Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Be Alone With Art

DCAC is still taking appointments for 1 to 5 people at a time (quarantine-buddies, masks required) to visit the Wallmountables 2020 and NanoGallery shows. Wallmountables ends Oct. 18th -- your last chance to see this chunk of rust (with bird's nest, rose, and safety glass), since evidently it has been sold! Hurrah for little red dots!



Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Worry Less -- Camp S'more!

Some of the wonderful Burner folks behind Virtual del Fuego came together this August for a small, COVID-sensitive outdoor party called Worry Less -- Camp S'more! I interviewed Diana Smiles and Scruffy Rob to find out how it went.

The land had enough space for six to ten campsites with plenty of space between them. It also offered the option of hanging a hammock in the woods. For their first in-person pandemic-era event, they ended up with five campsites about 100 feet apart, plus a double-pop-up shade tent (two 12x12 ez-ups). Hosts arranged a firepit, a table with free masks and hand sanitizer, and most crucially, a rented portapotty.

Being awesome at this, they also made wristbands and stickers. There was a giant mushroom that glowed at night! There was live music and performance art! 

Rob made breakfast sandwiches for all; other foodstuffs were BYO. Everyone brought their own chairs, drinks, snacks, paraphernalia... Masks were required in the portapotty. Otherwise, it was up to the participants. 

Take-aways from the event:

* Various creative lighting effects really made this small party feel like a real Burn. Rope lights were hung in the trees, strings of lights on tents, etc. -- and of course that giant glowing mushroom. Next time, more costumery!

* Bigger shelters would have helped; when it rained, there was not enough space under the two 12x12 shade tents for everyone to social-distance. (People who are in the same "quarantine pod" should be encouraged to get close together!)

* Set up expectations and guidelines up front, and communicate them clearly to everyone. (For instance, making sure that everyone knew they had to wear a mask in the portajohn; establishing whether dogs needed to be leashed, etc.)

* The portapotty rental was around $150 for the weekend. Various attendees chipped in. It worked well, but could have used a better doorjamb (rock) to keep the door open when not in use.

* Intoxicated people may need reminders not to get too close! Don't be afraid to tell them to give you space.

* Talk MORE, since you can't always see people's facial expressions.

* In lieu of hugs, there was a lot of "aura tickling." Offering an elbow-bump was also appreciated, because it was silly and still let people make actual physical contact.

* Everyone has their own comfort levels, and wishes that everyone else was at the SAME level. But we can all work together and accommodate one another's different comfort levels. We can come together as a community without putting one another at risk.



Sticker for "Worry Less - Camp S'more!" by Cyntergomes

Friday, August 7, 2020

Walls and masks and things

The DC Arts Center is having a real art show! During a pandemic!

WALLMOUNTABLES is back -- the unjuried, all-are-welcome display of Anything That Fits In A Two-Foot Square. It's like a tiny Artomatic, all in one big pretty room, and you don't have to meet the artists. Er, I mean, you don't GET to meet the artists...


photo by Leah Lewis, DC Arts Center

https://www.facebook.com/dcartscenter/photos/?ref=page_internal

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Books about shipwrecks (and other books)

unsorted photos of available C.R. Tucker books (maritime history etc. -- still in process of adding pix/info here)... contact us if interested!


Sunday, July 12, 2020

spring [carcass] cleaning

This mouse died quietly (no signs of foul play) in front of the corner china closet in our dining room, in January -- crawling to their final carpet nap almost directly below the fox-skull assemblage. This forced me to conclude that the mouse intended to leave their body to Weird Art.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Event Drop

Breaking free of safety restraints, the Participant lunges for the nearest pack of cigarettes...




The first Virtual Del Fuego (and, I think, the first-ever official Regional Burningman Event held online) was a smashing success. Servers crashed, wifi went wonky, certain streaming-video plans were kluged together while others (mine) were completely unworkable within the limitations of my various gadgets (and rudimentary tech knowhow). I posted a lot of still photos to the VdF bookface, and I received lovely contributions that I had a great time lettering onto the sculpture. Nothing physically broke -- Monday morning as I struggled to hoist "How Are You REALLY?!" higher and reanchor its lines in a more lasting setup, a screw popped out of the wall. "...REALLY" is now hanging by two threads instead of three, but the southward line is now attached to a heavy pizza iron instead of a stepladder & should last that way for a good while.

