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Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2016’

  • TONGLEN by JOAN HALIFAX…….

    Meditation: Tonglen or Giving and Receiving: A Practice of Great Mercy
    1. Cultivating Mercy
    The practice of Tonglen or Giving and Receiving is done to develop our compassion and our ability to be present for our own suffering and the suffering of others. It is also a practice of great kindness that opens up our whole being to the overwhelming presence of suffering and our strength and willingness to transform alienation into compassion through the energy of mercy and the cultivation of openness. Tonglen is one of the richest and bravest practices that we can do. In teaching this practice for more than twenty-five years, I have been told again and again that this one practice has helped many people immeasurably in attending to their own fears around pain, suffering, dying, and loss and has given them a real basis for the joining of compassion and equanimity.

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  • THE OPENING OF SISTER MARY JANE ROBERTSHAW’S SHOW AT CNR: 2016

    THE OPENING OF SISTER MARY JANE ROBERTSHAW’S  ART SHOW AT THE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE  2016For the 65th anniversary of Sister Mary Jane Robertshaw’s  graduation from CNR, a retrospective of her art was enthusiastically and lovingly …

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  • LINDA MARY MONTANO TALKS ABOUT MARILYN ARSEM

    LINDA MARY MONTANO:  TALKS ABOUT MARILYN ARSEM I just recently, 2016, had the opportunity to be with Marilyn Arsem for a few days at Jill McDermid and Hoke’s Rosekill Farm, performance site in Rosendale NY. It was a reunion of the  Crone…

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  • CHICEN WOMAN and WARREN MONTANO: Photo by Anica Montano

    LINDA MARY MONTANO  as  CHICKEN WOMAN: CHICKENARAMA: Re Seed Saugerties: Curated by Jennifer Zackin  ;Photo Anica Montano

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  • LINDA MARY MONTANO: RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL 2016: Blog: Jennie Klein

    Linda Mary Montano: Glands and SleepRapid Pulse 2016 concluded with a performance by Linda Mary Montano’s Interactionarama: Cry/Laugharama : An Interactive Lecture Honoring the 7 Glands of the Body. Montano was aided by three volunteers, who help…

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  • ART/LIFE COUNSELING 4 HOURS by LINDA MARY MONTANO: RAPID PULSE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL: JENNIE KLEIN BLOG for RAPID PULSE

    The following morning the festival opened on a more serious note, with Mother Superior Linda Mary Montano conducting Art/Life Counseling (your choice). Garbed entirely in orange clothing, Montano counseled festival goers for approximately eight hours …

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  • VIDEO LIST RAPID PULSE

    VIDEO  LIST(TENTATIVE)   RAPID PULSEVIDEO LIST: RAPID PULSE1. AS PEOPLE ENTER:   ONE LOVE2. INTRO AND DANCE:  CHICKENARAMA3. GLAND 1:  INTIMACY…PRIMAL SCENES4. GLAND 2: SECUIRTY…. BOB DYLAN5. GLAND 3: COURAGE…

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  • MEDITATION, IMPROV, FORCED CHUCKLING AND MORE AT GALLERY SLEEPOVER: KATE SIERZPITOWSKI

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    Meditation, Improv, Forced Chuckling, and More at a Gallery Sleepover

    by Kate Sierzputowski on June 10, 2016
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    Participants choose cots before Linda Mary Montano leads the group in a series of laughter and crying exercises for ‘Sleepathon’ at Defibrillator Gallery (all images by the author for Hyperallergic)

    CHICAGO — I bend my head down, eyes shut tight, and reach my hands up over my head towards the center of the circle. While flinging my arms upward I make a whooshing sound, starting low and gaining volume the further my fingertips stretch away from my core. Fifteen surrounding bodies immediately repeat my actions, myself standing still as I watch them recreate my improvised movements. Directly across from me is the artist Linda Mary Montano, her gray curls bouncing up over the blue temporary tattoo of a diamond at the center of her forehead. Gracefully she throws her arms up over her head, my whoosh now projected out of her mouth. She and the strangers around me present their own personalized movements, each of us reproducing what the other performed. These “self-portraits” are one of many group exercises that served as a precursor to Montano’s “Sleepathon” last Sunday, the culminating all-night performance/ceremony/art piece of the Rapid Pulse performance art festival at Defibrillator Gallery
    Asked by Montano to bring a pillow, pen, piece of paper, and sleeping garments, all 15 participants came prepared to spend the night with the artist on cots that were temporarily set up in two neat rows against the gallery’s walls. The arrangement, which mimicked army barracks, orphanage chambers, or camp cabins, was a collaboration between Rapid Pulse Director Joseph Ravens and Montano. To Ravens, the set-up was a metaphor for finding family through community rather than blood, individuals joined together by their art rather than a given past. “Artists are often in this situation, especially queer or ‘othered’ individuals, who family has cast aside,” said Ravens. “Knowing someone ‘has your back’ is a very important thing, and without it we feel untethered. Finding a new family when one isn’t readily available is a testament to the human spirit and a product of our need to feel connection and communion with others.”

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    Linda Mary Montano post-“Sleepathon”

    Montano led a series of exaggerated and guttural laughing and crying exercises to bond the group of mostly strangers. We were first instructed to walk intentionally through the space yet not create a conscious pattern, just glide through the room while passing and acknowledging each other’s energies. We were then asked to greet one another with high-pitched laughter and clasped hands, making sure to lock eyes before wandering to the next interaction. Forced chuckling from the group soon melted into genuine amusement, an act that seemed to me both contrived and profound as my abs became sore and the corners of my mouth began to sting.
    After several iterations of these interactions, Montano had us lie down on our chosen cots, outlining a guided meditation of the seven chakras, a structure she incorporates into many of her performances, including one titled “An Interactive Lecture Honoring the 7 Glands of the Body” that was performed at Defibrillator for the public just prior to the “Sleepathon.” During the meditation I felt my root chakra, I felt my sacral chakra, I felt my solar plexus, I felt my body slip into sleep. Coming to just after the conclusion of the meditation, I slowly regained awareness as Montano instructed us to write a love letter to one of our chakras that needed healing or attention, and to read it out loud if we felt so inclined. I wrote mine to my sacral, while others wrote and read messages of love to their hearts, throats, and dicks. After listening to each other we drifted to sleep, our letters tucked safely under our pillows, attempting to pierce our dreams.

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  • Holly Oakley Chicken Woman at performance GLANDATHON: RAPID PULSE FESTIVAL 2016:

     

    Addicted to Linda montano @josephravens #rapidpulse — with Ashley Hollingshead, CV Peterson and Linda Mary Montano.

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  • ELI GOLD INTERNVIEWS MONTANO: MARTYRDOM

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/1jiyeige6ulciiy/MZ000024.mp3?dl=0   ELI GOLD INTERVIEWS LINDA MARY MONTANO AT  RAPID PULSE 2016 INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL

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