Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is the Arts Editor at New Life Quarterly. She is an artist, arts educator, activist, storyteller & curator. Branfman-Verissimo has had solo exhibitions at Lago Projects and E.M. Wolfman in Oakland and Bolivar Gallery, Los Angeles.
If a frogger collapses in a Korean spa, does it make a sound? Or: Let’s say, in July, shimmering with nerves in a humid loft on the fifth floor of a warehouse in Los Angeles, you don a frog costume and get up on stage to make music and furnish a small disaster, like a bonfire, during which your equipment keeps failing and you are unable to stop dissociating mid-song. And then, later that month, under senseless ribbons of stars in Joshua Tree, you suspend your grinning face over a mug with cooked pasta and a beetle in it, while in frequent intervals the desert rattles with the deep, industrial sounds of the apocalypse.
More sounds: melting radiators, stomach viruses, short-circuited motherboards. Introducing pronouns, investigating a bug bite, preferring a person to shut up and play. You might find yourself in a room without windows, and naked, the yellow walls shining with the humble sound of running water. –PY