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www.sunsetfootclinicsign.com

This past August I launched www.sunsetfootclinicsign.com, which is the first web-based project I’ve done in a while. The site is an accurate recreation of the Sunset Foot Clinic rotating sign on Sunset Boulevard in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Commonly known as “The Happy Foot Sad Foot Sign,” locals say that the sign has the power to predict the fate of your day, depending on which side you see first when you pass by.

Please click through to the site and the About page there to read some of my reflections on L.A., signage, history, Zippy, memory, neighborhood preservation, and folklore.

This project was part of The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture, a series of site specific performances highlighting unique architecture throughout the city, which I produced on behalf of Machine Project and Creative Director Mark Allen. To celebrate the launch of the site, I teamed up with Jessica Cowley, who organized a Public Space Singalong underneath the sign. Read more about that event here, and see the video below:

Hafosafo Chorus & Sunsetfootclinicsign.com by Jessica Cowley and Bennett Williamson from machine project on Vimeo.

Art,Main,Music @ 10:54 pm November 17, 2013

Awesome New Place radio – April -> August 2013

Hey guys, I’ve been continuing to make radio. Here’s an update – recent episodes of AWESOME NEW PLACE:

April 13 2013 (Live at Ooga Booga): http://www.kchungradio.org/archive/2013-04-13-ooga-booga/bennett_4_senate_at_ooga_booga-2013.04.13.mp3
June 9 2013 (really blown out for some reason): http://www.kchungradio.org/archive/2013-06-09/Awesome_New_Place-2013.06.09.mp3
June 25 2013 (Fill-in for Feature Phone): http://www.kchungradio.org/archive/2013-06-25/feature_phone-06.25.2013.mp3
August 11 2013: http://www.kchungradio.org/archive/2013-08-11/Awesome_New_Place-08.11.2013.mp3

Tracklists below.
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Main,Music,radio @ 12:30 pm September 6, 2013

F.A.T. Public Access at FAT GOLD

F.A.T. GOLD @eybeam - YOUR ART!! party

Last week during FAT GOLD, I organized an alternate A/V stream called FAT Public Access on which I hosted a series of performances, talks, lectures, and informal chats broadcast live from Eyebeam’s gallery space to the web. It’s rare that FATLAB gets together in person, and I wanted to capture some of the energy & dialogue that pours forth when we do. I also wanted to use our show (and Eyebeam’s equipment!) as a platform to present the work of artists, librarians, curators, musicians, researchers, and friends whose projects dovetail with the values and themes of FATLAB.

It was fun to play host whether facing an audience or just the reverb of the empty gallery space. While doing a public access show live meant I spent most of the week trapped at Eyebeam, it had the side effect of making lots of my friends come to me, so many many thanks to those that attended & performed. Hopefully this documentation is a window into the action for FAT members and international audience not in attendance.

Big thanks to the Eyebeam staff, curator Lindsay Howard, and all the FAT homies.

If you can’t hang with the real deal 4:3 flv video quality (#2013), I also have provided the audio separately for radio-style enjoyment. Click through for the full list!

4.2.13

Talking Fidonet w/ Kevin Driscoll


Kevin Driscoll joined us from Los Angeles via Skype to discuss Fidonet and other salient topics surrounding his dissertation Hobbyist inter-networking and the popular internet imaginary: Forgotten histories of networked personal computing, 1977-1997. We talk about looking at the ‘people’s history’ of the web and communication technologies as a way to provide the backbone in arguments for user-driven infrastructure in today’s conglomerated networks, duh! MP3

Jamming with Critter & Guitari

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Brooklyn-based synth makers Critter & Guitari, nee Chris Kucinski & Owen Osborn, talk briefly about how they manage their fun project that turned into a business, and then jam profusely on Kaleidoloops, Bolsa Basses, Pocket Pianos and other #rare homemade junk, with some friends along for the ride. MP3

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Art,Events,Main,Music,radio,Talk @ 5:49 pm April 14, 2013

Awesome New Place radio – 3.10.13


This month’s episode of Awesome New Place: http://www.kchungradio.org/archive/2013-03-10/Bennett4Senate-Awesome_New_Place-03.10.2013.mp3 A lot of my favorite boogie classics here, a product of last minute record pulls, and the desire to have a “dancy mix” somewhere online to show people. Enjoy!

