Full Disclosure Festival: A Radical Interconnectedness



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Full Disclosure Festival: RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS is a weekend long festival that takes place on October 20 and 21, 2017 on the Town Common and in a variety of spaces all within walking distance in Downtown Amherst. Regional artists are commissioned to create work upon the theme of our inter-connection with one another and to the earth. Art includes original dance, theater, sculpture, immersive theater, folk opera, music, spoken word, and a primordial woven natural stick sanctuary to be built on the Common. Also, conversations with thought leaders who study the ways we are connected (ie physicists, social activists, etc.) will be offered in hidden nooks and crannies of local businesses.

It works like this: we commission artists to create upon our theme in ways that engage folks viscerally and through imagination as deep thought and deep play cohere. AND we help with creative place-making by reimagining storefronts and alternative spaces with new and exciting art. We make experiences and expand thought while provoking conversation. The FD Fest is designed to connect people with ideas, place, and local businesses in exciting, creative new ways. What better way to explore creative place-making than through a festival that melds art with action in your own home town? Downtown Amherst becomes a place where that happens.

FD Fest combines the celebration of an outdoor fair with the excitement of a fringe theater festival with the integration of exciting new ways of thinking and being in the world. If artists throughout the country had the opportunity to create like-minded events we can collectively lift the consciousness of our species & hopefully address the ills we have created with the attention, intelligence, & energy that will ensure the health of our planet and the continuation of humankind.

The art:

1. Pacific Lodge 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: from Walt, from me to You is Katherine Adler’s movement offering presented in Pacific Lodge. It’s a movement based examination of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman and the ways that the human experience evolves through spheres of connection to nature, self, and humanity featuring the Hampshire Young People’s Chorus.

2. Grace Church 6:45 – 7:45: Water Project 3.0 is Emma Ayres reframing of the Water Project as a full scale Folk Opera with orchestra; about the importance of water and the effects that political power has upon our most precious resource. Performed in Grace Church.

3. Grace Church 8:15 pm – 9:15 pm: John Sheldon will perform a new incarnation of his newest work, The Same Water, a musical journey into the spirit of water. Using music, storytelling, and images, the piece explores our relationship to the sacred element which makes life possible.

4. Grace Church Courtyard- open

5. Knights of Columbus 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: LUNGS is a love story about a couple who, despite reservations about the consequences, decide to have a child. Two actors on a bare stage explore intimacy and searing emotion directed by Ellen Kaplan.

6. Tea Yoga starting point: John Bechtold creates a binaural audio experience in a small audience immersive theater environment to explore the natural history of selected architecture and sites in downtown Amherst.

7. BID Visitor Center: UNDER QUABBIN, a film by WGBY. Beneath the millions of gallons of water that flow into homes across eastern Massachusetts is a story of buried history, scientific discovery, & individual hopes & dreams destroyed in the name of progress. Edward Klekowski, a UMass biology professor with a passion for scuba diving, chronicles an unprecedented search for the remains of four lost towns under the Quabbin Reservoir in Belchertown, MA

9. Bueno Y Sano Tunnel: Exploded View installation.

? – interior somewhere: Amy Johnquest will create an original banner/mural/fabric art entitled THE TUNNEL OF LOVE to be displayed.

Common: OUT TO DRY connects our Festival audiences with local businesses. A clothesline wraps around the common & participants enter local/contiguous businesses to pick up a square of cloth (we supply along with Sharpies & clothes pins) & people write a message & hang. Squares with messages form a live installation on the Common.

Common: Fine House, a gallery of moving installations, where fine art and fun house collide. Featuring Lori Holmes Clark, Jack Golden, and Joe Dulude II as human expressions of great masterworks of art.

Common: Melinda McCreven builds a primordial hut of connection in the style of Patrick Doherty with whom she has studied.

PERHAPS IN GRACE CHURCH HALLWAY:  Joseph Dulude’s Wound is an expression of the danger that our current political state of the danger that our current political state could take us to. Those of us who are different – who are POC, who are LGBTQ, who rally for what is decent and right and equal in our society – are in danger of being attacked, abused, and often killed. “Wound” seeks to make those fears tangible and warn against a reality that is all too terrifying and all too imminent. Joe asked people what they were afraid of with the country and the world in the state it is in and then interpreted that into a wound makeup and took the photos.


State Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose at Amherst Books from 7-8 pm.

Just a year out of college, Solomon focuses on getting at the root of problems, knowing there is more agreement to be found at the structural or system level. He pushes for bolder legislation to be considered, with a focus on energy and education.

Alice Nash, professor at UMASS, at the High Horse back table from 5-6 pm. Alice is an Associate Professor of History, Director of the UMass Certificate Program in Native American & Indigenous Studies, and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of History. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the American Indian Law Alliance.

Mari Castenada, professor at UMASS, at a place TBA (Monkey Bar not available) from 6-7 pm. Mari has spent her life studying digital media and telecommunication policy, Latina/ethnic media studies, and global communications. Her work promotes “engaged scholarship” and aims to address inequality, power, community voices, and the role of intersectionalities in shaping media and cultural spaces.

Terry Jenoure, PhD, Diversity educator, at the Bike Shop upstaits from 6-7 pm. Terry is a musician, writer, and visual artist was born and raised in the Bronx, New York in a Puerto Rican and Jamaican family. A self-taught doll maker, she has worked in this medium since the mid 1980s. She is also an accomplished violinist and vocalist who began training at the age of seven. She has performed and taught in various capacities throughout the U.S., Canada, Colombia, Brazil, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Israel, India, South Africa, and Mexico. With Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, she served on the graduate faculty at Lesley University, and has published a book and numerous articles on the value and nature of creative improvisation and its implications for teaching.

Salman Hamid, Astrophysicist, at the Moon Goddess. Amherst Cinema?  from 7-8 pm. Salman’s primary research interest focuses on understanding the reception of science in the Muslim world and how Muslims view the relationship between science & religion.

He recently led a 4-year National Science Foundation funded study on the reception of biological evolution in diverse Muslim societies. He is also leading a study to understand and analyze the discourse and participants in online Islam and Science videos.

His other research interests include analyzing reconciliation efforts over sacred objects and places of astronomical importance. His past astronomy research focused on understanding star formation in spiral galaxies.

Monte Belmonte, Sound collage artist and philanthropist, from 5-6 pm at the Amherst Coffee Bar. Monte is the winner of the 2016 Volunteer in Philanthropy Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western Massachusetts. The morning radio host for WRSI, Monte spends his time and energy for the betterment of nonprofits in western Massachusetts including the Young Shakespeare Players, public television station WGBY and the Food Bank’s Task Force to End Hunger. He regularly supports, energizes and helps others to support nonprofits throughout Western Massachusetts.

David Teeple, sculptor, at the Visitor’s Center  from 8-9 pm with his film/slides on his ongoing series of environmental installations. He has placed water-filled glass tanks in various contexts: for instance, on a river where the tanks appear to be floating on the surface. Utilizing Snell’s law of refraction, the works challenge the relationship between perception and interpretation and how we interact with place. Part ritual, part experiment, part conceptual and aesthetic art action, the installations absorb and reconfigure both the surrounding imagery and the structure of the sculpture itself, creating visual phenomena that extend beyond the parameters of water and glass.