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Marie-Michele Jasmin-Belisle

born in: Montreal
lives in: Montreal/Corrales/Santa Monica
I live & work between New Mexico and California, aim to bring beauty and light through the moving image in lounge settings & spirit-warrior documentaries, indigenous issues as well as art videos for the amazing bands (esp. hiphop), visual artists and... [more]

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“ Hi Marie-Michele - I'm an A+C member living in Montreal, and I thought it may be fun to get in touch with other A+C Montrealers and organize a get-together. Would you be free next week Thursday, August 13, 7pm-ish to meet up at the Ste-Elisabeth Pub (1412 Ste-Elisabeth, 2 streets west of St-Denis, a few steps north of Ste-Catherine)? Have a nice day, Bettina ”
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“Curious, where was your avatar photo taken? Recalls to mind Black Rock City.”
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“white sands desert, in southern new mexico :) i have to check out black rock city then, excellent !”
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“I've always wanted to visit White Sands. Funny too, the photo you favorited of mine 'come on' was taken at Black Rock City (Burning Man). You really should try and go some year. This year's theme is 'Evolution' I have some more photographs from that series here if your interested - http://www.michaelchichi.com/photography/index.html#id=album-40”
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“awesome (by the way i am not sure if i am replying at the right place ?). i am actually thinking of going this year - i was battling between Sonar in Barcelona and Burning Man. New Mexico has similar rituals - burning our sorrows away - in both Santa Fe (Zozobra) and in the South Valley of Albuquerque. The one in Abq is still a small scale event for the locals and has been around for a long long time. White Sands is probably on my top 3 of the most magical places on earth. You have to go no matter what. It's like the ocean just left the sand behind and it remained pure and untouched for milleniums. I'll go check your photos, thank you ! I didn't know that's where B.M. was happening. Brilliant !”
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My favorite photo of the moment, taken by the superb New Mexican photographer Wes Naman, of the equally superb national slam poetry champion, political activist and dear friend - Hakim Bellamy.


Simple, beautiful, to the point : The motions of slam, deconstructed. 


www.namanphotography.com


 


 

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Piggy-backing on the my latest blog entry, I wanted to write a quick piece on artist extraordinaire Frédéric Back, environmental activist and animation royalty.


M. Back's story is made of many touching and extraordinary moments, from his love letters being sent back and forth during the war, to a woman who would become his wife, to his vigorous and ongoing struggle for re-forestation.


I had the honor of meeting him today, which prompted this article. He shared with us his pain when, flying over the Vancouver Islands on the way back from Japan, a few years ago, he discovered miles and miles of trees cut in an unethical manner, clearcutting, cleverly hidden from the general public. In those remote areas of our country, on the ocean side rather than facing the mainland, forests are being savagely destroyed for timber, and left with a very effective facade ; a ribbon of trees bordering highways and lakes, giving the impression that  a whole forest stands behind.


Sadly it is nothing but a tridimensional work of trompe-l'oeil, and that is the theme of Frédéric Back's newest piece, L'Horreur Boréale, a 8'x4' mural which will go on display this coming Thursday June 18  at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.


As reported by the Canadian Press, M. Back admits to not being very optimistic, seeing the current state of our blue planet; he readily describes himself as a 'pessimist that takes action' in this life-long fight he has led for over 60 years for environmental awareness ... in the hopes that one day, humaity will act more sensitively. 


I encourage you all to go see the exhibit, which will be on display all summer in Montreal at the Museum of Fine Arts, located at 1380 Sherbrooke West, Montréal (Québec). 


 


Nota Bene : his website, newly finished :http://www.fredericback.com


 


 


 

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In the pure essence of late night delirium, here is a list of personal favorites, all mediums mixed, of poetic spaces and places ; 


 


(no. 1)  Eiko & Koma ; choreographers/dancers. 


 


I saw them once in New Mexico; they did the most amazing ode to humanity I have ever seen in dance form. Springs and winters went by us as we stood in absolute silence ; the piece was long, and slow beyond anything comprehensible. They made that slowness their mantra, deconstructing each movement until it was nothing but a breath; it could easily take them a minute to balance their arm from left to right. In all this, I saw more than I ever had before, on love and silence, on hope and pain. Truly brilliant. http://www.eikoandkoma.org/ (Photo by Cameron Wittig for Walker Art Center).


 


(no. 2)  Touch The Sound ; a film by Thomas Riedelsheimer.




'Touch the Sound' was directed by the same filmmaker who did Rivers & Tides, on land artist Andy Goldsworthy. This piece is about British drummer Evelyn Glennie, who brings us into a journey of sound where resonance matters more than actually noise. As Glennie cannot hear, her music comes to her from feeling it, in the truest sense of the verb. Shot with incredible stillness and emotion, there are many beautiful scenes where light, smoke and simple beats fill the screen and our spirit in a dimension that goes beyond anything sonic.