Tracklist below.
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Main,Music,radio @ 9:37 am March 22, 2013

Awesome New Place returns to the airwaves



Happy to announce that Awesome New Place will be broadcasting monthly on KCHUNG Radio, available streaming and archived at kchungradio.org, and on 1630 AM in Chinatown, Los Angeles.

Tune in the second Sunday of every month, from 6-7pm PST.

(i.e. March 10, April 14, May 12, June 9, July 14, etc etc.)

Previous shows:
4.12.2012 (Guest Set)
9.30.2012
1.9.2013

—> Click to download the Feb 10th show <—

Feb 10th tracklist below.
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Main,Music,radio @ 11:33 am February 16, 2013

Happy Holidays

Main @ 8:35 pm December 6, 2012

FMF @ ARTHALL

A new digital transfer of my piece Salute (FMF_2010.05.25) is included in this inaugural show at ARTHALL in West Philly, the awesome new basement home of Dear Memo magazine/blog. The show was put together by my man Gil Gentile and the homey Thomas. If you are in Philly please check it out and send me a pic! Shouts out to Nam Jun Paik.

TV Garden
at ARTHALL
Opens Sat Nov. 10, 2012 @ 8pm
637 South 49th St., Philadelphia PA 19143
http://dearmemoarthall.tumblr.com/

Art,Events,Main @ 10:44 pm November 9, 2012

Awesome New Place (on KCHUNG, 9.30.2012)

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I did a fill-in episode of Awesome New Place on KCHUNG 1630AM last month. Good times!

Download here: http://www.kchungradio.org/archive/2012-09-30/Awesome_New_Place-09.30.2012.mp3

Tracklist:
Corazon de Poeta – Jeanette
Sven Liebek – Ride a White Horse
The Bee Gees – Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You (slowed)
Todd Rundgren – I Saw the Light
Dick Hyman – Give it Up or Turn it Loose
? and the Mysterians – Upside
Anceta Molina y su Conjunto – Tu No Me Lo Das
talkover: Link Wray
Juaneco y su Combo – San Juan 75 (from the Purple Chica mixtape)
Love – Orange Skies (slowed)
Booker T. & The M.G.s – Stranger on the Shore
Fat Larry’s Band – Peaceful Journey
Pete Drake and his Talking Steel Guitar – Color of the Blues (slowed)
The Louvin Brothers – Satan is Real (kinda slowed)
Bobby Bare – Dropkick Me Jesus
talkover: more Link Wray
Swamp Children – You’ve Got Me Beat
Gregory Isaacs – Cool Down the Pace (10″ mix)

Main,Music,radio @ 1:38 pm October 28, 2012

View Source in Berlin

Hey I will be showing a new work, View Source, which is a combination computer script/webcam/performance/HP Printer, in a show called 404 Not Found in Berlin, this weekend only!

The show is part of Berlin Art Link‘s Day and Night series, and has some other great artists in it. I’m stoked to be a part of it “remotely,” but if you are at the show you’ll be able to take home a piece of (my) work.

404 Not Found
Vernissage: Friday, June 8, 7-11pm
Open Saturday June 9, 12-5pm
Sur la Montagne, Torstrasse 170, Berlin

**AFTER PARTY at bar KIM (Brunnenstrasse 10) from 11pm onwards: http://www.kim-in-berlin.com/

from the press release:
“To an Internet artist, the gallery often presents an inconvenience rather than an opportunity. They are asked to artificially amend their work so that it appears more lofty or meaningful than “just another YouTube video.” Projectors take the place of monitors, screenshots replace active webpages, and the inherent interactivity of the work is removed because we are told to “please step away from the art.” As is the case with most meaningful movements in art, the institutions that exist to elevate the most cutting edge work are often unprepared to accommodate the uniqueness of the new medium. 404 Not Found addresses several different ways tech artists interact with space – none of which include modifying the work for its physical presentation in a room.”

Art,Events,Main @ 11:42 pm June 7, 2012

New work at BYOB MOCA LA

Hey all, short notice – I will be showing some new work tonight at the Bring Your Own Beamer show that is part of Transmission L.A. (curated by Mike D). There is a whole grip of LA artists taking part, it should be awesome.

Unfortunately, since Diplo is playing a show at MOCA at the same time, you need a ticket to get in. And those tickets are sold out.

Hope to see you there. But I’ll get some pics just in case 😉

BYOB MOCA LA
Sat May 5 2012
7-10pm
at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N Central Ave Los Angeles CA 90013

Art,Events,Main @ 2:07 am May 5, 2012
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