Archive for February, 2008

Improv Everywhere

February 24, 2008

Very delighted to learn of Improv Everywhere, NYC-based large-scale performance, often spontaneous, often with audio mp3 (everyone synchronizes tracks and listens to instructions). Best is Grand Central Station freeze, the mp3 tracks
Three: four seasons join up for face-off in Central Park and Steve-worship.

MP3 Four was at a NYC park and had the sort of assemblage I think fondly of as belonging to the Coca-Cola commercial where (in Italy?) they make a helicopter-viewable bottle of Coke pour into a glass.
The DIY page leaves something to be desired, I’m not even sure which prank it’s for, but involves renting a theatre. And the document(s) to download aren’t there. Yaay Error 404.
Unfortunately, the redheads protest Wendy’s was pretty lame, and this coming from a redhead.

50 redheads on a subway car was better–especially with the sunscreen stunt. I often feel a bit performative whenever I share space with more than three other redheads, and it happens unexpectedly from time to time. More than 15 years ago with Richard Read-Parry and Evelyn we were 5 redheads at summer camp and did a skit.
Shirtless at Abercrombie & Fitch amusing.
A fellow named Justin Beach apparently started the Toronto chapter, but from the look of things, there were two freeze pranks in close succession, with too many participants and too much coverage (??), so I don’t know what the state of the Toronto chapter is. The CBC report is a bit patronizing, and maybe the ‘tude wasn’t quite right. Too bad.
Trafalgar Square in London‘s freeze.

Public Space Toronto

February 24, 2008

Toronto has a decent public-space community. I credit: public space committee, Spacing magazine (who incidentally had a short article about IE in Toronto), and others like Matt’s amazing photoblog which give shape to the way this city keeps together in all its ways.

Newmindspace has done things like big bubble fight and has by far the prettiest website. Toronto projects are not well-evidenced on the ImprovEverywhere networking page for Toronto.

I got to take part in Run the ROM (see below) with the Movement Movement. They will be part of an exhibition at the Toronto Free Gallery on creative activism. Interesting to see that there was a call for submissions–I would love to have a more organized way of being sure to hear about such calls–anyone?

k-os and breakdancing

February 18, 2008

I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned breakdancing here– it’s one of the three pillars of hiphop and my brother “knamelis” is a rapper and I do like hiphop a lot. This video is maybe not the best example of breakdancing, but I like how the rhythm is used and I love the shadow bits. Also, now that I’m in the classroom, the image of kids with earphones staring up somewhat vacantly really freaks me.

like michel gondry

February 18, 2008

This makes me think much of Michel Gondry’s word-based vids and led me to jonas/françois work, funfun for to French.

Zhang Jigan and hiding behind one person

February 12, 2008

Choreographer Zhang Jigang is doing choreography for the Beijing Olympics–he’s my friend’s fiancĂ©’s father and it seemed remote but when I saw Spielberg withdrew from his involvement with the Beijing Olympics I wanted to know a bit more about him (proves all press is good press, huh). The piece is quite beautiful. I had almost written off anything that was implicitly political…but now I wonder–what isn’t?
Tangent: The whole hide-behind-one person thing has been the gag of Feist and several other pieces I’ve seen recently. How easily we’re bought with a trompe d’oeil!