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November 11, 2011

Make Your Own Damn Movie!

by Tom Tenney

Hey everyone,

One of the legends of DIY filmmaking, Lloyd Kaufman, is doing a talk next Tuesday at SVA entitled “Make Your Own Damn Movie!”  For those aren’t familiar with Troma films, Kaufman is the genius behind such masterpieces as The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke ‘Em High, Sgt. Kabukiman, Terror Firmer and dozens others.  The talk is from 6:30-8:00, so you’ll probably have to leave a few minutes early to get to class in time, but I’m sure it will still be well worth it.  Here’s all the details:

Calling all aspiring filmmakers! We’re looking forward to seeing you at next Tuesday’s seminar with Lloyd Kaufman.  Be sure to RSVP at www.cencom.org. You can also reach us atinfo@cencom.org or 212.686.5005.

Make Your Own Damn Movie!

Just because you own a Flip and Final Cut Pro doesn’t mean you can make a movie anybody wants to see. To learn how it’s done, don’t miss the opportunity to hear from low-budget movie king Lloyd Kaufman, who runs Troma Entertainment, the longest-running independent film studio in the U.S.  Mr. Kaufman has produced and directed over 25 movies, including the popular hits:Tromeo and Juliet and Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. Directors Quentin Tarantino and Peter Jackson cite Kaufman’s cult fave The Toxic Avenger as a major influence on their work.

Lloyd Kaufman, President and Co-Founder, Troma Entertainment

Presented with the Film, Video and Animation Department at SVA. 

Book signing of Sell Your Own Damn Movie! and Make Your Own Damn Movie! follows the discussion. 

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

WHERE: School of Visual Arts Theater, 333 West 23rd Street (8th and 9th Aves.)

October 26, 2011

‘Elf Girl’ Book Release Party Tonight!

by Tom Tenney

Of all the people I know, I think Rev Jen Miller best personifies the DIY ethic, aesthetic and lifestyle.  Performer, prophet, painter, preacher poet – The Village Voice voted her the Best DIY Go-Girl Over 21 in 2002, and I know some of you caught her reading at the RE/Mixed Media Festival kickoff party last Friday.  Tonight she is celebrating the release of her 3rd published book, Elf Girl (Simon & Schuster) at 10 pm at Bowery Poetry Club.   I can’t recommend this event highly enough, as there will be performances by some of the best DIY (and some not so DIY) downtown artists like Hi Christina, Jonathan Ames, Sean T. Hanratty and several others.   I will be there dressed as the door to room 6 of the Midway Motel in Pennsylvania – a reference to one of her stories in the book – and other costumes and weirdness will, I’m sure, abound.  It’s free and my guess is it will be fairly packed, so get there early.  Hope some of you can make it!

October 11, 2011

Creators Project This Weekend in DUMBO

by Tom Tenney

Yet another amazing looking event, going on all weekend in DUMBO.  You have to RSVP to attend, and oddly you can only register to go Saturday or Sunday, not both days.  I’m going on Saturday and flyering the bejeezus out of the place for my own festival the next weekend.  This isn’t as DIY as something like Maker Faire, but there are some incredible things going on.  Check it out:  http://thecreatorsproject.com/events/the-creators-project-new-york-2011

From the site:

This year we’re hosting an unforgettable art and technology festival in DUMBO, Brooklyn on October 15 &16th.

All year long we’ve been working with Creators of all kinds on the development of new Studio works and debuting them at our international events, starting with Coachella this April and, most recently, in Seoul and Beijing. Some of the artworks have traveled the globe all summer, like the final adaptation of UVA’s audio-visual sculpture, with a soundtrack by composer Scanner, which will be the largest responsive work ever created by the UK based artists. We’ll also be showing Jonathan Glazer, J. Spaceman, Undisclosable and One of Us’s immersive sound installation, Mick Rock and Barney Clay’s David Bowie transfiguration and Quayola’s latest work, Strata #4. We’ll also be unveiling installations from a few incredible artists discovered via our Gallery and premiering the interactive works from our Art Hack Weekend winners.

