I hope this isn't horribly old hat, but I thought it might be relevant. The enigmatic music/performance/video collective that is 'iamamiwhoami' started posting mysterious music driven art films on Youtube in late 2009. After obsessive speculation from a cult following it was revealed that the artist in all most of the films is swedish songwriter Jonna Lee. I remember Feist and Gaga were both suspects.
Their use of performance and costume I find particularly interesting. Despite hipster-levels of cryptic imagery, plants and food and common themes (hi Maria & Jonathan).
I'm posting this for Sharela but everyone should watch for a good Holiday lolz.
In this video Paula Abdul teaches an audience of children an extraordinarily complicated dance called the "Barbie Dance". Apparently at some point in the 80s there was a show called "Barbie's Dance Club". NOTHING COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG IN THIS SCENARIO, RIGHT?!? Well, except for the few trained, rehearsed dancers no one gets it. Not even close. Then they cut to actual Barbie's dancing! The group of awkward teenage boys at 4:10 is my personal fav.
After talking to my roommate about my ideas for the show in the spring, she showed me the work of JJ McCracken (who spoke at MICA a month or so ago but I missed it due to class). A self-described "active installation", Stasis is 5 workstations that are staffed by anonymous, paid workers who remain internally-focused, completely occupied with the task at hand. Love it.
This very evening, Thursday the 9th of December, HoopingPowers will be hosting a festivus Holiday Hoop Jam to celebrate all holidays everywhere, cultivate a more cohesive Baltimore hooping community, and spin our hearts into a flurry of feeling good. There's no quicker way to warm up & lift your spirits in the wintertime than shaking your hips and spinning in circles. : ) Please see below for more details- and do try to make it out tonight for the last Powers' hoop jam of 2010!
Our AMAZING Jam Space!
More deets for tonight's Holiday Hoop Jam, here:
WHAT: A 'hoop jam' (or 'spin jam') is a gathering of folks for freestyle movement play, practice, and if the mood strikes us, sharing skills, as we dance & meditate in and out of our hoops, poi toys, or any other fun juggley-like objects of manipulation we may possess and want to bring along. : )
WHEN: Thursday December 9, 2010~ 7-10pm
WHERE: 2640 St. Paul Street, Baltimore 21218- enter from 27th street side of building. We'll be in the Clark Room directly to the left as you enter the building. Street parking available in this residential neighborhood- leave yourself some time to find a spot!
WHO: All are invited=> Young & old, rich & poor, able-bodied & differently-abled folks, hoopers & future hoopers alike!
HOW: Come with your own hoop, borrow, or buy a hoop to keep and cherish for years to come. No experience necessary! Bring your own water bottle.
HOW MUCH: The hoopjam is free! No one will be turned away for lack of funds, AND donations of $5 to $15 are encouraged & appreciated to offset rental fee for the space.
WHAT ELSE: We will provide some light snackage & bevs but please feel free to bring your own or something to share if you fancy! Definitely bring water for yourself to drink. We'll also have a non-denominational hooper-spirit altar to decorate, so you are invited to bring a meaningful token or object to lend to the altar during the jam if you're so inclined. : )
Charles Frederick Worth was the original couturier in 19th century Paris.
Recently the House of Worth was revived by Giovanni Bende. I thought Matt might especially find some of the recent designs interesting, A/W 2010 has a bit of a military/circus feeling to it, especially with the styling in Russian Vogue.
I went to a talk on permaculture today, and this organization was mentioned. It is a family owned environmental education center and eco lodge that has its own permaculture farm. Not so related to fashion, but it's super cool!