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Emi Hemeyer's Journals
This album was from the second performance of silent slaughter. The first was May 6th 2004 also in KC. If I ever get my hard drive fixed I'll include those photos. The dresses the girls are wearing were buried in my backyard for about 3 months. They were also Tea and Coffie dyed (I'm a former fibers studnet). The girls covered themselves in mud from my friend AR's backyard in KC (thanks for the mud). After some trial error, AR and I finally came up with a good recipe for fake blood. It's on the web-site and you're welcome to check my links for more info on this. Silent Slaughter is an on-going performance art peice dealing with women's rights in the US. I am interested in doing more performances so if anyone is intreseted please email or leave a message in the guestbook. I'd like to thank everyone involved, or their participation and support for the performance.
Just got back from another little trip... went to Ashville NC. It's an amazing place. It's a bubble, a town people never leave for long...kind of like Columbia. Saw some awesome art and went to a few local shows. The Black Lung Brass Band played thier last show ever at a house party :(. Amazing music, lots of musicains, I didn't get an exact headcount but I'm thinking at least 10 members. The house was full to the brim. They sounded like a mix of swing, jazz, and punk rock (but not like anything I've ever heard). Really dancy. It's the only show I've ever been to with a dancing mosh-pit. I seriously thought the floor would give at one point. Also got to another great Ashville band, this guy Tim plays keyboard with his feet. Lots of energy, it was great. I took some pixs but they were not the best cause I had a few both nights. I made the 14 hour journey with friends Phil and Natellie. Thanks to Sayde in Ashville we were hooked up with a rad place to stay..this studio in an artist warehouse down by a river. There are qutie a few pixs of it. In one part of the warehouse an artist has created a crazy installation in the hallways. it was pretty interesteing because you'd never see this place if you didn't know it was there. Spent the whole trip with out a shower. It made me realize that i am getting way to comfortable. For the last 2 days all I could think about was showering. So, I'm excited about living out of my backpack for a while. Hopefully I can assend from my worldlyness and have some fun. Keep checking< I'll have the photos up soon.
Back in COMO.... had an interesting weekend involving jesus, hense the title. It began Friday nite at Shakes. Sarah and I had spent the earlier part of the evening contemplating a sculpture/performance event at the corner of 9th and Broadway (this is the central point of COMO's downtown). We had gathered supplies and had recently adorned ourselves in lavish costumes. We arrived at Shakes to find out it was this guy Craig's birthday. It began. Craig had recieved a lite-up Jesus as one of his gifts. Jesus was plugged into a wall lighting up the little pizza joint. A few drinks later Sarah and I rondeavoued with our friend Andrew and embarked on the evening. After arriving at the spot we began creating our peice. The event began innocently enough. Not long after we gained some interest from some passerbyers. A few people began adding on to our peice. Not long after Andrew was apporached buy a group of young men handing out orange fliers.... asking about jesus. Andrew, an enthusist of strong converstaion began communication. Not long after 7 more jesus freaks arrived. Not wanting to discriminate... I tried to help them find their creative energy by including them in the performance. Not long after the piece was trasformed into a testiment to the lord almighty. Sarah's inscription of "Wake UP" was now complemented with a new statement "to jesus!". Shorly after our lowly corner became a haven for these small-town missionaires. Not long after we deminshed. I noticed the next day our mostrositiy had disappeared as if this would-be shrine had never existed. All that remained were a few pictures and a little email from a young missionary in my in-box I had met that night. Perhaps the lite-up jesus was a testiment of a truth, that pop-culture and religion should never mix? Sprirtuality is something that comes from with-in and shouldn't be imposed upon anyone.
My Europian adventure is on hold for now as I'm back in CoMo until May. Lots of exciting stuff going on. Its good to see everyone and I'm stoked on having a great place to spend the winter.
Living with Emily and Sarah in a cute little house in the West Broadway area. Taking a few classes at the Uni, and finally finishing my undergraduate. Excited about the new fibers studio and getting to hang around the dept another semester. Working at the Art League, Craft Studio, and Foto Unlimited. Still designing clothes.
Congrats to Phil who just opened up "Wild Man" vintage clothing in Lawerence, KS. Hopefully I'll have some new Ragamuffin stuff there and at Maude Vintage in CoMo.
Working on the Free Form Film Festival tour for Sept-Oct Leaving from CoMo to STL, Chicago, Toronto, Montrol, Portland MN, Burlington VT, Boston, NYC, Ashville NC, Mempis TN, and DC. It's not set in stone yet but for more info check out www.freeformfilm.org or go to my links page.
Working on getting a solo show and expanding a bit this year. Europe was inspiring and I'm excited to use what I've learned in my work. More than that I'm excited to see everyone and get more envolved with the arts community again. Garage arts 2005!!!
Currently I'm attempting to make sense of my present situation. Living simply, with little money and resources in a place I once decided I'd never return too. Finding that the occasional comfort of familiar places can be uplifting and benifical to personal growth. Humbeling would be a better word. Finding that some situations we have little control over and its best to take some meaning from every situation. I'm tring to live while focusing on leaving. It seems an oxymoron at times but nessesary to continue on my path as a traveler and an artist. Hoping to be in the UK fairly soon and embarking on new adventures. Learning the key to living is the journey not the destination. Cheers