It was a struggle but so worth it - as promised, we got the last part of The Great Dane Saga on the shelf for Christmas, along with the complete volume - All The World and All The World is now available as a paperback. Click the covers for more information and the retail links.
The next title up is A Grand Affaire - by Alp Mortal - this story was Alp's first gay romance, penned in 2009, published in 2013 but off the shelf since July 2014. This epic love story is due back on the shelf in january 2017 - re-edited and re-covered.
Our art film with Roy Allen and Hal Sinden/Eulogy Media is now available to watch for #FREE on Vimeo.
Click here - Juxtaposition - an abstraction
Juxtaposition by Alp Mortal is now available as a paperback from Amazon. It isn't possible to offer the paperback for free, as we have done with the ebook, but the paperback is priced at the lowest Amazon-permissible price of $3.99.
Click here for the link - CLICK
Our video-based art project with Roy Allen and Hal Sinden/Eulogy Media - Juxtaposition - was well received when it was showcased as part of the Balaclava.Q HIVideo event for Art For World AIDS Day on 1st December 2016. The short film/narrative has earned more than 12,000 views on YouTube already.
We had been thinking about submitting the project to selected film festivals - and we have now begun to submit the film to film festivals worldwide, with screenings (we hope) in 2017. More news about those once we have heard back from the organisers.
In anticipation of the festivals, we have created a Facebook Page for the project - we would be hugely grateful if you could visit the page and Like the page, and spread the word.
Juxtaposition - an abstraction - Facebook Page.
If you have not seen the short film, you can do so here
The soundtrack is available on Soundcloud - click here to listen to Roy Allen's narration accompanied by the haunting sound of the track Boat Floating by Puddle of Infinity.
We are deeply indebted to our supporters for making all of this possible.
The Carter Seagrove Project LLC
15th December 2016
A little later than planned but Dane part 5 - Fair To Middling is out now. Part 6 - We Do And We Do Not - will be out in time for Christmas 2016, along with All The World, the single volume containing all 6 parts.
Here's Dane Part 5 - we hope you enjoy the story. Click the cover to find the chapter 1 excerpt and to find the retail links.
Alp's latest title - Spare Change - became our 3rd All Romance eBook #Bestseller; it now joins Morgan Starr's And Joey Makes Three and The Un-Nuclear Family as ARe #Bestsellers in 2016.
Thank you so much to everyone to purchased a copy of the books. We truly appreciate your support and encouragement.
Click the cover images below to find more information about each story.
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1st December 2016 is World Aids Day. To promote the event, The Carter Seagrove Project is participating in an Art for Worlds Aids Day film festival, at which Juxtaposition - an abstraction, will be screened, together with five other short films. The organisation behind the film festival is Balaclava.Q, and the event - HIVideo - is the first of its kind.
Full details of the event are shown below.
BALACLAVA.Q PROUDLY PRESENTS HIVIDEO / 2016
Founded in June 2016 Balaclava.Q is an international queer visual art project that asks artists to look at tactics that “obscure the face”. Currently showcasing works by over 70 international queer artists, this project acts as a platform and connector for artists and audiences. Balaclava.Q seeks, where possible, to generate discourse and awareness around issues that affect the lives of queers.
Balaclava.Q Website & Gallery
HIVIDEO IS A GLOBAL EXHIBITION OF VIDEO ART FOR WORLD AIDS DAY 2016
On 1st December 2016 (time is tentative and will be finalised by each venue), Balaclava.Q will screen 6 video artworks (no longer than 10 minutes each) that look at HIV/AIDS–on both aesthetic and political levels.. Each venue facilitators will manage the event, source a venue, and generate a small audience. As the first of its kind experiment, this event will act as a test in strengthening connections between queer artists and audiences–on a global stage.
This event seeks to promote World Aids Day via video art. Also, this project will complement current discourse and the de- stigmatization / -criminalization movement by creating dialogue about HIV/AIDS via art–and the attendant aesthetics and politics.
Finally, the videos will be available to view on a newly launched Balaclava.Q YouTube channel.
TICKETS ARE FREE
UNITED KINGDOM – LGBT FOUNDATION, MANCHESTER
Facilitator: Stiofan O’Ceallaigh.
LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond St, Manchester M1 3HF
Time: Noon – 1.30pm
SOUTH AFRICA – ARTKAROO GALLERY, OUDTSHOORN, SOUTH AFRICA
Facilitator: Wilhelm Vincent.
ArtKaroo Gallery, Prince Vintcent Building, 54 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn, South Africa (Time: 7-11pm)
UNITED STATES – CAPONE FINE ART, CALIFORNIA
Facilitator: Rene Capone.
Capone Fine Art, Magic Boy Factory Productions, 21308 Mission Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541
New gallery space Capone Fine Art will use the HIVideo screening as the launch/opening event for this exciting and dynamic new art space.
FRANCE – LES MOTES A LA BOUCHE, PARIS
Facilitator: Emmanuel Barrouyer.
Les Motes a la Bouche, 6 rue Sainte-Croix-de-la-Bretonnerie 75004 Paris
PUERTO RICO – EL LOCAL SANTURCE
Facilitator: Jose Luis Cortes
1425 Ave Fernandez Juncos, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Time: 7pm-late)
CANADA – PARC (PARKDALE ACTIVITY RECREATION CENTRE), TORONTO
Facilitator: Dylan Thibert.
1499 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R 1A3, Canada
Balaclava.Q also, proudly announces a partnership with curator W. Giovanni Gonzales and pop-up exhibition space Offroad Productions (Santa Fe, New Mexico).
HIVideo will be displayed on a continuous loop as part of exhibition A Day With(out) Art (1st – 3rd December).
