Saturday, May 4, 2019

LINDA AND TOBE TALK FOR AFTER OUR TAPE AT WOODSTOCK THEATRE



LINDA AND TOBE  TALK FOR AFTER  OUR TAPE AT  WOODSTOCK THEATRE





ZACH
: LINDA AND TOBE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THEIR PROCESS WITH YOU.

LINDA: MAKING TAPES IS ONE OF THE WAYS THAT I COMMUNICATE, AND THINK OUTLOUD AND SHARE. HOW LUCKY I AM TO HAVE A FRIEND LIKE TOBE WHO HELPS ME TALK AS ART. OUR COLLABORATIVE PROCESS GOES LIKE THIS: I CALL/EMAIL TOBE AND SAY, TOBE I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A TAPE. I GO TO HIS HOME STUDIO AND EXPLAIN THE CONCEPT TO HIM AND WE BEGIN A ONE MONTH ONE YEAR OR 2 YEAR PROCESS TO MAKE A TAPE. TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT, I HAVE NEVER, NEVER, NEVER EDITED A TAPE AND AM SO GRATEFUL THAT TOBE SHARES HIS TECHNOLOGICAL GENIUS WITH ME.

I OFTEN BRING VIDEO FOOTAGE THAT I HAVE FILMED TO TOBE, OR FOOTAGE MADE BY FRIENDS, FOR EXAMPLE, DIANE TERAMANA/JOSEPHA GUTELIUS'S CAMERA WORK WERE IN TWO VIDEOS TODAY. ALSO, VERY OFTEN TOBE GENEROUSLY SHARES FOOTAGE/IMAGES/SOUND FROM HIS PERSONAL LIBRARY OF TAPES THAT HE HAS MADE.

FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS, I AM GRATEFUL THAT JIM BARBARO OF NATURAL SOUNDS HAS BEEN THE SOUND ENGINEER FOR MANY OF MY TAPES. AND THERE HAVE BEEN PERFORMANCE ACTORS/SINGERS/NARRATORS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED IN OVER 60 OF MY TAPES.

THE STORY IS I AM TOTALLY 100% INTERDEPENDENT AND COULD DO NONE OF THIS ALONE!

TOBE: THE KIND OF WORK WE SHOWED TONIGHT IS NOT THE DOCUMENTARY STYLE MANY PEOPLE ASSOCIATE WITH MY WORK. BUT IT IS CLOSER TO SOME OF MY ART PROJECTS THAT ARE ONLINE, WHICH LINDA'S WORK INSPIRED. IF YOU WISH, YOU CAN SEARCH FOR MY TWO YOUTUBE CHANNELS.

LINDA: SOME OF MY TAPES HAVE BEEN VERY AUTOBIOGRAPHICALLY SERIOUS AND YET MANY INCLUDE THE RELIEF AND COPING MECHANISM OF HUMOR OR COMIC DISTRACTION.  AFTER WE BEGAN USING CRAZY TALK ANIMATION, ANIMATING POSSIBILITIES ESCALATED AND WE BEGAN THE  5 LINDA AND TOBE MAKE A TAPE VIDEO SERIES SHOWN TONIGHT.

TOBE: I HAVE BEEN SHOOTING IMAGES OF NATURE FOR OVER 50 YEARS AND HAVE A RICH ARCHIVE WE SOMETIMES MINE FOR LINDA'S TAPES. OFTEN THIS INCLUDES USING MY VIDEOS AND PHOTOGRAPHS AS TEXTURAL OR PRIMARY MATERIALS. OR, I MIGHT SHOOT A NEW IMAGE FOR THE PROGRAM. WE MIGHT DO A QUICK AUDIO RECORDING TOGETHER, OR ANIMATE A PORTRAIT SEQUENCE. OR EDIT FOOTAGE AND AUDIO THAT LINDA BRINGS ME. LOTS OF BACK AND FORTH.
LINDA: EACH TAPE IS A DIFFERENT STORY. IF WE WERE TO LOOK AT THE 60 TAPES WE MADE TOGETHER, THERE WOULD BE 60 DIFFERENT WORKING METHODS THAT WE USED. FOR EXAMPLE MY DEATH TAPE: LIVING ART/DYING ART, IS A TOTAL COLLAGE OF MANY KINDS OF FOUND AND BORROWED FROM TOBE'S ARCHIVE FOOTAGE PLUS HIS ANIMATIONS. WHEREAS, ALWAYS CREATIVE IS A DIFFERENT STORY AND EXPERIENCE. I INTERVIEWED 14 UPSTATE ELDERS WITH MY BROTHER'S VHS HUGE CAMERA IN 1997 AND TOBE EDITED THE INTERVIEWS TOGETHER. 60 TAPES/60 SOLUTIONS.
TOBE: BECAUSE WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER FOR OVER 22 YEARS I KNOW WHAT LINDA WOULD DO WHEN WE ARE WORKING ON A TAPE. AS A RESULT THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WITH SOME TAPES THAT I'M ALONE TO ANIMATE AND EDIT AND I MIGHT PARE DOWN THE CHOICES, OR DO SOME MORE EMBELLISHMENT AND ORGANIZING. THEN A COPY GOES BACK TO LINDA TO LOOK AT. BUT MOST OF THE TIME WE DO A STRAIGHT EDIT TOGETHER WITH LINDA IN THE STUDIO. IT DEPENDS ON THE TAPE. ISN'T THE INTERNET A WONDERFUL COLLABORATIVE WORK TOOL?

LINDA: TO CONCLUDE: I AM BEYOND GRATEFUL THAT FOR OVER 22 YEARS, TOBE HAS SHARED NOT ONLY HIS TECHNOLOGICAL BRILLIANCE AND SKILLS WITH ME BUT HAS TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE A BETTER HUMAN. THANK YOU TOBE. I CONSIDER MYSELF A MENCHETTE IN TRAINING.
AND I WILL ALWAYS AND FOREVER APPLAUD MEG'S SUPPORT AND HOSPITALITY. WHAT A TEAM WE ARE!

TOBE: LINDA BRINGS A CREATIVE STRENGTH TO EVERYTHING. OVER THESE YEARS SHE HAS GIVEN ME GREAT OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN AND TO EXPAND MY APPROACH TO PRODUCTION AND EDITING AND NOW I EVEN PERFORM. THANK YOU, LINDA!

LINDA:MAY ALL BEINGS HAVE A WONDERFUL AND FUN ART-LIFE.



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