Chromatic Typewriter Prints
Tyree Callahan has recycled (or upcycled, perhaps) a classic 1937 Underwood typewriter by replacing letters with sponges soaked across the spectrum with bright yellows, reds, blues and combinations thereof.
MY MIND IS FUCKING BLOWN
this is a follower appreciation post because if you think about it when 1 person follows you it’s not just a number it’s like a whole real person who breathes and eats and hits its pinky toe into furniture i mean it has legs and everything DO YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH OF A BIG DEAL IT IS
There’s a police phonebox near my house that some lovely peeps decorated for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Adorable right?
what if you were in bed tonight and you were really lonely and sad and you were lying with your arm hanging out over the edge of the bed into the darkness and just as you were going to sleep, the darkness reached out and held your hand
i made a thing
This is beautiful.
I love this. The darkness is usually portrayed as something sinister but I think it’s beautiful.
aww the vashta nerada being friendly
Anonymous asked: Aren't you concerned that this concept album is offensive to disabled people and abuse survivors? Personally, I'm sickened by the thought that this is going on.
This is a touchy subject, and not an easy answer. It took a while for me to respond to this, and I spent a few days mulling this over.
A lot of Amanda Palmer’s work is about context and knowing her purpose, which is especially important for Evelyn Evelyn. This album and this show were never meant to offend in its portrayals of abuse and disabilities.
A lot of people were upset by Amanda and Jason’s backstory when the album came out (and the articles debating it still exist if you google them), mostly saying how the story that Amanda and Jason found and are helping the sisters perpetuates the stereotype that disabled people need help from able-bodied people. While this may be apparent if you dig deep enough into metaphor, it is not done with that purpose.
If you’re going to dig into metaphor, try this: the sisters aren’t conjoined just to be disabled, but their condition is used thematically to push their objectification as women, children, and celebrities. It should be noted that their story involves a search for a personal identity, something we touch on in the show in relation to the song “Evelyn Evelyn”. Separated identical twins often struggle with identity in real life, so their conjoined nature exaggerates this facet of twin life to an ironic extent.
This show, and AFP and Jason’s backstory (if seen offensively), does not have a real happy ending…because adolescents’ search for an identity doesn’t work like that. The girls are put through abuse and controlled by crazy adults consistently, and in the duo’s conceit perhaps that doesn’t end. Trauma takes much longer to recover from; you can’t just upload music you made secretly and get famous from it and be happy forever.
As for the hinting at child porn and physical, mental, and sexual abuse…I’d have to quote Amanda and say that “art making people uncomfortable isn’t’t a good thing, or a bad thing. it just is.” In our retelling of the tale, we will not censor the story. There is a lot of implied abuse; from being raised in a cage, to porn/sex slavery, to objectification as a sideshow, to working in a motel boiler room in exchange for shelter…these girls go through a lot. But every time they are faced with an awful situation, they become strong enough to overcome it, and that’s what’s important. That’s what an audience should take away.
Strength comes from overcoming difficult circumstances
Adults don’t always know what’s best for their child, and often forget that their child is more important than their needs
Love is not always innate, we often find our own families
This story at its core is also…..not real.
It exhibits a lot of elements of Absurdism (like A Series of Unfortunate Events or Kafka’s Metamorphosis), where things don’t always happen for a reason, but the characters have to deal with the situation. My point - sometimes there is none.
I’m not glad that art can offend like this, but I am glad when it creates discussion
I’m sure you remain steadfast in your opinions, but I hope I quelled something and we can continue with a clear conscience
Peace, love, and theatre,
Henry Willis Ballard
(blog moderator, writer, producer, and asst. director)