I’m usually not one to blog about other people’s events but I really believe that my friend Anna and Johalla Projects are up to good things here.
POCKET CHANGE is a collaboration art/music series with The Empty Bottle. The events intent to raise money to fund public arts projects throughout Chicago.
This Thursday Feb 20, 2014 at 9pm POCKET CHANGE will feature the work of Ryan Duggan entitled ‘LAST CALL O-MATIC.’ Ryan will install a modified vending machine that will dispense “last call” pick up lines and fake phone numbers. I’m not personally familiar with Ryan’s work but I’m interested by this for sure.
Additionally the event will feature a DJ set by Heather Gabel. Heather is a fantastic artist in her own right probably best known for her work with Alkaline Trio.
Admission is $5 and includes a complementary PBR.
The last of these events was in October and featured the work of Heather Gabel and Matt Skiba at which I shot this image as part of my Impossible Year project:
Enjoy great art, listen to great music, and help make Chicago more interesting. All while enjoying everyone’s favorite low-brow brew. What’s not to like?
I often say that the most important thing in my life is my friends.
And I’m pretty fortunate to have many friends in many different places.
A few months back I lost a dear friend, Matt Ryd, when he took his own life. Someone who I was close with, but honestly, regret not being closer to.
Since moving to Chicago in 2007 I’ve found myself in a wonderful community of nerds, artists, comedians, and musicians. One of the central figures of this community was Matt. We met through mutual friends, he welcomed me in with open arms, and we became friends. I’d look forward to seeing him at his shows or other ones in the community. Now, suddenly he’s gone.
Since he left, our quirky little community has banded together around his loss. We’ve put together three concerts in his name to raise money and awareness for causes hefound dear.
Even departed, he still sits in the center. In losing Matt I’ve discovered a lot about myself and found some great new friends in the process. And I don’t think I’m alone in this. While I’d give anything to have him back, this is proof that every cloud has a silver lining.
Thanksgiving was a few days ago and various friends of mine were posting the things they were grateful for in their Facebook statuses.
It’s been a little while since I’ve updated and my apologies for that. I’m at a bit of a crossroads for Subism.com. I greatly want to revamp the site to add a store, but I also want to integrate a responsive web design layout. Unfortunately, things require learning a lot and I’ve been pre-occupied.
As you may recall, or if you scroll down approximately two entries, late last year I was working on a social media travel experiment. The gist of it was that I was backpacking through Europe via train. Along the way I was taking people’s suggestions and recommendations via social media or where to go, what to do with the intention of reporting it here and sharing the total findings at this year’s SXSW interactive festival.
For a while I was posting daily, then it crept down to posting once per city and then finally I found out that the SXSW panel had been rejected. While that took a lot of the wind out of my sails I intended to keep going regardless. I kept collecting data and working on it daily just the same. I have a Moleskine notebook filled with notes, a ton of “starred” Tweets and gigabytes of photos to share. However, the issue that remains is what to do with it all. Without the panel as a destination, how the data would be presented requires a dramatic rethinking. I will compile it with conclusions at some point but right now, I’m unsure exactly what that will look like.
Aside from the SXSW rejection my trip was suddenly cut short. This was due to a variety of personal reasons including a death in my family. Despite my abrupt return to the states, I had still planned to head back out towards Asia and Oceania. However after a little while it became clear that it simply wasn’t the right time for me to do so.
All that said, I’ve been busy since my return. I’, working on a few different projects that I will hope to share sometime soon. I’ve also been spending a lot more time over on my Tumblr.
One of the things I will elaborate on very soon is something I’m calling The Impossible Year. Feel free to check it out ahead of time if you wish.