NeonTourmaline
31 Brooklyn, United States
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My self-summary
I like to make weird things and go on long walks. I'm an earnest cornball with radical politics. Half-serious, half-goofoff. Too many emotions. Moderately-hopeful romantic. Semi-closeted nerdo.

Each year, I make myself do something uncomfortable. This year I am going to do an open mic stand-up routine.
What I’m doing with my life
Pursuing an MFA @ Parsons.

My thesis is an experimental opera about the existence of a single piece of iron over 500 years. New materialism, object-oriented ontology, and material determinism figure heavily into it. As does the anthropocene, but, these days, most art school projects are about that or surveillance.

Working on a documentary project exploring underserved communities reappropriating tech for radical purposes. It's a slow-burn.

Making a photo book documenting America's biggest balls of twine.
I’m really good at
Balancing being hyper-analytical and highly-sensitive.
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Books: Christopher Alexander, Barthes, Brunt, Susie Cagle, Codex Seraphinianus, Coetzee, Didion, Foucault (specifically History of Sexuality Vol. 3), Harraway, Jakobson, Jung (esp Liber Novus/Red Book), Kant, Laozi, Mishima, Morrison, Murakami, Nabokov, Nin, Plath, Pynchon, Sorabji, Wallace, Woodring, Woolf, Yeshe, Mondo 2000

Currently reading: Cyclonopedia by Reza Negarestani

Podcasts: Chapo Trap House, Fugitive Waves, Radio Diaries, 99pi, The Memory Palace, The Nato Sessions, This Is Hell, The Best Show, Mystery Show

Music: WFMU. WNYC Q2. Check my last.fm. Bach, Coil, Lil B, Psychic TV, Sublime Frequencies, doom metal, int'l music, jazz, hip hop, punk/hardcore, some rock, a moderate amount of pop and country. Disco.

Movies: Kenneth Anger, Bigelow, Lizzie Borden's "Born In Flames", Maya Deren, Korine, Kubrick, Lynch, Schrader's "Mishima", Gaspar Noe, Solondz, "Wild Zero" … plus almost everything pre-94 starring Eddie Murphy.

Food: Flavorful & spicy vegetarian cuisine from around the world. Unprocessed, natural ingredients. No gluten (not by choice)!
I spend a lot of time thinking about
Dismantling oppressive systems // art & pop culture
You should message me if
You like these date ideas: going on a long walk, listening to records in the dark, drawing on a big roll of newsprint, scouring a library.

You want to exchange a mix-cassette or a mix-VHS. You want to collaborate on a creative project. You're ok with working on different projects while in the same room as a regular thing.

Tell me what you're into!

PS – despite what my personality traits say, I'm more relationship-driven than sex-driven.
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