Pilgrim in New York City
Liminality (Neither Here Nor There)
Assembling and juxtaposing diverse, often disparate elements, AleXander Hirka creates unique new unified compositions – seamless, deeply layered, and complete in their own logic.
Over four decades of innovation, and exploration through various mediums: print, digital, audio, and video – his works are now in private and museum collections internationally.
A video based on the comic Lupa Cachula’s Life: Her Broken Heart by Dre Grigoropol.
Sarah Secunda & Rebecca Katherine Hirsch
BARBARISM is a multimedia project developed by Rebecca Katherine Hirsch and Sarah Secunda that produces visual art, time-based media and manifestos designed to expand the understanding of gender instability and cultural archetypes using visual psycho-social analysis. Agitating on behalf of creating new possibilities of being through the embodiment and performance of possibilities, BARBARISM trumpets awareness of the ampleness of self, sex & gender liberation.
Our work aims to challenge institutionalized gender injustice through semi-satirical bathos and art-as-activism. By expanding the conception of ourselves and cultural archetypes disguised as ourselves through alternative representations of gender, we seek to expand by creation the realities of sex, desire, power and multiple jocular frameworks for understanding the bigness and contradictoriness of identity.
A horror genre’ story of internal demons at war with external monsters, as rock-n-roll singer/songwriter/guitarist GhettoSongBird character attempts to kill her fears with her passion! A Ghettosongbird Film directed by Sharvon P. Urbannavage.
North Philly Rock-n-roll singer/songwriter/guitar goddess GhettoSongBird has been landing upon rock venues such as CBGB’s & Whisky A Go-Go, giving stadium rising shows. Her music plays from the east, to the west, flying oversea’s protesting love, peace, & hardcore flower power! www.ghettosongbird.com
@ghettosongbird on twitter
Colin Dardis—Swimming Around the Inkwell
Born at the tail end of the seventies in Northern Ireland, Colin Dardis is a poet, artist, and sometimes musician. He editsFourXFour, an online journal focusing on poetry from the North of Ireland. He is also the founder of Purely Poetry, an open mike poetry night in Belfast, and a member of the Voica Versa performance group.
Colin’s work has been previously published in numerous anthologies, journals and zines in Ireland, the UK and the USA. His poem ‘Perhaps’, won the EditRed.Com 2006 Writer’s Choice Award for Poetry. Notable appearances include the Belfast Book Festival, Sunflower Fest, and the Belly Laughs Comedy Festival.
Colin is a poet who displays hunger for understanding of himself and the world around him. His poetry and performances display an ever present sense of hope through times of love, sadness, death and joy, while sparkling with humour, honesty, modesty, and a touch of the absurd.
"Deep Roots II" focuses on the use of art on farms to spread the message of the importance of local urban farming and being conscious of how to support your community through collaboration…
This is the short five minute version of “Deep Roots II.” You can watch the full 25-minute version here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qd7FpX-EgpE
"Deep Roots II — Days and Nights on the Farm" is a documentary produced by Michelle Saul-Yamasaki of the multi-media art installation by Meei-Ling Ng, that took place on October 6th and 7th, 2012 in collaboration with Weavers Way’s Mort Brooks Memorial Farm and their Farm Festival and in conjunction with the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) and lighting designer Jackson Kay. The aim of this event was to spread the message that urban farms by necessity need to be multi-use spaces not just for growing food. Meei-Ling Ng and her collaborators took a unique approach to raise awareness on the importance of farming by expanding the audience past foodies to art lovers and beyond. Meei-Ling’s multimedia art installation featured sculptures using repurposed and recycled farm materials that focus the viewers’ attention to the many facets of urban farm life. It included a multimedia bee keeper sculpture, a farmer sculpture, light shows (to see life on the farm at night) and functional art that the farmers utilize in their daily tasks such as the decorative chicken tractor.
Collaboration was another key theme of the event and of this documentary also. Meei-Ling collaborated with many, from light designer Jackson Kay to Farmer Rick, farm educators to high school students (Central and Friends Select), Anna the director of POST to photographer Sang Cun and Michelle Saul-Yamasaki, the videographer. This amazing collaboration resulted in a great turn out of people, an amazing art installation that everyone enjoyed and learned from, many became interested about becoming a part of Weavers Way Co-op and those involved met new friends while eating and enjoying music. And with the collaboration of Meei-Ling and Michelle Saul-Yamasaki, they were able to capture this great event and the people that made it happen to then share it with more communities and continue spreading this message to inspire other communities. It would have been impossible if it wasn’t for everyone collaborating in the name of something they believe in…
Video production - Michelle Saul-Yamasaki www.pondertree.com
Artist/Event Producer - Meei-Ling Ng www.meeiling.com
Farm and Educators - Weavers Way Co-op and Weavers Way Community Program (WWCP) www.weaversway.coop
Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) www.philaopenstudios.org
Location - Awbury Arboretum www.awbury.com
Lighting Designer - Jackson Kay www.facebook.com/JKConceptsDesign
Photographer - Sang Cun www.SangCun.blogspot.com
Music - Painted Blue www.myspace.com/PaintedBluegrass
Trailer used on the Bee Keeper Sculpture - “Vanishing of the Bees” www.vanishingbees.com
Anthony Juno is a musician, filmmaker and sculptor residing in Trenton, NJ. While studying at the New School in New York, Anthony worked in a self-designed interdisciplinary model that sought to “explore the limits of signification for various media.” He is currently working on a series of documentaries about the collapse of community in Trenton, NJ. http://www.anthony0000.com
"My Sunset Gun" is a live performance of one of my poetry films. Multi-layered film clips blend into one another, mixed with a soundtrack and a live video feed of the poet reading (this is a tight shot from my webcam which has distortion effects applied to it). The films, music, voice, and video feed unfold in real-time through the use of VJ software. I am onstage, though off to the side reading and the entire piece is projected onstage. Below is a link to the video output from the VJ software as well as a photo of the performance.
