experimental performance

art student step 1= doing paintings, thinking of expanding into new media, focusing on locking down some formal skills, possible interest in collage and encaustics

art student step 2 = lots of writing, interest in video and experimental performance, feeling trapped by creating actual images or things, research 

art student step 3 = production at a standstill after your sophomore year gallery show, lots of art historical reading, dank art memes

art student step 4 = everything gets gayer for you at this impasse, you almost HAVE to be a little gay to reach this step, basically an art history/philosophy major at this point, existential crisis and peer envy combined with a sense of superiority as your research leads you to a deeper understanding of what art is

art student step 5 = hell, and/or derrida. weed. artist’s block, shitty essays, and ego death.

art student step 6 = emergence from the total shattering of your dreams and personality with an outpouring of new work that is at once much more informed and less self-conscious, buying slightly more expensive booze, knowing all 20 people at a gallery opening, letters of recommendation from trusted mentors but probably just as many letters of rejection from residences 

art student step 7 = final form. either you become one of those ladies with red cat-eye glasses and 4 feet of hair who smokes a lot of cigarettes, knows everyone, and never leaves town to work on her own career, or you go for that shit and get weird with it. don’t do cocaine during any of these steps. 

On my way to therapy, listening to the radio, when @npr fucking posed the question “Is it ethical to perform human experimentation without consent?” and if it were any other time and place I would just be pissed off but right now in this world that fucking question fills me with terror. That is not a fucking small talk piece, that is not something open to debate. That is a loud and resounding fucking NO.

Because we’ve done that before. Not just Nazi Germany, but here in the goddamn U.S.A. It was so common and applauded we had a name for it: eugenics, and back then that term was used proudly. And do you know who were the unwilling and often unknowing “patients” of these experiments? Racial minorities (most notably black people, see Tuskegee, and Henrietta Lacks), and people like me: the disabled, sick, infirm, and the mentally ill. That’s my fucking life that was about to be debated, the lives of countless others, and this normalizing of fascism is disturbing as hell and to hear it come from the likes of NPR is horrifying.

The answer is no, period. Unquestionable, uncontested, undoubted and always no. Don’t trust anyone who thinks it’s up for debate.


Time Machine Video of the Week

The Velvet Underground & Nico - Venus In Furs (1967)

Well i am posting this as the Velvets first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, was released 50 years ago today, March 12, 1967.

The Velvet Underground were a rock band formed in New York, America, by singer / guitarist Lou Reed, Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise (who was replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965.

Accompanied by German born vocalist Nico, the album was recorded in 1966 while the group were featured on Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, which gained attention for its experimental performance sensibilities and controversial lyrical topics, including drug abuse, prostitution, sadism and masochism and sexual deviancy.

Most rock bands that have followed have been influenced by the Velvets, than by any other band in the history of music.

Venus In Furs was never released as a single but was the fourth track on side one of the debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico, and is one of my favourite Velvets tracks, but i love the whole album, i can remember that i was totally blown away by its sound the first time i played it.

Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark
Comes in bells, your servant, don’t forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Downy sins of streetlight fancies
Chase the costumes she shall wear
Ermine furs adorn the imperious
Severin, Severin awaits you there
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Kiss the boot of shiny, shiny leather
Shiny leather in the dark
Tongue of thongs, the belt that does await you
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart
Severin, Severin, speak so slightly
Severin, down on your bended knee
Taste the whip, in love not given lightly
Taste the whip, now plead for me
I am tired, I am weary
I could sleep for a thousand years
A thousand dreams that would awake me
Different colors made of tears
Shiny, shiny, shiny boots of leather
Whiplash girl child in the dark
Severin, your servant comes in bells, please don’t forsake him
Strike, dear mistress, and cure his heart

Musical notes appear to be coming out of the guitar of Who guitarist and vocalist Peter Townshend in this experimental photograph, as he performs at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami Beach, Florida on November 25, 1971.

