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Julie::Rada

an april manifesto

I stare at the blank page. I am flummoxed. I do not believe I have anything to say. Today.

I am changeable. A sculpture made of butter. A mandala made of sand, floating away on the wind.

But I am not empty. A blank page. I am not.

I resist authority. I resist authoritative statements. I question my own knowing.

I put this questioning in my work.

I believe in YOU. I believe you have sufficiently internalized the symbols of the culture in which you live (in which we live) and the you are your own expert. On your internal life. On the world around you. I believe in the power of your own subjective understanding in the world.

With my art, I can only hope to play, cajole, and tickle this understanding. I can only hope to give you symbols, like puzzle pieces, that interest me so that you can construct your own meaning. In being open to the symbols I authentically bring you, with an open heart or with an ironic mind, alternately, you and I can enter into dialogue.

I can’t tell you what to think. You can’t tell me what to do. But together, we can listen and learn from each other.

Sometimes I have grand statements I’d like to make about how we can join forces and change the world. Other times I have quiet things to say. Little whispers, intimate and private, that I hope will speak to you of your own experience, softening you a little. And me in the process of sharing. And even other times, I am one voice in many. One voice in a process that has worked slowly and inefficentily to make all the diverse voices heard and probably not succeeded. It’s our trying we hope to share with you. We hope you see.

Today I am not practically minded. A rarity.

I work. I believe in work. The work of relationships, joyous and confusing as they may be. I believe in work that spans years full of failed experiements and micro triumphs. I believe in the very-every-day work of mopping the floors, taking out the trash, and sharing a beautiful environment with you. A beautiful space I may trash again, if I think it will help us talk to each other better.

After all the work I want to feast and drink and laugh and reflect. And then start the work again after just a bit of rest.

Ask me again tomorrow though. I am not a fixed point. Blink…

……………………………………………………………….and I will be elsewhere.

Updated Portfolio Video of Recent Work (January 2013)

Recent work. Directing mostly.

Solo Performance Project in Performance Technology class, Arizona State University, Professors Lance Gharavi & Jake Pinholster, October 26th, 2012.

Again, like all my videos, please consider that this video existed as only part of a larger time-based performance piece in which…other things happened, including me performing live. This piece, which I sorta call “Perception is Projection” was more of an installation, and there was incense and dripping water on my head. Then there was an entire bucket of water poured on my head and a hammer fell from above, which I used to smash a mirror and then I exited and little paper bits flew out of the sky. Or something like that happened. It was messy and a tiny bit dangerous. And boring. A combination I am generally fond of…

With the video, it was the first time I’ve ever played in After Effects and I was trying to teach myself a lot of things. One thing I learned was that I screwed up the aspect ratio so, in this version, the words on the bottom are a little tough to read. There are lots of things that aren’t perfect in this video and I know that and would like to change them, but ultimately, I learned a whole lot about Adobe AE (an application that was totally new to me) in, like, less than 48 hours. So hooray!

(The work on this blog represents my creative work. I am happy to share this work if you contact me first, but don’t steal it, pleaseandthankyou.)

This video accompanied a live performance piece I developed and performed at meathubmeathub 1.0 on October 19th, 2012 at monOrchid Gallery in Phoenix.

The piece is actually untitled but when I think about it in my mind, I refer to it as: on obsolescence and the heart.

While this video plays, other things happen, like me, dancing on a table lit in the glow of the overhead projector’s light beam. And I take a bunch of shots and flop around. And spit. And receive a phone call from a phone that I find in a cardboard box but, alas, it’s a wrong number. And I pull all the tape out of a cassette tape and swing it around. And other such shenanigans which no longer exist because my work is time-based and that time is over.

So, there. You’ll have to imagine it. And consider that this video was only a small percentage of the larger piece.

Enjoy.

(The work on this blog represents my creative work. I am happy to share this work if you contact me first, but don’t steal it, pleaseandthankyou.)

October has been a busy month.

This video is part of a larger project in which I performed live with the video.

So this is part of my version of Euripedes’ Medea, in the style of the Wooster Group. For Performance Technology class at ASU. Taught by Professors Jake Pinholster and Lance Gharavi. Performed in class on October, 5th, 2012.

(The work on this blog represents my creative work. I am happy to share this work if you contact me first, but don’t steal it, pleaseandthankyou.)

I did my first sound design gig for POVV at Arizona State University/School of Theatre and Film, September 28th - October 7th, 2012 (Lyceum Theatre, Tempe campus).

I built quite a few of the cues. This is a cacaphony/symphony of sounds from different internet memes. It was one of my favorite cues.

There were some other great mixes but I did most of those mixes in the program SFX, rather than building those sounds in ProTools. For example, I made the soundtrack to four consecutive video games, clicking in and out of the chooser menus and then finally choosing Call of Duty. Then there was a bunch of shooting and explosions. It was really awesome and consisted of over 22 cues that auto-followed one another. I think it took me two full hours to build that sequence but I don’t have any record of it, except the memory I hold in my heart. Sigh.

Enjoy.

(The work on this blog represents my creative work. I am happy to share this work if you contact me first, but don’t steal it, pleaseandthankyou.)

9 Muses/9 Musas with Chris Danowski Eratos :: muse of erotic poetry March 2012

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January = Calliope.Epic poetry.Writing tablet.

Calliope-Olokun.Androgynous Orisha (of the bottom two-thirds of the ocean, the one who knows all the secrets, and holds all the bones of those who are lost in crossings, Olokun is epic).

9 Muses/9 Musas with Chris Danowski

Arizona January 2012

*Music is a mash-up of Social Experiment - Protocol 7, Archetype Drone sounds, and Iva Bittova & Vladimir Vaclavek from Bile Inferno.

(The work on this blog represents my creative work. I am happy to share this work if you contact me first, but don’t steal it, pleaseandthankyou.)