On Saturday, there will be dozens of live music performances from bands like Florence + the MachineA$AP Rocky,Atlas SoundCompany FlowFour Tet and John Maus, to name a few. There will also be a slew of DJ sets, including the triumphant return of Justice, who will be playing their first NYC DJ set in two years, Juan MacLean, one of the most notorious artists on the DFA roster, as well as Nic Thorburn from the beloved indie-pop band Islands and the electronic duo The Golden Filter.

To cap it all off, we’ll also be screening films over the weekend including Art of Flight, the latest daredevil snowboarding action sports film from Curt Morgan (Brain Farm) and pro-boarder Travis Rice (produced by Red Bull Media House), Spike Jonze and Arcade Fire‘s Scenes from the Suburbs and Peng Lei’s Follow Follow.

The event will be free and open to the public, though RSVP is mandatory and all venues will be subject to capacity regulations. In addition to the two outdoor stages and an indoor DJ hub, there will be a plethora of food and beverages from the Brooklyn Flea and a host of major art installations and films spread out over 11 different venues in DUMBO. Take the East River Ferry directly to Brooklyn Bridge Park for easy access to the event.

We’ve already told you that we’re debuting Karen O‘s mysterious and seductive psycho-opera Stop the Virgens—an assault on the tragic joys of youth. As our only ticketed performance, tickets are quickly selling out. For ticket information visit St. Ann’s Warehouse.

October 9, 2011

WFMU Radiovision Festival Oct 28-30

by Tom Tenney

This event looks fantastic and is coming up right around the corner from our classroom in 3 weeks.  From their website:

WFMU presents a festival celebrating radio’s future as it takes on new forms in the digital age for the medium’s fans, tinkerers and future thinkers. A special opening night performance with Radio Legend Joe Frank, a day of talks, panel discussions and performances, and a hack day for programmers and digital media makers.

The third day of the festival is a “Hack Day” in which “WFMU and the Free Music Archive invite hackers, musicians, digital storytellers and DIY media-makers to devote a day to reinvent radio using images, social media, and open archive materials.”

Very sadly, the Joe Frank event on Friday is sold out, but I may try to see if I can get tickets somehow the night of the show.  Joe Frank is an all-time hero of mine and he won’t be doing these live performances for very much longer as he’s almost 80 years old.   Everyone they have lined up for the Saturday symposium looks amazing including Ira Glass, Kenyatta Cheese (he was in the RE/Mixed Media Festival last year and was great), Marc Maron, and many others.   The Sunday “Hack Day” is right up our alley and is only $7.

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October 3, 2011

RE/Mixed Media Festival Needs Volunteers!

by Tom Tenney

Hey everyone – just wanted to give you a heads up that the second annual RE/MIxed Media Festival is right around the corner (October 22nd) and we really need volunteers!  We’re generally asking people to do 3 or 4 hour shifts, and then you have the rest of the day to enjoy the festival for free!  The full schedule will be announced this week, but check out the artist bio page on the site, if you want to get an idea of the kinds of things that will be going on.

Jobs that we’re looking for people to cover range from very general to very specific, from skilled to unskilled, so there’s really something for everyone.  To give you an idea of the kinds of things you might be doing, here’s a sampling of the volunteer job list:

  • Manning registration table
  • Bar tending
  • Managing the installation and performance spaces
  • Collecting email addresses
  • Managing communication between the two spaces and between me and the festival coordinator
  • Wrangling talent and getting them to the right place.
  • Manning the streaming video cams
You get the idea.  If any of you have the bandwidth to help out, please email Krystal Bowden, our volunteer coordinator, at krystal@remixedmedia.org.  Definitely let her know you’re a classmate of mine, as well as how much time you can donate, and any preferences of duties.   If you have any questions, go ahead and post them in comments, or just ask me in class 🙂   Thanks!
oh.. also.  if you’re the type that “likes” things on Facebook… please LIKE US!
September 30, 2011

