And another one I watched recently about the breakdance movement in LA in the 80s featuring Ice-T, Egyptian Lover and a very good soundtrack. In particulat the 3 really good songs by the mysterious Dupont, who is very hard to find out about.
Exploring documentary films about music and dance. A friend of mine suggested a great series shot by Peter Greenaway on 4 contemporary american composers: John Cage, Philip Glass, Robert Ashley and Meredith Monk.
Presaging her timeless wisdom on home and belonging penned 35 years later, Angelou once again returns to the subject of freedom:
You only are free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.
When Moyers asks Angelou what wisdom she’d share with a hypothetical young daughter — a question that would sprout the wonderful Letter to My Daughtermore than three decades later — she offers:
I would say you might encounter many defeats but you must never be defeated, ever. In fact, it might even be necessary to confront defeat. It might be necessary, to get over it, all the way through it, and go on. I would teach her to laugh a lot. Laugh a lot at the — and the silliest things and be very, very serious. I’d teach her to love life, I can bet you that.
Some time ago I began to get very interested in the new technologies that started to be used for new media art. It is very bold and breathtaking most of the time, especially when it comes to video-mapping, or vjing or using kinect to control things by waving your arm, as if by magic. And of course it didn’t take long before this all went in use for music performances. It truly is spectacular. But one thing that bothered me was that I felt a slight disconnection between the actual performer (musician) and the visual designer or artist that was doing his bit. For me, sometimes the big art took away the attention from music and the person behind the music almost vanished. Not everywhere. But I started to think how to bring this new visual art and the actual performer or performers into one holistic living form. And also make it simple to use and be mobile for smaller artists and smaller clubs, as most of the grand visual background is beyond any budget an emerging artist can have and as you tour, you play in very different spaces. So this is a first step in exploring the theme of the performer-visual art relationship and finding how to make it whole, simple to use and mobile for artists.