Kevin Slavin and Kenyatta Cheese on what happens when the audience has an audience – great short film from the 2013 Future of StoryTelling conference.
Also see how storytelling made us human.
Zardaz - “Dreamers”
Afternoon became evening and evening became night. It was hot and we felt dull. We picked at the lint on the rug. And watched a roach come out of the wallpaper to catch the action. There wasn’t much to see. Another joined him. We listened to the squealing of a country girl outside. And talked about the neatly arranged grid of lights through the window. We shifted around the room, tried touching, but our minds were elsewhere, namely nowhere. We sat beneath the painting of the windmill in the sunset like art school students at The Met. I asked her if she wished the world was green. I knew she knew what I meant by that. She did, she said. She asked if I’d like to go to the ocean. I did. We talked about sharks, barracudas, and the other mysterious sea creatures we could name. We tried touching again but still our minds were nowhere. We wanted to be elsewhere. Neither of us could understand where we were, in a room, in a building, of many buildings, of the grid of the city. Why the city and not the wild. We decided to run away. We walked in some direction. Happily ever after.
Zardaz EP out this fall via Weird World.
Watch Wim Wenders’s documentary Room 666, shot during the 1982 Cannes Film Festival and featuring interviews with film directors Jean-Luc Godard, Paul Morrissey, Susan Seidelman, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Werner Herzog. Each director was given approximately eleven minutes (one film reel) to talk. The principal question asked was, “Is cinema a language about to get lost, an art about to die?”
The Rumblr’s in-house astrologer, Madame Clairevoyant, presents her latest dispatch from the stars:
Aries: This week you might finding yourself working very hard to combat bad feelings, to dispel loneliness. This week, try to wake up early, try to stay up late, try to eat very well. Try to live inside small shining moments with your friends. Your bad feelings are yours and they’re bound to you and they’ll live with you forever; this is okay. The things you do this week to try to be better than your worst feelings, these are the things that will help you and hold you and keep you alive.
Taurus: This week, the world’s going to give you the freedom to do unimaginably weird things. This week, the world will give you a little space to breathe. This week, the world’ll turn a blind eye and let you be your own strange self in ways that are thrilling, ways that scare you. It’s a great kindness and a great danger to be given so much space to live your own life, to talk loudly, to speak in your own voice. This week, be gentle to the people you love, while you revel in this wild luxury. Listen to X.
Gemini: This week, your thoughts are going to become very clear and they’re going to become very focused. This week, your brain is going to carry you closer and closer to the center of things, to the core of the earth, to the stripped-down essence of the world you live in. This week’s going to be about clear vision, about learning to live inside a world that looks new. This week’s going to be about big elegant truths and (equally, achingly) about feelings of love that are small and fragile and green. Listen to Thao Nguyen.
Cancer: This week, do things that make you feel like you’re dangerous, things that make you feel like you’re flying. This week, you can find a dizzy optimism in bravery, in talking to strangers or going out alone or showing your heart on the bus, in the office, in the grocery store. If you open yourself up this week, if you pretend to be brave, the world will fill you with a strong and sunny confidence. It’ll show you wild new things; it will carry you through this whole season. Listen to TLC.
Leo: This week, as you move through the small, strange everyday-ness of your life, you’ll find yourself searching for ways to make your world safer, ways to make your world more whole. It can be heartbreaking, it can feel like defeat, when things are (even a little bit) rough or dark or cruel. As you move through the commonplaces of your life, try not to worry—try to just keep working. Find a few warm days. Sit on the porch and write letters and listen to old songs and drink tea with someone you love. Read Banana Yoshimoto.
Virgo: This week, spend time in spaces that are quiet, spend time in places that are bright, spend time in spaces that are expansive and alive. Go to places that are quiet, places that are clear, places where you can hear your brain moving, where you can recognize yourself. Feel how the silence echoes around inside you and feel how your own voice echoes through the air. This week you’re going to get your best work done in silence; you’re going to have ideas that are brilliant and wild and true. Listen to Yoko Ono. Think about the sky.
Libra: This week’s the things you know about the world are going to get a little looser, getting wilder. This is a week for walking as far as you can through places you know and places you don’t, down streets that smell like grass, ones that smell like concrete. It’s a week for moving through places you know and seeing the newness, the weirdness, the wild contrasts and balances. Live in the contrasts, this week, live in the balances. Live in the airy space between your dreams and your breakfast.
Scorpio: This week’s going to be filled with deep rumbling echoes of your past selves and your future worlds. It’s going to be filled with remnants of things that are gone and shadows of things that are coming to protect you and haunt you and love you. Your world is about to crack, it’s about to explode into colors. This week’s going to prepare you for the past, show you the future. This week, sleep in late, stare at the ceiling, peer out the window. Feel the earth moving slowly underneath your feet, singing to you, telling you secrets. Read Shirley Jackson.
Sagittarius: This week, it’s going to be very important for you not to be afraid, not to run scared from your own pleasure. This week is a good week to indulge in ice cream, in trips to the beach, in love, in loneliness. Skip school, call in sick to work, and spend the day in your backyard or looking up at the sky or on the phone with your sister or cooking something good. These are the things that feed you; these are the things that keep you strong and solid and whole. Listen to pop albums. Listen to songs that make you cry.
Capricorn: This week you’re going to feel growth rumbling around inside you. You’re going to feel it like a buzz, like an ache, like a sign of strange futures to come. It’s going to be a week of emotions becoming solid in your body, becoming physical, turning into muscle and bone and guts and fingernails. It’s going to feel weird, it’s going to feel uncomfortable, it’s going to feel like your old clothes don’t fit (maybe your old thoughts too). Sit with this for a little bit. Drive around your neighborhood and listen to Beyoncé. Get lots of sleep.
Aquarius: This week is going to be good to you. This week, you’re going to feel so powerful and so happy and so right, that it’ll be unnerving if you think about it too much, scary if you look at it too closely. This week, when things are most golden and most bright, it’s going to be easy to convince yourself that you don’t deserve this, easy to convince yourself that you should throw it all away. Don’t. Go to your friends’ house for dinner and laugh and dance and wash the dishes. Walk home at night and dream about rivers.
Pisces: This week’s going to be a week of exposures, a week of peeling back layers, a week of remembering dreams and stories and parts of yourself you’ve forgotten. It’s going to be a week of reading the whole history of your life, written in the layers of emotion you uncover, like old coats of paint, like rock formations. It’s going to be a week for cleaning your room and organizing your bookshelves and honoring the strange emotional history of your strange complicated self. Listen to old mixtapes. Read Marilynne Robinson.
Today’s image was made specially for Madame Clairevoyant by Jen May.