Monday, June 29, 2020

From privileged mansplaining to woke self-improvement - confession, critique, (dis)comfort, consolation and atonement

SEDUCTIVE QUOTATIONS

"We made false and forced confessions ... we owned up to crimes, wrong-doings and guilty secrets and brutalities that weren't even our own" p.211 Tim Etchells A six-thousand-and-forty-seven-word manifesto on liveness in three parts in three interludes Live: Art and Performance 

Richard Foreman in conversation with Elizabeth LeCompte 

"You could make the case that this perverse historical period we're in produces serious art only if it's perverse. And I'd like to think that I am forced into what I know is a perverse strategy by the times. I'd like to think in happier, healthier times maybe I wouldn't even be an artist." p.3 Bonnie Marranca The Wooster Group: A Dictionary of Ideas PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art Vol 25, No.2, May 2003 pp1-18

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mrel37dj3j077co/Craig%20Peade%20%E2%80%94%20Elegy.mp4?dl=0

"Radical intimacy" - is that what we want from theatre? One-on-one?

The scene of a crime.

The impossible impossibility.

A radicalized hetero-normativity. 

Talk of a dead lover. 

Once upon a time...in galaxy far far away...i had a true lover of mine say to me "I'm a feminist who loves to be raped" - twas actually said to me once upon a time.

Reclaiming the word "slut" on behalf of feminism.

A naked white man - basically the last thing on this planet that i want. 

Graffiti upon a brick wall - "Love is rape by seduction".

Language's violence. The violence of language. 

Get this body away from me.

Extreme gender hatred.

Banality.

Traumatic experiences.

Disassociation.

The political economies of Gender and class.

Questions inviting participation, power and authority. 

Who is beautiful?

How old are you? 

Am i young?

Have we loved?

Are we alive?

"The aim is not to answer questions, it’s to get out of it ... the idea ... is ... not to find out whether an idea is just or correct but to “look for a completely different idea, elsewhere, in another area, so that something passes between the two which is neither one nor the other” (Deleuze & Parnet (1987: 10)) not is it true? But, Does it work? What new thoughts does it make possible to think? What new emotions does it make possible to feel? What new sensations and perceptions does it open in the body? (Massumi (1992: 3)) ... being flippant is serious business ... thought is primarily trespass and violence" 


Just look at me….

AN IDEATION CONCEIVED CONCEIVING IDEATIONS

*Waxing legs*

The first bad thought: start with your face to the wall, then take a step back for every bad thought, chronologically, you have had in your life. Keep stepping back until you get to the first bad thought you ever had.

Stage a dramatic enactment of this bad thought.
Re-enact it with the thought corrected.




I do not recognise
I acknowledge
I hate
I celebrate
Gender




Skin Colour




Ethnicity




Sexuality




Class




Alterity










ROARAWAR FEARTATA creative process

*(remove the vowels to make it look cooler)

RRWR FRTT crtv prcss



STAGE ONE


PRESENTATION NOTES



WORKSHOP PRESENTATION AESTHETICS









ON APPROPRIATION

1.Insofar as the cultural appropriation is performed by people with different standards than those prevalent in the original culture, the application of those alien standards to their cultural goods may entail a subversion of the original culture’s voice.



2.In cases in which cultural goods, such as certain images, function as insignia that customarily are subject to authorization for use, and that define the identity of a group, unauthorized use is equivalent to “the assumption of a right,” and in these cases, cultural appropriation may literally be the appropriation of identity.



Thomas H. (2003) Rock Art Aesthetics and Cultural Appropriation. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 61: 37-46.



•Assuming a “right”, without authorization, and appropriating identity


•Members of dominant cultures, in virtue of their social status, already tend to have what Fricker calls a “credibility excess”: their credibility is inflated beyond what is epistemically warranted. When members of dominant cultural groups speak on behalf of members of marginalized groups, even if they speak accurately, their credibility excess can contribute to the judgment that the members of the marginalized group have no special credibility with respect to their experience…

Matthes EH. (2016) Cultural Appropriation Without Cultural Essentialism? Social Theory & Practice 42: 343-366.

WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS RESPONSES


God showed me the way to a single routine

Where I found the boxing gloves

And punched the lights out of a few different figures

Black figures

Then I found mother

Mothers touch was as solid as brick

In the house

Second

Two feathers

And that’s it

  

At the moment I’ve been confronting lots of issues around sexuality with my family, as a mother and a person, it just doesn’t matter, the people who I love I love them, they say the same words as before, they smell the same, I’m not bound by any space, I can create my own



Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……boredom

Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnddd…..Stanislavsky, Julia Kristeva

Ten Books

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……second……mmmmm……boredom

mmmmmmmmmmm…..red paint…..its dripping down the wall

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmahhhhhmmm…..



