IN CONVERSATION WITH TONGO EISEN-MARTIN
Sharing some conversation with American poet, Tongo Eisen-Martin, who will be participating in our upcoming event FUTR OnAir | Rio de Janeiro = San Francisco. He is paired with Brazilian sculptor and performance artist, Guga Ferraz. The two of them will be collaborating in OnAir via live stream at Little Boxes Theater on November 6th.
FUTR: SPEAKING GENERALLY ON YOUR PRACTICE, WHAT INSPIRES YOUR WORK?
TEM: Honestly, and (please note) humbly, I am no more inspired to write than I am inspired to breathe. Or inspired to watch where I am walking as ultimately my poems just express a perception of where I am. This perception does not respect most laws of the physics, but does have a ground in that it is always tied to the observable (or observable enough) universe. What we can observe now is the past and prologue of a transformed world or ultimately ended world (respectively, away from or by insane imperialists).
FUTR: CAN YOU SHARE SOMETHING WITH US ABOUT THE PROJECT THAT IS TAKING SHAPE WITH YOUR ARTIST COUNTERPART FROM RIO?
TEM: I will provide the poetry and my counterpart will do everything else.
FUTR: WHAT SO FAR HAS BEEN THE MOST SURPRISING OR INTERESTING PART OF THE EXPERIENCE?
TEM: My counterpart can literally do everything else.
FUTR: HAVE YOU EVER PERFORMED BEFORE THROUGH A LIVE STREAM WITH AN ARTIST IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?
TEM: No, but looking forward.
FUTR: HOW DO YOU THINK THIS EXPERIENCE WILL INFLUENCE YOUR OWN PROCESS AND CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT AS AN ARTIST?
TEM: Art is just a path. Whether you wander it alone for an eternity. Or run into people everyday. This is a great village of people I have happened upon. I am happy to be here.