this email took awhile because i get about as much joy out of uploading a video to youtube as i do paying my cat's vet $240 to remind me my cat has cancer.
ok so that was meant to be, like, funny and dark, so please don't respond to this giving your condolences, jefrey is fiiiiine.
another dark and funny thing was the event i emceed a couple of weekends ago: xoxo's first art + code event. with an amazing lineup of artists and activists using code to create stunning, thought-provoking, hilarious works of art, it was hands down one of the best parts of xoxo IF I DO SAY SO MYSELF and i just did. and when i call it "dark" i mean literally, the room was pretty dark and i fell over a chair during sound check.
now, some of you are surely waiting, irresponsibly holding your breathe, even, for videos of all the awesome talks to be released. but guess what, we weren't a main stage event so that's not happening! this is great news, though, because it means you have to follow the work of the following amazing speakers i hosted and keep an eye out for when they give those talks again or put out even more amazing art:
- baratunde thurston is a hilarious futurist comedian who collaborated with glitch to make the first iteration of the living while black app.
- janelle shane is a research scientist using neural networks to generate weird and delightful things, like a neopet named "10th birthday evil sloth cupcake."
- monica dineculescu works on really rad stuff with magenta.js at google and builds really cool things on glitch (a favorite of mine is tenori-off) someone i consider a good friend, she shares my mission to empower all different kinds of folks to explore code as a viable medium for expression
- nicole he recently released enhance.computer, one of her many weird tech and art projects that have brought me joy ever since i first met her when she was showcasing her tinder robot at itp.
- diana smith is like the mary cassatt of css, creating beautifully breathe-taking oil-paint-like art using html and css alone.
- the hard g project is a collaborative effort to showcase original gifs from different artists throughout san francisco, until the devices showcasing them ran out of battery or are stolen.
- becca ricks is a researcher and technologist making tools to help us gain transparency in a world where our privacy has become a target online.
- everest pipkin in an incredible artist who makes amazing generative art, @tiny_star_field being one of my favorites. i was happy to meet them on the way to sound check, immediately after both hitting my head really hard on the shuttle and getting a text that i was robbed, a sure sign we were in for a great night.
- kate compton is the supreme ruler of text generation, as anyone who knows the iconic tool tracery would agree with. she displayed beautiful scarves with generative art, and so warmly and kindly offered me one (i chose the one that looked like it had skulls on it).
- yeli arenyeka is a very talented creative coder who is extremely thoughtful about her impact as a developer, speaking about creative saviour complex while also blowing everyone away with some of the coolest projects i've seen built on glitch.
- botnik studios was something i never expected to have the pleasure of not only seeing perform, but at an event i was helping run! their use of tech and comedy helped validate my use of those mediums together. they announced a new album they are making, so check out their kickstarter and give them all your money!
ok so if you got to this point, that's great, really great job! but you're probably wondering "what does this have to do with uploading a video to youtube? why does that keep coming up as green like this is house of leaves or some shit?" WELL MY ELECTRONIC MAIL RECIPIENT, i happened to have my good large son, willman duffy, record my introduction so that i could rewatch and nitpick all the things i found wrong about it and never let it see the light of day. but it turns out...it was actually a 100% perfect talk (no mistakes), so I'm posting it here for you! what amazing luck!
because i do not need any more negativity around youtube in my life, instead of figuring out how to get video in email, i'll just have you click the thumbnail below for the video. and because this is a bootleg, there are no captions, so i put together my notes and added in the ad libs as best as i could in this xoxo.txt document. ok now enjoy.
ok are you done enjoying? nice. wow, what a journey! creating this electronic mail made me hate email and video, but it reminded me of how magical this event was and about all my new best friends who presented their awesome work <3
love u all, except the h8rs