Two Years Ago

was the tragic Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, California. A former Mass Art classmate and friend of mine, Micah Danemayer, who was performing the night of the show, died. They found him and his girlfriend rolled up in rugs, identifiable only by the tattoos on his body. I still have a tape he gave me one of his first recordings in my storage unit in Detroit. Max Harris, another classmate in the S.I.M. program (and good friends with Micah and others who died in the fire – Max had been living at Ghost Ship and had been its “Creative Director”), has been in jail over a year; the city pinning the deaths on him to avoid taking responsibility for lack of housing, building regulation and underfunded municipalities; a want-to-be cult leader and capitalism.

This is the article I just read. My friend Zayde, another SIM alum (and also classmates/friends with both Micah and Max), sent to me tonight. It’s a hard read. Might make you feel sad, angry and crazy all at once. I cried twice.

But it’s a pretty good article and yeah, I should probably visit Max at some point soon.

About kelleybrannonprojects

From 2012, new 'About' coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this nostalgia from my life five years ago: I am an artist, writer, researcher, filmmaker, photographer, playwright, actor, and director in Ridgewood, Queens. I know that might seem like a lot of things to be so I should say I experiment in a variety of disciplines and mediums; concepts and absurdities. I studied in The Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. I moved to the area in June 2010 after graduating. CURRENT PROJECTS: Since moving to NYC I've been feeling pulled back to my first loves: writing and theater; and the surreal, emotional, and abstract. I am also very involved with radical politics and I'm particularly interested in blending internal and external structures. I wrote a semi-surreal one act play called "The Rootless: A Play About America" last year which divulged the madness of capitalism and was performed at The Producer's Club with Love Creek Productions. I recently wrote another one act play called "The Thousand Lives of a Nomad" which is a story about the task, escape, and intrigue of continually making new lives in different places. The story is told through the lens of a 33 year-old woman originally from Finland and now residing in Brooklyn. It's staged to be a "live animation" of sorts and, personally I think it's both funny and thoughtful. On-going projects include a constant evolving series of smoke drawings, a documentary about the business behind social media and Facebook; hope of rekindling my love affair with large format photography, and a perpetual mid-life crisis...
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