Thursday, 13 January 2011

108 days: Blanket # 13: carrots

Who am I to tell my nightmares to if I can't tell them to you?

Don't let's do anything. It's safer.

How's the carrot?

It's a carrot.

I get used to the muck as I go along.

The essential doesn't change.

Line extracts from Act I
WAITING FOR GODOT / Samuel Beckett / 1956

Blanket # 13:

  • nightmares
  • nothing
  • carrots
  • the muck
  • the essential

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

110 days: Blanket # 11: eagle poem

To pray you open your whole self
To sky, to earth, to sun, to moon
To one whole voice that is you.
And know there is more
That you can't see, can't hear,
Can't know except in moments
Steadily growing, and in languages
That aren't always sound but other
Circles of motion.
Like eagle that Sunday morning
Over Salt River. Circled in blue sky
In wind, swept our hearts clean
With sacred wings.
We see you, see ourselves and know
That we must take the utmost care
And kindness in all things.
Breathe in, knowing we are made of
All this, and breathe, knowing
We are truly blessed because we
Were born, and die soon within a
True circle of motion,
Like eagle rounding out the morning
Inside us.
We pray that it will be done,
In beauty.
In beauty.

Joy Harjo

Blanket # 11:
  • care in kindness
  • circle of motion
  • it will be done
  • breathe
  • beauty

Monday, 10 January 2011

111 days: Blanket # 10: shadows

"When the legends die,
dreams die also,
And when dreams die,
there is no greatness."
And when there is no greatness,
who will suffer the most?
Well, I will tell you, the people.
The people who don't know their own shadows,
And cannot see their visions clearly,
And the ones who do not know themselves pretty well,
But someday when you stop and think,
You'll see the real image
of yourself and the ones
that were before you
and then you'll see.


In the Hands of the Great Spirit:
The 20,000 Year History of American Indians
(Free Press: New York, 2003)

Blanket # 10:
  • shadows

Sunday, 9 January 2011

112 days: Blanket # 9: sleep

A Dream Song [Wintu]: Sleep

             Where will you and I sleep?
At the down-turned jagged rim of the sky you
                       & I will sleep.

Dream Songs:
  • Dream Dance Cult
  • given in sleep
  • by a dead friend or relative
  • The Land of the Dead: above
  • The Milky Way: the road the spirit travels
  • a resting place

Blanket # 9:
  • a dream
  • a dance
  • a land of the dead
  • a resting place

Saturday, 8 January 2011

113 days: Blanket # 8: philosophy of pleasure

Abbey Theatre | Dublin
by Dion Boucicault

Direction: Mikel  Murfi
Design: Sabine Dargent
Lighting: Kevin Treacy
Costume: Niamh Lunny
Composition: Conor Linehan
Photography: Colm Hogan

"Art is not a church; it is the philosophy of pleasure."

Dion Boucicault | 1877
'The Art of Dramatic Composition'

Blanket # 8:
  • Pleasure
  • Physical: visual | emotional | intellectual | philosophical
  • No preaching !
  • Ceremony | Ritual | ? !

Friday, 7 January 2011

114 days: Blanket # 7: the trickster

Raven Mask collected at Xwamdasbe | 1881
Photo: Berlin Museum of Ethnology

  • Raven
  • Hare
  • Coyote
  • Spider

  • dangerous
  • scandalous
  • capable of transformation
  • wreaks havoc
  • base appetites
  • no scruples
  • calisthenics | cons
  • takes the major share of food
  • makes love with any and all

Blanket # 7:
  • Is there danger? What causes the danger?
  • What is the transformation?
  • Stealing of food
  • Stealing of love?
  • Raven | Hare | Coyote | or | Spider

Thursday, 6 January 2011

115 days: Blanket # 6: the earth diver

the name given by some American Indians to the North American continent...

a more widespread name | theme of 'the figure who must dive into the depths of the primeval, undifferentiated world of water and bring up the makings of the earth to provide a place for the creatures to live'...

