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Posted by Philip on 12 July 2016, 6:39 pm in , , , , , ,

"Who We Are" is a music video with a vision of changing how we know ourselves & each other. It's all about us, made for the world to see.

Follow Jess and her friends as they explore and celebrate identity and self expression. They are young people with unique gender, sexual and functional expression who are proud of who they are.

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A new conservative era?

Posted by Philip on 14 December 2014, 11:00 am in , , , , , , , ,

Cyndi Lauper with her chequerboard shaveRemember the 1970s? Hippies, free love, communes, punks, safety pins, Saturday-Night Fever, John Travolta, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, long hair, muslin shirts?

Remember the 80s? Androgyny everywhere — Boy George, high hair dyed every colour, guys with eyeliner, Annie Lennox with orange hair, Cyndi Lauper with her chequerboard shave?

Remember the 90s? The internet boom, the Human Rights Act condemning discrimination on the grounds of disability and sexual orientation, poor fashion choices, outstanding hip hop and alt rock music?

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When life leaves us blind, love keeps us kind

Posted by Philip on 23 September 2012, 6:18 pm in , , , ,

Linkin Park's beautiful song The Messenger reminded me today that, when we're fighting for change, we must remember love — it keeps us kind.


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Keeping it in perspective

Posted by Philip on 18 July 2012, 6:32 pm in , , , , ,

I don't know how you are feeling right now, but I'm a bit overwhelmed by stress and pressure. In particular, I'm having issues with bureaucracy and health.

I'm noticing that bureacracy seems to be collapsing around us; in particular, non-communication seems to be a strategy to avoid accountability. I'm also witnessing many people struggling with illness and pain.

But wait. Let's put some perspective around it.

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My first music video: As Love Draws Near

Posted by Philip on 6 July 2012, 2:02 pm in , , , , ,

Buy the single on Amplfier Buy the single on Amplfier

At long last –well actually, it didn't take as long as I expected – here's the music video for As Love Draws Near, the first of a musical collaboration with Arli Liberman. Thanks to the team at Borderless Productions for a great experience and superfast turnaround. Thanks also to the actors and extras who were involved. Enjoy – and if you like it, please spread the word!

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Proud to Stand Tall with samRB

Posted by Philip on 13 May 2012, 8:10 pm in , , ,

It was a huge pleasure and privilege to be part of the music video for samRB's Olympic anthem, "Stand Tall". Big ups to Sam for including such diversity, including NZ Sign Language, to represent NZ at the Games.

Here's a photo of me and Amy during the shoot, and the video below.

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Changing gear – it’s all about the clutch

Posted by Philip on 30 August 2010, 4:52 pm in , , , , ,

Diagram of a clutch

I’ve been going like the clappers for the last week, trying to complete an application to Creative New Zealand to record some music to add to my creative repertoire. Getting quotes and references, writing philosophies and budgets, creating plans and rationales. I have been writing and rewriting, questioning my motives for wanting to do this, feeling anxious that my 890 Facebook friends and 325 Twitter followers won’t like my stuff and wondering if what I do is good enough to be funded anyway.

Then I got an email from an arts advisor:

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Not Performing the World now

Posted by Philip Patston on 14 July 2010, 1:38 pm in , ,

I've been reflecting and have decided that a trip to NYC is not the best move for me at this time. The trip will impact on me quite significantly financially and logistically and fundraising efforts have been slow. Unfortunately this creates a risk that, right now, outweighs the potential benefits of attending the Performing the World conference.

As part of my reflection I realise that my passion is to continue the collaborative work I've been doing with composer Arli Liberman over the last 4 months, which is part of a wider project I've been working on for over a year now, also with Tony Lewis, to bring this collection of verse to life through music. Here's an example.

It's a new area for me but one that I've been angling towards for many years. It feels like now could be the time.

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Our gig at 5th Plinth [video]

Posted by Philip Patston on 19 March 2010, 12:34 pm in , , , , ,

Tony and I played at 5th Plinth last weekend – we're at the end. Well done Uptown Arts Trust!

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Comic happy as laughs turn to tears

Posted by Philip Patston on 5 December 2009, 4:10 pm in , , ,

by Lindy Laird | 4th December 2009 | Northern Advocate

At a lunchtime poetry reading in Whangarei on Disability Awareness Day, Philip Patston told the audience he had recently denounced labels.

"So I'm no longer a gay, disabled, vegetarian comedian," he said yesterday.

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