Wittgenstein once wrote – I’m fucking kidding. Like you’re walking through the frozen foods section of Costco and all the cows and pigs and horses are going to come to life and kill you and feed on you right there on the cold concrete floor. For me, in a way of course, it’s kind of exciting IT’S ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AT THE ROSS PARK MALL YESTERDAY AT 3:00 PM. … I’m gonna find a way to be myself. I’m an artist, man. I don’t need a sneaker deal. I mean, I would like one, but … La Monte Young began work on his magnum opus, The Well-Tuned Piano, in 1964. For 27 years he kept the tuning a secret – only a few close friends knew it. In 1991, with the use of a calculator, a tunable Yamaha DX7, and a CD player with an A-to-B button, I tuned my synthesizer to the Gramavision recording of the work and figured out ten pitches of the tuning. Why not all 12? Because one pitch, G#, never appears on that recording of the work, and another, C#, only appears in one five-minute passage on the fifth CD. I told La Monte that I had figured out the tuning and wanted to publish an analysis of the work. He thought it over and agreed that it was time to release the tuning into public discourse. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, this extraordinary set of earth carvings includes giant line drawings of geometric forms and a spider, hummingbird, monkey, and pelican. No haggling here, you just take what nobody wants. Many of the leftover potatoes are heart-shaped. Oysters, apples, and figs are gleaned. As we all know now, you can live out of dumpsters. This indoor bridge connects the second floor of Sol LeWitt’s retrospective at MASS MoCA (on view through 2033) to the museum’s performing arts building. On a recent visit, the pathway featured an audio installation by Glenn Kotche. The destination is the walk; you may even fall for the metaphor. Now I am Joyelle speaking: I’ve described my play’s relationship to Leslie Scalapino’s body of work, here, but I thought I would include an excerpt from the play to give you some flavor of what’s in store on Monday. This is a little aria delivered by Julian Assange in the second act of the play; it raises the farcical energy to such a level that it becomes an almost tensile material by which Abdi Wali Abdulqadir Muse (the teenage Somalian ‘pirate’) can board the stolen container ship on which the play is set and set the main plot in motion. (The plot involves helping Muse avoid incarceration in Terre Haute, IN. Well, that’s one plot.)
came up to me
everything is one half
and one half
my nape slit
and out came two trans-
now the man
takes out his eerie tool
to measure the scope of a wing:
it’s three circles old
we are warming a blue-green egg.
Now I endeavor to be a golden like my mother
to radiate hot pixels of information
to cell-divide forever
to stage a pussy riot, to offer teens of all nations
hot gobblets of information
pus-gold and liberating, the rays of my inflammation.
These pets you see gathered around me are little runts
I’ve collected from the NICU in Memorial Hospital in South Bend
Indiana. Poor things were born
addicted to oxycodone, oxycontin, valium and other narcotics.
Born like princesses with lotus feet. Only things fit them
are Nikes and IV’s. Poor things are asleep.
I had to save them from the cuddler army of 54 retiree
church organists, an invasive species.
I carry in this box a little code to feed them on.
sorry a little comb, they’re bees.
[Note: Sources: John Ebersole, and Ruaun Klassnik, quoted in Klassnik’s “Writing That Makes You Feel Like You’re Being Groomed”, at HTMLGIANT, 12 Oct 013; “1/14”, in Laura A. Warman, HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?, at Cars Are Real; Dave Chappelle, quoted in “… I’m gonna find a way to be myself. …”, at Afrosonics, 8 Oct 013; Kyle Gann, “La Monte Young’s The Well-Tuned Piano”, at Kyle Gann; Bernadette Mayer, “TOP TEN: Bernadette Mayer”, at Artforum, Oct 013; JBR, but see next; Joyelle McSweeney, “‘Dead Youth, or, The Leaks’. COMING TO YOU LIVE MONDAY, OCT 14!”, at Montevidayo, 11 Oct 013; George Quasha, in collaboration with Chie (buun) Hasegawa, “Portrait With Red Bird”, “The Fool”, “Age of Wings”, “Nest Living”, in Ainu Dreams]