Bxiie and Filth's video dance party ended up in a Zoom rather than a Jitsi, which may have discouraged walkins, but it was a fun, intriguing combination of pop/dance music videos with the eerie looping drone footage of their fiery performance art. And EFAC's own Diana Smiles was not only chief instigator and agitator for the virtual burn; she was rightly elected Mayor! Let history show that Mayor Smiles was the one who said fuck the pandemic, we are building community and joy any fucking way. She made it happen.

I still have a lot of white glue. What to papier-mache next?

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunday at Camp Tasty

Today at Camp Tasty:

(virtual.playadelfuego.org -- works best if you create your profile in Chrome or Firefox on a desktop/laptop, but then you can log in from a phone)

1 p.m. -- Pet Meet and Greet -- Bring your furry, scaly, feathered, or other critter companions to meet us!

3 p.m. -- Sharing the Outdoors -- We will go for a walk "together" and share our respective gardens, yards, or other outdoor things.

4 p.m. -- Death Café -- Discuss end of life issues in a positive, compassionate conversation, with Death Doula and Crowned Priestess of Yemaya, Jhada.

8 p.m. -- Ghost Stories / Weird Fiction Hour -- Eric will bring us his voice acting talents and read some spooky stories by EF Benson.

9ish p.m. -- Closing Campfire -- Wind down at Camp Tasty with a virtual group hug. Ponies that did not burn last night may burn!

After the First Burn Night...

Untangling the el wire, sweeping up the ashes (& noting where the slugs had their own dance around the ashes of my tiny pony bonfire)...



Last night after the Witness (WEEDP) presentation, Mayor Smiles hosted the second night of Midnight Art, a freeform doodle jam with a shared online whiteboard. (Friday night's Midnight Art had about 20 participants.) Saturday there were more other antics going on simultaneously, small fires burning or spluttering in various places.

I never did manage a "live feed" of ...Really?!, but I did go up and hang some lights & manipulate it a bit while friends were chatting in the Camp Tasty linkup.



(Still plenty of space for more messages on the sculpture's skin! add your status update or just "sign in" at the first virtual Burn. Artist Statement here.)


Saturday, May 23, 2020

VDF W:EEDP

Tonight at 10:51, come join Camp Tasty and EFAC for Witness: Eastern European Dance Party. Enjoy music primarily by Eastern European artists while watching members of the EFAC crew commit burning ♨️ art.



Morning at Virtual del Fuego

Saturday morning at Camp Tasty. I wake up too early as always, because it's light out. I can hear one of my campmates still moving around, and the hum of a fan, and birds conversing in sweet chirps and trills. Without putting on pants (cuz it's a burn!) I go out to see my sculpture in the morning light. Someone has added a new message overnight.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Camp Tasty at VdF

Virtual del Fuego begins Friday 5/22/20, at 6 p.m. Eastern time

The following schedule includes all events at Camp Tasty, plus events elsewhere in the virtual festival that we'll also be active in (like the Pony Burn).


All weekend (Fri. 6 p.m. -- Sun. midnight)  "How Are You REALLY?" -- Interactive sculpture on display in its own Jitsi chat space [linkage at this blog, once VdF begins]. You are invited to add your (bespoke) graffiti or make other alterations to the sculpture via text, to be implemented by Flightless as things evolve. [Unlike the traditional Temple structures, this sculpture is not burnable. It contains mixed media and is intended to be saved as a relic of our event, ideally even to be displayed at a future Actual Gathering of some kind! However, specific messages that you wish to be transitory can be added via small paper flags we will burn at the end of VdF.]

Fri. 5/22
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. -- Mocktail Hour with Fenriss and Flightless. BYO non-alcoholic drink ideas and ingredients.

