Ivoire Spectacle

Last night I had the joy of filming a performance by the group “Ivoire Spectacle” at the Roosevelt Hotel. They performed there as part of an African Studies conference in New Orleans. The juxtaposition of the African drumming, dancing and traditional costumes against the lavish, chandelier-ed, wallpapery, Greco-Roman-statue-ed, froufrou carpeted backdrop of the Roosevelt was quite odd. I came in with that mindset, and that awareness stayed with me on and off throughout the performance, but the majority of the time I was completely lost in the music and dancing…completely forgot where we were…and magically transported to a place I’ve never been…the Ivory Coast. This group of talented performers is a true treasure. http://www.ivoirespectacle.com/index.php

*videos to come soon*

battles






ink, watercolor and pastel on paper; large: 48″ x 36″ smaller: 22″ x 30″

*simple synopsis*

I created this series of women confronting and taming dinosaurs during 2008.
The dinosaurs represent my old, cumbersome ways of thinking about “life in general”. I felt happy during their creation.
The drawings were on display in my studio at the Studio at Colton School during Prospect 1. Got some interesting responses…


experimental filmmaking class…for kids

I’ve developed an 8-class series in “experimental filmmaking” and will be presenting it to kids from New Orleans’ 7th ward during june and july, through the Porch’s summer “arts alive” camp at the Colton School.

This will be my first time teaching filmmaking, and I’m quite excited.

The projects will all have an element of experimentation, because experimentation is fun (and because I’ll only be with the kids 75 minutes a day and also because this is the first time that some of these students have used digital cameras). The camera’s are pretty amazing..”aiptek HD camcorder/still/audio” they’re pretty easy to use, and come with remote controls & tri-pods. The video quality is amazing..1080p is comparable to film…they even have a pretty awesome macro function…way better than even my “expensive” sony digital SLR.

The projects are: claymation, stop-motion/incremental drawing (life cycles) stop-motion/found object animation and “paper-cutouts/visual storytelling”, “puppets” and “1 minutes”. since the cameras also have an audio-recording function and a mic input, they will also be working to create soundtracks. We’ll also be doing some analogue animation projects: thaumatropes and flipbooks (which are, by the way, my latest love check out the historical overview link…wow!)

I can’t wait to see and share what they create!

Studio at Colton School

I’ve been busy getting my “foot in the door” of the amazing New Orleans art “scene” lately. My first official project is with the Studio at Colton School, where I’ll be turning a space in the old school building into a studio, assisting with grant-writing, and conducting a series of four filmmaking (with digital video) workshops. I’m beyond excited about getting the chance to meet and work with so many amazing artists, musicians, dancers, theatre-people and arts advocates. Check it out: http://www.cano-la.org