On Friday, November 9, Steve Seaberg invites everyone to remember and celebrate the life of his late wife, Rönnog Seaberg (1932 – 2007).
Rönnog Seaberg, mother, poet, author, and long standing and beloved member of Atlanta’s arts community, died at home on Wednesday, October 17, 2007. Her last poem “Old Age”, dated October 15, 2007, is included below.
With her husband of 50 years, Ms. Seaberg created a new art form: acrobatic poetry. It was the physical expression of a life that embraced the world, relied on strong family support and always broke conventions.
Born in Sweden, Ms. Seaberg earned degrees in literature and religion from the University of Uppsala. She met her Chicago-born husband while he was visiting relatives in her native country. The couple moved to Spain, wed in Morocco and vowed to live life as artists in America. They moved to Atlanta in 1970.
The evening will include films and videos of performances by the Seabergs, as well as performances by the remaining company of Seaberg Acrobatic Poetry, a troupe that included the Seabergs and younger performers. There will also be performances by several Atlanta-based performance artists including Allison Rentz and Nat Slaughter.
Rönnog Seaberg’s obituary, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, can be read here...
Old age like a tiger
ripping at your skin
to set your mind free.
We kneel of course.
If old age has such force
what strength birth should be
or the full length of life
and the whole earth!
The old silent movies run
from rusty projectors.
The spiderwebs the spiders spun
on spider spindles
food and fun.
Rönnog Seaberg, 10.15 2007
Bread and Puppet Workshop
November 11, 2007 12:30PM - 4:00PM Price: $10-$25 sliding scale
Bread & Puppet Workshop at Eyedrum, 12:30 - 4 pm, Sunday 11/11
Cardboard Technical Institute for Subversive Garbage Theater
Fee: $10-$25, sliding scale.
Eat lunch before you get there or bring a snack with you.
Light as a feather, stiff as a board, the ultimate alchemist and stronger than dirt, reclaimed from the garbage to recreate the life we live in, and take down it's creators of disposable culture… the Cardboard Technical institute is a skill sharing workshop on how to use simple tools and an abundance of free cardboard to design and build anything from Puppets to houses. The workshop will leave you with the tools to manipulate cardboard into most any shape you can imagine…. Then use your creations to overthrow the miserable government!!!
We were asked to do a workshop while were in Atlanta to help folks prepare for the SOAW actions in Columbus the week of 12 - 17 November. Eyedrum graciously agreed to host this. If you aren't planning to go down to Columbus but you'd like to learn cardboard puppet construction, come anyway.
As you see the workshop is about building stuff - for us this means mostly puppets and masks - from cardboard.
We make two kinds of cardboard puppets and masks: flat two dimensional ones (we call these Flatsos) and ones with more dimension. The latter kind often involves stapling bent cardboard or sticking on wads of newspaper with masking tape over the flat base of cardboard. We often paper maché over that. We doubt that we will have much time to do paper maché work during the workshop but we can show you how we make our glue so you can do the final work on your own.
Here's a list of materials we'll need:
CARDBOARD: Large pieces of single corrugated cardboard are best. We usually get these from a nearby furniture factory that uses very big boxes of corrugated cardboard to ship the furniture. You can also get big boxes from stores that sell big appliances such as refrigerators. and smaller ones from grocery stores. dumpsters, recycling centers.
TOOLS TO USE WITH CARDBOARD: Utility knives with sharp blades (these are very important); lots of masking tape; Duct tape; hot glue gun and glue sticks; staple gun; staple pliers; wire; twine; rope or clothesline; scissors. Soda or beer bottle caps to use as washers - they help keep screws and nails from cutting through the cardboard.
STICKS AND POLES: We hear that you have a lot of bamboo down there. Bring some, length depending on how big you want something to be or how many arms and legs it should have. Very big pieces of cardboard tend to flop; a thin bamboo stick wired into a big mask will keep it rigid. It also gives you something to hold on to.
PAINT & BRUSHES: Whatever dregs of latex house paint you can lay your hands on. Basic colors we use are black, white, red, green, blue, yellow. Black is the most basic, but bring whatever colors you can find. We will also need an assortment of brushes large and small. The large brushes can be the kind used for house painting. The smaller ones should be artist brushes.
CLOTH: for puppet "dresses". A tall mask at the top of a pole looks ok, but sometimes it looks even better with a big piece of cloth attached. No need to buy cloth. Bring old sheets, curtains, table cloths, bedspreads, etc. that will give a variety of colors and patterns.
If you want to get into sewing, bring some basic sewing supplies too: pins, needles, scissors, safety pins, tape measure, thread. But if the dress isn't too complicated we can staple it together and avoid all the sewing fuss.
HAND TOOLS: We will need the usual array of hand tools that are commonly found in a wood shop - hammers, saws, screw drivers, staple guns, staples, pliers, utility knives and extra blades, nails, screws, etc. An electric drill with screwing capacity and drill bits would also be useful.
RAGS: to use as paint rags and for cleaning up.
OLD NEWSPAPERS: a good pile.
BUCKETS, AND EMPTY CONTAINERS in a variety of sizes for mixing paints and cleaning brushes
BIG PIECES OF PLASTIC for covering floors and walls to protect them from paint mess.
FOR GLUE MAKING DEMONSTRATION:
A hot plate
a 2 or 3 gallon pot
a pound or two of cornstarch
We'd like to get have an idea of how many folks to expect for the workshop, who can bring what, and how we can contact you for any updates.
Can you please send the following info to Deisha Oliver at: firstname.lastname@example.org