LUSH VALLEY


Monday’s Work in progress by kristinmarting
September 18, 2010, 12:28 pm
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We had a really exciting time experimenting with the participatory aspects of the the show with about 20 people on Monday at HERE.

We took a census of the group and shared the demographics, tested people for citizenship and were able to announce 2 new citizens out of 20, analyzed INS paperwork for the group to uncover their moral character, and conducted video interviews with people one-on-one to find out what the american dream means to them.

We also experimented with several camera’s eye monologues to explore how theatrical text might integrate into the participatory sections.

Thanks to Mariana Newhard, Irene Longshore and Rudy Mungaray for bravely jumping in with this.

We got great feedback from the HERE resident artists and general community who attended, learned a lot and have made lots of ideas of how to do our upcoming PRELUDE presentation on September 30.

More to come….



Equality by kristinmarting
August 16, 2010, 4:28 pm
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All the people like us are we. And everyone else is They.   Rudyard Kipling



Equality? by kristinmarting
August 12, 2010, 3:12 pm
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In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors, for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal applies only upwards, not downwards. - Bertrand Russell



NYTimes.com: But Will It Make You Happy? by kristinmarting
August 9, 2010, 1:02 pm
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The New York Times
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BUSINESS | August 08, 2010

But Will It Make You Happy?
By STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM
How you spend has a greater effect on your happiness than how much you spend, researchers say.

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Think Tank # 4 – Equality by kristinmarting
July 18, 2010, 2:51 pm
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Join us for our fourth of eight community THINK TANK sessions on Wednesday, August 18from 7pm -10pm which will delve into the concept of EQUALITY. These Think Tanks are open to the public and are a cross between Town Hall and Open Space format. We are looking to have a diverse group of folks at each event – we are looking for artists, alternative thinkers, educators, activists, social workers, HR, lawyers, parents, politicians and anyone else who is interested. Please come –  and if you know someone who fits this description and might enjoy this event, please forward.

Please note: this event will be held at HERE’s Rehearsal Space, 75 Varick at Canal Street. Please bring ID for entry into building.

If you would like to attend, please email lushvalley@here.org to rsvp.



Think Tank # 3 – Freedom by kristinmarting
June 25, 2010, 5:10 pm
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Join us for our third of eight community THINK TANK sessions on Wednesday, July 7 from 7pm -10pm which will delve into the concept of FREEDOM. These Think Tanks are open to the public and are a cross between Town Hall and Open Space format. We are looking to have a diverse group of folks at each event – we are looking for artists, soldiers, alternative thinkers, educators, activists, politicians and anyone else who is interested. Please come and if you know someone who fits this description and might enjoy this event please forward this invitation.

Please note: this event will be held at HERE’s Rehearsal Space, 75 Varick at Canal Street. Please bring ID for entry into building.

If you would like to attend, please email lushvalley@here.org to rsvp



Oxford Happiness Questionnaire by kristinmarting
June 20, 2010, 2:44 pm
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Take a quick questionnaire here and find out your happiness score.



Picket Dream by kristinmarting
May 27, 2010, 8:51 pm
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Tal, Yana and I are thrilled to have been invited to participate in The Figment festival on Governor’s Island this June 11-13.

Here’s Tal’s description of what we will be doing over the three days:

The white picket fence is an evocation of the American Dream; an idyllic sanctuary that promises safety and happiness within its gates. This installation asks participants to label each picket with their own dream or
their perception of the American Dream and then plant the picket, adding it to an ever-expanding spiral fence. The fence will ultimately contain a thousand Picket Dreams as it evolves over the course of the festival.

We will let you know as soon as we have more details.



Rethinking the American Dream Culture: vanityfair.com by kristinmarting
May 27, 2010, 8:19 pm
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Thanks to Rudy Mungaray for sharing this absorbing article from Vanity Fair about the changing status of the American Dream:

Rethinking the American Dream Culture: vanityfair.com.



Happiness Think Tank Notes by kristinmarting
May 12, 2010, 1:20 pm
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Happiness versus pleasure & Is happiness trite compared to joy? Positivity versus Pollyanna? (pt. 2)

Happiness is light, not deep. Joy is ???

Trite is too discriminatory.  Happiness is what we ???

Pleasure is temporary. Is happiness temporary?

Is the pursuit of happiness self-centered? Is there an obligation to the pursuit?

Pollyanna is superficial.

Who do you want to be in this crisis?

Sharon Salzberg Love & Kindness Mantra

Pursuit of happiness is American ambition

Happiness is hard for us to define.

“Happiness is a warm gun.”

How does happiness relate to privilege?

We all have different pursuits.

Is the glass half full? Or half empty?

“Forget your troubles, come on get happy.”

“Happy days are here again.”

“Don’t worry. Be happy.”

“If you’re happy and you know it…”

“Happy trails to you.”

 Laughter and happiness is contagious.

 Happiness is a platonic ideal?




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