Nature Theater of Oklahoma talks with performance artist/theater maker Daniel Alexander Jones, and also with his alter-ego, the uber-glamorous “soulsonic superstar” - Jomama Jones. A conversation that touches on character, imagination, creativity, realness, possibility, and growth - in all its marvelous and weedy aspects - and the everyday work we do to tend that garden.
To get the latest news of Jomama Jones and listen to her new album (due out in February 2014), visit http://msjomamajones.tumblr.com
To see a really beautiful unplugged clip of Jomama visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQVq_HqeT78&feature=c4-overview&list=UUq87ILYZ91Frgsz2JRqrKUQ
To read more about the Smiling Hogshead Ranch that Kelly talked about – the wild plot of land, improved by volunteers in Long Island City – go to: http://smiling-hogshead-ranch.tumblr.com
Long before myth in an ancient world without language, man organized himself around symbols carved on the walls of caves and writing on the tails of comets. In some way it is now forgotten how. Symbols convinced man that death is not the end. Seduced by an afterlife, man became a victim to a tyranny of his own creation, and the symbols, well, they became gods. It is at this fragile time the heinous crime was committed. The theft of the ancient sanskrit symbol, wrenched from the gods by the Nazis, its power to be used for evil. Enraged, Lord Shiva, the god of destruction, prepared to destroy the universe.
I’m at the Sydney Writer’s Festival this week, and I’m so excited to see the British poet Kate Tempest read this afternoon. Here is her powerful performance of her piece, ‘Icarus’. And here is some beautiful advice she has for young poets, playwrights and performers:
“Finish things. That’s how you develop your voice. Whether it’s a poem or a short film or a painting or a piece of theatre, whatever it is, finish it. Let it go and move onto the next thing. Lots of the stuff I’ve done I think is really, really shit but it’s fine because it’s finished. You’ve got to try to be a better artist today than you were yesterday. And if you never finish anything that’s hard because you’re always trying to be the best artist that’s ever been.”
- Sheila Heti
Isn’t she great? Make sure to check out her show Brand New Ancients playing at St. Ann’s Warehouse as part of the Under the Radar Festival 2014!
Performance Piece, 1978
Activated by Maren Hassinger
Silver gelatin print
31.5 × 40 inches
Edition of 5 (+ 1 AP)
Image courtesy the artist and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York
Photo: Harmon Outlaw