Last month (January), after spending New Year’s Eve in Taipei with family, I made my way back up to Erenhot City, the bordertown between Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, China. I signed myself up for two weeks of language lessons with the lovely teacher Tuya (who is from Ulaanbaatar) studying Mongolian Cyrillic script- which is referred to as “New Mongolian” by the Chinese Inner-Mongolians. “New Mongolian” script (#8, below) is “new” as opposed to Traditional Mongolian script (#1), which was derived from Uyghur script, as decreed by Chinggis Khan circa 1204 AD.
I just typed up a long paragraph on the second half of the update here, but I accidentally deleted and now running out of battery, so, I’ll just check out for now and come back to edit later.
Happy Tsagaan Sar- Lunar New Year 2019!
Jan 12-14th: Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, I will be presenting a 20-minute talk at the Landscape Ecology and Urban Sustainability Conference. On Sunday 13th around 3pm I’m scheduled to share my slideshow on “Navigating Contemporary Ecological Concerns via Traditional Dongba Approaches.” I think this will be my first time participating in and speaking at an academic conference. I can’t remember having ever done this before.
I have an interview article up on VoyageLA.com … You can find it in the “Thought-Provokers” section, under the “East LA” chapter (specific page, click: here) . Because I was born and raised in MPK, sharing a border with East LA, that’s the closest category that fits. I go by the name D.F. Wing for this article (shortening of: Dava Frog Wing), which is also the name I’ve been using for some of my writing/ publishing projects lately.
I don’t know how long the article will stay up on the website for. Few weeks? Few months?
I actually did go to East LA Community College, twice, for summer credits. I took Sociology, French, and Social Dance (like Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa, Waltz, Foxtrot, etc). That was pretty fun. It’s walking distance from my house! … If “walking distance” is about 1-2 hours. Bus gets there a little faster. Remember how, back in the old days, the Spirit Bus only cost 25 cents per ride? And it went all over town… crossing between Monterey Park and East LA. So there you go. I dont know how much it costs now, or if it’s even still around. I feel so out-of-touch, haha. I should probably attend an MPK City Hall meeting the next time I’m in Cali.
I wonder where most of those other artists are from (if not Los Angeles county), and what’s it like being in East LA now, really? Have there been a lot of new people moving there lately? That’s what was happening to DTLA in the past decade or so. It’s strange to think that this is currently the face of the grassroots-level creative worlds in East LA/ greater LA regions. I dont recognize anyone (except for Leah Samuels… Hi Leah!). I mean, it’s also weird that I’m there, representing as a born-and-bred Angeleno, even though I’m barely ever physically there anymore. It reminds me of that time I found myself at a small party last year, at the Superchief gallery space, and when people got to talking and introducing themselves, I realized that everyone else there was an NYC transplant who lives in LA now, and I was the only person in the room who was originally from LA, but I was only visiting (and from NYC too, ouch).
But anyway, it’s cool that this magazine is cataloging emerging/ unknown/ underrepresented artists. That’s a great project.
Out with the Reincarnation Window at the Dumaguete Charter Day Fiesta.
Passed through Bangkok, Thailand last week, on my way out of China. Stayed for a week at Koh Wai Island with the Camping Akademie e.V., where I partially decompressed while working on applications and questionnaires. If you ever want to try living on a quiet little island in Thailand for cheap (~$10/d), go to Koh Wai and stay at Good Feeling guesthouse. The woman who runs the place is nice. Her name is Gob, which means “Frog” in Thai language. Gob is the first other Frog I’ve actually met in person so far in my life!
Just arrived in Cebu today. I’m here to meet up with Khokhoi (KK de la Vida), who got the ACC grant this year, to study Visayan-speaking festivals in the Philippines for five months. We’re planning to work on another Cosmiknots production; based around church-temples and the tropical storm (which should be here soon, very very soon). If we get trapped indoors, it will give us some extra time to work out logistical details and costuming… no time wasted.
Today we stopped by the Basílica Menor del Santo Niño, the oldest Catholic Church in the Philippines, and they happened to be having Sunday Mass when we walked in. Giant screens broadcasted the event to different angles and corners of the church, for attendees who couldn’t see the front stands clearly. At least five salespeople were selling balloons. Khokhoi, who was born here, said she’s never seen such a thing elsewhere, and I haven’t either, but I thought it was pretty cute.
Tomorrow we are heading over to organize ourselves and brainstorm at the Tropical Futures Institute/ 856G Gallery.
Check out Khokhoi’s blog for more updates here: http://balitao.blog
First edition print of #Slowtrain zines are done! I tried a test run of 15 zines to begin with, but I’m already running out and need to print a second edition soon. Send me an email to order a copy! /// $5 B&W / $10 Color
Posted on the FB feed earlier:
“I put out a sign-up sheet and started compiling a list of contacts during my show last July. So far I've only sent out one email. I'm thinking of writing another one… It seems a little more personalized than getting things from newsfeeds or blogs because I'm not just throwing things out into the ether, I guess. Not totally sure. It's actually just an experiment. Maybe we'll learn something new through the experience, or maybe not... Maybe I'll just stop, I dunno. Questions/ comments/ suggestions welcome, of course.”
