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Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Since 1975,I have been appearing astrally/invisibly as art so that when Linda Weintraub invited me to meet her Oberlin students and I couldn't, I proposed that I meet with them via video, trusting that my technological presence could teach as well or better than my being there physically.
The students made a video, asking me questions/performing, sent this video to me, I watched it and answered/performed on another video, sent it to them and on and on, one more time.It could have lasted forever as a circle of creativity.
Distance teaching performance is one of the future strategies of academia. Here are some reasons why invisible learing is so hot:
1.Video is familiar and easy for today's students because it mimics TV, their techno friend and baby sitter.
2.Video elicits a performative response from the user and satifies the universal need for visibility and stardom, a need this generation is born with and so they get their more than 15 minutes of fame but at an early age.
3.Video temporarily eliminates authorities/judges/censors/audience and since the camera morphs into a robotic other "self", viewing and seeing the live"self", anonynimity is assured.
4.Video is cold and allows the performer to be hot/cold/intense/intimate or distant.
5.Video is a meditative facilitator, allowing the user to technologically journey/journal themselves autobiographically until their history is repeated long enough to be silenced into acceptance.
Performance art is popular, taught everywhere,commodified by the media and in need of explanation, clarification, context and historical interpretation. While the originators of the contemporary version of the genre(1960-1980) are still alive(since Sept 11,2001,this is even more applicable since travel is no longer a reliable option)and available, it would be wise to use US WELL either in person,or better yet,let us STAY HOME and we'll teach by video or phone while we wait for the 4837487 other technological versions of distance learning to appear.
SISTER ROSITA'S SUMMER SAINT CAMP, 1987 Come to SISTER ROSITA'S SUMMER SAINT CAMP and learn disciplines, how to look for miracles, talk in accents, wear a habiT(all yellow clothes),how to get up early, exercise into oneness, take pilgrimages to sacred places, take cold showers to prepare for next winter, eat sparingly(rice and beans every day )fast one day a week, research stories about saints and also performance artists. Some discipline you will learn are thrift, how to walk and smile simply, how to live without hot water, how to live without art, how to live without sex, how to remember to turn lights off when leaving a room, how to make a hair shirt and other penitential objects and enjoy using them to inflict penances on the self, how to live on air when hungry, how to live without the use of your refrigerator over the Christmas holidays, how to spot a martyr, and many other usefull skills.
At the successfull completion of these hardships you will receive a PERFORMANCE ART SAINT CERTIFICATE from THE ART/LIFE INSTITUTE.
TO APPLY:Send a two page bio and answer these questions:
BRING:walking shoes, sleeping bag,swimming suit,your habit(all one color clothes including everything), tape recorder and tapes.
WHERE:Exit 19 on Thruway.Broadway to Abeel.185 Abeel.
DONATION: to be arranged
SEND:A self-stamped envelope with bio,photo and /or self portrait to LINDA MARY MONTANO 9 JOHN ST SAUGERTIES NY 12477: LINDAMONTANO@HOTMAIL.COM

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