Saturday, December 20, 2014


Dear Friends,

Greetings & seasonal salutations to all!

This letter serves to update you on all the happenings of the past year & announce new endeavors.

Transart Institute – MFA 

You may recall that I am a student again!
I have just completed my first semester with the Transart Institute low-residency MFA program.
During the summer I attended the TI Summer Residency at Uferstudios in Berlin. This intensive three-week program consisted of morning til night lectures, workshops, presentations, gallery exhibitions & other special events – quite a whirlwind!
Highlights of the residency for me were to study with performance art legend Linda Montano & also to present a solo movement installation “Creeper” as part of a TI student exhibition at Somos Gallery in the up-and-coming neighborhood of Neukolin.

My MFA project is to create a method for teaching Performance Art – the thesis title is: “The Process and Praxis of Constructing the Self as Medium” (a practical pedagogy for the practice of performance art) 
So I have been trying out my methods on some willing “guinea-pig” students here in Asheville – heartfelt “thank-yous” to Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre & to the Asheville Butoh collective.

Next on the horizon is the TI Winter Residency at The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City this January.
For more information about the Transart Institute, visit:

"Creeper" at Somos Gallery
"Creeper" at Somos Gallery

The MTA 

A lot has been happening this year at The Mission For Temporal Art in lil’ ole Marshall NC.
The most significant exhibition this year was the Luminous Surface show – an installation of over twenty audio-visual works by artists from up & down the continental North American East coast. This opened on the Summer Solstice weekend with an all night Ambient Solstice music event followed the next day by an eclectic Acoustic Solstice mix of music, poetry & dance.

an odd panorama at the MTA

This season we have hosted many regional artists: an Autumn Equinox installation & performance ritual by Lynn Nesseth, sound installations by Richard Brewster & Mary Zogzas, a recording session with Tashi Dorji, a recording residency & concert with Meg Mulhearn & Elisa Faires, an all-night Halloween film festival curated by Mark Hosler &  interactive maze drawings by Morgan Santander.
Please see our blog for all events:

HawkEye the kitty
The Mission For Temporal Art

And … 

Other noteworthy events since the summer include:

Salisbury MD
My partner, David Linton, & I were invited to Salisbury MD on the Delmarva Peninsula in September. Our good friends & fellow artists David & Tara Gladden are both faculty at Salisbury University, which runs two galleries in the downtown arts district. Through a community grant, we were recruited as guest artists – I taught a Motion Sculpture movement workshop that culminated in a public intervention performance for the Third Friday downtown art walk - “Attack of the Killer Stripey Tubes!”  David & I also performed an audio-visual collaboration later that evening.
The Gladdens are greatly instrumental in creating a very cool & interesting art scene there.
For more information on our Salisbury events:

"Attack of the Killer Stripey Tubes!"

Stripey Tubes on the loose!
in the streets of Salisbury

This Japanese word summarizing the concept “things are not what they seem” was the title for Legacy Butoh / Anemone Dance Theater’s Art In The Park event in October. Sponsored by the Asheville Area Arts Council & the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center, the event utilized one of Asheville’s historic neighborhood parks, Grove Park, by presenting three Butoh Dance pieces, each in a different area of the park.
My role was that of the MC. To lead the audience through the event, I embodied the playful character of Uwabe.


with musical assistant wabi-sabi

Two performances in New York during the first week of December. 

Opaque Body 
David & I performed our audio-visual performance collaboration at The Outpost Artist Resources as part of his “distENDed cinema” series. This event was entitled “The Opaque Body” & included seven audio-visual artists who were invited to present work on this theme.
For more information, here is the Facebook link: 
& here is the video link for our performance:

from "Opaque Body"

I was also part of a multi-media collaboration presented at Phil Niblock’s Experimental Intermedia. The piece was entitled “Nocrem” & originated as a music score by Al Margolis. Last February at X-Fest in MA, Al - together with video artist Katherine Liberovskaya, movement artist Joe Burgio & myself – performed an improvisation together using some of this score. The result was successful enough to cause us to want to develop the collaboration into a piece, so this event was a great opportunity for us to do that.
Here is a segment of the piece: 

