Thursday, October 20, 2011

Expo '74: Friday Report

Friday was the start of the Expo show, and it was pretty feature-packed. David Zicarelli opened on-point, followed by Joshua Clayton giving an overview of all the features in Max 6. After that was lunch, which was crazy. Imagine going out to lunch with Matthew Davidson, Andrew Benson, Anton Marini, Joshua Goldberg and Luke DuBois. Freakin' Max-Jitter center of the universe. The chat at the lunch table (in Five Guys, home of the Greasiest Burgers Ever) was outrageous.

The afternoon featured a number of speakers, of which Jeremy Bailey topped almost anything I could imagine. Combine an irreverent view of video art history with a crazy virtual reality presentation and you get the most entertaining speech ever. Completely bonkers.

After that I took the subway up to Columbia to set up for the PGTGr performance. I couldn't bring along my modular, so I used an old Serge that Columbia had. Took a bit to get everything running (and a few magic incantations to help the TKB wake up), but that put me in the position to fulfill my analog responsibilities. I mostly did wind and bird sounds, which were promptly snagged and modified by Brad and Gregory. Terry, as always, was just brilliant. This group is my favorite performing group ever.

Long subway ride back to our apartments (in Bed-Stuy) and I was dead asleep, ready for 6:00 wakeup on Saturday - My Day Of Many Presentations...


Monday, October 3, 2011

Great installation, great people

I spent a little time talking to Laleh Mehran this evening, and she pointed me to the site for their W3FI installation. In strolling through it, I saw that they gave me a "thanks" credit for helping out. I did a little coding for one part of their large-format work, and was amazed that they were thoughtful enough to provide a credit.

This happens so rarely in most art works. People often think of the technology side of art as little more than a utility function (and with as much interest as the people that install light switches). It helps that Laleh's partner, Christoper Coleman, it pretty into art tech as well, and treats the technology with a lot of respect.

So here is my "thanks back" to them - for letting me touch this project a little, and for acknowledging my assistance when so few would...