NO TECHNO IN THE NYC DANCE PARADE?


The 9th Annual Dance Parade is just a week away and I am having a hard time deciding where I want to be this year. Participating organizations are listed alphabetically along with their dance “styles.” Many of these dance “styles” also double as musical genres. This year there isn’t a single group listed as TECHNO. Perhaps this is because TECHNO isn’t really a “style” of dance as much as a musical form. There are certainly a number of dance forms that have developed in response to TECHNO music, but the sound has never really been about one dance “style.” Over the years I have met many who love this music as I do, their movement a direct response to the sound, a direct line to their heart and soul. I feel there is a correlation between the freedom the form provides and what I find most precious about the Dance Parade itself. For me the Parade has always been about reclaiming our bodies through movement: you don’t need to be qualified to dance, know the steps, have the moves, or be a “good dancer” to express yourself and explore your world...



The first few years I participated in the parade, I was fortunate to find my TECHNO sisters and brothers among the Blackkat / Septik Nexus crew. For two years I helped facilitate an Occupy Dance presence in the Parade rekindling some its underlying political roots. The last couple of years I have danced down Broadway with Grand Marshals Louie Vega and Hex Hector respectively. I enjoyed the music and it is always fun to be in the Parade, but I would rather be dancing to TECHNO. I am not sure where I will be this year. There is a STORM RAVE (featuring Frankie Bones, Adam X, Heather Heart, Lenny Dee, and Rob Gee) following the Dance Parade, that very night in fact. I wish I could import some of that into the Parade. Many of you reading this may be familiar with Berlin’s MAYDAY and LOVE PARADE festivals, and I know many who will be trekking to Detroit two weeks from now for the MOVEMENT (DEMF) festival. Political movement echoes through the streets of New York. Movement itself will take to the streets on May 16th. Will TECHNO be in attendance? Does TECHNO still dance in NYC?

UPDATED COMPILATION

MOTION GRAPHICS REEL

Need a story told with flash and panache? Looking for a little motion in your ocean? Below you will find the current edit of the Forth Position motion graphics reel! You can watch it in HD on Vimeo, though after running a bunch of tests through Vimeo (and YouTube), I am still not satisfied with the compression quality of the Industry Whore clip (the halftone dotty bit early in the compilation). After running a number of tests I gather that the motion may be too quick for the Vimeo compression software to handle – it looks excellent before uploading it (even when compressed to Vimeo’s specs). I am thinking the only way to get the quality I want may be to host my own video, but that could make sharing it more problematic... If you are technically inclined and have other suggestions, please do drop me a line.

BOOGIE MIX

4WRD DJ SET

Remaster of set played at Barefoot Boogie on 09.27.03. I love these artists and I buy their music – you should too! Click on the name of each band to find out more about them and where/how you can purchase their music.

TRACKLIST
The Beloved Sun Rising
De La Rosa & Asora Lily's Theme
Sade Cherish The Day
YMO vs 808 State Light In The Darkness ( Meditation Mix Featuring Thich Nhat Hanh )
YMO vs Orbital Behind The Mask
Mc 900 Ft Jesus Falling Elevators
Utah Saints Something Good ( John Kelly Mix )
Josh Wink Higher State Of Consciousness
B12 Obsessed
Banco De Gaia Kincajou
Orbital Frenetic
Art Of Noise Moments In Love
Wild & Taylor Bang The Acid ( Joey Beltram’s Bang The Drums Mix )
Underworld Jumbo


I LIKE TO PAINT BIG

PAINTINGS BY THOMAS GALLAGHER

One of my very first jobs was at Meola Scenic Studios painting (60' x 30') back drops that were ultimately trucked down to NYC (the Metropolitan Opera House). I got to paint faux marble flooring standing on top of the drop using a 4' paint brush. I put the blue in the sky with a pump spray atomizer in an adjacent studio. Up on a ladder to cut giant Styrofoam rocks with what looked like hedge trimmers. But mostly I washed brushes for all the other wonderfully talented people that I worked with. Whenever I picked up a brush that experience was always with me: the scale, the freedom, and the motion.

It’s been many years since I put paint to canvas. It is calling me again. I can feel it. Perhaps a little retrospective is in order (albeit an incomplete one). More to come...


