Friday, June 15, 2007
Some additional events to be aware of for tomorrow's Festival of Political Emotion.
- Theaster Gates begins singing at 1 pm, but don't be surprised if the pottery-making part of the performance begins earlier!
- Carole Lung will demonstrate her Mobile Textile Reconstruction Unit and invite you to give it a try, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
- Interested in wearing camouflage ElWear on the El? A group will meet at 4:30 pm at Left Luggage to try on the suits and take them out for a ride on the Blue Line. Suits are women's M and M/L, men's S/M and M/L and are designed to be worn over your clothing. Depending on numbers, there may be several different outings.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Pathogeographies opens this Friday!
Weekend events include "I Want To Know The Habits Of Other Girls," a queer opera by Dewayne Slightweight, at 7pm on Friday (during the opening, which is 5-8pm); the Festival of Political Emotion, with participatory events happening all afternoon Saturday (12-6); and Microcinema #1 Saturday evening at 7:30. All at Gallery 400, 400 S. Peoria.
PLEASE NOTE - because of lingering insurance issues, the s*m*a*s*h date has been changed from June 17 to JULY 8, but should still be happening then.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Following the first week of failed attempts to engage participants in the Gentilly neighborhood, who needed garments re-constructed, I began the second week of the project setting up shops, in unoccupied commercial real estate. During these production performances I constructed TARP-WARE Domestic Linens, which consist of a set of 6 FEMA tarp/fabric place mattes and coordinating napkins. These NEW ORLEANS PROUD TO BE HOME items were then randomly left at FEMA trailers in Gentilly.
I have continued setting up shop for two weeks; the locations consisted of a Po-Boy shop, a restaurant, a gas station, a Billiard house and a boy’s home, where Louis Armstrong learned how to play the trumpet.
Friday June 8, I had my first customer! She needed to have two pieces of fabric sewn together to use as a throw to recover her couch and chair. When she stopped three other people stopped and each had a different story of seeing “the sewing lady” around the neighborhood, and each also had something for me to do. Looks like I’m going to be busy until Wednesday when I head back up to Chicago. I feel like I’m running out of time, and the project is just getting off the ground. Which means I will have to come back to New Orleans.
The polaroid image was taken by one of the visitors.