Posts Tagged ‘dance’
FAT TUESDAY IS WOMEN’S DAY
FAT TUESDAY IS WOMEN'S DAY

And in celebration of the coincidence of holidays, a feasting on the fact that the object of the gaze, ever an object of ambivalent worship, can shift or itself deflect, wield puissance.  

TORQUE
TORQUE

& the proposal some days ago to climb a sinuous Scarpa “tromba delle scale” / “conch-shaft of stairs— that’s how, late one night, we solved the phrase in translation of Amelia Rosselli’s “The Libellula”— wrong foot first: more infant steps up through the byways of history & love at first insight, & second & third.

“GARBAGE AND CHOLERA”
"GARBAGE AND CHOLERA"

And one of the many gems many appear to have overlooked in Naples from the standpoint of an “inflexible, cold, and passionate service”: local singer/percussionist Marzouk Mejri for two euros’ cover off Spaccanapoli; singing “Illettughat–To Tyrants” in honor of Tunisian poet Abulkasem Escebbi (1909-1934): “Don’t let the spring and light of dawn fool you: in […]

AI MIGRANTI
AI MIGRANTI

After the loss of Glissant, After a disturbing dream of Sicily zigzagged to the point of nullity with red permanent marker then staying on the bus alone, After a powwow with Agency about their too-timely project of finding an architectural/planning solution for housing the Roma population in Rome, who hope for permanent settlement yet are […]

IDEA AS ITCH
IDEA AS ITCH

In the words of Karen Yasinsky, who presented breathtaking films yesterday eve: La Nuit, I Choose Darkness, Marie, This Room is White, all contouring tortuous traversals of affect through a recalcitrant, often cruel materiality—flesh as bandage, stuff—so that it lacks any impact of subjective immediacy— except the immediacy of the feeling that these too are […]

OFFICIALLY FORTHCOMING:
OFFICIALLY FORTHCOMING:

Locomotrix: Selected Poetry and Prose of Amelia Rosselli, now in transit across the waters: a decade in the making. “[T]he language in which I write at isolated moments is only one, while my sonorous, logical, and associative experience is certainly that of all peoples, and reflectable in all languages….” —Amelia Rosselli, “Metrical Spaces” Dancing as […]

GAMUT
GAMUT

As in gamma-ut, bass G, the first note in the lowest of the medieval hexachord scales— from the sapphic stanza of a hymn for John the Baptist’s day:  “ Ut queant laxis re sonare fibris Mi ra gestorum fa muli tuorum, Sol ve polluti la bili reatum, Sancte Iohannes”— then applied to a thing’s whole […]

BLOOD ORANGE
BLOOD ORANGE

In defiance of classical epistemology:  “German dulness, and English affectation, have of late much multiplied among us the use of two of the most objectionable words that were ever coined by the troublesomeness of metaphysicians — namely, ‘Objective’ and’ Subjective.’” —”Of the Pathetic Fallacy,” John Ruskin, Modern Painters, Vol. III

ANACHRONISM
ANACHRONISM

“Mi porti qualcosa di antico.” Unconsciously and not through appearance, but through the voice? Lidia, in conversation to the soundtrack of noxious tremors in an out-of-order Vespa on the tram avenue, following Jeremy Mende‘s “Anxious Futurism,” a study in negation (of the beautiful, the image, the individual, the sponsored, and the futurist, of anything but […]

VIA DEL CORALLO
VIA DEL CORALLO

…And if limping paisans are these verses it is because we’re ready for another history we know perfectly well we’ll ultimately do without, the instinct for instantaneous rhyme lost because rhythm had ultimately been eyeing you from the start. —last lines of Amelia Rosselli, from “Impromptu”

1.1.11
1.1.11

& then there was one more, again, & again: in the crowded haven, crowded with chromatics unmixed and ideologies unexpunged, crowd-sourced fireworks as panorama exultant lacking a central point of focus, rhizomatic as the new war viewed from the common roof, unphotographable, and missives of other cities in the persons of friends from Los Angeles, […]

