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I must say that lately I had become disappointed and discouraged with the OCC.  I thought that this site would be a collective for all artists, and that as a musician, I would finally find a niche.  Perhaps I had misunderstood the mission of the OCC, but I was under the impression that in addition to engaging in dialogue about what's out there in the art world, and providing commentary on social and artistic issues, I thought that this site would give us the opportunity to pool our talents together and create our own new projects.   But as a musician, I didn't know where I fit in amongst all the visual art and writing.  So I took off for a while, but I've thought better and decided that I want us to be able to accomodate for more musical creativity at this site and to promote all our growing talents across all disciplines.  Perhaps it is up to me to get more musical activity going.  But it is not only the music that is wanting.  I was hoping to see more of what each of you, our fellow members, are doing.  How about seeing more of your artwork, your writing, or any other project you've been working on?  I want ALL of us who are creating to get more space on this site!  So let's take out those instruments, paints, pens, cameras, and lets get more OCC members in the spotlight!   


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Jean, as much as Outside Circle is yours as it is anyone else's. We, together form a collective, and it takes all of us to make a whole. OCC is also in the process of growing. Ben, Julia and I owe it to all of you to give a "State of the Collective"... where we sit with our goals for the first year. Although it sounds a bit corporate or governistic, we owe it to you.2/5/2004 8:10:21 AM
nick
you are very correct in your assumption as to what we want and what OCC should be. we want it to be a place where people come to post their activities and current happenings, we want it to be an exhibition space for artists to have their work available to the public,we want it to be a place of discussion and interaction, and we want it to be a starting point for collaborations. and it could be that- but we need others to take the initiative too for that to happen. if you want to get people together to collaborate, do it! organize events. we are having weekly spotlights on OCC members and their work, but i admit that we do need to have a gallery space on this site where visual artists can post their work, musicians can have soundbytes of a performance, writers can share their prose, and filmmakers can show their films. we need this, but we need help to get us there. feedback like this is critical to get us moving forward. thanks jean.2/5/2004 10:10:16 AM
ben
question: what do you want the OCC to be? how can we make it better?2/5/2004 10:25:59 AM
ben
from its inception, one of the main goals of the OCC has always been to get a website set up where artists, musicians, poets, writers, etc can post their work... THIS IS STILL A GOAL. we need to make it happen. I'd lik to see more of each others work as well, but we just need someone to take the reigns and initiate the starting phases for this to take shape. this in itself would be an ideal candidate for our first collaborative project!2/5/2004 2:52:05 PM
pax
The key here is not neccesarily getting a website up and running. I think that the biggest hurdle will be getting OCC artists' work scanned, digitized, recorded, and photographed.

Whenever you engage in an artistic process, document it! Record your music, take pictures of your work, type your handwritten poems into a computer... preserve what you have and create so that it can be shared.

2/5/2004 4:11:15 PM
nick
good advice nick!2/5/2004 5:16:40 PM
pax
Hey all, thanks for the feedback. I was afraid that I was truly going to offend all of you with my opinion, but I am glad that we are all open to suggestion. Ah Ben, if only we had been able to record our concert on Hayford, or even our rehearsals..............So are any of you opposed to me posting stuff on classical music? I just gave my piano recital on the 18th and my CD has finished being recorded and edited. Shall I post something about it and include mp3's?2/5/2004 5:19:30 PM
Jeanne
if someone would only pick up said cd, some samples would already be available! please check out some of jean's work at http://www.msu.edu/~leejean/projects/audio.htm -way to throw down that gauntlet, jeanne! (is there any way to make active links in the discussion block?)2/6/2004 1:13:48 AM
Ande
little by little, a thing grows and grows! does it take a village to raise a website? nick, how about a "state of the circle" address? as long as it's a non-partisan event, i would love to attend!2/6/2004 1:16:57 AM
Ande
Jean, recall the busking and "paint to the music" posts -- I too am in your corner when it comes to the integration of music and art. Also check out NeoPsuedoHappening's website: They have actually held more than one paint-to-the-music event at Club X-cel in the past few months. They recently changed their name -- does anyone know what the new name is?2/6/2004 4:05:26 PM
stargrazer
I'm not sure about the whole "paint to the music" thing, but you see, I'm not a big fan of the club scene. I do, however, think that it would be sweet to take one of your pieces of art and have it be an inspiration for one of my musical compositions, or for you to be inspired by one of our jam sessions, and then we could exhibit these things together. Kind of like Mussorsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition".2/6/2004 5:00:35 PM
Jeanne
Absoloutely. I am a big fan of the "Baba Yaga" section of "Pictures." Music is a huge inspiration for me and an integral part of my creative process. Kandinsky's paintings were improvised, like visual jazz.2/7/2004 2:40:24 PM
stargrazer
maybe once a month we could meet for colaborative arts projects. jean, would you like to be in charge of the first?2/18/2004 3:26:46 PM
ben
Speaking of Paint-to-the-Music, I have been invited to participate in the next one, February 27 at Club X-cel.

Any word on those piezo-transducers?

2/20/2004 10:02:05 PM
stargrazer
They sit and wait for inspiration and motivation.

I could try some things out... This week I am on break.
2/23/2004 3:03:32 PM
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Club X-cel on South Washington, downtown Lansing. 10 p.m. Friday night (let me confirm the time). I believe that Suppression of the Nude will be performing again, there may be other musicians as well...only this time, I won't be in the audience, I'll be painting!

Last time, over seventy people showed up, which is a big turnout for anything that smacks of art in Lansing.

It would be great if we could demonstrate to the club that this sort of thing is good for business.

2/24/2004 1:54:40 AM
stargrazer
hey- have you done much lately?8/17/2004 12:08:28 AM
ben
Due to storage problems and questionable choice of musicians, the paint-to-the-music events have been suspended indefinitely. If anyone has suggested venues, painters, musicians, etc., let us know.8/18/2004 7:27:06 AM
stargrazer
I ran across the piezo-transducers while I was packing. If I can get something rigged up soon, I'll send you what I've got to play with. It'll be a couple month at least though (yeah, yeah, I keep saying that..). I'm hoping having my own studio space at school will help with this sort of thing.8/18/2004 2:23:47 PM
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