with Joan Dickinson, Yanara Friedland, Carla and Julia Mayer, Caroline O'Boyle, and Doug Stapleton

The Cooking School of the Air is a combination illuminated manuscript, libretto, and screenplay based on a family story. In researching that family's history, I discovered an irregularity in record keeping making me question the truth of it. To solve the mystery, I consulted a family medical chart, then crafted various horary astrological charts depicting life and death events from that medical chart's coordinates. Two astrologers and one Freudian analyst interpreted the charts and provided commentary. The family story took place in Detroit during the American depression of the 1930s, but is framed and influenced by other parallel histories: Sigmund Freud’s antiquities and their escape from Austria; Charlotte Salomon’s opus Life? or Theater?; and Walter Benjamin’s series of radio programs "Enlightenment for Children".

The Cooking School of the Air

Boxcar Devotion Pretty Pretty Pretty Over There Too Thirteen Moon Dove Road Flower Atmosphere With all that She is She Desires to Give ... Hunter's Moon The Dream of the Owl Sisters
In the Palace of the Night Heron ZephyrZephyr The Architecture of Honey Cooking School of the Air Adjustment The Dream of the Owl Sisters Drove Road Other Work Labyrinth The Charioteer

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