Fiverr=Amazeballs

by Tom Tenney

I had only just begun my reading on barter economies when my girlfriend serendipitously IM’d me the URL to fiverr which she called an “amazeballs idea.”    The concept is a webified version of “what would you do for a dollar?”  and allows people to post what they would do (legally) for five dollars.  Just a few examples:

I will sleep talk your website, product name or slogan on VIDEO for $5″

“I will use my deep voice to sing like Johnny Cash anything you desire while playing my acoustic guitar… for $5”

“I will edit your 30 minute podcast for $5”

I think this is fantastic… it’s kind of like a micro Elance, where there are no limits to the ridiculousness of the tasks.  Also, this is potentially a great way to get great, unique marketing material.  I have this idea that I want to order one per day leading up to the RE/Mixed Media Festival on October 22nd – and tweet the results each day.   I’ll keep you posted on how that goes (I’ve already ordered the sleeptalking video…)

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September 28, 2011

Dorkbot Next Wednesday!

by Tom Tenney

I think this would be a totally fun thing to do as a field trip.  I ‘ve never been to a dorkbot (but I’ve been to Nerd Night!) and would love to have an excuse to check this out.  Who’s in??

Here’s the URL: http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotnyc/05.oct.2011/

And here’s what’s at the URL for all you lazy non-clickers:

people doing strange things with electricitywhat: dorkbot-nyc meeting
where: Location One (Greene between Canal & Grand)
when: Wednesday, 05 October 2011, 7-9pm
$$$: $$$FREE$$$ (donations to Location One appreciated!)

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The next dorkbot-nyc meeting will take place at 7pm on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at Location One in SoHo.

The meeting is free and open to the public. PLEASE BRING SNACKS AND DRINKS TO SHARE!!! WE ARE HUNGRY!!!

We’re always looking for (and playing) more dorkbot theme songs! Bring or email one and we’ll play it at the meeting.

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Featuring the frugivory and bendy-fingered:

 

Katrina Cass & Alex Alsup: BBOX Radio — Internet Radio from a Recycled Shipping Container
Downtown Brooklyn is a funny place. The Fulton Street Mall is an epicenter of shopping and style. The so-called ÒBrownstone BeltÓ encircles the mall area and has born repeated, failed, attempts to reshape downtown. BBOX Radio takes its place at the center of all this as an internet radio station built into a recycled shipping container that features original programming developed by the Brooklyn community. With a live performance venue, gallery space, and diverse roster of talk and music shows, BBOX Radio is a combination of analog and digital media — something that can bring the Brooklyn community together in person and broadcast to the world online.
http://www.bboxradio.com/

Jody Zellen: Urban Rhythms
Jody Zellen investigates ways to integrate new technologies into her practice. She has become increasingly interested in making works that involve active audience participation. To that end she creates net art projects, site specific interactive installations and is now embarking on creating artworks for mobile devices. She will talk about her interactive installations “The Blackest Spot” (2008) and “The Unemployed” (2011) currently on view at Disseny Hub Museum in Barcelona, and “Urban Rhythms” a new art app that will be available in the iPhone store soon.
http://www.jodyzellen.com/portfolio

T3db0t: Deconspectrum
We humans tend to treat our perceptions as holistic — as seeing things as things, instead of as an accumulation of parts, details and features. This is the great abstracting power of the 3-pound neural network in our heads, and is a major differentiating characteristic from other computational paradigms. But what happens when we are confronted with a former whole that’s been broken into its constituent parts?”Deconspectrum” is a sound-reactive installation that takes the notion of a spectrum analyzer and pulls it apart, gutting our monolithic perception of sound and laying out its component viscera in the form of flickering, colored light-cubes, leaving them out in the open to decompose into a new autonomy.
http://log.liminastudio.com/projects/deconspectrum

September 21, 2011

Pedagogy of the Oppressed: The Musical!

by Tom Tenney

I was just kicking around on Kickstarter looking at potential projects to fund and came across this one:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/702100026/pedagogy-of-the-oppressed-the-musical

How timely and appropriate!  I put in ten bucks to be able to go to the opening night, if others of you do too we can make it a field trip!

