© 2012 Dave Weinberg
More frostily funny #McDStories.
More frostily funny #McDStories.
Live reading of the pilot episode of Club 86… or what happens when you juxtapose a community of post-industrial mill town Maine that has seen better (if not corporately exploited) days – with an influx of ‘cultural creatives’ striving to create – better days.
The show featured live jazz interludes from the Club 86 ensemble, lead by Jesse Lynch, guest ‘open miker’ poet, Gil Helmick and special guest, Charlie Neville who apparently had some kinda thing back in the day with the fictionally beloved Club 86 bartender. The show was written by Mike Langworthy and co-conceived with Gil Helmick. Mike also stars as the managerially challenged, Club 86 manager.
For those who appreciate Prairie Home Companion but prefer their coffee black with a dash of SNL (the first 3 seasons), this sharply written, character rich, satiric world sounds (and shows) like a fun place to hang out. Here’s hoping to find this on NPR’s airwaves or streamwaves or podcasts, sometime soon.
The format? 10 presenters, 20 slides x 20 seconds. At 6:40 each, it’s like speed dating— for Creativity or a micro-TED talk and like TED, lots of ideas got spread – a beautiful sepia-toned visual documentary of organic farming using traditional van dyke brown photographic printing techniques, deliciously delicate scenic watercolors of iconic coastal Maine, (not to mention, a strip of bar codes…) an underwater trip around the world to depths of 18,000 feet using sonar to capture, as yet, unseen details of the planet, works of big bold perspective bending pastel urban and rural landscapes, a funny and eclectic journey into the multitalented mind and works of an x-ad copywriter and active punster, illustrator and cartoonist, iPod self-portaits combining photography and a painting app, bold yet, ethereal works combining simple line and a textured abstract watercolor technique, and a literal reinvention of the clothespin that explored the relentlessly inquisitive process of design thinking. Somewhere in there, I shared the latest digital sketchPloits of cellphoneSketchpad, including the new YOUR cellphoneSketch here page inviting the audience to consider submitting.
And are they really about piracy or censorship?
Complicated issues. No easy answers except the one the US is trying to pass. Don’t sit this one out! Learn more about SOPA & PIPA and keep the conversations going!
Regardless of your political views – a damn good heavy-handed, half-hour horror show complete with eerily manipulative music & graphic effects – that slices, dices and pounds until you are a dumbed down deadened duped distracted and (hopefully) disgusted, American voter.
cellphoneSketchpad began kinda randomly in 2007 while exploring the social photo sharing features on Facebook. The early cellphone ‘sketches’ were captured using a Motorola Razr (a.k.a., my dumbPhone) – max image resolution, less than 1MP! (640 x 480 at 72 pixels per inch).
An avid ‘little black sketchbook’ artist since before college, I had not done much with photography since. I became fascinated with the immediate accessibility of the cellphone camera vs the necessary intention required to use SLR + gear. Since the phone was always with me, it became more of an extension to my pen, ink, sketchpad toolset – less about formal photography; more about capturing ideas quickly in real-time. Sometimes these cellphone’sketches’ lent themselves to more finished work but much of the time they are what they are.
This blog was launched on June 28, 2009 with a commitment to publish at least once daily. Posts always combine words and image(s) with lots of room to play, to explore and — wait for it… to #fail! There is a freedom in sketching that tends to keep things loose and fun vs all of those ‘serious’ assignments that can tighten us up because they ‘matter’ so much or require ‘approval’ by committee. A sketch doesn’t have to work – in fact, mistakes often lead to discoveries that may not have happened otherwise.
cellphoneSketchpad continues to evolve, as a daily blog; can be seen in galleries; has been used in college and K-12 curricula; on limited edition pigment dyed prints, greeting cards and pillows. The web site is now open for submissions. Got a cellphoneSketch you’d like to share? Send it in! Leave comments here or on Facebook. Either way, thanks for stopping by. Best to you in 2012 – in whatever ‘vehicles’ you choose for your journeys.
Happy New Year!