March 20th, 2020
What’s going on?
Right now here and now and now and here is what is going on in my little dash of the planet that we occupy.
TSL is closed to programming—however it is open to serve food
starting March 19th and continuing—offering comfort food at an affordable price—
no one is turned away—in addition our book store is open and we have some great books—
if you want to have a list of our selections you can give us a call or we can
order a book for you—and our dvd/cd store is open for shopping—it can be accessed by appointment–
or we can send you a list of our titles and make them available for you to be picked up or
sent/via mail. The suppers are $5.00 and are right now offered on Thursdays and Fridays
the menu changes—-As for movies at TSL we are closed right now for an indefinite period
of time —however we are hoping to maintain a limited staff and keep TSL alive working
on being a space that is serving the community in which we live and work.
People are in a state of shock and this shock and isolation will create another after shock
as this virus spreads throughout the nation and the world. We need to remember that
we must be strong and creative and share some empathy and understanding—how to
survive and rebuild is key—and this time a bail out must go to the bottom and the middle
class first—no more trickledown non-sense—it failed in 2008 and it is now going to
fail again if we don’t rebuild the systems—put money in rail roads/public transportation,
and build a green economy—that is for starters. As for employing people —this is the
long haul—bottom line is we need to build robust communities and seek ways of
sustaining these circles. The gig economy as we see has its limits….we need to be
more mindful of our social circles that can support one another.
March 20, 2020 the beginning of Spring.
March 16th, 2020
The day that the earth stood still seems to be upon us. Life has changed in an instant.
We now long for a normal—but normal has shifted out of our reach—were we not warned??
Yes–when the nation elected the president who imagined himself a leader with no vision we were on a path with no return—a man providing the perfect solution that matched the glare of the television —a blinding bright illusion that blinded the voters —a faker who snookered the nation —now the Corona Virus has delivered us into a state of shock—Naomi Klein predicted these states of shock in her writings—she told us what happens to the nation when the shock passes resulting in a loss for the “people” (like the Patriot Act after 9/11)—but this time perhaps it is different—the shock will result in a change that we have not yet seen in my life time—a shock that will remind us that literature exists -generosity is —and human kindness is not bought at Amazon. We can imagine that the heart is more than a pump in our left breast but it too is empathetic and regrets war —YES the standing still and a pattern of hold is perhaps what we have in fact been waiting for ever since the world just simply got too fast—we are in the gaze of the corona—the fire and the light—right now it is blinding—but like Shakespeare’s Gloucester who gouges out his eyes because seeing is blinding—we are now here in this stasis—we wait and we wait and we wait—Godot has left the stage and now we have to find out how to reimagine the world—perhaps we have one more chance to get it right?
March 12th, 2020
We gaze into the crystal ball–it tells us little–we continue to be the time and space that remains. Holding the space and time open to a shared experience is key to our role as a community space here in Hudson, NY. We are a place to be counted on for answers and solutions to questions–but some questions don’t have quick and easy answers—-As Gertrude Stein asked Alice– “What is the answer?” Alice remained silent— and Stein continued… “in that case—what is the question?” The virus has made “precarious” an ongoing part of our lives–nothing is secure ever–AND now we are in even deeper waters of the unknown–However TSL remains open and offering a refuge– which is the defined by– the arts. We look forward to seeing you all at TSL and know that we are working to make a safe environment. Your contributions at this time to our place are ever more important. If you would like to make sure TSL continues you can contribute here at our site www.timeandspace.org
March 11th, 2020
Max-what a great actor– he entertained us in our youth–watching a Bergman Movie was like religion for my generation of art-house movie goers–Max gave us such great and deep performances in Bergman’s cinema–the Lutheran Ministers–of my Indiana/Illinois childhood were reflected in many of these movies– Max expressed their angst in Winter Light, Through a Glass Darkly and The Silence and more–YES –the moody broody man—a kind of 20th century existential character which we came to see clearly thru the lens of Bergman—NO–nothing is forever–who knows what the next century will think of these performances— but his image is burned on the screens of our lives and our minds eye replays his performances. YES every time I go back to my childhood church in Illinois(in my mind only) where I was confirmed (as a black Lutheran)– I remember these spaces and these people — the dark broody Lutherans —those who dwelled in these cold dark spaces–it is my Bergman –my Max who take me on these shared journeys—AND every time I see a chess board I think of Max playing chess with the devil…..RIP MAX VON SYDOW March 10, 2020
February 21st, 2020
Knick Knacks new project opening on April 1. 2020
Knick Knacks is project to be performed in the east gallery—it is written and constructed by Linda Mussmann.
I have invited performers to help with this project–led by my longtime collaborator Claudia Bruce to perform this project—the text appears on 42 cards. The cards will be assigned and the order will be random on each of the nights that we plan on presenting on the following dates after April 1st than April 2 and 3. (each performance will be different)
There will be 2 stages on each end of the space and a runway space down the middle of the space where the performers will travel and do recitation as well as movement. The audience is positioned on each side of the run way and will be viewing performances at all points of performance. There will be limited seating for each event. If you would like to book a seat now please let me know for which date and how many tickets you would like to purchase. Knick Knacks is dedicated to the shelves that held Knick Knacks in the many houses of my childhood—My mother had many shelves that were dedicated to Knick Knacks—as well as Aunt Lydia, Aunt Esther, Aunt Martha, Malinda, Aunt Minnie & more and all of the women in my mother and grandmother’s lives. There were shelves dedicated to the holding of objects —objects which were gifts from travels, souvenirs, special plates, salt and pepper shakers, etc etc.—Knick Knacks even appeared in the Glass Menagerie of Tennessee Williams where Laura collected little glass animals and these became a world where she imagined a life….Knick Knacks for Linda are a collection of texts that she has written over time—January to July 2019—they are pieces of thought written daily as fragments—the fragments have been placed on these 40 + cards and distributed to the 6 performers. Join me on April fools day 2020 and see what we have cooked up. Random flares of fragments will emerge into the space at TSL. AND—We have nothing to say but we will say it anyway– as John Cage had suggested when he talked about his work —in the last century. We continue to do the “work” as John Cage recommended to us in the early 1980’s —doing the work continues to be our mantra–we go on— Yes—doing the work.
