Proud to be an aberration

“I consider myself part of an aberration on the planet.  A new, mobile, essentially rootless culture the likes of which the Earth has never seen before.  I live in a culture where community expression through artistic events is not normal; culture comes from “above” –from LosAngeles or New York or, if we are lucky Toronto.  It is very rare that non-artists in Canadian society get together and use art forms to express their own concerns or celebrate their own lives.  And yet that is what theatre, dance, music, etc. used to be –local people singing, painting, dancing, and telling stories. As an artist in this new mobile culture, I have a great hunger for the kind of rootedness that many Aboriginal people have through their cultures.  But I can’t have what they have.  I am who I am and I must take on the task of inventing my own culture–putting down my cultural roots and using artisitic toos to investigate, change and celebrate my community.  I must also face the certainty that this process will take many, many generations to bear fruit.”

–David Diamond,  from Out of the Silence: Headlines Theatre and Power Plays, in Playing Boal Theatre Therapy, Activism.

thank you andy warhol

for being our mirror

for spreading people-connecting energy

for helping us to see the fabulousness in everybody and everything, no matter how ordinary

for creating over-the-top outrageousness out of the seemingly simple

for pushing us to take our ideas multiple steps further, and then further again

Check out Astrea’s movie of your party we held for you right here in the center of the cosmos, Dayton, Ohio.

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We love you, Andy.

image by Joey London

What to wear at Andy Warhol’s birthday party


#41 Dress like Andy. Never mind that the party is August 8 and that you’ll be dancing up a storm at Playthink Studio’s Silver Factory birthday party. You’ll never go wrong dressed in leather and turtleneck. (scarf optional)

#42 Wear sunglasses.

Shades give you that all-important spirit of aloof detachment. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, in fact 8:00 at night is just the right time. (Just ask international scencester, Joey London. Any time’s the right time to look good.)

43. Impersonate Andy. Here’s some inspiration:

Jared Harris

Guy Pearce

David Bowie

#44 You don’t have to copy Andy. There are plenty other factory people to emulate. (some wearing much less than others)

#45 Have I mentioned the wig?

#46 Realize, of course, that compared with the Silver Factory Superstars,

your scene sucks.

#47 Feel free to dress any way you want, as anyone you want, in your boots of shiny, shiny leather.

#48 And if your wardrobe is lacking, don’t let that keep you from the party. Come ready to dress up. Costumes will be available.

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how would andy celebrate?

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Andy Warhol’s 80th birthday is this year. How will you celebrate? Share a modest little moment of silence?

I think not!

Instead, let’s throw the biggest, most glamorous party ever! We’ll take all month to prepare. We’ll wear glamorous outfits. We’ll mock and celebrate commercial consumerism. We’ll make icons of our most beautiful friends. We’ll sit on the couch and eat bananas. We’ll make movies and art and listen to Velvets.

As an innovator, lifelong learner, social networker, and consummate scenester, Andy’s life exemplified the tenets of slow learning. I’ll be celebrating Warhol’s birthday all this month by posting ideas for celebrating. With your help, I hope to reach eighty ways by his birthday on August 6th. And then on August 9th we’ll have a GREAT BIG Decadent Party and invite all the most beautiful people. We’ll invite the paparazzi. We’ll invite famous people. We’ll invite you and let you be famous for fifteen minutes. We’ll play with Mylar balloons. We’ll party like it’s 1999.

So save this date: on August 8, 2008 for one magical evening, PLAYTHINK LEARNING STUDIO in Dayton, Ohio, will transform into the SILVER FACTORY. Start planning your outfit now.

More coming soon…

With much gratitude, I acknowledge Whitney Matheson for her original idea. I think Andy would have approved of my copying her.