Wednesday, March 20th, CA Conrad read as part of MoMA’s Guerilla Readings, put together by Kenny Goldsmith. The idea is for the series to have poets, writers and performers take over the gallery space and shift the consciousness of everyone there and the energies, you know, bring the museum to life! CA Conrad began by explaining they’ve been overseeing all Paranormal Activity within the galleries, he’s been researching into strange ghostly encounters, UFO activity in and around the museum and so on, she went on to explain that one of the more fascinating discoveries he recently uncovered: the poet Ariana Reines is the reincarnation of Giacomo Balla. In the above photo, you will notice Ariana is blurry, this isn’t an accident, as the photo was being taken Ariana was explaining to everyone gathered that SPEED is the key. Not speed as in meth, but speed as in VELOCITY. It was then that I realized her power (which I’ve always been aware of, but suddenly, it seemed so infinite), she’s a LIGHTNING FLASH!!!!!!!! striking over & over through different bodies in every generation forever. A true ray of light that somehow quenches the thirst it induces.
CA Conrad and Ariana bantered for a bit about painting versus poetry and then they both read a poems. Then CA suggested Ariana engage in a healing and I was picked. Ariana told me to whisper into her ear where my pain is and I told her and then she laid me down and performed.
My eyes were shut, all I could feel were her hands and the feet of a fellow audience member who had been instructed to place the soles of her feet against mine. I felt the energies of Ariana and the audience member shoot through me, just as I felt my own expel and as everyone clapped and parted ways, for a moment I suddenly saw the world as being just a little bit brighter and then so much static….
A few of us then headed downstairs for Rick Moody‘s reading on the 4th floor in front of a Mark Rothko painting that he explained had haunted him for the past ten years. He read a few poems and then pulled out his guitar to sing to the painting. As he read and sang I surveyed the room of people all fully engaged in the moment and was so happily surprised, for a moment everyone tuned in and our collective experience shifted what most consider often an otherwise dull place. Isn’t it a shame museums have garnered such an atrocious reputation. Call me anything but a bore! I figure a painting is only as great as all the experiences that happen before it.
Oh, and I also met one of the head librarians of MoMA’s library and they asked for a copy of the Occupy Wall Street Poetry Anthology for their archives and I’m super excited to say, they now have one. So if you’re ever at the MoMA library be sure to ask to check it out.
thank you Dia Felix for the cool photos