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  • The studios will be open for a reception following the Rolling Nap performance with music from the New Xart Ensemble, refreshments and surprises.  
  • “Relax… Do Less… Save the Planet… It’s not easy,” so says Billy X. Curmano - as American Idle - in the “The 24-hour Worldwide Rolling Nap”. This, his latest multi-layered performance and environmental statement calls for a paradigm shift to a slower pace. Curmano will attempt to bed down March 19th at 7:33 a.m. Central Daylight Savings Time and awaken with the 2015 Spring Dawn - 7:33 a.m. March 20th. Documentation includes hourly tweets at https://twitter.com/BillyXC from bed-dow…
  • “Relax… Do Less… Save the Planet… It’s not easy,” so says Billy X. Curmano - as American Idle - in the “The 24-hour Worldwide Rolling Nap”. This, his latest multi-layered performance and environmental statement calls for a paradigm shift to a slower pace. Curmano will attempt to bed down March 19th at 7:33 a.m. Central Daylight Savings Time and awaken with the 2015 Spring Dawn - 7:33 a.m. March 20th.   Naps are personal, but the “How Do You Sleep?” installation will be open …
  • The video contains random clips that span several years of art as life; life as art and includes a performance for cows, length-wise Mississippi River swim and 40 day performance art fast in Death Valley. The original score was composed as free jazz by Billy X. Curmano and the New X Art Ensemble.
  • Alligators, lightning and sharks...Oh my! I became the first person in recorded history to swim from the source of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico during the performance and environmental statement, "Swimmin' the River". This transcontinental intermedia performance explored the intermix of art and life, arte-vita, over 2,367.4 miles and 11 years while expressing an ecological imperative. Exhibitions of objects collected and created during the course of the swim, secondary performance…
  • "Muck Minnow the Gill Boy" is Billy X's most ambitious exercise documenting performance in performance. The premise: A rare case of punctuated equilibrium caused by stress and immersion in the earth's polluted waters interupted the normal evolutionary cycle and converted the artist from Homo Sapiens to Homo Phibian Erectus. The formation of gills and webbed hands and feet soon followed. The Gill Boy falls into the hands of Phineas T. Pennyraper's Colossal International Amalgamated Holding Compan…
  • Billy X. Curmano posted a new Artwork Midnight Babylon
    "Midnight Babylon" was conceived as a series of short soliloquies about war, some of which are only a few minutes long. Each can stand alone or be strung together into a complete production. It was designed for ease of touring and spontaneity. A harmonica and razor blade are the only important props. Its flexibility has made it equally adaptable as a featured performance or a "custom fit" for specific time constraints in radio, TV, and other opportunities. It premiered at New York City's Cat Clu…
  • "Adventures with Billy" is an intermedia performance utilizing slides, video, live action, raps, stories and monologues that offer a personal historical perspective on a life interwoven with performance, a "life as art". It documents performance in performance with snippets from early works and extreme projects. It's entertaining and intelligent way of presenting difficult concepts has made it popular on the college circuit. The "L.A. Weekly" selected it as the "Performance Pick of the Week" (se…
  • "The Search for the Spiritual in Art" documents three life changing journeys on video. It includes 29 minutes of, "Swimming the Mississippi" (1987-1997), an art adventure travelogue with original score. This historic swim traversed the continent from the headwaters of the Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico as a performance and environmental statement. The abundance of water is followed by its absence with one minute from each day of, "Death Valley Desert Classic" (1997-2000), a 40 day perfo…
  • "Mutiny on the Mississippi" is representative of several intermedia works used to document performance in performance with slides, music, video, live action, raps, stories and monologues. It brings the spirit of adventure from a ten year, two thousand plus mile swim from the banks of the Mississippi River to the formal museum or performance space. It premiered at the Milwaukee Art Museum and variations were chosen for the Minneapolis Art Institute, Madison Civic Center and Cleveland Public Thea…