Weekly Rochester Events #284: Years of Chinese Tibet
Thursday, June 17, 2004I'm even more vacant on philosophy this week. Well, I guess I could extrapolate a bit from the events this past week.
I basically spent Thursday afternoon and evening, and most of Friday afternoon setting up for the Synaesthesia show at The All-Purpose Room (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St.) It was a kind-of nice change ... I was just finding the next thing to do that needed to be done and doing it. Friday's show went well ... amost trouble-free. All the performances were good and the art was interesting. I liked having the video projection on the wall that faced the entrance so when you walk in, you got a sense of "the dynamic" immediately. PETE's video piece projected onto screens over the windows behind the bands was great. It looked like a studdering image of magnified video, but it was sufficiently abstract in a still sense to continue to draw interest. Plus you could see it from outside as well, and it even projected flickering images onto the parking lot.
By 2 a.m. or so the last band had finished and the DJ's started. There were three guys spinning on six tables. DJ's are okay for a while for me, but I just don't get into it. However, I had brought my bike with the trailer—my cynical assumption being that if I didn't bring the trailer, I would be there close to the opening time of The Rochester Public Market and I could have gotten my fruit shopping done, but if I did bring it, I would have to drag it back home and return again in the morning.
Well, I wasted some time cleaning things up a bit, and I ended up making it to the dawn. By 4 a.m. the crews at the vegetable places were a little perturbed we were partying all night. Most of the audience had left by 3:30 or 4, but a few stayed on. When the cheese shop owner arrived around 4:30, we found out we had danced so hard it dislodged the frosted lamp globe over the counter which smashed on the ground ... he wasn't too happy, but after cleaning up the mess and promising to replace the globe, he was at least able to get on with his busiest day without staying irritated about his morning surprise. Anyway, I made it all the way until 5 a.m. when the market opened, got my apples and bananas and biked home. I got 5 hours or so of sleep before getting up to go to O'Bagelo's (165 State Street)
Saturday afternoon I was back at The All-Purpose Room (#8 in the Public Market, off N. Union St.) for "Day 2." I brought my photos and got them set up and lighted. I also brought my X-10-based lighting kit and set it up in the stairwell with a program to cycle through colors every hour or so. Unfortunately it flaked out: the Marrick, Ltd. LynX10 box kept reporting errors ... after an hour or so, I figured out that the video projector was causing interference. While people were coming in, I was still setting up and I finally did get it working. That wasn't much fun, but at least it did something. It seemed like everyone was still setting up something as 8 p.m. came and went.
Anyway, I think Saturday night looked better than Friday, but the overall vibe was better on Friday. I really liked The Ready Mades—they were this great ... umm ... band from Syracuse. See, they set up instruments and have the audience get in a line, and on cue, the first person in line moves to the first instrument and anyone on subsequent instruments moves as well ... then the audience plays until the next cue (which, by the way, was a forward-backward video loop of the guy's face melting off at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.) They handed out a pamphlet titled So, I'm in the Ready-Mades? so people understood. Unlike a corporate "team-building experience" this was fun because the people setting it up did not feign expertise.
The other interesting highlight was Nuuj's performance as Sheet where he bashes around a piece of sheet metal with a contact microphone connected to effects, yielding a pained, high-volume feedback. I could hear his performance from the other gate past all the buildings.
So anyway, this "collective" thing is somewhat new to me. At least the version that Synaesthesia created. The key thing is there is nobody in charge. Unfortunately, the people who started it had ideas of what they wanted, and they tended to impose their will in a subtle but ultimately authoritarian manner, yet they refused to clearly define their ideology. That part was pretty frustrating. Also, there was a lot of friction about whose stuff goes where and what order the bands were to play. I didn't get it—if you were concerned, you should have been involved more in the setup ... I was way more involved with setup than the amount I cared, so I mostly shrugged it off. It is definitely not a place for fragile egos.
Anyway, in an unrelated but amusing anecdote, I think I have a way to separate the concept of "sarcastic" from "sardonic." My friends Jan and Shannon are getting married next month and they went to apply for their marriage license. Shannon wanted to keep her middle name and last name, and add Jan's last name as a second last-name. Well, New York doesn't allow people to have more than three names. A sarcastic response might have been "Right, because it's impossible that someone would want to have four names." However, Jan replied in a sardonic way by stating simply, "What would George Herbert Walker Bush do?"
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About the title ... Tibet has been under Chinese control for 284 years, since 1720.
This page is Jason Olshefsky's list of things to do in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region (including Monroe County and occasionally the Western New York region) from Thursday, June 17, 2004 thru Wednesday, June 23, 2004.
It is updated every week with daily listings for entertainment, activities, performances, movies, music, bands, comedy, improv, poetry, storytelling, theater, plays, and generally fun things to do.
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