I wrote “On My Belly” to the foetus inside me when I was newly pregnant. Well, I guess I didn’t *write* it per se, just stood in front of my Mac with my guitar & the computer’s built-in mic, and started singing. It’s never a good sign, when my songwriting picks up; it usually means I’m having some messed-up emotional stuff happen in my life… let’s just say I … READ MORE
So this movement-ritual. Ritual-movement-performance-video. I performed it several times on Rapa Nui, and in this video you’ll see snippets of it. The series is based primarily on the Eurythmy vowel movements (not to be confused with something that rhymes with vowel movements).
Here you see samples from a looped video 30 minutes long. At the installation, it was one of seven videos … READ MORE
I was, at the time, 20 weeks pregnant, transformed into a vessel myself. Ceramics artist Sequoia Miller made this actual vessel for the project. Many people made all sorts of wonderful, intriguing objects and writings, and many of those “seeds” of creativity came with me to the island. But the vessel is the sole seed to be part of the ritual/performances I enacted and filmed at Anakena. It appears … READ MORE
Artist Talk PART ONE – Tiffany Lee Brown at Reed College, June 2013, Portland, Oregon, with Stephanie Snyder, Director of the Cooley Gallery at Reed. Regarding “Anakena: the Easter Island Project,” in the Case Works series, fall 2012-fall 2013 in the Reed College Library. Supported in part by a grant from RACC, the Regional Arts and Culture Council. This interdisciplinary work involves participation, installation art, … READ MORE
Today’s Black Rock Gazette, the first of 2013, shows archaeologists at work excavating relics. The small tribe apparently developed a cult in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, where the Burning Man festival is held. The cult developed around sophisticated methods and technologies of a foreign, more advanced civilization called the Tarotists, who left behind assorted cargo that was considered “magical” by Playa dwellers.
Multi-instrumentalist and composer Eric Hausmann and I have created a soundtrack for the Easter Island Project that is over 80 hours long. It’s all original and based on raw improvisation. Today’s track, “On My Belly,” happens to have vocals and lyrics but few of ‘em do. I improvised it standing in front of my computer with its … READ MORE
Tiffany Lee Brown
“Anakena: The Easter Island Project”
Reception & one-day-only video installation
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Reed College library / Cooley Gallery lobby
1-4 pm with discussion at 3 pm inside library
3203 SE Woodstock Boulevard in Portland
(Caseworks exhibition ongoing in the library throughout the summer; Tiffany will update and change the artwork in the cases every couple weeks.)
“Anakena: the Easter Island … READ MORE
I’m not “Writing Down the Bones” — I’m writing *with* bones! Found these deer bones, left by cougar, in the clearing where we used to live in a tiny trailer, tent, and a hole in the ground to poop in. (I was a kid! It was fun!)
Buzzards circled overhead while I worked, … … READ MORE
==PRESS RELEASE: BURNING TAROT CULT UNEARTHED IN DESERT WASTELANDS OF NEVADA:==
The great mystery of Black Rock City has long confounded archaeologists. Until now, experts held that the lost Burner tribe was cut off from the rest of the world in its vast, desert wasteland. The clan’s sophisticated technologies and intriguing social rituals must have arisen spontaneously.
Not so, according to scientists at Goddard College. New artifacts reveal that the Burners did have contact with an advanced civilization. Researchers believe that centuries ago a small band of Tarotists migrated from the Northwest and colonized a tiny plot of land at Black Rock City, for reasons unknown. When they departed several years later, they left precious cargo behind…
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For larger version of video, click “read more.” ……… So in the Easter Island Project’s first three years of existence, people came to gatherings and installations I put together, and they made things for the project, which was very kind of them………. They brought or made little sculptures, crafts, and found objects. They wrote on multicolored paper flags I’d Gocco-printed on. Some of these “seeds” of creativity weren’t tangible; people made performances, music, rituals, and dances………. I made a video in Portland starring the tangible seeds, starting with a rock collage reading “ALASKA” that Christina Seely mailed me and including an original artwork that PJ Blanchard tattooed on my hip. … READ MORE