Walking

White words on walls

Arrows on pipes directing air flow and excretions what goes on here punch’n’judy what am I finding what am I hearing what’s going on?

FROM VALERIE SOLANAS' S.C.U.M MANifesto

The male is a biological accident: the Y (male) gene is an incomplete X (female) gene, that is, it has an incomplete set of chromosomes. In other words, the male is an incomplete female, a walking abortion, aborted at the gene stage. To be male is to be deficient, emotionally limited; maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples.

Men in the Men's Auxiliary are those men who are working diligently to eliminate themselves, men who, regardless of their motives, do good, men who are playing pall with SCUM. A few examples of the men in the Men's Auxiliary are: men who kill men; biological scientists who are working on constructive programs, as opposed to biological warfare; journalists, writers, editors, publishers and producers who disseminate and promote ideas that will lead to the achievement of SCUM's goals; faggots who, by their shimmering, flaming example, encourage other men to de-man themselves and thereby make themselves relatively inoffensive; men who consistently give things away -- money, things, services; men who tell it like it is (so far not one ever has), who put women straight, who reveal the truth about themselves, who give the mindless male females correct sentences to parrot, who tell them a woman's primary goal in life should be to squash the male sex (to aid men in this endeavor SCUM will conduct Turd Sessions, at which every male present will give a speech beginning with the sentence: `I am a turd, a lowly abject turd', then proceed to list all the ways in which he is.



Men who are rational, however, won't kick or struggle or raise a distressing fuss, but will just sit back, relax, enjoy the show and ride the waves to their demise. 
EMAIL TO BEN OF APPROPRIATED "THERE WILL BE BLOOD" SCRIPT DIALOGUE

craig peade
Wed, Oct 31, 2:23 AM



to me
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Sheehans Lane, Campbells Creek, VIC 3451, Australia

Ben, I’m asking if you’d like to have business with a self-proclaimed third wave feminist ally developing a performance appropriating radical feminist Valerie Solanas’ S.C.U.M Manifesto. I’m offering you to collaborate upon one of the greatest most undeveloped radicalist feminist texts of the last century!

Craig, I’d be happy to work with you.

Yes? you would? Yes! yes of course you would Ben! Wonderful.

But Craig there is one condition for this work.

Alright Ben.

Craig I’d like you to tell me-/-confess to me that you are a false feminist. I’d like you to confess-/-tell me that you are and always have been a false feminist and that sex-/-gender is an ideology…superstition.

But Ben that’s a lie – it’s a lie and I cannot say it. Where do we begin?

Now – right away.

How long will the work take to develop Ben?

Don’t worry Craig - will be very quick.

Ben , we will have a $1000 and our accommodation in Castlemaine paid for.

That ‘s only fair Craig

I am a false feminist and gender-/-sex is a superstitious ideology – if that’s what you believe Ben than I will say it.

Say it like you mean it Craig.

Ben…

Say it like it’s a sermon Craig – just imagine this a church –YOUR church or rally here and you have a full church – look at YOUR congregation! Tell them!

This is foolish-/-retarded-/-gay – I am a false feminist and sex-/-gender is an ideological superstition – is that fine?

Those ideas are disproven.

What?

Those ideas of Valerie Solanas are disproven.

No they aren’t.
It’s called out-dated. We have moved on from the feminist project Craig – we won- they won and it’s called preferably egalitarianism.

But women don’t have equal pay! Have you heard of the #metoo movement? The accounts of domestic violence…do you understand Ben?

Do you Craig? The doctrine of feminism-/-egalitarianism and universal salvation is a lie. Is it not? It’s a lie. It’s a lie! I wish everyone could be saved as a feminist but they won’t. No. They won’t. You will never be saved if you reject the sunflower. Is there a sinner – a turd - here looking for salvation? A new member of the feminist alliance?

I’ll ask it again – is there a sinner – a turd – here looking for god?

Yes Ben…

Thank you for coming forth and confessing brother Craig.

Thank you Ben

We have a sinner – a turd – with us here whom wishes for salvation. Craig are you a turd?

Yes.

We can’t hear you with the lord – say it to them – to her-/-him LOUDER, go ahead and speak to them-/-her-/-him, it’s alright Craig.

Yes.

Down on your knees and up to them-/-her-/-him (grabs head) LOOK UP TO THE THEM AND THE SKY AND SAY IT

I don’t know what to say – what do you want me to say Ben?

Craig, you’ve come here and you’ve brought good will – but you have also brought your bad habits as a toxic man – a male – masculine backslider – you’ve lusted after women and you have abandoned them and their feminism. So say it now – I am a turd

I am a turd

 say it LOUDER I am a turd!

