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Performance Videos with PLGRM

A few years ago I befriended an American visual artist named Greg, from Boston. We did some shows together, but last year we begun stepping it up when he returned to China with his friend Seth. Together, they are PLGRM.

Below are a few brief videos from shows we’ve done recently, starting from late 2014 with the most recent video being from this event at NASA one month ago.

I’m a huge fan of their work and to do shows with them adds an entirely new dimension to live performances. They joined Jovian and I in Disco Death recently, which we’re very excited about. Our next event is Friday the 13th, next month.

Bassball @ Here We Go

Thuggin’ @ NASA

All In One Festival

Published on February 27, 2015
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Be the Hero of Your Own Movie

Joe Rogan delivers an inspirational and important message. If you haven’t heard his podcast, it’s one that I frequently recommend to friends: The Joe Rogan Experience. This video reminds me of another that I posted here a few years ago called The Grind about the value of persistence and the fleeting satisfaction of comfort.

Published on January 26, 2015
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Infinite 115 @ Columbia University

Years ago I met a Chinese live visual artist named Miao Jing. At the time he was a student at an art university in Chongqing transitioning from painting to interactive media, and we did about 20 shows together across Western China.

As of a year ago, one Miao Jing has moved to NYC and has been setting up and maintaining art galleries and exhibitions in the city. This is the latest one, in collaboration with the Columbia University Arts Initiative, is called Infinite 115.

Needless to say, this is amazing work and Miao Jing has progressed very far from when I first met him. But I still have a framed painting of his from 2008 hanging on the wall in my living room. A portrait of a surviving child of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.

Published on May 12, 2014
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One Second Everyday: Year 2013

About half a year ago I discovered an app called One Second Everyday, which captures and sequences one-second long video clips every day. The genius of this app, like so many outstanding apps, is that it’s so limited in what it tries to do. It doesn’t allow you to use more than one second at a time, nor to use more than one clip per day. It takes only a second to record and edit your clip, and then the clips all reside in a calendar interface.

Although I wasn’t as diligent as I could be as far as recording a clip every day, I quickly found that after the first few weeks you have to be mindful about what you record. Most of us live within a restricted range of motion, so to speak, wherein we become habituated in our routines. This can really come through as you look for interesting things to film each day.

I’ve found that after months of recording clips, I began actively looking for those unique moments which made each day memorable. One Second Everyday is all about identifying, capturing, and collecting those.

Some highlights from 2013 which are depicted in this video:

  • The Natooke shop, bicycle polo, and group bicycle rides
  • Outdoor street parties, club DJ gigs, rock shows, and music festivals
  • Street scenes all across China, and a few in Europe
  • Time spent with some of my best friends in 2013, too many to count
  • Countless challenging and fulfilling days spent in my office
  • Unforgettable memories at Dojo throughout the summer of 2013
  • Too many more memories to count

Now that I’ve assembled clips from the last six months into one two-minute long clip, I have renewed interest in continuing this habit into 2014. If this has piqued your interest, download One Second Everyday and start collecting your own clips. It’s great fun.

Published on January 3, 2014
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The Grind

What is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way?

Published on November 30, 2013
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Song of the Day #141: My Number

Foals – My Number

Great video. This band, Foals, is a UK-based one that I hadn’t heard of until recently, around the time of the release of their third album, Holy Fire. The band name, foals, means a group of young horses.

Learn more: Foals on Wikipedia

Published on February 19, 2013

Movie Review #4: Skyfall

Although this movie came out last year in the US, I saw it in a theater in China just over a week ago.

Skyfall

The 23rd (!) James Bond film and Daniel Craig’s third, Skyfall is probably the best Bond film in decades. In this iteration, Bond pursues an ex-agent (played by Javier Bardem) determined to murder Bond’s boss, the head of MI6. This is the first Bond movie directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty), and the cinematography in this film is heads above the previous Bond film Quantum Solace.

James Bond feels a little cliche to me – especially when the theme song plays – but this film is difficult to knock. Action scenes are stunning from the first moment, an intense motorcycle chase scene in Istanbul. The Bond series in general is moving in the direction of The Bourne Trilogy in it’s grit, which I think is a good thing. With that said, I think I still prefer Bourne as a franchise over Bond. There’s so much less baggage.

Rating:

4 Stars

Official Trailer:

Published on February 5, 2013