The first notation about the blues in regards to its many manifestations as collected and analyzed by Confuserella.
TRT : 1:04 minutes
"Since I've traveled here from my home planet Panfrika to study the blues many bodies ask me what are the blues exactly?
I wonder how they are not able to see the blues everywhere in the spacenet but then I remember the importance of information dispersal.
Based on my studies the blues seems to be more than just a state of being born out of a history of space shaping.
It's both physical and metaphysical
The Properties of the blues seems to have developed from the development of physical effects born out of an initial wave.
While I've been here I've learned that these blue effects and situations have been occurring for the past hundreds of cycles with some progress although not enough to counter the imbalance
My goal for the foreseeable future is to manifest and develop countering technologies that aim to offset this great imbalance."
Bruce High Quality Foundation Summer Residency
Durational performance documentation.
Prologue: The levee on Panfrika helps to filter out the blues from the colors as they stream into the banks of Panfrika.
“I’ve been using the Levee Analog Bay system here on Plastica to assess the levels of color balance and imbalance. Back on Panfrika we use this analog system to gauge color association and attachment with images through participation from the masses assessing our colors state of balance or imbalance.” – Confuserella
Bruce High Quality Foundation Summer Residency
Fabric and steel
Prologue : Confuserella descends from a long line of color farmers which directly correlate with Ariel Jackson’s family legacy of farmers from Louisiana.
"Back on Panfrika I’d help my grandmafather pick out all the excess blues and hang them high enough so that they wouldn’t damage and oppress our crops of color. Now when I suffer from excess blues away from home I channel through my memories and remember how to hang the blues." – Confuserella
TRT : 4:17 minutes
3-D compositing - Godfrey Hibbert
Documentation of Performance at The New School "AfroFuturism Conference" May 2015
"After graduating from the school of Organizenreedum people kept asking me why I majored in finding the origin of the blues. This is my dissertation proposal to give folks a sense of what’s at stake for me in finding the blues and turning them down. " –Confuserella
Also Performed at :
Bruce High Quality Foundation Book Fair March 2016
The Bronx Museum "Bronx Calling: AIM Biennial Exhibition" July 2015
The Bruce High Quality Foundation Open Studios July 2015
Mixed Media Collages
Confuserella takes note of B.A.M.’s use of visual studies and aids to document their organization and begins to document her own journeys using colors and shapes she’s collected in Plastica and have brought from her origin Panfrika.
Work in order of appearance
Lesson Disruption : "Upon Arrival I began to structure my home so that I could begin my studies of the blues. Suddenly I heard a deep cry and recognized the tune. It was the blues playing from an image box I had just purchased with the little bit of green I came to Plastica with." –Confuserella
Wading : "When I stepped out of my quasi-home structure I was consumed by a semi-physical sea of colors and chunks of shapes that seemed to move me in one way or the other. My ability to move through the structures felt impossible." –Confuserella
Mimicry Preparation : "On my first day of school at the University of Organizenreedum I was introduced to my desk-seat which seemed very cramped. I limbered myself in order to take shape so that I wouldn’t be cut off from the rest of the class." –Confuserella
Running Time: 4:18 min.
A collage documentation of a video installation
In order for Confuserella to get to Plastica she must get from point A to point B. Since the path between point A and point B is filled with gaps that you can easily fall through Panfrikans traveling the spacenet must find their own way with caution. Confuserella runs into gap issues and is given advice via testimony from Lil Lil, the spokesperson for B.A.M. aka By Any Means (See “Here’s Hoping AKA The Blues”). Lil Lil speaks to his own difficulty in getting from point A to Point B. In reminiscing he highlights blunt adivce given to him by B.A.M. founding member elders.
These are visual studies and aids to support the organization B.A.M. aka By Any Means’ service of helping visitors travel from point A to point B.