I AM A TURD

Louder Craig! I AM A TURD!

I AM A TURD BEN!
I am sorry Ben!

I am sorry Ben!

I am sorry mum!

I am sorry Valerie!

I am sorry Germaine!

I want the sunflower!

I WANT THE SUNFLOWER!

I have abandoned my mum!

I have abandoned feminism.

I will never backslide.

I was male but now I am neutered-/-gender neutral

I was lost, but now I’m found.

I ABANDONED MY MUM

SPEAK TO THEM-/-HER-/-HIM HER AND SAY IT TURD! SINNER!

I ABANDONED MY MUM!

I ABANDONED MY FEMINISM!

SPEAK TO THEM-/-HER-/-HIM CRAIG AND SAY IT LOUDER!

GIVE ME THE SUNFLOWER BEN! Let me get away from this. Just give me the sunflower …and let me go – get away.

BEG FOR IT CRAIG! BEG FOR THE SUNFLOWER!

Craig, Do you accept Valerie Solanas as your lord and savior

Yes I do Ben

Get out of here devil!

You-Ben slaps me Craig across the face with a sunflower.

Out male! Out devil! OUT DEVIL! OUT MALE! OUT TURD!

Craig, do you accept the gospel-/-the church-/-ideology of third wave feminism as your spiritual guide?

Yes Ben.

Get out of here turd – GET OUT OF HERE AND GO BACK TO WHERE YOU BELONG!

Craig, do you accept Valerie Solanas as your savior Craig?

Yes I do Ben

BAPSTISM WITH JAMISON’S AND BLONDE HAIR DYE

That’s enough now, that’s enough he must take the holy spirit of her-/-Valerie Solanas in upon his own now


WORKSHOP EXCERCISES IN SITUATIONAL AWARENESS


https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/10-tests-exercises-and-games-to-heighten-your-senses-and-situational-awareness/

 I AM EURYDICE - YOU ARE ORPHEUS - I AM EURYDICE

1. Tighty Whitey exercise apparatus singing-/-playing Sonic Youth Snare Girl-/-BIG BROTHER PUSSY RIOT VALERIE SOLANAS SCUM MANIFESTO PROJECTION

2. Presentation of processes - projection-/-butchers paper

3. Group exercise 
Commence either self-massage whilst sounding ala Helen Sharp-esque eroticism choosing a partner for a massage

Think about either a totemestic spirit animal you have or what one might be for a competitive sporting team of yours OR favorite ovid Metamopheses character

Stand opposite another – observe each other simply describing the other person to them – “you have/you are wearing/one of your”…

Now describe what the other person is doing to you…either literally or poetically metaphorical figurative

Choose an appropriate place to touch each other whilst connecting your breaths both together

What is your favorite line of a song that comforts you? Repeat singing it until…questionairre quizoola! FEMINIZING EXERCISES 


4. THERE WILL BE BLOOD-/-SUNFLOWERS APPROPRIATION 


5. GROUP RECITATION OF TEXT W/VTH YOUR THOUGHT EXPERIMENT STEPPING ACROSS ROOM "I AM A TURD" 


6. YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE MUSIC BOXES - AMBIVALENTANCE THINGS BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE


7. SITUATIONAL AWARENESS EXERCISES W/VTH A CRICKET BAT


8. EURYDICE - TO RAISE THE QUESTION OF -  EURYDICE - DAUGHTER OF APOLLO; WIFE OF ORPHEUS SINGING I DO NOT WANT WHAT I HAVEN'T GOT - WHILST WHIPPED BEATEN FLOGGED W/VTH SUNFLOWERS

I AM FINISHED - I AM ALMOST HOME SAFE

CONCLUSION - THE ONLY THING WE ARE ENTITLED TO IS LOSS - ARE MEN AN IDEOLOGY AND IS THE ONLY THING WE ARE ENTITLED TO IS LOSS

I proposed this project as a means to an end for developing to have done with the judgment of god in order to allocate time for both of us to be together and workshop structure


Sunday, May 17, 2020

Melbourne City Council TEST SITES CROSSINGS 2019

The Crossing, Test Sites 2019. Image by Bryony Jackson.





The Crossing, Test Sites 2019. Image by Bryony Jackson.


The Crossing, Test Sites 2019. Image by Bryony Jackson.


The Crossing, Test Sites 2019. Image by Bryony Jackson.


The Crossing, Test Sites 2019. Image by Bryony Jackson.


The Crossing, Test Sites 2019. Image by Bryony Jackson.


The Crossing, Test Sites 2019. Image by Bryony Jackson.


Image Still: Benjamin Cittadini



Still Image: Benjamin Cittadini

Still Image: Benjamin Cittadini

Still Image: Benjamin Cittadini