cover image Icebergwash courtesy of Cool Antarctica
Jedi mind tricks don’t work here. – Star Wars
The Long Way by Maryann produced by SBVCE
#TAG Rule of Engagement No. 2:
Once IN – either contribute or be FROZEN OUT
If the game of #TAG was the focus, and the contribution was in support of, Symone Brown would have still been FROZEN OUT. On the eve of its start, she simply was unprepared, gracefully pulling out, therefore no edition runs blank with her name.
The Neighborhood Anthology on Leadership & Authority has always been about the contribution, and even if the game were the main attraction, #TAG – contrary to its childhood namesake – was built as a team sport; an artists collaboration, delivered as performance art, with a mission of change.
Rather Tobe Damit had always planned to go it alone, relished the idea of spoiler or bad boy, or if the idea was just an epiphany, it only makes a difference, if the means need to justify the ends, and they do not. #TAG has two built-in exits, and Tobe Damit chose the one marked FROZEN, breaking ranks only hours before his curtain call, deciding to publish on his blog.
His one man rebellion clashes with his adoration and longing to be a part of The Neighborhood, which he loves, but by connection. While Rebel Rebel!! may have the length and feel of an endless manifesto, and on some levels, it is, there are history lessons and moments of marked frustration, and targeted examples of Leadership and Authority. So I imagine, FROZEN is what the ‘Rebel Rebel! was after all along.