Top: MPD is constructed from simple plumbing supplies & transported on a trolley.
Middle: Lightweight Dirty generator runs for 8 hours on a single tank. Upgraded wheels.
Bottom: Speakers attached, mixer added & ready to roll.
I will be dj-ing at the Middlesex on March 16th. Free admission. 8pm till midnight with Shing02, Spin Master A1, NBS (Natural Born Spitters), The A-Beez, and DJ sets by Toshiya the Tribal (from Japan) and DJ iancondry
Spent an eye-opening two days with the amazing people who organize the UK's timebanks. Timebanks have really taken off in the UK & help people trade time & skills for ones they don't have. For instance, a retired lawyer might give an hour to help someone in need of legal advice. In return she gets a credit in the Timebank for an hour of someone else's skill. Her need might decorating or music lessons. The key is everyone's time is valued the same. Give an hour -- get an hour.
Everyone has skills. You can do something simple like the shopping for someone - right? That's enough. The real effectiveness of this model is in reducing isolation & improving wellbeing. Timebanks are increasingly being adopted into healthcare delivery & local government services. This is not the one-sided giving model of charity. It's about people trading their time and skills for those of others in the community.
This idea of social currencies beyond money is really interesting as it extends to the idea of cryptocurrencies. Kate McDonald of Hull & East Riding Timebank filled me in on Hull County Council's plan to launch HullCoin, a local currency to help boost the city economy & help manage the worst impacts of welfare reform. Interesting stuff.
A white umbrella, a mini-portable projector & a 14' extendable pole from a tree-limb saw make up the Umbrella Squid Project -- our entry for Boston's first Illuminus Festival. The event was fantastic with amazing projections from dozens of artists & thousands of people enjoying the night. We got a great reception as we projected videos onto umbrellas that floated around the crowd -- thanks to all who we chatted with who wanted to know how we made them & had ideas of how to use them. Many thanks to collaborators Ian Condry & Christina Zwart.
Wikipedia defines maker culture as "learning-through-doing (constructivism) in a social environment. Maker culture emphasizes informal, networked, peer-led, and shared learning motivated by fun and self-fulfillment."
I think Zena Nicole Lahr who sadly passed away far too early in her life, epitomizes this fusion of art, crafts & technology. Amazing!
Thrilled to hear Christina Zwart was elected to The Boston Sculptors Gallery. Here's a description of her work from the press release: "What often appears to be one thing from afar is, upon closer inspection, something else entirely. She takes items that have been constructed for specific purposes and transforms theminto something that has nothing to do with their intended use. She works with materials as simple and easily-recognizable as flour and snow, or harder-to-find items like horseshoe crabs and plaster teeth models, giving solitary objects new life as she multiplies them to yield an overallpiece."