Friday, November 17, 2006

does anyone actually use this? can i be removed please.?

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

suburban show

hey bags,
the proposal for the suburban show is due in a week, so perhaps it's almost time to write something up?

looking at it again, it seems like the show is supposed to be about the suburbs and the city centre reversing roles somehow, as urban areas get gentrified and the poor folks have to move outward.
Is our plan to just make some suburban-type buildings out of felt?
or will the felt version reimagine the suburbs in some way other than miniaturizing and making soft?
Both seem like ok approaches. If we're just doing a soft suburb that looks pretty much like a reguar suburb, only maybe with weirder colours, then we probably should come up with some deep-sounding explanation of how making it soft and small is somehow a comment on gentrification.
any ideas?

On the practical side, I've made a bunch of Pittsburgh-looking houses, in the scale of about an inch to an inch and a half tall, per floor. And I made the house next door to my house. So conceivably, I could work on making an entire street of Minto (the developer that made the neighbourhood I grew up in, and many more like it) cookie cutter homes, as well as a streetful of Pittsburgh-style houses (tall rectangular boxes in pastel colours). Although we should aim not to get too freaky with scale, one way to negotiate the issue of us all working in different styles and scales might be if we each made a street. But on the other hand, the only way of reimagining the suburbs that I can think of would be if all the houses didn't look identical. So we could do something where the streets are laid out in crescents and cul-de-sacs and weird round shapes, like they typically are in the suburbs, but then not have all the houses on a street look identical. A bunch of different styles could coexist on a single street, as though people tore down their cookie-cutter houses and built something else on their plot, or if people embelished their houses with crazy additions. just an idea...

c-bag

Friday, November 11, 2005

another soft city

our friend cindy sent this link to Y-bag and I. a jello replica of san francisco. it's awesome. and it uses a bunch of the ideas that we'd been thinking of, like mini christmas lights, lighting effects, smoke...

http://www.lizhickok.com/assets/portfolio/pages/01city.html

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

diplomatic immunities @ canzine

I posted some canzine pics on flickr. same url as before...
www.flickr.com/photos/deadpan
there are more, but it won't let me upload them, dammit.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

delayed reaction

i finally posted my alley jaunt pictures on flickr...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/deadpan/

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Canzine and wonky email service

hey all,

i'm taking Catherine's advice and posting this on the blog instead of just emailing. even though readers (if people other than us actually read this thing) won't be privy to the countless emails that preceded this one.

hey Rose, i didn't go anywhere...??? i just wasn't around a computer yesterday. unless, these emails were going around all last week and i just got them today (delivered yesterday afternoon according to gmail). i am not getting doubles like you though.

i love the idea of being able to realize many of the ideas we had for Alley Jaunt, but never got around to doing (i.e. lighting, soundtrack... smoke sounds great too!) i also would love to blend old and new buildings. there is something eerie about it. especially when you combine the smoke machine effect. perhaps we can reflect this in the soundtrack too... like trotting horses, traffic whistles, old school fire truck sirens?

i hope we get space during Canzine. this is very exciting. Jason don't you know Anna at Broken Pencil? is there a way you can contact her and ask her if she got Catherine's email?

yes i think a meeting is in order. hopefully we can arrange one before Yvonne leaves.

s.

Monday, August 22, 2005

telegram from PA

hey baggies,

maybe this is just a dumb excuse for a visit to toronto, but what would you think about doing an "art hotel room" at the gladstone for canzine? it could be pretty much the same as what we did on the garage floor, except we could use the hotel bed, dresser, chair, etc as city surfaces instead of the floor. soft city + levels. or we could even go off in some other direction. that's just the most basic idea.

i'm going to e-mail canzine to ask about it. they're apparently looking for ideas.

all those pictures are great! i'll upload mine sometime soon.

UpBAG makes NOW magazine

maybe you've already seen this, but just in case you haven't, Alley Jaunt and UpBAG made this week's NOW magazine.

http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2005-08-18/news_feature.php

cheers,

s.

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