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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Black Rock City 3 of 3: Photo essay in four parts





Photo essay Part 1: 
After Exodus: Open playa




Paul Festa's Archive Fever - After Exodus - Open playa



























Photo essay Part 2
After Exodus: And I feel fine



























Photo essay, Part 3
After Exodus: The last thing you want to see under these particular circumstances



A gibbous moon rises as a skull, churning clouds first a pair of flying beasts beneath it, then its wings, then these traces of celestial exhaust. How can you not take pleasure in the triumphalism radiating from those dry-sea eye sockets to this one? The desert can kill or kiss. This kiss bestows a permanent reorganization of anxiety. The ultimate antagonist: the great artist: the ally. Sphinxes stir within the mountains, and the skull becomes enfleshed, a beautiful cartoon with square jaw, boxy goggles - Max Headroom's hot younger brother - laughing at all the beauty. He does what the skull never did, never does - he looks me right in the eye. He is laughing his head off!








Photo essay, Part 4
MOOP Squad










Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad: Randy






Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad: Ultra





Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad: Brady







Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad: Todd








Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad








Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad







Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad







Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad







Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad







Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad







Paul Festa's Archive Fever: Burning Man Photo Essay, Part 4: MOOP Squad



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Paul Festa’s first film, Apparition of the Eternal Church (2006, 51 min), captures the responses of 31 artists to the apocalyptic music of Olivier Messiaen (with Justin Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, Harold Bloom; screenings: Grace Cathedral, Barbican Centre, Library of Congress; “Remarkable”The New Yorker; “Stunning”Chicago Sun-Times; “Sublime”Globe & Mail; numerous awards). Festa performs the Tchaikovsky violin concerto, opposite members of the San Francisco Ballet and The Cockettes, in his award-winning second film, The Glitter Emergency (2010, 20 min), a silent-film drag ballet comedy (“Enormous visual and musical inventiveness…full of pleasure and joy...Festa gives a bravura performance."—Film Threat). He produced, wrote and edited, with director Austin Forbord, and was chief archivist, for the Emmy-nominated documentary Stage Left: A Story of Theater in San Francisco (2010, 80 min: with Robin Williams, Bill Irwin, Peter Coyote; screenings: Geary Theater, KQED; “Intriguing...entertaining...a valuable record”—Variety). Performances as violinist and actor: ODC Theater, Center for Performance Research, Kunst-Stoff, TheatreFIRST, North Bay Shakespeare, Albert Fuller's Helicon Ensemble (Merkin Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall). US, Boston, NYC, SF, LA and DC (Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress on the “Betts” Stradivarius) premieres of Messiaen’s Fantaisie for violin and piano. He is the author of OH MY GOD: Messiaen in the Ear of the Unbeliever, based on Apparition of the Eternal Church, and several anthologized essays, and has written for The Daily Beast, Salon, Nerve, and The New York Times Book Review. Current projects include a novel and Tie It Into My Hand (2014, ca. 80 min), a documentary feature that has screened as a work in progress at the Cannes film market and at ODC Theater in San Francisco (with Alan Cumming, Gary Graffman, Peter Coyote, Mink Stole, Robert Pinsky; "A fascinating exploration of the artistic life, as rollickingly entertaining as it is insightful and stirring."San Francisco Bay Guardian). Education: Yale (B.A.; prizes, honors, distinction), Juilliard (Cert., Adv. Cert., scholarships). Residencies: Yaddo, MacDowell, ODC Theater, Centre des R√©collets.

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