Here’s more info:

ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Youth and student advocates from a Brooklyn community are working to change the education system with an inter-active theatrical event—Pedagogy of the Oppressed – The Musical! Based on the famous work by Brazilian educator Paolo Freire this original work dramatizes the diverse experiences of students, teachers and parents in public schools and the moments that influence our ideas about education. The play also demonstrates a fresh approach to learning and the teacher/student relationship. Think satire, smart mob, documentary drama, and a call for education reform, all wrapped up in an entertaining musical theater experience.

Falconworks’ energetic and culturally diverse community-based acting company employs techniques from Nobel Prize winner Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, used to create theater with non-actors throughout the world. The group has produced over 100 original works, uniting adults and youth from an economically challenged community in Brooklyn, NY as allies to foster social change. All the organization’s work uses theater games, music, dance, skits and story-telling techniques to encourage spectators to become actors and to investigate economic, cultural, political and other social forces.

Falconworks Artists Group programs have been funded by Independence Community Foundation, North Star Fund, New York Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding from this campaign will be used to cover production costs, including, costumes, stipends to cover performer expenses, marketing and our set which will be designed by artist and activist Rachel Owens and made from recycled “found” materials.

September 18, 2011

Audio Interviews from Maker Faire Saturday

by Tom Tenney

Wow, this was SUCH a good time and, like Heather, I felt like I could have spent days there and still not see everything.  I wanted to get audio interviews with some of the makers themselves and see if any of the things they had to see were reflective of some of the readings and discussions we’ve had in class so far.  However, I didn’t want to “lead” them by being too specific with my questions, instead my strategy was to just have them talk about “what they do, and why they do it” and see what sorts of things they talked about organically.  I did six interviews, and I feel like each one of them had something interesting and important to say about DIY.

Makerbot Raceway

Makerbot Racecars

When we first got there, I spotted my friend Zero Boy announcing the MakerBot Industries car races in which kids were racing cars made from the “Thing-o-Matic” – Makerbot’s 3-D printer.  This was an easy way for me to jump in and get started so I spoke with him between races. Here’s the first interview [NOTE: Please forgive the terrible quality of some of these.  I didn’t bust out my handheld mic until the 4th interview so some of them, particularly the second and third, are very noisy.]

Although he’s not the “maker” of the cars, one of the points he made that I thought was interesting is that the learning that happens isn’t just on the part of the kids, Makerbot Industries also learns a lot from these races about what works and what doesn’t so they can tweak their product accordingly.

Bottlecap Contact Mics

Bottlecap Contact Mic

Next, I spoke to the guys at CMKT4 – a band that plays with circuit-bent instruments and also creates contact mics out of bottle caps and piezo transducers.  They were demonstrating their mics by attaching one to a slinky, which make a very cool sound, and which you can hear at the beginning of the interview. I ended up buying one of their mics for $20, even though I could have easily made one for about $3 in parts from Radio Shack (needed: piezo transducer, short length of audio cable, 1/4″ jack, wax, bottlecap).  Afterwards, I mentioned to Nick that, although I could have made this myself – what I was really paying for was 1) style – they made theirs LOOK really cool and b) support – it was satisfying for me to be able to support other makers.

Thing-o-Matic

Thing-o-Matic

After the mic guys, I swung back around to the Makerbot area again, and this time spoke with one of the guys who makes the Thing-o-Matic, the 3D printer that made the cars in the aforementioned race.  What struck me as particularly salient in this conversation was how, at the end of the interview, he stresses how important community and sharing are to the success of the product.  The files that people create, which are basically the ‘blueprints’ for the ‘things’ that get printed, are all shared openly online and this is how new things are developed.  One person may take another’s design and modify it, build upon it, to create something totally new, and then sharing it with everyone else.  They are basically embracing the open software model and using it to build actual “things” in the real (i.e. not software) world.

