The photos above are from the Hilma af Klint exhibition that is currently at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. These are some of my favorites but really everything was amazing.
Referencing Klint's channeled commands via meditative trance,
obey intuition // understand only in part
the curator wrote something I found deeply striking,
"To obey intuition and not fully understand is, after all, for better or worse, what artists do."
Okay so where to begin?
I am living in New York again which has made life so much easier in regard to reading and writing for my dissertation. Of course I miss my family and friends back in LA but more and more it seems that New York is becoming my new home. The transition hasn't been easy but I've been building up my stamina and gratitude practice so I find myself at this beautiful balancing point finally embraced by buoyancy.
I am doing the NYC hustle/balancing act of working two part time jobs, writing my dissertation, and trying to develop myself as an artist through my relationship with Skeleton Architecture.
Oh, and indulging in rare moments of having a personal life.
As for work I am an assistant to a librarian in the audio and visual department at Bobst Library and I am also one of two house managers at Danspace Project.
As for my dissertation I have been reading and writing like crazy and yet still I am behind. The chapter I'm working on is a literature review on the topic of listening in Music and Sound Studies which serves as a nice point of departure for my project. Tracing this discourse and highlighting what is assumed and what is left out will help me make a clearer case for why my project "matters" in terms of the academy.
I aiming to have a draft of my first chapter by late November/early December. I'll write a follow up post in January or February about my findings and lingering questions.
Unfortunately, I wont be attending SEM or AMS this year. Real talk: I'm not on the market yet, I'm not presenting anything, and I don't have the spare $1,500+ to spend on conferences this year. Plus I have work on those days.
It all works out though and hopefully next year I'll be around.
As for developing myself as an artist.. I have been tasked to define my practice and how I would like that practice to be understood through language with a bit more clarity. I may not continue saying I am a "musician" or "sound artist" because those have very specific connotations that don't feel appropriate for what I'm working on...
So I'm still working this...
I have some fun things planned in November and December:
I'll be at a residency in Detroit, doing a soundwalk, sound bath, and performance with Skeleton Architecture at Danspace Project, and a conference in Prague!
More details soon...
Ase Ase Ase.
So much bliss and gratitude.