Coming Up 

This winter I will continue in my academic endeavors.
The Transart Institute Winter Residency is January 12 – 16 in NYC.
I will also be spending January & February beginning my research paper in an artist retreat at Chance House / John Cage Memorial Park, Deal Island, MD. This is an artist residency founded by David & Tara Gladden.
I’m very much looking forward to being able to work in peace & quiet with no distractions! I also plan to use this valuable opportunity to reconnect with my vocal & cello practice.
For more information about the John Cage Memorial Park, visit: 
And Chance House:

John Cage Memorial Park
Chance House


Deal Island


I am currently fundraising to cover expenses associated with the three up-coming 2015 residencies:
Transart Institute Winter Residency, NYC
Chance House / John Cage Memorial Park retreat/residency, MD
Transart Institute Summer Residency, Berlin 

Please visit my fundraiser at GoFundMe:

Thank you so much & warm wishes to you through the cold winter. 


Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring Newsletter - 2014


Dear Friends,

Greetings from the land of Southern Appalachian mountain Spring showers!
This past year has been one of new enterprises & undertakings, while also revisiting familiar traditions.

The Mission For Temporal Art

The biggest undertaking being the new home of Cilla Vee Life Arts – The Mission For Temporal Art, located in historic downtown Marshall NC, by the ancient French Broad River & haunted by the frequent whistle of the freight-trains blowing through town.

After much discussion & debate, my partner David Linton (audio-visual artist, recently moved to these parts from NYC) managed to persuade me to take on the somewhat overwhelming, yet full-of-potential task of renting a beautiful 1912 Methodist Church building from friends of ours in New York who had bought it about six years ago. Tony Torn (actor) & Lee Ann Brown (poet) founded the FBI (French Broad Institute) – with a vision for a multi-art space.


Our goals for The MTA are: to provide residencies for local & visiting artists, to present a regular program of events, performances, exhibitions & workshops & to have a space in which to develop our own artistic work.

For more information, please go to our start-up blog at 
& on Facebook 
Or view our Indiegogo fundraiser video 
You can also view media from our events so far
New Years Eve 
Vernal Equinox 
Asheville Citizen Times 
Mountain Xpress

Transart Institute

The other news of significance is that I have been accepted into an MFA Creative Practice program with the Transart Institute. It is a remote study course accredited by the University of Plymouth in the UK & holds a Summer residency in Berlin & a Winter residency in New York. Throughout the semester, students are assigned advisors & develop their own course of study based on the work they are pursuing in their own artistic practice & how they wish to steer that towards future goals.

As director of Cilla Vee Life Arts for the past twelve years (yes – twelve years!) I have been developing modes & methods of creating & presenting inter-disciplinary performance that I now feel it would be beneficial to compile into a pedagogical format that can be integrated into a teaching curriculum.

If you would like further information on this, you can view my application proposal here –
& for more information on the Transart Institute -

Event & Performance Reports



“Madonna & Child” – a solo Motion Sculpture Movement Installation performed at the Asheville Art Museum for the First Friday Art Walks.

Movement for “Dialoga Aquila” – a sound & light installation by Elisa Faires at The Apothecary, Asheville NC.

“FLUX” - a sound sculpture performance installation (originally created for the Asheville Butoh Festival) was presented at the New Dischord Festival of Intermedia in Chattanooga TN.

This festival is the enterprising endeavor of composer Tim Hinck & demonstrates an interesting experimental arts scene immerging in Chattanooga.

For this performance I invited Asheville collaborators Elisa Faires, Chandra Shukla, Kima Moore – plus partner David Linton. My Dad’s old Buick also became the star of the show once we realized the venue (Folk School of Chattanooga) had a fabulous big garage door!
Festival website

Sound of Movement collaboration with Elisa Faires at King Dusko coffee house gallery, Charleston SC.



Guest teacher for Center Stage Dance Summer program (Asheville NC) with “Making Dances” workshop.
A short video sample of my fabulous students …


Movement for Lee Ann Brown reading excerpts from poem “In The Laurels Caught” – Page Poetry Parlor at the Geraldine Page Salon, NYC.



Featured in “Far From the Centers of Ambition” Lorimer Press – book set on the subject of Black Mountain College compiled & edited by Lee Ann Brown.

Video installation of “LUNA” for book launch at the Black Mountain College Museum + Art Center, Asheville NC.