ANNUM/HUMILITY/BOOM
ANNUM/HUMILITY/BOOM

In the face of vertiginous green borrowed from the eye of the precious twin (“we’re switching memories” as a matter of fact) in the costly sincere triangulous plaza alive, incommensurate kimidori, shinryoku, pattern wild & alive even in our bodies around this table, this weave of discourse genial and unakin against stultifying digits, discussing the […]

FOG LIBERTY
FOG LIBERTY

Style turning, with weather, into the dissolution of civic personae in place, as in the upcoming Philadelphia City Hall project shown last night at Janet Echelman’s shop talk: monumentality turning into naught but livid hue, and there, designingly, into a possible infrastructural x-ray.

MOTIVES
MOTIVES

On the Scalinata della Matrice, or Staircase of the Mother Church/Staircase of the Mold, the two being inextricable from one another in a town known for its ceramics tradition: the pilgrimage toward an end becoming an end in itself, the via, spectacular, occupied with lit-up nativity personages and designing flowers, the church facade not even […]

1938-1954
1938-1954

Hefty years to straddle, architectonically: from the Fascist would-be Expo-42 (20th anniversary of the March on Rome) to the postwar EUR. Libera’s Carrara marble roof congress green & eminently animatable & reanimatable by disco or red tights.

MACULATE, CONCEPTUAL
MACULATE, CONCEPTUAL

The wintering flocks, lit from below, now, in instantaneous digital retrospect, writing on the sky, becoming-historical record of swoop tracks over the Capitoline, confettiish over the dutiful digital copy of Marcus Aurelius erect in state. Writing in Latin spilling in rays, rivulets down the Palazzo Spada’s mannerist facade, Council of State, glimpsed as quivering slice […]

PAIN
PAIN

As the radical leveler, counter to hypotactic thought: all orchestration of cognition vs. perception vs. emotion tired, collapsing in sliding equivalences of attention: As in Leslie Scalapino’s poetic, the freighters, dead bums, president, and man with dyed blonde hair in new wave pants occupying the same order of slot, same weight in the obsessive constellation, […]

USAGE, CRYPTOPORTICAL
USAGE, CRYPTOPORTICAL
MA QUALE FUTURO: STUDENTS BLOCK STAIRS, HIGHWAYS, TRAINTRACKS, TOWER OF PISA
MA QUALE FUTURO: STUDENTS BLOCK STAIRS, HIGHWAYS, TRAINTRACKS, TOWER OF PISA

Against the Education Minister Gelmini’s reforms and budget cuts, from Rome and around the country: Students protect themselves with shields reading MOBY DICK/MELVILLE, LA COSTITUZIONE ITALIANA and RAGAZZI DI VITA/PASOLINI. Many drivers in the rush hour traffic in the direction of the station, it is said, applaud and get out of their cars to embrace […]

EFFLUENT DOCUMENT
EFFLUENT DOCUMENT

Just in time for our imminent pilgrimage to the ancient landfill of Monte Testaccio: audience thoughts salvaged from the performance of “PARK” at Freshkills, Staten Island, posted at Kathy Westwater’s blog, here.

ZOOM
ZOOM

Like the twelfth-century demon abstracted on the vine in the apse of San Clemente, inscribed as geometry and contrastive hue: starlings torpedoing as dusk become punctuation.

APPROACH
APPROACH

After listening to Andrew Riggsby‘s shoptalk on houses of memory in ancient Roman oratory, wanting to derail our assumptions that the text of memorization must be linear: since it isn’t linear, memory, & requires traversals of us forth and back, jagged, in response to the only partial accommodations of the present: & this must be […]

SUMMIT OF BASEMENTS
SUMMIT OF BASEMENTS
SCACCIAPENSIERI

Sidling through throngs of the flea market behind the 17th-century Janiculum walls in search of mundane socks, mesh of all languages, of the salvaged objects of distances barely imaginable, obliging imagining however, hearkening back to ingenuities of the moment before conspicuous consumption well characterized by Heather Rogers’ Gone Tomorrow, and soundtrack of home for this […]


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