Across cultures, disciplines & neighborhoods in Chicago, from various aesthetic backgrounds, 9 dynamic artist participants communed inside the vastness of an “open space”. Asked to bring all of who they are into the room and challenged to speak & create into existence what they felt came from their creative lineage, these artists listened, offered each other feedback through a rigorous protocol, were provoked, sometimes frustrated and took risks exploring, experimenting and excavating their ‘body of work’. Sometimes their task was to simplify, other times to layer, juxtapose or interrupt their way of routinely developing art. 5 components will be reflected from this journey: Food (we always ate together) Featured moments (3 artists will be highlighted each gathering) Installation Interaction ( a chance to participate in and/ witness other dimensions of their unique experience) Response (engage with us in dialogue surrounding the creative work witnessed) Re-Frame ( a chance for the artists to engage in collaborative moments with each other. a chance for all to experiment!) Now this evening they have gathered with you to share what it means to Re-Frame creative process within community. reframe: a gathering in Chicago
Sojourner Zenobia Wright
Isaac Fosl Van-Wyke
Eboni Senai Hawkins
Facilitated by Baraka de Soleil & Awilda Rodriguez Lora
A Project of D UNDERBELLY
she sings softly
swaying hips that were never meant to be forgiven
only to be rephrased over and over
and over once again.
the coiling of arms intertwine with scents of her lust and
beneath her tongue’s subtle ebb & flow
a spraying of mist exists
up and down
side to side
out and in
between her lips
all while she’s
no other sounds are realized
except the willfullness of breath
exposed as she share woes for only those present to absorb
and carry with them this un-finished song long after she’s gone
golden amber leaves offset the dullness of the clouds.
lulled by the calm of the fall, we sit gazing.
embracing quietude and what the morning beholds.
Thank you Baraka and all the artists that have been gathering with the intention, desire and exploration for the Re-Framing of the creative/collective process that is Re-Frame: A Gathering Project.
Currently living in Puerto Rico and sharing via skype and phone with Baraka and the artists. Time moves ever so quickly and so dynamic with all the creative energy flowing in all directions.
I made the decision after 12 years living in the US where I was able to study, train, work, collaborate, create and perform in a interdisciplinary ways to return what i call the beginning. A place where discovery was the ingredient and the unknown was scary. My spirit is one of constant movement and the decision to return to the place where it all began, Puerto Rico has been an experience of both many discoveries and challenges.
The opportunity to co-facilitate this project with Baraka de Soleil is a unique and exciting experience. I bring with me the passion and commitment to develop and promote spaces where discovery and risk are core values of the process for creation.
Based on the “Law of two feet” that is crucial for the creative process for collaborations that is the Open Space Technology(OST) framework used in this project, artists walk into a space of discovery. I thank them all for entering the space of Rumble Arts Center and that later on will continue the flow to Links Hall.
The days are passing by and the enthusiasm continues to built up. Thanks again to all the supporters of this project who have donated, spread the word and shared their thoughts with us.
See you all December 5th when I will be arriving to enter the space as both a facilitator and an artist.
We still have 28 days to achieve our goal please continue supporting this project. See you all at the Gathering.
awilda rodriguez lora
(the evolving new thought for D UNDERBELLY 2011 – )
the body speaks
the voice moves
rooted in legacies sometimes only the soul knows
signifying where we have come from and who we are
Who are we?
We are architects of history
invoking indelible rites of passages
We are builders of spiritual houses reigned supreme by multiple ancestral energies
We are Love not just its vessel
the calm empty
We are re-imagining life as it is
and as it should be
We are falling and rising
We are deconstructing
the inside pulse of memory
We are possibilities unifying
These are our roots
—Baraka de Soleil
Re-Frame: A Gathering…the communing begins
Across cultures. Across disciplines. Engaging thoughtful discussions within the community of artists, neighbors, anyone witnessing. Inspiring collaborations. Listening. Creating consciousness surrounding the beauty & insights from the creative process…
Artists gathered last nite [Monday, November 14th] for our second session…people shared, communed, perhaps even got frustrated as we sought to define what it means to be in a creative process with others, to be in a thoughtful process, to take ownership, to be present, to be in the unknown & work, discuss & reflect from there…
as an artist facilitator, i discovered that i need to talk less and listen more and let them take hold of this space…shape it as they desire…it’s a challenge and a necessary joy!
Over this next week, you will meet these artist participants and get insight into their ‘creative lineage’…so far 9 artists participants are at the core…with artist witnesses flowing in and out to observe and gain insight into what it takes/means to be part of a gathering…
They began to discuss online “as an artist, what has been meaningful to you in the creative process?”.
Now they get to get inside the ‘practice of that process’ and potentially explore other dimensions