Lisa Paul Streitfeld performing
Margaret Fuller Mourning Ritual
Lame Duck Gallery, Cambridge
May 23, 2010
Who will offer? What to whom?
Who & what will be taken? Who and what will be sacrificed?
This is the first physical installation of my project. You may touch if you put on the white cotton gloves. That is the sacrifice that I’m asking from you. Is it sacred? Is it fragile? It is an altar to connectedness.
Send of leave me an offer.
Narratives, both the personal and the meta connect us. Where to they intersect?
This project was started in 1992 with my research, writing and printing of the booklets that chronicle some of the thoughts and achievements of women. I started my text with the passage of the ERA in 1971. In the back I suggested an installation.
I have placed many copies of that booklet around the table. They’re free. Participation and free are the hallmarks of many of my projects. They also cross boundaries and are hard to define.
Over the years I have asked people for offerings in mass media, on the net, though the mail, and with printed cards.
Send me an offer: A personal thought, a sound, a poem, an equation, a formula, a story, a personal incident, recipe, an object or anecdotes. Something you want to offer or be offered.
Some people I knew, but many I did not. Over the years I have uploaded images and texts on line. It may be viewed at www.art-poetry.info
In 1995 asked people, many random, and some I knew to read other peoples offerings. The reading was an offering. I made a tape. That media is now archaic. It was played as part of the Fray by Christine Palma and aired on KXLU in Los Angeles.
Many offering were sent by mail. That now seems quaint and archaic.
This project was a .net participant in Ars Electronica in 1997.
In 1999, Kay Turner wrote about my project in her book, “Beautiful Necessity, the art and meaning of women’s altars.” Her comments could only focus on the .net.
Holly Crawford, August 2010
‘We must simply note that the divinities of cosmic fertility are, for the most part, either hermaphrodites or male one year and female the next.”
— Mircea Eliade — Patterns of Comparative Religion
“The divine androgyny we find in so many myths and beliefs has its own theoretical and metaphysical significance. The real point of the formula is to express–in biological terms–the coexistences of contraries, of cosmological principles (male & female) within the heart of divinity.”
The performance at 7 PM sharp when I drew the astrological chart, pronouncing “As Above, So Below” on the canvas.
Like all my performances, this was an experiment, so I tried something new. I drew down Margaret Fuller’s energies by placing her natal horoscope into the chart of the performance. Then, I collected the alchemical poems that I read as part of Cambridge Performance Painting: Margaret Fuller Resurrected and placed them in the three directions: East/Aquarius (The Sacred Marriage); North/Sagittarius (Serpent, Triangle and Rays); West/Leo (Sub Rosa Crux). I proceeded through these three directions by reading a poem associated with the spirit ruling the direction.
When I got to the fourth direction, the South (1 degree Gemini, precisely on Margaret Fuller’s Sun!), I read a section from my novela, The Labyrinth. Written in 1997, this plunge into the Ariadne myth was the outcome of my first art assignment: a preview of a 1997 Open Studios event. It seems that taking on a new identity as art critic necessitated the rewriting of the myth that Suzanne Benton dramatized in her Mask Tale Performance at the opening of the exhibition.
At that point in the performance, Embodied arrived the precise degree of Margaret’s Gemini Sun, the narrative was taking form. During the reading, which was synchronized with Lutz’s dada/classical genius, the red horns of Michael’s phallic red bull merged with the crescent of Ariadne/Margaret’s submerged crowned head. The result is the iconography of the sacred marriage via the crowned Vesica Piscis for the Age of Aquarius:
“Eat or be eaten. Eat the bull in place of the king. The universe will not permit you to give up power. Giving up power would mean sacrificing the gains you have made in the labyrinth!
The knowledge you have accumulated of the journey itself through this intricate step-by- step process of transformation of the god image! You make a move away from him and you automatically shatter the mirror. You will know when it is time.
It is nearly time. You are on the way out of the labyrinth now. You have found the image you were seeking in its center. A cyclical journey to obtain one identity, only to have another waiting in the wings. The Labors of Alexander hacking through the forest.
Along the way, there are many mysterious encounters. Alchemical reactions. You must strike quickly this time. This one is tense and alert, like a mountain lion, wary of his game. You must strike quickly; otherwise he catches on and calls a halt to the entire experiment. So, you turn to the Sculptor, the Minotaur, pumped up energy ready to explode. He alleviates you of the pain of sifting through symbols in search of the one leading through the final, and most difficult passage. He beckons you into his studio, at the opposite end of the labyrinth from Alexander. There he hands you a Peace symbol, a swirling line with his thumbprint above and an empty space below. So, there he sits alone, dancing the universal dance of opposites without a reflection to reveal the shadow. Alexander looked straight at you when he said: “I have to do my own thing. I have to work by myself.”
