will interrupt you,and the paper I
read will interrupt my video.
Here's the plan:
I need 7 volunteer interruptors and you get certificates stating that you too
are a performance artist. What do you do? When I read my paper you will
randomly call out your word to determine the accent that I use.They are:
The rest of you are also performance artists and you get to perform
interruptions with laughter: 1. low laughs, 2.middle laughs,3.high laughs.So
when I say 1,2,3,please laugh as long and as hard as you desire.
Resisting and refusing the urge to be theological about the
number seven so as not to reference the seven chakras(
MULADHARA, SVADHISTANA, MANIPURA, ANAHATA, VISHUDDHA,
AJNA, SAHASRARA)or the 7 Hindu bija mantras for the chakras(
LUM,VUM,RUM,YUM,HUM,OM,OM) or 7 Catholic sacraments(
HOLY ORDERS,SACRAMENT OF THE SICK) ;or the 7 aspects of
the Kaballah, or 7 color frequencies(RED, ORANGE,YELLOW,
GREEN BLUE, PURPLE, WHITE), we, in a spirit of inclusive,
non-offensive,non-combative ecumenism could say that the 7
voices come from the 7 glands of the body, a reference
universally shared since we all have bodies, just not the same
Now, let's intervene..bring your hot, warm, light filled hands to
your ovaries/testes, your pancreas, your adrenals, your thymus,
your thyroid, your pineal, your pituitary.Thank you, GLANDS OF
The paper. Please change the tape. The interruptions now