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Spontaneity can lead to fun, random adventures… After a hectic week, I was planning a lazy Sunday evening at home, when Beegi checked twitter and discovered: Brooklyn hip-hop legend Talib Kweli was the surprise guest at Bushwick Block Party, a few blocks away from us, and was about to perform in… 15 minutes?!! I grabbed a jacket and we walked over in time to catch a free show. Talib killed it on the mic!

Friends and neighbors: “Butter” and Izzy.

Photos: Beegi

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Yo-landi Vi$$er of Die Antwoord does whatever the fuck she wants.

Steve (a.k.a. Beegi) and I went to Governor’s Island this past weekend to catch the HARD NYC music festival. M.I.A. was headlining, but truth be told, I was underwhelmed by her set. All the fancy visuals in her show didn’t mask the fact that she just didn’t bring the energy LIVE.

On the other hand, some of the other performances blew my mind. shonshon8’s faves of the evening: Rye Rye, Sleigh Bells and Die Antwoord, who I’ve raved about in another post. Energy + attitude + great tunes = epic performance!

Rye Rye… love the hair and outfit!Sleigh Bells.

Guess who??

I don’t want to spoil it by posting all the photos here. To see more, our photo essay’s featured on the New York Press website.

Fun day, even the part when we were coming back to Manhattan on a ferry and it started pouring rain, with lightning angrily flashing across the sky. Everyone on the top half of the ferry was soaking wet, screaming and giggling. It didn’t matter, it was 95 degrees anyway and we just saw a bunch of bands. Love crazy summer moments…

photos: Steve “Beegi” Halpern, me

Radical Friend’s installation The Digital Flesh: Getting my 3-D image scanned and my likeness added to a giant digital being created from 3-D scans of people around the world.

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I’ve seen the future of art and it is… MINDBLOWING… pure, joyful sensory overload…

This past weekend, Intel and Vice partnered to bring the creators project to NYC, a multimedia event that embraces technology, internet, video and sound as mediums to create an interactive art experience.

Here is a photo essay that hightlights my personal experience at this spellbinding event.

NOTE: I didn’t bring my DSLR, just a point-and-shoot, which actually worked out nicely; the resulting images have a soft, dream-like quality to them.

Muti Randolph’s Deep Screen, a “3D cubic video display made of 6,144 animated light spheres that hang like beaded curtains.”
The spheres project light and sound depending on each individual’s interaction within the space.

My friend Minnie lying under the spheres of light…

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Takeshi Murata’s Melter 2. Large liquid vinyl paintings based on video animation. I love the organic shapes and vibrant colors. Click here and also here to see the videos.

MOS’s Rainbow Vomit, a digital, interactive, computational heap of building blocks in a constant state of near collapse. By moving the black foam block you can control the projections upon the chaotic landscape.

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Yo-landi Vi$$er from Die Antwoord.

In addition to the exhibitions, there were also discussion panels, a charming robot film short, I’m Here by Spike Jonze and bands, bands, bands! I got to catch The Rapture and Sleigh Bells, but my favorite performance of the night was Die Antwoord; their first live show in New York! Described as “next level rap-rave,” this was one of the craziest sets I’ve caught in a while. The crowd was going insane, stomping and crushing against the stage! I love their style, particularly Yo-landi Vi$$er’s look. She’s sporting a wickedly adorable haircut and is cute as hell! If you haven’t checked out these viral internet sensations from South Africa, watch
their antics here.

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Overall, an incredible experience… I love that the roles of artist, designer, musician, architect were blurred in the quest to create. Why pigeonhole yourself and limit your choice of mediums when there are infinite creative possibilities and collaborations out there??

Don’t miss out; the creators project will be hosting a series of events around the world. If you have the opportunity to catch this event in London, Sao Paulo, Seoul, or Beijing, register and go!

Photos: Minnie Ko, me

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