Caribbean Linked III Blog Post: /Khon’chee/

Aruban artist and participant in the former residency programme Caribbean Linked II, Germille Geerman, shares a blog post about the ongoing edition of Caribbean Linked at Ateliers ’89, Aruba:

Don’t brag to the Dutchies that you like the “Kontjie”, though..

Saltpond, to the rest of the world. But to us, it’s: Conchi..
You’re here for the “Art”, right? What am I buzzing about “saltponds” for?

Linked is much more than just Art… it’s the bonding and the learning of one an other, different life experiences making this big Gumbo with flavours from all corners of the Caribbean.

Most will tell you, it’s the getting outside of the residency premises, that’s what inspiring their new work. So in a way, some island rubbing on one, does make a bit of a difference. It left some footprints within them… As they did too, while journeying the north shore in longing of this play – place of sorts – that they heard existed naturally out there.

Butts… Butts everywhere. Leasho must have found a bunch of mellow drifty inspiration, compared to the Rough & Tough fast paced Dancehall pumpum, he usually gets at home.

From flat tires, scavenger hunting of the one and other, hiking, hidden geysers, photo ops, to finally playing on black rocks to cooling off in this oasis of a pool, while brute waves crashes on the ocean side of the Conchi.

Beer. In case of intense hot days, always remember to have them icing in the cool box.                    Which we did not.
So, a very special Thanks for Ryan & Alydia to have opened up their home, so we could recoup from the intense Sun afterwards, and still learn of their career, opportunities, struggles, inspirations and disappointments. (which each and every artist has, so we learn from each other how to cope, or not doing the same mistakes)

Chapters, everybody has them.. We often read of other, yet forget to tell those of our own. Yet while togetherness builds it’s own book while we move on.

From dinner, to other secluded secrets of the Island.
So I guess the Island isn’t that small after all…

Celebration of life, and the gratitude of getting the opportunity to live it.
Bonding of all sorts.. In places we’d never imagine existed.. Every good story has its secrets. It’s the opportunity of living it all together, that’s the treasure at the end of the Journey…

Deadline.. So the working continues, with a new “twitch” of identity of course.
8 more days and counting, yet it’s 9 more days to say goodbye.

We already had to say goodbye to Holly. While we did have a blast of a farewell, it’ll be a while again, while we get to be together and plant seeds that make a difference again. She understands, and sees the value of it all. And really stands for what she believes in.

I like having her around. She brings this flow of energy with her, wherever she goes.
Till next time, it is, I suppose.

Till next time.

Caribbean Linked III Blog Post: Diego Espinosa performing Ursonate

Aruban artist and participant in the former residency programme Caribbean Linked II, Germille Geerman, shares a blog post about the ongoing edition of Caribbean Linked at Ateliers ’89, Aruba. He offers his thoughts on invited artist Diego Espinosa performing Ursonate (1922-32) by German artist Kurt Schwitters:

Que thue raa kehh tah reenseh,                 Que thue raa kehh tah reenseh,

Quee thue raa kehh tah reenseh,               Que thue raa kehh tah reenseh,
Que thue raa kehh tah reenseh,
Que te behhhhhhh                                                               Ohhh,….!

For the longest while, I couldn’t remember a time, where everybody put their phones away, even paid attention to put those phones on Silence..

Even the A/C was turned off in the Black Box this time.

Que thue raa kehh tah reenseh,                 Que thue raa kehh tah reenseh,
Que thue raa kehh tah reenseh,                 Que thue raa kehh tah reenseh,
Thu dess REem Peef eel tho TheeL______YUUUCAAAAA…!!!

I suppose it’s the Goosebumps that we all Really want, at some point.
Can’t really get it while distracted in Chaos, well sometimes…
But It is the Silence within the Chaos, where it resides.

Ra qe te be be, Qe Ra qe te bebe..   pohh               foos  boh

The anti-social media has soooo much to do with one’s attention span, yet when used correctly, can reach far, in lack of time.

Every here & there, pops up a somebody. A somebody that’ll somehow remind you of the Beauty of the element of surprise..

Bliss, Silence, Gibberish, Rhythm, Story, Angles, Resonance.
The beauty of simplicity, with a funky dunk, somehow.

Put your phones away, guys (you reading)… not just now, but whenever you’re at a
performance.

You know what?
Just turn the damn thing off, since the locking of your car..

For that one moment, once in, you’re disrespecting everybody else in the experience.. Robbing away their opportunity to reach that Bliss..
For attention please do go somewhere else.. And high heels? Please..

It is you, that you are robbing from, Each time you miss that tickle in the silence..

Everybody tickles differently, Remember that.
It is the Silence within the Chaos, where it resides.

*Read/Manifest this out loud, otherwise it’ll never work

Caribbean Linked III to take place in Aruba in August 2015

Caribbean Linked III will kick off in Aruba from August 12 through 31 2015. Thanks to generous support from the Mondriaan Fund, Stichting DOEN and the Prince Claus Fund, twelve creatives from around the French, Spanish, English and Dutch Caribbean will convene to produce work and mount an exhibition at Ateliers ’89 in Aruba. 

Artists include Natusha Croes (Aruba), Leasho Johnson (Jamaica), Alex Kelly (Trinidad & Tobago), Manuel Mathieu (Haïti), Jodi Minnis (The Bahamas), Simone Asia (Barbados), Ronald Cyrille, (Martinique), Aiko Roudette (St. Vincent & the Grenadines), Leo Aguirre (Aruba) and Marvi Johanna Franco Zapata (Curaçao).

The writer in residence will be Natalie McGuire (Barbados) and Diego Espinosa, (Mexico) multi-percussionist and sound artist, will offer workshops and produce a soundscape while at Ateliers ’89. Invited curators and facilitators include Christopher Cozier, Holly Bynoe, Annalee Davis and Tirzo Martha.