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December 13, 2011

your loving brother

by noah

your loving brother by philip seymour hoffman

and with our bare hands we turn to one another
reach below a universal line of sight
and lift our tent.
tremendously it begins to rise.
we watch our tent adhere to the environment surrounding.
our hands the creators of our universe
our minds the collaborators of our hands
our experience the distinction between our minds
our knowledge the harkening of our experience
our culture the reason for such knowledge.

heavy winds will rotate the perspective of our tent
but as shade will absorb a glare ceases to harm.
we are the spiritual center of our universe
inquiring among orbiting planets
taking breath among foreign agents
forging a new magnetism of place.


November 26, 2011

flood hacks

by noah

Thai Flood Hacks is a tumblr dedicated to the documentation of social creativity following 2011’s monsoon season in Thailand and the resulting floods [wiki]. Additionally, the site catalogues creative flood adaptations in other cities as well. Within this image archive are snorkeling motorcycles, plenty of tall “freak” bikes, animal life vests and several boats which all have unique methods for steering or “motor power”. Tall bikes and boats may not seem like a spectacular feat when combating a flooded locale, but the social involvement in these materials is represented by how handmade these solutions are. Boats are made from discarded tires, mattresses, pieces of wood, or recyclables, caravans are built out of bikes to carry numerous people on one body-powered vehicle, and in the wake of disaster this blog dedicates its energy to depicting this situation as a creative dreamland [if it weren’t previously a home]. Definitely worth spending a few minutes browsing through when you have a chance… and I thought my basement in Bushwick had some sweet tricks.

November 15, 2011

dinner & a show

by noah

Wednesday night I’m hosting a FMLY dinner & a show in Bushwick and thought it’d be so nice to extend the invitation to this blog and the class. Dinner & a Show is a series my friends and I began in Los Angeles over the summer, and it has since extended into Brooklyn, Eau Claire (Wisconsin), and hopefully beginning real soon in Philly and Boston. The driving theme is to allow aural interaction to merge with the most pleasant of senses, and develop community outside of the codified space of venues whether they be corporate sponsored or an active diy loft space. These dinners are not meant to happen solely for the sake of pleasure, but to provide a means of intimate exchange [and a cushion for gas funds] for our friends that are on tour. Some folks who have joined us along the way have been Foxes in Fiction (Toronto), Candy Claws (Colorado), Yohuna (Wisconsin), Cloud Nothings (Ohio), and so many more buds.

My friends Hear Hums are on tour, coming from Gainesville, Florida, and this seems like the most appropriate way to welcome them back to Brooklyn. Also playing is Emily Reo and the Spookfish who has been traveling through Asia & Europe for the last few years in addition to a stint as Grouper‘s choirboy for a project in Portland. Before all of the music begins I’ll also present my workshop, Writing Home, and collect the first of many rounds of postcards. Needless to say I can not wait. I’ll be cooking all vegetarian and vegan friendly foods, and invite you to bring anything that you would like as well! Here is the facebook event with all of the info you’ll need ❤

And here’s a video that my Florida FMLY put together in promotion of the new Hear Hums album… Mitch and Kenzie are honestly some of the most incredible sound-makers I've ever met and the sweetest friends one could ask for. I really hope that some of you can share this experience, it's going to be a truly unique night.

October 18, 2011

autonomous accredition

by noah

Wednesday night I took the opportunity to sit in on an incredibly intimate discussion titled “An Autonomous Alternative Accreditation Agency” led by a young Syracuse professor Thomas Gokey. The general idea of accreditation being restricted to universities is a myth so rarely questioned with such constructive criticism, and the two hours spent on our hands and knees scrubbing towards a collective yellow brick road was oh so satisfying. Before recapping the discussion it should briefly be said that developing an autonomous accreditation system is, simply said, dreaming up how to integrate a formalized education with the practice of everyday life. It is a move towards understanding academics as life and life as academics, making clear that our knowledge is extended into all that we do. Majorly, this move also invalidates the role of high tuition universities and allows for education to reflect classic equality. It is not the hope to see these institutions shut down, but rather become a democratic force than a job coupled with debt machine. Since 1978 tuition in America has raised 900% as universities have adapted into the role of banks, and if we do not collectively conceptualize a new form of education then tomorrow we won’t be able to afford the time we wasted today.

In introducing his own reimagination Thomas shared how Mozilla has embraced a network of merit badges [more info] among software developers. These merit badges can be collected from anywhere on the internet to share a history of what one knows and has achieved, adding a little prestige to one’s digital endeavors depending on the reputations of their parenting firm. Now what if we applied a similar model to our physical communities? In a reputation economy no two badges are created equal, and badges are assessed in a network of trust and reputation. Achieving badges is comparable to building a portfolio, and this portfolio of scholarship will eventually become a degree. For the remainder of the discussion we shared ideas concerning free schools and ivy league community colleges, and we eventually shared #occupytogether stories. The occupation in Los Angeles launched a free school this week, curated by Antioch’s Urban Sustainability Program and faculty of UCLA. When asking students in NYC if they have even been able to visit our #occupywallst there are frequently “no’s” excusing the experience with either school or work to pay for school when this is a moment in history affecting the way the symbolic order of the everyday is acknowledged.

A theme I’ve taken to this is a notion of time and control. What is the necessity for stabilization, homogenization through fundamentals, and the breaking of the individual spirit? Education is a pursuit of knowledge and a self-discovery in comprehensiveness, of practice, and of understanding. Let’s reflect that appropriately.

