NOVEMBER 4 — JUDI BARI
Homespun American humorist, speaker of truth to power.
NOVEMBER 4, 2009 HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS
England, Australia and New Zealand: MISCHIEF NIGHT.
ALSO ON NOVEMBER 4 IN HISTORY…
1870 — French proto-surrealist Comte de Lautreamont dies.
1879 — American humorist Will Rogers born, Oologah, Oklahoma.
1922 — Tut-ankh-amen’s tomb discovered, Egypt.
1949 — Earth First environmental activist Judi Bari born, Baltimore, Maryland.
1972 — U.S. Communist Party headquarters in New York City firebombed.
1979 — 65 American hostages taken in Iran.
1982 — Maverick Canadian classical musician Glenn Gould dies, Toronto, Ontario.
Sun Boxes are an environment to enter and exit. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently each powered by solar panels. There is a different guitar sample in each box all playing together making the composition. The guitar samples are all of different lengths so the whole piece keeps evolving.
Participants are encouraged to walk amongst the speakers. It sounds different inside of the array. There is a different sense of space inside. Certain speakers will be closer and louder therefore the piece will sound different to different people in different positions throughout the array. Creating a unique experience for everyone.
There are no batteries involved. The Sun Boxes are reliant on the sun. When the sun sets the music stops. The piece changes as the length of the day changes. Making the participants aware of the cycle of the day.
This piece will be presented Saturday, October 17th on the North Shore of Boston, Noon til sundown. Rain date: October 24th, same time.
E-mail john at importantrecords dot com for address and directions.
Visit the project online here.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Lord Whimsy’s (Arthur-sponsored) Terrarium Workshop in Philly. Among many other pieces of invaluable botanical information, he shared one of the most inventive graffiti-making methods that I’ve ever encountered; using cheap ingredients (found moss, water and buttermilk or beer), it is possible to blend up a moss-spreading concoction that can be painted with a brush onto any stone surface (such as a garden wall, walkway or even the exterior of your home) to create the living design of your wildest imagination. If it has always been your dream to have living walls, this could be the start of something beautiful…
Lord Whimsy’s Guide to GROWING YOUR OWN MOSS:
Try spreading your carpet of moss with this method: find and clean a clump of moss. Add equal parts water and buttermilk (beer apparently also works well). Add a couple tablespoons of sugar. Mix in a blender: the consistency should be soupy, but not too watery or thick. Pour wherever you’d like moss to grow. Moist, shady spots are best. You can also apply the moss slurry onto surfaces of stones or walls with a paintbrush.