Electric Equinox Artists' Page
Born in 1970 in Washington D.C., Paul D. Miller is an artist, writer, and musician working in New York. Miller is best known under the moniker of his "constructed persona" as "DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid." Miller has recorded a huge volume of music and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, writers, musicians and composers such as Robert Wilson, Iannis Xenakis, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mariko Mori, Kool Keith/Doctor Octagon, Pierre Boulez, Saul Williams, Steve Reich, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Paul Auster, and Colson Whitehead among many others. In addition to his award winning book Rhythm Science (MIT Press, 2005), his written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum, Raygun, Rap Pages, Paper Magazine, The Nation, and a host of other periodicals. Miller's work as an artist has appeared in a variety of contexts such as the Whitney Biennial; The Venice Biennial; the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Germany; Kunsthalle, Vienna; The Andy Warhol Museum, Paula Cooper Gallery and many other museums and galleries. www.djspooky.com
Creative & Cultural Director, MoveOn.org/Producer/Musician/Artist - Since 2003 Laura Dawn has served as the Creative and Cultural Director of groundbreaking grassroots phenomenon MoveOn.org, helping to grow the organization into a political powerhouse with over 3.3 million members. Laura’s campaigns have changed not only the way citizens participate in politics, but how artists can help instigate social change-- forever altering the political landscape in the process. Laura’s work with MoveOn has also had tremendous impact on documentary film. By working with political documentary filmmakers from conception to grassroots marketing, MoveOn not only created a new alternative distribution system for documentaries, but created organizational models and campaigns to support political film from a grassroots level, helping to create success stories like Fahrenheit 9/11 and An Inconvenient Truth. A critically acclaimed singer/songwriter (most notably collaborating with Moby on his multi-platinum selling album Hotel), articles on Laura Dawn & her work as an activist and artist have been featured in Vogue, LA Weekly, the NY Times, Village Voice, Time magazine, Salon, & USA Today. Laura has been a speaker and panelist on the merger of artists and online activism at the Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Museum, Tokion, the Sundance Film Festival, Carnegie Hall, & many others.
Daniel Pinchbeck is author of 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl and Breaking Open the Head: Psychedelics and Contemporary Shamanism. He is Editorial Director of Reality Sandwich. www.realitysandwich.com
Publisher of Reality Sandwich. He has been an online pioneer since leading the 1995 launch of the award-winning SonicNet.com, the web's first multimedia music zine and digital music store, which later became a property of MTV. He has written for Wired, Index, and Paris Review, among other publications, and is co-author of the influential white paper "The Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust into the Next-Generation Internet;" editor of Planetwork Journal; and co-editor of the anthology Multimedia: From Wagner to Virtual Reality (W.W. Norton, 2001). www.realitysandwich.comPerforming Artists:
Akim Funk Buddha is a critically acclaimed MC and performance artist who approaches hip-hop holistically, drawing upon a full spectrum of cultural traditions and disciplines, including rhyming, beat-boxing, mouth and body percussion, storytelling, break-dancing, Mongolian throat-singing, Indonesian monkey chants, body-balancing, martial arts, tap, and circus arts. Recent credits include appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and The David Letterman Show. Akim is a founding member of the groundbreaking African hip-hop duo Zimbabwe Legit and his own dance troupe Dha Fuzion. He is currently touring with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. www.funkbuddha.org
Parashakti: Ritual by Parashakti & The Gate-Keepers
Descended from a long line of spiritual healers, Parashakti moved from her native Jerusalem to the United States to pursue her life long exploration of the healing art of Ritual Dance. Parashakti’s spiritual and artistic quest led her to the study of Native American healing arts with the Shoshone and Lakota Indians, with whom she has been co-facilitating ceremonies for close to a decade. Inspired by the wisdom of her elders, she has developed a unique form of movement: Shamanic Earth Dance - integrating ancient Shamanic rituals, TranceDance, Shamanic journeying, hands on healing, sweat lodges and fasting. She has worked with over 10,000 dancers from around the world In her private practice as a Shamanic practitioner, Parashakti has developed her own healing modalities that assist clients with various emotional issues and life threatening diseases. http://www.parashakti.org
Zack Hagan: The Muramba Sessions
Dance remixes of a Rwandan church choir recorded in July 2007 in Muramba Parish, northwest Rwanda.
