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“NadaDada, how the HELL did you guys get New York Times coverage!??!”

I’d like to tell that story right here, right now. But in case you don’t have time to read all of this the two word thesis of this essay:

 TALK VALUE.

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This was early spring of 2009. I got an email or three and then a phone call from the reporter, Patty Leigh Brown, saying “I want to come to Reno to be a fly on the wall during NadaDada.” I was silently jumping up and down. She had explained to me that she saw the announcement for “Greetings From NadaDada” in Via magazine (the magazine for travel club AAA). Ann Tracy was the artist/publicist that got us listed there. It was the first year I curated this show in Vegas’ Marjorie Barrick Museum on the UNLV campus. I had been curator/preparator for the Nevada Arts Council’s traveling shows and built a relationship with the museum’s director Aurora Giget in that way. She had invited NadaDada to show there.

Through these turns of event, Patty learned that we’d be showing art in rundown hotel rooms of the historic El Cortez in Reno, which she was familiar with and anxious to write about (the hotel). It was all turned over to freelance publicist, Rachel Kingham at that point, whom I’d met on Twitter and whose drive had impressed me. She is 100% professional and presented Patty and her photographer Jim Wilson with a perfect tour of every room of our hotel (El Cortez) and motel (Townhouse) show that year. Rachel upped our ante by really making NadaDada look organized. (We fooled ’em didn’t we Rach!?!) Rachel went to get hired doing publicity for the Nevada Museum of Art, so her gamble to help our cause worked out well.

As NadaDadans, we ALL got what we wanted, you see. The reporter was interested in writing about a hotel that was once special where Frank Sinatra and Marilynn Monroe had stayed, but was now roach infested with cigarette burns but with artists creating. We brought them to it. It was the talk value that got us that attention. Patty and Jim were able to tell a good national interest little story. It was just the kind of artists-bring-attention-to-Reno’s-unique-history anecdotal display that was needed.

This is about objectively looking at what we have to work with. This is why we’re not interested in being just another craft fair or arts festival. Soon the stories will be talking about how we built a national network of artists showing in motels WITHOUT any board of directors needed.

Here’s the article, please share:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/22/us/22reno.html?_r=0

Otherwise, the one place to go for all information regarding locations and times for this year’s art show:
http://www.nadadadamotel.weebly.com or click the following spaceman for hyperspace online di-rect connection to the map and schedule page.

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What Has Sorg Learned Since His Personal “End of the World”?

I can’t write gems every day. Blogging, as I am now, with no internet connection at home, well it puts me in a mindset more slow, like a 70’s guy with bushy sideburns. I’m not up-to-the-minute like I used to be. I must admit, though, once I head toward home or somewhere else with no wifi connection, it’s in my mind, thinking of the last post I put out there.

There’s this old way of doing things, as far as promotion and publicity goes, of just saying everything as positively about your product as possible.

Well, social media hit the world like a Mack truck in the face, and all that changed. Now it’s up to the minute and it’s all opinion all the time. People are free to share their negative experiences in relation to a company or person and it’s all a bit more open. Companies have had to adapt.

So for me to eject myself from this world, I’m assuming people that have followed me for awhile must be wondering what I’ve learned.

Life is the same. I’ve learned that my emotions are more even keeled or at least a bit slower to develop compared to my facebooking days. As far as the latest news about politics, etc.. I have to ask you: do you really think what you’re reading on your newsfeed is NEWS?

Links from Huffington Post, New York Times, Fox News, these are NEWS? These are reality? You’re an informed American?

I’m alive. I’m clear-headed and I’m dealing with my personal position in this world. I’m not at all happy about the state of this country’s political landscape, but ya know, I know one thing, it’s theatre. It’s a joke and it pisses me off to think that people are so spoon fed.

This is not right, the way this country (and the world) is being run. Your emotions are being toyed with and NOTHING is being accomplished.

