Widowsweave is an awareness raising series of performances highlighting the conditions of Iraqi Widows who often struggle to acquire even basic necessities such as clean water or adequate shelter. Through artistic durational activities the artist and public participants mark 3,000,000 lines representing the number of Iraqi widows from 30 years of war, tyranny and sanctions.


Kevin Valentine will have three new pieces in the Faculty Show at North Central College, Naperville. The reception is April 8th, from 6-8

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Shalaka can Dance!

Yesterday was a great day, following my down morning on Tuesday. Shalaka was filming a dance piece that I only heard about on Monday. She wasn't sure how she felt about it beforehand, but it came out as a really intense moment (on many takes). She was so into the dancing/ action that it became more than itself, it was like watching a transformation, a personal struggle, a fight-for-the-truth. It was as if you could see into her soul.

It became a beautiful, unforgettable event. It was genuine. Completely in the moment, the movement took over and possessed her. Great to see her art progressing and reaching new heights.

I also went off to reshoot my Widows chalk piece with no text. After Shalaka finished, Victoria and Shalaka and I caught dinner, went back and captured video till we got kicked out. Ramah was there all day, editing audio including this amazing mike sweep recording of broken cymbals run through lots of reverb. Lessa was also editing, selecting video stills, one frame at a time from a huge edited stream.

Really felt like grad school.

No comments:

Post a Comment