I have so many projects and events all the time it’s hard for me to keep up online here. It’s like running a venue but in a dozen different locations. This is happening Sunday!
Sunday 3pm at the Asian Arts Initiative - salon space
1223 Vine St, Philadelphia
HOT TEA - tea and jam session
As winter temperatures drop, join HOT TEA indoors for an informal afternoon of tea and jam session, with a come-one-come-all approach that anyone can come and play music or drink tea for free. Musicians are free to perform a song or two during the afternoon. We will have a signup sheet for you to play solo or with a friend, or just come to enjoy the music and drink tea. We will have tables and cushions set up like a pop-up cafe. Please let us know here If you would like to perform so we can have an idea of the amount of people interested in playing music. Thanks.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENT OR YOUR INSTRUMENT AND AMP. OR PLUG DIRECTLY INTO OUR SPEAKER WITH A 1/4” or 1/8” output.
HOT TEA is a mobile service bicycle-driven cart that host a series of mini-events throughout the neighborhood of North Chinatown, Philadelphia. HOT TEA is a strategy to activate underutilized spaces in the neighborhood, bring attention to needed services, and create a gathering place for exchange among neighborhood residents and workers.
Hot Tea is a project of Asian Arts Initiative’s Social Practice Lab. For more info, visit: www.asianartsinitiative.org
In honor of America’s time-honored obsession with the weekend after Thanksgiving, Little Baby’s Ice Cream hosts:
Black Friday Black Market Cassettes
A Pop-Up Black Market Cassette Shop
Friday, November 29
6:00 – 10:00pm
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
–> World Headquarters <–
2311 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, Pa 19125
Saturday, November 30
6:00 – 10:00pm
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
–> Cedar Park Embassy <–
4903 Catharine Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19143
Organized by curator Lee Tusman, this temporary pop-up cassette market presents selected field recordings of audio recorded around the world. Up to 100 cassettes will be available, including the audio of Laotian funeral ceremonies, New Orleans marching bands, audio from inside a sensory deprivation tank, recordings of waves breaking in Treasure Beach, Jamaica, Javanese gamelan recordings, and much much more. All of the cassettes are hand-recorded and ideally listened to on tape, but will also be compiled to an online audio stream. It’s the perfect time to buy that special christmas gift.
Also available is Little Baby’s Ice Cream’s Summer Mixtape 2013, the second edition, following Summer Mixtape 2012. Clocking in at 30 minutes per side, the mix features selections inspired by ice, cream, sugar, sweetness, baby, babies, good things, weird things, and more. Hand-numbered in an edition of 100 and shrink-wrapped for your safety. Complete track listing inside.
Love Your Ice Cream!
I’m a member of the HOT TEA cart crew. We are hosting a free screening of Ai WeiWei Never Sorry and serving hot tea at the Asian Arts Initiative’s salon space this Thursday at 7 in Philadelphia. Details below.
HOT TEA: Film Night
Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m.
Asian Arts Initiative - salon at 1223 Vine St. Philadelphia, PA
HOT TEA hosts a free film screening at the Salon at Asian Arts Initiative of the critically acclaimed documentary Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry, a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures.
The Salon, a storefront and classroom space home to Asian Arts Initiative’s Youth Arts Workshops, will be transformed into a cozy movie watching tea salon complete with places to relax and enjoy free hot tea, and a large screen to enjoy the movie.
Ai Weiwei is China’s most famous international artist, and its most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Ai expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his newly built studio, and held him in secret detention. Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry (directed by Alison Klayman) is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.
PUNK ARCADE AT UCLA GAME LAB
Check out some photos from the workshop. Right now participants are hard at work building games, building cabinets, making a zine, and building the arcade itself. About 25 people are making it happen. OPENS SATURDAY NIGHT ONE NIGHT ONLY at the EDA SPACE at the UCLA Broad Art Center. -LT
I’m kicking myself for missing Thomas Hirschorn’s GRAMSCI MONUMENT, a work in public space, produced by DIA Art Foundation at Forest Houses, a housing project in the Bronx. The project was open 7 days a week, featuring events every day. Hyperallergic has a great 4-minute podcast by reporter Arianne Wack where she admits she initially thought she’d go and see a huge disconnect between this european elite artist (with all the trappings of artworld elitism that engenders) and the residents of Forest Houses, that they wouldn’t enjoy or understand or get anything out of the work. Her podcast excites me because she found during her interviews that people enjoyed the work, had all different kinds of positive experiences with it, and that it actually created a safe space for neighborhood children to play and explore. Beyond a dedication to marxist thinker Gramsci, it featured a theater, radio station, lectures and a computer lab. And it was seen as positive by the community. If anything, it’s sad the work has now disappeared. There’s much more going on that just this. Check out the documentation on the website.-LT
Nice write-up of Daniel Rehn's wwwtxt(1988-94) twitter project from Hyperallergic. I love these texts as they seem like pithy statements from the recent past, and I was alive and using the early internet (6-12 years old), signing onto bulletin boards and then on the first versions of the web browser. Great source of ideas and inspiration for new media net art, and who knows what else?-LT
I’ve been following LA-based artist Daniel Rehn’s @wwwtxt for a few months now. The premise is simple: Rehn culls from internet messages posted between 1988 and 1994, before, as he writes on his site, “the multimedia revolution began to shape Web 1.0 and the modern internet.” He then finds tweet-sized chunks of text and sends them out regularly on his Twitter account.
Banksy (or “Ban-sky” in the audio guide) has announced he’s doing an artist-in-residency in the streets of New York City this month. Audio guides are available on the site here, as well as via cell phone (phone number spraypainted adjacent to works on the street). I’m hoping the artwork stays up for a while (since many of his works now get ripped off or buffed fairly quickly), and I love the idea of a self created artist-in-residency in the street.-LT
SLOW FM broadcasts live 10am - 10pm EST on the radio, online, and live in Philadelphia. WHYY broadcasted a 5 minute spot on the slow music radio station project tonight. Listen here.