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Review Mussmann’s Installation Dick Cheney’s Heart.

March 23rd, 2014

Dick Cheney’s Heart appears at TSL
Story by Adam Clayton from the Register Star March 23, 2014

Linda Mussman holds up a sketch of waterboarding before starting the inaugural showing of Time and Space Limited Gallery’s Dick Cheney’s Heart installation piece.
Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2014 12:30 am | Updated: 2:09 am, Sun Mar 23, 2014.
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Posted on Mar 23, 2014by Adam Clayton
HUDSON — Linda Mussmann, Claudia Bruce and Bryce Courbois debuted a performance art installation at Time and Space Limited (TSL) gallery Friday entitled UNTITLED #21: The Heart of D Cheney & Other Concerns, which featured music, song and spoken word.
Though the Young Republicans Awards Dinner was held the same night in Ghent, the juxtaposition of the two events was a coincidence, according to Mussmann.
The concept of the performance piece was how one man can influence the concept of power and the world. Cheney’s heart was used as a backdrop for the performance — a giant painted heart where veins branched off into middle eastern countries.
Mussmann’s written performance draws heavily on the idea that Cheney was a “shadow president” and controlled much of former president George W. Bush’s policies in the Middle East.
“So much of the Middle East and the world is connected to that man, as his heart connects him to life,” Mussmann said.
The fact that a 71-year-old man only had to wait 20 months to receive a heart in 2012 helped spawn the idea for the performance. Once Mussmann began seeing Cheney on news outlets promoting his book, she knew she wanted to eventually do a piece about him.
She brought her writings and ideas to Courbois and Bruce who helped write the performance.
During the installation, Bruce and Courbois would sing and speak actual quotes from the former vice president over musical arrangements that one would not expect to be paired. For example, Bruce sang quotes from a Cheney interview in which he was defending waterboarding and enhanced interrogation techniques to a backdrop of music that was reminiscent of Jimmy Buffet.
Bruce played the ukulele and Courbois the guitar while Mussmann read pieces about power and torture practices.
Courbois donned a lab coat to portray a fictional cardiologist justifying Cheney’s heart transplant.
He and Bruce also loudly sang “Cheney’s gonna teach you how to waterboard,” to a backdrop of a tambourine slammed against Bruce’s leg.
Both during and after the installation, Mussmann asked audience members for tips and pointers, engaged them in laughter and broke the serious tone to work out “kinks” in the performance.
Mussmann called the piece “ever-evolving and changing” and said it would go through many iterations as it was performed in the future.
“I got thinking about the heart, the dichotomy between blue and red — like our political system,” Mussmann said. “I’m partly obsessed with the heart, and I knew I wanted to incorporate it in my next piece. Cheney having a heart transplant and the concept that his heart was tied to so many countries lent itself to writing, and then I brought my writing to Bryce and Claudia, and we ran with it.”
Since Mar. 19 was the 11-year anniversary of the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq, the timing seemed perfect to debut the new installation, she said.
“UNTITLED #21: The Heart of D Cheney & Other Concerns” will be performed again at TSL gallery, but as of now no upcoming show dates have been posted. Mussmann plans to revamp the installation before new dates are added, but said to check TSL’s website for future performances.

Untitled #21 the heart of d.cheney and other concerns by Linda Mussmann

March 11th, 2014

I am working on a new project. It is an installation and a
performance piece. ON March 21 at 7pm at TSL –We will perform it in the
gallery at TSL. It is called UNTITLED #21: the heart of d. cheney and other
concerns. I have constructed some objects in the space and Claudia Bruce
and Bryce Courbois will be helping me with the performance. I invite you to
the event. It is a contribution of $10 or more . This is a project that will re-occur as I continue to work on it.
The project can happen in other spaces as it develops. If you are interested in having a live performance in your house let me know we travel. We have a suitcase version of this piece being developed.

TSL INTERNSHIPS

February 18th, 2014

TSL internships open for spring session at TSL. Several projects are in the works. Internships needed must have skills with I-movie and editing sound. And we will be building benches in our workshop. Contact. Linda fyi@timeandspace.org

Slowing down or Speeding up

February 15th, 2014

Time and space are something we think we know. Yet it is illusive. No matter how we measure the idea of time and space it is in a constant state of shift. As time passes and there is less of it or more depending on which place one stands it is an immeasurable notion. No matter how many clocks are applied to the idea of time it escapes the accuracy of “now”. The moment is the moment and the experience of the moment is key to the notion of time. Yet to recapture that moment or the moments one needs to reflect. Like Proust reflection can become a life’s work. Recapturing time was for Marcel the way to the present…once achieved he dies. The dipping of the cookie opened the door to another time as Marcel sat with his teacup doing a most mundane thing—-there time from another came full blown before his present state of being—-the past recaptured was his obsession. Faulkner says: that “the past is never dead it is not even past”. And so it is or was and yet it is still. I have watched a movie called AFTERMATH, invited the speaker of NEIGHBORS (Jan T. Gross) to TSL and recently watched THE FLAT and screened the HANNAH ARNDT movie here at TSL many many times and am always struck that the more we know the less we know. (to be continued).