 


(no. 3)  Foolish Love ; a song by Rufus Wainwright


 


Simply beautiful. Rufus, who has gone on doing operas, writing music for film and hanging out with Yoko Ono (and doing millions of other wildly exciting projects I am sure), wrote this just about the time he got famous, at least here in his hometown of Montreal. It remains to me the most beautiful cinematic cherry blossom-y piece of music. It stars as Track 1 on his debut, self-titled album of 1998. I am attaching it to this post. Enjoy :)


 


(no 4.)   Rimbaud, bien sûr


 


My childhood hero, king of the surreal verse and emperor of the epic lifestyle he led amongst the pristine poets of France, mid 1800s. I have never read his work in English - I sure hope it was well translated - but in the meantime, there is one film that was done about him, and that I would recommand seeing. It may come as a surprise, but it stars Leonardo Di Caprio as Rimbaud (and being French, I'd tell you if it was shocking, but it's actually not), and the wonderful David Thewlis as Verlaine. (As a side note, Thewlis was recently seen in Harry Potter as the werewolf professor Remus Lupin.) The film was done in 1995 by Agnieszka Holland, and is called 'Total Eclipse'. It can be found at most semi-alternative video rental stores, or on the ever popular Netflix. That being said, it is a beautiful, sad, funny, shocking and truly inspiring piece of cinematic art.


 


(no.5)  Last but not least : L'Homme qui Plantait des Arbres


 


Animation film who won the Oscar for best Animated Short in 1987, L'Homme qui Plantait des Arbres is based on a very short story written in the 1950s by French author Jean Giono, on a fictional character of 'the man who planted trees'. The film had a huge following on a world scale, and many societies and organizations for tree planting were creating after it was released. I had the honor and privilege to meet M. Frederic Back, the director and artist behind every image of the film, today 85 years old, but still very much alive with the same passion for saving our delicate ecology. I am attaching to this blog an excerpt of the piece, in Portuguese ! I could not find any YouTube video in French ... obviously, the images matter most. Potentially the most influential film in environmental history. 

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I could repost the whole Wikipedia report on Recife, but here are my thoughts, perhaps cruder, certainly most sincere, on the artist : franchement brilliant.


Born in Brazil somewhere in the early 80s, as in 1980s, Eduardo Recife has been designing typefaces like a sculptor crafts the wood; with delicacy, breathing space, playing with altitudes, irregularities and errors. His series of typefaces can be downloaded for free on his website, and bear the most whimsical names, from 'Horse Puke' to 'Selfish' to 'Porcelain' and 'Diesel' (a personal favorite). 


Found at http://www.misprintedtype.com/v4/, Recife's site also displays some gorgeous illustrations, some of which can be seen below. His style reminds me of the hand colored postcards in my grandmother's drawers and vintage Vogue magazines ; the collage-d fragments seem to have been taken from sources such as 50s how-to guides and old school woodcuts. Without a doubt, some of the most beautiful collage work around. Make sure to check out his circus fonts ...


Recife's world is a must see; please take a second and pay hommage to his talent by visiting his site - and do indulge in the downloadable fonts. Cupcakes in HTML form, if you ask me ... 


 


 

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Rulan Tangen & the Dancing Earth collective


 


From their site :  "Dancing Earth is an inspirational array of Indigenous contemporary dance artists who work as a collaborative ensemble under the leadership of Rulan Tangen. Dancing Earth strives to embody the unique essence of Indigenous identity and perspective by creation and renewal of artistic and cultural movement rituals".


 


Their website : http://dancingearth.org


 


Vision, from their site :


Ancient and futuristic, our dances are an elemental language of bone and blood memory in motion. Springing from the heart and spirit of originator Rulan Tangen, we create bridges for art and humanity, tradition and experimentation. Unified by vision, we cultivate the artistry of each individual on behalf of empowerment of all Indigenous peoples. Through arts, we promote awareness and communication as cultural exchange with both Indigenous communities and global audiences. With passionate and committed artistic exploration, we revitalize issues of environmental, social, cultural, spiritual, historical, educational, and philosophical relevance. We gather and create with respect, inspiration, and innovation.


 


About Rulan, from her site :


Rulan Tangen has 20 years of experience as a dedicated dance artist, performing professionally with ballet, modem and powwow dance companies in New York, Canada, California and Europe. She began serious ballet training in Russian style technique with Mme Elena Piernik in San Francisco, which led to a scholarship at the prestigious Marin Ballet School. With its associated company, she began performing the classical repertory as well as new roles with choreographers including Norbert Vesak and Val Caniparoli. After graduating early from high school at age 14, she chose to move to New York City where she studied on scholarship with David Howard and performed with several ballet companies in the Northeast. After touring Europe and becoming exposed to Tanztheater aesthetics, she focused on working with emerging choreographers to develop new work. By adding graham and other modem dance movement forms to her vocabulary, she became a contemporary dancer, performing with several opera companies, Peridance Ensemble and Michael Mao Dance in New York and European tours, as well as being honored as a finalist in the Hennessy Cognac Performing Arts Awards in 1989. As a principal dancer and rehearsal director for Michael Mao dance she was involved in projects including developing movement for non-sighted adults, and for inner city high school students who spoke English as a second language.

“I have yet to see Dancing earth perform as a group, but I had the chance to see Rulan perform in impromptu spaces a few times, the first being at the Gary Farmer Gallery of Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, the second on a street performance during Indian Market ... I love everything about them, and I feel words can't do much justice to their work, so I'd encourage you to go check out their picture galleries, and perhaps seek them out in you're traveling in the great american Southwest ... ”
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