Tag: Randy Gener

  • Photo by Neal Oshima, designed by Chef Romy Dorotan. This photo is from the cookbook "Memories of Philippine Kitchens," by Amy Besa and Romy Dorotan

    Six top chefs from coast to coast cook and share tales of putting Philippine cuisine on American tables at Sept. 28 dinner/forum

    Purple Yam and Filipino Mundo-NYC cordially invite everyone to join us for this downright enjoyable feast. On Friday, September 28, 2012, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., Purple Yam will open its kitchen for CULINARY DREAMS: Filipino-American Chefs’ Forum and Dinner Party. This hybrid event is an open dialogue, a scrumptious dinner, a bicoastal culinary exchange and a kind of experimental performance. From a place “setting,” CULINARY DREAMS hopes to inspire cravings, generate food for thought, debate ideas, and reveal our cultural dreams.

  • Paul Zaloom and Pat Oleszko in exhibition | Photo by Randy Gener

    Postcards from the Inge interview, Part 2 | Active Searching & The Value of the Prague Quadrennial

    The following interview originally appeared in Postcards from the Inge, a blog. It is re-posted here with the kind permission of the author. Interview by AMANDA WHITE THIETJE Here is the second installment of my interview with Randy Gener, curatorial adviser and co-creator of the USA national pavilion “From the Edge,” about the Prague Quadrennial.  I’ve included some of Randy’s photos of the US Exhibit throughout. Tune in here for Randy’s final insights for Postcards From the Inge! AMANDA WHITE THIETJE: The PQ is also a design competition; the US competed with From The Edge, in addition to entering the Student Section competition, the Architecture competition, and the Extreme Costume exhibition. How’d we do? GENER: Brazil was the major winner of this year’s Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space. Other awards went to Croatia, Latvia, Hungary, New Zealand, Mexico, Greece, the UK and Norway. Brazil grabbed the coveted Golden Triga for the Best Exposition. Greece and Mexico shared commendations for Best Work in Theatre Architecture and Performance Space, with each country winning gold medals. In the student section, Latvia won a gold medal for the Best Exposition in the Student Section. In the Extreme Costume Exhibition, Emma Ransley is the gold medalist for Best Theatre Costume for her work in Inhabiting Dress, produced in 2008 in Wellington, New Zealand. What I found strange was that this year’s PQ jury did not choose to hand out any silver or bronze medals. The winners reflect the opinions of the jury. Our exhibit was one of the great favorites in Prague, I am proud to say. AMANDA WHITE THIETJE: I explored obsessively in my time at the PQ, and I think I would say the most inspiring part for me came as a surprise. It was the Student Section—I was thrilled to see what wild creativity and innovation the world has to look …

  • "From the Edge," the USA national pavilion at Prague National Gallery | Photo by Randy Gener

    Postcards from the Inge interview, Part 3 | A Ripple Effect

    “The future is increasingly becoming hyper-local and immersive. The designers of the future will have to provide valuable insights into how, why and where we create new performance environments. They will determine the shape of theatre architecture to come. What’s the matter with Kansas if it cannot see that the techniques of illusion shape our reality, and not the other way around?”

  • Culturebot Conversations on Contemporary Performance

    Culturebot’s panel discussion on citizen criticism and the arts live-streams, takes place Jan. 15

    Culturebot.org, a multidisciplinary arts and culture blog, and the Public Theater‘s Under the Radar Festival have graciously invited me to participate in a panel discussion on citizen criticism and the arts during the festival. Curated by Culturebot.org, the discussion on criticism and the arts is entitled “Everyone’s A Critic! Exploring the Changing Landscape of Arts Writing.” It follows a discussion that pits visual-art performance against contemporary performance. And it will be livestreamed at  http://www.livestream.com/newplay. The actual discussion itself takes place Sunday, January 15 at 1PM at the LuEsther Lounge @ The Public Theater, 425 Lafayette Street. Here is the description: As the mainstream media continues to cut its arts coverage, an increasingly diverse field of citizen journalists has filled in the gap. Some decry this as a disaster, proclaiming the death of criticism. Others characterize this as a long-overdue democratization of critical conversation. The truth is probably somewhere in between. What is the role of the arts writer in today’s society – either “professional” or “amateur”, what is the difference between a reviewer, a critic and a crank, and what does the future hold? Participants: Randy Gener (editor and critic of CriticalStages.org and in the Theater of One World) George Hunka (Superfluities Redux) Margo Jefferson (critic, author, professor) Tom Sellar (Theater magazine & Village Voice) RECOMMENDED READING: Randy Gener, “In Search of a Criticism Without Borders” (Critical Stages) Randy Gener, “Criticism in the Hybrid Newsroom” (American Theatre magazine) Randy Gener, “Notes on Heart and Mind, or the Promise of Criticism in the Republic of Broken Dreams (American Theatre magazine) Michael Kaiser, “The Death of Criticism” (Huffington Post) George Hunka, “Criticism dies, again” (Superfluities Redux) Jeremy Barker, “Why Aren’t Audiences Stupid?” (Culturebot) Andrew Horwitz, “Why Aren’t Audiences Stupid?(Andy Version)” (Culturebot).