Thursday, September 25, 2008

Murder music, heat and sex music

Some of you have read my story, "Touching Fire." Some of you in Seattle may even have heard me read from it. But I can guarantee you have never experienced it like this:

(Here's a direct link at better quality.)
It's a vid called Sun on Dragonfly, created by Karina. Just as the fictional Nadia's dancing does for the story's narrator, this vid makes me 'ache fiercely for...something'. Actually, no, it makes me ache fiercely for everything: right here, right now, and all I can get.
I've never met Karina though I've met her blog, and she's met my voice, written and spoken. And that has triggered this brilliant collision, this dense star born of me, and her, and Patricia Rozema, and the Wachowski brothers (and Susie Bright and Kathi Prosser & Caroline Richardson, and Edvin Marton, and, yes, even Madonna). Karina brought all those element together in this expression, this explosion of pure, visceral fission. It's mesmerising, ferocious, exciting. It has pull. All you writers, vidders, musicians, film makers, photographers, costumers, poets, designers: go find someone to collaborate with, to collide with, to orbit around and escalate and mutate with. It will wrench you open along every seam and hurl you into the unknown.
I believe art is the need to reach out and touch the wordlessness and then to share it. This vid does that. And it makes me feel as though my own reach is greater.
Sun on Dragonfly captures the kernel of "Touching Fire," which is a story of the erotic savagery of art and risk and self-belief. I hope you enjoy it. Go read the story (it's free--though if you like it, you might like my short collection, With Her Body, which isn't) then watch the vid again. Then tell Karina how much you liked it. Then, seriously, go find someone to collaborate with today, on anything--a recipe, a programme design, making a baby. Stretch. Take a risk.
Oh, and tomorrow, for Friday Audio, I'll be posting the original 9-minute reading the vid is based on. Meanwhile, go watch Karina's other vid, the wonderful Mad Rush, which is a response to Kelley's story, "Strings." I think Karina is building a brand new artform...



  1. It feels amazing to finally be able to reach out and touch you in some way. And return a token of what your stories and characters have done for me during the past 15 years. It sounds like a lot of time, and it is. But it's been time better lived because of your art. I can only wish we go on breathing and creating and colliding and going up in flames for many more years.

    Thank you. So much. For everything. I also want it all. Fiercely.

  2. The brand new artform is called Extreme Fandom.

  3. Karina, that was extraordinarily, achingly beautiful.

  4. Holy fuck. If that doesn't make you want to rip off the veil and touch some fire, I don't know what would.

    The combination of those words with those sounds and sights is beautiful.

  5. Fantastic timing, I just received With her body and read Touching Fire yesterday!

    Karina: Fabulous vid :-)

  6. wow, and to have Nicola reading, this was just incredible! I can't believe I haven't read this...jumped on and ordered today, if it was on Kindle I'd be reading it right now, but, I will wait two days!
    Karina, you are incredible!

  7. Isn't it just mind-blowing? Not sure I'll be getting much work done today but, wow, tomorrow--I'll take off like a rocket.

  8. I used to own the Canadian movie, When Night Is Falling, not for the plot or acting, believe me, but for the exquisite scene involving the twins on trapeze and the lovers below in red velvet. Fun to see that again, in this way. Ah, collaboration.
    In my world lately, collaboration comes over projects in Visio...I miss the contact improv and dance. Thank you! -Sarah

    1. Yes! I too loved the visuals and sensuals in that wonderful, now old, movie. havnt savored it in too long. gotta find it again and dive in.

  9. sarah, yes, when I saw the vid I thought, 'must rent When Night is Falling again. What is contact improv?

  10. I *heart* Nicola's voice. Holy fuck is right.

    Everyone, thanks for watching and taking pleasure in the vid and for (re)reading "Touching Fire".

    Nicola, I'm sorry I kept you up so late last night. I do hope to look up at the sky tomorrow and go,
    "It's a bird. It's a plane.
    No. It's Nicola, Godlord of the Universe!"

  11. And it has to be Godlord, because Goddesslady sounds wimpy and meek and you're not. You are strong and mighty. Seriously, we have to come up with better deity and nobility words for women.

  12. karina, the higher up the tree we go--god, emperor, king--the more the feminine endings sound okay--goddess, empress, queen. But 'lady' has been pretty much debased. Dark Overlady of the Universe just has no oomph,y'know?

    I think 'god of the blog' sounds just about right :)

    As for keeping me up, eh, not sure I would have slept anyway--too excited. Such a fab vid. Thank you again.

  13. I have seen "When Night is Falling". I did not like it,but some of the cinematography redeemed it.

    Karina..."Extreme Fandom" has been around for awhile but your application gives it a whole new level of meaning to the defintion. I viewed your video as a mini Docudrama unfolding around Nicola's story. Wonderful!

    I cannot remember who said it, AND I have take liberties with the thought: Innovation comes about when what I know crashes into what you know, melds, and produces something new and never before experienced.

    Thank you both for sharing your talents.