Some images and timelapse from the World PEN festival this evening in Bed-Sty Brooklyn.
This was for the Gemini & Scorpio New Years Eve party, where I provided the video backdrop for the evening.
Jon Sands and Chris Jordan have brought together a group of artists, collaborating on creating an evening of animated mixed media poetry performance for Boston’s first Nuit Blanch, Illuminus. The project, titled, “Incidental Words”, is a roving performance of poetry by three of the East Coasts most relevant spoken word artists: Jon Sands, José Olivarez, and Simone Beaubien. During the readings, animations created by Jamie Leo and Chris Jordan will be projected in real-time, giving a new dimensionality and visual life to the spoken word. A 300lb RC controlled robot by Glen Duncan (Spec) serves as a platform for the equipment, including projector, computer, sound system and batteries. Music by Ajda the Turkish Queen. The group will move around the festival, projecting and performing Incidental Words throughout the event.
Chris Jordan, Jon Sands, Glen Duncan, José Olivarez, Simone Beaubien, Jamie Leo, Ajda the Turkish Queen
This will be the final Words on Walls, which I’ve been a part of for over the past two years. The program involves leading workshops with youth poets, instructing them on projection mapping their words to site-specific walls through the city; then performing the poetry in time with the projections. This will be our “best of” celebration, wrapping up this amazingly inspiring collaboration amongst the wonderful poets, and the organizations that made this happen. Thanks all!
Urban Word NYC, City Lore, and Bowery Arts & Science
A collaborative effort between Urban Word NYC, City Lore, and Bowery Arts & Science and made possible with support from the Hive Digital Learning Fund, WORDS ON WALLS combines digital learning with neo-futurist graffiti to celebrate cultural diversity, neighborhood histories and the power of youth voice. Teens work with the UDUB Social Media Team and Youth Leadership Board and New Skool Journalists to display their work digitally on various landscapes throughout the city, with live spoken word performances of their poetry. Tonight’s performance culminates two years of city-wide events and will be a selection of top projections from this project, as well as a celebration of Urban Word NYC’s Youth Leadership Board.
SATURDAY August 9th, 8:30PM, FREE
33 East 1st Street, corner of Houston Street and 2nd Avenue, Manhattan, NY.