Sunday, November 15, 2009
The Going Gets Weird, The Weird Go To Texas
In March, next year, I'm traveling to the USA for the first time. I've been invited to participate on a panel titled Millionaire Or Artist, How About Both?, convened by Amrita Chandra, of the Toronto-based Tinku Gallery and chaired by Hugh Macleod, at the SxSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. As well as being a renowned breeding ground and forum for new media ideas and technologies, the even better-known festival component of SxSW offers some kick-ass music. I don't know much about Austin but any city with an Independent Business Alliance that promotes the slogan "Keep Austin Weird" sounds promising. I booked a room for a week at a cool boutique inn some distance from the chain-hotel headquarters for the event. The über-professional house manager added a personal touch to the confirmation email she sent me: "I checked out your website. Nice work. Very Queer. We like that here. I like the Self Vs Self. I wish fighting myself would look that sexy."I'm not even there yet but my first impressions of Austin are funny, geeky, weird, sexy, and queer. I think I'm going to love it.