So yeah, if you’d like to start getting occasional emails from me about what I’m up to, work-wise, comment under this post here, or send your email address over to mine:
ROAD TO HEAVEN #3
[alternative subtitle: A Practice-Based Approach to Theology]
an exhibition of work by Frog*
Co-produced by Dr. Petra Johnson and HeJixing
@ LIJIANG CITY LIBRARY
from October 12-28th, 2018
*also featuring: video (work-in-progress) “A Road Closer to the Gods” by An Xiao Mina (USA), with translated transcripts by Lisa Li (CN); “Crane Dance” video excerpt from Jixiang Village’s Qilin Dance (filmed+ edited by Petra Johnson); audio piece “An Interview” featuring Professor FanDahan (CN) and Dr. Petra Johnson (UK), transcript editing by WuShuyin and HeJixing (CN); collaborative pieces with Dongba HeXiudong, Dongba Yanjianhua, Dongba HeSiqiang (CN); “Dog Head” fabricated as a prop for the film “Lashihai’s Ophelia” by Greta Mendez (Trinidad/ UK); live appearance and interview with Dongba HeXiushan a.k.a. Sunny (CN)
October 13th, Saturday
3-5pm @ the Library Exhibition Room
3:00: Extract from the Qilin Dance (Crane and Deer)- featuring guest performers HeJixing and MuXian
3:30: Speeches from Library Staff, Officials, Curators, and Lijiang Studio
4:00: Performance Lecture- by Frog
5:00: Library closes; dinner at restaurant
October 27th, Saturday
3:00-5:00: Readings of collected feedback; Q & A
Special thanks to Hannah Zhang, Jay Brown, and Lijiang Studio’s October residents: WuShuyin, Kartika Mediana, Witold van Ratingen, and Adrian Tyus(Trillion Rexford)
Out here at Lijiang Studio again from August 1st to October 15th (maybe). Jixiang Village just finished performing another round of the Qilin Dance for HeWenzhao's official studio opening, and now we're kicking off Petra's 3rd session of the year.
I picked up 15 prints of the #slowtrain zine ("Manman Yawaarai" / "Please Go Slowly") from the Golden Wheel Printshop this afternoon and tonight I'm folding them into halves. Tomorrow I'll cut glue sew and bind them, and then they will be done for good. Another completed production by SunDogs Studio. Email me if you want a copy, I'll send to your address, free shipping.
/// #slowtrain zine: Color copies $10 / B&W $5
COMING UP NEXT: more illustrations for dreampr00f, a Qilin Dance book, and another zine called ROOK (follow-up piece to Zaria's Quadrivium: Infinite show from 2015). I have a few other project ideas in mind, but these are the next three to knock off the list. There will be no peace until I deliver these first.
I have a new zine called "Human Eyes, Gamblers" up in a show called Blood Money at the Lucas Lucas gallery: 57 Conselyea St., Brooklyn (August 10-19th). I only printed 3 of those so far... go get a copy if you want a Collector's Item.
Reposting @theparhelia: /// Tomorrow (Saturday 7/21) is the "Ladies of Change" popup group show, curated and organized by @cooties.zine at @chinatownsoup- I have a few things for sale at the merch table (prints, patches, figurines). All proceeds from this show will be donated to @winnyc_org to support the homeless in NYC. Check out the project, this event is 1 night only! /// 16 orchard st. 6-10pm // photos reposted @cooties.zine
Vending at the Bedstuy Flea Market on July 14th and 21st. Selling prints, patches, jewelry, and Cosmic Connections (Diana Tai, my mom) will be giving Numerology and Destiny Card readings. On the 21st #tamafest will also be happening outside, should be a fun time- Neighborhoods blocking of 6 streets for games and festivities, we'll also have vendors with food and drinks... come by and hang out!
Follow Bedstuy Flea and the Meat Market on Instagram:
"Francis & Emoji" by Frog:
my first solo show! of mostly paintings, but also some books, and a collaborative figurine. Up at the Soup from July 3rd-11th. I will be there probably almost every day, but I'm thinking maybe I'll skip some time too, for those who are shy or shady or for whatever reason dont want to see me in person, yet still want to see the works... Call or email in advance to make sure. /// firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Chinatown Soup (16 Orchard St., NYC)
Dates: July 3rd-10th
Opening party: Thursday, July 5th, 6-10pm
Closing party: Monday, July 9th, 6-9pm
(Edited 20180726: Thank you everyone for coming out and sharing your love! Additional thanks to Amy Dewan for narrating the story of Ganesha at the opening party, to Chinatown Soup for ongoing support and services, and all the new friends I met in the process. If you signed my guestbook or added your email to the mailing list you might be hearing from me soon... )
I finally graduated with a BFA in Painting! Undergrad only took me 13 years. I feel ambivalent about it... But anyways, yeah, just letting you know. It's done. I'm sorry. And thanks.
