Can’t resist that I love may day had a may pole- how literal and perfect

Everyday is a performance and the world is your set.

May Day for me was a chance to analyze large bodies of people in motion as a performance. The way groups of people come together when they are passionate (maybe about the political fervor itself, or something specific, or nothing specific at all) regardless of their political or personal background is endlessly interesting to analyze. I like to look at occupy as the largest site specific work ever done, with thousands across cities and generations coming together in a largely classic re-enactment/enactment of real time clashes between different classes, between citizens and police, between establishment and lack there of. Of course the movement is real- it physically happens in real space/time, real people have opinions, and real people arrest and get arrested. But If u look at occupy as a performance- a historical performance- bringing in ties to activist movements of the past but relating them to the here and now you dive deeply into what the movement is all about. The activists are literally “acting” like activists- “performing” their role- the marches, the chants, the signs, the music, the pickets, the sit ins, the arrests are all part of the scene. Often the activists are not only physically fleeing cops, sometimes running to keep their freedom for the day, but also “practicing” the act of challenging and retreating as if it were a meditation. As if they are going through the motions of protesting to allow each individual in the group to gain perspective on the constant tick that keeps the universe in balance- to test that balance and shift it. And it is not just the occupiers that participate in this historical performance but the cops as well- dutifully fulfilling their roles in the protests as the safe keepers of order and normality- they create the friction needed for the movement to seem real- because it is. The police gather the outlying occupiers (who in moments of empowerment push those boundaries conceptually and physically). Occupy is creating a history- a historical event- and all of us- the activists, the journalists, the bystanders and the resistance participate.

And the tea party was the same way- an embodiment of resistance itself. Performing the political moves, creating the historical ties. And if you dive even deeper you can see that the structure of our government, our systems is all part of this large performance; the president, the politicians, the resistance and the citizen is all just part of the show.

I guess everybody believes supports showbiz- they just don’t like to admit it.

The New Phrase- get ready for more leading up to my show at Dance New Amsterdam June 2nd!! Woo

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The fourth annual India Art Fair (formerly India Art Summit) opened this week in New Dehli, hoping to take advantage of the booming art market in India. But market growth inevitably leads to forgery. http://www.thesqueeze.net/All-Categories/Business-Buzz/Art-Market/Fakes-trouble-India-s-booming-art-market

The fair’s founder and director, Neha Kirpal, has taken little or no action to prevent the exhibition of fakes and forgeries at India Art Fair, stating “we do not verify the works that are displayed. It is the job of the art gallery owners and the buyers. Our job is to provide a platform.” 

Should the organizers of art fairs be held responsible for ensuring the authenticity of works on display? Or, as Kirpal contends, does that duty fall upon galleries and potential buyers? 

Read more at http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/industry-insights/retail/indian-art-market-a-rosy-picture

For more news on global art markets visit http://culturalsecurity.net/newssummary.htm

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Working aquatic-elephants like Rajan used to be a  regular sight in the Andaman Islands, south of India, but this  60-year-old five tonne Asian elephant is the last of his kind. Thanks to  the introduction of motor boats and other energy-saving technology,  Rajan no longer needs to swim miles between islands to work for his  masters, but can now enjoy swimming purely for pleasure. Rajan still swims for ten minutes twice a day, completing about 500 yards before heading back to shore. Brazilian Photographer, Daniel Botelho, 30, travelled to the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean after hearing stories of islanders swimming with the giant beasts. He said: “I almost got killed by the elephant during one photo shoot. Suddenly a swell came and took me and the elephant by surprise. I was stuck in the sand because of the crash of the wave. He did his best not to kill me - I felt him rolling on top and away from me.” Picture: Daniel Botelho / Barcroft Media
allcreatures:

Working aquatic-elephants like Rajan used to be a  regular sight in the Andaman Islands, south of India, but this  60-year-old five tonne Asian elephant is the last of his kind. Thanks to  the introduction of motor boats and other energy-saving technology,  Rajan no longer needs to swim miles between islands to work for his  masters, but can now enjoy swimming purely for pleasure. Rajan still swims for ten minutes twice a day, completing about 500 yards before heading back to shore. Brazilian Photographer, Daniel Botelho, 30, travelled to the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean after hearing stories of islanders swimming with the giant beasts. He said: “I almost got killed by the elephant during one photo shoot. Suddenly a swell came and took me and the elephant by surprise. I was stuck in the sand because of the crash of the wave. He did his best not to kill me - I felt him rolling on top and away from me.” Picture: Daniel Botelho / Barcroft Media

allcreatures:

Working aquatic-elephants like Rajan used to be a regular sight in the Andaman Islands, south of India, but this 60-year-old five tonne Asian elephant is the last of his kind. Thanks to the introduction of motor boats and other energy-saving technology, Rajan no longer needs to swim miles between islands to work for his masters, but can now enjoy swimming purely for pleasure. Rajan still swims for ten minutes twice a day, completing about 500 yards before heading back to shore. Brazilian Photographer, Daniel Botelho, 30, travelled to the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean after hearing stories of islanders swimming with the giant beasts. He said: “I almost got killed by the elephant during one photo shoot. Suddenly a swell came and took me and the elephant by surprise. I was stuck in the sand because of the crash of the wave. He did his best not to kill me - I felt him rolling on top and away from me.” Picture: Daniel Botelho / Barcroft Media

“She did the Secretary of State job, she was a G, she held it down, she didn’t cry.”