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Basil Twist's spin on Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is a ” ballet without dancers.” The New York Times calls him a “silk whisperer,” but…

“It’s sort of odd, because I still am kind of baffled by silk,” he said in an interview near his Greenwich Village studio. “I think it’s mostly that I have a respect for it. The great thing about silk is you don’t want to tame it. You don’t want to flatten it and stretch it and pull it. You want to let it be wild. And you have to just create the conditions where it can do that and then stand back.”

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Read more about Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring here, and check out his amazing silk performance!

sanfordbiggers:

happy monday..

Sanford Biggers’s dog lil lello (maybe ¯\_(ツ)_/¯)! We’ll be joined by Sanford and his band Moon Medicin tomorrow at our 15th Anniversary Benefit.

You can still purchase tickets here →

creativetime:

As Creative Time Reports turns two, our staff picked the 10 pieces we keep turning back to. Happy reading!

“Rasquachification messes with the white spatial imaginary and offers up another symbolic culture—combinatory, used and reused.”

Roberto Bedoya, Spatial Justice: Rasquachification, Race and the City

“Havana and Key West have always had a close relationship… They’re like sister cities, despite the barricade aimed at separating them.”

Duke Riley, Trading with the Enemy: Pigeon Smugglers Hang Out on Yachts

“Rikers feels less about solving problems than about temporarily containing them. Here, inmates wait, while we pay the rising costs of their guards, utilities, food and medical costs.”

Ricardo Cortés, Residents of Rikers Island, in Portraits

“Although they play a central role in maintaining daily life throughout the region, migrant laborers are never represented within pop culture. This is especially apparent in soap operas.”

Monira Al Qadiri, Ramadan Soaps: The Workers Will Not Be Televised

“Weeksville was a bastion of the idea of freedom in a land fundamentally unfree. It was a room without an exit—but we could huddle there and protect each other and comfort each other and tell stories.”

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Freed But Not Free

“…a much higher price is being paid for sugar than the few dollars we hand over at the supermarket counter. In some cases that price is everything. That price is life and death.”

Edwidge Danticat, The Price of Sugar

“All around me lay a broken world, silent and emptied of bodies: a memorial to the thousands of dead and wounded, mangled and incinerated on the ‘Highway of Death.’”

Sylvia Plachy, Baghdad Last Night

“I don’t believe that crime, danger and poverty make for good art. That’s bullshit.”

David Byrne, Will Work For Inspiration

“Its continued existence is a snarl in the larger geopolitical fabric, an irritant that constantly recalls the role of the United States in theorizing and proliferating a state of global war.”

Mariam Ghani & Chitra Ganesh, The Guantanamo Effect

“My intention is to expand the visual vocabulary we use to “see” the U.S. intelligence community. Although the organizing logic of our nation’s surveillance apparatus is invisibility and secrecy, its operations occupy the physical world.”

Trevor Paglen, Overhead: New Photos of the NSA and Other Top Intelligence Agencies Revealed

Happy Birthday Creative Times Reports! Here’s to many more!

kadist:

The Librería is opening today (Saturday, October 4) at 5pm!

Inspired by the old bookstores that line Donceles Street in Mexico City’s historic center, Librería Donceles is an itinerant Spanish-language bookstore featuring used books on a variety subjects assembled by artist, Pablo Helguera. The bookstore will remain open for one month at Kadist’s Mission district storefront. Visitors are invited to select a maximum of one book per visit, in exchange for a pay-what-you-wish donation. All proceeds benefit local charities.

Dates: October 4 – November 1, 2014
Bookstore hours: Wednesdays – Saturdays 2-7pm, or by appointment

Check out Pablo Helguera’s Librería Donceles at Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco!

We’re so excited that Sanford Biggers’ musical group, Moon Medicin, will be joining us for Creative Capital’s 15th Anniversary Benefit next Tuesday, October 21. 

Click here to check out music and video by Moon Medicin →

And click here to purchase tickets →

Kickstarter is a 30-day storytelling project. It is a place where people come together to bring creative projects to life. It is a place where generosity begets generosity.

Kickstarter Art Program Director Stephanie Pereira introduces some basics for creating a successful campaign on our blog. Join Stephanie on Monday, 10/20 for a more in-depth look at crowdfunding tactics for your art in her Kickstarter School #webinar. Register here, and don’t forget that all October webinars are still 20% off (use the code FALL2014)!

Back in 2009, BBC Radio 1 asked DJ/Rupture to put together an essential mix of Cumbia music. As we gear up for our 15th Anniversary Benefit, we’ve been playing it nonstop in the office. DJ/Rupture will be joining us live on the turntables - so we’re pretty excited.

Click here to purchase tickets and find out more about our Benefit on October 21.

Paul Shambroom - Bernice, Louisiana (population 1,809) Town Council, May 14, 2002 (L to R): Mildred Ferguson, Gene Terral, Minor Patton (Mayor), Joe Cusimano (Attorney), Lana Patton (Clerk), Elvin Dismuke, Rhodell Montgomery, 2002

Meetings continues Paul Shambroom’s ten-year exploration of American power dynamics; Shambroom has photographed over 100 municipal and neighborhood meetings to date. Exhibitions of Meetings include notes, agendas, and minutes from the meetings photographed.

Bid on Paul’s photograph and others for our 15th Anniversary Benefit Auction →

Our 15th Anniversary Benefit MC, Kristina Wong, has teamed up with her cat to demonstrate how Creative Capital’s sustainable model gives artists the tools to make their work. Join us Tuesday evening, Oct 21, for a party with great performances by #CCartists (sorry, no cats though).

Click here to purchase tickets: http://ow.ly/CKBt1

Sanford Biggers - Danpatsu [video excerpt]

"Danpatsu is a single-channel video simultaneously screened on two monitors for MAM’s outdoor video program… Part of Biggers’ “Both/And Not Either/Or” series, this work presents the artist dressed in traditional Japanese robes and seated in a meditation posture in a forest. He is approached by a woman, clad in a kimono, who carefully and ceremoniously cuts off his long dreadlocks: a reference to danpatsu-shiki, the ritual removal of a sumo wrestler’s topknot when he retires. The simple yet startling act of the haircut evokes a web of associations surrounding cultural identities, masculinity, and sexuality; while the male topknot holds particular significance in Japan, dreadlocks are likewise meaningful in African-American culture.”

Join Sanford Biggers on 11/20 at Montclair Art Museum for an artist talk and screening of his 2004 film Danpatsu. Click here for more info →

Sanford Biggers - Danpatsu [video excerpt]

"Danpatsu is a single-channel video simultaneously screened on two monitors for MAM’s outdoor video program… Part of Biggers’ “Both/And Not Either/Or” series, this work presents the artist dressed in traditional Japanese robes and seated in a meditation posture in a forest. He is approached by a woman, clad in a kimono, who carefully and ceremoniously cuts off his long dreadlocks: a reference to danpatsu-shiki, the ritual removal of a sumo wrestler’s topknot when he retires. The simple yet startling act of the haircut evokes a web of associations surrounding cultural identities, masculinity, and sexuality; while the male topknot holds particular significance in Japan, dreadlocks are likewise meaningful in African-American culture.”

Join Sanford Biggers on 11/20 at Montclair Art Museum for an artist talk and screening of his 2004 film Danpatsu. Click here for more info →