Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

21 cities at once performed


I was participate in a project called 21 cities at once performed. A series of simultaneous events happening on September 14, 2007 @ 6pmEST as part of Conflux Festival, NYC. Curated by Hope Hilton + Nat Slaughter. Click on the post's title to go to their site. Here is what I did
1. I visited an office building next to where I lives and tell them to turn their lights and computers off at night. (I sent in sound document which can be listen through the 21 cities site once they updated it)
2. I ate ice cream with some homeless people while not talking about being homeless. I had a great great time with this one, below is the report I sent along with the picture:

Ice Cream Project

September 14, 2007, 3:15 PM. The temperature was in the mid 70’s in Portland, Oregon. I saw Jim, Ivy, and their dog Annabel on the sidewalk at SW 10th & Yamhill asking passerbys for cigarettes and spare change so I asked if they would like to join me for an ice cream – both said “Hell Yeah”. Jim asked why I picked he and Ivy, and I said, “I want to have ice cream with someone & I don’t feel like buying a rich man ice cream”. During the walk I learned that Jim and Ivy have been experiencing homelessness for a while now. Both had been traveling; hitchhiking from Washington through Portland and planning to leave Portland the next day for Redwood, CA. We went to the Italian style Ice Cream place called “Mio Gelato”. After trying several ice cream flavors including Watermelon, Peach, and Pistachio Jim ordered 1 scoop of Chocolate on a sugar cone. Ivy ordered 1 scoop of Tiramisu on a sugar cone. I ordered 1 scoop of Vanilla on a sugar cone. We sat at the outside table and talked about Thailand, Thai people, Portland, Portland people, Seattle, Dogs, Dog food, Parents, libraries, Hemp stock, Love, Dreams (Ivy wants to be a famous artist and Jim wants to be a famous singer, musician & song writer), dreadlocks, labor works, waitressing jobs, Jose Padilla, Parks, Zoos, Vegetarian vs. Vegan, & the US government. At one point we also tried to make Ivy sing but she was too shy. We also talked about drawing, my space pages, how the cone is always the best part of the ice cream and commented about the pool of chocolate ice cream on the table. Jim cleaned up the table and we walked together to the Ride Aid on SW 5th Ave where we hugged each other goodbye.