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Impulse | Anima goes Outta The Vox

Fact: The human body is full of wonders.

It has the ability to think, to move, to communicate, to feel, to connect, to wonder, to sing...

...to shine.

As I reflect on such daily blessings, I step inside the studio and start brainstorming words, images, and ideas for my next project. Pictures of flying monkeys, war, feminism, articles on today's politics, and endless iPhone-based suggestions give me PLENTY to choose from, so I put everything aside and start moving.

Fact: As an artist and advocate of the arts, I have the urge and constant need of establishing new collaborations with musicians, actors, poets, and movers of various backgrounds and disciplines. It is an essential component to Impulse | Anima's artistry, and each collaboration has been beyond delicious and satisfying...

...So I ask myself: Where do I want to go next?

I want to go to a place where people are able to immerse themselves in my work through their ears and eyes.

Fun Fact: Sacramento is now the home of "Farm to Fork" cuisine (Whatever that means...I've always called it food). But besides offering new and trendy meals to its residents, Sacramento is the home of many INCREDIBLE and RIDICULOUSLY talented artists, whose dedication, passion, and truthfulness is constantly blooming and inspiring our community. 

That being said, I am pleased to announce Impulse | Anima's latest collaboration with Sacramento-based vocal ensemble, Outta The Vox.

OTV's President and founder, Justin Vaughn, is a Sacramento-based vocal artist, whose artistry is taking flight by leading a 12-member ensemble filled with fresh, powerful, and extraordinary vocals. The moment I heard their sound, I knew a collaboration was due.

I am grateful for this opportunity to join forces with Outta The Vox, and I certainly hope to continue to collaborate with them for many more projects to come.

I encourage you all to check them out on Facebook at @outtathevox, or at www.outtathevox.com

You can witness the fruits of this first-time collaboration at:

HATCH: Dance Works in Progress - Curated by Lorelei Bayne
Sunday, May 6th, 2017 at 3:00PM
Crocker Art Museum

Free For Members
$8 for Students
$10 General Admission

See you then!

Diego Campos.

 Outta The Vox. Photography by Ashley King.

Outta The Vox. Photography by Ashley King.

Sacramento A.I.M. Lab - Contributing to Sacramento's Artistic Community

The first Sacramento A.I.M. Lab took place on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at the beautiful and intimate CLARA Auditorium, which is located at the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts in downtown Sacramento.

This evening of motion was filled with highly dynamic, touching, inviting, and beautiful works by local artists. It was, without a doubt, a night to cherish and remember.

As I reflect on the pilot episode of this artistic platform, I can only say:

I CAN believe how successful the first Sacramento A.I.M. Lab was...
I CAN believe it because we have many talented, passionate, and powerful choreographers, whose artistry needs to be shared with the world. 
I CAN believe it because we have a supportive, receptive, and engaging community.
I CAN believe it because art can make a positive impact in education.
I CAN believe it because art is a necessity.
I CAN believe it because art matters.

Thank you, Sacramento, for supporting our established and emerging choreographers, dancers, educators, and activists.
Thank you for participating and sharing your thoughts with the choreographers during this event. Thank you for getting off your seats, forming a conga line, and embracing your awesomeness!

YOU are the reason why we [Artists] continue to create work!

SPECIAL THANK YOU to Megan Wygant and Emili Danz: CLARA'S dynamic duo, whose support and trust was fundamental for the success of this platform.

THANK YOU to the first A.I.M. Artists in Residence, Inertia DeWitt and Ayo Walker. Your work was truthfully engaging, powerful, and touching. We are grateful for having two outstanding and strong female artists be part of the first residency, and we thank you for contributing to the arts in education with your artistic voice. #artsmatter

THANK YOU TO Lorelei Bayne, Bernard Brown, Alexandria Griffith, Luis Rubalcaba, Nhan Ho, Windy Kahana, Page Yang, and all the dancers involved for sharing such beautiful, exciting, and extremely wonderful pieces!

I certainly hope you all enjoyed this event as much as I did.

Keep your eyes, your art, and your ears open for the next #sacramentoaimlab!

Much love and gratitude,

Diego Campos.
Founder - Sacramento A.I.M. Lab & A.I.M. Artistic Residency Exchange
 sacramentoaimlab@gmail.com

The beginning

Just as any other creative mind, I often find myself wondering about the clearest way of starting a new project, and the next, and the next, and the next. The mug of inspiration, excitement, and aspiration, offers me a thrilling, yet sometimes, overwhelming amount of possibilities to find the beginning of a new creation. 

In this case, the word 'Clarity' plays a key role on the process. Am I going to walk in a straight line, or am I going to circle and spiral my way up? 

Either way, and whichever option I decide to go with, I have to remind myself that clarity is the comprehensibility of clear expression.

The very first step is the one move paving the path for the rest of my sequences to come to life.

Therefore, it must be taken clearly. Thoughtfully. Sincerely.

Russian playwright Anton Chekhov (maybe) said (or wrote, or thought): 'The role of the artist is to ask questions, not answer them'. 

I would say, avoid asking too many questions, but do question. 

Be curious.

Make a move.

Get going.

 

I captured this colorful landscape in Real del Monte, in Hidalgo, México. December, 2015