Diary #30 – Docent

THE MAURITSHUIS MUESUM, 1995 — Museum docent Vaneeesa Anne Blaylock dutifully showing Mauritshuis visitors the permanent collection whilst providing an informative, interpretive commentary. THE HAGUE, 2012 — I’ve posted a couple of photos recently of performance / photography antics with my former grad school roommate Stacey Giachino, and our collaborator …

Diary #28

PORT-AU-PRINCE, 1994 — Fiona and I holding a crystal ball in the lobby of “Blaylock’s Palmistry,” a very short-lived fortune-telling shop. THE HAGUE, 2012 — OMG, I can’t believe I found this old photo in the bottom of my big 2-embarrassing-2-4get photo box. Nor can I remember who teased the …

Diary #27

TIANANMEN SQUARE, 2000 — In a rare act of generosity Xue’s father flew her to Taipei for a week, and as you see here, they also spent a couple of days in Beijing. THE HAGUE, 2012 — I did say rare, right? Not, mind you, that I’m bitter or anything. …

Diary #26

ANGEL BEACH, 2009 — One day I had the sudden impulse to gather piles of finely ground bee pollen in the studio and cover myself in it. It’s true! THE HAGUE, 2012 — Aww, this image was made in the downstairs studio of an apartment that Senban Babii and I …

Diary #25

HALLIBURTON, THE HAGUE, 2001 — I’d received my MFA from Koninklijk a couple of years earlier and was just sort of stomping about, hanging out with Mark, and looking for work. Then I met Gregory Horne, Bureau Chief at the Halliburton offices in The Hague. Actually, I kind of think …

Diary #24

KONINKLIJK CONSERVATORIUM, 1997 — This was after I left the graduate dance program and had transferred to new media. I asked some of the male dance faculty at Koninklijk to do these pieces with me. As you can see, I’m facing the faculty member in a chair with the camera …

Diary #23

MUI WO BEACH, LANTAU ISLAND, HONG KONG, 1989 — Sophomore year. Photography class. hahaha – notice I wrote “depth of field” on the print… unfortunately I think I was actually trying to show shallow depth of field not wide! THE HAGUE, 2012 — When I think about my undergrad time …

Diary #21

WASHINGTON, D.C., 1975 — Oh gawd, this thing. One Easter, yes I am a (half) Jewish girl whose family celebrated Easter, my uncle Dmitri brought this small box of old, really old, photos and told us kids to look thru them and take what we liked. Like a bullet my …

Diary #20

KONINKLIJK CONSERVATORIUM, 1996 — Me, being a dweeb with my camera’s self timer and a tripod. THE HAGUE, 2012 — Wut? Yea? IDK wut the dance faculty’s problem with my candidacy was. Philistines! Wait, Luddites! Oh hell. Something-istine/ites! Thank gawd Louis Andriessen shuffled my butt over to New Media where …

Diary #19

MARTHA’S VINEYARD, 1980 — Brilliant costume designs by the 11-year-old fashion prodigy Vaneeesa Blaylock for her summer production of… hmm… IDK what it was supposed to be called… but I’m sure it would have been epic. I think various artistic and technical differences resulted in a less legendary staging, although …

Diary #18

TAIPEI, 1991 — Do you remember what you were wearing the day you got pregnant? I do. Black tank. Black Ray-Bans. 11 June ’91. I’d just graduated from HKAPA 4 days earlier and wandered off to Taipei to play. I thought I was the coolest, hottest girl in the world. …

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. …

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 …

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 …