Generation War Opens at TSL Feb. 16, 20014 Sunday 1pm

February 11th, 2014

Generation War a two part series based on 5 friends who face the realities of World War II starts screening on Sunday Feb. 16 at 1pm . This is a special event. We have chili and cornbread available for the break and encourage people to spend the afternoon with us. This epic movie is fresh from German TV. It is a new look at a subject that re-visits the war and some of the aspects that face these 5 friends—paths are taken, love lost, and more. I think it is an opportunity to see how the new generation of post war Germans look at the War in the 21st century. See you soon.

ROOM/RAUM by Linda Mussmann in TSL Gallery & on WGXC.org Radio

January 30th, 2014

I wrote Room/Raum in 1978 it was the first time I had my own voice for the theater with my writing and thinking. Based on ideas of Gertrude Stein and Ludwig Wittgenstein I wrote a non-narrative performance work. Now you can hear some snips from past work and some talk about the work from Linda and Claudia. Gerald von Stoddard does the editing and re-mixing of the program and thanks WGXC for hosting the work on their archive. http://data.free103point9.org/r/qr/e2/1p/ROOM%20RAUM%20TSL%20RADIO%20THEATER%20%28RADIO%20EDIT%29.mp3

AS I LAY DYING thoughts

January 22nd, 2014

Recently I watched this movie AS I LAY DYING. I can recommend it for a lot of reasons. The Southern writer Faulkner is represented on screen in a way that represents the novel in patterns of thinking. It is a movie that travels in the narrative yet the language sometimes one cannot understand so it becomes a kind of stream of consciousness. The split screen and the river of text underneath it becomes another jarring discord. And the female character is an awe inspiring idea of mother wife lover and so on….so why check this? I for one don’t know Faulkner so it has moved me to read the book–not easy— it is kind of like the Brothers Karamazov problem…language complicated list of characters with unusual names….and it is a kind of Greek Tragedy southern style. James Franco is in it and directed it.
“The path runs straight as a plumb-line, worn smooth by feet and baked brick-hard by July, between the green rows of laidby cotton, to the cottonhouse in the center of the field, where it turns and circles the cottonhouse at four soft right angles and goes on across the field again, worn so by feet in fading precision.” Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying (Chapter 1)

TSL Membership Brunch Jan. 19, Sunday 11am to 1pm

January 16th, 2014

TSL invites you to attend the membership brunch. Claudia Bruce, Ryder Cooley, & Gerald von Stoddard will be singing some songs for the event.  The Brunch features an assemblage of great food all contributed by friends of TSL. It is a chance to gather together under the big roof at TSL in Hudson, NY for a celebration of the arts and culture that lives in this space.

In addition…TSL has a big week-end a special movie event featuring the work of Bill Morrison (a mini-retrospect will be on for three days here at TSL) featuring 3 of Morrison’s movies. The Great Flood (just opened )

NY Times Review http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/08/movies/the-great-flood-explores-tragedy-on-the-mississippi-in-27.html?_r=0

Decasia and Miners’ Hynms. The images and the sound tracks are haunting.

We look forward to hearing Bill speak Saturday Night following the screenings of all three movies—our Time & Space Limited movie goers will have a chance to join us at a reception and a question and answer portion of the event. check the website www.timeandspace.org

Amiri Baraka / LeRoy Jones

January 10th, 2014

I met this author in the theater. It was here that I read his play the Dutchman. The Dutchman was later made into a movie. The theater was a place to meet many who thought about the landscape of America and how it could be different. The writers, and directors were working on serious stuff— this was the 1960′s. I am still working on these ideas. It is through the arts that change is possible. Dostoyevsky was an influence on Baraka as well as Joyce. It is always interesting to see who influences who when all is said and done. Baraka was one of the people who I have watched always burn bright with desire to be heard by the voice of a radical thinker. Chaos is part of the story. check out this person and take a moment to remember the time in which he lived and wrote…the harsh times in which he lived and thought are not over…the brutal reality of his life story was based on his being a black man in a time of change in America. http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jan/09/amir-baraka-playwright-poet-dies

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January 10th, 2014

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