I still haven't written that 10 year state of livejournal that I promised back on my 10th LJ anniversary. I am still thinking about it. A lot more of general import has happened on the broad techscape since then, including Youtube existing, period. Livejournal also took a backseat, which means the aggressively aggregating nature of its material form doesn't hold as much relevance to my study, and I'll have to consider that as well.
I graduated from my MFA program at SAIC (the School of the Art Institute of Chicago) almost three weeks ago. Since then I moved out of my apartment of two years, from a tiny out of the way space to a large live/work/venue space right into the middle of what Chicagoans call 'the crotch', Wicker Park.
My new room is about 30' from the blue line (literally thirty feet from the elevated tracks, and on the same level), directly across from the Damen stop. There is, unlike my last neighborhood, a nearly endless supply of activity outside, though I have been neatly tucked away in my room for most of it. I am...broke...and waiting to start my job in the fall.
I have, tentatively, a job teaching part time at Columbia College in the fall, where I will teach in their Interactive Arts and Media program, at first teaching a Sound and Music for Interaction class—hopefully to include one more, or, I don't know how I will be surviving. Either way this is a great inlet to my desired path and one I know most people don't have access to, even from a school such as the one I just matriculated from. My skillset was acknowledged to be different, but in a valuable way from the experiences of the other faculty in the department. I also have hope that perhaps I can do some department hopping and end up teaching some performance and/or sound classes in the fine arts wing of the school. I was so lucky as to be passed through the bureaucracy by a colleague, soon to be a professional colleague and get this opportunity by nepotism. I don't know what I would be doing otherwise...
The venue I moved into is called Enemy. It is, in my estimation, the preeminent DIY and regular experimental sound venue in the city. The priorities are almost entirely in keeping with mine (I may actually have some slightly more entrepreneurial inclinations than the other residents), and the living environment is beautiful. I moved in on the 1st and still have yet to really settle in or explore the non-commercial aspects of the neighborhood.
Wicker Park is almost entirely consumed by gentrification, but it is still the host to the most centralized group of DIY venues and art galleries in the city. It's a strange mix and I have been vocally calling for neighborhood reclamation projects. I believe the gentrification can only go so far in the current direction it has gone and there is serious room to challenge its supremacy...
I haven't yet booked any events here (since moving in), but I did book a couple things here while I was in school. I have some ideas for upcoming events, but I haven't pursued anything yet since I am just trying to get settled and figure out the upcoming job, and other work if I can find it. It looks like I have a travel expenses paid road trip and performance opportunity on the 25th. I am going to try to have some kind of housewarming party here for my friends and art friends. Part of figuring out what to do with this space is going to be me figuring out how to include the curatorial efforts of others without irritating my roommates. They are very aware of this 'being our house', and while I respect that, I also think this space is here for a specific reason, and there are things that can happen here that aren't extremely loud or as encompassing as music, and I want to try to make other event types happen in addition to the kind of dynamic music that eliminates all other potential.
Here's to a great new future of opportunity. Now I just need to get a new frame for my bike so I can get around, and all will be well with the world.