ArtSpeech is a collective of artists from around the world.
Throw some music, comedy and performance art in your blender and you might get something that tastes like Zayde Buti, a Boston-based oddball who pens and performs a unique brand of perFART musicomedy.
James Ellis Coleman
There’s an integrity to materials no matter how offensive I or other might find them to be (black memorabilia). We owe it to history to not re-write history (day old or 1000 years) just because we take offense. Ideally we would create an environment where people have no need to produce materials some find objectionable, my belief is that it’s yet next to impossible. The realistic action is to continually contextualize what was/is produced so historical materials and records are accurate, Deniers of historical events abound (Armenian genocide, Darfur, Holocaust, cruelties of American slavery…) often the only proof the victims or witnesses have are the facts to cry outrage and for justice. We must for their sake as much for ours preserve historical artifacts, images and first-person oral stories. I find contextualizing often reveals unconscious bias and agendas.
Petra Dankova is a photographer and art editor and journalist.
Born in New York City in 1964, David E. Franklin is an award-winning video / graphic / performance artist with a strong interest in physical expression, movement arts, digital media, and cross-cultural collaboration. His work includes collaborations with dissident performance artist and former member of the Czech underground Milan Kohout; experimental film director Michael Pope and rock musician Amanda Palmer; Czech dissident cinematographer Jiri Dvorsky; soprano vocalist and voice educator Anne Harley; experimental guitarist and musician Henry Kaiser; martial arts masters Haroyoshi Ito and Masashi Minagawa; and composer and conductor Yii Kah Hoe. His work has been presented in both solo and group shows, exhibits, and performances at Mobius, (Boston’s center for experimental art in all media), at Pan9 (an underground performance venue he co-founded in Boston’s Allston art district), the DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA), the NewYorican (New York), and internationally (Prague, Pilsen, Beijing, Taiwan).
Milan Kohout (now a US citizen) is originally from The Czech Republic.
Here he got his M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He was an independent underground artist in so-called “Second Culture”. Later he becomes a member and art activist of the dissident human rights organization CHARTER 77 (group was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 1985 and initiated non violent Velvet Revolution).
He was forced by CZ security police to leave his country in 1986 due to his political art activism. After two years in a refugee camp he was granted asylum in the United States.
In 1993 Milan received his Diploma from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
Since 1994 till 2020 Milan was a member of the Mobius Artists Group.
As Mobius Artists Group member he has participated on numerous international art exchange programs and festivals around the world (China, Thailand, Croatia, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Poland, Cuba, USA, Israel, Sweden, etc). and has been the recipient of number of awards, grants, residencies
He has performed many exclusive interviews with world-reknown personalities including Kurt Vonnegut and Noam Chomsky, among others.
He published a university textbook about Performance Art for the University of Ostrava, and bestseller book „Proveď vola světem,volem zůstane“, ISBN 978 -80-904455-4-3
His book of poems (in Czech) “Vztek,” was recently published by Jan Tesnohlidek publishing, ISBN 978-80-905633-5-3
A 350-page English/Czech large format full-color monograph, with an abundance of photographs of performances and situational posters which covers nearly 40 years of his artistic output was in 2020 published in Europe. ISBN 978-80-87563-77-9
He has been teaching classes of Performance Art & Politics at TUFTS University, Massachusetts College of Art, West Bohemian University, The Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław and video classes at The New England Institute of Art.
Emma Filomena Kohoutova
Emma Filomena Kohoutova is a graphic and conceptual spontaneous and instinctive artist.
On physical examination, he looks trim. He is well-dressed. He is in fact extremely neatly dressed. His movements are measured. His speech is quite formal. He looks a bit tense. He does in fact give a vague impression that he is compulsive about his speech and appearance. He is very eloquent. He is very friendly and cooperative. His pulses are normal, including carotids. His skin is devoid of marks. He has no deformities. His head is normal. He has no significant asymmetries. – From a Neurological Evaluation
Jason Outlaw is a performance and stain-glass artist.
Trained in the Architecture and Urban Design and Planning fields, Michael Tyrrell has over 30-years of experience in collaboration with community and non-profit arts and environmental advocacy groups. His installation art includes past collaboration with the Mobius Artists Group, Boston Children’s Museum, Memorial Lanterns to the Homeless Deceased with Artist Sandra Vieira, Boston Harborwalk and Washington Street Historic Markers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority and Washington Gateway Main Streets/MBTA respectively, His Windows onto Fort Point with Midway Studios and the Ark of Eden floating greenhouse installation were direct collaborations with the Fort Point Cultural Coalition and Commonwealth Ventures Development. Tyrrell’s Urban Design-related initiatives include the Rolling Bridge Pocket Park on Fort Point Channel with Artist Ross Miller and Historian Nancy Seasholes.
Charles Win has been painting, photographing and sculpting for over 40 years, growing up bi-coastal in the 70’s-80’s, traveling the Pacific, South America and Europe, settling in Boston, obtaining a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy in 2000.