This is also a common theme in:
  • central Asia
  • Mongolia
  • Siberia
  • the Ainu of Japan
  • the Northernmost people's of Europe

Blanket # 6:
  • Diving for what?
  • Discovery of what?
  • Order | Chaos
  • Creation theory
  • Earth | Water
  • Islands | Continents

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

116 days: Blanket # 5: water no get enemy

National Theatre: Olivier

Book: Jim Lewis & Bill T Jones
Music & Lyrics: Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Arrangements & Additional Music:
Aaron Johnson & Jordan McLean
Concept: Bill T Jones, Jim Lewis, Stephen Hendel

Direction & Choreography: Bill T Jones
Design: Marina Draghici
Lighting: Robert Wierzel
Sound: Robert Kaplowitz
Projection Design: Peter Nigrini
MD's: Laurence Corns & Robin Hopcraft

  • body | energy
  • body politics
  • music | power
  • Africa!
  • rain | water

Blanket # 5:
  • water | rain
  • The Milk River | Montana
  • Indian water rights
  • The Winters Doctrine
  • a valuable resource

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

117 days: Blanket # 4: sipapu

Photo: Wvbailey at the English Language Wikipedia | July 2007

Blanket # 4:
  • portals | indentations | pathways
  • secret places | underground
  • Earth's naval | birth
  • centre of the universe | being
  • spiritual | cultural ceremony
  • the present world
  • what is the ceremony?
  • what is the place?

Monday, 3 January 2011

118 days: Blanket # 3: The Wilderness

"No one can deny that the impact of European arrivals on Indian tribes and individuals has mostly been tragic. From the point of view of Indian peoples alive today, the story of that encounter is one of astonishing staying power amid vast and devastating change and loss. When Europeans arrived on these shores, they generally agreed that the wilderness was a place of dark and mysterious dangers, a place to be tamed, cut back, reduced to civilized plots of farmland and towns. It was assumed that the Indians - savages - lived in the untamed woodland wilderness among all of Satan's plots and schemes. Today in America, vast hordes of European-derived citizens flock to the wilderness, grow angry at any invasion of the wilderness (such as a cow pod) besides their own, and consider such places almost sacred. In this, they often invoke the benign ecological presence of the Native Americans, to whom many plots of land are indeed sacred. The notion of wilderness in American minds has changed by approximately 180 degrees, and perhaps some of this is thanks to the Indian population."

In the Hands of the Great Spirit:
The 20,000 Year History of American Indians
(Free Press: New York, 2003)

Blanket # 3:
  • Establish a/the wilderness | woodland
  • Is the wilderness the land?
  • The wilderness | land as sacred
  • Ecology and preservation | conservation
  • Ownership vs Guardianship

Sunday, 2 January 2011

119 days: Blanket # 2: Death Song

Nothing lives long
Nothing lives long
Nothing lives long
Except the earth and the mountains

'The Death Song of White Antelope'
Adapted from The Fighting Cheyennes
by George Bird Grinnell, New York, 1915

  • Noted war captain of the Cheyennes for almost fifty years
  • Killed at Sand Creek Massacre, 1864
  • Stood with folded arms singing this song
  • Scrotum made into a tobacco pouch by Colorado Volunteer

Blanket # 2:
  • Establish what is living
  • Establish what dies
  • Where is the earth?
  • Where are the mountains?
  • Who is singing?
  • Tokens | artifacts | memorabilia|relics

Saturday, 1 January 2011

120 days: Blanket # 1: Song Fragment

The lands around my dwelling are
now more beautiful
from the day when
it is given me to see
faces I have never seen before

Translated by W. J. Worster from Knud Rasmussen's Danish
in 'The Intellectual Culture of the Iglulik Eskimos'. 
Report of the Fifth Thule Expedition, 1921-24, Coppenhagen, 1929.

Blanket #1
  • establish a land
  • create a dwelling
  • see the faces
  • the need to welcome | to sing
  • the transformation of the land

It is hoped | that in the next 120 days | 120 blankets will be established | created | imagined | explored | for THE BLANKET PLAY | Saturday 30 April 2011 | See adjacent for details...

my five

National Portrait Gallery | London
11 November 2010 - 20 February 2011

Anna-Catherine Chevalier | Madeleine and Adèle | August 2009

Félix Carpio | Wafa | May 2010

Spencer Murphy | Laurie 2010 | April 2010

Clare Shilland | Merel | April 2009

Amy Helene Johansson | Unsafe Journey | September 2009