Zemi17: The Orkestra Jangkrik dan Gamelan Listik
A Live PA by Zemi17 - the retro future of Space Haus performed with Balinese Trompong and dance insect sounds. www.zemi17.net
Anthony Williams: Urban Mystic Tarot
The Tarot has been around for centuries and has the unique ability to reflect the zeitgeist – the socio-political and spiritual mood of the society it finds itself in. No matter what spiritual belief system you are in, the Tarot has a message for you. Anthony Williams (also known as Lord Pyro) has studied the tarot for years. His unique approach and uncanny accuracy has bought him a loyal clientele. Urban Mystic Tarot combines the ancient esoteric knowledge and insight of the tarot with a modern edge. You can check out his blog at http://urbanmysticlifestyle.blogspot.com, where he is currently writing an interpretation of the Tarot deck.
Violet Siegrist: Solar Inspired Face Painting
Violet Siegrist is a visual artist specializing in drawing and painting the human form in it's quiet, reflective moments. She delicately allows the viewer to observe quixotic moments of revelation, pensive transmutations, curious minds exploring the perceived edifices of the worlds that contain them, as well as the frailty of the mirrored world within. Violet's crafted canvases do not let one merely observe; they are an experience that fails never to invoke deep empathy, sadness, celebration; wherever her pieces take you, they promise to be a journey unforgotten. www.myspace.com/kateyviolet
Nelia Vishnevsky: Creative Body-painting Transformations
A Ukrainian-born graphic designer with a background in visual arts, fashion, and performance arts. Nelia infuses the art of face and body painting with deep meaning inspired by sacred symbolism, visionary art, and cross-cultural shamanic traditions. Her designs originate from a deep insight into the truest essence of the person being adorned, using the language of color and shape to create new levels of awareness and delight. Through these universal energetic marks, you will nourish a profound relationship with your divine authentic self.
Rene Collins has been a practicing Magician and Mystic for 20 years and has taught privately for 10 of those years. The demonstration workshop will include exercises in a group setting to understand the nature of the Magical Intelligence.
Sunny Strasburg: Alchemical Gender Circle
Sunny Strasburg's interests lie in art, writing, events planning and depth psychology. She is currently attending the graduate depth counseling program at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her therapy practice spans diverse populations, from autistic children to recovering addicts.She has also illustrated and written Goddess Alchemy, a Dream Journal. She is a co-moderator for a visionary artists' hub, the Pod Collective, www.podcollective.com. Her medicine woman name is Rising Red Hawk. She was given this name because she is a macro visionary- connecting and bridging the nodal network to facilitate the birth into the era of the goddess.
David Rothenberg: Whale Sounds
David Rothenberg is the author of Why Birds Sing, published in six languages and turned into a BBC TV show. Rothenberg has also written Sudden Music and co-edited The Book of Music and Nature. As a clarinetist he has six CDs out under his own name, including On the Cliffs of the Heart, named as one of the top ten CDs of the year by Jazziz Magazine. His latest book is Thousand Mile Song, about making music with whales. Rothenberg is a frequent contributor to realitysandwich.com
CC Treadway: Divine Deity Dancing
CC Treadway is an energy and sound healer, channel and artist with a private practice in New York City. She is a graduate of the 4-year program, The Barbara Brennan School of Healing and is also a Reiki and Theta Healer. She has studied and traveled extensively with world-renowned author and teacher, Drunvalo Melchizedek, working with various tribes for Earth's healing. A former dancer and film editor, CC regularly teaches workshops on channeling, creativity and healing.
Anakin Koenig is a performance-sculpture artist who creates large-scale inflatable structures. His transformative installations engage architectural space and challenge the social and psychological horizon of the audience. Some of the pieces that he builds are transient instruments/environments for performances; others, such as Breathing Chandeliers, are soothing kinetic objects with built-in lights and sequenced inflation. Recent projects include: an installation at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; a collaboration with Pierre Huyghe to create an inflatable environment for The Journey That Wasn't, presented at the 2006 Whitney Biennial; an installation at the DDM Warehouse in Shanghai; a collaboration with Leo Villareal for Creative Time, a sculpture at NASA Ames Research Center; and, a residency at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MediaLab for the Soft-Car project with Frank Gehry and General Motors. Based in New York, he founded Anakin Koenig Airways in 2001 and received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2004. www.akairways.com
Harlan Emil Gruber utilizes sacred geometry, color and sound to create
evolutionary interfaces that are keys to the 2012 vibrational shift.
The 11:11 Diamond Portal, 12:12 Emerald Portal and 1:11 Sapphire Portal
have been at Burning Man the last few years.
