Maria Allocco graced the airwaves of Mutiny Radio last May 2013. She appeared on Latenite Bubbles with Bernadette, and she read a piece about her birth. It was all a lead up to The Bloom: Yes & No hosted by Phiroozeh Romer held on May 9 at Progressive Grounds.
Well...The Bloom is BACK! And Phi is back in the curators seat. She closed out Season 4 and now she opens Season 5.
With her comes an incredible line up of writers, including the ever talented Maria Allocco. So...to get you in the mood, and hopefully back into The Bloom's seats, here is Maria's reading from last May on Latenite Bubbles with Bernadette.
And check out the whole Latenite Bubbles show, including an interview with Maria, here.
THE BLOOM: Joy & Sorrow
THURSDAY, September 12 | 7 to 9:30PM
The Box Factory
865 Florida Street
San Francisco, CA
hosted by: Phiroozeh Romer
I had the pleasure of seeing Issued ID at A Simple Collective yesterday, and what I witnessed changed my perception of identity and media. Three video installations greet you as you enter the intimate space. Each examines issues of identity through the lens of media.
First up there is Elizabeth Axtman's lip-synch of old television shows and movies vocalizing deep seated prejudice against bi-racial bodies. She emotionally captures their words in single shots. You feel her pain and her liberation as she mouths these words, reclaiming them in video.
Tim Roseborough transforms his face to look more like Michael Jackson's using simple Adobe Photoshop techniques. One side of the screen marks the transformation from Tim to Michael. The other side of the screen tracks the transformation from Michael to Tim. Side-by-side with Tim vocalizing Michael's trademark clicks, oohs, and ah-ha's over a speaker, you are forced to critique perceptions of identity expressed through both media and its manipulation.
Thomas Beatie was the first pregnant man, and artist Chris Vargas casts himself as Thomas in his interview with Barbara Walters. In recasting this interview, Chris vocalizes what Thomas cannot and confronts the viewer to examine masculinity and manhood. It's a powerful (and at times humorous) piece.
A Simple Collective is located at # 108 ActivSpace on the corner of Treat and 18th Streets in San Francisco. It is made up of artists and independent professionals in the arts. Founder/Director Rhiannon MacFadyen and a smaller committee of highly active Core Members volunteer their time to steer programming and manage collective-based projects, and a fabulous group of Affiliated and Recommended Professionals, all knowledgeable and trusted in their fields, completes our network of creative and professional resources.
ASC Projects is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon–5pm and readily by appointment. Contact Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen at (415) 786-1351 or email@example.com
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The 14 Black Poppies Blog is the place to find creative works, personal reflections, articles and various arts and wellness sundries that either inspire or are created by co-founders Jason Wyman and Margaret Bacon Schulze.