"Undermining my electoral viability since 2001."

Getting Back Up On That Art Horse

I've been thinking a lot about [[Art]]. Lately, my personal struggles have reminded me a lot of the latter years of college, spiraling through various creative processes in The Experimental Theater Wing, getting stuck in third-person camera mode (that way it can get for actors, where you watch yourself), stewing in a simmering pot of personal loneliness, confronting an uncertain future.

It's been very difficult to be "in the moment" lately. Admittedly, I don't have are real call to be there as part of a production or anything, but it's one of my core [[Axioms of Living]], the idea that [[Presence is Perfection]]. It's a tense and pensive place to be, one foot in the past, one foot groping for some perchase on the future; pissing on the now.

There are several ways I can think of confronting this, but the one that stands out, is the most frightening, and probably therefore the best, is the idea of getting off my fat careerist ass and being creative again.

There are lots of unanswered questions from that point. Form is a big one. When I came out here originally I told a lot of people I wanted to write a book, which I haven't done. I did end up writing a chapter which may or may not be included in something, which is nice. However, while putting together 8,000 or so words was a good exercise, it didn't really scratch that original itch. I don't particularly have any ambitions (at this point) to deal with the world of publishing, but going after an ambitious writing project is one possibility that appeals. It would have to be some kind of real freaky Gonzo head-explosion, but that's possible. Writing on a tear would give me some of the release I need.

Another possibility is trying to walk some talk on video. This is a little more iffy, as I don't have a lot of experience with the logistical requirements. Fun bits of work-related content are all I've really done. However, this does have the added benefit of being more performative in nature, and can theoretically reach a pretty wide audience. Formally, it's something I think will grow a lot in the coming years, so it seems like a good thing to get savvy about sooner rather than later.

Lastly, there's the obvious and utterly terrifying notion of attempting to perform in real life again, pursing [[performance text|my old self-scripting work]]. This would be a pretty serious undertaking for me; I haven't been on stage since May of 2005 (unless you count Frank and Laura's wedding ceremony), and I'm not exactly sure where or how to perform around these parts. That said, there's a world-renown school of physical theater here in Blue Lake, Dell'Arte. I'm gonna go check out a show there this weekend, and they've got Summer workshops. Tempting.

The first step is deciding to intentionally direct more energy into creative time. This is done. It's one of those things -- like going to the gym -- that's got to happen or else I'll lose my mind. In an effort to keep myself honest, this (creative regeneration) will be one of the designated themes for the next while on the site.


i got a couple of words for you.

the dell'arte place seems pretty interesting if its alums are any indication. i've worked with some of them, and my friend katy just joined a theatre company upstart in chicago founded by a couple of alums as well. from her descriptions, it's a pretty intelligent and interesting way of working. they're doing some lecoq mask stuff now.

also, you should play darby in eulogy for a freight train. feel free to rip it off, too. the great man chuck mee has some good things to say about that.