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Lisa Renko is a native New Yorker, painter, installation artist, and recently actress in “Pollock Squared”starring as Lee Krasner. Born to Russian immigrant parents, she was exposed from the earliest age to the potent spirituality and rich iconography of Russian Orthodox images and to the eloquent movement of classical ballet through her grandmother’s teaching legacy at Balanchine’s School of American Ballet. These influences instigated a process of reconciling with different philosophies and bridging diverse, sometimes clashing cultures. Involved in numerous on-going projects, Renko actively pursues and investigates ideas and directions that she feels authentically challenge challenge established art lexicons. To pursue such investigation, Renko believes that one must engage chaos and confusion and acknowlerdge them as evolutionary agents. She considers the intensely emotional aspects of these agents to be essential catylists for spiritual development, whose illumination can lead to a more complete form of enlightenment. This attitude is reflected in creations that often blur the line between the singular and collective artistic ego,
fluctuating between her personal expression and collaborative constructions. These take the form of elaborate installations which completely immerse the viewer/participant in what Renko considers to be “walk-in paintings.” Instead of a one-directional focal point, the viewer is surrounded from all sides by the experience. The innovative use of reflective surfaces and varied light sources, highlight paintings, prayers, diaries, poems, photographs, and other types of valuables, strewn around with living and organic matter, and a range of discardable, seemingly unrelated items.There is an emphasis on pure physicality, bypassing any need for obvious conceptual connection.. Renko considers these resulting images, capturing the movement of her physical body and continuous rearrangement of the installation’s composition through simultaneous photographic documentation, to be the contemporary version of Abstract Expresssionism, ( trumpeted by the likes of Kandinsky and Pollock), reaching beyond the two dimensional surface, into the third, fourth, and possibly fifth dimensions. These windows into multi-dimensional realities, created with loving intent, serve to reveal the spiritual as an essential ingredient of artistic creation.
"I believe in the transformational healing power of art and it's potential for positive social change. I wish to reveal the immortal presence which lives in all things, everywhere and nowhere, beyond the boundaries of time, which is transcendent beyond categories, names and form, yet which is identical to our very own Self."
Tony Torn: Grand Inquisitor
Sabrina Asch applies art to everyday life and everyday life to art. Which might sound cliche, but her everyday life is blessed with unique stimulation.
Without hesitation, she boasts "everything I need to know about approaching life's challenges, I learned by playing rugby." Sabrina had documented the sport of women's rugby from the inside during her 10 year stretch of playing on a nationally ranked rugby team. A career ending injury forced her to hang up her cleats & most auspiciously catapulted her photography career.
Emotional transformation and the study group dynamic is a common theme in her photographic work to date. Facilitating others to overcome emotional and physical challenges comes naturally to her and is fulfilled by her work as an emcee of Karaoke. She creates a platform for the amateur performer to extol - add the ingredients of New York City happenstance and the inspiration is interminable.
While a camera has been embedded in her hand for decades, Sabrina's work is not restricted to still photography, but is supplemented by performance, multimedia, video and installation.
Sabrina is grateful for opportunities to collaborate and document the insightful and ambitious. Her camera has pointed it's lens at The Women's Rugby World Cup (02, '06), Feeling Not So Fresh, My Apple Genius, The UN Ambassador's Ball, several bat mitzvah's, extravaganza's around the world, and more! Most recently, she is thrilled to document the Evolver Salon's "Electric Equinox"!
Susan Buck is an artist on tangent from motorcycle journalism. Editor of Thunder Press(96-00), she's contributed to Hot Bike, Motorcycle Consumer News, Bikernet.com and many others. Susan adds the discipline of journalistic/documentary photography to the interpretive and artistic style that most of her contemporaries in the Burning Man, music festival and neo-psychedelic art culture are known for. The result is surreal, experiential truth. She's currently a house photographer for Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, Freek Factory, Merlin's Wheel mobile gallery. and Indian Lookout Country Club.
Jonathan Philips is the Community Director/News Editor of the web-magazine Reality Sandwich and Executive Editor of the NYC body/mind/spirit events newsletter, Souldish.com. He is a Reiki Master and the founder of the NYC Gnostics. He also does a regular podcast called "The Electric Jesus" and teaches "Electric Jesus" workshops using energy work to bring out the divine. To schedule a workshop email, firstname.lastname@example.org. www.realitysandwich.com
Elke Dehner is an event producer, curator and marketing professional. She has organized international art festivals in Germany and coordinated multi-media events, warehouse dance parties, flash mobs and art installations in New York City and at the Burning Man Festival. Elke is member of Safetycan, an interdisciplinary supergroup and creative think tank that develops new models of participatory culture. She creates immediate one-of-a-kind experiences and explores new forms of creative collaborations as opportunities for unique and intimate experiences.
