Mobile Swarm by Fearless City: the transcript

Fearless City LogoMobile SWARM.

So.

So, the idea is: SWARM is a night when a large group of artist-run Vancouver galleries cooperate for once and have openings and parties on the same night, featuring local artists. Pictures on Flickr here.

So. Here in Zone Two, otherwise known as the Downtown EastSide, we had 13 galleries participating, and the Fearless City project sent teams out to each of the galleries to capture people’s reactions to the art and post them via SMS to a Twitter clone called SIFT which civilians can think of as just a place where all the text messages got filed one after the others.

You text your reactions to art: simple.

Oh yeah, and we had a repurposed shopping cart roving the streets packed to the gills with high-tech batteries, powering in order of importance a laptop which was managing the anarchy insofar as it could be managed AND a 48″ screen on which were displayed all of the messages as they came in unfiltered and in real time or as real as text messaging can get.

For realz.

The # codes are codes for which gallery the message originated from. From which the message originated.

Whatever.

Will link these up later if I’m not too lazy.

  • #ac = access gallery
  • #as = artspeak
  • #cw = cineworks although I don’t think anyone got there, as it is nowhere near the DTES actually. Perhaps they were only there in class solidarity
  • #cc = clackclack empire
  • #gg = gallery gachet
  • # hp = helen pitt gallery
  • # iu = interurban gallery
  • #lg = les gallery
  • #na = 221a (one of my team’s)
  • # og = orr gallery
  • # pg = plank gallery (one of my team’s)
  • #sg = shudder gallery (one of my team’s)
  • #uv = UVic 2nd Year (nobody went there, just too far away practically in Hastings Sunrise.

And now, to the transcript in REVERSE chronological order, as I am too lazy to flip this all around. And this is what it looked like, entirely unfiltered.