I was cranky on that last post, yesterday’s, but today I’m not. I’m in a mood to tell you how I see it and I want you to enlighten yourself and QUIT listening to your stupid friends and their stupid links on Facebook. AT LEAST go read a story from your “enemy”, assuming you’re one of those Liberal/Conservative types (as if the world is so polarized and simple.)

Go live a real life.

Go struggle.

Go make something.

Go be disappointed.

Sleep it off,

start over.

Each day is tribulation and we need our strength tested. Pay attention to your diet and intake and realize you’re grumpy when you’re hungry, you’re antsy when you’re horny and when you’re tired, go to sleep; don’t make any decisions at that moment.

I hope something here has connected with you because I experiment with the writing of these blog posts and I subscribe to this last bit of wisdom:

Don’t be afraid to be wrong.

This is not the most clearly constructed blog post, but fuckit; I’m not editing it. It turned all political, but I guess I want you to know that our constitution and the creation of this government in the late 1700’s was brilliant and humane. Tyranny-as we seem to have now-was expected by these men of power way back then. They accounted for it. They actually unified singular, autonomous states into a singular American federation, all the while, considering the ramifications of the possibilities of a tyrannical government.

I don’t think they fully accounted for the power of corporate greed.

It was written right into the Constitution that, if WE THE PEOPLE are not happy with our government, we’re the boss and we are able to abolish it and start over. I think it’s time to do this.

It’s time to eject corporatism, state-socialism, a.k.a. Fascism from our United States governmental rule.

That’s what I’m thinking about these days. Facebook-you’ve shown me enough. Obama, I’ve learned that your executive orders are not out of line in comparison to previous Presidents, but I also know that your policies differ, only on the surface, from those of George W. Bush and other Presidents. I understand that Democrat/Republican are simple costumes used for TV appearances.

Obama and friends, I want to take much of your power away from you because I’m your boss. If I’m uninformed about my own powers, that’s my fault.

Quite simply, the unification of all governmental bodies into ONE government ONLY benefits the rulers and don’t kid yourself, the corporations truly run the show.

Our rulers have OBVIOUSLY divorced themselves from nature and all that runs perfectly. Hello? Wind power? Solar? Mass Transit? Electric cars?

We cannot assume that the government of this country is in any position to offer us a sustainable “social safety net”. Look to your friends and family if you’re searching for such. And fer godssakes, go learn something about the Constitution!

NadaDada VEGAS, 2012 (updated photos of The Tod)

Nothing gets someone’s attention like “What’s the process involved in renting the whole motel for a weekend?” It’s an art show.


The manager, who’s name just happens to be Todd, answered my questions and we talked about dates and numbers of people and the public invited in to his motel. We talked about the nuts and bolts of what it would take to make this production happen.

It’s always a helpful tool to be able to mention New York Times. We’ll have artists showing there from across the country, possibly world. It’s a hostel too.

The Tod Motel is in the arts district of Las Vegas. The district is called 18b after the 18 city blocks, originally designated for this regentrifying neighborhood. City ofLas Vegashas an interesting challenge with its unique layout.

Downtown, Freemont street and its surrounding blocks are the city of Las Vegas. The Strip is actually the county and the two have competing attention gaining tricks to employ. Art always attracts a certain crowd, and the city has done well to make this rundown neighborhood, with cars commuting quickly through it, into a destination for art lovers and get the art occupants have gotten some Vegas visitors to land there.

The Tod Motel is at the south end of this area, 18b, and there’s much interest, already being made vocal, to make NadaDada happen right there. Artists, galleries and motel owners are already telling me they’re in. It’s the only thing that’s not a gamble in Las Vegas.

I’ll keep you posted; subscribe to this blog. Please don’t hesitate to send me a line on Facebook or email me at bigfishbowler@gmail.com.

First Friday is May 4th, so it looks like NadaDada Vegas, 2012 will be that weekend, from Friday to Sunday.

Stay tuned!

thanks http://dreamranchu.multiply.com for the image of the Tod.

Tod Motor Motel, Las Vegas, NV

and more images, from Robby Virus, of the Tod here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25229906@N00/5763842386/in/set-72157626584178081/

Some shots I took there the other day..

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