July 30, 2007

Trippin’ #3

The official Fusion Arts update #3.

My trusty iBook died on me two weeks ago so I haven’t been updating anything for a while, but now I finally got it back after sending it two times to get repaired. It came back a little crippled, with only 512mb of RAM, but at least I can use it now.
A lot has happened since I last wrote anything here. The first weekend we went to Boston where we visited ICA, MIT and some galleries. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to explore the city on my own, the schedule was so tight. This pic is from the ICA.

The next weekend we spent two days in New York City and visited New York Times, Eyebeam, Guggenheim, Ground Zero, Glowlab and a bunch of galleries. For me, the most interesting thing was seeing Eyebeam and getting a glimpse of what’s going on behind the scenes at Graffiti Research Lab.

Also, I finally caved into this digital djing business. I went to Turntable Lab and got some records and the M-Audio Conectiv digital DJ thingy. I’ve had my Ms. Pinky vinyls for a few years, but I haven’t had a good audio interface for my laptop so I haven’t really used them that much. Now I might actually take this thing to gigs also. I’m not giving up on vinyl though! No way! This is just a way to add some new possibilities to my sets. I’m also pretty excited to test using this baby as an effects unit, because I can route the signal from my turntables to Ableton Live and get all crazy with looping and effects.

Back in Providence we have done a couple of projects. The most interesting is probably the Call and Response video project. Each of us had to make 20 videos in two days, each 30 seconds long. The first one had to be a call and the others responses to the videos the other people had made. We were supposed to not talk to each other and only communicate through the videos. Here you can watch all the videos. My call is #21 and I finished 13 responses that are scattered all over. Here’s the video that I’m most satisfied with.

Quicktime video

And oh, I almost forgot, last Saturday I went to this little festival called Rock The Bells. I’ll let the line-up speak for itself.
No pictures. Sorry. I only had a disposable camera with me and I haven’t had the chance to scan the pictures in. You just have to take my word for it that it was f**king insane. Just look at that line-up, an overdose of hip hop legends. Wu was there with all the original guys, except ODB of course, and if that wasn’t enough, the reunited RATM turned the entire place into a big and sweaty mosh pit. Things got a little interesting when 60 000 people tried to fit into three buses, but I got back to my hostel in Harlem eventually.I guess that’s about it. Today is the last night in Providence. Tomorrow we are flying to Denver so the next update is going to be from there. Now I’ll just do my laundry and hit the streets. I’m going to miss this place. I’ve been kind of lazy with the gallery, but you can check out a lot more pictures from my Flickr site here.

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Filed under: Music,Photography,Video — Posted by: Månsteri @ 21:35

July 12, 2007

Trippin’ #2

OK, more pictures. I’ve set up a gallery page where I’ll add stuff as I go. The first ones are part of a photography assignment we did today. I don’t want to post the assignment, because the way I want to display it doesn’t really work on a web page. Actually, I could do it with Flash or something, but I’m just too lazy for that right now.

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Filed under: Photography,T-Shirts — Posted by: Månsteri @ 19:28

July 10, 2007

Trippin’ #1

In case there’s someone wondering what the hell am I doing in the States, I’m participating in an exchange program called Fusion Arts in Digital Media. We are staying in the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island. Basically, we have 20 students from all over the world working together to create some amazing artwork that will end all wars, cure cancer and make the world a better place in every way. This website http://www.risd.edu/fusionarts/ might shed some light on what it’s like.

I arrived here yesterday, the flight went well and my first impressions of Providence, RISD and the other students are really positive. Providence is a really nice and beautiful city with all these 19th century buildings blending in nicely with newer and taller buildings. Of course, I’ve been mainly hanging around the College Hill and downtown areas, but so far I really like it. I haven’t found any record stores yet, but I can smell that there’s some vinyl in this city. RISD itself seems like a really great school, I wouldn’t mind studying here. And how could I possibly say any bad things about this place when they give us free housing, three meals a day and a video iPod as a welcoming gift?

I don’t really have any pictures yet, because I’ve been mainly shooting with my trusty View-Master Camera, but here’s the view from my bedroom.

I’m too tired to write anything else right now, but I’ll be posting pictures and other stuff later on.

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Filed under: Randomness — Posted by: Månsteri @ 20:09

July 8, 2007


America We Stand As One

For the next five weeks or so this blog is mostly going to be a travel diary for my trip in the USA. Places where I’m going: Providence, New York, Boston, Denver and Washington D.C. If you have in mind any essential places to go to in these cities, please let me know (comment, email). I don’t have that much free time, but hopefully I’ll be able to see something else besides the campus of RISD.

One thing that I’m definitely going see is the Rock the Bells concert in NYC (RATM, Wu, Mos Def, Public Enemy, Living Legends etc.). The show on the 28th was sold out, but I was able to get tickets from eBay.

I’m leaving you with a picture of my main homie from Kouvola. Damn that guy got some fresh moves.

Now I’ll get some sleep. I’ve got a plane to catch in the morning.

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Filed under: Photography — Posted by: Månsteri @ 14:31