#as Reagan, please!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:42 by Anonymous
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Horse pussy is much tighter than female
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:35 by Anonymous
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#pg muse needs more interesting projects. Andrew salgado rocks.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:30 by Anonymous
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Wheres the graveyard party at sorry!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:16 by Anonymous
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You are the best – don’t stop ‘011
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:10 by Anonymous
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I lub you artists- keep doing your thang! DTES Forever – masala mario
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:06 by Anonymous
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Oh yea
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:04 by Anonymous
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Lotussss
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:03 by Anonymous
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Where is the party at ??
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:03 by Anonymous
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I have never felt so embowered
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:03 by Anonymous
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Hey did I’d keel
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:03 by Anonymous
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Swarmmmmmmmmmm
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:03 by Anonymous
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This is addictive!!!!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:02 by Anonymous
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Mobile swarmin till the morn
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:01 by Anonymous
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I came, i saw, then i came again.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:00 by Anonymous
#
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:00 by Anonymous
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#gg just let it out. Whatever that means to you.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 23:00 by Anonymous
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I love my thumbs!!!!!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:56 by Anonymous
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Best thing I’ve seen tonight!!!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:56 by Anonymous
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Big sad faces and empty spaces….what does that say about us?
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:56 by Anonymous
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#as what’s happening at the after party?
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:55 by Anonymous
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J Dilla never sounded better
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:48 by Anonymous
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Yay gachet!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:47 by Anonymous
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You are in the middle of the opus, right now.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:46 by Anonymous
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#gg We are the barbarians and our love for art and culture can’t hide that
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:44 by Anonymous
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#iu why should i care?
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:41 by Anonymous
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Ac
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:39 by Anonymous
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#gg I am standing right behind u
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:34 by Anonymous
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Next.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:29 by Anonymous
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#gg fuck all you swarmers I am outa here…frederick.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:25 by Anonymous
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Nice cart
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:25 by Anonymous
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What is this all about?
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:22 by Anonymous
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J dilla!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:21 by Anonymous
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The rats here are more interesting than the art
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:15 by Anonymous
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The Government
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:09 by Anonymous
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#og.I quite like the idea of swarm.especially this year when there is a lot of stuff run by individual artists. Not as commercial as before
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:04 by Anonymous
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Pat Chan
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:03 by Anonymous
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#ac rollover robert bateman!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 22:03 by Anonymous
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Thank the people at the plasma
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:59 by Anonymous
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#22 the owl is mine!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:58 by Anonymous
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#HP Waiting for a friend. xo mono
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:57 by Anonymous
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#na oh honey you’re lucky i’m not texting my FULL reaction to that dress
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:57 by Anonymous
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ieve.sun2.lightsurf.net:80/?msgid=000_0268b6c2280e845f_0&userId=22335722
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:56 by Anonymous
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’application/vnd.wap.mms-message
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:56 by Anonymous
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#na. Not really an exhibit, more like a statement.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:55 by Anonymous
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Na mooncakes storage to raise money for first openning in october in conjuction with mid -autumn chinese festival.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:55 by Anonymous
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This is great. Very unlike vancouver .”what is?”.the show here at the or.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:52 by Anonymous
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#Hp i love you swarm youre a real sweet melon
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:52 by Anonymous
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#HP this is a terrible show.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:52 by Anonymous
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Act like a monkey
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:52 by Anonymous
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#HP Where are U?? They’re serving Grolsch @ the Pitt, and we’re about to fire up the huffer!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:50 by Anonymous
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#OG.wicked back room there fellas. Totally unexpected. z
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:49 by Anonymous
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#Hp time travel via astral projection
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:49 by Anonymous
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#Ac has creepy birds and a sweet roaring bear-dragon
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:49 by Anonymous
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#og. The shapes are amazing “about the cave”. Emma. Ubc art student
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:44 by Anonymous
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Lord of the Rings rules! Rob Brownridge rob.brownridge@shaw.ca 604-722-6535
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:43 by Anonymous
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Na
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:43 by Anonymous
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slide
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:42 by Anonymous
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#ac love it all owls & bears & lizards
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:41 by Anonymous
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#Na I used to work here and I am pleased that its an honest show although not what I expected
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:41 by Anonymous
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Oi
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:41 by Anonymous
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Hi So did i do this right?
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:39 by Anonymous
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#ac my favorite gallery .
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:39 by Anonymous
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#na mooncakes! The tastiest show on georgia!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:37 by Anonymous
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I wonder.. If a tv screen walks into a bar…?
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:37 by Anonymous
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#hpI’m busy right now. I’ll call you later.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:37 by Anonymous
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3 can feel their scents.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:37 by Anonymous
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#OG the or gallery is like oz its another world Muriel
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:35 by Anonymous
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Moon base to earth the show at the hell on the pit really sucks
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:35 by Anonymous
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Nadia Aly what!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:33 by Anonymous
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#na now sharon is taking stills while moe is interviewing Alex and I am trying to make my thumbs photogenic! Wish me luck!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:33 by Anonymous
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Gg the dudes drawing by the door was the highlight
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:32 by Anonymous
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#gg. I wonder about it a bit. I mean, i know how to rasterbate. So i’m a little like, “huh?”
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:30 by Anonymous
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ople I see here tonight. Micheal Byers. Federal ndp candidate.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:29 by Anonymous
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#na I later saw all the boxes and thought OH NO IT’s GOING TO BE A DOLLAR STORE but tonight I found out its part of the show so PHEW
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:28 by Anonymous
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#og there is a very powerful statement here about the intersection of culture and compassion. This is visible in the arts as well as the pe
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:28 by Anonymous
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You need a hair cut sucka
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:27 by Anonymous
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#ac a first 5 min. Impression: one rarely has a chance to look a bird in the eye, let alone stare.brendan
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:26 by Anonymous
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#na I live next door and when iwalked by and saw all these young ppl working hard I said hi and they said it was a gallery and iwas glad
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:26 by Anonymous
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#na I was impressed with the organization and transportation system for swarm this year
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:17 by Anonymous
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#GG :-D informs on what is happenin in da downtown area in persu to housin…pretty cool!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:14 by Anonymous
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#ac outside here is quite lively in gastown.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:13 by Anonymous
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I see your big smile.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:11 by Anonymous
