There wasn’t a post last night because I was out late, having my photo taken, along with the other members of the Michigan Design Militia, for an article about the upcoming Shadow Art Fair, which is supposed to appear tomorrow in Concentrate. The only time we could all get together was last night, at about midnight. We met at Woodruff’s, where we watched the Evil Dead, and discussed possibilities for the shot with Doug Coombe, who had, just prior to rolling into Ypsi, been taking photos of George Clinton in Detroit. Doug said that he was open to anything, at which point Chris pulled out a big plastic bag full of baby dolls, silverware, and jars of raspberry jam. His idea, if I understood him correctly, was to have us pay tribute to The Beatles’ infamous “butcher sleeve.” We all agreed to give it a shot, and I suggested that we take the photo in the park, incorporating whatever weirdness we might find there. My hope was that maybe we’d find a few folks to join us in the photo, giving the impression that the Michigan Design Militia, the tiny band of people responsible for the production of the Shadow Art Fair, was greater than just three people, and considerably more interesting.
Well, we had some good luck. Almost immediately upon stepping onto Ypsilanti’s historic tridge, we encountered a gentleman being fellated. Unfortunately, he wasn’t too keen on having his photo taken, so we began to seek out others, following voices into the darkness. And, finally, after a particularly tense encounter with a man who clearly didn’t want his presence documented in any way, we found some folks who were into the idea of standing in as honorary members of the team, alongside Chris, Melissa and me. (We were particularly enthusiastic about the participation of a young man brandishing a machete.) Unfortunately, I don’t have any of those photos to share just yet, but here’s one of the Michigan Design Militia team, as we were applying jelly to our dolls.
[Pictured: Chris Sandon, Mark Maynard, Melissa Dettloff. Photo by Doug Coombe for Concentrate.]
Speaking of the Shadow, it’s set to take place from noon to midnight, this Saturday, at the Corner Brewery. I’m told it will be our 13th, and it’s shaping up to be among our very best yet. In addition to having a lot of interesting vendors, as always, we’ll have a number of people sharing their cool, interactive projects. Among these folks will be Vinnie Massimino, who will be shooting Shadow visitors in front of his green screen, and Chris Sandon and Martin Thoburn, who will be sharing their Exquisite Motion Corpse project, as seen below in their newly launched Kickstarter campaign. (They want to create a version of the Exquisite Motion Corpse for iPhone, iPad, etc, and they’re almost half way to their goal of raising $8,000 to do it.) Here are videos on both projects.
Oh, and I should also mention that, in addition to all of this, we’ll also be unveiling a special, limited edition Shadow Brew, and we’ll have a ton of bands, out in the beer garden, like Saturday Looks Good To Me, Minus9, Drunken Barn Dance, and Hot Boss. (Thanks to Ian Fulcher, as always, for curating this year’s band lineup.) I’m told that Charlie Slick may also be treating us to a bit of comedy. It should be a a great time. And, as always, it’s only 2-cents to enter.
For those of you who would like to know more, in addition to the piece coming out in Concentrate tomorrow (about our unwillingness to ever sell out), there’s also a new article at AnnArbor.com (about our plans to sell out). And, we’ll be visiting Mike Perini’s show on WCBN (Pandora’s Lunchbox) to discuss the Shadow at 6:30 PM on Thursday, for those of you who would like to tune in.
And, if you want to let us know that you’re coming to the Shadow, so that we can plan accordingly, you can do that on Facebook.
See you Saturday.
update: The Concentrate article is now live.
And here’s another photo from the shoot… That’s the machete being pointed toward the camera. (I think it looks like a wand here, which makes it even better.)