Archive for December, 2008

dj black @ wmbr

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Last night I was invited by my friend Andi (dj vVvA) to join the Global Frequency program at the MIT campus radio station, wmbr 88.1 fm. Together with dj Baby, Dj M Singe, MC Verb, and dj LoneWolf, we played a carefully curated selection of Cumbia Mexicana, including Cumbia Swing, Cumbia Rock, Cumbia Andina Mexicana and Cumbia Sonidera. The following are some of the bands and artists we featured in the program: Rigo Tovar y la Costa Azul, Sonora Margarita, Los Askis, Los Yes Yes, Grupo Soñador, Los Ángeles Azules, Rayito Colombiano, Grupo Kual and Celso Piña. When it comes to Cumbias, I could have made the program last a whole week, non stop.

A link to the audio stream of the whole session is available directly from wmbr. The first three minutes feature some unrelated stuff – like Nirvana and such – I don’t know why. The next 6 minutes feature two Colombian Cumbia classics – Manuelito Barrios (by Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto) and Caiman y Gallinazo (by Lucho Bermudez y su orquesta) – courtesy of dj vVvA, an introductory tribute to the Colombian genre that originated everything.

If you wanna hear my sweet and heavenly voice accompanying my favorite selection of Cumbias right away, I recommend that you skip those nine minutes.

Version Bêta

Monday, December 15th, 2008

I just came back from a quick trip to Geneva, where I was invited to give a talk about Creative Social Systems in the Centre pour l’image contemporaine, as part of the Artists in Labs discussion sessions in the Version Bêta Biennial 2008. I was sad to find out that the Centre is approaching it’s final days of existence due to recent economic adjustments in Switzerland. It was evident to me that both the Centre and the Biennial provided an important hub for the comprehension and appreciation of the new media in the arts. I had an incredible time and met with a number of interesting people that gave me valuable feedback and shared their own work and ideas with me.

I was lucky to arrive the day Geneva celebrates L’Escalade, the most important festivity of the year there. Tradition tells the story of a French invasion in 1602. Back then, Geneva was protected by a wall. In order to invade the city, the French mercenaries prepared themselves to climb the wall, but never expected the wrath of Geneva’s housewives and their top secret culinary weapon. Hundreds of cauldrons of hot vegetable soup were dropped on the French invaders from the top of the wall, burning them with carrots and mushrooms and beets.

The best part of this traditional celebration comes after dinner. A cauldron made of dark chocolate is filled with marzipan vegetables and placed in the center of the table. The eldest and the youngest in the table hold hands on top of the chocolate cauldron and smash it while reciting “Ainsi périssent les ennemis de la République!” (Thus perish the enemies of the Republic). Dark chocolate and marzipan mushrooms accompanied with an espresso and mulled wine. Can life get better than that?

oGFx book prototype.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

I have been working on this with Kyle.