At last week’s LOMAA meeting, I asked Sebastian Di Troilo – who is an unassuming treasure trove of what’s going on in London – what I could check out. He said that that on Friday there would be something at Hot Dog that he described simply as ‘noise.’ But, that likely it wasn’t for me. For me, he would think of something with more of a wide appeal. Oh really? I thought.
So I decided I had to go:
London’s City Hall was hosting what they called a “Build a Budget Workshop.” This free event gave “participants an opportunity to learn and ask questions about the City’s financial processes (City of London website).”
As a Yoko-Ono-participatory-artish piece, the public was asked to write their budget thoughts on post-its and stick them to the communal walls.
Cool stuff. Money. Artists need money. So where were the artists representin’?
I went to this with my dad and he wanted to do a little speech at the Speakers Corner-like video set-up at the back. And that’s when I saw an artist for sure. Bright orange sneakers? Could this be? “I like your green jeans,” was my icebreaker. He was very professional about his company and in running the show in the back with the video camera. He had my dad sign a waiver for his video to be used on facebook, youtube and so on. So I asked this gentleman if he thought it would be O.K. for me to post photos and videos online of this event myself. “I’m not a lawyer,” he said. “But, yeah.”
Which, apparently, was good enough for me:
I checked out the big screen TVs at Best Buy.
I think art and new media has to have a stretching of definition in London, Ontario. Try to see it everywhere because there can be a paucity of it.
I compared screens; their technical and visual qualities.
Thanks Best Buy, for my new media experience.
I went to church.
And I don’t know the last time you have been, but religious establishments have really suped things up in the audio-visual department. The lyrics to the songs you sing are on a huge screen. And often there are lots of video supplements.
The minister screened a news clip of a student in London at Clarke Road Secondary School who was featured on Peter Mansbridge’s The National. He was bullied at school and came up with the best solution ever to deal with that.
It’s a feel good story. So, DISCLAIMER: Only watch this if you want to feel good:
Skip to 2:25 minutes in if you just want to bask in how popular this previously bullied student has become. Homecoming King!