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The ConSensus Project with Michael Zide

On Wednesday, August 20th from 3:30-4:30, Moab Master, Michael Zide, will be speaking on Martha’s Vineyard as part of the 3 day ConSenses Festival.  The title for the talk is “Finding My Island, Traveling with Outlaws and it is about photographing Martha’s Vineyard Island for 12 years with two rambunctious dogs by his side. He will have many sample packs of Moab paper to give away!

 Sally Taylor, songwriter and educator and daughter of James Taylor and Carly Simon created ConSenses, a project involving over 140 artists from 23 countries. The ConSenses project is about artistic cooperation and interpretation. It is a revealing and telling glimpse into the artistic process across many artistic media. It begins with a photograph, then each successive artist in the “thread” is given seven days to complete their creation — not knowing from whom they would receive their creative baton upon hand-off, nor to whom their creation would go to next, each successive artist interpreted the artistic work that they were sent in their own medium of expression.

As one of the participating photographers, my photograph, “Silver Brush” was first given to a songwriter, in this case, Carly Simon, to interpret by creating a song with lyrics.  Responding to that image, she created a song entitled “Puckerbrush”.

The song was then sent to Doug Kent, Painter, who created the painting, “In the Puckerbrush”,  as his response to the song.

His painting was then sent to Stacy Lim, Tea Blender who created a tea in response to the painting. Next the tea was sent to movie producer and director, Wes Craven, who wrote a short story as his response to the blended tea.

The ConSenses Festival will go on for three days on Martha’s Vineyard, August 18th, 19th, and 20th.  It is being held at the Grange in West Tisbury.