HIVIDEO WILL PRESENT THE FOLLOWING ART VIDEOS:
BLOED by Wilhelm Vincent (South Africa)
Balaclava.Q PREMIERE: A triptych of personal accounts on living with HIV/AIDS. With extracts from ‘Eternity’ by Arthur Rimbaud and music by Charles East.
SILENCIO by Emmanuel Barrouyer (Paris)
Balaclava.Q PREMIERE: Barrouyer shamelessly reinvigorates his character SILENCIO (created in response to Balaclava.Q). Film concept by Stiofan O’Ceallaigh, words by David Wojnarowicz and music ‘Ode to Trixie’ by Matthieu Graufogel.
LONG-TERM SURVIVOR by Jose Luis Cortes (Puerto Rico).
Balaclava.Q PREMIERE: In ‘Long Term Survivor’ filmmaker Jose Luis Cortes has imagined a tale of condoms that were never used! It is told by Ivan Terrible – standing naked and fully painted in black and white – while watching his reflection in a broken mirror. Ivan’s tale is in fact his confession of choices made and roads not taken! A confession that unfolds in three parts as he remembers a time in his life before AIDS had a name, to the present time in which he shares the fate of “Patient Zero”. Redemption is not in the cards as Ivan reflects on the price he has paid for love!
THERE & NOT THERE (NIRTOGEN) Stiofan O’Ceallaigh (United Kingdom).
This film explores life, monuments and the cellular in an imaginary visual conversation with AIDS activist and artist Derek Jarman (1942-1994). With music from ‘Translucence: A Song Cycle’ by Derek Jarman and Donna McKevitt. Donna McKevitt and MannersMcDade Music have provided pro bono copyright for the video to be shown internationally in solidarity in raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and in tribute to McKevitt’s and Jarman’s collaboration.
SO…WHEN DID YOU FIGURE OUT YOU HAD AIDS? Vincent Chevalier (Toronto, Canada)
“So… when did you figure out that you had AIDS?” consists of video footage recorded when I was 13 years old in which I play the role of “a man dying from AIDS” on a daytime talk show.
JUXTAPOSITION – AN ABSTRACTION (Carter Seagrove, USA)
In Juxtaposition – an abstraction, words and images tell the story of Emile, a young man who gifts his virginity in the pursuit of love, receiving a very different gift in return. In reflecting on these events, Emile reminds us all of the potentially dire consequences of our actions while seeking neither redemption nor inviting judgement. Words by Alp Mortal Narration by Roy Allen Videography by Hal Sinden for Eulogy Media Ltd.
Balaclava.Q & HIVideo Volunteer Team are:
Founder & Chief Curator – Stiofan O’Ceallaigh, Manchester, UK
Editor (Art Historian & Queer Theorist) – Robert Summers PhD, California, USA
Translator (French/English/Spanish) – Franco Fontana, Paris, France
Social Media Coordinator – Wilhelm Vincent, Oubtshoorn, South Africa
Researcher – John Hopper, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Researcher – Emmanuel Barrouyer, Paris, France
Advocate & Intern – Dylan Thibert, Toronto, Canada
Facilitator – Rene Capone, California, USA
Facilitator – Jose Luis Cortes, Puerto Rico, USA (supported by Dama Estrada).
Our video-based art project with Hal Sinden for Eulogy Media, and Roy Allen is now live and can be viewed on YouTube - CLICK
We are indebted to the hard work of both Hal and Roy, for which we give huge thanks.
The ebook, upon which the free verse used in the project was based, is available from all major retailers - CLICK
The soundtrack can be listened to on Soundcloud - CLICK
Our latest publication is a short story by Alp titled Spare Change.
Click here for links - CLICK
Having been dealt a dud hand by life, Linden is living alone on the streets, barely surviving from one day to the next, facing an uncertain future. Thom, a highly regarded investment specialist, appears to have everything going for him - until he loses his wallet.
When Linden finds Thom's wallet, it starts a chain reaction that leads both men to the threshold of a new and daunting prospect - the chance to find lasting happiness.
The story has been reviewed by Kazza at On Top Down Under Book Reviews - click here to read his review - REVIEW.
We really hope that you enjoy the story.
The Carter Seagrove Project
Part 4 of The Great Dane Saga - The Start Of The Journey - is out now and available everywhere
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Meet Dane Danois - the most fabulous gay man in the Universe ... in his own, never humble opinion. A man driven to live life to the full, and if there's a chance that he can help a friend along the way, he will. A sharp-suited, sharp-witted, sometimes reckless, sometimes dangerous, always intoxicating agent of change ... and loyal to a T.
In The Start Of The Journey, Dane is seventeen. He has just left home as a consequence of being rejected by his parents for being gay. Leaving behind Gran, Clarissa, and everything he knows, Dane begins his journey - arguably, one that never truly ends. He meets people along the way with whom he forges lifelong friendships; people like Luke, Sam, Etienne, Jake and Viv. But the events in Freiburg, and the encounter with Richard have the most profound effect on Dane; it is, in effect when Dane Danois is born.
The Great Dane Saga charts the life of Dane Danois, and his many and varied friendships and relationships over the course of a 40 year period. The six parts of the story do not run in strict chronological order. That is because the story was never going to be a saga, but after I finished part one, it was clear that Dane was not going to shut up until I had written down everything he wanted to say - he was a poor narrator. Dane is neither wholly good nor wholly bad - he is just Dane - perfect in his imperfections.
The six parts of The Great Dane Saga originally appeared in 2013, in single volumes, and then in the compendium titled All The World. All volumes were removed from the shelf in 2014 for re-editing. The six individual volumes, and the compendium, will re-appear during the course of 2016.
Part Five - Fair To Middling will appear before the end of November 2016.
Part Six - We Do And We Do Not will appear by Christmas 2016, together with All The World.
Links to previously published parts
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6th November 2016
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