12:00 -- Midnight Art -- Collaborative online painting with Diana Smiles on a single shared canvas. Link to communal canvas will be provided in the chat.

Sat. 5/23

(Ongoing / all day... Build Your Own Ponies! -- Everyone is invited to build their own burnable pony effigy, no matter how small.)

11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. -- Stitch and/or Bitch. Bring your own sewing, knitting, unexpressed grievances, TMI, or other projects. And your own coffee. We will gather to gripe, vent, overshare, and/or show off what we've been crafting. [Flightless]

1 p.m. -- Eric Likes String. Eric will demonstrate knots and ways to play with string. (Recommended: 10-15 feet of paracord, thin rope or clothesline.)

4:21 Potlook -- "Bring"/make/eat your own treats. If you give Cynthia the recipe, she will include it in a post-VdF recipe zine!

9 p.m. at the Main Stage -- The Ponies burn!

10:51 p.m. -- Witness: Eastern European Dance Party. Come back to Camp Tasty to enjoy music primarily by Eastern European artists while watching members of the EFAC crew commit burning art. [Bxiie/Filth] -- ZOOM link: https://www.zoom.us/s/91923555756

12:00 -- Midnight Art -- Collaborative online painting with Diana Smiles on a single shared canvas. Link to communal canvas will be provided in the chat.

1:00 a.m. -- 18+ Event: Camp Tasty's Kitty Kat Club Peek-A-Boo Revue -- Adults only! (video/music/slideshow)

Sun. 5/24
1 p.m. -- Pet Meet and Greet -- Bring your furry, scaly, feathered, or other critter companions to meet us!

3 p.m. -- Sharing the Outdoors. We will go for a walk "together" and share our respective gardens, yards, or other outdoor things. [Fenriss]

4 p.m. -- Death Café. Discuss end of life issues in a positive, compassionate conversation, with Death Doula and Crowned Priestess of Yemaya, Jhada.

8 p.m. -- Ghost Stories / Weird Fiction Hour. Eric will bring us his voice acting talents and read some spooky stories by EF Benson.

9:30ish p.m. -- Closing Campfire. Wind down at Camp Tasty with a virtual group hug. Transitory messages from the "How Are You REALLY?" sculpture, if any, will be burned.

VdF ends at midnight.

Mon. 5/25
Home MOOP Patrol!

Monday, May 4, 2020

V.D.F. is treatable with everyday household remedies...



VIRTUAL DEL FUEGO: A Free Virtual Burn Space

Fri. May 22, 6 PM eastern -- Sun. May 24, midnight eastern

Our beloved Diana Smiles has been making sure fabulous things happen, even if we can't all get together. Memorial Day weekend, Year of the Purell Hand Sanitizer, will be Virtual Del Fuego!

Art, music, spontaneous nonsense, collaborative craftiness, etc. -- all shared online. No tickets, no curfews, and no ticks unless you provide your own.

The Camp Tasty 4:21 potluck will be more of a potlook: bring whatever you're going to eat, and hang out with us while we eat too! Then, if desired, submit your recipe(s) to Cynthia to be compiled into a souvenir recipe booklet, sent out by actual postal mail after the event.

Saturday afternoon, there will be a Build Your Own Pony event, followed by communal (socially distanced) pony burning after it gets dark.

EFAC art will be featured, probably in the Camp Tasty portion of the online whatchamajigger. I'm building a sculpture now. It will be indirectly interactive and will change over the course of the weekend based on participants' suggestions and contributions. More details in this blog when I know more things!

VdF facebk group

Volunteer signup is now open.

Lots more info here: the Burning Pony Express.

Friday, March 20, 2020

"because survival is insufficient"

"Every Sin But Littering"
My social isolation during pandemic looks a lot like my trying to write a novel before this, but my hygiene is better and I miss going to yoga class.

Check out the above dangerous spiky, rusty assemblage and many other works by DC artists under the Instagram hashtag #SpringCleaningDC between now and March 31st. It's a Virtual Art Market and everything is priced under $100. ("Every Sin But Littering" now priced at $72, negotiable.)