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#na the crowd is out on the sidewalk + a little shy about going into the space since the show takes up 90% of the space
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:11 by Anonymous
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#na I have heard of the landlord here=a v nice guy so its perfect theres a gallery here
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:09 by Anonymous
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to navagate and anjoy!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:09 by Anonymous
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eep safe I…. had no tine or attention left to observe the show!! What is this clutter on the floor for any way,_ it sure made it hard
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:08 by Anonymous
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#as at artspeak.. Many dif floor platform elevations.. I spent all my tine trying not to fall off or get bumt off by others also trying to k
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:08 by Anonymous
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A branch extends….What do you want (she whispers). A sweet berry (I whisper)
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:04 by Anonymous
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Www.newformsfestival.com
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:04 by Anonymous
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#Gg i lost my swarm virginity
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:03 by Anonymous
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ieve.sun2.lightsurf.net:80/?msgid=001_011e4ffc28119f7d_1&userId=22335722
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:01 by Anonymous
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’application/vnd.wap.mms-message
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:01 by Anonymous
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Hey jesse, you’re high
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:01 by Anonymous
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#hp What for?
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:00 by Anonymous
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Yo!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 21:00 by Anonymous
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#na art posse diverting to chinatown night market
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:51 by Anonymous
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yrs.his comment on the process is that it was great fun,the work went smoothly. . .
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:50 by Anonymous
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#cc Love the installarion…mmm Fake food, beautiful acrylic hangers
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:47 by Anonymous
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Power To Women! you’re doing great work!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:44 by Anonymous
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We r texting for art viewing resonds.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:43 by Anonymous
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#cc canned beanz, grass jelly and 89 others <cans,ed.> in Chinatown… Very precariously perched!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:42 by Anonymous
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I found this hot and crowed.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:41 by Anonymous
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Awesome
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:41 by Anonymous
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I am here with sharon and flo talking about my experince here.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:40 by Anonymous
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#hp i dont understand
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:39 by Anonymous
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The moon cake show at 221A georgia is very tasty!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:38 by Anonymous
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, it looks like clothing on acid!”
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:37 by Anonymous
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The book reps r having fun.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:35 by Anonymous
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…everything else is fine, the people …everything !”
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:31 by Anonymous
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…everything else is fine, the people …everything !”
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:30 by Anonymous
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#pg art posse rolloing to next destination, 221A
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:29 by Anonymous
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#pg the youngest hipster in vangroover (almost2) calls rob nicholls’ Richelieu Night ‘HOT!’
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:28 by Anonymous
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#Gg moon base to earth whats the 411 over
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:27 by Anonymous
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#pg rob nicholls’s work described as real,colorful,dynamic,intense,it talks to people.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:25 by Anonymous
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The galleries r not accessible for pwd.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:24 by Anonymous
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n shanghai alley. jc
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:22 by Anonymous
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#iu its good to see this kind of quality in this neighborhood skateboarder 1
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:21 by Anonymous
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#iu good use of color skateboarder 2
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:20 by Anonymous
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Thank you for sharing.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:19 by Anonymous
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#iu it hurts to look at but in a good way j and c
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:19 by Anonymous
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#iu I am a friend of andrews so I love most of his work ken
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:19 by Anonymous
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#iu its great I think its cool that there is such a diverse community this is our favorite gallery jaclin
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:19 by Anonymous
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#iu this is my favorite gallery because here you have a personal relationship with the artist art should move you…always and it does here.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:18 by Anonymous
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..always jaclyn
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:18 by Anonymous
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#IU “i was going to paint you but you fucked up”
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:18 by Anonymous
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#iu as a mom I have always known that he had aspecial creative talent since about age 4 he has asked for art supplies to work with not just
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:18 by Anonymous
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books to look at he is an amazing son he really is …and an amazing artist Sandy…Andrew Salgados mother
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:17 by Anonymous
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#iu come on down the skull is from my father who was a medical school student Andrew Salgados
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:16 by Anonymous
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Come & drink some beer.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:16 by Anonymous
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#pg its amazing 2 see all this work and energy thatgoes on behind closed.doors all the time and u just don’t see it
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:14 by Anonymous
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nnct with yours. D. A..
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:13 by Anonymous
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#ac amy thompson,s large photography of wild birds encourages the human visage when observed strait on. You can almost feel their spirit co
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:13 by Anonymous
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#acThe painting r the best!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:12 by Anonymous
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#pg piece richelieu night=very much alive and exciting. I followed rob nicholls for a couple of years and 4 me this is his finest piece
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:12 by Anonymous
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#ag I DREAM OF FRENCH KISSING CHAMELEONS …SLURP
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:11 by Anonymous
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#as I ripped your book.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:08 by Anonymous
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#pg art is surreal & I really like it rough sexy and surreal
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:07 by Anonymous
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#ag Humans feel.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:06 by Anonymous
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#pg art posse arrived @ plank gallery & it is packed
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:04 by Anonymous
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#ac oh those birds look nice. I bet you, I bet you this much money those birds would love l.o.v.e that women’s nightshade.x
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:02 by Anonymous
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Gg – gachet show is fun
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 20:02 by Anonymous
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#sg art posse b rollin from shudder to plank
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:59 by Anonymous
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Somebody in here smells like garlic!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:58 by Anonymous
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#sg shit yeah. That is awe-sum!!!11one one
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:56 by Anonymous
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fore me is acontemporary example, -a drenched in sex sullen look ready for corprate pickings.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:56 by Anonymous
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#ac wow art! Oh um. I am recalling a radio discusion re the over sexuaiization of pre and mid teens solely for corprate profits and here be
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:55 by Anonymous
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#ac The bird portraits are so striking.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:54 by Anonymous
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#sg russell gordon @shudder art/politics…24k gold hook under glassframe…pennies from the wishing hell art piece
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:51 by Anonymous
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#ag the bunny is creepy
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:50 by Anonymous
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#sg getting a personal version of his own bank card made man says ‘why not its my bitch!’
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:48 by Anonymous
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#Gg first impressions are good.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:38 by Anonymous
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#Gg psychedelic. Didn’t even need to smoke.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:33 by Anonymous
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Gallery Gachet is hopping, with lots of sliced meats on offer.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:33 by Anonymous
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#ac we’re in the aviary, first impression noone is looking at the art! Ok im wrong
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:32 by Anonymous
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#gg gachet is filling up. People people and these massive images!
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:31 by Anonymous
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#sg the artist says its his 1st show. Its good 2 acknowledge anarchy.young ppl will always b young. That energy is eternal
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:30 by Anonymous
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Now having a convo about repENTSINNER Guy & we all have a piece of the puzzle.
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:27 by Anonymous
#