Hacker Spaces

From there I headed over and spoke with the Hackerspace people, who also placed a huge emphasis on community.  In particular, they are attacking the problem of how does one organize a global movement and create a larger community out of a multitude of smaller ones.  As you’ll hear in the interview, hacker spaces are built on the ideal of pooling resources in order create benefits to a community that a single person wouldn’t have on her/his own.  What they found was that so many of these communities emerged, that now they need to further organize, to create a ‘federation’ so that different communities can benefit from the work of other communities that aren’t necessarily geographically proximate.

Eric, the T-shirt Maker Guy

Next I wandered into the craft area, which was significantly quieter than the robot and hacker areas, and spoke with Eric Swanson a very laid back fellow from Brooklyn who makes a living making and selling T-shirts with his wife.  When I asked him about how he sees the connection between robots and crafts, he talked about how it’s really all about being “inquisitive” and how if you want to understand how things work you kind of have to jump in and figure it out yourself, whether it’s making robots or soap. This was the interview that I felt spoke most directly to the conversations about learning we’ve been having in class:

Ham Radio

For my last interview, I spoke with the guy manning the amateur (i.e. ‘ham’) radio tent.  Ham radio is something that’s always been of particular interest for me.  When I was a kid in the 70’s I (like a lot of other kids) had a CB radio which held endless fascination for me, and I’m pretty sure fed my interest in Internet and digital communications in the early 90’s.   Ham radio, however, always held a certain mystique – it seemed more exclusive, you had to have a license, and it had the air of a private club that not just anyone could participate in.   Now, after speaking with Mike at Maker Faire, these feelings are pretty much dispelled.  He was warm and welcoming, and like many of the others I spoke with, stressed the importance of an open community.  One of the other guys at the tent even told me (off-mic) how I could get my license without studying.  Another thing that really struck me as really unique about this interview was how much pride they seemed to take in serving the community as a public service.   There was a sense of pride in doing a civic duty that I didn’t necessarily get from the other interviewees.  Anyway, here’s the interview.  I think his enthusiasm, pride and welcoming attitude pretty much speak for themselves…

September 14, 2011

Radio Amateur Open Stage After Class Next Tuesday

by Tom Tenney

Prewar YardsaleRadio Amateur Open Stage is produced by my friend Nick, who hosts a DIY podcast called ‘Radio Amateur’ about underground music and performance in NYC.    He recently launched a bi-weekly open stage, allowing 8 minutes to anyone who wants to sing, dance, pontificate, moan, yell,  read, stand on your head, or anything else imaginable (and some things unimaginable.)  Of course, one is free to simply watch as well.  On his website, he calls the show “a tribute to the non-traditional artists and performers who are the unsung heroes of NYC’s art scene.”

I plan on going next Tuesday after class, as it starts at 10 and is not too far away.  Anyone else want to join?

Here’s the Facebook invite

Here’s the Radio Amateur website

September 13, 2011

Occupy Wall Street This Saturday

by Tom Tenney
Many of you probably already know about this, but this Saturday is the big “Day of Rage” Wall Street Occupation.  Full details at www.occupywallst.org, but pasted some of the info from their site for those whose workplace might have blocked the site.
Published 2011-09-13 02:58:46 UTC by chris

Contemporary society is commodified society, where the economic transaction has become the dominant way of relating to the culture and artifacts of human civilization, over and above all other means of understanding, with any exceptions being considered merely a temporary holdout as the market swiftly works on ways to monetize those few things which stubbornly remain untouched. Perhaps the most pernicious aspect of this current setup is that it has long ago co-opted the very means of survival within itself, making our existence not an inherent right endowed to us by the simple fact of our humanity but a matter of how much we’re all worth — the mere act of being alive has a price tag. Some pay it easily. Others pay for it with their submission. Others still can’t pay it at all. Regardless, though, like cars, TVs and barrels of oil, our lives are commodities to be bought and sold on the open market amid the culture of ruthlessness and desperation that has arisen to accommodate it. This is the natural consequence of a society built around entities whose purpose it is to always, always minimize costs and maximize profits. It is the philosophy of growth for the sake of growth, the same ideology that drives a cancer cell. An economy in a steady state is not healthy. It needs to expand, constantly, perpetually.

