BodyLines: A collaboration across genres, race and age

BodyLines: A collaboration across genres, race and age

Lisa Marie Brimmer and I are creative collaborators hailing from Minneapolis, MN. We are poets… writers… artists… actors… producers… creative placemakers…yogis. One of us has a cat named Hendrix. The other listened to Jimi’s music endlessly, obsessively, all throughout high school.

On the face of it, some might see as an unlikely partnership, separated as we are by age and race. But even if we’d never met in person, if we’d only communicated through words and sound, we’d sing only connection. We’re simpatico. It’s a beautiful truth that within the world of creative practice false boundaries are often transgressed.

An American in Rome Launches Art Projects to Restore the Tiber River

An American in Rome Launches Art Projects to Restore the Tiber River

Kristin Jones came by the Rail to discuss her collaborative project TEVERETERNO for the revival of Rome’s Tiber River with Ann McCoy. The artist has been working to adopt an 1,800-foot long stretch of the river, and turn it into a site for contemporary art, a first for Rome. Past participants have included an array of national and international artists including Kiki Smith and Jenny Holzer, and composers such as Walter Branchi and David Monacchi. Upcoming is a project entitled Triumphs and Laments, by William Kentridge—a procession of more than 80 large-scale figures. It will open with a one-time only, site-specific program, featuring shadow play, projections, and a live musical performance of an original composition with Kentridge’s longtime collaborator, Philip Miller. Jones has spent 10 years on this project, producing a wide variety of artistic performances and installations. Jones also had a solo drawing exhibition at ART 101 at 101 Grand Street in Brooklyn last April.

The Cultural Commons Lies Hidden in Plain Sight

The Cultural Commons Lies Hidden in Plain Sight

Let’s call it the cultural commons: public space for meaning and beauty that enables us to learn who we are, envision a livable future, and work together to shape it. We are in the midst of a paradigm shift that is bringing our cultural commons to the center of our awareness: art and culture are being given their true value as the crucible wherein civil society is forged. The capacities that can be best learned through art—social imagination, empathy, improvisation, awareness of cultural citizenship, connectivity, and creativity—are being used to transform our collective story to one of possibility. Consider a single example: since the advent of YouTube, we have become a nation of filmmakers, weaving music, image, and narrative to express our concerns, poke fun at false idols, foreshadow an emergent world more loving and just than the old paradigm. Have we taken in what this really means?

A New Twist in Making a Better World 1

A New Twist in Making a Better World

Here’s a fresh idea to stir some strategic creativity into the important yet sometimes daunting and draining work of making the world a better place– artist organizers. Just like it sounds, an artist organizer unites the imagination and inspiration needed to conjure art with the vision and dedication to social empowerment that characterize successful organizing campaigns.

Artist organizers have been matched with eight community groups in Minnesota thanks to a partnership between the Springboard for the Arts, the Twin Cities office of theLocal Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) and the City of St. Paul through Irrigate (an artist-led initiative in inner city neighborhoods that’s enlisted 600 community artists).