Robert Rauschenberg was a Neo-Dadaist/Pop Artist. Rauschenberg was interested in exploring the definition of what art was, and what the role of the artist in their creation. Rauschenberg worked with photography, painting, printmaking, performance, found object sculpture, mixed media, and designing sets and costumes for experimental dance performances. Rauschenberg attended the Black Mountain College in the late ‘40s which influenced his later work in manipulating and studying the lines, textures and colors of found and material objects. Rauschenberg was active from the late 1940s, until his death in 2008. Sleep for Yvonne Rainer, 1965 (pictured above) was created by Rauschenberg for his friend and collaborator, dancer and choreographer Yvonne Rainer, as a tribute to their friendship.


Performative Experimentation Pavilion
Al Borde Arquitectos: David Barragán, Pascual Gangotena & Esteban Benavides
Client: Cuerpo Silencio, Diego Bolaños y Sisa Salgado
Location: Itinerante
Builder: AA Máxima, Hernán Arias Ing. y Marcelo Pazmiño Ing
Design: 2010
Construction: 2010
Area: 95m2

OPEN TODAY: i call america presents a series of open-ended explorations by sound experimentalist Matana Roberts. Performances take place throughout the day, from Wednesday through Sunday. 

Matana Roberts addresses No Title, 1969–70 by Eva Hesse as part of the 99 Objects series, June 4, 2015. Photograph by Evan Hunter Mcknight

David Bowie thought Laurie Anderson could read minds

The 69-year-old experimental performance artist - who is the widow of the late Lou Reed - revealed the late ‘Starman’ hitmaker once tested out her mind-reading abilities by making her draw 20 pictures while he did the same at random intervals.

And the first she came out with was the exact same drawing her friend - who died of cancer in January - had also sketched.

She recalled: “David called me in the mid-90s’ and said, 'I think you can read minds’. I replied, 'You know, i’m pretty sure I can’t’.

"He said, 'I want to do an experiment. I’m going to call you every day at different times. Have a piece of paper next to the fax machine. Then put down the phone and we will each make a drawing and we’ll fax our drawings to each other’.

"The first time I did it, a drawing came into the fax machine and it looked like mine.

"What are the chances of two people drawing a bush in a foreground, a house and on a second storey a post coming out and a man hanging from it? The chances are zero. They’re zero.”

The 'O Superman’ hitmaker plans on making a book of all the drawings one day.

She told Uncut magazine: “I have 20 of these drawings. I’m probably going to make a book from these, a mind-reading book.”


This SNL performance from Radiohead is phenomenal too.

Thom Yorke fucking scares me in this. And then that mic toss at the end just seals the deal.

Jeez. What a performance.

Waltz is recruiting for Eorzea’s first ever K-Pop Idol Group!

That’s right, you heard me correctly! As most of you who follow me know or have seen my performances, Waltz is the resident idol that performs at the @gildedpony-ffxiv every month with K-Pop songs primarily and I’d very much love to invite a few dedicated & talented individuals to join with Waltz in his performances and hopefully start up something awesome! Performing on my own hasn’t been too fun recently and I think it’d be a neat project if I could get a small group of people who would like to collab with me on performances. I will be picking about 5-6 people, more depending on how it goes. Girls or boys, big or small, it doesn’t matter to me, everyone and anyone is welcome to apply! We could practice with an experimental performance for the next Cabaret/Burlesque at Gilded Pony to see if it goes well and if it does, we go on from there! 

We’d have to meet at least once a week, so I’d really prefer anyone who is totally okay and willing with sacrificing a day to get together to practice! So only inquire and apply if you’re absolutely serious about this. It would most likely be on a weekend or whatever works for everyone’s schedule. If you’re interested, please go ahead and fill out the application below into my direct messages. Our first performance song we’ll probably be working on is Dalshabet(달샤벳) _ FRI. SAT. SUN(금토일) for next month’s Gilded Pony show! 

Originally posted by 4dalanfriend

Even if you cannot apply or don’t think you’ll be a good fit, I’d still really appreciate if you could reblog to help me out or let any of your friends know who you think would be interested, thank you very much! Anyways, on to the application!!

