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Glories from the past, present and future. Part of my biography is here.

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Folha de S Paulo 1992 (Hamburg)

Folha de S Paulo 1992 (Hamburg)


Estadão - 1987

Estadão – 1987


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in Korea - ages and ages ago

in Korea – ages and ages ago

Roaming with intent.

Let’s Say it All Started on the day I read sprayed on a wall in Holborn, London: ART is dead.
I was caught dead in my boots because – not only was art dead, I was too. But I was standing in a pair of Doctor Martens.
This entire thing begins quite a few years earlier in New York on Second Avenue and E 4th Street in the apartment (made into a makeshift loft) where my friend (mentor and boyfriend) Helio Oiticica lived.

Helio had displays of his homages to Cara de Cavalo (Box Bolide) there and – needless to say – his big thing in life was his “tropicalista” statement/ banner like statement:
SEJA MARGINAL – SEJA HEROI
“BE A CRIMINAL – BE A HERO”

Now, try to convert that into North American terms of the 21st Century. Where would we be?
Or, in Brazil, for that matter? And where would we be there?
Of course, it’s easier to start in Brazil.
Those people in charge of the government and the “overall mentality – the prevailing mentality” in Brazil are crooks and have subscribed heavily to the system of Helio’s foretelling clear crystal catchphrase.
They’re all thieves. All of them.

If you hate Washington DC, think again. Try Brasilia!!!
I looked at that wall in Holborn back in the early 1970s. I looked again last year. It almost never changed.

I looked at my feet. Christ! How they’ve changed! And HOW many pair of boots I’ve minced through, smashed and mowed. How many cars, how many shirts, how many everything! How many people!!!!
I’m writing this one day after Lou Reed died. I’ve emailed Lenny many times today and we went over memories of us and Philip and Laurie. All my values have changed so much so damn much!!!
The NSA is now a terrible thing – it’s now the ‘enemy within’ as Enoch Powell used to call it.

Spying is something everybody does and nobody wants to talk about it. Yet – those boots were made for walking and I’ve walked. I’ve been walking all my life as if I’ve been fleeing. From what?

Not sure. Maybe I’ve been fleeing from being a CRIMINAL – HERO (in the words of Helio) , fleeing from being dead on arrival (my strange birth at a hotel, the Gramercy Park), fleeing from the TRUTH (whatever that maybe), fleeing from the daily addictions and the daily panic of dying although being DEAD should, in principle, mean, that I’ve already been acquitted from having to die again and again.

But it doesn’t acquit me from having to live.
And living is roaming with intent. And roaming with intent means that Let’s Say it All Started on the day I read sprayed on a wall in Holborn, London: ART is dead.
Spray paint is not permanent. No paint ever is.
No paint ever is.
No painting ever is.

Gerald Thomas Oct 28, 2013

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“Sir” Fernanda Montenegro !

A still from my play The Flash and Crash Days

A still from my play The Flash and Crash Days


During an afternoon tea in Rio last April

During an afternoon tea in Rio last April


Our play - The Flash and Crash Days (1991 - 1995)

Our play – The Flash and Crash Days (1991 – 1995)

Fernanda Montenegro vence Emmy Internacional de melhor atriz

A atriz Fernanda Montenegro ganhou na noite desta segunda-feira (25) em Nova York o prêmio Emmy Internacional na categoria de melhor performance feminina por seu papel como Dona Picucha no especial de fim de ano da TV Globo, “Doce de Mãe”, na 41ª edição da premiação.

A atriz, considerada um dos grandes nomes da teledramaturgia e do teatro no Brasil, ficou conhecida internacionalmente por seu trabalho no filme “Central do Brasil”, de 1999, e se tornou a primeira brasileira indicada ao Oscar. No especial de fim de ano “Doce de Mãe”, Fernanda interpreta uma senhora de 85 anos que anuncia para seus quatro filhos que quer se casar.

“Lado a Lado”, da TV Globo, vence Emmy Internacional de melhor telenovela

“Gostaria de dividir este Emmy com meus queridos diretores, Ana Luiza Azevedo e Jorge Furtado, e com todo o elenco, meus amigos, maravilhosos e estupendos atores do Brasil. Muito obrigado”, disse a atriz visivelmente emocionada, usando um elegante vestido preto de veludo. Minha sogra é foda!

Links:
“in conversation with Fernanda” http://geraldthomas.net/T-Fernanda-Montenegro.html

A small excerpt of The Flash and Crash Days: http://geraldthomas.net/PP-The-Flash-and-Crash-Days.html

From ABC news in English – http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/britains-bean-brazils-montenegro-win-emmys-21012225

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A Fax poem – for Otavio Frias Filho – 1994 (um fax poema)

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Homage to OFF – a year or so before I staged his Don Juan –
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“Hunting Season” (written in NY, 1981, published and staged: STURMSPIEL by Gerald Thomas, Munich State Theater 1989-

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Imagine the world, five years from now!

my drawing for a play

my drawing for a play

my drawing - cover of my book The Staging of the Self (encenador de Si Mesmo)

my drawing – cover of my book The Staging of the Self (encenador de Si Mesmo)

Can you imagine the world, five years from now?

Can you imagine how many web-comments, how many opinions will have been left on YouTube and on Blogs, on websites, on discussion pages of newspapers and…God! It’s exasperating!

And how many tweets about nothing by whom you might be “following” or who might be “following you”, five years from now? Imagine these tweets !!!! If Twitter would only expaaaaaand it’s content and welcome MORE characters! Imagine!

Just imagine all these Facebook entries or Instagram pictures – you silly twit! – there will have been? Can you imagine how much SPYING will have gone on? How many leaks will have taken place, NSA, non- NSA, Wiki anti-Wiki and so on? How many people opinionating in all these hundreds of languages, quetching (kvetching) plaining and complaining about this and that – filling their empty lives and annoying us and themselves with their loud sounds!!! Imagine that!

Remember “The Jetsons” and their flying cars?

Well, that was the future of the past. It’s quite silly to think that we’re into the 21st Century and are still driving on the ground and on rubber tires which are easily….well, you got my drift!

We’re still burning gas or diesel or whatever combustible substance (including the Mayor of Toronto, of course!), in order to propel ourselves? NO! We are??? Wow. Imagine what they must have imagined in the Jetson era about us now, in 2013, nearing 2014!!!!

Just imagine living in a “toaster world” where walking down the street will become a dangerous mechanism for YOUR brain – presupposing that any of it will still be left, given that the iPhone is only less than 8 years old! And so is most of what I’m describing in this article!

Jules Verne? A Space Odyssey ? George Orwell? Aldous Huxley?

Nobody in this “brave new world” of ours has the brains or the time to remember.

Remember imagination?

Imagination Dead. Imagine.
(Samuel Beckett)

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Gerald Thomas
Nov 13, 2013

3 important links:

https://geraldthomasblog.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/ilustrada-folha-de-sao-paulo-10082010/

http://www.geraldthomas.com/images/pdf/8810-nytimes.pdf

http://www.geraldthomas.com/images/pdf/fsp-210211.pdf

From The Guardian (today)
http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/nov/16/alec-baldwin-i-was-staring-off-a-cliff

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