“My Sunset Gun” is collaged from the novels “The Sorry Tale” by Patience Worth and “To Have and to Hold” by Mary Johnston. Patience Worth was an early 1900s writing prodigy who was celebrated for her novels, poetry, and prose. She was considered “A prolific charmer who was known for her flashy verbal stunts and quick wit,” but more interestingly, she was a ghost. Her writings, which would issue in a prolific stream, were actually channeled through Pearl Curran using a Ouija board. I found Patience while researching another project and became fascinated with the idea of the invocation of this spirt author, this disembodied voice given somewhat of a physicality through Pearl. I later found out that the name Patience Worth actually comes from a character in the novel “To Have and to Hold” by Mary Johnston which was published thirteen years before the appearance Patience Worth, the spirit writer. Thinking about this idea of disembodiment/invocation I thought it would be interesting to “invoke” Patience textually through weaving together language from Patience’s own novel, “The Sorry Tale,” and language from Mary Johnston’s novel, “To Have and to Hold,” where the character Patience Worth has her origins. The multimedia performance is an extension of the idea of invocation (with my own disembodied image and voice serving as that being channeled) as well as an unpacking of my poetry films into more dynamic live presentations while maintaing my visual aesthetic.
Katie Cloutte: Cherry Popping
Katie Cloutte has been writing poetry since she was thirteen when she
compared her family to a colony of ants. She spent four years soaking
up some much needed poetry wisdom at the University of Richmond before
arriving at New England College. With some erasure books on the
horizon, Katie will add to her few publications. Right now you can see
her work in The Homestead Review and Ping Pong. She is currently
collecting years teaching abroad in addition to some near-death
experiences and the thickening of her snarky vocabulary. http://vimeo.com/user14612931
Lewis Gesner is a writer and artist, living in Taiwan. This video was “composed” in the US while visiting near the end of 2011. There are many more using paper and also plastic bags.
We edited two crowd funded print volumes featuring artists from several continents (countries include Brazil, England, India, Ireland, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Oman, United States, Uruguay).
Volume 1.1 featured cover design by Amanda Lovelee and was designed and edited by Beth Boettcher.
We have edited monthly multimedia issues on www.certaincircuits.org.
We curated two exhibitions and several film screenings of international artists in Philadelphia (Eris Temple Artspace, iMPeRFeCT GaLLeRY, the Rotunda, Flying Carpet Cafe, Flying Kite Gallery).
We taught multimedia creative writing workshops (Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Eris Temple Artspace).
We organized two successful multimedia book launches (the Rotunda, Flying Carpet Cafe).
Our 2.1 book was acquisitioned into National Library of Australia and was part of an exhibition in Waterloo, Australia at the Brenda May Gallery.
Congratulations to 2.1 cover artist Kevin Von Holtermann, back cover artist David Hewitt, our talented designer Jim Tuite, and all contributors for these tremendous accomplishments.
We nominated contributors for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize.
As we enter our third year, we are moving to a quarterly digital format.
We’ll be publishing our next issues on 2/1 and 4/1 at 10 EST on certaincircuits.org.
Submissions are now open for for the April issue.
We maintain that our priority is to showcase collaborative and cross-genre work.
We are launching our cable show on phillycam.org which will increase access and audience to the work.
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KEITH VOSSELLER: CROSS-GENRE
LORD ROSS: Rites of Cloakus
A strange walk brings us to strange rites that bends time, in place that is neither day or night, signs of demi-urgic meetings
Lord Masque (Brandon Ross) is a Philadelphia area musician and outsider artist. He is a founding member/bass guitarist of the avant/progressive rock band the RedMasque and has composed two rune tone songs for the website of Inventor Karl Welz. He as been creating numerous artworks on and off since 2000 and recently exhibited in several galleries and venues including the juried exhibition at the Manayunk art center two years in a row. “Always having an interest in art, metaphysics, and creating intuitively, I began doing several drawings, and then paintings, and oil pastels, and noticed a repeating theme-mostly strange figures surrounded by or connecting to geometric shapes, stryations, and patterns that seem to part of each other. These pictures invoke something deep in the psyche, and are eerily familiar in many ways. I believe what is depicted is a truer more pure reality and that we may be in the “canvas” of these beings. I think the ultimate goal for a person should be to achieve personal and spiritual freedom and live life on your own terms and if somehow“drawing” things out can go towards achieving these ends then intuitive art especially what exists on the “outside” is a highly valuable resource.
LORETTA PARAGUASSU: FILM
Loretta Parguassu has been a journalist for major publications including the Los Angeles Times. She scripted an award winning documentary for PBS Hawaii and wrote a musical version of Princess and the Pea that was produced in L.A. She has since scripted “Nailed,” a short that got international exposure. “Color, Curves and Motion” is a short that she produced. It is an experimental film that combines art, dance and music and has been shown in a number of galleries with her paintings. Paraguassu has two sons, Andre and Robert, both of them involved in the arts.
Our next deadline is September 1 for inclusion in the October or November issues. We fill issues on an as received basis so submit early for inclusion in October’s multimedia issue. All published work is in consideration for our annual print issue, 3.1 (slated for spring 2013). Priority is given to collaborative and cross genre work.
To be published on certaincircuits.org
(as appears on certaincircuits.tumblr.com)
Art: all genres considered, send link to portfolio
Video/film/audio: send embed code or link
Poetics: all genres considered, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered for concrete poetry
Prose: 1500 words or less, send in the body of an email or as a MS Word document, PDF considered
Email to email@example.com.
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