(SOME OF) WHAT I CONSUMED TODAY
I currently have a residency with Shree Shyam Das and Zena Carlota at The Red Poppy Art House, called A Feast of Communities. At the center of A Fest of Communities are relationships and communities. The relationships we have between us as hosts, the relationships we have to our intersecting identities and communities, and the relationships we have to the communities of which we want to be in more intentional and deeper conversation. In essence, it's simply dinner. It's also so much more!
So...today, I worked on three of our dinners.
Each dinner has a host -- Stella Adelman, Puja Kapur, Crystal Mason. I had the opportunity to meet up with each of them and share stories about our communities, ideas, and dinner. This "material" is used to then craft a dinner, which makes each one unique.
I, personally, didn't have an outcome when doing this. All I wanted to was to listen, to get to know people, to support the brining together of community in the ways the community we are bringing together WANTS to be brought together. (Whew.... that is a doozy of a sentence, and I hope it makes sense.)
And what's emerging is absolutely gorgeous. There is the beginning of a form, one that is malleable and allows for the beauty that is each community. Today, I discovered a bit of that form.
And that's what I want to share! Here are the "ABOUT DINNER" for each of the different dinners. I am intentionally not saying explicitly which communities we are working with on this post. I want you to not make assumptions while reading these descriptions.
If you really want to know, you can check out the residency page here, which has more information.
And here are they are. (Finally.)
This dinner is a memory. It is that which resides in colorful Edwardians, at the corner of 24th and Folsom, in a 1997 Mission High School Yearbook, in the smells of La Victoria, Pete's Barbecue, La Palma. Stories spill from lips as a map gets filled. And childhood ephemera recalls days spent on rooftops. This dinner is a celebration of The Mission past still present today.
This dinner is a conversation. It is that which resides in the crossings of borders and uprooting of identities, on familiar tongues speaking languages foreign, while listening deeply for understanding and familiarity. A bell is rung; a question is asked; a course begins. And lives lived in movement find others whose movement brought them here. This dinner is a celebration of how women dance and defy expected borders.
This dinner is a dream. It is that which resides at the edges of universes / realities / possibilities, as twilight gives way to dawn / dusk, when eyes closed see beyond / below / within. A moment of stillness reveals another world; dinner begins' space is rearranged. And a poem woven from dreams shared before arrival spurs all to dream together. This dinner is a celebration of liminal spaces within lucid states.
On January 20, 2017, I started #100Days to cultivate a daily art practice, to learn more about political issues, and to name values, beliefs, and dreams. It was a focused practice that resulted in neon pop art portraits.