There has been plenty going on, but I haven’t had much to say about any of it. Lightning Bolt, Hangedup, Battles, and Lost in Translation are all great and were all taken in last week. Over the weekend, I saw a bumper sticker that said “Abortion Causes Breast Cancer,” watched my dear friend Mary get married, and cheered as some friends’ 48-hour film submission took 2nd place in the 2003 CAmm Slamm in Baltimore. At work, I’m laying out a 48-page pornographic catalog, marveling at Quark 6’s thorough lack of new features, and laughing heartily at video titles like Weapons of Ass Destruction. At home, I’m reacquainting myself with graphite drawing, researching early 20th century Russian Constructivist design for a freelance job, reorganizing the contents of my iBook within the freshly installed Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar), and scowling at the new chill in the air.
Illegal Art is taking up residency in Philadelphia for the month of October, with a slew of exciting events happening at the Nexus Gallery and Prince Music Theater, among other venues. I recommend checking out as much of it as possible, but if your free time is limited, just be sure not to miss Mark Hosler’s presentation, “The Media Pranks and Hoaxes of Negativland,” on October 17th. The shit Negativland has pulled off over the years—including surviving some historic legal battles—is amazing, and Hosler is guaranteed to entertain and inspire with the stories and the creative results.