Speaking of re-visiting traditions …  X-Fest has been an annual tradition for me since it’s inception in 2009. It’s a wonderful conglomeration of improvised, experimental live sound, movement & video curated by Walter Wright.

However – breaking with it’s traditional home venue at 119 Gallery in Lowell MA, this year it was held at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke MA.!x-fest/c238e

X-Fest videos:
Friday night’s last (strange but fun) set … my false eyelash glue was making my eyes stick together! 
A set from Saturday night that has inspired further thoughts of collaboration … 
Homemade electronics, construction fencing, wet floor signs …

It’s all mayhem & craziness at X-Fest!




Marginal Arts Festival

Roanoke VA is the home of a collection of very interesting artists doing some very interesting things!

My association with the scene there has gradually accumulated over the past few years – originally as a place to stop on my frequent trips up & down I-81 when heading North & South – but this time was a special trip just to be in Roanoke.

The Marginal Arts Festival grew out of the Community High School in downtown Roanoke – an extremely progressive, arts-centered institution. It has now developed into a fully-fledged weeklong extravaganza that takes over many of the downtown’s empty buildings & brings in international guest artists – while keeping a focus on the community spirit.

Article by Catherine Mehrl Bennett (my work is referred to near end of article & gives information about my festival contributions) 




{RE} Happening

Another tradition, now that this event is in its fifth year.

On the site of the famous historic Black Mountain College, {RE} Happening was happening – it was definitely & unmistakably HAPPENING! 
This year I was one of the many performers in Elisa Faires’ multi-disciplinary “Exquisite Corpse” installation - featuring a collaborative mélange of exquisite corpse style paintings, poetry, music, dance &
surrealist puppetry!

…. And I think that brings us up-to-date.

Thank you for taking the time to come along for the ride!

Details about this year’s ONE DOLLAR FUNDRAISER are posted separately in a different link that accompanies this newsletter.

Very best wishes to all for 2014,


Claire Elizabeth Barratt

Director – Cilla Vee Life Arts

photo credits:

The MTA – CEB, Madonna & Child – Laila Alamiri, Dialoga Aquila – Hannah Sommer,  X-Fest(red & white) – Wisteriax Gravy,  X-Fest(wet floor) – Shorty 2 Hands,  It’s A Sign – Reid Wood, MAF improv – Jim Leftwich, Exquisite Corpse(swan) -  Elisa Faires, Exquisite Corps(light) – J Smilanic

Cilla Vee Life Arts - One Dollar Fundraiser - 2014

Cilla Vee Life Arts annual ONE DOLLAR FUNDRAISER – 2014

Last year’s THANK YOUS go out to:

David & Janet Barratt

Lynn Bernatsky

Richard & Diana Brewster

Patricia Cazorla / Galeria Galou

Jessica Clark 

Andrew Raffo Dewar

Elisa Faires

Tony Gonzales

Harlan Gruber

Patricia Jamie

Matthew Jamie

Steve Lansford

Clifford McPeek

Thomas Murphy

Sarah Pope & Jeremy Lintz

Myk Rushton

Joe Sherman

Alice Sebrell

Gary & Emma Watt  

Robert & Arlene Winkler

Please let me know if any names were missed.
Many of you contributed more than a dollar – there was even a buried treasure map!

Last year’s fundraiser went towards the work spent on editing & up-loading the majority of the Cilla Vee Life Arts archives into an accessible on-line format. This can now all be viewed through my blog-site: 

$1 Fundraiser donations will go towards preparations for an MFA program I will be starting this Summer with the Transart Institute.
I feel it is important to now incorporate an expanded educational focus into the vocation of Cilla Vee Life Arts as an arts organization & also for myself as an artist & teacher.
My designed course of research will be: 
“The Process and Praxis of Constructing the Self as Medium” - a practical pedagogy for the practice of Performance Art

More information about the program can be found in the CVLA newsletter here: 

 $1 bills can be sent by mail to:
Claire E Barratt
Cilla Vee Life Arts
65, Coleman Ave
Asheville NC 28801

or Paypal donations can be made via the CVLA website homepage - just click on the Paypal button:

Thank you so much for your continuing support,

Claire Elizabeth Barratt 
Director – Cilla Vee Life Arts