Thursday, June 24, 2010

Hormuz Minina's BeltLine performance Promontory concludes Sunday night

Posted By on Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 4:32 PM

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  • Photos: Ian Cone, J.R. Ward, Stan Woodard
If nothing else, the Art on the BeltLine projects and installations have done a good job of drawing out the masses (okay, “masses” might be an overstatement) to remote, quiet corners of Atlanta’s landscape, many of which went untouched for decades until recent BeltLine construction upheaved their rest and resurrected them. One such spot is a stretch of Old Fourth Ward between Ralph McGill and North Ave. where local celebrated artist Hormuz Minina will complete his installation performance Promontory on Sunday, June 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Until the BeltLine came calling, the primary occupant of this particular patch of forgotten urban overgrowth, a 100-year-old oak tree, was pretty much hanging out alone. On June 12, Promontory began with a ritualistic ceremony and installation performance. In celebration of the BeltLine, the massive tree, and in an attempt to merge with the Earth itself, Minina ceremonially excavated a nook for himself within the root structure of the tree. He stayed there from sunset until sunrise the next day, and naturally, recorded the whole dirt nap on film. Inspired by living close to the site for the past 8 years (the Bombay native has been living in the US for 18 years), Minina conceived the performance in an attempt “to recognize the historical and personal importance of the location.”

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The first night of Promontory also included a blessing by Buddhist monks from Atlanta’s Drepung Loseling Monastery. Seriously. If anyone can name another urban development project that has been blessed by Buddhist fucking monks, speak up. No one? That’s what I thought. If this whole BeltLine thing wasn’t a go before, I’d say we’ve got the karmic green light now.

This Sunday, Promontory concludes with a screening of the film which documents the events of the first night, projected on a 25-foot screen at the same site on the BeltLine. There will also be a Q&A with Minina (who, by the way, was a recipient of CL’s Best of Atlanta and Best Art Events picks. Yeah, we think he’s pretty dope.)

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Hormuz Minina, Promontory. BeltLine between Ralph McGill Ave., North Ave. and Freedom Parkway. Sunday, June 27. 7:30 p.m. — 12 a.m.

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