This is an ongoing writing and thinking practice.
Last updated July 6, 2020
No separation between form and content?
Comparisons to nature? Emergent strategy
Have a spectrum of styles (different styles for different parts of the writing)
Little things change each time- words are active!!
A space where we lean into one another, a meeting place to encourage more and other possibilities on what a community can be.”
Inspired by a collective dream, an unspoken feeling, a vibration of necessity to change the current landscape of the Philly (dance) scene
We are more interested in valuing the process of artmaking rather than only the product.
[No matter how much we write, something is always lost]
Our manifesto does not say it all
The arc between the beginning and end...where art lives
The building is just the frame
Philly is our, our
This is for Philly.
Philly is a priority. Philly is important.
We recognize our situation in space
We are agents of a free arts space that will fuel everyone/thing around it
Broaden the web
Reach out, cross-generations
Always learn from each other
Change form alongside the inevitable changes of the world
A growing cell (together with many parts)
How to manifest the intangibility of art
How can we capture art? (but not imprison it?) Nurture it
A space for the world
This space is NEEDED and WANTED
This space is sustainable & sustains, and is sustainable because it sustains
The space is ALIVE always- not just when performances are happening.
What does it mean for a space to be alive? Is it alive when movement happens, when people are there?
Widening the circle!!
Constantly Working at diversity(?) & accessibility → accountability
Allowing for mistakes in our social action work, and our artistic work
We create spaces….. A physical space, a digital space, a performative space, a work space, a coffee space, a social space
a space that acts as a conduit of ideas, proposals, dreams, wishes, failures, laughter,
Its not about the space
It is about the space
A space that is digital, a space that is communal ACCESSIBLE
A space that functions like a piece of art - the space is in process, revealing unlikely links to redefine
A space that welcomes challenge
A space that bends, folds, and melts time
Recognizing the natural process of opposition in people
Contributing to greater conversations
Imagining alternative futures
FRACTALS- we are what we want to see (emergent strategy)
Rethinking and redistributing
Making human connection
Truly listening to what the community needs, letting go of ego
Diving into the unknown
“We support artists in establishing this independence, as well as encouraging the critical understanding of their work, while also offering enlightening exchange opportunities.”
Something is about to happen
Supporting artists- PAYING artists.
Going beyond what we already see or know (?? questioning this)-- imagining new futures
Through the lens of? - organization, dance, roles,
A way of redefining
Finding the unfamiliar in the familiar
Creating our own meanings (for and with others)
Collective, in real time, shifting
A space for a larger concept of dance
Questioning its identity
Criticality as a form
(Something) is about to happen - the anticipation -
Is it happening?
Blurry...start...end….”art as a start and not an end”
The space being a arc or circle
Somewhere in the arc, art happens
How to get more dance to more people
Collectively shifting meaning with and for one another, not only in real time in performance - but as a reflection of society
‘To view art as a start, not the end. Forms of care, shapes of living and platforms of meaning are the end. Art emerges in this arc. Art has no other life than this: to course through communities as a charged object altering our attempts at communicating meaning, one to another, one to many, many to a multitude, a multitude to one.’
Liminal space, in between space, not one thing or the other, but both and something else neither
The theater needn’t look a certain way. The theater needn’t be dark.
The Theater needs as much light as it needs
Time to perform spectator -
Teaching people what this is
Giving space for
What is non negotiable for you? What are your every day values? What do you live by? What do you not take for granted?
Wanting to connecting with others
Day by day
Prepared for the prescription of change
Agency of the audience and the artist
Radical awareness of balance
One thing cannot does not exist without the other
Art = Self care = resistance
(audre lorde quotes)
Recognizing and valuing different ways of experiencing art
Recognizing the socialized rules of the theater. Breaking them??
Rejecting escapism (one of our values, and we also value other things and recognizing other values)
Art not always needing to be self-reflective
Wanting to fuck with the conventions of the theatre and contract with the audience
Framing for/educating audiences who don’t always engage with post-modern(?) art
How can a space reflect the current landscape? If this space were “art” what would it look like?
What are the variables we can “control”? (the building, the physicality of the space) we can never “control” the people
Eliminate expectation of observers (but can frame the space to have a specific outcome??)
What does an art center look like for the future?
Asking questions about how success/celebrity lives in the art world and in our programming