Diary #17

WAN CHAI, HONG KONG, 1991 — “Persona.” Yes, my senior thesis choreography was named after a Bergman film. haha. I was 22. You’re supposed to be pretentious and dramatic, right? Anyway, since I showed you the “inside view” of my sexy tibiae yesterday, I thought I’d give you the “outside …

Diary #16

KOWLOON TONG, HONG KONG, 1989 — Junior Year. This guy from City University of Hong Kong came by HKAPA looking for a dancer for a project of his. I like projects. And sometimes I got bored with technique classes, so I jumped at it. It turned out to be a …

Diary #15

TSIM SHA TSUI, HONG KONG, 1991 — A group of HKAPA students and I went to Tsim Sha Tsui, down at the tip of Kowloon, to visit WowWee Robotics and charismatic robot designer-developer Mark Tilden. Tilden’s an amazing guy, right at the nexus of robotics technology and the toy industry. …

Vicky

PARIS, 1863 — Lady Gaga, Madonna, yes, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift too, they all owe Vicky Meurent money. Or at least they will. Since current copyright is the life of the author plus 70 years, the copyright that Victorine Louise Meurent (18 February 1844 – 17 March 1927) holds …

Diary #14

WASHINGTON, DC, 1984 — Oh gawd, stop laughing! What self-respecting DC 15-year-old wouldn’t wear stilettos and ridiculously tight pants? THE HAGUE, 2012 — All of these “diary” or “journal” entries or “scrapbook” pages are bits, moments, ephemera, detritus, of my past, mostly from a big box or “time capsule” I’ve …

Diary #13

SOMEWHERE NEAR BLACK ROCK CITY, NEVADA, 1998 — Liz Bowman and I walking in the Nevada desert, not far from the Burning Man site. THE HAGUE, 2012 — I was 29 in 1998, yes, for the “first” time. I had finally finished my MFA a couple months earlier, and Mark’s …

Diary #12

SAN DIEGO, 1996 — Eight years earlier the University of California, San Diego had altered the trajectory of my life when I studied here with Allan Kaprow in 1987 & 1988, now UCSD was altering my trajectory again as I spent some time in the summer of 1996 here with …

Meet Me HiPiHi!

BEIJING / TOKYO, 26 May — Just when you thought you knew all the virtual worlds in the world, iRez sources revealed today that both China and Japan have their own, Sex and Gambling Free, Second Life-Like Virtual Worlds! While everyone at the iRez translation desk was apparently asleep today, …

Diary #11

HONG KONG, 1989 — Terri Ray, Liz Tarnov, and I being goofballs out at some really old house out in the New Territories. I just can’t seem to remember why the hell we were out there and I certainly can’t imagine what possessed us to get naked in somebody else’s …

Diary #10

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, 1977 — Summertime on The Vineyard. I was never actually this young, was I? No one was ever actually this young, were they? Playing with Fiona and the dogs. We had no idea how magical these days were. Or how rare. I had no idea they wouldn’t just …

Diary #9

WAN CHAI, HONG KONG, 1989 — Oh gawd, this thing. Sophomore year. Saturday sushi-nite silliness. A group of us monumentally cool, young dancer/choreographers had been out dancing for hours and we were starving and found this sushi place and they had all this plastic sample food on display, including these …

Diary #8

KONINKLIJK CONSERVATORIUM, 1995 — My grad school roommate Stacey Giachino and I in a couple of our “performance works.” Stacey was from Washington state, and I was from Washington DC, opposite ends of the North American continent, and somehow we found ourselves roommates in a grad school a continent, and …

Diary #7

TEL AVIV, 2010 — My sister Fiona, her boyfriend Karl, and Karl’s son Oskar on the beach at Tel Aviv. Karl’s an electronics developer, invented a keyboard synthesizer back in the day, and is still making musical electronics. He seems to travel to Israel for product meetings a lot, sometimes …

Esra’a Al Shafei

BAHRAIN / LONDON / BISCUIT BAY, 9 April — From my dorm room at King’s College in London, and her home in Bahrain, Esra’a Al Shafei and I “met” up in Virtual Biscuit Bay to talk about MideastYouth.com and her many other projects. We spoke from 9:30 – 11:00pm GMT. …