Duchamp – 1990, Acrylic on wood (24" x 35.5")


figure study – 1990, Acrylic on canvas


figure study – 1990, Acrylic on canvas


Untitled (dream painting) – 1988, Oil paint, plaster, fabric, canvas stretchers (48" x 60")


Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas (34" x 40")


Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas


Untitled – 1988, Oil on canvas


Untitled (glazing study) – 1988, Oil on canvas


Untitled (complimentary color study) – 1988, Oil on canvas

Dr Zizmor

WOW

Welcome to WOW – a new section on Forth Position. WOW covers a lot of ground, from excited exclamatory response to brilliant art & design straight through to teeth clenched whispered wow work that leaves you questioning wtf? Involuntary response is what we are looking for here. Enjoy your stay.

To inaugurate the section, recent versions of the classic Dr Zizmor New York City Subway ad. Below the ads as they appear on Dr. Zizmor’s website is a high resolution recreation of it as it appeared on the subway (yes, someone loved it that much). The ad is a fantastic cornucopia of “how to design” tips and tricks. Among the many highlights: 

• Soft dissolve from night skyline to “day” (gray) rainbow!
• Rainbow color sequence reordered to create a delightful red to green transition!
• Supersized (photoshop) stroke on the headline!
• Heavy drop shadows in both black AND white!
• A drop shadow OVER a solid color stroke surround! HOT DAMN!
• Dancing credit cards, customer clip art, checked boxes, plus a signed statement from Dr. Z himself!
• Stars.
And now Dr. Z even has his own scannable QR code!



Can’t get enough? Here it is in motion:


I first saw these posters while I was a student at Pratt Institute. Dr. Z had an enormous impact on all us aspiring designers! I welcome your comments below. Until next time – TG

NEW YORK COALITION FOR PEACE & JUSTICE

OUR GRIEF IS NOT A CRY FOR WAR
Awareness from the Forth Position Archive

10,000 New Yorkers marched to Times Square on October 7th 2001, united in common conviction that the United States Government should not exploit the September 11th attacks as an excuse for war.

New York Times photo by Michelle V. Agins
New York Newsday photo
March end rally at Times Square – photo by Diane Greene Lent

Forth, in conjunction with the coalition's Arts & Culture Working Group, produced 200 signs for this demonstration. Half of these read NEW YORK NOT IN OUR NAME / OUR GRIEF IS NOT A CRY FOR WAR, but it was the ISLAM, ARABS & IMMIGRANTS ARE NOT THE ENEMY sign that received the most press.

Front ( small type: unity through empathy )
Back ( small type: unity through empathy )
Front ( peace is powerful )
Back ( kick the bomb habit )
Front ( speak your mind )
Back ( war is never having to tell the truth )
Front ( non-violence or non-existence )
Back ( justice, not vengeance )
Front
Back
December 16 - Hoy photo by Rafael Fernandez*


December 16 – Rockefeller Center march – banner design by Kinkos®

Over the following year Forth designed additional signs to supplement the initial five, flyers, buttons, t-shirts, a banner, and other materials for multiple marches, rallies and forums around the interrelated issues of the war on terror, illegal detentions, immigrant solidarity, civil liberties, and budget cuts. The NYCPJ symbol is a realignment of the negative spaces within the common peace symbol, the triangular shapes assembled by multiple hands working together. The symbol was designed as a representation of the concept of coalition and a reflection on rebuilding peace in the aftermath of 9/11.




Modular Flyer Front
Flyer Back
Bus Sign Up
Bus Ticket

April 20, 2002 – Washington DC march – banner design by Forth
April 20, 2002 – Washington DC
Justice for Detainees solidarity rally – Brooklyn
New York Taxi Workers Alliance march - Midwood, Brooklyn

Neighborhood Conference Placard
Neighborhood Conference


*A dark line is visible around the tube (bottom) of the featured MAKE HISTORY NOT WAR sign. This was Forth founder Thomas Gallagher’s personal sign, marked this way to make it easy to spot inverted among the others in bags for transport. Occupied with logistics at the rally site, he did not get to march, so his sign marched without him...