I have a painting in this group show (in Peekskill, NY), which will be up until end of June:
"Convergences: Connecting Community and Creativity will open on May 14th in the Atrium of the HRHCare Jeannette J. Phillips Health Center in Peekskill. This exhibit is jointly sponsored by HRHCare, the Peekskill Arts Association, and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, and will run through June 28th.
On Saturday, May 19th, there will be a reception in honor of the exhibit in the Atrium from 12 to 2pm. Several of the artists whose work is being exhibited will be on hand to talk about their work, and refreshments will be available.
On Saturday, June 2nd, Convergences will be featured as part of the city-wide Peekskill Open Studios from 12 to 5pm. This will serve as another great opportunity for the public to enjoy the art, and learn more about the mission of Hudson River Health Care."
Address: 1037 Main St, Peekskill, NY 10566
ART / COMMUNITY / ART
Exhibition, lectures, performances, talks 10 years Camping Akademie e.V.
A regional and international network presents Community Art
Arief Yudi Rahman, Jatiwangi Art Factory, Indonesia
Dava Frog Wing, Lijiang Studio, USA
Jiandyin, Baan Noorg Arts & Culture, Thailand (per Skype)
Andreas Dettloff, Art Foundation,Tahiti
Frank Gerlitzki, SAT, China/Luxembourg
Sokuntevy Oeur, Berlin & Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Kim Dotty Hachmann, Schillerpalais & Top e.V., Berlin
Carola Rümper, mp43, Berlin
Force Raik, Kitty-Yo, Berlin
Stephan Groß, AV-Gruppe Kopi Kaputa, Berlin
Tanya Barnau Sythoff, Berlin & Amsterdam
Christine Falk & Alfred Banze, Camping Akademie e.V., Berlin
Saturday, May 5th
14.00 Opening, artistic installations and information stands
4 – 7 pm Introduction, lectures & talks
7 pm Performances, artistic installations, information stands & music
Sunday, May 6th
2 pm artistic installations and information stands
4 – 7 pm Lectures & talks
QUESTIONS FROM THE EMAIL PROMPTS:
What is community-based art?
How is the artistic transfer between cultures and social levels possible?
How can artists develop independent international forms of production and presentation?
What are you doing artistically?
What has your artistic work to do with communities, subculture and collective processes?
Did you cooperate with the Camping Academy e.V.?
[Do you have] community art projects in preparation?
What do you think about Community Art?
How can "Community Art" work, what are its limitations?
Is it possible to develop self-sufficient forms of production and presentation and to maintain them in the long term?
Can contemporary visual arts & music be a "blueprint" for a lingua franca intercultural communication at eye level?
First week involves a performance at the Gothic House and some Children's Workshops at the Citadel, both in Spandau. On the 27th (tomorrow) I'll be performing with Arief Yudi Rahman from the Jatiwangi Art Factory, sometime between 7 and 8pm.
PUBLIC COLORS/ PRIVATE LINES
CHRISTINE FALK & ALFRED BANZE / CAMPING AkADEMIE e.V.
PICTURES, INSTALLATIONS & PROJECTS
The exhibition „Public Colors / Private Lines“ shows paintings, drawings and videos by Christine Falk and Alfred Banze, as well as participative projects that they have realized with their association Camping Akademie e.V. in the past 10 years in Berlin and around the world, often in Emerging and developing countries. New works created in China in 2017 form a center of the exhibition. The collection of the city museum is included.
EXHIBITION April 28 to June 24, 2018
Gothic House, Breite Strasse 32, 13597 Berlin Spandau
Mon – Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 12am to 6pm
VERNISSAGE on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 7pm
Performances by Dava Frog Wing, Lijiang Studio, USA / China
and Arief Yudi Rahman, Jatiwangi Art Factory, Indonesia
Welcome: Gerhard Hanke, district councilor and Ralf F. Hartmann, cultural office Spandau
FINISSAGE on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 at 7 pm Music performance with Kopi Kaputa
Reading with Christine Falk, travel stories
I was invited to exhibit/ perform and facilitate workshop in Germany (Berlin), so I am going to go. I'll be there from April 25th to May 8th. This will be my first time in Berlin. Not sure what to expect. And then I'll be back in NYC/ Baltimore. See you soon!
"twaNG: switching between Jamaican Patois and american/UK English" is finished and ready for distribution! A zine by @xfatherfigurex and available at @disclaimergallery and @chinatownsoup (16 Orchard St., NYC).
This is SunDogs Studio's first publication project and I helped with some illustration, formatting, and printing tasks. I'm really happy that it's done! It's always fun to work with Rain, and it's awesome to see the end product in its (first version) final form. If you're in New York, you can pick up a copy at the above listed locations- BUT also we can ship to you from afar, email me (email@example.com) or DM Rain (@xfatherfigurex) directly and we got you covered.