at UC Berkeley Art Museum; 50th anniversary of Free Speech Movement (1964-2014).
Who travels to the beat of a “Different Drum”?
Contact: Jay Critchley, email@example.com
On 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 free and open to the public as 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 →
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
Virginia, 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.
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 →
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.
Just when the idea and reality of the “Info Superhighway” was becoming evident in the mid-1980s, I requested computer chips from various companies and was turned down by everyone but Motorola. Most were concerned with the secret data contained in the quarter inch silicon chip that might be deciphered and shared with the world. My working extensively with beach and dune sand inspired my interest in the chips, also made from silicon.
Sand and silicon chips: contrasting applications, unknowing implications.
Since 1983 when the International Re-Rooters Society, IRS, was formed, I have presided over the Re-Rooters Day Ceremony, held each year on January 7 after the Twelve Days of Stockpiling (Christmas). The ceremony is held on the sand flats of Provincetown Harbor, Cape Cod, MA. Through song, rant and chant participants purge the previous year, placing objects they wish to discard from their lives on the boat/tree. I then drag the discarded Christmas tree boat into the water where it is burned at sunset.