February 16th, 2020
February 15th, 2020
If you want to check out Adam Curtis and his work here is a good place to start….I am a fan of this man’s work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUiqaFIONPQ Curtis explains in imagery and dialogue some of what happened to the world–why we struggle to be in a world that is beyond normal–yet is “hyper” normal–we are caught in a place of severe uncertainty without an exit–FOR example we have a President that seems from another planet—yet he is from our planet and we have hatched him right here—and this man is our leader–we have merged entertainment and reality to the point of no return—so what is left???–perhaps more dance lessons. (enjoy Mr. Curtis.)
February 8th, 2020
Neo-Liberalism talk will be happening on March 6th Friday Night at TSL in Hudson.
My friend David Levey will be speaking about the merits of Neo-Liberalism and I will be countering the debate with my view of the hazards of Neo-Liberalism.
We will be having supper before hand 6:15 pm and talk starts at 7:00pm—
Neo-liberalism is what we are living today—it is the out of control financialization of everything. The removal of regulations so that markets have free rein to dictate the cost of everything from prescription drugs to the cost of water.
We are now living in a time of unfettered economics—this leads to the removal of regulations—Flint Michigan’s water supply for example in April 2014 led to a disaster when the city of Flint decided to remove clean water that was treated by Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River as the solution for cheaper water—The Flint River water proved to be toxic—and the Flint River water made the entire population of Flint sick —all because the city managers wanted to save money —between 6000 to 12,000 children drank dirty water contaminated with lead. Flint’s hope to cut costs and remove regulations is an example of Neo-liberalism at work.
Neo-liberalism has killed unions—kept the working class wages low—WTO -NAFTA-and the globalization of markets has made chaos here there and everywhere—simply put the rich get richer — the poor stay poor and the middle class diminishes.
A few more examples of Neo-liberalism are: the arrival of Amazon —the mega company that sells you everything and delivers the product to your door has been the reason for the loss of many retail stores from the landscape–AIRBNB’S deplete housing by removing rentals from the market—UBER uses independent drivers that compete with Taxi Cabs ruining cab company investments by flooding the markets with fleets of unregulated cars and independent drivers—(Cab drivers in NYC have been committing suicide because they no longer can make their living from driving in this hyper new competition) SO IF you want to know more show up and join in on this discussion. See you on Friday March 6th. www.timeandspace.org for details and reservations.
December 15th, 2019
Movies and more. People ask me to give advice and how to set up a movie screening room. My answer is:” anyone can set up a space and show movies—technology is readily available to do just this—but the question is what and why do you want to show a particular movie”—there are many many options available both old and new movies—the curator now is more important than ever—when it comes to selecting movies for an audience.
TSL has over a long period of time (since the early 1990’s ) produced a steady selection both classic art house cinema as well as contemporary movies—as technology developed so did our ability to present better and better formats for screening movies at our space—BUT the competition to bring an audience to a public space is ever increasing with all of the new “streaming services presented by Amazon, Net-Flix & more we have to work even harder—Please read the whole article by Richard Brody that I have quoted below it is from the Dec. 4, 2019 edition)—I do agree that there is a lot of great material that will never be seen on the screen or via the “stream”—but rest assured it will more often than not be on our screen at TSL because it is our mission to bring to our audiences the work of outliers—those who have a new way of approaching the cinema of our time—and those who (YES) have something to say about the times in which we are living and are witness to crucial events or want to show the story of real lives that have shaped the landscape by the use of the “documentary”.…..if you want to know more about TSL look at our calendar of events past and present and you will see a host of interests and points of view that the TSL curators take when creating our programs—it is about what we are thinking and our search for the new movie makers that will more often than not reach any of your screens—we believe in the public space that shares a work in a screening room with theater seats rather than the comfortable couch in your living room—isolated from the maddening crowd—Bertolt Brecht believed we should view the theater with our hats on and a cigar in our mouth—be experts—know the game—and sit on the edge of our seats —eyes wide open—me too!!!!
—this past article in the New Yorker by Richard Brody —Dec. 4, 2019 is short statement of the state of the cinema……
“With a price per viewing of zero, Netflix and Amazon Prime shows only have to be endurable. The situation brings to mind a word of wisdom from family lore: “For free, even vinegar tastes sweet.” Streaming is more than consumption; it’s compulsion. As the Netflix executive Reed Hastings said, in 2017, “We actually compete with sleep. And we’re winning.”
This flood of so-called content is a threat to something more than sleep—it’s a threat to the cinema. The danger is best understood in political terms, albeit ones that are ugly to cite. Last year, Steve Bannon told Michael Lewis, “The Democrats don’t matter. The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.” Putting “independent filmmakers” in the place of “Democrats,” and “critics” in the place of “media,” clarifies the way that the current audiovisual content-sphere is approaching the cinemascape at large.”
December 3rd, 2019
Minimalism is on the big stage—– ears fill with a whirling- dervish of sound using repeating phrases and threads of recognizable themes–a kind of Wagner on speed–and jugglers to boot to keep the eye engaged as the slow moving performers –focus on the delivery of extremely difficult musical business—worth the ticket of admission–a hit for even those who are in love with the steady war-horses that prance at the MET.