Of course, nothing can expand forever. The second law of thermodynamics tell us this much at least. But that doesn’t mean the market won’t try. It’s not enough that a soft drink becomes the dominant soda, it must become the dominant beverage, period. It’s not enough that people build some things out of a certain material, it must be the only thing anyone ever builds anything out of, ever. It’s not enough to make pills for the ailments from which people already seek relief, pills must be made for problems that people didn’t even know existed until a commercial told them to ask their doctors about it. We all know this course is not sustainable, but there will be great damage done before this point is reached.

The people coming to Wall Street on September 17 come for a variety of reasons, but what unites them all is the opposition to the principle that has come to dominate not only our economic lives but our entire lives: profit over and above all else. Those that do not embrace this principle: prepare to be out-competed. They will lose the race to the bottom and the vulture will swoop down to feast. It is indicative of a deep spiritual sickness that has gripped civilization, a sickness that drives the vast deprivation, oppression and despoliation that has come to cover the world.

The world does not have to be this way. A society of ruthlessness and isolation can be confronted and replaced with a society of cooperation and community. Cynics will tell us this world is not possible. That the forces arrayed against us have won and will always win and, perhaps, should always win. But they are not gods. They are human beings, just like us. They are a product of a society that rewards the behavior that has led us to where we are today. They can be confronted. What’s more, they can be reached. They just need to see us. See beyond the price tags we carry.

And if they are gods? Then we shall be Prometheus. And we shall laugh as we are lashed to the stone to await the eagle.

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US Day of Rage’s Tactical Plan for Sept 17th

Published 2011-09-09 01:41:36 UTC by OccupyWallSt

US Day of Rage, a group participating in the September 17th occupation of wall street, has just released a tactical plan and “HowTo” for holding a legal and nonviolent demonstration in New York City. Their plan clarifies many legal concerns that have been raised and offers a viable strategy for holding a prolonged occupation. This information can be found on their website:

NYC & Nationwide Official Occupation and Tactical Plan for #horizontal #mesh-protest #Sept17 #occupywallstreet #usdor

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Nine Arrested & Released Without Charge in Occupy Wall Street Test Run (Video)

Published 2011-09-08 04:30:31 UTC by OccupyWallSt

On Thursday, Sept. 1st, a small group of demonstrators were met with police intimidation while performing apeaceful and legal occupation of a public sidewalk on Wall Street for a single night. Nine were arrested for disorderly conduct and later released without charge. One demonstrator was held for 24 hours because he was unable to provide proof of residency.

This demonstration was intended to serve as a one night test run for the September 17th occupation using the “legal encampment” strategy. According to a federal court ruling in 2000, the use of “public sleeping as a means of symbolic expression” is allowed on public sidewalks in New York City. (METROPOLITAN COUNCIL, INC., Plaintiff, -against- HOWARD SAFIR, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, et al., June 12, 2000 [99 F. Supp. 2d 438; 2000 U.S. Dist.]). The demonstrators of Bloombergville also employed this tactic for an occupation that lasted a few weeks.

Despite fully obeying the law, demonstrators were still met with police harassment and intimidation. This event serves to remind us that we’re living in a police state with absolutely no respect for the right of the people to peacefully assemble and exercise their constitutional free speech. But we will not be scared away or deterred. This abuse of authority by the NYPD only serves to strengthen our resolve and reinforce our belief that corruption and injustice in America must be fought.

More will be coming September 17th.

