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Making an exhibition of yourself

This is wonderful: Antony Gormley, the sculptor responsible for the Angel of the North and the bronzes that were placed on London rooftops the other year, has created a new artwork for the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. For 100 days ordinary people will stand on the empty fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square and do whatever they like. One person an hour, 24 hours a day.Here is a good explanation.

There are 2,400 places, with, as of this morning, 19,538 applicants – up by about 14,000 from yesterday. This is a live feed where you can watch them do... whatever it is they're doing..

The Guardian does this better than The Times, which seems a bit sniffy about the whole thing, by using Twitter feeds and flickr to record who has been on the plinth.

One of my favourite things was reading the explanations of people who wanted to stand on the plinth, which, alas I cannot find a link to now. However, this is a list of some of the people coming up today. My favourites yesterday were the man who threw chocolate off the plinth, the man who took up a tea service and danced in the rain to demonstrate that the BNP are [Plural Of Very Bad Word] who do not understand Britishness and the art student who dressed up as a panda and put his mobile phone number on a placard then took phone calls from all over the world. (One person told him to jump. The git.) I even quite liked the woman who just danced like a space cadet.

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musesfool had a lovely section of a post the other day where she talked about mix tapes; how they worked, what makes a good one and why they meant more than mix CDs do now. I requote the bit from Nick Hornby that she quoted:

To me, making a tape is like writing a letter — there's a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again. [...] A good compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You've got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with "Got to Get You Off My Mind," but then realized that she might not get any further than track one, side one if I delivered what she wanted straightaway, so I buried it in the middle of side two), and then you've got to up it a notch, or cool it a notch, and you can't have white music and black music together, unless the white music sounds like black music, and you can't have two tracks by the same artist side by side, unless you've done the whole thing in pairs and...oh, there are loads of rules.
~High Fidelity, Nick Hornby, p. 88

While I don't necessarily agree with the rules in the above paragraph, I agree that everyone who makes a good mix tape (or mix CD) has rules.

Would anyone be interested in a mix tape challenge or exchange in which you post a playlist of music split into two sides of 30 minutes each?

You could illustrate a theme, subject or make it for a particular person. You could make an intro mix tape which illustrates the best of one band or one scene, or make a mix tape that evokes a city (I could do one for London in no time flat. )

If we posted links to the music, pretty soon we could have a whole masterlist of coherent one-hour playlists, which works really well when you've got tasks to perform and need stuff to listen to.

What do you think?


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Jul. 7th, 2009 09:55 am (UTC)
That's a great link to the webstream. I think that's also the best one I've ever seen. Thanks!
Jul. 7th, 2009 10:06 am (UTC)
Those rooftop bronzes were every cool (albeit disconcerting), and I'm sad to be missing the plinth people. I will try not to check every hour for updates. *g*

I'm rubbish at mix tapes but I do like that idea.
Jul. 7th, 2009 11:56 am (UTC)
I would like to do the mix tape challenge please Bob.
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
I would totally do the mixtape thing, though god, I used to use 90 and 100 minute tapes. MORE MUSIC PER SIDE.


The first non-crossover SPN story I wrote was the story of the first mixtape Dean made for someone else. Possibly it is more about me than it is about Dean. And of course, it included the track listing and someone else provided the uploads, which was awesome, since I didn't have all of them.

All of which is to say, I would totally be up for this.
Jul. 7th, 2009 01:47 pm (UTC)
I love the mix tape idea. :)
Jul. 7th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Mixtape challenge! That sounds terrific. Count me in.
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Jul. 7th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
That is my way of saying I'd be interested. :)
Jul. 9th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Can I please, please do my "songs about smack" mixtape?

Actually, in college, we used to do weird ones where we would play portions of songs that had a line in them that referenced another song lyric and then we'd switch to that song and it would all run together into 30 minutes of genuine weirdness. Then we'd mail our mixes to our pals attending other colleges. I still have some of those tapes. It was easy with LP to tape technology. I wouldn't know how to do the editing any more with mp3s.
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