at last - i've finished writing a conference paper & (partially) caught up on all the UpStage stuff, washed all my clothes, cleaned the spilt shampoo out of my sponge bag & spent this afternoon lying at the beach. i'm catching my breath in uddevalla, sweden, with zab & axel. the days are long & the nights are light (the photo on the left was taken at around 11.30pm). eventually my brain will come back to normal & i'll be able to write something about the festival in denmark & "let ME go" but for now i'm really happy to be zab's tjenestepige and axel's playmate & to sleep in a lot & watch videos & not think about anything much at all : )
something else that has made me catch my breath in uddevalla is the number of classic cars; we were out on an utflykt (day trip) on sunday & it seemed like every second car was an american 1950s classic - a bit like havana except these old girls are all nearly all in mint condition. apparently there was some kind of classic car event that day, but there are always a lot of these cars around here because of the swedish raggare culture - an americanophile variation on the new zealand bogan, apparently. but they have some extremely nice cars.
it was difficult to get a picture of the best ones as we were driving & so were they, but these two were at least momentarily stationary.
my biking skills have improved little since amsterdam 03, where the tramlines were my undoing; in ringkobing it was a combination of the cobblestones & undue haste - rushing to make it to the opening of the festival, most of which i missed as i sat in a shop with ice on my knee, being fussed over by kind danish ladies. now i have this colourful souvenir of ringkobing, & much difficulty doing yoga.
on sunday morning over breakfast, we drew runes, & for all of us (anto, dina, petra & myself) they were quite profound. mine was hagalaz, hail, the rune of disruption, a major shift of energies and the deep need to break free of constricting circumstances or past habits. change, freedom, invention & liberation are attributes of this rune. i must expect disruption, & the more severe the disruption the more significant & timely are the requirements for my growth.
naturally i like this rune because it is almost an H; and i feel ready for it, for whatever radical discontinuity is about to enter my life ...
the last two weeks have passed in a blur of intense busy-ness, making the installation & then the five days of festival. i'll have to write about it properly later when i've recovered but for now, i'm lying in bed in a hotel in oslo, having come directly from ringkobing to the start of the UpStage workshop at the Norsk Telemuseum. happily, the students are enthusiastic & motivated, & all i had to do was log them in & they immediately jumped in & began playing. yay for UpStage! : )
i am really shocked to learn that my travelling companion, zecica, is on facebook!!! i'm a facebook resister - always have been; what do i need it for? but now zecica has gone behind my back & apparently has a huge network of friends around the world on facebook.
oh well, i suppose she needs to have some independence from me. i just hope she doesn't start bombarding me with invitations to be her friend on facebook ...