Sent: 2008-09-24 20:18:35 (PST)
Subject: Ignatz, Junk Guitars and more
Hello all! Here’s another noisy update. Quick version: come to the DUMBO Art Festival this weekend, and sign up for the next junk guitar workshop October 14!
Happy news – Walter Kitundu, a musician, photographer, and builder of unique musical instruments, has been awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. As a photographer and instrument-maker myself, I call this a good precedent! I got the chance to work with Walter Kitundu during my residency at the Exploratorium this Spring– his work is amazing.
As for me — my apartment is full of fumes because I’ve been painting stuff for my installation at this weekend’s DUMBO Art Festival in Brooklyn. The installation is named Ignatz (after Krazy Kat’s lover-nemesis); you’ll find it in the water directly under the Manhattan Bridge; and it’s all about bricks. Please come– there’s lots of great stuff going on at the festival! I’m gonna go see the dance group Kunst-Stoff at 9pm Friday at the Dumbo Dance Festival.
My junk guitar workshop at Etsy Labs in July went well — it sold out, people had fun, and you can see and hear the results in this video! So we’re doing it again on October 14th! Please spread the word to people who might be interested. You can sign up here.
Governors Island is still open and free to visit every weekend for another month or so, and you can see some of my photos of the Figment Festival in the Voyeur Photo Show in Governors Island’s Building 14– weekends until Oct 12. The free artist-built mini-golf course is still open too!
On November 15th, the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore is holding a day long Music and the Brain Salon, and they’ve asked me to put on a family workshop on homemade musical instruments. It’ll be fun and noisy!
My favorite weirdo arts group, Flux Factory, is holding a fund-raising auction on December 5th, and I’ve contributed a painting to the auction. Flux Factory is losing their building in Queens and looking for a new home, so save up all your money and spend it on art for a good cause! I’ve been involved with Flux Factory for less than three years but in that time they’ve mixed me up in all sorts of crazy projects and even taken me to Budapest! Please tell all your rich friends about them.
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Links for those of you who like your email in plain-text form:
Walter Kitundu – http://www.kitundu.com/
Kitundu’s page at MacArthur Foundation – http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.4537271/
DUMBO Art Festival – http://www.dumboartfestival.org//2008_festival.html
DUMBO Dance Festival – http://www.whitewavedance.com/#S26
Video of July’s junk guitar workshop – http://vimeo.com/1451693
Sign up for the October 14th junk guitar workshop – http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14660045
Visiting Governors Island – http://www.govisland.com/Visit_the_Island/directions.asp
Voyeur Photo Exhibit – http://www.figmentnyc.org/2008/projects/voyeur.html
American Visionary Art Museum – http://avam.org/
Flux Factory – http://www.fluxfactory.org
Flux Factory projects I’ve been involved in –