Artifact dossier: Collage art boards from “Forgotten Vancouver Stories (aka Poets, Punks and Revolutions)” spiel presented in various formats at Pecha Kucha Night Vancouver, All-start edition, and Northern Voice 2013 closing keynote. Video and roundup of both prezos exists elsewhere in this archive.
Each collage “slide” was handmade (obviously) with ephemera from my personal collection (exceptions credited on final “slide”) then, arranged on hemp cloth “storyboards”, photographed by Rachel Ashe, then disassembled. An analog to digital remix of sorts. Presented here in rather large size for your printing/screensaver/ amusement and posterity.
June 2012, i boarded a VIA with 11 bands, a doc film crew, CBC radio 3, a bushel of photographers, a handful of fans and me as onboard community Svengali – complete a Bob Marley/Hunter Thompson inspired medical kit. Across the lands we bounded, each band performing acoustically in the glass act-deco caboose in car, they played a showcase in the “activity” car, then a rousing full rocking set at the Gladstone in Toronto for CBC Radio 3 NXNE showcase.
Along the way, we made 4 whistlestop performances which all featured lateness, weirdness and rampaging small towns before escaping back to the diplomatic immunity of the train. In those 4-1/2 days, we knew we were in a magic situation and no one wanted to miss a moment. “Every Night” we’d holler after another show where we packed in, climbing the train walls for a view of Adaline Sings, The Matinee, Top Less Gay Love Tekno Party, Jean-Paul Maurice, Bear Mountain, Sidney York, Portage and Main, Shred Kelly and more – always blown away by the variety and quality.
You probably know i made a 6or7 part podcast series – tracking the trek and Green Couch are crafting a Tracks on Tracks documentary… which i think should be 10 hours long. I gathered all my paper-y bits and pieces and made another of my commemorative story boards AKA “static montage” with CDs, stickers, snaps, stubs, postcards and even a pic from my keynote address at NXNE Interactive about social media in crisis and revolutions. With John Biehler’s help, here is the static montage, hopefully in a size you can zoom in and catch each detail. Tag it up, wallpaper it, share it. Enjoy and let’s go again!
In 2002, High Times Magazine owed Jay Stewart and I a huge buzz and a favour due to the our exceptional hosting and journalistic assistance for what became a rather controversial article with a significant impact on The Evergreen State College community and Olympia in general.
By passport mishaps and generosity, Jay and I met up over in Amsterdam and Ian (aka The Fonz RIP) and a few other renegades were installed as judges for the Cannabis Cup. We also did the inaugural tours of “Vansterdam Tours” which was really doing “tweet ups” before you know, all the social stuff. Being cultured gentlemen, we also travelled to other towns for markets, ganja festivities and witnessing Sinter Klaus and Black Pete(s) come to town.
As is my custom, i collected paper ephemeral bits, then season and ferment for a decade or longer before spontaneously attaching to the largest board i can find. Jay started calling these “static montages” which is more accurate to “storyboard collages” or others.