Trippin’ #3

The official Fusion Arts update #3.

My trusty iBook died on me two weeks ago so I haven’t been updating anything for a while, but now I finally got it back after sending it two times to get repaired. It came back a little crippled, with only 512mb of RAM, but at least I can use it now.
A lot has happened since I last wrote anything here. The first weekend we went to Boston where we visited ICA, MIT and some galleries. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to explore the city on my own, the schedule was so tight. This pic is from the ICA.

The next weekend we spent two days in New York City and visited New York Times, Eyebeam, Guggenheim, Ground Zero, Glowlab and a bunch of galleries. For me, the most interesting thing was seeing Eyebeam and getting a glimpse of what’s going on behind the scenes at Graffiti Research Lab.

Also, I finally caved into this digital djing business. I went to Turntable Lab and got some records and the M-Audio Conectiv digital DJ thingy. I’ve had my Ms. Pinky vinyls for a few years, but I haven’t had a good audio interface for my laptop so I haven’t really used them that much. Now I might actually take this thing to gigs also. I’m not giving up on vinyl though! No way! This is just a way to add some new possibilities to my sets. I’m also pretty excited to test using this baby as an effects unit, because I can route the signal from my turntables to Ableton Live and get all crazy with looping and effects.

Back in Providence we have done a couple of projects. The most interesting is probably the Call and Response video project. Each of us had to make 20 videos in two days, each 30 seconds long. The first one had to be a call and the others responses to the videos the other people had made. We were supposed to not talk to each other and only communicate through the videos. Here you can watch all the videos. My call is #21 and I finished 13 responses that are scattered all over. Here’s the video that I’m most satisfied with.

Quicktime video

And oh, I almost forgot, last Saturday I went to this little festival called Rock The Bells. I’ll let the line-up speak for itself.
No pictures. Sorry. I only had a disposable camera with me and I haven’t had the chance to scan the pictures in. You just have to take my word for it that it was f**king insane. Just look at that line-up, an overdose of hip hop legends. Wu was there with all the original guys, except ODB of course, and if that wasn’t enough, the reunited RATM turned the entire place into a big and sweaty mosh pit. Things got a little interesting when 60 000 people tried to fit into three buses, but I got back to my hostel in Harlem eventually.I guess that’s about it. Today is the last night in Providence. Tomorrow we are flying to Denver so the next update is going to be from there. Now I’ll just do my laundry and hit the streets. I’m going to miss this place. I’ve been kind of lazy with the gallery, but you can check out a lot more pictures from my Flickr site here.

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