Archive for the 'Lightbar' Category

Gone Fishing

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

In two days I fly off to my home town of Minneapolis, Minnesota for ten days of bone-chilling, back-breaking, ear-warming good times with my pals Brady Clark and Kelly Peach. Together we are making a piece for the Art Shanty Projects, a recurring winter arts fest on Medicine Lake that I’ve been wanting to see for years.
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LIGHTBAR pix wanted … for PECHA KUCHA NIGHT!

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Here’s one more plea for LIGHTBAR help … but you don’t even have to step away from the screen this time.

I’m going to be delivering a slideshow on the history, theory and technology of LIGHTBAR at Portland’s next Pecha Kucha night, as part of a great bit light-arts symposium at PSU called Illuminated City How cool is that?

A Pecha Kucha is a kind of slideshow-on-crack public event first invented in Japan in 2003. Presenters get to show only twenty slides and you get ONLY TWENTY SECONDS PER SLIDE! Picture it as 50% arts-n-culture, 50% used car sales. A group called Project Cityscope has been putting them on in Portland for a while now. This particular episode of it, Volume 9, has a theme of “spectrum,” so of course I had to apply … and today they gave me the green light! Color me excited.
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RGB OK4U!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

purple!

Paul Stoffregen, the inventor/genius who built these RGB smart-lights for this year’s LIGHTBAR, has posted in detail about the design and how you can build your own. How rad is that?

That, of course, is what DorkbotPDX is all about.

Thanks for the LIGHTBAR!

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Congratulations, Portland! You have successfully summoned spring. There’s a big pink explosion of plum blossoms out my window, the same gorgeous color as the last evening of LIGHTBAR. For those of you who missed Pink Night, here are some highlights:

Just to make it official: LIGHTBAR season is over for this year. It was grand, epic, successful in so many ways. Now I just need to get on with the rest of life. Boat Night holds fantastic promise, and we will do it, definitely, next year.

If there’s any way I can possibly thank or repay all the excellent volunteers who came out to play LIGHTBAR-games with me, please suggest it here! Ross, Maitland, Dan, Gabe, Tom, Jean-Margaret, Chris, Brian, Jake, Zed, Buffalo, Gordon, Paul, Katie, Nick, and everyone I’m forgetting because it’s been a long month — you are rad! LIGHTBAR is your creation, as much as it is mine! Congratulations on a job well done!

LIGHTBAR PINK NIGHT: Frequently Asked Questions

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Q: Is it really tomorrow night?
A: Totally! Saturday Feb 26th!

Q: What is it called?
A: Variously: LIGHTBAR, PINK NIGHT, BIZARRO NIGHT, HIGH CULTURE NIGHT, NIGHT OF EVENTFUL EVENTS!

Q: What is The Bizarro Hour?
A: Bizarro-flavored readings and outfreakings by Eraserhead Press authors Jeff Burk, Cameron Pierece, Carlton Mellick II and Mykle Hansen! 8pmish!
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The Lights of LIGHTBAR

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Brightness

It takes energy to create light — just ask The Sun, which burns four million tons of hydrogen every second to produce the wide, smooth spectrum of electromagnetic radiation that earthlings crave.

But I’m a normal guy; I do not own even one million of tons of hydrogen. Instead, I’ve borrowed several of LIGHTBAR’s ever-shifting palette of fixtures from well-lit friends, and scrounged the rest from thrift stores and junk shops. Some of these needed repair, rewiring, better housings or nicer diffusion. I love electricity and tinkering in general. LIGHTBAR has made me a bit of a lamp mechanic.
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The latest in LIGHTBARS …

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

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LIGHTBAR enables my inexplicable obsession with temporary architecture once again this year. But I hope this time I’ve built something that will last.
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The LIGHTBAR Report: Opening Night!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

IN 2009 there was a ton going on at LIGHTBAR and I managed to document quite a bit of it.  This year I’m way behind. In all honesty, I’ve felt a bit rushed until now, just getting the building done and set up, and organizing things and people, and finding good locations … in fact, up to the afternoon before opening night I must admit to some serious pre-party anxiety.

I shouldn’t have worried.

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LIGHTBAR High Culture Night … in PINK!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

LIGHTBAR, in association with Eraserhead Press, presents …

LIGHTBAR HIGH CULTURE NIGHT!  IN PINK!

Saturday February 26th,
7pm until the wee hours

9317 SE Stanley Ave, Milwaukie

WHAT TO EXPECT: Fine wine, challenging hors d’oeuvres, bizarro literary hijinks, high-speed competitive performance art, Japanese pop, weird movies, physical culture and dancing, dancing, dancing!

WHAT TO WEAR: Pink! Hoity-Toity!  Extra points for monacles and snoods.

WHAT TO BRING: Something to drink!  Something to share!  Your favorite camera!  And a five-minute performance art piece of your own devising.

WILL THIS GO DOWN ON MY PERMANENT RECORD: yes.

SHOULD I WATCH THIS SPACE FOR MORE DETAILS: probably.

Midnight Mystery Lightbar!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

FRIDAY NIGHT, Febuary 11, in conjunction with The Midnight Mystery Ride, LIGHTBAR proposes …

Midnight Mystery Lightbar! (BLUE NIGHT)

The Midnight Mystery Ride is a monthly bicycle adventure in Portland. Join us at the Alleyway Pub after 11pm. At midnight, we ride to a LIGHTBAR in an undisclosed location and rage ’till dawn!

THIS IS A BIKE RIDE. The secret location is not accessible by car. Please don’t ask.

PLEASE BRING ALL OF THE FOLLOWING STUFF: Blinky lights! Boom boxes! Something to drink, something to share, something to burn! Dancing shoes! And an ashtray for your cigarette butts.

WHAT TO WEAR: Something borrowed, something blue!