Study #1 An illustration of the illusion of restriction and the promise of endless possibilities
Study #2 An example of how gaps connect themselves to your experience
Study #3 Study of how shapes and color are applied to bodies enabling aim and destruction
"Here's Hoping AKA The Blues"
Original Time : 7:30 minutes
Susan Inglett Gallery
This is the telling of events around the blues washing away the colors on Panfrika from the perspective of Confuserella. She establishes that her wearing a wig is not her true form and begins going over the story of how she got to this point. Although this is not the full story this is ultimately the reason why she has decided to travel to Plastica. She starts with witnessing the blues after years of the blues balancing out energizing colors like orange and yellow. The outcome of this balance is a kind of peace where things safely ebb and flow between static and active. During one season the blues outweighed the balance and overflowed in a never ending state of sadness and instability. The anxiety and sense of loss from this caused Confuserella to seek answers. Not knowing where to begin she seeks help from an organization called B.A.M. aka By Any Means which gives her a run-down of how they can help Confuserella help herself.
5:14 min. 2012
Confuserella has arrived to Plastica for the first time and discovers that fitting in isn’t that easy. Thinking that she would be focusing on the blues she must first figure out the concept of race and it’s affect on being able to survive. She seeks out help from a puppet who tells her that she must adapt and conform to the style of Plastica. Although she resists at first, upon realizing the difficulties of making green she gives in. She adorns herself with a gold wig and a blue/white polka-dot dress and dances for green. Not being able to take the pressure of conforming she seeks out a shrink(s) in order to grasp the idea of “race” terms and how they affect her ability to survive.
This video was screened on Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Public Access Television on Tuesday 10/18 at 8pm on Channel 34 as part of a group project led by the artist Mary Walling Blackburn.
Below are some responses via email to the video
You ask the impossible--to request that a living breathing figure (myself) to aid a fictional character (Confuserella).
I could only perform a kind of help, as if you were a god or a ghost and a ritual moved between us. The ritual would have to be prescribed by culture. Which culture? The culture of aliens? An internet culture? American Culture? A Stranger Culture? Do you, in the guise of Confurealla, like Jean Luc Nancy speaks of, ask for an Impossible Love--something that cannot be given because it is not ours to give? What happens if I deny you? Do we lose faith in one another?
In this culture, I am read as a white person and I have received those benefits (of a doubt, And then some). There is a bad legacy of Whites assuming what African-Americans needed; there is a terrible history of Caucasians telling everyone else what to do. Perhaps, I wonder if I join that legacy. But does Confuserella make her request as a galactic alien or does this request come from something more complicated then that, more ambivalent...where race and alien-ation are hand in hand? I think so. So I skirt this. I ask what is the path between strangers. I also move to the side and wonder how this alien negotiates class in black communities. Does she and her cohorts watch "Love and Basketball" (2000) and know that they are the trash whore girlfriends the upper-class african-american mothers are worried will trap their sons? Does an alien care about class? Does an alien have a vagina? How galactic is Confuserella? Or is being poor the other world that is masked in this Prodigal space fantasy? I say prodigal because I imagine she returns home one day. To be buried in foreign soil. I know. I skirt.
No need to fit in down here, we are lost souls. Your people are what we use to be before we were corrupted. Our culture was strong before the invaders came, the colonizers came, the Arabs came. Africa, much like your home planet was our motherland, the place of origins, of hope and great civilization. It is up to you to restore this legacy and bring Afrikans around the planet into their true light, to have pride in their heritage and legacy, to be recognized for their achievements. Understand that black people down here are LOST, show them the way! Peace.
I would like to know more about your home country and its customs and exact location. It seemed weird to me that you were speaking exactly like the way some of us speak in America and I wanted to know if your accent was something you acquired from home or if its something you have been working on since you got here to fit in. I also want to mention that the problems you are facing still exist for minorities across the world. Not just blacks in america, but Indians, Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, Persians, etc. We all coexist in a world that is fighting against itself to become one. I was listening to a radiolab episode just the other day and I figure this might help you develop your own opinion about this thing we call race here: http://www.radiolab.org/2008/dec/15/race-doesnt-exist-or-does-it/