Over the past few months, I’ve traveled to a handful of cities and read multi-disciplinary artist David Byrne’s charming discourse about urban planning and culture from the seat of a bike called…
The finished piece is rather delightful and allows me to spiel forth on many of the topics i enjoy so much including my formulas and tactics for creation including philosophical and personal motivations. Cam remixed my words with fresh source material including hero cards, paper point collages, Grateful Dead music and inter-disciplinary artists – and allows enough time for me to get some legs under my stories and give props to my friends and heroes. Thanks for that.
LSB032 VIDEO – GENERATING INSPIRATION AND UPGRADING HEROES
LIFT are interactive designers and the interface to view the video is pretty wild and begs for exploration and fiddling. Do take a few moments to poke around. Follow @beautifulgarbage on the Twitters and see his Beautiful Garbage portfolio.
I was invited by Clayton Stark and he brought in an A-list of speakers who flew from many locations to rock the crowd with fresh-fish thinking.
Bit o’ Bloggage
Mandell Degerness – Tech Thoughts
The final presentation of the day was truly “Out of the Box”. Dave Olson challenged us to embrace the “translucency” of the web and express ourselves to the best of our ability. It’s not the sort of talk I would have attended based on the synopsis, but Clayton was raving about this guy. I’m glad I went. Dave was, by far, the most entertaining and engaging speaker of the day. I learned a little history and took on a new appreciation for some of the artists of the past and the present. Most importantly, I feel challenged to not let my creative side slip away under the pressures of work and family. Thanks, Dave.
Selected Micro Updates
Slides for your perusal
Finally, not quite a “review” but … it’s Meta/Trev:
Island Tech had an all-star cast all it’s own (except for Mike Vardy, who spoke at both!). Kurt Cagle spoke about Peak Oil. Kris Krug spoke about open source in terms of social change. Joshua Mckenty gave some great insight into teams (a personal favorite subject of mine). Bill Weaver spoke of the amazing story of the albatross bird. Raul has even liveblogged a previous recent speech of Bill’s, largely similar to what took place at Island Tech. Finally, Clayton Spark, of Flock, spoke of asynchronous communication. I missed Dave Olson’s talk, but I hear it was awesome. Next time!
I want to be this guy every day in state of happiness and purpose ~ Dave Olson “Fuck Stats Make Art” – SXSW 2009 by @KK http://ow.ly/hnYG
F@ck Stats, Make Art at SXSWi 2009
While I was spieling, I couldn’t help to recall all the others times I’ve stood before groups – from Rotarians to Mormons to Deadheads to strangers on buses to students in Germany – to tell my stories. When I spoke about my ole dead Gramps from whom I heard I alot of tall tales, I realized that so many of the mundane and amusing talks I’ve busted out at one time or another were all coming together in that room.
Thanks to everyone who listened while the stories were in development and when they were really happening. To everyone who showed up, Thanks. To everyone who came up for a hug and a kind word to to show off their hero/project/metaphor cards – big thanks. I feed off of you to lay it all open. I gotta trust you or I can’t tell it real-style.
At the risk of waiting any longer to post *everything*, here is an evolving wrap-up of the related content from F@ck Stats Make Art at SXSW 09.
Consider dropping a vote for my pitches for SXSW10:
- Hitchhiking to the Boardroom prezo for SXSW Interactive
& Rock N Roll Photography panel for SXSW Music
You may also enjoy this recap of F@ck Stats, Make Art at Northern Voice 2008 and this podcast episode SXSW Stories from Middle Earth – Choogle On #79 in which i both preview and recap SXSW09, finally, here are all my SXSW 2008 Choogle on podcasts – 6 episodes to soak in the chaotic flavour of the music and parties.
What’s next? I have a closet full of stories – literally. I plan to tell them. Perhaps a tour, more books, more artifacts – Wanna help spread this message of tolerance, translucency and creativity? Subscribe to Choogle On! podcast.
I didn’t use this deck in the prezo but it includes most of the photos in the envelopes of Heroes, Metaphors and Projects.
@SimpleScott : #sxsw insight #2: “be tolerant and translucent” – Dave Olson
@SquanderingTime : I think the food thing needs to happen before the next set of talks. Btw, the fuck stats make art talk was incredible.#sxsw
CAN YOUR LIFE’S WORK BE DIGITAL? (Sarah Davies)
Is there a digital Thoreau? Will we discover a currently neglected philosophy blogger in a hundred years and suddenly realize that we ignored someone whose ideas would come to change the world?
SXSW Diary – Friday (Pete Ashton)
It worked for me because he’s sort of a fellow traveller having done the zine thing. I’m still processing my thoughts but it tied in with some thinking I’ve been doing about what I might end up getting involved with next…
Do you have photos from F@ck Stats, Make Art at SXSW 2009? Please tag them “uncleweed” and “fsma” “sxsw09” or something and i’ll pick ’em up.
Kris Krug – Dave Olson – Fuck Stats Make Art – SXSW 2009 – photoset – see above for samples
James Chutter – Dave Olson Reads Thoreau
John Biehler – SXSW09
Love these annotations by So Misguided, Monique Trottier
Make your own from the attached .pdf (attribution, non-commercial use only – note: while I took most of the photos, some photos’ origins are unknown or undocumented but presumed to be in public domain-ish).
What Else? You tell me @uncleweed