Art and global culture

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Roundabout exhibit at City Gallery. An international group of artists, including artists from the global south. First time I’d actually seen contemporary Indian art. Many of the pieces seemed unavoidably about globalization, portraying a seamless interpenetration of traditional and postmodern.
Gonkar Gyatso was typical in appropriating the absurd ordinaries of globalization, irridescent children’s stickers and corporate logos, revealing the intransigence of Buddha.

Nothing makes sense so might as well as fantasize. Chiho Ahoshima isn’t sure if it’s a tree or an octopus, death or springtime, part of nature or yearning separate, underwater or not. Everything is morphing into something else. Don’t even try to hold on.

Is it a stretch to try to make some sense for tango from this? Well I like the idea that we are part of the art world. That we can learn from what other artists are doing. Surely this exhibit is about the dualism between cultural fusions we don’t even choose because they are happening to us in the waves of globalization, one of which birthed tango. We tanguera/os are struggling to learn to share, gripping authority as it slips through the toes, parrying each fusion that comes, trading shifts on the guardwatch, fighting over the orthodox, whirling around to explain that tango has always been a fusion, has always been diverse, has always been changing, has always been shared.

Ironically —or profoundly— the exhibit included a panting by a Chinese artist, Feng Bin that reminds us how precious this dance is, and to touch it gently.

We all need more students, more dancers in our milongas, and great partners to dance with for the next few decades…

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Power is the courage, confidence, and competence to make things happen. I want to create in a way that’s incomparable and define my own compensation package. You too?

Syntax of Power is a raw, potent, and spare revelation of how I got to where I am and how I take on the struggle every day.

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It’s about stepping into the darkness of change, learning how to take care of yourself, and making things happen.

Dyv stands for Duro y Vio. We were inspired by a 2007 conference at Harvard University about tango as a transnational culture. Also we wanted to create something that would help people to imagine a queerer tango. We forbid ourselves to use the word ‘passion’ and instead tried to articulate the experience more precisely.

Argentine Tango is more than an elaborate and difficult dance, it is an international culture of intimacy, desire, and dignity. No mere romance or memoir, the intricately woven stories evoke tango’s true mysteries … the elation, the frustration, the compulsion…

We published the book in 2009. Dancers asked “how did you know what I was feeling?”

Silences in history. Silences by code. Silences of fear. You already know that Tango’s silences can be sublime and they can be devastating.

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