And there lies his hope and his tragedy. He will succeed or fail on his own. You confirmed out loud the challenge before him: to merge and conquer the most powerful artist he could find in order to travel the path of death and rebirth — the death of the amateur and rebirth as the professional artist on a path to his destiny.
This was the myth of Alexander, THESIUS, entering the labyrinth to slay the Minotaur and using Ariadne’s thread as an escape. So Ariadne set up this competition!
The victor would be the consort of the princess, favored by the Love Goddess!
One observer/participant viewed this as the ejaculation of the bull’s sperm onto Ariadne’s face. And what of the red dots? The sperm (Jupiter in Aries) of the zeitgeist (Uranus Retrograde at 29 degrees Pisces) in which the authentic face of the feminine (Ariadne) arises from her slumber with an enlivened erotic Voice!
Indeed, a quick Internet search just pulled this up from Ariadne’s Lives by Nina daVinci Nichols:
“Chopin went still further to show that even when her aspects were unified historically, erotic woman in the male encounters of desire returned to the condition of the destructive maid. In these three instances, Ariadne functions as a heroine’s supramythic progenitor and an operative principle conferring meaning on language.”
It seems that this collaborative experiment between three Aquarians (Tatyana, Lutz and myself) established a real time transparent portrait of Ariadne finding her voice via the containment of the kundalini energy. The result is a dance with Dionysius, which will, in fact be our next live performance.
Conclusion: “Full Circle: Margaret Fuller” resulted in the icon I have been seeking for 27 years: the Vesica Piscis for the Age of Aquarius!!
Curator Lisa Paul Streitfeld completes a circle with Margaret Fuller
Michael Manning and Tatyana Stepanova, performance painters
Lutz Rath, violoncello
Tuesday, August 17, 6:30pm
Performance begins at 7 sharp!
In conjunction with the current exhibition:
Exhibition continues through 20 August 2010
Summer Hours: Tuesday through Friday 1 – 6 PM
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Lisa Paul Streitfeld is a cultural writer, metaphysician, curator, shamanic performance artist, educator and pioneer of new art forms for the 21st century. Her innovations in expression occur at the intersection of new technology with business, metaphysics and fine art. While writing on Internet innovations, she was a regular critic for Tribune newspapers in the New York metropolitan area, interpreting a new movement in over 300 reviews and articles. Ms.Streitfeld was a recipient of the 2006 UUWF Margaret Fuller Award for a 21st century theology of the hieros gamos.
Lutz Rath is a multimedia performer and composer who combines the avant-garde with a firm foundation in classical tradition. He has performed around the world with orchestras and his spoken rendition of Kurt Schwitter’s Dada composition, Ursonate, has been incorporated in numerous performances. A native of Germany, Mr. Rath has been Music Director of the Washington Square Festival for several years and was formerly a member of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Recently, he was appointed executive director of the Music Festival of the Hamptons. For a decade he was the cellist of the International String Quartet, which won the Grand Prix in the International Chamber Music Competition in Evian, France.
Michael Manning is a mythological black belt painter creating narratives surrounding the birth of a new cosmology. This is his fourth painting performance collaboration with the exhibition curator. Working on issues of morality and justice, he creates stories from an individual point of view but with universal significance and meaning. His focus is the central archetypal figure of the hero upholding a morality rooted in gender balance.
Tatyana Stepanova is a mystical black belt multimedia artist with training in linguistics. A native of Siberia, her painting bridges east and west to incorporate a universal mythology with personal narrative arising from her transnational feminine experience. With her Project Birch Forest currently at White Box, Ms. Stepanova champions cross-disciplinary art forms interconnecting the natural world with the cosmos
At 6 pm EDT on Sunday, May 23, I enacted a mourning ritual for Margaret Fuller which delivered her spirit into the Pierre Menard Gallery.
Video will be posted shortly.
Yes, Yes, Yes, Dionysius!
The opening of Woman in the 21st Century: Margaret Fuller and the Sacred Marriage was a portal to the god of wine and song, which takes the word celebrity back to its origins in “the celestial” The stars are lined up for a new holistic order reflected in the sacred geometry of January 23, 1997. The Seal of Solomon.