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1.10 / Mirror Image

March 11 2010

Introduction

March 11, 2010. On Monday, I stood dazed at the top of the ramp of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, left there by the final of four companions in a conversation that began when a young girl asked me what my idea of progress was.  The museum was devoid of work except for these conversations with visitors. Orchestrated by the artist Tino Sehgal, the experience was part social ritual, part entrancing performance.  I thought of both Anthony Marcellini’s and Mia Stageberg’s texts, which do similar work to convey the means by which perceptions, ideas, and actions all become palpable, for ourselves and others.  Stageberg creates an allegory of a dress, Marcellini a parable of a magpie.  Both are included here. Enjoy – PM. Next Issue: March 25, 2010.

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Drifting and Navigating, Part 2

Drifting and Navigating, Part 2

By Anthony Marcellini

When The Magpie first saw his reflection, he was completely lost. He stood in front of the mirror and stared long and hard at the bird looking back at him. He didn’t know what, or rather who, he was looking at. The bird bobbed his head, flapped his wings, and moved back and forth in front of the mirror. He tried puffing up to make himself look bigger to scare the other bird, who simply mimed every action.

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Kalavinka Dress

Kalavinka Dress

By Mia Kirsi Stageberg

I had long practiced willingly – needfully – the strenuous solid job and the arduous challenge of fiction. I remembered how hopeful and centered it once felt to be invited to use words, intimately exploring art. What about inviting myself? Maybe I could bring back some Kalavinka spirit, if only to see how it worked now, and whether it led me to art writing or something else. I felt hungry for that kind of unfolding.

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