In preparation for the largest performance I've ever put together (yet) I got this haircut:
On August 27th and 28th over a period of two 10-hour long sessions 423 individual questions were posed to the 26 experts waiting inside “The Advice Tent." Some questions posed to the experts included serious questions such as, “Am I on the right path?” or “How can we be more merciful to the environment?” to vague: “What’s next?” and the ridiculous: “Should I purchase an inflatable unicorn horn for the cats?” Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to see pictures of the advice given for that last question.
Participants seeking advice had to observe the rules of The Advice Tent:
- Because everything is anonymous to protect your privacy, you will be assigned a number.
- Select one problem and write it in a clear manner on the cover of your issued passport.
- Go around to whomever you want in the tent and show them your written problem, but verbal talking between advisor and seeker is incredibly forbidden.
The Advice Tent offered:
Dictionary Advice by Anja (me)
Metaphorical Advice by Freesia McKee
Yoga Therapy Advice by Heidi Parkes
Fashion/Alien/Voyeuristic Advice by Blasted Ellipses
Slap of Reality Advice by Reality Slapstein
Contradictory Advice by Contra/Diction
Sporty Advice by Jock Strap
Colored Advice by Dasha Kelly, "D'Comma Sense"
Sunny Side Up Healthy Ass Life Advice by Ms. Bloom
Nihilistic Advice by Nadia
Ethical Advice by the Honorable Fuega, Nature Witch:
Culinary Advice by Monique Gastrique
Klutz to Klutz Advice by Marty Cabinet
Subliminal Advice by Notanja
Twice/Thrice Advice by Freesia McKee
Mending Advice by Heidi Parkes
Taoist Advice by ViVi
English Teacher Advice by Red Pen
Hard Boiled Advice by Marty Cabinet
Life: Welcome To Reality Advice by CC
Unrealistic Advice by Madame Peacock
Musical Advice by Indigo Jade Kästel
Fiery Advice by Audrey Thompson-Wallace
Botanical Advice by Root the Plant Whisperer
Here are some answers to "Should I buy an inflatable unicorn horn for the cats?"
An exhibition and live reading talk back of the advice sought and offered at The Advice Tent will be coming soon.
Feel free to email us any pictures of the advice tent you have taken to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our volunteers and donors: Ariana Vaeth, JoAnn Chang, Amber Bush, Sachin Deshpande, Jessica Zalewski, Marika Holbus, Christina Ward, Barbara Aho, Howard Leu, Jeanne DeSimone, Bill Sieger, Adam McKee, WC Tank, Pat Walsh, Dominic Inouye, Freesia McKee, Paragon Printing, Milwaukee Fringe Festival
Last Saturday, undrea becker, a fellow typewriter poet from Decorah, Iowa came into town and we met for the very first time. As part of her visit we set up our typewriters at the Walker's Point Center For the Arts (WPCA) and composed spontaneous essences for anyone who came up to us and held a branch of bittersweet, a plant that undrea brought with her from Iowa. Over a period of 3 hours, 62 people (including a couple who wanted their essence as one person) got their essences read by us. 124 essences were transcribed on March, 12th, 2016! The event included a poetry installation of the essences of inanimate objects in WPCA from the art, to the electrical outlets and vents, bathroom fixtures and hallway. There was a table with cut up words and a spare typewriter so people could compose their own poems. And the thing that really brought everything together was the six piece band of musicians who had never played together, but improvised for the entire duration of the evening. The band, Spectron and the Nebulous Ones consisted of Anton "Spectron" Sieger, Erik Schoster/ He Can Jog, Micheal Bettine of Gongtopia, Jess Lemont of Be A Waterwolf, Jade Kästel and Dennis Tomashek.
Here are some of the essences... The succinct ones are by undrea, the longer ones are mine.
A slideshow of my poster illustrations for the event. I still have posters left so if you want one, email me email@example.com. Thank you to everyone for sharing your essences with us!
Here is some of the sound from the event:
Free public event, one night only!
When: Saturday, March 12th, 6-9pm
Where: Walkers Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee
Stand before a duo of writers and receive two typewritten interpretations of your physical presence as well as a musical one by Spectron and his Nebulous Band: Spectron Sieger on bass, Jess Lemont on drums, Michael Bettine on gongs, He Can Jig on pippi, Jade Kastel on accordion, Dennis on saxophone and Casey on guitar! Walk through a comedic literary installation that spreads out from the windows to the hallway to the bathroom. Create your own poem collages out of a pile of pre-typed words on colorful paper! Check out WPCA's current exhibition In//Out.
Decorah Iowa's undrea becker, founder of Insta-Poems and Milwaukee's own Anja Notanja Sieger & La Prosette both happen to be typewriter poets who compose instant literature for strangers at art fairs and farmer's markets. The two women recently met each other on Twitter and decided they ought to meet in the real and see what happens if they type for people side by side.