Character Name:
RP Performance Experience:
Days Available:
Have you ever participated in a timed macro performance before?:
Are you okay with providing your own coordinated outfits?: (We can all chip in to help regardless.)
Would your character be comfortable performing in 18+ performances?: (Even if you say no, it’s okay. You’ll just be excluded from any Burlesque shows we participate in and only perform at the Cabaret ones.)
Are you available for a possible audition?:
Favorite K-Pop Idol/Group: 

Once again, please fill the above out and send these to my direct message chat, thank you and I will get back in contact with you as soon as possible! For any other questions you may have about any of this, please inquire with me in my ask box!  Together, let’s spread the Hallyu wave through all of Eorzea!

  • What she says: I'm fine
  • What she means: Honestly Yasuke Matsuda is one of the most underappreciated Dangan Ronpa characters. This kid, in his first year of high school (somewhere between the ages of 15-17 in the DR timeline) he played some role in the creation of Izuru Kamukura. It's likely he designed and/or implemented the surgeries on Hinata but various sources conflict as to his involvement. The following year, he performed experimental surgery on his girlfriend and the only significant female in his life and most likely the person closest to him. He literally made his girlfriend forget about him and herself to save her from being questioned, due to her involvement in the student council incident. Matsuda kept treating her to make sure the memories didn't resurface, while making sure the events she planned fell into place. During his 1-2 years at school, Matsuda also CREATED the New World Program with two other high school kids. Adding this to schoolwork and whatever public projects he needed to do to keep his SHSL impressive and remain on the good side of teachers and staff, there's no way he wasn't under an enormous amount of pressure. It's even possible he treated students, because of the mysterious change of Komaeda's time left to live (a year at the start of his time at school, extended to whenever SDR2 takes place), implying that Matsuda treated his frontotemporal dementia. Because of his surgery and research, Junko was able to alter the memories of the kids in the first game. Because of his work on the New World Program, the events of the second game were possible. Because he assisted with creating Kamukura and allowed Junko to escape questioning after the student council incident, she was able to bring about the downfall of civilization itself. The events at HPA were toxic already but because of Matsuda's skills combined with the abusive/manipulative relationship he was in, the events of the other games were possible. It's implied that he had no family, his mom dying previously. This kid had no family and few friends, and was in a toxic relationship. Junko was able to manipulate others she had only briefly known, and she had been able to build Matsuda's self esteem around her reactions for years. Yasuke Matsuda is incredible important to the plot of Dangan Ronpa and frequently overlooked by fans.

Massacre was originally founded in 1980 in New York City by guitarist Fred Frith, bassist Bill Laswell and drummer Fred Maher as an improvising and experimental rock band.  They performed live for just over a year and recorded a studio album, Killing Time (1981)…

this album is criminally overlooked by noise, improv, and jazz fans.  killing time is one of the most interesting rock albums of the 80s, and possibly the entire 20th-century.

Okay, I need to know something… where do people get the idea that Caroline is the moral character of the show?  That’s an actual way I saw her described, and it blows my mind.

This is the girl that used one of her mother’s deputies as a human shield.  She killed Luke, just to force Liv to perform the spell to bring her friends back.  She literally performed human experimentation on a man to see if she could cure his cancer (something I hated, not because I think it’s ooc for Caroline to do, but because I do think it’s ooc for her to just do it once, not take copious notes, and examine the side effects - girl is a control freak).  Hell, remember when she killed twelve fucking people to save her best friend?

I mean, the list of her morally questionable actions could go on for a very long time… remember when she went to Atlanta for the sole purpose of killing a completely innocent man, and the only reason she didn’t was because he shared a face with Stefan?  Or when she made a deal with Klaus to save Elena, that involved killing a hybrid that had done nothing to them? How about when she worked with Katherine to a torture a man for information?  I’m sure I could come up with more, but I feel like you all probably get the point.

Like, I’m sorry, but Caroline Forbes is the very definition of morally grey. If this were Harry Potter, she would be the most Slytherin person to ever enter the Slytherin House.  Having her tell Klaus that he’s awful and she’s good doesn’t eliminate her actions, which are those of someone that really doesn’t give a damn about morals when it comes down to what she’s actually going to do.