1. Is it cooler to call it an ‘art studio’, a ‘creative workspace’ or a ‘mad scientist lab’?
2. If I insist on interrogating genre & form, & I swear by the method of culling inspiration/technique from a variety of texts/objects, then how in the world am I to organize my floor full of books?
This is the first story draft in a series of narrative transfigurations titled, The Savage Lovebird: Stories, Interrogations & Performances.
Follow the many interrogations & revisions of this story HERE.
4 min. | audio + video
DESCRIPTION In studying my mother’s history, I explore the trauma of state violence, ethnographic refusal & the poetics of memory.
The Savage Lovebird: Stories, Interrogations & Performances is an ongoing series of narrative transfigurations. Through an open & ongoing process of distribution, (self-) critique, revision & living documentation, The Savage Lovebird aims to demystify the practice of art & creative writing. Each work in this series begins as a fairly polished draft of a short story & will undergo a sequence of (inter-genre) interrogations, revisions & performances. Please support this endeavor by 1) distributing & posting this work & its future iterations to your networks/communities 2) engaging in the dialogue/critique/workshop of this story right here on my website &/or 3) signing up for my monthly newsletter.
Stay posted for the first story in the series!
Design/Layout by Amy Abito.
for Leonora Perez, for Filipina Narciso, for our families, for you/me/us
HISTORY IS MESSY FOR THE PEOPLE WHO MUST LIVE IT.
- Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past (2005)
Sympathies for Leonora & Filipina: Performing the Filipino American Archive is an ongoing archiving & performance project that explores the story of two Filipina nurses who in 1976 were framed by the FBI for poisoning, conspiracy & murder. One of the nurses, Leonora Perez, happens to be my mother. In this project, I intend to post & meditate on 10+ years of literary & performance works that I’ve written, performed & used to help me & our communities better understand this moment in Filipino American history. Along the way, I promise to take mad detours, perform some remixes & make new archives. This is my life’s work. For the time being, please peep the BETA VERSION of what will eventually develop into an ongoing trans-media relationship between me, this history & you.
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