Right Round, storage for an LP collection by K.M. Elliott
Only New York has more artists per capita than the City of Somerville, and I am happy to be among the hosts of artsy folks crammed into our quaint four square miles.
I love my town and I love its Somerville Open Studios. Every year, roughly 400 local artists open their homes and their work spaces to the public. The adoring public then wanders around the four square miles looking for the orange balloons marking a mini-gallery (or, if you're like me, you compulsively highlight the SOS map to be certain you don't miss anything you REALLY want to see! For example, those LP cabinets to your left).
One of this year's personal highlights was a sound art installation (of course) at Miller Street Studios. David Durlach of TechnoFrolics created Dancing Trees (64 magnets covered with iron dust respond to changes in the magnetic field produced by 16 computer-controlled electromagnets which are synchronized to a musical selection). Lucky for you, my talented fellow media artist pal Mike McVey captured the essence of this awesomeness in the video below. Not so lucky for you, my crazy laugh has a prominent place in the beginning of the piece.
You can check out some of the other artists that were featured (and the pieces I specifically liked) via my "I love Somerville's Open Studios" Pinterest board.
As an aside, Pinterest is a sensation. The best part of this virtual bulletin board: you can perma-link to images. One click brings you to the image's original context. While used mostly for wedding planning so far, it has a ZILLION potential uses (like planning out your dream equipment purchases for your future home studio!). Check out my boards by clicking on the screen capture to your left. Enjoy.