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September 9, 2011

Tom Tenney: DIY-ography

by Tom Tenney

Hey everyone,

Since I seem to be the “old dude” in the class, it’s hard to write a biography of my life and/or DIY involvement without writing a novella which would no doubt bore you beyond tears.  Therefore, I’m going to limit this to a quick summary plus a timeline with supporting materials where appropriate.  I guess my interest in DIY began with my involvement in the punk rock scene in Boston in the late 70’s-early 80’s, which embraced the DIY ethos in just about everything.  People who couldn’t play started bands (including me – I was the bass player for ‘The Ethnic Slurs‘) and the guiding principle was “don’t wait around for someone to tell you what you can or can’t do – just f’ing do it”.  So when I had had enough of public education, I dropped out at age 16 in search of something better, which I found a year later in the form a rural, arts-oriented high school.  I also dropped out of the theatre program at NYU four years later, opting to instead travel the world as part of Robert Wilson’s touring company – after which I returned to Boston and started my first theatre company, Ikaros, which was the real beginning of my DIY adventures.  The timeline since then is roughly:

1991-93:   Lived in LA and produced several underground theatre pieces in church basements and coffee shops

1993:  Left LA and attended Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College

1993-1995: Produced & directed several small theatre productions in Chicago while managing the Chicago Improv comedy club and running my own small comedy booking business.

1996: Started the ‘Comedy Asylum’ – Chicago’s first weekly ‘alternative comedy’ showcase, at the Subterranean Bar in Wicker Park.

1997: Left Chicago and returned to NYC where I started hanging out with a downtown DIY performance crowd who called themselves ‘Art Stars‘ – with them I began a weekly burlesque/comedy show called “Grindhouse: Alternative Burlesque” at the now-defunct Tonic on Norfolk Street.  For this show, I wrote a manifesto that relied on my still-intact punk rock DIY values.

1999-2002: I moved Grindhouse over to Surf Reality’s Urban Savages, where I was a resident producer, and changed the format to dirty musicals written and performed weekly at midnight, and the name of the show to “Grindhouse-A-Go-Go!”  This show became hugely popular, largely due to the party atmosphere, the nudity, and the free beer you got at the door.  Here’s a montage of some Grindhouse-A-Go-Go!  shows during that era.

WARNING: This video is NOT safe for work, nor for delicate sensibilities.  If you are offended by nudity, salty language, and/or some appallingly un-PC behavior – DO NOT WATCH THIS VID!

2002: Started my own underground performance space, called SPACE, on the corner of 14th St. and Avenue B. We closed a year later when we fell afoul of certain city ordinances.

2008: I went back to school to finally get my bachelor’s at The New School.  This really has re-ignited the creative spark, and I’ve started playing around quite a bit with sound.  Here is a link to a radio pieceI did last summer on three of the aforementioned ‘Art Stars.’

2010-2011:  I started the RE/Mixed Media Festival as a way for artists to have a voice in the ongoing conversation about remix, mashups, copyright reform, and free culture.  Here’s a video of me talking about it in an interview I did last summer with Intelligent Television.  This one isn’t nearly as salty.  Apparently I’ve grown up a bit…

READINGS:
This is the list I sent Nitan last weeks of additional stuff I thought would be interesting in the context of this class.  Also, at the end is a link to an online project I did while still an undergrad on “culture jammers,” and focuses on: Joey Skaggs, The Yes Men, and Billboard Liberation Front.

Elf Girl by Reverend Jen (memoirs of somone who has truly lived the DIY life – to be released on 10/25)

The Pirate’s Dilemma by Matt Mason (really good overview of DIY and youth culture today, and how it is changing everyone’s lives)

Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century by Greil Marcus (places punk rock in social/historic context)

Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk(stories for the 70’s NY punk scene)

Pranks! (RE/Search, No. 11) An incredible collection of interviews with DIY artists and culture jammers including: Jello Biafra, Abbie Hoffman, Joey Skaggs, John Waters, and many others. Out of print but I can scan particular interviews of people want to read them.

I haven’t read but look great

Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America

Micro-bionic: Radical Electronic Music and Sound Art in the 21st Century

Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World by Mark Frauenfelder 

Finally, here’s a link to the ‘Culture Jamming’ project, which seems pretty relevant to the stuff we’re talking about in this class.