Since January 1st, I have been taking part in a YEAR-LONG COLLABORATION with California-based musician/activist/performance artist LAUREN LARKEN! Yay! I thought I'd share my content from the first 6 weeks, even though it's still developing.
[Here's us back in '08 when we were part of a squad of Obama cheerleaders]
We're calling it ARTnership (We've also called it it Freckles, Art Sluts...) and basically it's a multi-disciplinary collaborative curriculum aiming to foster creativity, empowerment, relationship, and activism. One essential aspect is that you do it with an ARTner, as well as document the whole process. (My Flickr Gallery) Each week you both respond to a theme/assignment through music, art, performance, film, writing, etc. I'm really excited about this project and I'm curious to see how it evolves!
This first video recaps the FIRST THREE WEEKS...
WEEK 1: INVITATIONMake an invitation for your ARTner as you embark on this creative journey. Include your vision of what you want to experience in the project, an artifact, and a surprise.
WEEK 2: OPEN INVITATIONSThis week we simply took video footage of ourselves open the other's invitation. (The video is in the week 1-3 recap video up top)
WEEK 3: ADVENTURE MUSIC MIXThis week we were to make a digital mix CD and send it to your ARTner. Music you find perfect for exploring, surprises, and overall adventure. Mine is the first mix here, and Larken's is the second. I love the "Rainbow Connection" connection.
WEEK 4: GET LOSTThis week we had to get lost somehow, physically or mentally, really this can be interpreted a lot of ways. We were also supposed to listen to the "adventure mix" made by the other person last week. And after our adventure, make a map of our journey or experience.
I was in Costa Rica, so it was a fun place to have an adventure. In this video I tell my tale with pics and such. This was the first time I've tried video commentary and such. Yay!
I drew this while sitting at a bar...
Some pics from my day of getting lost...
WEEK 5: CREATING SPACEThis is another broad theme, but suitable because Larken and I were both feeling a bit trapped/cluttered/claustrophobic this week. This week I decided to make a pair of drawings in response to our assignment.
I share my thought process in this video as I'm painting the background. I've never filmed myself painting before, so this was fun to finally try!
Here are the drawings, they are called Binge and Purge. They're about how the week I was doing a juice fast (purge) I was gorging myself on work instead (binge).
Some stills from the video...
WEEK 6: RELEASEThis week's theme was very appropriate because a lot of emotions I wasn't dealing with concerning my break-up with Kurt finally were coming up to the surface. And it sucked. I was going to make a drawing about it, but my idea felt like it was more like a, well, commercial. So I thought I'd play around with video for this one.
So this is my first "video drawing" if that's even the right thing to call it. It's called "Flash Freeze Heart."
And some film stills...
***If you are interested in possibly taking part in our project in the future
by becoming an ARTner, please let me know! ***