Kevin Balktick is a cultural event producer living in Brooklyn, NY. He has organized a wide range of events including multimedia art exhibitions, outdoor festivals, conferences, street parades, dance parties and many things in between. These events are designed to build New York City's cultural community by providing a forum for people to meet each other in creative contexts. Their settings have included such diverse environs as streets, churches, lofts & warehouses, public parks, art museums, bars, yoga studios and subways. His larger projects include Decompression, a 2,500 person non-profit art exhibition and party and Figment, an outdoor arts festival on Governors Island.Kevin Balktick is a cultural event producer living in Brooklyn, NY. He has organized a wide range of events including multimedia art exhibitions, outdoor festivals, conferences, street parades, dance parties and many things in between. These events are designed to build New York City's cultural community by providing a forum for people to meet each other in creative contexts. Their settings have included such diverse environs as streets, churches, lofts & warehouses, public parks, art museums, bars, yoga studios and subways. His larger projects include Decompression, a 2,500 person non-profit art exhibition and party and Figment, an outdoor arts festival on Governors Island.
Salma Shamy has been working on several new projects lately including spearheading the "Green" initiative and the Marketing and Promotions effort for the Evolve 2012 Music and Arts Festival to take place on a 100+ acre farm in New Jersey. She also edits the Souldish On the Radar NYC events calendar published on Realtiy Sandwich and in newsletter form. Currently she"s working as a Personal Trainer and wellness expert, graduating from NPTI (National Personal Training Institute), the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City and the Institute for Therapeutic Learning in Seattle, WA. She is a certified Fitness Trainer, Holistic Health Counselor, Reiki Master, Energy Coach (CEC), Transpersonal Hypnotherapist and Bach Flower expert. Her approach is a spiritually focused and an individually crafted mind, body and spirit alchemical celebration of the divinity within each one of us. She is also a digital artist and photographer, and creates unusual portraits and colorful documentations of people and places. In addition, she regularly volunteers her time at CoSM and hopes to become more involved in the spiritually oriented underground Cultural Revolution in art, music and dance, helping to create community and fun. Http://www.myspace.com/aylavue is another online community where she frequently blogs and shares art, poetry and inspiration
Philip attended the Central School of Art in London to study Fine Art Painting in the mid-eighties and remained in there until the mid-nineties as an active participant in the vibrant and exciting art scene of that decade. A scene that has given rise to so many important Young British Artists. His work has been included in significant shows such as Wonderful Life at the Lisson Gallery London, the Institute of Cultural Anxiety at the ICA, London, Instructions, Gio Marconi Gallery, Milan and also at the 2nd Gramercy Art Fair in New York with Maureen Paley/Interim Art. He left London in 1995 to live in New York and continued to show his work internationally. Exhibitions in New York, L.A., London and Vancouver followed and he took part in the Brooklyn-Paris Festival exhibiting a wall drawing at the Eric Dupont gallery in Paris. Most recently he was commissioned with Arts Council of England funding to create computer animation and video to support the UK touring project ‘A change of light’ which showcased newly commissioned works for the cello (www.a-change-of-light.com).
Director of the acclaimed New York design studio Nowhere, Educator, Visual Artist, recent clients include Alicia Keys, Courtney Love, Levi Strauss, Coca Cola; he led the global rebranding of the Ramada Hotels and Kmart. He is currently at work on the first monograph of his Universus project which will feature 22 meditations for people who use Alphabets in their day to day communications. He is Creative Director of Reality Sandwich. www.nowherenyc.com
Craig is a freelance events producer with his company, Sublingual Innovations. He is also a visionary artist and founder of Deisigns, a Brooklyn artists' collaborative.
Elizabeth will graduate from Gallatin at New York University in May with an individualized degree in holistic health focusing in nutrition, psychology, mind body integration and energy healing. She is the co-founder of Fruition--a developing holistic wellness company whose mission is to spread mindful bliss through nutrition, energy healing, mind-body integration, sustainability, self-reliance, and ecstatically action-oriented community building.
Natasha Blank, on the verge of completing a degree in Consciousness Studies and Holistic Health at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, is a Reiki practitioner and co-founder of Fruition--a developing holistic wellness company whose mission is to spread mindful bliss through nutrition, energy healing, mind-body integration, sustainability, self-reliance, and ecstatically action-oriented community building. She thinks it's very important to dance as often as possible. email@example.com