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Here’s video of my performance piece that appeared last month as part of the Next Time Festival at Triskelion Arts in Williamsburg.

I portray the host of a low-tech game show set in the near future in which contestants selected from the audience try to answer questions about recent history.  As answers are revealed it becomes apparent that the world has undergone drastic, calamitous changes.  Happiness exists only in memories.

Thanks to Flloyd for editing and his new-wave touches!

Next Time Festival curated by Colin Self.

 

 

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I was determined to kick off 2012 on a creative note, and set the tone for a creative year…  And you know what, so far it seems to be working.

 

 

ABOUT “SEA OF LIGHT”

Drag queen artiste Linda Simpson starts her new year on 1/1/12 in glowing Times Square with “Sea of Light,” a ceremonial, site-specific, multi-media, multi-perspective performance piece in which she publicly proclaims her renewed commitment to creativity and enlightenment.

As the piece begins, an audience has gathered at a high-rise apartment overlooking Times Square.  On the street below, Linda embarks on a block-long walk to Time Square while upholding an “underwater starship” (made for swimming pools) that emits beautiful multi-color patterns.  The audience watches her procession from the apartment’s windows as well as on a monitor via a live video broadcast transmitted by a cameraman accompanying Linda.

Once Linda reaches Times Square, she makes four separate proclamations at different locations.  The finale is scheduled for the top of the glass staircase above the TKTS booth, which turns out to be closed to the public.  Undeterred, Linda ascends the stairs and gives her final proclamation surrounded by a luminous cityscape.  She then descends the stairs in triumph and retraces her journey back to the apartment for a celebratory reception.

 

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Soundtrack: Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Sea of Light” (the inspiration for the title of the performance piece), Anne Clark’s “Swimming” and Frankie Knuckles’ “The Whistle Song.”

Primary camerawork: James Daher and Tim McNerney
Additional camerawork: Derek Fearon
Video editing: James Daher
Still photography: Andrew Ayres

 

 

 

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Inflammatory rhetoric that tears at the fabric of our great nation has infested our news, Congress and even the streets of New York!  What’s a gal to do?

Lady Bunny steals the show in this 2004 video (by Bernhard Blythe) of her, me and Miss Understood ridiculously disrupting a group of Black Israelites preaching in Times Square against “devil gays.”  (We were coming from a protest against the Republican Convention, thus our signs.)

I was laughing so hard at Bunny’s hilarity that all I could do was bounce around like a fool!

 

The gathered crowd cheered us on as we vanquished our venomous foes!

Damn, that felt good!