Paper Clip is a weekly compilation of online articles, artifacts and other—old, new, and sometimes BOMB-related.
1. One evening a couple of years ago, 82-year-old Barbara Robson was crammed in a rush-hour London tube train. Politely, she asked a young man near her, smart in his suit and tie, if he might move along a little. ‘He turned to me,’ she says, ‘and told me that, as an old woman, I was a total waste of space.’”
Here are some of our favorite articles from 2012, in a completely random order and selected rapidly and under pressure. Many of our favorites no doubt slipped through the cracks and, as such, are lost forever. Sike! Happy New Year!
Lauren Bakst interviews Nora Chipaumire on dance-making as a form of activism and the power of the human body as a medium for art.
Originally from Mutare, Zimbabwe, Nora Chipaumire is a choreographer, performer, and director whose work directly confronts and challenges “stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body.” I caught up with Nora over email while she was in residence at Mass MoCA developing her latest work, Miriam, which will have its NY premiere at the new BAM Fisher space, Sept 12-15. Nora shares some of her thoughts on the multiplicity of Miriam, post-colonialism, and dance as activism.
Lauren Bakst The name Miriam evokes many historical, religious, and mythic references. You specifically draw influence from the life of Miriam Makeba, the South African singer and activist, as well as from religious iconography. What initially drew you to the idea of Miriam, and who/what has she become for you throughout the process of making the work?
Nora Chipaumire Miriam: singer/activist, prophetess, sister of Moses, Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. Mariama: Old testament, New Testament, Koran, 21st century (imperialism, the scramble for Africa/apartheid).
Listen to a replay of BOMBRadio’s July 4th, 2010 episode, originally aired on Newtown Radio.
Two summers ago, the staff of BOMBlog hosted a series of hour long shows on Newtown Radio. This episode was aired on July 4th, 2010 and is best heard in conjunction with the crackling of fireworks.