October 4, 2011


by noah

I recently registered with Neighborgoods as a way to facilitate peer-to-peer sharing within my local community. The cute video I’ve included above explains that we hardly use our objects to their potential, and that via this site our value of things can be communally appreciated. Encouraging giving, trading, selling, and borrowing, Neighborgoods uses a simple Google Maps system to sketch its users among a space. Within these desired spaces users can connect with other members of their community and view the items they would either like to receive or lend. Each profile also includes a ticker which documents the dollar value each user has saved since participating with the site. Objects range from projectors, amps, and snorkle sets to Mario Kart for Wii and “platform goth boots”. Happy sharing!

October 3, 2011

say something nice

by noah

For an alternative peek at the possibilities of public theatre I enjoy keeping tabs on New York’s own Improv Everywhere, a diy prank collective which gathers support for their events via online newsblasts and facebook events. To date, they have caused over one-hundred scenes and enriched the lives of thousands. Above is a brief video documenting their project “Say Something Nice” in which they attached a megaphone to a podium fixing the instructional sign [look]. The piece was moved throughout Manhattan, but this video of Union Square so quickly re-purposes a place of transit towards a place of appreciation. Certainly some of the most beautiful moments I could hope to witness in this city. Enjoy!

September 19, 2011

infinite love [tuesday evening]

by noah

Dustin Wong – My Song 6

Joe Ahearn, who some of you might know as the long-term caretaker of the recently pillaged Silent Barn, conducts a bi-weekly audio and social investigation of how DIYism could possibly exist in the Financial District of Manhattan. In collaboration with another project of Ahearn’s, Art International Radio, these regular gatherings / recording sessions meet in the Clocktower Gallery of 108 Leonard St [above the court summons building] and have been held as both solo exhibitions of aural entities and great battles between local notable sound enthusiasts. Folks like G Lucas Crane [of Woods], Dan Friel [of Parts & Labor], Prince Rama, Sun Araw, Lucky Dragons, and a long list of friends I admire have been kind enough to inhibit the space for an evening, and I’d like to invite everyone to swing by tomorrow before class to catch our friend Dustin Wong [of Ponytail & ex-Ecstatic Sunshine] completely level the building. Dustin’s point of entry into music is the guitar, but he executes his ideas in such a unique way that promotes accentuated self-referential development and onward moving themes through the use of his dazzling variety of pedals. Heavy on the loop and delay he submerges listeners into a classic RPG environment where paths are selected or amputated. Feel free to peek at the video above for reassurance, and maybe I’ll see you there tomorrow evening. Here is the fbook event for more information, starts at 6pm, free.

September 16, 2011

bio :: noah klein

by noah

well hey there new friends, i’ve been at a loss for words after reading through the inspiring projects that everyone is up to… but here i am! my name is noah and i come from the land of venice beach, california, though to be fair i haaave been in new york for a solid four years now. i attended eugene lang for my undergraduate degree in media studies and the arts, graduated in may of ’11, and filed myself into the five-ish year program which brings us to the present. basically, my new school heart is pumping hard right now. but i’ll quit with this slow drip of formality and move towards what really turns me on. community. i believe that power doesn’t exist in vertical relationships, but in horizontal collaboration. to be absolutely vague the attraction of spectacle that we call business, hollywood, and politics are in theory a game of the weak, and it is in the proliferation of dialectic, collaboration, and collectivity that one can hope to become a part of the change that we wish to see in the world. but of course, it does no one any good to ignore the shameful reality we are a part of (i’m a big fan of situationism and the fluxus movement if you couldn’t tell already). but enough with the romantics, i’ll tell you a bit about what i do.

pt. 1 :: fmly is the creative project that has been my life’s work long before realization or understanding, and i’ll be the first to argue that i still don’t realize or understand quite what it is yet. i have actively been hosting and promoting arts events since the age of 14, at first convincing shops in santa monica and culver city to allow my friends to convert their storefront to a performance space for one night every week or two. during this time i also played in a local band, and building a community thread became a much more fascinating project than the mundane daily routine of attending a los angeles public high school. i’d like to see you learn your ap us history from a textbook that was copywritten in 1973. upon graduating and shipping off to new york to begin what would become the first enjoyable academic experience of my life, i began to notice that it was pretty weird that all of my friends were musicians, activists, writers, visual ponderers, and artists of all sorts, and my buddy cameron and i decided to start a blogspot documenting our own community. i hate to bore you with nostalgic details, but if we peek forward four years to see what became of our little collective of friends the results are splattered across multiple languages, continents, and timelines. what began as me in my dorm room has turned into a collective of the most positive and supportive friends that i can imagine, and inspiration that i honestly can’t keep up with anymore. without any external motivation we have successfully hosted four all ages music and arts festivals in previously unknown spaces, opened five DIY music and arts “venues”, released a healthy amount of zines, vinyl, and cassettes, illegally repaired los angeles’ infamous elliott smith mural, curated an entire free, outdoor, summer concert series, supported our friends as they have toured the world presenting their ideas and sharing fmly, and coordinated two years worth of global group bike rides which promote a re-territorialization of urban space. and i’m proud to say that this is only a brief summary of a speck of work and play in regards to what we are up to. the amount of heart work that myself and my friends and people on the other side of the world that i have yet to meet have put into this has completely blown my mind and once again rendered me speechless. currently we are working oh so hard on developing curriculum for a community center to open in the under-served neighborhood of inglewood, los angeles, with a focus on urban sustainability, bicycling and alternative forms of transportation, and music literacy. the youtube clip above is for a documentary that is currently being shot in los angeles, soon in new york, and we’ll see what the kindness of community can fundraise after that. during the time of this trailer the focus was our involvement in local bike communities, but last time i checked in on it the story rightfully expanded to the scope of how we approach our modern situation, or condition. needless to say i’m excited. also found it cute that out of all of the local music we encourage the filmmaker decided to use a david byrne & brian eno song as the theme.

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