Planet Snowvio – “I Got You Babe”

This is the debut staged reading of Planet Snowvio, Written + Directed by Jay Critchley, at UC Berkeley (CA) Art Museum on 4-27-14. Edward Snowden of the NSA meets Mario Savio of the Free Speech Movement (50th anniversary) in this experimental musical/political satire.
Erin Alford – Savio, Jesse Cortez – Snowden, Masis Parunyan – Musical Director.   Other characters include Obama – Richard Kalman and Putin – Andre San-Chez.

This clip is from Scene II where Mario and Edward first meet and bond.

Planet Snowvio featured in San Francisco Chronicle

Savio, Snowden brought together for musical number

By Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle

April 22, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO — Mario Savio and Edward Snowden walk into an art gallery – and sing “I Got You Babe.”

It’s more political than you might think. And not just because the Free Speech Movement icon and the NSA whistle-blower also wail Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

“Planet Snowvio,” which makes its debut in the form of a staged concert-reading Sunday at UC Berkeley Art Museum, is “a musical pop parody” by multimedia conceptual artist Jay Critchley. A longtime resident of Provincetown, Mass. – at the far tip of Cape Cod – the 67-year-old Critchley has spent half his life creating projects ranging from installations and rituals to mock corporations (such as his Old Glory Condom Corporation), on gender, environmental and other political themes, usually with a comic edge.


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Edward Snowden meets Mario Savio of Free Speech Movement in play: Planet Snowvio

Mario Savio of the Free Speech Movement meets

NSA whistleblower

Edward Snowden in PLANET SNOWVIO;

Stage reading of experimental musical April 27;

Obama and Putin appear;

at UC Berkeley Art Museum; 50th anniversary of Free Speech Movement (1964-2014).

Who travels to the beat of a “Different Drum”?

Planet_SnowvioOn the 50th anniversary of the historic Free Speech Movement, FSM (1964-2014), multi-media artist Jay Critchley will debut a stage reading of his new experimental musical, PLANET SNOWVIO. The one-act play is based on the meeting of Mario Savio, FSM, and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.  On their journey to PLANET SNOWVIO they encounter Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Barack Obama.  This political satire is sprinkled with humorous interpretations of classic pop songs.

PLANET SNOWVIO will debut at the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA, on Sunday, April 27 at 2:00pm. The one-time-only performance is part of the exhibition, The Possible, a four-month long experimental exhibition that reconceives the museum as a site for creative convergence. There will be a public discussion following the performance. Critchley was invited by artist Raphael Noz as part of The Something, an experiment in participatory music, performance and video  at the museum. Continue reading

BEIGE ICE: Yes Virginia, There is a Sanda Claus

Thanks to all who have responded to Beige Ice and the power of creation. Some were curious about the process used (and it’s effect on the pond ecology).  Francis Pharcellus Church’s response to Virginia’s 1897 letter to the editor says it better than I:

Dear Editor—I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Sanda Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Sanda Claus?

Virginia O’Hanlon, 115 West Ninety-fifth Street, New York

BeigeIceSandaVirginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, Virginia, there is a Sanda Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Sanda Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

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Beige Ice

Artist covers frozen pond with dune sand in Cape Cod National Seashore – 416,222,281,728,000 grains of sand

January 24, 2014, 3:51 pm

Clapps Pond, Provincetown, Massachusetts USA

Artist Jay Critchley, with the help of Mother Nature, has covered the pristine 871,200 square yard Clapps Pond with dune sand in the Cape Cod National Seashore in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Known for his subversive projects and unsuspecting ideas and materials, the artist continues his longtime use of natural and found elements, locations, actions and interventions.

“I could not have created this visual spectacle, Beige Ice, without the help of Mother Nature,” he explains, “the plethora of dune sand, the sub-freezing weather, a pristine fresh water pond, and of course, ice.”  Continue reading

31st Annual Re-Rooters Day Ceremony: Minimum Rage – muminiM egaR

Re-Rooters 2014


With a windchill of -5 degrees and choppy water, IRS President Jay Critchley presided over the 31st Annual Re-Rooters Day Ceremony at Provincetown Harbor: Minimum Rage muminiM egaR - muminiM egaR.  Four dozen hardy souls braved the weather to sing, chant and purge 2013 by discarding things and thoughts on the makeshift boat carrying a discarded Christmas Tree.

Listen to an interview of Jay Critchley by Jeannette de Beauvoir on WOMR.FM.
Watch a video of Crazy, Frigid P-Town Burning Ceremony from the Cape Cod Times.
Check out the Provincetown Banner.

Re-Rooters beach 2014

Re-Rooters2014byPatriciaZur31st Annual Re-Rooters Day Ceremony – Jan 7, 2014 – Provincetown Harbor

Minimum Rage

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And the Lord appeared to Moses in the form of a burning bush and gave him…

The Ten Commandments of Aspirational Extinction

1. Tower Dumps are the Lord Thy God and thou shalt not have high-frequency pop-up food-born illnesses nuked by naturally-gassed tax breaks;

CHANT after each: muminiM egaR muminiM egaR 

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