My mom sent me a link to a wonderful article about an artist who transitioned, and how her style did not change. I love how the comments express that the artist was always the same person, always created art as her self… she only made her body congruent with that inner self, so her art did not change.
It’s interesting to think that active artists have an inherent understanding of self-expression. That’s a gem I hadn’t seen before.
Rob Lee: "In semasiography, the symbols do not represent speech -- such as the cartoon symbols used to show you how to build a flat pack piece of furniture -- and generally do not come in a linear manner."
Note: the posted Hadrian's Wall video on the page has nothing to do with the story. ;-)
Bay-area-ites, if you're at all interested in Leonardo da Vinci, or the Renaissance and its sciences, don't miss the show at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation . It's actually two exhibits, from Italy, combined for the first time; one on engineering in the Renaissance, and the onther specifically on the mind of Leonardo. Come January it leaves here, then goes back to Italy (to be split back into two exhibits).
This has to be one of the best, most engaging museum exhibits I've gone to. There's lots of multimedia. Working replicas of many drawings! Pages from the notebooks (drool). Plus, tons of related stuff for kids, and a couple of paintings from the Renaissance, based on daVinci's works. I spent over three hours (but I am a da Vinci fan; you don't have to linger as much as I did :) ).
Fair warning though: it's not inexpensive. $25 for non-members. Worth full price.
Please include a resume and email it to email@example.com.
We are filmmakers, activists, community organizers and artists who believe in the power of humor in opening hearts and minds. We recently made two award-winning films and are excited to collaborate with and mentor students or recent graduates who are interested in helping to distribute these films so that they can be seen by as many people as possible and help to effect social change.
The Trans-Body Law and Education Project is a non-profit organization that promotes visibility, celebration, and legal protection of transgender and gender nonconforming people and people whose bodies are perceived to fall outside of the norm.
Trannymals is a project of the Trans-Body Law and Education Project and currently focuses on distributing two short films “Trannymal” and “Trannymals Go to Court”, which have been shown in film festivals in 15 countries and have won two audience awards and two jury awards. See www.trannymals.com for more information on the films and to see them.
The Trannymal films tend to make people laugh a lot and we have found that using humor is an effective way to address the invisibility, shame and discrimination that many transgender people face. We want to increase access to positive images of transgender people that are created by transgender people and would love your help in distributing the films so that as many people as possible can see them.
The internship will be designed based on your interests and skills to include some or all of the following:
* Research and perform outreach to relevant non-profit organizations, educational institutions, professors, legal professionals and social justice and LGBT groups to raise awareness of the films and the issues raised by them.
* Help refine and implement film distribution strategies.
* Develop study guides and written materials on issues raised by the films.
* Develop and implement media strategies to raise awareness of the social justice and educational issues raised by the films.
* Develop web presence on social networking sites and seek out web-based allies.
Credit and/or compensation (percentage of film sales) available.
Flexible time commitments and location - we are based in San Francisco and Oakland, but this opportunity is not restricted to interns located in the Bay Area; we are open to mentoring and collaborating with people via the internet and phone.
The ideal candidate(s) will be able to work independently and collaboratively, have strong writing skills, and be interested in gender, film, social justice, legal reform, communication and marketing.
Please send an email telling us about yourself, why this opportunity interests you and what you would hope to gain from it. Also include a description of your availability (start and end dates, amount of time available per week) and whether you would seek academic credit for the internship. We will work with people on a case-by-case basis to design the internship to meet your needs. Please include a resume and email it to trannymals AT trannymals.com.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Click Here: Check out "Frozen in Grand Central Station - Video"
The show was really good! The modern dance show was overall nicely light-hearted. It evoked a lot of different moods and emotions. There were perhaps two pieces that I think went a little too long... ymmv. Mostly, I was tickled and impressed. One piece involved three 'bookworms' in a bookcase, never touching the ground... another had sea anenome type tubes among the players... others had a classical feel... Natasha has a thing for tie-dye; many of the outfits looked like dancing jammies! But to say you'd have smatterings of tie-dye and surf music would really tell you almost nothing about the show. Go see 'em if you like dance at all. :-)
Accompanying, and doing a set of their own, was the California Guitar Trio, three guys who live from here to Idaho to Tokyo, and who were really good! Their sound was harpsichord and surf and hard guitar, and unnameable (to me, not educated enough obviously) modern dance stuff... Apparently they are usually acoustic, but were plugged in for this entire event. I will definitely seek their music out; it was dense and different and energetic.
Humans are amazing.
"When religion ruled the world they called it the Dark Ages"
So I read it at lunch yesterday (yes, it's a slim volume). Aside: I remember when I first came into paganism uh hem many years ago, finding these skinny little books and always thinking they looked ridiculous. I'm quite sure Cora Anderson's *50 Years of the Feri Tradition* was among them, due to it's very remember-able cover... I guess there's a right time for everything). And in truth I still think they look a bit ridiculous, however that is no longer stopping me from finding the gems inside. :-)
This slim book has plenty of shiny gems, much unexpectedly and gratifyingly erotic as well as arty. I suck at "real" art, though I've always loved doing crafts (having a mom and sister who were really good at "real" art didn't help; but I was a good writer, so that's where I focused, which is just fine :-) ). If you're interested in art, paganism, sex, I highly recommend this book, from its thinking to its few but excellent exercises.
What this post is really supposed to be about is one of the book's basic concepts, which entirely whammed me. The idea she posits is that the drive to beauty/"shiny things" is a human basic (think kids), and something to enjoy, not squish. There's a section about personal adornment which fascinated me (historically to contemporarily). Reminded me of how in my own dress I constantly look for something a little brighter, "different"... but which also works in my identity as a leatherman, etc. Yes there's a time for everything I know... but it's an interesting challenge to "display" more than one or two personality characteristics or interests at a time. Especially if you're a man, and don't just want to be perceived as "flaming." Masculinity is terribly serious stuff in our culture.
And of course historically, males dressed to show off a lot! Which reminded me that a phrase for such men is, to this day, "peacock". Which is one aspect of the god as Feri perceives him.