Zulu Padilla is creating Following Warblers
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patrons

I am  creating a mix-media film that uses the subject of the neotropical bird migration as a narrative counterpoint to a set of human stories focusing on our journeys through our own and others’ ideas; the migration of our self identification, if you will, from narcissistic to truly, loving.


I have found in my project Warblers the avenues to explore migration from a variety of perspectives, including the political concept related to border and frontiers. My perspective is informed by the experience of nature and urban environments, their mysteries and oxymorons. My process is to research, collect data, and engage with the places and communities that are involved in bird migration.

Every spring millions of warblers migrate northward from southern Central America and the Caribbean, arriving in North America to breed. On their journey to the Boreal forest of Canada where they will raise their young, these colorful migrants often stop over in the New York area, some finding a temporary home, as I have observed, in the gay cruising grounds in eastern Prospect Park. The warblers’ arrival simultaneously marks the beginning of their mating season and the season for gay cruising in the park. In Autumn, the park gets cold and the leaves fall, putting an end to the outdoor sexual encounters in the hidden areas of the park while providing a place for the warblers’ offspring to make a stop on their first travel south. On both their breeding and wintering grounds, the warblers time and energy is spent exclusively on securing a territory, winning a mate and contributing the only lasting legacy of their brief life to the next generation: their song.

I find a parallel with the warblers’ migration as connected with song and sexuality with my own experience migrating south in the winters to participate in the Barranquilla Carnival group “La Puntica no Ma’,” which is one of thousands of manifestations of performance groups that form the central parade that begins the Saturnalia. “La Puntica no Ma’” translates to “Just the Tip,” referring to a sexual pursuer’s negotiation strategy with a hesitant partner by promising to insert “just the tip” of his penis rather than the whole thing. Irreverent queer humor is the charm of “la puntica,” which, of course, has a multiplicity of meanings besides the tip of a dick. I see my work with “La Puntica no Ma’” as the ideal scenario for my incorporating contemporary art narratives with the popular folk traditions of my home town. Further, the drive I have to travel great distances for this creatively expressive, sexually charged action every year ties those elements of art and folk traditions to a bigger scheme that interweaves my impulses with nature’s plan and the homing instincts found in migrating birds.








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Access to Only Patreon Content
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You're supporting me and that's  means a lot. thank you. you'll get my patron-only posts and access to the patron-only feed. Me estas ayudando y eso es me toca el corazón.

POSTCARD-IN-THE-MAIL
$5 or more per month

There is no way to express all my gratitude but  random Postcards  in your  mailbox might help.   And off course,  access to only Patreon content.  

ART-IN-THE-MAIL
$25 or more per month

Up to this point, I don't know what to say or do. I will create no matter what, but with this kind of support you allow me to focus on building  unique relationships. Thank you! 

PS: expect surprises in your mailbox 


ART-IN-THE-MAIL + STUDIO VISIT
$50 or more per month

Please come for a studio visit. The true is that everyone can come for studio visit.  Maybe this is the ultimate  masterpiece, "the true" even better,  "The  game of trues". 

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Goals
8 of 30 patrons
when I reach 30 patron, I'll will celebrate what it can be done with the help of the friends ( I'm working now in a living installation for the mermaid parade, this June 22, 2019) 
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I am  creating a mix-media film that uses the subject of the neotropical bird migration as a narrative counterpoint to a set of human stories focusing on our journeys through our own and others’ ideas; the migration of our self identification, if you will, from narcissistic to truly, loving.


I have found in my project Warblers the avenues to explore migration from a variety of perspectives, including the political concept related to border and frontiers. My perspective is informed by the experience of nature and urban environments, their mysteries and oxymorons. My process is to research, collect data, and engage with the places and communities that are involved in bird migration.

Every spring millions of warblers migrate northward from southern Central America and the Caribbean, arriving in North America to breed. On their journey to the Boreal forest of Canada where they will raise their young, these colorful migrants often stop over in the New York area, some finding a temporary home, as I have observed, in the gay cruising grounds in eastern Prospect Park. The warblers’ arrival simultaneously marks the beginning of their mating season and the season for gay cruising in the park. In Autumn, the park gets cold and the leaves fall, putting an end to the outdoor sexual encounters in the hidden areas of the park while providing a place for the warblers’ offspring to make a stop on their first travel south. On both their breeding and wintering grounds, the warblers time and energy is spent exclusively on securing a territory, winning a mate and contributing the only lasting legacy of their brief life to the next generation: their song.

I find a parallel with the warblers’ migration as connected with song and sexuality with my own experience migrating south in the winters to participate in the Barranquilla Carnival group “La Puntica no Ma’,” which is one of thousands of manifestations of performance groups that form the central parade that begins the Saturnalia. “La Puntica no Ma’” translates to “Just the Tip,” referring to a sexual pursuer’s negotiation strategy with a hesitant partner by promising to insert “just the tip” of his penis rather than the whole thing. Irreverent queer humor is the charm of “la puntica,” which, of course, has a multiplicity of meanings besides the tip of a dick. I see my work with “La Puntica no Ma’” as the ideal scenario for my incorporating contemporary art narratives with the popular folk traditions of my home town. Further, the drive I have to travel great distances for this creatively expressive, sexually charged action every year ties those elements of art and folk traditions to a bigger scheme that interweaves my impulses with nature’s plan and the homing instincts found in migrating birds.








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Tiers
Access to Only Patreon Content
$3 or more per month

You're supporting me and that's  means a lot. thank you. you'll get my patron-only posts and access to the patron-only feed. Me estas ayudando y eso es me toca el corazón.

POSTCARD-IN-THE-MAIL
$5 or more per month

There is no way to express all my gratitude but  random Postcards  in your  mailbox might help.   And off course,  access to only Patreon content.  

ART-IN-THE-MAIL
$25 or more per month

Up to this point, I don't know what to say or do. I will create no matter what, but with this kind of support you allow me to focus on building  unique relationships. Thank you! 

PS: expect surprises in your mailbox 


ART-IN-THE-MAIL + STUDIO VISIT
$50 or more per month

Please come for a studio visit. The true is that everyone can come for studio visit.  Maybe this is the ultimate  masterpiece, "the true" even better,  "The  game of trues". 

TAKE EVERYTHING AND SHARE IT!
$100 or more per month