By Janine Saunders, February 3rd, 2010

From the Desk of Sarah Seely is a company of professional dancers, actors and artists all of whom work 9-5 desk jobs assisting executives. Rehearsals and performance opportunities are scheduled and created around this. The company’s work is a blend of theater and dance, a celebration of present-day concerns and campy vintageaesthetics, topped off with the frustration of being artists in day jobs. We join the troupe as they rehearse the performance ‘How to Disappear Completely’ and take their post-apocalyptic vignettes to the street and the office. Sarah argues that a 9-5 desk job is like being a subsidized artist. Rather than identifying as an Executive Assistant or Personal Aide, the annual income, 401k and health insurance can actually make it easier to focus on what you do for artistic reasons.

Relevant sites:

http://www.sarahsdesk.org/

Credits:

CREATED & PRODUCED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Ry Russo-Young
DP Charlie Beyer
EDITOR Jawad Metni
SERIES PRODUCER Josh Cramer
SEGMENT PRODUCER Janine Saunders
SERIES MUSIC T. Griffen
TITLE SEQUENCE Jordan Gray
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim

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By Janine Saunders, January 31st, 2010

Everyone has at one point had a ridiculous idea that they thought would make them millions. Some of those people went on to patent those ridiculous ideas. Some of them got made, some of them changed history, and some of them remain forgotten documents. These patents make up the content of Patently Silly, a website, book and animation series. We talk to Daniel Wright about the humor in invention like ‘Delivery of Caffeine Through An Inhalation Route’, ‘Retractable Table Top For Toilet’, ‘Voice Communication Concerning a Local Entity’, track down the inventor of the ‘Portable Electrical Mouse Trap’ and learn from lawyers about how public domain content can be used to explore different creative formats and ideas.

Relevant sites:

www.patentlysilly.com

Credits:

CREATED & PRODUCED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Josh Cramer
DP Tom Quinn
EDITOR Jawad Metni
SERIES PRODUCER Josh Cramer
SEGMENT PRODUCER Nick Olson
SERIES MUSIC T. Griffen
TITLE SEQUENCE Jordan Gray
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim
Featured Music:
Bitter Bitter Weeks “Sincerely”
Silk Flowers “Chances of Flowers”

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By Janine Saunders, January 14th, 2010

When artist Aakash Nihalani moved from the suburbs to NYC he was compelled by its symmetry. As an organic response he started laying down tape on the streets and on buildings, creating brightly colored sticker tape boxes framing aspects of the city he wanted to show people, creating tableaus from real life. Both uncomfortable at potentially defacing property by using permanent materials, and enraged at the continued treatment of public artists as vandals, we join him as he brings 3D to his work for the first time, via use of mirrors and passers-by, and discuss why impermanence is important to the acceptance of street art.

Relevant sites:

www.aakashnihalani.com

Credits:

CREATED & PRODUCED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Zak Forsman
EDITOR Josh Cramer
SERIES PRODUCER Josh Cramer
SEGMENT PRODUCER Zeke Zelker
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER Juliette Richey
SERIES MUSIC T. Griffen
TITLE SEQUENCE Jordan Gray
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim
Featured Music: Equestrian “Theme From Bushwick”

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By wbp labs, December 16th, 2009

Believing that Poets undervalue themselves in the creative marketplace, The Madame, and right-hand man Tennessee Pink, set up the Poetry Brothel in order to confirm in writers the literal monetary value of their work, and also to present Poetry in its more natural form – intimate and sensual over the more standard formal and jilted reading. The collective is made up of ‘Poetry Whores’ who ply their trade at specially arranged events, dressed in turn of the century dress, in character. The creation of character, as both disguise and freeing device enables the Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression, where both whore and John can be themselves in private.

Relevant sites:

www.thepoetrybrothel.com/

Credits:

CREATED & PRODUCED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Danielle Lurie
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SERIES MUSIC T. Griffen
TITLE SEQUENCE Jordan Gray
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FEATURED MUSIC
“Bie Mir Bist Du Schoen” by Tin Pan Blues Band
“Dandelion” by Tin Pan Blues Band

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By wbp labs, December 9th, 2009

The sign on the door reads MakerBot industries. Inside, boxes line the floors and there is a flurry of activity. A light humming sound fills the air. Machines buzz as they print physical objects that merely minutes before were 3D renderings on a computer screen. This is Bre Pattis’ ‘Botcave’ and within its walls resides a startup that intends to change the face of printing. The MakerBot is a box-like unit that prints using thin plastic, which it lays down layer by layer. Eyeglass frames, wall brackets, tweezers, action figures even a 3D rendering of Walt Disney’s head are all possible. Makerbot came out of NYC Resistor, a hackers collective offering shared knowledge and camaraderie. And out of Makerbot, the hopes are to create a revolution in crowd-sourced manufacturing.

Relevant sites:

www.makerbot.com

Credits:

CREATED & PRODUCED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
CREATIVE DIRECTOR Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Lance Weiler
EDITOR Josh Cramer
SERIES PRODUCER Josh Cramer
SEGMENT PRODUCER Zeke Zelker
SERIES MUSIC T. Griffen
TITLE SEQUENCE Jordan Gray
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim

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