#ac the window display shows red snapper being used for night eye wear on a woman in her zz’s
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:25 by Anonymous
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#sg artist is doing debit card readings scanning into a laptop,laptop stand adorned with REPENTSINNER stickers.making personalized cards
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:25 by Anonymous
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ieve.sun2.lightsurf.net:80/?msgid=000_022b32d6280ca126_0&userId=22335722
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:25 by Anonymous
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’application/vnd.wap.mms-message
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:25 by Anonymous
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Great sabine
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:24 by Anonymous
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#Gg great ideas for vancouver sabine
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:22 by Anonymous
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#sg just arrived +_bt 2meet the artist russell gordon
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:18 by Anonymous
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Laundy day@ the hotel from the smell
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:11 by Anonymous
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#gg outside in the back alley testing how the texting works and ROLLING
— Fri, 09/05/2008 – 19:09 by Anonymous
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11 thoughts on “Mobile Swarm by Fearless City: the transcript

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  2. Rain,

    I scrolled down and dutifully read upwards, but my ol’ eyes were a-glazed over thrice even before I got to Someone here Smells Like Garlic.

    Maybe the format works in its original form, but I don’t thing it translates to a blog very well.

  3. No, not as long as I include all the Testing things. I was just too tired to remove them.

    But it looks like there’s no other spot for a permanent record of the event, so I wanted to get it up. Come to think of it, I’ll edit out those ones.

  4. Thanks! I appreciate it.

    Ian is right; it was a BLAST live, kinda dead on the page after the fact, though, particularly without images of the art. You should have seen the little baby in front of the painting: his arms were outstretched and he looked like he wanted to LICK it!

    We’re going to be doing something similar in the future, but it would be cool if we could synch it up with a Flickr stream or something in realtime as well.

    Still peeved I’m not #1 on Google, though. Only got as high as #3.

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